BRAITH Anastas form in 2002 has been nothing special. There is no doubting that in 2001 Anasta set the NRL world alight and deserved all the accolades and rep call ups he got. This year though is another story, he has done very little for his club and state, and is not the strike weapon of the Bulldogs out fit.
GAME three couldnt have been set up better. With the Blues dominating game one, and Maroons returning the favor in game two, the series is wide open. Both games one and two have shown us that the game is really won and lost in the forwards. We saw as the forwards gained momentum the backs ran riot. The real test will be in an even contest, Lockyer and Hodgson, Tallis and Simpson, Langer and Johns, Berrigan and Barrett, Tuqiri and Tahu all going head to head in an even contest, with both forward packs firing and damn near killing each other. The thought is enough to make a league fan drool, and fans from other codes jealous. Lets just hope both packs of forwards fire and give the fans something to talk about.
ALL fired up and ready to go. The entire 17 man Queensland squad have been declared fit and ready to, including form front rower Petero Civoniceva.
BRISBANE Broncos high flying speedster Chris Walker is rumored to have rejected an offer from the club and is set to look at going to a Sydney based club. Walker knocked back the offer wanting more money, but as the Broncos look set to make an attempt to keep up to eleven players who are coming off contract the extra money just isnt there.
THE Cronulla Sharks have shown signs of returning to form by thrashing the North Queensland Cowboys 46 16 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
THREE days till Origin III, the decider at Aussie Stadium, and that brings us to part 2 of 3, the backs.
ITS round 15, we are starting to get into the business end of the season, the time when teams have to put up or shut up. Origin III is coming up, so all teams this week will be without their origin players, and to make things all that more interesting, those most effected ( except the Broncos who have the Bye ) line up against top sides who are almost unaffected by Origin.
AFTER another Round where we saw some close games, and some floggings the team of the week is another real mix of players. Bronco Darren Lockyer lines up at fullback this week, with warrior Henry Faafili and Dragon Shane Laloata joining him. In the centers, Tiger Kevin McGuiness partners Broncos young gun Brent Tate after both put in strong games for their clubs. Two of the best halve in the game join forces this week, with Rooster Brad Fittler outside Knights general Andrew Johns.
THE Roosters did the little things right to win by a land slide in the end. The Eagles started well, footing it with the Roosters in the first 10, then they just collapsed. Mistakes crept into their game and they started dropping off tackles. Brad Fittler had a blinder of a game in his 150 th game for the tricolours, and Ricketson was solid in his 217 th game, equal highest for the club. Steve Menzies was the only Eagle who could hold his head up high as he was easily one of the best players on the field in a beaten side. Other stand outs in the game included Roosters Luke Phillips and Shannon Hegarty.
PARRAMATTA Eels v Newcastle Knights at Parramatta Stadium