Obviously with the drama surrounding the Melbourne Storm Salary Cap storm - the news late this week has been dominated by this story.
NOT The Footy Show had a reaction video uploaded just an hour after the story broke - take a look at this and let us know what you think about the punishment handed out by the NRL and the crime committed by the Melbourne Storm.
NOT The Footy Show - Episode 16 - Melbourne Storm Cheat NRL's Salary Cap
Below are our predictions for Round 7 of the 2010 NRL Premiership.
It includes some Pre-Game Dribble and Selection News.
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> Pre-Game Dribble: Canterbury had to beat the Tigers after having all the ball in the 1st Half and were good enough to go on with the job and win 24-4. Brisbane were impressive at Suncorp dispatching the Sharks 44-16... but it was the Sharks. Darren Lockyer is in great form at the moment and Corey Parker is a massive confidence booster for the Broncos pack but I'm leaning towards the Bulldogs at home with Josh Morris and Brett Kimmorley pushing their representative claims behind another solid performance from the Canterbury pack.
> Selection News: Former Cowboy Shane Tronc may be a late inclusion for the Broncos - who have lost Peter Wallace and Matt Gillett to long term injury. Ben Te'o is at centre and Ben Hunt will play halfback. While Ben Barba could finally get the start against a currently ice cold Ben Roberts for Canterbury.
>NRL Tweet's Prediction:Bulldogs by 10
VCowboys v Eels
> Pre-Game Dribble: If the Eels are fair dinkum they have to win this game and win it well. The Cowboys will not beat any decent teams without any of their 'big four' in Thurston, Bowen, O'Donnell and Payne. Willie Mason was again excellent in the 36-18 loss to the Knights but hardly anyone else stood up. Parramatta got their second phase going against South Sydney in their 22-8 win with 27 off-loads - allowing the likes of Daniel Mortimer to play his game. Even though the Eels are travelling to Townsville - it's almost impossible to pick the Cowboys at the moment.
> Selection News: The Cowboys MIGHT get Matthew Bowen back for this one but he's more likely to come back in a fortnight and hasn't been named. Carl Webb & Willie Mason will start, while Michael Bani comes in for Willie Tupou and Grant Rovelli is named once again despite missing the cut v the Knights. The Eels have moved Eric Grothe to the bench to allow for the return of Joel Reddy from suspension. .
>NRL Tweet's Prediction:Eels by 12
VPanthers v Tigers
> Pre-Game Dribble: The Tigers defence was gallant in defeat vs the Dogs but they need a few troops back from the injured list this week to push an in-form Penrith. The Panthers looked shaky after halftime after blowing a 22-0 lead but ended up running away with their clash with the Warriors 40-12. Penrith's game plan seems to live and die by Luke Walsh's boot so if the Tigers can shut him down the likes of Farah, Marshall & Tuqiri could wreak havoc. Tigers to bounce back on the road if Farah plays... we reserve the right to change this pick if he's ruled out before Friday.
> Selection News: Keith Galloway is a huge addition for the Tigers who badly need some depth in the pack for this one - while Arana Taumata hasn't recovered from injury and won't supplant Blake Lazarus at halfback. Rookie Chris Corby is on standby for Robbie Farah who has an elbow complaint. Wade Graham is close for Penrith but will he get a start? Maurice Blair is named on an extended bench.
>NRL Tweet's Prediction: Tigers by 7
VSharks v Knights
> Pre-Game Dribble: Cronulla have taken two big steps back since shocking the Eels in Round 4 and could be friendless entering this game against Newcastle. That being said the Knights had the Cowboys at their mercy at halftime on Saturday up 30-6 and only ended up 36-18 winners - so don't over-rate Newcastle. If the Sharks rediscover the lost art of defence and Ricky Stuart sacks Ben Pomeroy before kick-off - I'm willing to back Cronulla at home on a Saturday night.
> Selection News: Josh Cordoba suffered a horrendous elbow injury and will be out indefinitely, he is replaced by Luke Harlen. Ben Pomeroy should have been dropped... but wasn't. The Knights get Steven Simpson back but key backrower Zeb Taia remains unavailable with injury. Utility Matt Hilder has been named on the bench.
>NRL Tweet's Prediction:Sharks by 4
VRaiders v Rabbitohs
> Pre-Game Dribble: Watching the Raiders live on Saturday night was painful... thinking they can turn things around from a 36-6 drubbing by the Roosters seems ludicrous but hear me out. South Sydney were ordinary once Parramatta staged their comeback and their halves run around like headless chooks when the going gets tough. Canberra at home is a tough assignment for anyone and if (it is a BIG IF) the Raiders hold the ball their game plan can be executed - roll forward through big men and work for repeat sets. Make errors and give Souths a big lead and it's over... see Roosters game.
> Selection News: Josh McCrone didn't finish the Roosters game and is in doubt - he is replaced by Adam Mogg (no that's not a joke - David Furner believes in him), Joe Picker has a busted face and is out for at least a month and James Stuart is also out with injury. Brett Kelly and Trevor Thurling will start, while David Shillington is demoted to the bench. Marc Herbert has made the bench and if Furner has any idea what he is doing - will start the game at halfback. Souths picked two outside backs to cover for the injured Mick Crocker and Roy Asotasi on Sunday - they won't make the same mistake here. As a result Eddy Pettybourne returns from injury and Ben Lowe from suspension to signficantly beef up the Bunnies pack.
>NRL Tweet's Prediction:Raiders by 10
VDragons v Roosters
> Pre-Game Dribble: The SFS for afternoon football - simply does not get any better than this. The Roosters had a possession advantage against Canberra which allowed them to play their style and won 36-6 - the 5-1 Dragons won't give them nearly as much ball this week. St.George-Illawarra get Michael Weyman back and Jamie Soward showed some signs of life against the Titans - expect the Roosters to put up a fight if they have some ball but get run over if they are starved of possession.
> Selection News: Weyman is back from suspension for the Dragons but Ben Hornby may be in some doubt after playing through an injury last Friday, Michael Greenfield makes way for Weyman. The Roosters will sweat on the fitness of Todd Carney who hurt his ribs v Canberra and Mitchell Pearce copped a few head knocks so he'll be monitored in the lead up. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Jason Ryles copped some knocks to their heads but should play. Ben Jones joins a five man bench.
>NRL Tweet's Prediction:Dragons by 8
VStorm v Warriors
> Pre-Game Dribble: The Storm were atrocious against Manly - and should still have won with all the field position and possession they had in the second half. The good news for Melbourne is the Warriors were almost as bad hosting the Panthers. Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has to be worried the 2009 Warriors are back after they squandered a chance at a second half comeback with another half of dropped ball. Melbourne should rebound even without Greg Inglis if Craig Bellamy promotes some attacking youth in the backline.
> Selection News: With Inglis out for at least a week with an ankle injury (he has been named but must be long odds to play) now is the time for the Storm to blood some youth out wide - any one of Gareth Widdop, Dane Chisholm, Willie Isa or Matt Duffie could get the call - especially if Dane Nielsen gets ruled out later in the week with a busted hand. Brett White is on an extended bench hoping to play his first game of 2010. The Warriors get Russell Packer back from the doghouse, Jerome Ropati will start and key veterans Simon Mannering and Steven Price might be late inclusions. Kevin Locke has been punted with Brent Tate the man moving to the wing.
>NRL Tweet's Prediction: Storm by 14
VSea Eagles v Titans
> Pre-Game Dribble: Manly built a 16-0 lead in as many minutes against Melbourne and held on despite giving the Storm plenty of chances to win in the second half. A win on the road like that should fill them with confidence heading back home for a Monday Night Football clash with the Titans. The Gold Coast were ordinary against the Dragons and never looked like winning in their 19-6 loss at Skilled Park. Manly's young halves Trent Hodkinson and Kieran Foran are such a good combination one can only wonder why Des Hasler decided to go with Jamie Lyon at five-eighth (and as chief playmaker) in Round 1.
> Selection News: Manly get Brent Kite back from suspension and having played Monday - will name the same team regardless of any injuries. The Titans will be hoping Scott Prince can make an early return but Round 8 or 9 seems more likely. Mat Rogers is out for at least 6 weeks and possibly longer with a knee injury and is replaced by former New Zealand international Clinton Toopi.
>NRL Tweet's Prediction: Sea Eagles by 2
Our Tipping Record To Date... 34/48 @ 71%!
Round by Round: 5/8 - 6/8 - 7/8 - 6/8 - 5/8 - 5/8
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