NRL 2008 ~ Round 13 Preview

6 06 2008

With State of Origin 2 next week, this round sees a few teams, especially Melbourne and Brisbane, missing many of their star players. This is a good week for some teams such as St George/Illawarra and Wests to grab a couple of “bonus” points for the season.

Warriors vs Rabbitohs

As usual, the Warriors are expected to win at home. With Steve Price missing again, this time for Origin duty, their go forward may be blunted. The Rabbitohs have a fair few Kiwis in their side and might treat this as a home coming. I’m tipping an upset, for no real reason.

Rabbitohs by 10

Dragons vs Broncos

This is without doubt the top billing match of the round. The Broncos are missing 6 players through Origin commitments and Justin Hodges is suspended. For the Dragons, Hornby has been overlooked for NSW this time around but Gasnier and Cooper are out again on rep duties. This opens the way for Wendell Sailor to make his return to the NRL after a seven year absence. He looks just as big and strong as he did when he switched codes and I am sure he will turn in a great performance against his old club and mentor, Wayne Bennett.

Dragons by 10

Bulldogs vs Knights

The Bulldogs look marginally stronger on paper than the side that got a 46 – 0 hiding from Melbourne last week. Newcastle are missing three through Origin call ups including Kurt Gidley, arguably the best fullback in the competition.

Bulldogs by 16

Tigers vs Cowboys

The Tigers are showing a lot of promise lately with a narrow last round defeat to competition leaders, the Roosters, and a win in the previous round to the then front running Titans. Matthew Head has been able to stay injury free so far and is building a good combination with Benji Marshall whose confidence increases from week to week. The Cowboys are missing key players through Origin and suspension including Johnathan Thurston and Luke O’Donnell.

Tigers by 20

Eels vs Raiders

Eels will be buoyed by a great showing against Brisbane last Friday night. Although defensively it was a poor effort, they regained some of their attacking ability and put on some great tries. The Raiders, as usual, will struggle on the road.

Eels by 16

Panthers vs Sharks

Without Petero Civoniceva you would expect the Panthers to struggle to get much momentum in the forwards. I just don’t think the others are capable of lifting without him on the paddock. Cronull are missing Gallen and Bird once again but won last time they were without the Bash Brother.

Sharks by 10

Sea Eagles vs Roosters

Manly are again largely unaffected by rep duties and will field a near full strength side. The Roosters though are missing a heap of their regular forwards and Mark O’Meley will be left to shoulder much of the burden. on the upside for them though, Anthony Minichiello makes a return once again from injury and will be busting at the seems to get out and put in a big game.

Sea Eagles by 6

Titans vs Storm

The Gold Coast are once again lightly represented in Origin. Lucky for them, Scott Prince is not one of them. They have plenty of points in them and face a Storm outfit missing a massive TEN players on Origin duty. After their loss to the Dragons in similar circumstances during the lead up to Origin 1, only a brave person would put their money on the reigning premiers. Titans will put plenty on them.

Titans by 24+

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7 responses

6 06 2008
Steven H. Redgum

Excuse me Bigredman, when I click on the link fore more rugby league talk, the amphitheatre, it says I cannot use this board. Why is that?

6 06 2008
withmalice

I’m only hazarding a guess there Steven – but maybe you have to join the board before using it…

And nicely written Brad… nicely done.

7 06 2008
Steven H. Redgum

I don’t get an option to join the board. It says You cannot use this board. I;m currently living in Papua New Guinea. I love the game, but it’s a shame that I can’t get any local internet forums going. I wish to join yours, bigredman. Perhaps you could fix this and let me know.

8 06 2008
bigredman

Steven, the only thing I can put it down to is that there has been a recent change of some of these forums from one host to another. However, if it is just the link causing issue, the address is http://z7.invisionfree.com/amphitheatre.

8 06 2008
Steven H. Redgum

bigredman, it still comes up with the same message: “Sorry, you are not permitted to use this board” Every time I click on something on that page, it says the same thing. I cannot access it, I don’t know why. Perhaps you or another administrator of the site has made it so no visitors can see the site? Maybe you could check for me and let me know. Even if you just let me in so I can be an observor, not even post things. I really want to join, as you seem to know what you are talking about with your tips this week, even getting close on the scores.

9 06 2008
bigredman

A lot of people in PNG are fans of David Kidwell. What about yourself Steven?

9 06 2008
Steven H. Redgum

What a kidwell David Kidwell is. I’ve seen many a Kidwell over the years, but none are more Kidwell than David Kidwell. David Kidwell is THE Kidwell of all time.

Now let me into ya site ya !%#$.

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