Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
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NRL TEAMS & FIXTURES - ROUND 20 (Teams subject to change) 23 July ? 25 July 2004 (AEST time) Fri 7:30: WESTS TIGERS V BULLDOGS Sat 5:30: BRONCOS V SEA EAGLES Sat 7:30: RABBITOHS V ROOSTERS Sat 7:30: STORM V EELS Sun 2:30: KNIGHTS V COWBOYS Sun 3:00: DRAGONS V SHARKS Sun 3:00: RAIDERS V WARRIORS FOR LIVE SCORE UPDATES, CLICK ON LINKS=>
Friday 23rd July 2004 WESTS TIGERS v CANTERBURY BULLDOGS Campbelltown Stadium (7.30pm) Referee: Tony Archer Video Referee: Graeme West Touch Judges: Pat Reynolds, Steve Carrall WESTS TIGERS: Brett Hodgson; Jason Moodie, John Wilson, Shane Elford, Pat Richards; Michael Buettner, Scott Prince; Scott Sattler (c), Anthony Laffranchi, Ben Galea, John Skandalis, Robert Mears, Todd Payten.Res: Dene Halatau, Bryce Gibbs, Daniel Fitzhenry, Bronson Harrison. BULLDOGS: Luke Patten; Hazem El Masri, Willie Tonga, Jamaal Lolesi; Braith Anasta, Brent Sherwin; Tony Grimaldi, Andrew Ryan, Willie Mason, Mark O'Meley Adam Perry, Steve Price (c). Res: Corey Hughes, Jamie Feeney, Roy Asotasi, Reni Maitua, Dennis Scott (one to be omitted). Last clash: Wests Tigers 30-26 (Rnd 11, 2004 Gosford) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Wests Tigers to show some grit early on but Bulldogs to get the money.
Saturday 24th July 2004 BRISBANE BRONCOS v MANLY SEA EAGLES Suncorp Stadium (5.30pm) Suncorp Stadium Referee: Gavin Badger Video Referee: Phil Cooley Touch Judges: Paul Kalina, Matt Cecchin BRISBANE: Karmichael Hunt; Scott Minto, Brent Tate, Shaun Berrigan, Craig Frawley; Darren Lockyer, Casey McGuire; Tonie Carroll, Dane Carlaw, Gorden Tallis (c), Petero Civoniceva, Michael Ryan, Corey Parker.Res: David Stagg, Darren Mapp, Carl Webb, Brad Meyers, Neville Costigan (one to be omitted). MANLY: Brett Stewart; Scott Donald, Chris Hicks, Albert Torrens, Nick Bradley-Qalilawa; Andrew Walker, Michael Monaghan (c); Steve Menzies, Luke Williamson, Anthony Watmough, Jason King, Nathan Hollingsworth, Daniel Heckenberg. Res: Kylie Leuluai, Sam Harris, Solomon Haumono, Chad Randall, Nick Paterson (one to be omitted). Last clash: Manly 26-20 (Suncorp Stadium Rnd 20, 2003) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Manly with nothing to lose but Broncos have too much class.
MELBOURNE STORM v PARRAMATTA EELS Olympic Park (7.30pm) Referee: Paul Simpkins Video Referee: Chris Ward Touch Judges: Darren Gocher, Tony DeLasHeras MELBOURNE: Billy Slater; Matt Geyer, Steve Bell, Ben MacDougall, Matt King; Scott Hill, Matt Orford; Kirk Reynoldson, Stephen Kearney (c), David Kidwell, Alex Chan, Cameron Smith, Rodney Howe. Res: Ryan Hoffman, Glen Turner, Dustin Cooper, Dallas Johnson. PARRA EELS: Wade McKinnon; Ashley Graham, Junior Langi, Luke Burt, Matt Peterson; Daniel Wagon (c), Michael Witt; Lee Hopkins, Craig Stapleton, Nathan Hindmarsh, Michael Vella, John Morris, Corey Pearson. Res: Justin Tsoulos, Chris Thorman, Dean Widders, Jack Afamasaga, Adam Peek, Fuifui Moimoi (two to be omitted). Last clash: Storm 36-16 (Parramatta Stadium Rnd 10, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Parramatta will fight the good fight but the Storm are expected to put them away.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS Aussie Stadium (7.30pm) Referee: Steve Lyons Video Referee: Tim Mander Touch Judges: Allen Foster, Jason Weinstein SOUTHS: Garth Wood, Shane Marteene, Lee Hookey, John Sutton , Wes Tillott; Owen Craigie, Joe Williams; Ashley Harrison (c), Mark Minichiello, Shane Rigon, David Thompson, Shane Walker, Scott Geddes. Res: Paul Stringer, Mark Leafa, David Fa'alogo, Brian Siemsen. ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello, Gavin Lester, Ryan Cross, Chris Flannery, Chris Walker; Brad Fittler (c), Brett Finch; Luke Ricketson, Craig Fitzgibbon, Michael Crocker, Peter Cusack, Craig Wing, Jason Cayless. Res: Chad Robinson, Stuart Webb, Ned Catic, Todd Byrne. Last clash: Roosters 26-16 (Aussie Stadium Rnd 1, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Minichiello v Minichiello but hard to go past the Roosters.
Sunday 25th July 2004 NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS EnergyAustralia Stadium (2.30pm) Referee: Jason Robinson Video Referee: Mick Stone Touch Judges: David Abood, Paul Holland KNIGHTS: Robbie O'Davis; Craig Hall, George Carmont, Mark Hughes, Anthony Quinn; Matthew Gidley, Kurt Gidley; Ben Kennedy, Todd Lowrie, Clint Newton, Adam Woolnough, Danny Buderus (c) Matt Parsons. Res: Matthew Kennedy, Andrew Price, Regan Tanner, Michael Ennis. COWBOYS: Matt Bowen; Neil Sweeney, Josh Hannay, Ty Williams, ; David Myles, Nathan Fien; Travis Norton (c), Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Shane Tronc, Aaron Payne, Paul Rauhihi. Res: David Faiumu, Rod Jensen, Leigh McWilliams, Mitchell Sargent. Last clash: Cowboys 30-6 (Dairy Farmers Stadium Rnd 14, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Toss a coin but this week we?re tipping the Knights by 10.
ST GEORGE DRAGONS v CRONULLA SHARKS OKI Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah (3.00pm) Referee: Sean Hampstead Video Referee: Stephen Clark Touch Judges: Russell Turner, Steve Chiddy DRAGONS: Ben Hornby; Nathan Blacklock, John Carlaw, Matt Cooper, Reece Simmonds; Trent Barrett (c), Matthew Head; Dean Young, Ben Creagh, Mark Riddell, Jason Ryles, Lincoln Withers, Brent Kite. Res: Michael Henderson, Bryan Norrie, Tony Jensen, Aaron Wheatley, Ashton Sims (one to be omitted). SHARKS: David Simmons; Nathan Merritt, Nigel Vagana, Ryan McGoldrick, Matthew Rieck; Paul Gallen, Jason Kent; Phil Bailey, Matt Bickerstaff, Sam Isemonger, Danny Nutley (c), Matt Hilder, Jason Stevens. Res: Andrew Lomu, Michael Sullivan, Chris Beattie, David Peachey, Russell Aitken (one to be omitted). Last clash: Dragons 42-12 (Toyota Park Rnd 8, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Another local derby sell out crowd expected at Kogarah. Dragons should get over the line.
CANBERRA RAIDERS v NZ WARRIORS Canberra Stadium (3.00pm) Referee: Tim Mander Video Referee: Steve Carrall Touch Judges: Glen Jackson, Steve Nash RAIDERS: Clinton Schifcofske; Nathan Smith, Adam Mogg, Joel Monaghan, Michael Robertson; Matthew Gafa, Mark McLinden; Jason Croker, Ian Hindmarsh, Ruben Wiki, Luke Davico, Simon Woolford (c), Ryan O'Hara. Res: Troy Thompson, Terry Martin, Todd Carney, Michael Hodgson, Brad Drew (one to be omitted). WARRIORS: Brent Webb; Henry Faafili, Tony Martin, Clinton Toopi, Francis Meli; Jerome Ropati, Stacey Jones (c); Vinnie Anderson, Awen Guttenbeil, Sione Faumuina, Richard Villasanti, Louis Anderson, Iefeta Paleaaesina. Res: Karl Temata, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Wairangi Koopu, Tevita Latu, Lance Hohaia (two to be omitted). Last clash: Warriors 20-14 (Ericsson Stadium Rnd 13, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: An upset of sorts? the Warriors to lift against a listless Raiders outfit.
Penrith Panthers have the bye.