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
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.