Friday, 30 April 2010

NOT The Footy Show - Episode 17 - Round 08 NRL Preview Podcast

NOT The Footy Show is now Podcasting for the rest of the 2010 NRL Premiership Season.

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This week we had to do the show via telephone - so if you're checking out the YouTube video watch the first minute then just play it in the background as there's not much in the way of visuals but the podcast has 6 extra minutes of gold.

So our Round 8 NRL Video Preview has the moments & results of Round 7, our tipping records and of course our Tips!

No News & Views Video this week - we hope to have one uploaded in the next couple of weeks.

We've also filmed a special NSW State of Origin Team Picks Video in Episode 15 -

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2010 NRL - NOT The Footy Show Episode 17 - Round 08 Preview

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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

NRL Tips Round 8 2010 + NOT The Footy Show Episodes 15 & 17

Here are The NRL Tweet's Tips for Round 8 of the 2010 NRL Premiership.

The on-field action should be the focus for Round 8 in the wake of the Melbourne Storm Salary Cap storm of last week... but I guess we can dream can't we?

Either way the footy is what we all really care about - and here's the Round 8 Tips & Preview.
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NOT The Footy Show kicks off Round 8 with a special Video featuring our NSW State of Origin Teams for the 2010 Series - check it out in Episode 15.

And below are our predictions for Round 8 of the 2010 NRL Premiership. It includes some Pre-Game Dribble and Selection News.

Plus our video preview for each game are worth watching via NOT The Footy Show for Round 8 - available Thursday.

Also be sure to check out our - Fantasy NRL Blog - worth a look no matter what form of the game you play.

And in case you missed it - Episode 16 Video Reaction to the Melbourne Storm storm.

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VBroncos v Knights
> Pre-Game Dribble: Brisbane didn't play terribly in their 36-18 loss to the Bulldogs but they need to improve to beat a Newcastle side that will be eager to make up for their appalling loss to Cronulla. The Broncos have lost hooker Andrew McCullough which is a blow to their ruck plays but Alex Glenn will have the mandate to feed Darren Lockyer early and often. Israel Folau v Junior Sau will be a great matchup and the Broncos have made a superb signing in Shane Tronc who didn't miss a beat in his NRL return. Broncos at home but the Knights will push them.
> Selection News: Brisbane have lost hooker Andrew McCullough and winger Antonio Winterstein to injury and dropped Gerard Beale - Alex Glenn moves to hooker, Denan Kemp comes onto the wing and Corey Norman & Steve Michaels are on the bench. New signing Shane Tronc will start at prop after coming off the bench v Canterbury. The Knights have named Zeb Taia after he was a late inclusion v Cronulla and Dan Tolar will start at prop. Steven Simpson is out with Mark Taufua at lock. Ben Cross must be in some doubt after a serious head knock last week. 
> NRL Tweet's Prediction: Broncos by 2
VEels v Bulldogs
> Pre-Game Dribble: Parramatta are strong favourites after Canterbury's injury toll was revealed. No Ben Hannant, Josh Morris, Yileen Gordon or Ben Roberts for a few weeks and it'll be tough for the Dogs to cope without so many key players. With David Stagg also in doubt - how can you pick Canterbury? Well you can't be that confident in the Eels after being nothing more than solid v Nth Qld... still they've got their second phase play back and their best players were their best players. Eels the tip.
> Selection News: Eric Grothe has not returned from injury as Parramatta retain the same 17 that defeated North Queensland. Canterbury on the other hand have injuries a-go-go. Ben Hannant, Josh Morris, Yileen Gordon & Ben Roberts are all OUT - with Michael Hodgson, Junior Tia-Kilifi, Gary Warburton & Blake Green starting. Tim Browne, Jarrad Hickey & Mickey Paea join the bench alongside the surprisingly unelevated Ben Barba. David Stagg is in some doubt after experiencing nerve pain late in the Broncos game.
> NRL Tweet's Prediction: Eels by 2
VWarriors v Raiders
> Pre-Game Dribble: Canberra threw away another game they led by plenty at halftime and when your coach says the following after the match - any Raiders fan has to be concerned about how the tactics change at the break. "In all 3 leads (v Brisbane, Tigers & Souths) we've talked about the same thing..." But the Warriors were blown away by the Storm at Etihad... in fact they were so far out of the contest it wasn't funny. Although the Warriors are at home one can't help but think that Furner might encourage his team to do something different at halftime should the Raiders lead this week - so Canberra it is... even on the road.
> Selection News: Ivan Cleary has gone back to what worked for the Warriors early in the season with Wade McKinnon benched for Lance Hohaia at fullback and Joel Moon at five-eighth. Brent Tate is back in the centres and Patrick Ah Van goes onto the wing. Jacob Lillyman is out and Jeremy Latimore joins the bench. For Canberra - David Furner has made cosmetic changes to the bench adding an actual halfback in Marc Herbert and prop Troy Thompson to the mix. Adam Mogg stays at half despite being replaced with 30 minutes left due to 'injury' v South Sydney.
> NRL Tweet's Prediction: Raiders by 4
VTitans v Panthers
> Pre-Game Dribble: Two teams who will be eager to show off their premiership credentials at Skilled Stadium on Saturday Night. The Titans stole their Round 7 match from Manly with two tries in the final ten minutes, while the Panthers were impressive defeating the Wests Tigers at CUA. Luke Lewis is in superb form as he pushes for representative jumpers and the Penrith go-forward machine is in top gear... but if the Titans get Scott Prince back I'll be tipping them at home.
> Selection News: Scott Prince is the big inclusion we EXPECT to see come Saturday Night. He was close to playing Manly apparently and he would be the only change to the Titans lineup. Penrith have just one change with Junior Paulo making way for Masada Iosefa on the bench and have named Wade Graham as 18th man.
> NRL Tweet's Prediction: Titans by 7
VCowboys v Storm
> Pre-Game Dribble: North Queensland are a better team with Johnathan Thurston in a dinner suit but even the superstar in evening wear wasn't enough to hold onto a 18-12 lead at home. Thurston will play but he cannot tackle or run the ball with his shoulder injury. Melbourne were unstoppable crushing the Warriors 40-6 and will be able to play care-free football the rest of the year... if mentally they can get over the hump of nothing to show for the last few years (not easy) they'll be the best team to watch for the rest of the season. And if you saw them play the Warriors - it'll be one wild ride! Storm by plenty.
> Selection News: Johnathan Thurston has a second game in a dinner suit ahead of him but it won't be alongside Ray Thompson who was surprisingly dumped for Grant Rovelli. Willie Tupou supplants John Williams and Leeson Ah Mau replaces brother Isaak on the bench. Antonio Kaufusi gets a reprieve for the injured Carl Webb and Dane Hogan is 18th man. Melbourne rang the changes before the Warriors game and youngsters Matt Duffie & Willie Isa hold their spots. Gareth Widdop makes way for Greg Inglis, while Brett White (suspension) and Aiden Tolman (injury) are replaced by Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor. Hep Cahill is 18th man.
> NRL Tweet's Prediction: Storm by 16
VDragons v Sharks
> Pre-Game Dribble: St.George-Illawarra held the Roosters at bay on ANZAC Day and then ran over them in the second half. They roll forward up front and play off the strength of their left side combinations... and have a great defence. That wins in today's game... and unless the Sharks can muster up an 80 minutes that is twice as good as what they showed against Newcastle - it'll be the 6-1 Dragons becoming the 7-1 Dragons. And Ben Pomeroy is back for the Sharks... so there's no way I'm picking Cronulla.
> Selection News: No changes for the 6-1 Dragons. Cronulla have named Ben Pomeroy for an early return from a hand injury after his replacement Dean Collis was injured in his first game back from injury. Paul Aiton re-joins the bench after missing the Knights game but Stuart Flanagan remains part of the extended reserves list.
> NRL Tweet's Prediction: Dragons by 10
VTigers v Roosters
> Pre-Game Dribble: Robbie Farah at HALFBACK! No that's not a typo and it is probably not how the Tigers will lineup come Sunday. Western Suburbs NSW Cup veteran Nathan Waters will make his NRL debut and look for him to play at #7 for the Tigers this week. Tim Sheens might be looking to pull off the same trick Ricky Stuart did last year plucking Scott Porter from the NSW Cup to run his side. Actually on second thoughts maybe Sheens should just try signing Porter. Either way Waters might be a real surprise... The Roosters tried hard on ANZAC Day to keep with the Dragons but the better team won on the day and proved yet again that without the lion's share of possession the Roosters can't beat good teams. Plus they won't have Mitchell Pearce so our tip is the Tigers at Campbelltown for the first time this season.
> Selection News: Tim Sheens moves Robbie Farah to halfback although expect Daniel Fitzhenry to play there when Mitch Brown comes off the bench (if Brown doesn't start). Liam Fulton named at hooker and Mark Flanagan starts in the second row. NSW Cup veteran Nathan Waters might get a chance off the bench to play in the halves after being named for his debut. The Roosters lose Mitchell Pearce to a shoulder injury but Todd Carney moves to halfback and Anthony Minichiello goes to fullback. Phil Graham shifts to the wing and Ben Jones starts at centre.
> NRL Tweet's Prediction: Tigers by 7
VRabbitohs v Sea Eagles
> Pre-Game Dribble: Manly butchered their game against the Titans - blowing a 12 point lead with ten minutes left and given the game was at Brookvale... well let's just say I'd be surprised if the dressing room door is still on its hinges. Souths had their game against Canberra handed to them by a deplorable 2nd half game plan from the hosts and will get a lot of confidence from the fact that despite not playing that well - they turned around a 24-6 deficit to win. Dave Taylor and John Sutton stepped up for the Bunnies in that one and will need to do so again as the Manly halves - Kieran Foran & Trent Hodkinson - are rapidly becoming difference makers for the Manly team. ANZ has never held much of a home ground advantage for anyone who plays there so my leaning towards Manly looking at the teams gives them my tip.
> Selection News: South Sydney retain the same 17 that beat Canberra... well the 16 that beat Canberra as Jason Clark didn't get on the field. Watch for a late bid by either Roy Asotasi or Michael Crocker to play. Manly played with 16 as well against the Gold Coast with rookie Jamie Buhrer still yet to taste any NRL action despite being on the bench for the last two games... he now gives way to Matt Cross in the 17.
> NRL Tweet's Prediction: Sea Eagles by 8

Our Tipping Record To Date... 39/56 @ 70%!
Round by Round: 5/8 - 6/8 - 7/8 - 6/8 - 5/8 - 5/8 - 5/8.

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

NSW State of Origin Team 2010 + QLD Team + Game Reviews + Player Ratings & Profiles - NOT The Footy Show Episode 15

|=| GAME II - QLD 34 def. NSW 6 - Brisbane Wed June 16 |=||=| GAME III - QLD 23 def. NSW 18 @ Sydney Wed July 7 |=|
Queensland have won the Series 3-0 achieving their first Clean Sweep since 1995.
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|=| GAME THREE Wednesday July 7 |=|
|=| @ ANZ Stadium in Sydney - kick-off 8:10pm |=|
TRIES: Darius Boyd 20th, Nate Myles 28th, Billy Slater 74th, Willie Tonga 79th.
GOALS: Johnathan Thurston 3/3, Israel Folau 0/1, Darren Lockyer 1 Field Goal.

TRIES: Paul Gallen 36th, Kurt Gidley 47th, Greg Bird 70th.
GOALS: Michael Gordon 3/3.

Official Man of the Match: Billy Slater, QLD
Wally Lewis Medal (Man of the Series): Billy Slater, QLD
THE NRL TWEET's 4-2-1s for Game Three.
4 - Billy Slater, QLD
2 - Jarryd Hayne, NSW
1 - Kurt Gidley, NSW
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QLD - To Come July 8
NSW - To Come July 8

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NSW Announced their State of Origin Game 3 Side on Monday.
NSW Squad 28/6:
J Hayne, B Morris, M Jennings, B Scott, M Gordon, T Barrett (c), M Pearce, J King, M Ennis, K Snowden, L Lewis, P Gallen, G Bird.
Bench: K Gidley, T Learoyd-Lahrs, T Mannah, A Watmough.
QLD Announced their State of Origin Game 3 Side on Tuesday.
QLD Squad 29/6:
Starters: B Slater, D Boyd, G Inglis, W Tonga, I Folau, D Lockyer (c), J Thurston, M Scott, C Smith, P Civoniceva, N Myles, S Thaiday, A Harrison.
Bench: C Cronk, D Shillington, N Costigan, D Taylor, B Lowe.

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NOT The Footy Show Episode 25 Below has our full State of Origin 2 Recap... 

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Queensland just too good, too classy and too full of players that make a difference. Until NSW realise they need to fight fire with fire... it'll be 3-0 in a couple of weeks time. Solid simply doesn't get it done Craig Bellamy...
A massive congratulations to the Maroons for being - simply the best.
> GAME TWO Wednesday June 16 <
> @ Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane - kick-off 8:10pm <
TRIES: I Folau 2 12th+48th, G Inglis 4th, D  Boyd 35th, W Tonga 44th, C Cronk 60th.
GOALS: J Thurston 5/6.

TRIES: B White 79th.
GOALS: K Gidley 1/1.

Official Man of the Match: Darren Lockyer, QLD.
THE NRL TWEET's 4-2-1s for Game Two.
4 - Darren Lockyer
2 - David Shillington
1 - Israel Folau

(21 Man Squad named on 7/6 - Final 17 named 8/6)
7/6 Update: NSW named a 21 Man Squad on Monday Night... evidently with Anthony Watmough & Jamie Lyon ruled out through injury, Luke Lewis & Jarryd Hayne fighting suspensions and Michael Weyman, Beau Scott & Josh Dugan under injury clouds - the selectors went with 21 players.
8/6 Update: Here is the team after Hayne got cleared and Lewis was suspended - NSW Game 2.
12/6 Update: Timana Tahu has sensationally walked out of camp after something assistant coach Andrew Johns said rubbed him the wrong way... Johns has apologised but Tahu is out. Canberra's Joel Monaghan has replaced Tahu in another classic example of the NSW 'think tank' having next to no idea that solid doesn't get the job done at Origin level. Michael Jennings & Josh Morris must be stunned.
HAYNE, Jarryd
BARRETT, Trent (v/c)
PEARCE, Mitchell
WEYMAN, Michael
ENNIS, Michael
WHITE, Brett
GIDLEY, Kurt (c)
QLD OFFICIAL Team Game 2 8/6
(This is the official team named on 8/6)
In a stunning (yet sadly predictible turnaround for QLD) Israel Folau retained his spot on the wing ahead of Lote Tuqiri. Cameron Smith proved his fitness against Parramatta and will replace Matt Ballin at hooker, while Ben Te'o has been ousted as 18th man by Jharal Yow Yeah. The only other change is Ben Hannant coming in for the injured Petero Civoncieva.
BOYD, Darius
TONGA, Willie
FOLAU, Israel
LOCKYER, Darren (c)
THURSTON, Johnathan
SCOTT, Matthew
SMITH, Cameron
CRONK, Cooper
YOW YEH, Jharal (18th Man)



The NRL Tweet: #Origin QLD 28 def. NSW 24. Don't let 24 points deceive you - NSW had nothing in attack. QLD deserved the win - Lockyer/Thurston brilliant.

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<> NOT The Footy Show will be covering State of Origin with our combination of Videos & Podcasts throughout the 2010 Series.
<> So keep checking back on for all the latest developments for the NSW and QLD State of Origin Teams in 2010 - including:
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MAY 24 - Slaughter at Stadium Australia (NSW v QLD Game Three, 2000)
<> GAME TWO is Wednesday June 16 @ Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane - kick-off 8:10pm.