1 > In the wake of State of Origin Game 2... Nic & Waz try and figure out what the result means for not only Origin Football but life as we know it...
2 > Full recap of NSW v QLD in State of Origin 2 - THE MAROONS MAKE IT 5 STRAIGHT!
3 >We talk Origin 2 with Sassy from the Oh Errol girls & she tells us about the new Heart of The Game Newsletter from the NRL.
4 >All the Round 14 Moments coving all the results including what was written on Chris Sandow's wrist band?
5 > Three Big Talking Points -
a >Timana Tahu & Andrew Johns - After the forgettable incident we ask the question: Should Timana Tahu forgive Andrew Johns?
b >Players Who Sign Elsewhere Mid-Season - We discuss whether a club should punt them to reggies straight away or use them to try and win a title.
c >3D TV - how much better is it than a Full HD TV? - Nic & I tested out a brand spanking new 3D TV for Australia v Germany in the World Cup... the verdict is in.
6 >NRL Tweet Player of the Year Leaderboard after 14 Rounds - Who made a move in Round 14?
7 >Twitter Time - The NRL Tweet has a great follower base and we'll dig out the best of the last week in this segment. Including BREAKING NEWS surrounding the potential for MORE NRL Clubs being caught cheating the Salary Cap by Four Corners.
8 > Plus all our Tips + Previews of NRL Round 15 + Tipping Records + Special Fried Rice Picks this week.
9 >Fantasy NRL Talk will start a campaign to have Terry Campese pay Waz dearly for his ineptness in Round 14, while Nic has agreed to name his first born son Corey Parker McInerney. Plus our 30+ Team Fox Sports League not only has a NOT The Footy Show Fantasy League Perpetual Trophy but we've got someone on the case to construct a take home mini-trophy for the winner in 2010!
10 > Plus whatever else we come across in the next few days on NOT The Footy Show!
Tuesday's Preview: Brisbane are red-hot and crushed a spiritless South Sydney 50-22 last weekend without Darren Lockyer, Israel Folau & Sam Thaiday. The Panthers had the bye a week after accounting for an average Knights outfit 28-10 at CUA. Penrith will go in as underdogs based on the Broncos recent form but the Panthers aren't struggling by any stretch. The addition of Wade Graham for the injured Travis Burns (hammy) upgrades their ball playing ability and might take some pressure off the Luke Walsh kicking game. Brisbane are full of confidence and are at home so as long as their Origin reps backup you have to pick them to win an entertaining contest at Suncorp in the first game of the Double Header. Brisbane to win. Selection + Fantasy News 15/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): We won't know the status of any of the State of Origin players until Thursday but all of them have been named. The Broncos have a long bench and Ivan Henjak needs to cull three players from Ben Hunt, Matt Gillett, Mitchell Dodds, Ashton Sims, Nick Kenny, Scott Anderson & Josh McGuire. Penrith welcome back Frank Pritchard and Wade Graham and Luke Lewis is available after serving his one week suspension in Origin 2. Gavin Cooper is on the bench but has been one of Penrith's best in recent weeks. Update 17/6: Lockyer, Thaiday & Folau should all back up for Queensland. But Scott Anderson (ribs) & Lagi Setu (concussion) are out. Update 18/6:See 17/6 Update.
Tuesday's Preview: Hands up if you've been burnt by the Bulldogs this year in your tipping? Ok it might just be my hand up nice and high and sadly... it might happen again this week. The Titans were good against the Sea Eagles last Friday Night but considering Manly didn't throw an awful lot back at them... be cautious over-rating the Titans who had lost 3 games in a row before then. But then there's the Bulldogs who haven't won in months... and there's still no sign of Ben Barba. It's a tough game - made even tougher by the fact Canterbury has moved this game to Suncorp as part of the Double Header on Friday Night. Look it's ridiculous to consider Canterbury in this one but they've still got some talent (especially out wide if they actually pass it beyond strike second rowers Andrew Ryan & Gary Warburton) and Brett Kimmorley will relish a chance to go up against Scott Prince. With no Luke Bailey and maybe no Preston Campbell... there's still no doubt I'm staking my tipping comp life on the Bulldogs in this one.
Selection + Fantasy News 15/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): We won't know the status of any of the State of Origin players until Thursday but all of them have been named. Canterbury didn't find room for Ben Barba on a forward heavy bench that got heavier with the immediate signing of Storm prop Ryan Tandy. Jamal Idris is 18th man for NSW on Wednesday Night. The Titans look to have lost Luke Bailey to ankle ligament damage suffered against the Sea Eagles, while Preston Campbell & rookie Ryan James are in doubt. Joseph Tomane is a chance of returning from a shoulder injury but hasn't been named. William Zillman has been added to an extended bench. Update 17/6: Ashley Harrison was ruled out after a head knock in Origin 2 while Luke Bailey is OUT. Campbell should play. Michael Ennis & Ben Hannant will line up for Canterbury. Update 18/6: See 17/6 Update.
Tuesday's Preview: Yes the Cowboys beat the Raiders without Johnathan Thurston, Luke O'Donnell, Matt Scott & Willie Tonga but Canberra were deplorable. Yes the Storm got dusted by the Roosters but that was without Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Greg Inglis & Cooper Cronk (oh and Betty White but big deal right?). Translation - the Cowboys were lucky they played Canberra and the Storm have no chance without their top players. Had Canberra put their heads down and Terry Campese remembered how to play football - the Cowboys would have lost but the Storm are rudderless without Cronk. Barring major issues with backing up players you cannot touch the Cowboys - so pick Melbourne to win and win well. Selection + Fantasy News 15/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): We won't know the status of any of the State of Origin players until Thursday but all of them have been named. Big ins for Melbourne from Origin 2 as long as they back up. Somehow Luke MacDougall held his spot ahead of Chase Stanley. The Storm bench looks strong again with Aiden Tolman, Jeff Lima, Kevin Proctor & Ryan Hinchcliffe compared to the Cowboys bench of Anthony Watts, Steve Rapira, Leeson Ah Mau & James Tamou. Update 17/6: The Storm will have Slater, Smith, Inglis, Cronk & White available after Origin 2... but whether or not the Storm play them remains to be seen. Thurston, Tonga (slight hamstring issue) & Scott should play for the Cowboys but Luke O'Donnell is out for 3 weeks for a spear tackle. Update 18/6:Greg Inglis is in some doubt with a cork.
Tuesday's Preview: South Sydney still have Chris Sandow at halfback... get on the Sea Eagles. Manly had a poor game against the Titans away but come home with some returning stars (maybe) so deserve favouritism. The Bunnies get arguably their 3 best players back in Issac Luke, Sam Burgess & Dave Taylor but they were so bad against Brisbane it is hard to see those players making up the difference given it was the holdover halves Sandow & John Sutton who packed it in last week. Biggest reason you pick Manly in this one is even playing poorly - Manly's defence still put in. South Sydney's defence against Brisbane went AWOL 5 minutes into their game. Take Manly at home.
Selection + Fantasy News 15/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): We won't know the status of any of the State of Origin players until Thursday but all of them have been named. Anthony Watmough & Jamie Lyon have been named by Manly but they are in extreme doubt with injury. Steven Matai returns from suspension. The Rabbitohs get Sam Burgess back from England Test duty and Issac Luke from suspension which are huge additions and also see Shannan McPherson join the bench. Update 17/6: Dave Taylor had a lot of minutes in Origin 2 but will backup. Lyon & Watmough remain game time decisions for Manly. Update 18/6:See 17/6 Update.
Tuesday's Preview: Cronulla are coming off a 42-18 domination of the Sydney Roosters in Round 13 and a bye... the Dragons edged out the Warriors 22-20 in Round 13 and also had a bye last week... but how you can seriously consider the Sharks in this game is beyond me. Cronulla took an early lead against the Roosters and kept building on it in a very good performance but the Roosters weren't there mentally in that game and never looked like coming back. The Dragons showed great signs in their 22-20 win over the Warriors in Auckland because they didn't play particularly well, their opposition did and yet the Dragons still won the game. With plenty of rep players backing up the Dragons might be a little tired but all things considered it is hard to see the Sharks getting within three tries of the visitors. St.George-Illawarra shouldn't have a problem in this one. Selection + Fantasy News 15/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): We won't know the status of any of the State of Origin players until Thursday but all of them have been named. Heaps of Dragons will need to backup but the game is on Sunday so they all should barring a serious injury in Origin 2. Wayne Bennett has named a lot of cover on the bench with Trent Merrin, Jarrod Saffy, Nick Emmett, Michael Greenfield, Jeremy Smith, Kyle Stanley & Michael Lett. The Sharks named the same 17 that smashed the Roosters in Round 13 and you'd expect Trent Barrett & Paul Gallen to backup. Update 17/6: Matt Cooper is definitely out for the Dragons with a hamstring strain - expect Kyle Stanley to start for him. Michael Weyman had a slight concussion but should play. Beau Scott, Brett Morris, Neville Costigan, Darius Boyd and Ben Creagh should all backup. Trent Barrett will backup while Paul Gallen avoided suspension for a high tackle on Nate Myles and will also play. Update 18/6:See 17/6 Update.
Tuesday's Preview: Canberra were atrocious in North Queensland and still probably should have won that game, while the Tigers enjoyed a week off following their 19-12 win over Canterbury in Round 13. There's only one logical selection in this game and that is the Wests Tigers by 20. Canberra is playing two five-eighths and not one halfback this year and it was plain to see how much that hurt them in Townsville. The Tigers now have a great support player in Wade McKinnon which is a gigantic additon to their mix - which was potent to start with. Only way Canberra stay in this is if the Tigers pack doesn't measure up - but the Tigers class will win out at Leichhardt. Selection + Fantasy News 15/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): We won't know the status of any of the State of Origin players until Thursday but all of them have been named. Canberra have three rep players in Joel Monaghan, David Shillington & Tom Learoyd Lahrs but only Monaghan would be in any doubt since he's carrying a bad thumb into Origin 2. Canberra have also added Justin Carney on the bench for his NRL return from a long term leg injury suffered in 2009. There's no sign of Josh Dugan with David Milne named at fullback but don't count out Dugan playing just yet. The Tigers only have one rep player backing up but Gareth Ellis is returning from an England v France Test so he should be right to go. Tim Sheens showed his hand for the push towards to September by installing Wade McKinnon and Blake Ayshford in at fullback and centre for Beau Ryan (to the wing) and Geoff Daniela (to the bench). Keith Galloway has also been named on a six man bench and should play. Update 17/6: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs may have picked up a knee injury late in Origin 2 and is in doubt but David Shillington will backup after his best representative performance as will Joel Monaghan. Update 18/6:See 17/6 Update.
NRL Tweet's Prediction: TIGERS by 13 = ?
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Tuesday's Preview: Newcastle have forgotten how to win and even though they are at home - Parramatta deserve heavy favouritism on Monday Night. Knights coach Rick Stone has rung the changes but the confidence that Newcastle rely on to click into gear offensively simply isn't there at the moment. Parramatta on the other hand were good against the Storm and could be even better here in Newcastle. Jarryd Hayne should backup - if he doesn't you'd consider Newcastle strongly but it has to be Parramatta on the road.
Selection + Fantasy News 15/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail): We won't know the status of any of the State of Origin players until Thursday but all of them have been named. Timana Tahu will apparently play for Parramatta despite his stepping down from the NSW Team. Krisnan Inu is back on an extended bench with Eric Grothe named to play on the wing. Tom Humble has held the bench spot and relegated Matt Keating to five-eighth in the NSW Cup. Newcastle move Kurt Gidley back to fullback, drop Scott Dureau, bring back Ben Rogers and get Adam MacDougall back at centre. Joel Edwards is a chance to make his NRL debut from the bench. Update 17/6: Timana Tahu is no guarantee to play with Krisnan Inu on standby. Jarryd Hayne & Nathan Hindmarsh will have their bumps and brusies but should backup. Kurt Gidley was hurt trying to tackle Sam Thaiday and may be in a little doubt with concussion. Update 18/6: Gidley also has an elbow injury but the Monday game should see him play. Tahu is still unconfirmed but Hayne and Hindmarsh will play.
NRL Tweet's Prediction: EELS by 2 = ?
QLD MAROONS34-6NSW BLUES
| QLD 34: I Folau 2, G Inglis, D Boyd, W Tonga, C Cronk Tries; J Thurston 5/6 Goals.
#Origin Fulltime in State of Origin 2. QLD 34 obliterate NSW 6 in front of 52,452 delirious Queenslanders. Win 2010 Series 2-0. <> Origin 2 Stat Line: Israel Folau 12 Disposals, 4 Tackles & 6 Marks. <> THAXXXX MAL!!!! Good to see education is doing a fine job in QLD. Mind you their footy program is streets ahead of NSW's. <> Well State of Origin isn't dead... But the rep careers of a lot of NSW players, coaches & selectors certainly should be. <> Good news NSW fans... there's about six hours of #worldcup football to watch while you struggle to sleep after tonight's debacle. <> NRL Tweet 4-2-1 Votes for State of Origin 2. 4 - Darren Lockyer, 2 - David Shillington, 1 - Israel Folau. Lockyer is a champion. <> Well that was a dark night in NSW Origin history but the one positive was we kept QLD scoreless for the final 20 minutes! Yay... <> You might hear "State of Origin is dead" a lot tmw. Yes QLD have won 5 in a row BUT after NSW won 3 in a row. Moral: Things change. | Follow The NRL Tweet for more
Market Watch: QLD $1.43 v NSW $2.90
Tuesday's Preview: Check out the Full Game Preview here. Selection + Fantasy News 15/6 (with help from SMH's Late Mail):QLD made two changes to their Game 1 Team with Cameron Smith & Ben Hannant come in for Matt Ballin & Petero Civoniceva (injured). NSW made seven changes from their Game 1 Team with Trent Barrett, Mitchell Pearce, Joel Monaghan, Beau Scott, Paul Gallen, Luke O'Donnell & Nathan Hindmarsh coming in for Jamie Lyon (injured), Brett Kimmorley, Timana Tahu, Jamal Idris, Anthony Watmough (injured), Josh Perry & Luke Lewis.
NRL Tweet's Prediction: NSW BLUES by 4 = INCORRECT
The NRL Tweet's 2010 Tipping Record To Date... 67/101 @ 66%!