THIS round will be a tipster nightmare, as if they hadnt had enough of those this year already. All origin players will miss this round, and the Broncos have to play, minus 9 players on rep duty, and 7 injured. Even the Bulldogs arent without their headaches, or the Dragons who will have to face a strong Cowboys outfit missing Ryles, Bailey, Gasnier, and Barrett. So how to pick a winner, simple really, get yourself some paper, a pen and a hat and go from there. Think Im kidding, have a look at the match previews below.
THE Newcastle Knights have signed two of their top players and one of their most promising young players to new 2 year contracts. First graders Matt Parsons and Sean Rudder have both signed new deals, as well as youngster Kurt Gidley.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have the best chance of all teams this year to beat the Broncos. The Dragons will be without block busting prop Jason Ryles, but thats a small loss compared to the firepower missing from the Broncos line up. Chris Walker, Allan Langer, Brad Meyers and Petero Civinoceva have all joined Michael De Vere on the sidelines for todays clash with the Dragons.
THE game kicked off with a thunderous roar from the skies above instead of the crowd, as rain was dumped down on the ground. With the rain coming down the match was always going to be messy as both teams struggled to hold on to a slippery ball. Defense and pressure were always going to be the name of the game, and both teams did it well, both teams charging down several last tackle kicks in the first half.
THE Sydney Roosters go head to head with the Parramatta Eels tonight, and they couldnt have gotten off to a worse start even though the game hasnt even kicked off yet. With the loss of Fletcher, Morley and Crocker for this game, their chances of a victory have taken a nose dive. The most likely scenario will be Peter Cusack, Todd Bryne and David Kidwell taking up places on the bench, with Cayless and Robinson moving into the starting line up.
AFTER 10 Rounds of the NRL it has become clear that injuries are going to play a major part in this years race for the title. As the weeks go on one injury seems to just keep popping up, the infamous knee injury. The knee injury has ended the season of a fair few players this year, and sidelined many others for periods of time.