Rammo's Origin Rundown

IT?S that time of year again people. Time to pull out the true colours for your state, but more so, illustrate your personal hatred for the opposing state.That?s right. State of Origin is upon us again and with only a day until league?s fiercest of rivalries kicks off, I?m feeling more and more like a stray dog on a leash.It?s difficult to pick a winner in Origin, as historically things are never decided on paper or in the stat book. But I?ll do my best for you now.Backs: You?d have to favour the Maroons here. They boast a far more potent backline than the Blues. The likes of Steven Bell and Greg Inglis will wreak havoc for the Blues? outside defenders if given early ball from the halves, while Justin Hodges will continue to terrorise his opposites as he has done for the Broncos all season. And Matt Bowen, as most Origin fans know, can win a game for his state with one play. The Blues have a far more conservative backline. Brett Hodgson won?t let his State down but whether NSW can expect knockout plays from him, as has been the case with Anthony Minichiello in recent years, remains to be seen. Matt King hasn?t been outstanding this season but earns his place on reputation. Great to see Eric Grothe in the side but his defensive defects may be exposed if he doesn?t aim up to the likes of Inglis and Hodges. Mark Gasnier is the main card in the deck, if he can get on the outside of Brent Tate early it may shatter the Queenslander?s confidence ? which could lead to a long night for the former Test centre. But if Gasnier gets off on the wrong foot, NSW will need to rely solely on Timana Tahu for their spark out wide. Personally I think Tahu has yet to prove his worth at this level. It will be interesting to see whether he eats buttered crumpets before this representative game or not.Halves: Again, the Maroons hold the upper hand in this area. A rejuvenated Darren Lockyer has enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2006 season and from that, Queensland will benefit immensely. Johnathan Thurston?s tremendous start to 2006 has been well-documented and rightly so. These two marvels will hurt NSW if Queensland?s forwards can push themselves over the advantage line regularly. I don?t mind Craig Gower?s selection at halfback as NSW didn?t have much choice after the Andrew Johns? representative retirement. Gower won?t let anyone down tomorrow night and will continue playing even if every bone in his body has broken. The big unknown is the five eighth position for NSW. Braith Anasta has shown nothing to suggest that he deserves his spot and was selected purely on reputation. I wonder how he?ll go. Origin should be about picking the best 17 players possible in order to win the series. It may come back to bite NSW on Wednesday night.Forwards: This is where NSW should be looking to play the game. They are definitely the stronger and with Queensland unveiling three debutants in the starting back-row, NSW should be looking to intimidate Queensland from the outset. I think Danny Buderus and Cameron Smith cancel each other out ? if Buderus plays that is. If Luke Priddis is a late inclusion, it?s advantage Queensland. In the front row, I think NSW have a slight edge. Willie Mason has been playing tremendous football as has Manly?s Brent Kite. Steven Price and Petero Civoniceva will get the Queenslanders forward but I think in the front row it?s favourable to NSW.We?ll have to go with NSW in the back row as well. There will be three debutants in those positions for Queensland whereas NSW boast Nathan Hindmarsh who is now an established representative player, Steve Simpson who has been in outstanding form for the table-topping Newcastle Knights, and Luke O?Donnell who was a certain selection for the Australian side against the Kiwis. David Stagg, Matthew Scott and Dallas Johnson will definitely earn their money.Bench: As was the case with the forwards ? advantage NSW. The utility position is filled by Craig Wing who admittedly hasn?t been in his best form but has a tremendous track record in representative matches. Expect him to come on around the 50 minute mark and try to dart out of dummy half at the tired Queensland forwards. Steve Menzies and Andrew Ryan will be a steadying influence off the bench, both solid defenders and can cause trouble on the edges of the ruck ? especially given the inexperience of Queensland?s outside defenders. And Mark O?Meley will be given a license from coach Graham Murray to run onto Telstra Stadium and explode tomorrow night. He?ll no doubt be looking forward to a potential running battle with Queensland hit-man Carl Webb. Those wanting some good old-fashioned biff tomorrow night, just watch these two giants go at each other, they won?t disappoint.Other than Webb, the Queensland bench is a little suspect. Nate Myles has a big shoulder-charge on him and Sam Thaiday is a devastating ball-runner but the major selection which has raised eyebrows is that of Shaun Berrigan on the bench. It seemed that after last year?s Origin series Queensland would be reluctant to pick Berrigan in Maroons colours again. Major back-flip there and it will be intriguing to see how he performs.Verdict: NSW by 14. As we?ve seen, Queensland has the upper hand in the outside backs and the halves. But these games are traditionally won in the forwards and New South Wales look as though they have too much for Queensland in that department. The bench will also benefit NSW and after some tight early exchanges and a close score-line at halftime, expect the Blues to run over the top of the Maroons in the second half. As we know with Origin, predictions don?t always work out and if NSW are complacent they will be in for a rude shock. The Blues though haven?t been beaten at Telstra Stadium in 10 matches and there?s no reason why that won?t be 11.With only a day to go, all I say is bring it on!

Origin news ? Buderus, Meninga

NSW team head trainer Paul McGregor rates injured captain Danny Buderus a "very good chance to play" in tomorrow's rugby league State of Origin opener against Queensland in Sydney.

Cronulla player breaks woman's nose

CRONULLA rugby league player Tevita Latu has been stood down pending an investigation after claims he punched a teenage girl in the face.

Overnight Origin news

NSW Graham Murray says he will give skipper Danny Buderus until the last minute to overcome a back injury ahead of tomorrow night's opening State of Origin clash at Telstra Stadium.

Round 11 Team of the Week

IT?S never easy picking a team pre-Origin, especially when three clubs have the bye, but despite the best 34 Australian players being unavailable this week the quality of matches was relatively high. With a few upsets thrown in for good measure, the Round 11 League Unlimited Team of the Week has a fresh feel about it.

Challenge Cup Quarter Finals Draw

BIG guns St Helens and Leeds were kept apart in the draw for the quarter-finals of the Powergen Challenge Cup.Runaway Super League leaders Saints were handed a home tie against Catalans Dragons, while second-placed Leeds, last year?s beaten finalists, were paired with Harlequins at Headingley.Both should remain on course for a trip to Twickenham on August 26.St Helens were 34-20 winners over the Dragons in Perpignan last month while the Rhinos have already completed the double over Harlequins this season and beat the London side 32-12 in last year?s quarter-finals.Hull KR, the only National League club left in the competition, will fancy their chances of an upset with home advantage over Warrington.The other tie sends Salford to Huddersfield, where they lost 32-18 in a league match on May 14.Draw for the quarter-finals of the Powergen Challenge Cup:Leeds v HarlequinsHull KR v WarringtonHuddersfield v SalfordSt Helens v Catalans DragonsTies to be played on the weekend of June 2-4.

C Cup R5: Catalans take tough encounter

CATALANS Dragons are just two matches away from a first Powergen Challenge Cup final appearance after Widnes lost to French opposition for the second successive year and by 34-16 on Sunday.

C Cup R5: Robins keep winning

HULL Kingston Rovers ran away with it in the second half as they reached the Challenge Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Featherstone.

C Cup R5: Warrington show no mercy

PAUL Cullen showed his former club no mercy as Warrington powered into the Powergen Challenge Cup quarter-finals at the expense of National League One outfit Whitehaven by 46-2.

C Cup R5: Huddersfield ease past York

SECOND rower Chris Nero scored a first-half double on his return to action to help spare Huddersfield?s blushes in an error-filled Challenge Cup fifth round encounter at the Galpharm Stadium.

QLD forwards can lay platform

SKIPPER Darren Lockyer says his forwards can help lay the platform for a Queensland State of Origin win in Sydney on Wednesday.

Injury wrap Round 11

SYDNEY Roosters prop Adrian Morley is rated some chance of taking on Parramatta on Sunday after scans today cleared him of a broken hand. It was initially feared the Great Britain international would be sidelined for up to a month after he was forced from the field in yesterday's 28-26 win over South Sydney.

XXXX QRL Statewide score wrap

XXXX STATEWIDE SCORE WRAP>>MAJOR COMPETITIONS QLD WIZARD CUPRound Ten: Toowoomba 42 d Norths 10, Redcliffe 16 d North Queensland 14, Wynnum Manly 37 d Souths Logan 22, Central 28 d Ipswich 14, Burleigh 22 d Tweed Heads 10. Easts bye.Standings: Redcliffe 16, North Queensland 14, Toowoomba 14, Tweed Heads 10, Souths Logan 9, Burleigh 8, Easts 7, Central 7, Wynnum Manly 6, Norths 5, Ipswich 4.QLD WOMENS RLRound Seven: Ipswich Brothers 60 d Caboolture 22. Wests Mitchelton 20 d Wests Centenary 10.Standings: Ipswich Brothers 12, Wests Centenary 8, Wests Mitchelton 6, Caboolture 0.TOYOTA FOLEY SHIELDRound Four: A Grade - Townsville 34 (Chey Bird 2, Nathaniel Bowman, Dean Payne, Craig Snell, Bobbie McLean tries; Nathaniel Bowman 5 goals) d Mackay 6 (Mark Finlay try; Aaron Barba goal). Under 19 ? Townsville 58 d Mackay 22. Under 17 ? Mackay 30 d Townsville 18.A Grade Standings: Townsville 10, Cairns 6, Mackay 4.Under 19 Standings: Cairns 14.5, Townsville 5.5, Mackay 0.Under 17 Standings: Mackay 9, Cairns 6.5, Townsville 4.5.INTERSTATE UNIVERSITY CHALLENGEResult: New South Wales 24 (Paul Kiely, Jack Ducat, Kurt McPherson, Jamen McLeod tries; Clint Lovering 4 goals) d Queensland 10 (Rod McFarlane, Chris MacCall tries; Rod McFarlane goal).REPRESENTATIVE MATCHResult: A Grade ? Ipswich Diggers 42 d Brisbane Second Division 36. Under 22 ? Brisbane Second Division 40 d Ipswich Diggers 24. Under 20 ? Brisbane Second Division 20 d Ipswich Diggers 18.>>> SOUTH EAST DIVISIONFOGS CUPRound Ten: Tweed Heads 30 d Burleigh 14, Ipswich 44 d Western Districts 24, Aspley 34 d Norths 16, Sunshine Coast 28 d Redcliffe 26, Souths Logan 34 d Wynnum Manly 32. Easts bye.Standings: Tweed Heads 14, Burleigh 14, Redcliffe 11, Sunshine Coast 11, Wynnum Manly 10, Ipswich 8, Aspley 8, Easts 8, Souths Logan 8, Western Districts 4, Norths 4. FOGS COLTS CHALLENGERound Nine: Tweed Heads 26 d Burleigh 10, Western Districts 28 d Ipswich 24, Aspley 39 d Norths 22, Redcliffe 25 d Sunshine Coast 24, Wynnum Manly 30 d Souths Logan 26. Easts bye.Standings: Redcliffe 15, Norths 14, Easts 14, Aspley 11, Wynnum Manly 10, Souths Logan 8, Tweed Heads 8, Burleigh 6, Ipswich 4, Western Districts 4, Sunshine Coast 4. SPOTLESS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPStandings: Redcliffe 142, Tweed Heads 106, Easts 94, Burleigh 92, Souths Logan 84, Wynnum Manly 84, Norths 68, Aspley 57, Ipswich 52, Sunshine Coast 45, Western Districts 24.XXXX BRISBANE SECOND DIVISIONNORTHSIDE ONENo fixtures due to representative match.Standings: Dayboro 14, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 11, Samford 11, Fortitude Valley Juniors 10, Aspley Demons 8, Brook Sharks 8, Banyo 7, Pine Rivers 6, Northern Suburbs Juniors 5, Northside Natives 0.SOUTHSIDE ONENo fixtures due to representative match.Standings: St Brendans 18, Carina 18, Greenbank 11, Wests Inala 11, Wynnum Manly Juniors 8, Mt Gravatt 8, Capalaba Juniors 6, Logan Brothers 0.NORTHSIDE TWORound Ten: Mitchelton 24 d Deception Bay Bombers 4, Normanby 40 d Northern Raiders 16, Deception Bay Juniors 44 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Aspley Demons 50 d Burpengary 12, Arana Hills 36 d Ferny Grove 20, Fortitude Valley Juniors bye.Standings: Mitchelton 18, Ferny Grove 18, Normanby 17, Arana Hills 15, Northern Raiders 14, Deception Bay Bombers 10, Deception Bay Juniors 8, Fortitude Valley Juniors 8, Aspley Demons 6, Pine Central Holy Spirit 4, Burpengary 2. SOUTHSIDE TWORound Eleven: Bears 23 d Sunnybank 16, Rochedale 34 d Logan Brothers 8, Beenleigh Juniors 44 d Carina 6, Redlands bye.Standings: Rochedale 18, Sunnybank 16, Beenleigh Juniors 14, Logan Brothers 13, Redlands 12, Bears 8, Carina 7. SOUTHSIDE THREERound Eleven: Logan Wanderers 36 d Rochedale 16, Beenleigh Juniors 28 d Bulimba Valleys 10, St Brendans 38 d Wynnum Manly Juniors 14, Slacks Creek 50 d Browns Plains 12.Standings: St Brendans 19, Slacks Creek 19, Logan Wanderers 16, Rochedale 10, Wynnum Manly Juniors 8, Bulimba Valleys 6, Browns Plains 6, Beenleigh Juniors 4.SOUTHSIDE FOURRound Eleven: Browns Plains 40 d Slacks Creek 6, Wests Inala 28 d Cannon Hill 16, Carina 66 d Waterford 10, North Stradbroke Island bye.Standings: Wests Inala 22, Carina 18, Browns Plains 14, North Stradbroke Island 13, Cannon Hill 12, Waterford 4, Slacks Creek 3, Bears 2.ALBERT BISHOP SHIELDNo fixtures due to representative match.Standings: Eastern Suburbs Juniors 18, Fortitude Valley Juniors 16, Redlands 16, Arana Hills 12, Wynnum Manly Juniors 11, Waterford 9, Sunnybank 8, Aspley Demons 4, Centenary 2, Mustangs 2. ARTHUR SPARKS SHIELDNo fixtures due to representative match.Standings: Sandgate Brighton Gaters 18, Arana Hills 18, Mustangs 16, Wynnum Manly Juniors 14, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 12, Logan Brothers 12, Mitchelton 12, St Brendans 8, Capalaba Juniors 6, Pine Central Holy Spirit 2, Browns Plains 2. >>NORTHERN DIVISIONBENDIGO BANK PREMIERSHIP (Cairns)Round Eleven: Innisfail 62 d Suburbs 18, Atherton 42 d Mareeba 36, Mossman Port Douglas 32 d Ivanhoes 28, Brothers 40 d Tully 14, Kangaroos 50 d Yarrabah 46. Edmonton bye.Standings: Brothers 21, Innisfail 19, Kangaroos 14, Ivanhoes 14, Atherton 12, Mossman Port Douglas 10, Tully 10, Mareeba 10, Yarrabah 6, Suburbs 6, Edmonton 2.TOWNSVILLE DISTRICTS RLRound Eight: Brothers 28 d Herbert River 16, Centrals 24 drew Burdekin 24, Sharks 60 d University 20. Charters Towers bye.Standings: Brothers 28, Herbert River 24, Sharks United 20, Burdekin 18, Charters Towers 16, Centrals 10, University 4.* Wins worth 4pts in TDRLMERCURY CUP (Mackay)Round Ten: Moranbah 38 drew Magpies 38, Norths 56 d Sarina 20, Brothers 60 d Whitsunday 8, Souths 72 d Wests 8.Standings: Brothers 16, Moranbah 15, Souths 12, Whitsunday 8, Magpies 7, Norths 6, Sarina 6, Wests 2.MID WEST RLWeek Eight: Normanton 54 d Richmond 24, Doomadgee 98 d Clocurry 24.Standings: Doomadgee 9, Hughenden 9, Normanton 9, Julia Creek 6, Cloncurry 6, Richmond 0.* Wins worth 3pts in MWRL MOUNT ISA RLRound Three: Wanderers 48 d Desert Sharks 34, Brothers 36 d Black Stars 32. Town bye.Standings: To be advised.>>CENTRAL DIVISIONROCKHAMPTON DISTRICT RLRound Nine: Brothers 46 d CQU Norths 12, Yeppoon 42 d Fitzroy Gracemere 22.Standings: CQU Norths 12, Brothers 11, Fitzroy Gracemere 11, Yeppoon 2.GLADSTONE DISTRICT RLRound Ten: Wallabys 30 d Tannum Sands 16, Brothers 78 d Valleys 28. Biloela bye.Standings: Wallabys 13, Brothers 13, Tannum Sands 6, Valleys 4, Biloela 4.CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLRound Seven: Middlemount 54 d Blackwater 26, Clermont 72 d Springsure 4. Emerald Tigers 44 d Emerald Cowboys 14.Standings: Clermont 14, Blackwater 10, Middlemount 8, Emerald Cowboys 4, Emerald Tigers 6, Springsure 0.CENTRAL WEST RLRound Three: Barcaldine 26 d Winton 22, Ilfracombe 48 d Blackall 22. Longreach bye.Standings: Longreach 6, Barcaldine 6, Winton 4, Ilfracombe 2, Blackall 0.* These Scores from 14/05. No fixtures last weekend. >>WIDE BAY DIVISION4BU-HITZ FM PREMIERSHIP (Bundaberg)Round Six: Easts 34 d Wallroos 32, Across The Waves 40 d Brothers 12, Hervey Bay 40 d Wests 24.Standings: Wests 9, Easts 7, Across The Waves 6, Brothers 4*, Hervey Bay 4*, Wallaroos 2.* Deducted two points for fielding unregistered player.WIDE BAY AUSTRALIA CUP (Northern Districts)Round Six: South Kolan 40 d Avondale 24, Miriam Vale 26 d Gin Gin 8. Biggenden bye.Standings: Biggenden 10, South Kolan 10, Miriam Vale 8, Gin Gin 4, Avondale 4.CENTRAL BURNETTNo fixtures due to withdrawal of Moura. Draw to be altered.Standings: Eidsvold 6, Calliope 4, Monto 2, Moura 0.BRAD BACKER SHIELD (Fraser Coast)Round Four: Wests 34 d Rovers 12, Brothers 52 d Titans 10.Results: Brothers 8, Wests 6, Rovers 2, Titans 0.MAROOCHY RSL CUP (Sunshine Coast)Round Six: Maroochysore Coolum 12 d Bribie Island 6, Nambour 26 d Beerwah 12, Caboolture 28 d Kawana 22, Noosa 44 d Gympie Cooloola 16. Caloundra bye.Standings: Noosa 12, Caloundra 10, Kawana 8, Caboolture 8, Nambour 7, Maroochydore Coolum 6, Gympie Cooloola 4, Beerwah 4, Bribie Island 1.SUNSHINE COAST GYMPIE AMATEURSRound Five: Beachmere 34 d Palmwoods4, Kilcoy 28 d Pomona 12. Yandina Bye.Standings: Kilcoy 10, Beachmere 7, Pomona 7, Yandina 4, Palmwoods 2.>>SOUTH WEST DIVISIONWAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)Round Nine: Dalby 44 d Souths 12, Valleys 38 d Warwick 10, Wattles 38 d Oakey 16, Brothers 66 d Pittsworth 6, Gatton 44 d Newtown 28. Goondiwindi bye.Standings: Brothers 16, Valleys 16, Dalby 14, Gatton 10, Souths 10, Oakey 10, Goondiwindi 10, Wattles 9, Pittsworth 7, Warwick 4, Newtown 2.ROMA DISTRICTS RLRound Four: Cities 42 d Mitchell 24, Miles 30 d Red Bulls 26, St George 60 d Chinchilla 26.Standings: Miles 8, St George 6, Cities 4, Mitchell 2, Red Bulls 2, Chinchilla 2.BORDER LEAGUERound Five: Killarney 32 d Inglewood 14, Tenterfield 40 d Stanthorpe 28.Standings: Killarney 8, Tenterfield 4, Stanthorpe 4, Inglewood 0.WESTERN RLRound Six: Charleville 42 d Quilpie 14, Tambo 46 d Cunnamulla 24.Standings: Charleville 10, Tambo 7, Quilpie 4, Cunnamulla 3.>>SOUTHERN DIVISIONQLD GROUP CUP (Ipswich)No fixtures due to representative match.Standings: Brothers 14, South Burnett 12, Norths 12, West End 6, Springfield 6, Swifts 6, Fassifern 6, Goodna 4, Redbank Plains 2, Laidley 2. SMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Round Seven: Southport 26 d Uni Parkwood 14, Runaway Bay 42 d Helensvale 20, Tweed Heads 34 d Beaudesert 20, Tugun 60 d Nerang 8, Burleigh 60 d Mudgeeraba 10.Standings: Tugun 14, Burleigh 12, Runaway Bay 11, Uni Parkwood 7, Southport 6*, Tweed Heads 6*, Beaudesert 4, Nerang 2, Helensvale 2, Mudgeeraba 2. * Game cancelled at 12-all due to weather. Game to be replayed May 28.

Round 11 charges

CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley has escaped a dangerous throw charge by the NRL match review committee. Kimmorley was involved in a lifting tackle on the Bulldogs' Reni Matua in the 21st minute of yesterday's fiery 32-24 loss at Telstra Stadium.

Buderus, Tahu training

NSW captain Danny Buderus remains in serious doubt for Wednesday's opening State of Origin rugby league match after failing to train with his team this afternoon. Buderus, who has been troubled by back spasms, worked out by walking on a treadmill in the gym as his team trained at Aussie Stadium.

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