THIS weeks League Unlimited Online Team of the Week is a real mix of players from a lot of clubs. No real club dominates the side, although the Roosters have the most with 4 players including Mullins, Fittler, Fitzgibbon and Minichiello. Surprise package of the round, Adam Mogg makes the starting line up pushing Lockyer to the bench. Sharks centre Paul Mellor partners Knights Matt Gidley in the centers. Roosters captain Brad Fittler forces his way into the six, and partners Bulldog Brent Sherwin in the halves. Sharks halfback Brett Kimmorly slots onto the bench, edging out the likes of Jones, Johns, and Berrigan. The bench consists of an untraditional two backs, which highlights the high scoring one sided games played out this week end.
BRISBANE Broncos V Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium
GAME 2 at ANZ stadium is played tonight, and its do or die for the mighty Maroons. After getting a footballing lesson in game 1, the QLD side have made several changes. Coming into the side are Bulldogs Steve Price and Travis Norton, Warrior Peter John Marsh, Roosters Justin Hodges and Chris Flannery, and Shark Chris Beattie. Gone from the QLD side are Doyle, Buttigieg, Schifcofske, Webb, Civinoceva, and Campion.
THIS is the first ever League Unlimited Team of the Week. The team is selected by the Admin of League Unlimited. However with two people unavailable this weeks side has been put together by Ian Nelson and Steven Williams.
THESE are Team stats up to the end of round 11. They will be placed on League Unlimited once a fortnight, so you can check on your teams over all progress compared to their rivals. There are a few surprises in there, and but the results are not all too different from teams on field form.
TWELVE months ago we as league fans would laugh at Rugby, laugh as tries in Rugby were scored from a knock on, forward passes and obvious off sides. Well how the tides have turned I thought to myself as I watched the Broncos play the Dragons over the weekend. The Dragons first try was scored off a forward pass, Kelly scored after a dubious call of a strip. Tallis getting sin binned in Origin 1 is another example, the Dragons controversial draw against the Raiders, the Panthers last minute win against the Sharks. The list goes on, it doesnt end there.
ON June 3rd 2002, Rugby League lost a champion. Former test and origin player Tim Brasher hung up his boots and called it a day. A neck injury and not a drop in form forced Brasher to retire.
THE Broncos have welcomed back Brad Meyers from injury. Having being first ruled out Meyers was cleared to play against the Tigers Friday night, but while getting Meyers back the Broncos have lost two more players.
THE Sydney Rooster find them selves in a similar situation to the Brisbane Broncos this weekend. With many players on origin duty and some out injured, the Roosters will be calling on plenty of first division players to fill the void.
FRIDAY night the Broncos will face the toughest challenge of any team in NRL history, they will be trying to win a game with 19 players unavailable for the game, 20 if Harrison doesnt play. The task ahead of the Broncos doesnt get easier, they have to play the Tigers at Campbelltown. With Lamb looking to secure a new coaching contract and his Tigers looking to cement a place in the top 8, the Baby Broncos will be facing a fired up Tigers outfit.