1 > Nic is back on deck for Episode 24 plus we have two must hear interviews with special guests Kiki & Paul. 2 > Full recap on the NSW & QLD Teams named for State of Origin 2.
3 > We discuss the incredible moment when Jamie Lyon passed up hot chips.
4 >All the Round 13 Moments coving all the results and why North Queensland never looked like winning their Monday Night Football game against Souths. 5 > Three Big Talking Points - a >State of Origin Game 2 INS/OUTs - why Nathan Hindmarsh gives NSW fans hope the state over. Includes our Game 2 Preview. b >Stats That Matter - how much stock do we put in personal stats v team stats? c >Revised Premiership Picks for 2010... we can't pick the Storm anymore - so who are our new favourites? 6 >NRL Tweet Player of the Year Leaderboard after 13 Rounds - can anyone catch Benji Marshall?
7 >Twitter Time - The NRL Tweet ran hot this last week... We interview our 500th Follower - Kiki from the Oh Errol Girls + No love for tempertot Thurston + Footy Card Errors + Will Canberra get Barrett & Buderus? + American Rugby League Season Kicked Off + Canterbury show Terry Lamb KO Ellery Hanley on the big screen + Should Jarryd Hayne have been suspended? + Nathan Hindmarsh love + Andy Raymond ropes two of us into a bet we didn't know we agreed to + Was Issac Luke charged because it was Thurston? Plus we answer Questions from the followers of the NRL Tweet.
8 > Plus all our Tips + Previews of NRL Round 14 + Tipping Records + Special Fried Rice Picks this week. 9 >Fantasy NRL Talk has reached new heights - Paul's Razzle Dazzlers are tearing up the NOT The Footy Show Fox Sports League and we ask him to reveal why his team is so hot in an exclusive interview. Plus some exciting news on the awarding of the NOT The Footy Show Fantasy League Trophy. 10 > You decide whether Nic should keep his job in the wake of Dave's outstanding debut last week.
TITANS 28: K Gordon 2, M Minichiello, S Tagataese, L Bailey Tries; S Prince 4/6 Goals. SEA EAGLES 14: M Ballin, B Farrar Tries; S Rodney 3/3 Goals.
+ Post Game Tweet: #NRL FNF Recap: Gold Coast prove too good for a fairly average Manly outfit at Skilled. Titans win 28-14 as Kevin Gordon steals the show on the wing.
+ Rd 14 Notes from Skilled: Still at a loss as to how Kevin Gordon was beaten to a Man of the Match Award by a pretty scrappy effort from Greg Bird. | Nathan Friend is a marvel... has the best endurance of any player in the NRL by a LONG way. | The Titans had to get their speed on the flanks into the game and tonight Manly couldn't run with them. | Mat Rogers is a big plus to the Titans backline - he instills a lot of confidence on both sides of the ball. | Anthony Laffranchi is fast becoming one of the worst goal-line defenders in the NRL - his non-attempt on Matt Ballin was woeful. | Manly looked devoid of attacking options without Jamie Lyon & Steven Matai in the centres... until there was ten minutes left when they opened up the game with some great attacking football... why wait til then Des? | Josh Perry's constant pulling of rookie Gold Coast forward Ryan James' long hair was pathetic... as was Perry's 6 runs for 35 metres in 47 minutes of football. | Follow The NRL Tweet for more. Market Watch: GLD $1.48 v MAN $2.65
Tuesday's Preview: The Gold Coast put on a show in the final 20 minutes against Canberra but Anthony Laffranchi's selfishness stopped them from winning a game they once trailed 26-6 in. Scott Prince, Greg Bird & Preston Campbell are great players and their presence holds the key in this game with Manly on Friday Night. Manly have zero State of Origin reps but injured duo Anthony Watmough & Jamie Lyon would have been picked and Jason King is still a chance of playing if there are any injuries to NSW forwards. This game is at Skilled and as a result it is hard to think Manly can win without Watmough, Lyon and the suspended Steven Matai... the Sea Eagles looked quite impotent without their regular centres and the pressure will be on Kieran Foran & Trent Hodkinson to find alternate routes to points on the Gold Coast. If this was at Brookvale you'd take Manly but this is a game that demands you pick the Titans. Selection & Fantasy News 8/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): State of Origin Reps for Game 2 - Harrison for Titans & possibly Jason King for Sea Eagles. King was in the initial 21 man NSW squad but could be on standby for Michael Weyman. The Sea Eagles lost Anthony Watmough to injury - although they would have lost him to NSW anyway. William Hopoate keeps his spot, while Chris Bailey starts for Watmough and Joe Galuvao, Vic Mauro & Jamie Buhrer join the bench. The Titans have omitted Clinton Toopi & Joseph Tomane with Mat Rogers & Sam Tagataese starting at centre. Bodene Thompson locks the scrum for Harrison, while rookie Ryan James and veterans Luke O'Dwyer & William Zillman join the bench. Update 11/6: Mat Rogers should play after being named earlier than expected to return from a knee injury. While rookie forward Ryan James seems set to debut from the bench. Jason King will definitely play for Manly. NRL Tweet's Prediction: Titans by 6 = CORRECT
Cowboys defeated Raiders
COWBOYS 16: M Morgan 2 Tries; J Williams 4/4 Goals.
RAIDERS 8: D Vidot, J McCrone Tries; T Campese 0/2 Goals.
+ Post Game Tweet: #NRL Sat Recap: Not even 46 butchered tries by the Cowboys can stop Canberra handing them a 16-8 win at Dairy Farmers. Raiders absolutely woeful.
+ Rd 14 Notes from Dairy Farmers: Terry Campese... so many words could describe his performance tonight. Good, Great, Brilliant, Skillful & Eager are not any of them. | Matthew Bowen was the best player on the field but his ability to lay down when hit high is second to none... decided the game and it shouldn't have. | Willie Mason & Scott Bolton were very good for the Cowboys and Carl Webb had his best game of 2010. | Canberra are playing without a halfback in 2010... two five-eighths won't cut it David Furner. Especially when the one who should run doesn't and the one who does run shouldn't. | David Milne is a reserve grader... tries hard but he's not up to the NRL... unfortunately tonight he was not alone for the Raiders. | Strange how one player can score two tries in the opening 20 minutes and have zero impact on the game as a whole. Michael Morgan was johnny on the spot for his two tries and was basically unseen. | Follow The NRL Tweet for more.
Market Watch: NQL $2.45 v CAN $1.55
Tuesday's Preview: Canberra have beaten St.George-Illawarra and the Gold Coast in their past two games so they should have no problems beating the deplorable North Queensland Cowboys - even on the road. Canberra are minus David Shillington & Tom Learoyd-Lahrs to Origin duty but the Cowboys don't have Johnathan Thurston, Willie Tonga, Luke O'Donnell & Matthew Scott... so advantage Canberra. If Josh Dugan can play (he suffered a knee cork v Titans) then you'd imagine his combination with the young Canberra backline outside Terry Campese should be too much for the Cowboys leftovers. Take Canberra on the road with some confidence. Selection & Fantasy News 8/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): State of Origin Reps for Game 2 - Thurston, O'Donnell, Tonga & Scott for Nth Qld & Shillington and Learoyd-Lahrs for Canberra. The Cowboys also get Michael Morgan back from injury, promote Isaak Ah Mau & Steve Rapira, while John Williams moves onto the wing. Canberra get Shaun Fensom back from injury while Adam Mogg & Danny Galea join the bench. Josh Dugan is in some doubt with a corked knee. Update 11/6: Josh Dugan must pass a fitness test in order to take his place (He did not and was ruled out late Friday) - David Milne will likely come in for Dugan. The Cowboys are yet to decide on the final makeup of their bench. Update 12/6: Joel Monaghan has joined NSW as cover for Timana Tahu. Brett Kelly or Justin Carney will replace him on the wing for Canberra. NRL Tweet's Prediction: Raiders by 10 = INCORRECT
Knights lost to Warriors
WARRIORS 32: M Vatuvei, J Moon, J Latimore, J Maloney Tries; J Maloney 6/6 Goals. KNIGHTS 24: J Sa'u, Z Taia, A Uate, M Hilder Tries; W Naiqama 4/4 Goals.
+ Post Game Tweet: #NRL Sun Recap: Warriors defeat Newcastle 32-24 in a decent game of football at EnergyAustralia. Warriors gutsy but have the Knights forgot how to win?
+ Rd 14 Notes from EnergyAustralia: Nothing more to say other than the Knights don't know how to win close games anymore and the Warriors sucked it up and ground out a fine victory away from home. | Warriors halves James Maloney & Isaac John completely outplayed their Knights counterparts Jarrod Mullen & Scott Dureau (the latter will be in reggies next week for sure after his game today). How far has Mullen fallen in 2010? | The Knights have some good players in their pack but rarely do the whole lot stand up to be counted in the one game. Zeb Taia played a lone hand today. | Akuila Uate is a great talent but you've gotta feed him more Newcastle. | Isaac De Gois had a game he'd rather forget. | Even though the Warriors won by 8 points they lacked a standout player. Whereas the Knights had two in Taia & Uate. Joel Moon though was the best of the Warriors with some great touches and hits in defence at centre. | Follow The NRL Tweet for more. Market Watch: NEW $1.55 v WAR $2.45
Tuesday's Preview: Newcastle were ordinary in their loss to the Panthers at CUA and the Warriors gave a good account of themselves in their loss to the Dragons - but this game is at EnergyAustralia and you just know the Knights are poised to 'put it altogether' this week. But give the Warriors some respect - they turned a 44 point loss v the Tigers into a 2 point loss v the Dragons so there was a lot of improvement. The halves battle looks delicious with Scott Dureau & Jarrod Mullen the best combo for the Knights and the Warriors duo of Isaac John & James Maloney was excellent last week. If the Knights have an edge it is in their edge runners but this is a game the Warriors could snatch from Newcastle's grasp. As far as genuine upsets go this week - a Warriors win would be a smart pick but I'll stick with the Knights in this one. Selection & Fantasy News 8/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): State of Origin Res for Game 2 - Gidley for Newcastle. Although the Warriors have no rep players - they did lost Brent Tate to a serious jaw injury and his place has been taken by Joel Moon in the centres. There's a cosmetic change in the halves with Isaac John switching jerseys with James Maloney - even though John played halfback v the Dragons. The Knights also recall Mark Taufua and Scott Dureau for Shannon McDonnell & Gidley. Update 11/6: Despite being named to play fullback again this week - Wes Naiqama is facing another late shift to the bench to accomodate Shannon McDonnell. Mark Taufua is still 50/50 to return from a knee injury with either McDonnell or rookie Joel Edwards to take his place in the 17. The Warriors are good to go. NRL Tweet's Prediction: Knights by 4= INCORRECT
Broncos defeated Rabbitohs
BRONCOS 50: B Te'o 3, J Hoffman 2, J Yow Yeh 2, M Gillett 2 Tries; C Parker 7/9 Goals. RABBITOHS 22: N Merritt 2, C Best, B Lowe Tries; C Sandow 3/4 Goals.
+ Post Game Tweet: #NRL Sun Recap: Brisbane throttle South Sydney 50-22 at Suncorp. Souths halves can't cut it in a tough game & Brisbane were excellent without big trio.
+ Rd 14 Notes from Suncorp: Brisbane were fluent in attack even without their star trio of Darren Lockyer, Israel Folau & Sam Thaiday. Matt Gillett & Josh Hoffman are now vital parts of the offence. | Up front Shane Tronc continues to make a difference - his second phase play is adding another dimension to the Broncos middle. | Peter Wallace had his best game of the season - taking control in Lockyer's absence. He should however know to cede to Lockyer on the champion's return. | South Sydney are pretenders if they think their halves John Sutton & Chris Sandow can win a comp off their own bat. Sandow was woeful - taking wrong option after wrong option and Sutton's effort levels were non-existent. | Souths coach John Lang is slightly deluded if he thinks that recylcing outside backs like Luke Capewell & Jamie Simpson into the backrow can work (and to be fair to both - they were ok in this game but clearly are NOT backrowers). | Front rowers Roy Asotasi (who is clearly not fit) and Luke Stuart were disappointing but their minutes off the field in the crucial middle third of the game was ridiculous. | Ben Te'o scored 3 tries but it was a quiet hat-trick as hat-tricks go. | Corey Parker continues to be a great club footballer. He was in everything. | Follow The NRL Tweet for more. Market Watch: BRI $1.77 v SOU $2.05
Tuesday's Preview: Brisbane are riding an impressive four match winning streak but so are the Rabbitohs. The representative drain on this game is significant and Brisbane are the hardest hit in terms of skill players out. No Darren Lockyer is a massive factor and Corey Norman has a lot of pressure on him to ease the playmaking strain on Peter Wallace. South Sydney have their backline in tact but if Issac Luke is suspended on Wednesday Night - the loss of edge backrowers Sam Burgess & Dave Taylor to rep duty - Souths big advantage is limited. Tough to back against the Broncos at home but despite South Sydney having next to no bench (and now Luke has been suspended & Pettybourne is out) - I'm still taking the Bunnies at Suncorp. Selection & Fantasy News 8/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): State of Origin Reps for Game 2 - Lockyer, Thaiday, Folau for Brisbane (Yow Yeh is 18th man but should play Sunday) & Dave Taylor is out for the Rabbitohs (as is Sam Burgess who flew to England to play a Test Match against France). Brisbane move Matt Gillett to the centres, Corey Norman comes in at five-eighth and Ashton Sims replaces Thaiday in the backrow. Props Nick Kenny & Scott Anderson have been included on the bench. For Souths Eddy Pettybourne & Jason Clark start in the second row, while the bench looks very light with Dave Tyrrell & Garret Crossman the only forwards and outside backs Jamie Simpson & Luke Capewell alongside them. The status of Issac Luke in regards to suspension has a huge bearing on this game. Update 9/6: Issac Luke got suspended because he hit Johnathan Thurston late... in otherwords don't touch the golden boy. Update 10/6: Now South Sydney have lost Eddy Pettybourne to swelling in his jaw from a previous injury. No word on his replacement yet. The Rabbitohs have in fact signed Craig Stapleton for the rest of 2010 and he will play this Sunday. Michael Crocker is also a chance of returning from an ankle injury. Update 11/6: In the wake of all the changes for Souths - their final changes are Beau Falloon at hooker and Craig Stapleton to start at prop. Luke Stuart will shift into the backrow alongside Jason Clark and Ben Lowe. The bench might see a late surprise with Michael Crocker otherwise it will be Jamie Simpson, Dave Tyrrell, Luke Capewell & Garret Crossman. Brisbane are set to be 1-17.
NRL Tweet's Prediction: Rabbitohs by 8= INCORRECT
Storm lost to Roosters
ROOSTERS 38: P Graham 2, M Masoe, K Linnett, A Minichiello, F-P Nu'uausala, S Perrett Tries; T Carney 5/7 Goals. STORM 6: R Kostjasyn Try; C Stanley 1/1 Goal. + Post Game Tweet: #NRL MNF Recap: The Sydney Roosters crush the Melbourne Storm 38-6 at AAMI Park in Monday Night Football. Frank-Paul Nu'uausala was unbelievable. + Rd 14 Notes from AAMI: Hard to believe the Sydney Roosters can crush the Storm 38-6 & the Titans 30-16 yet totally turn it up against the Sharks in between. | Melbourne looked outmatched and although they still had some talent on display - it's clear their elite players will earn them their wins for the rest of 2010. The game plan simply cannot function without Cooper Cronk. | Frank-Paul Nu'uausala was sensational... the comparisons to the way Brian Smith turned Zeb Taia into a player at Newcastle are spot on. | Braith Anasta was good again but that's two good games sandwiched around a non-event against the Sharks... the Roosters need him on song every week to really push for a Finals spot. Todd Carney was good without needing to be great - and his try assist for Sam Perrett's try late was class. | Anthony Minichiello needs to be reminded he cannot pass. | Mitchell Aubusson is becoming a very good footballer... the Steven Menzies likeness (particularly in attack) is scary. | Joseph Leilua had two or three quality touches within minutes of coming off the bench - if Brian Smith can work this kid into the rotation when everyone is fit - he'll repay the faith. | Phil Graham is a great finisher... you simply cannot undervalue speed in today's game. | Follow The NRL Tweet for more.
Market Watch: MEL $2.35 v SYD $1.60 Tuesday's Preview: Melbourne are without their four best players for this game so maybe we will see what life could be like for the Storm post-2010. That being said the Storm will retain at least two of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Greg Inglis & Cooper Cronk beyond this season... and one player who won't be there next season - Brett Finch holds Melbourne's chances in his hands. Adam Blair skippers the Storm - who have a good forward pack this week but the Roosters should be filthy with themselves for clocking off against the Sharks and Brian Smith must know his team cannot let a Storm team full of Under 8's beat them - even at AAMI. Roosters on the road here. Selection & Fantasy News 8/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): State of Origin Reps for Game 2 - Smith, Slater, Inglis, Cronk, White for Melbourne, while Myles & Pearce are out for the Roosters. Gareth Widdop is also unavailable for the Storm as he's playing a Test Match for England and Ryan Hoffman picked up an injury against Parramatta and will miss this game. Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is also out with a chest injury. The Storm add rookie Justin O'Neill at fullback with Luke Kelly at half, Chase Stanely back in at centre and Ryan Tandy, Rory Kostjasyn & another rookie Robert Rachow named on the bench. The Roosters move Anthony Minichiello to fullback, Todd Carney to half and Mose Masoe will start at prop. Lopini Paea and Martin Kennedy join the bench. Update 11/6: Both Melbourne & Sydney look to be merely deciding the make up of their benches for their Monday Night game - so expect no significant changes. NRL Tweet's Prediction: Roosters by 12 = CORRECT