|=| State of Origin Game 3 is on Wednesday - so 6 teams had the bye in Round 17 of the NRL Premiership. Here are the Round 17 Results with the NRL Tweet's Game Notes & Video Highlights from the YouTube Channel 2010NRL.
|=|Brisbane Broncos 14: B Te'o, G Beale Tries; C Parker 3/3 Goals.
|=|Wests Tigers 16: C Lawrence, B Marshall, M Brown Tries; B Marshall 2/3 Goals. |=| @NRLTweet Recap: Somehow the Wests Tigers find a way to win a game they never looked like winning. 79th minute Mitch Brown try from a Robbie Farah kick beats the Broncos 16-14.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Suncorp:
|=| Robbie Farah missed a few tackles on the night but he produced the two biggest plays of the game setting up Benji Marshall in the 1st half after fielding an Broncos attacking kick and then summing up the situation beautifully to send Mitch Brown over for the match-winner with a deft kick. He's simply a great player.
|=| Corey Parker was once again doing everything for the Broncos and Peter Wallace did the job steering the team around the park.
|=| Have to give Liam Fulton a huge rap. He put the rest of the forward pack to shame with the energy in his runs. Can tackle too...
|=| Benji Marshall improved remarkably on his performance last week against the Dragons and seemed more determined to make a difference at first receiver but he was still a step behind where the Tigers need him to be come Finals time if they still have no halfback.
|=| Now it was a scrappy game but Phil Gould's 'worst period of play in years' statement suggests he missed Eels v Knights 2 weeks ago.
|=| Didn't the Wests Tigers miss Gareth Ellis when he went off injured early in the 2nd half? No word yet on what was wrong though.
|=| Corey Parker, Josh Hoffman, Shane Tronc & Andrew McCullough were outstanding for Brisbane... but that's just one that got away.
|=| "Who let the Tigers out? Who! Who! Who! Who!" Ah boys being boys in the dressing sheds... Outstanding commitment Chris Heighington.
|=| Brisbane's front row is getting better each week. Shane Tronc has been tremdous while Nick Kenny's return to fitness adds much needed quality from the bench.
|=| That's a game in which Tim Sheens will hate his team's performance but love the fact they found a way to win. HUGE win mentally. |=| Follow The NRL Tweet for more |=|
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: TIGERS by 12 = CORRECT
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|=| Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12: B Ferguson, D Collis Tries; S Porter 2/3 Goals.
|=| Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24: B Barba 2, B Green, J Idris Tries; B Goodwin 4/4 Goals.
|=| @NRLTweet Recap: Canterbury win their 2nd in a row, 24-12 over Cronulla but once again Kevin Moore reigns in the game plan once his team has an big lead & the game suffers terribly.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Bluetongue:
|=| Ben Barba was electric in the 1st half & clearly man of the match. As good as he was with the ball, his defence tonight was a big plus.
|=| Scott Porter may have had a few clangers but he's a pretty solid #7 in today's solid-#7-lite-NRL. At the very least he's good depth.
|=| Still cannot understand why Canterbury don't use their potent left side almost exclusively in attack. Morris & Goodwin barely see it.
|=| Tim Smith had no impact on the game and Scott Porter did most of the general play kicking... you wonder how Ricky Stuart is feeling about that signing a few months on.
|=| For two straight weeks the Bulldogs charged out of the gates with 3 tries in 18 minutes... then the game plan switches back to the boring grind and kick and we simply don't see enough of Canterbury's best attacking players for the majority of the game. It makes no sense - esp on a team that needs to win every game (and win them well for percentages) for the rest of the season. If you don't score 3 tries in the first quarter of the game - what then?
|=| Brett Kimmorley played very well at halfback and Blake Green & Dene Halatau did serviceable jobs at dummy half in place of Michael Ennis.
|=| Sydney Roosters 22: T Carney, S Perrett, S Kenny-Dowall, J Friend Tries; T Carney 3/4 Goals. |=| @NRLTweet Recap: Canberra's attack revolves around passing to one out forwards on 5th tackle... Roosters say 'We can handle that' en route to 22-12 win.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Canberra:
|=| Canberra Coach David Furner after loss, "We're not getting the ball into the right position." How many more Inside 20s do you want??? The count was at least 40 and the Raiders had just about as many against Canterbury the week before... they've scored 4 tries in two weeks and 7 in the last month.
|=| Who said there was a home ground advantage in the NRL? 11 of the last 19 NRL Games have been won by the AWAY team. (When Penrith won on Monday Night it became 12 of the last 20!!!)
|=| Canberra want Cooper Cronk & Brett Kimmorley hey? But with the game plan currently in use, Canberra might as well stick with Adam Mogg.
|=| Held off publishing the 'What's Wrong With The Raiders' Article last week, gave them the benefit of the doubt. It'll be out by Tuesday.
|=| Brian Smith's theatrics when his team finally got a penalty in the 59th minute was worthy of bottling for the next ten years... love the emotion he shows in the coaches box.
|=| Canberra had about a dozen attacking sets in the 20m zone and on 4th & 5th tackle simply ran a forward one out with no intention of stretching the defensive line. Then they kicked for Joel Monaghan time and time again... with little result.
|=| Credit the Sydney Roosters for taking their opportunities. Fact is they didn't play great but they defended well and punished the Raiders when they got a chance.
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: RAIDERS by 2 = INCORRECT
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|=| Warriors 35: L Brown 2, B Matulino, U Ta'ai, M Vatuvei, J Maloney Tries; J Maloney 5/7 Goals; I John 1 Field Goal.
|=| Parramatta Eels 6: T Humble Try; L Burt 1/1 Goal.
|=| @NRLTweet Recap: The Warriors prove their good form of late is no fluke with a 35-6 victory over an Eels team that just cannot score points anymore.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Mt Smart:
|=| Because I missed the game - I just watched the Game Highlights for Warriors v Eels... can someone please explain to me why any highlights package leaves out tries? They left out James Maloney's ripper of a try late in the game. Beautiful out ball in ball play at halfway.
|=| Eels fans don't fret... yet. You're only 4 points off 8th spot & there's still plenty of time for the teams ahead of you to implode.
|=| Great team work for Tum Humble's try... but sadly for Parramatta that was all she wrote for them on the day.
|=| Isaac John is a good young kid at halfback and five-eighth James Maloney continues to impress... where does that leave Brett Seymour when fit?
|=| Jerome Ropati's best position is probably fullback but he'll go back to the centres when Lance Hohaia is fit. But today he simply ate up the metres.
|=| Nathan Hindmarsh is a marvel... just keeps turning up and playing well. But we don't want that kind of consistency in Origin apparently... and even when he performs when picked, punt him for some young buck. Great process NSW!
|=| Huge win for the Warriors who have turned a month of good form into a place in the Top 8. Their 2010 Playoff fate is now in their hands.
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: WARRIORS by 16 = CORRECT
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|=| St.George-Illawarra Dragons 8: K Fai-Fai Loa 2 Tries; J Soward 0/1 Goals.
|=| Penrith Panthers 12: W Graham, D Simmons Tries; L Coote 1/2 Goals.
|=| @NRLTweet Recap: Penrith sans Lewis, Jennings, Civoniceva, Gordon & Walsh man-handle the Dragons at Kogarah winning 12-8 in Mark Gasnier's return game.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom WIN Jubilee:
|=| Penrith won that game in the ruck. Reminded me of the game against Canterbury when their forwards smashed the ball carrier all night.
|=| Dragons were again solid defensively but just how important is Darius Boyd the tempo of the Dragons attack? He's clearly the spark.
|=| You can't go one out against the Panthers if their forwards have that edge to them like they did tonight. They eat you up. Some complained about slow play the balls but to be honest I'm all for dominance in the ruck if your first contact is brutal. Which it was.
|=| Don't say you didn't get the tip on Fe Fi Fo Fum: RT @NRLTweet Dragons rookie Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa make sure you see him play tonight. He scored two fine tries in the Dragons loss.
|=| Gotta give a huge rap to Matthew Bell. In a Penrith team where every forward made a huge contribution - he was just about the best.
|=| A good crowd for Mark Gasnier's comeback considering the threat of the eventual rain had to be there. Gasnier's hands average on return but he had plenty of work in 60 minutes coming off the bench.
|=| St.George-Illawarra fans shouldn't be too disappointed with a loss. Outplayed yes but their defence still kept Penrith to only 2 tries.
|=| Great individual try by Wade Graham in the 1st half... he's a pure five-eighth who can run when it looks like he's about to pass.
|=| We now have a Minor Premiership battle in 2010. Dragons get Bye next week but if Penrith beat Warriors - Dragons are only +69 ahead.
|=| Initial Market: NSW $2.60 v QLD $1.50 (Graphic is Tuesday's Team Lineup)
|=| Tuesday's Preview: The Blues are trying to avoid being swept by Queensland for the first time since 1995... Queensland for all their dominance in the last five years - have yet to close out a series 3-0. Motivation remains for both teams despite the 'dead rubber' but as strong as the Maroons desire is to win 3-0 - the Blues have been comprehensively outplayed in both games when it mattered and must be dying to get a token victory at home in Game 3. Maroons have to be favourites and truth be told are actually longer odds than I expected at $1.50.
|=| Team Selection + Fantasy News 29/6 (any further updates will be with help from SMH's Late Mail): Eight changes for NSW for Game 3. In come Kade Snowden, Tim Mannah, Jason King, Michael Jennings, Michael Gordon, Anthony Watmough, Greg Bird & Luke Lewis.... out go Nathan Hindmarsh, Matt Cooper, Joel Monaghan, Ben Creagh, Trent Waterhouse, Brett White, Michael Weyman & Luke O'Donnell. Queensland have made just the one change - Petero Civoniceva in for Ben Hannant with Ben Lowe the new 18th man. 5/7 Update: NSW have brought in Chris Lawrence & Luke Douglas as backline & forward cover for the match.
1. Nic & Waz are back again for another dose of Rugby League Talk that will boggle the mind with its lack of brilliance. 2. State of Origin Game 3 is next Wednesday and we discuss the changes by NSW and why Coach Craig Bellamy definitely didn't pick the side. 3. The Tipping Touch has deserted Waz... Nic offers his now sage advice. 4. All the Round 17 Moments covering all the results and we look at why the Canberra Raiders stink… 5. A Thousand Talking Points This Week - a. Cameron Smith – Wants to be the next Wally Lewis in terms of public perception... will he pull it off? b. Steven Price Retires – We pay tribute to one of the finest front rowers of the past twenty years. c. Tahu & Johns meet... what happened? Plus the decision in the UK Super League to fine the Castleford club for the chanting of their fans in a game against the Celtic Crusaders. d. Newcastle have recruited heavily in the past week - we look at who they've added. e. Mark Gasnier is a Dragon... DUH! Waz wonders if he'll be a hero or zero... in the eyes of St.George-Illawarra fans at the end of the season. f. Anyone know a good builder? The Gold Coast Titans Salary Cap situation rears its ugly head once again... 6. Plus all our Tips + Previews of NRL Round 17 + Tipping Records + Special Fried Rice Picks this week. 7. Fantasy NRL Talk… Update on the NOT The Footy Show League & our respective teams scores to date. 8. And plenty more dribble... we promise! Cheers Waz & Nic NOT The Footy Show