A Daniel Mortimer
sighting! The once heralded member of one of codes famous families, Mortimer quickly disappeared from the spotlight after the Eels 2009 Grand Final appearance. He became a young journeyman through the lower grades to now resurface as a Rooster and gets his chance in first grade this Sunday at Brookvale Oval
as Mitchell Pearce
's understudy. This is will be a big challenge but one that Daniel will meet, and master.
The Roosters are uncovering a new star every weekend. The likes of Cordner, Guerra, Moga and Arona not only sound like a collection of classic cars, they play with just as much power. Upset of the week for mine as the boys from Bondi continue their good form and deliver the Eagles their 2nd loss in 4 games at home. With DCE, SKD and JWH all on show, it will be a beauty but we predict a TKO for the Roosters as they POQ with the two points.
St George Illawarra Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Saturday 3:00pm, WIN Jubilee Oval
, Kogarah - LIVE updates click here
South Sydney fans will quickly realise on Sunday afternoon why half of their salary cap goes to Greg Inglis
. A phenomenal footballer who is so good that he is not even playing in this game and I can't help but dedicate an entire paragraph to his awesomeness. Allow me to continue to this self fulfilling prophecy by writing one more line about the man they call GI. Souths will lose about 250 metres of field position without him. Thank you.
Just quietly, a horrible scheduling error by the NRL. Saints v Souths should be a highlight of the season and should typify all that is good about the traditions of Sydney rivalries. Alas, it is jammed into the weekend before Origin and as you may have read - we are missing some big names. Jamie Soward
returns for the Dragons and if their attack can find any sort of rhythm, they should make it 4 from 4 at WIN Jubilee. They will.
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v Cronulla Sharks
Monday 7:00pm, ANZ Stadium - LIVE updates click here
Rumours circling about the return of Trent Hodkinson
for this match and it could not come at a better time for the Bulldogs. They've come off a difficult month with losses to Manly and Melbourne and then suddenly looked exhausted against the Titans last week. A disappointing 1 win from their last 5 and Hodkinson could be the key to igniting an attack that is averaging only 11 points a match over this period. Needless to say, we don't count the Eels match.
The Sharks are elite. Playing a disciplined but exciting brand of football that has them sitting third on the ladder and coming fresh off a victory against The Melbourne Storm
. The obvious question here is whether the visitors can win without Gallen and Carney. The Answer is no. 'Dogs take advantage of 10 days rest and come out firing to get their season back on track. League fans will find it tough to focus on this match with Origin only two days away and the senses tingling with anticipation.
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