|=| Just when it appeared the NRL would take centre stage again with State of Origin finished for 2010... the new findings from the Deloitte Investigation into the Melbourne Storm's Salary Cap Breaches threatened to overshadow Round 19 of the NRL... but then Jarryd Hayne turned it on - again.
Are Parramatta back?
Even if they aren't - Jarryd Hayne certainly is.
And to top it all off the Game of the Season was played on Sunday at the SFS between the Sydney Roosters & Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
|=| Here are the Round 19 Results with the NRL Tweet's Game Notes & Video Highlights from the YouTube Channel 2010NRL |=|
|=| We have the findings from the Deloitte Investigation into the Melbourne Storm Salary Cap Breaches... Waz takes you through what we learnt + Waz & Nic look at why Rivalry Round is a joke + Our Round 19 Preview + Round 18 in Review + Heaps of Talking Points: Why Refs can get so much more right on the field + Why Field Goals are under used + Why More Players are using the synthetic ACL replacement surgery + Third Man Thaiday rears its ugly head again & Mark Minichiello is the fall-guy + The NFL comes to Parramatta Stadium AGAIN! + A fair chunk of change more on Episode 30. |=| With your hosts Nic & Waz on NOT The Footy Show! |=|
|=|South Sydney Rabbitohs 13:
R Asotasi, J Sutton Tries; C Sandow 2/2 Goals; C Sandow 1 Field Goal.
|=| St.George-Illawarra Dragons 16:
B Morris, J Nightingale, M Gasnier Tries; J Soward 2/3 Goals.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom ANZ: #NRL Recap: South Sydney fail to take advantage of the chances offered by a lacklustre Dragons side & despite best efforts of Sam Burgess, fall 16-13. Although the Dragons won - you can look at the game in two ways: the Dragons ordinary but found a way to win or the Dragons were ordinary but Souths didn't put them away? It felt like the latter. Credit to St.George-Illawarra for winning another tight game without playing their best football but the Bunnies had the Dragons stretched in the 1st half and couldn't deliver the killer blow. And it looked like the Bunnies couldn't produce the big play rather than the Dragons defence stopping a great play... games like this have been South Sydney's biggest issue in 2010 and with no Issac Luke for a few more weeks yet - they have to find a way to overcome this obstacle. The win pretty much guarantees the Dragons a 2nd straight minor premiership as they have a 4 point lead which is like a 6 point lead given their huge differential of +189. Souths are now in 9th and have to beat the Warriors next Sunday to keep touch with their peers on the table. |=| Follow The NRL Tweet for more |=|
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: DRAGONS by 7 = CORRECT
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|=| FRIDAY TITANS 10-24 BRONCOS
|=|Gold Coast Titans 10: M Rogers, B Thompson Tries; M Rogers 1/2 Goals.
|=| Brisbane Broncos 24:
A Winterstein 2, M Gillett, J Yow Yeh Tries; C Parker 4/4 Goals.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Skilled: #NRL Recap: Brisbane show their defensive resolve by withstanding a strong Gold Coast 1st Half performance. The Broncos then finish the Titans off in the 2nd half to win 24-10 in front of a packed Skilled Park. Good news for the Broncos was their best players didn't play great and they still won, bad news for the Titans is their two best players Scott Prince & Greg Bird couldn't lift their team when required. Bird has done a hammy, Prince may have aggravated his and the Titans look very short of points even with them both in the side. The Broncos are winning the battle in the middle of the field and young fullback Josh Hoffman and utility Matt Gillett continue to impress. Titans are teetering on the edge of the Top 8 could be out of it by next week (they visit the Dragons), while the Broncos strong differential could have them sitting in the Top 4 if results go their way next weekend & they topple the Roosters on Monday Night.
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: BRONCOS by 8 = CORRECT
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WARRIORS 13-6 STORM
M Vatuvei, J Ropati Tries; J Maloney 3/6 Goals; J Maloney 1 Field Goal.
|=|Melbourne Storm 6:
B Slater Try; C Smith 1/1 Goal.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Mt Smart: #NRL Recap: What's the excuse we'll hear from the Melbourne Storm this week? Warriors superb in 13-6 win in Auckland over a full strength but very ordinary Storm outfit. What this game underlined was how the Melbourne have approached the post-Cap rort period. They had two options - play for forgiveness despite the decisions by management to cheat the cap or make it us v them in a sign of 'it's not our fault but we'll stick it up you anyway'. Sadly it was the latter. Warriors fans had the 'cheat' chant going strong and some of the Storm players reactions were poor... this was once a great team with players fans loved... the way they are acting is making more enemies than friends and that is truly the most disappointing aspect in all of this. As for the game itself - if Melbourne want to lay claim to being a champion team in the wake of their two titles being stripped - they have a funny way of showing it given how they approach games now. One would think they'd want to let their football do the talking - knowing this is the last time this group will be together but instead they showed very little against a Warriors team that is playing great football. But make no mistake if the Storm had turned up to play - they win this game and truth be told they probably still should have. Warriors now on the edge of the Top 4, while Melbourne's 9-8 record is a reflection of how far the mighty have fallen.
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: STORM by 2 = INCORRECT
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SHARKS 18-48 SEA EAGLES
|=|Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18:
N Gardner, P Gallen, J Cordoba Tries; L Covell 3/3 Goals.
|=|Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 48:
A Watmough 3, T Williams 2, M Robertson, J Lyon, K Foran Tries; J Lyon 3/3, S Rodney 3/6 Goals.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Toyota: #NRL Recap: Manly-Warringah have Cronulla to thank for getting their game back on track; the Sea Eagles crush a very lame Sharks team 48-18 at Toyota. Anthony Watmough has a hat-trick in the 1st half and the Sharks seem to give up before halftime - Manly go to the break up 36-0. Although the Sharks some heart in the 2nd half - Manly had switched off and Cronulla's three tries are consolation efforts. Toyota Stadium crowd should be livid with that effort by the home team; Manly move back into the Top 8 and boost the differential.
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: SEA EAGLES by 14 = CORRECT
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PANTHERS 28-34 EELS
|=|Penrith Panthers 28:
B Tighe, L Coote, M Gordon, M Jennings, W Graham Tries; M Gordon 4/5 Goals.
|=|Parramatta Eels 34:
J Wright 2, FF MoiMoi, K Inu, J Hayne, J Horo Tries; L Burt 5/6 Goals.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom CUA: #NRL Recap: Jarryd Hayne was sensational in the back end of 2009 but he did not play any better than he did tonight in Parramatta's 34-28 win over Penrith in front of a ground record crowd at CUA. Penrith who led 22-0) will be stunned as their game was electric in the opening 20 minutes then Jarryd Hayne decided this was his time. From the 28th minute to the 66th it was nothing but the Jarryd Hayne show. He scored one incredible try and set up four others to bring the Eels from an almost impossible situation to lead by 8 points with ten minutes left. The last game I've seen where a player was 10 out of 10 was Darren Lockyer against Canterbury in the 2006 Preliminary Final - now Hayne has a 10 out of 10 of his own. Penrith will hold 2nd spot on differential even if the Tigers win on Monday Night, but the Eels have put themselves within one win of the Top 8. |=| Follow The NRL Tweet for more |=|
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: EELS by 6 = CORRECT
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|=| SUNDAY RAIDERS 52-18 KNIGHTS
|=|Canberra Raiders 52:
J Dugan 3, D Vidot 2, J McCrone, S Logan, B Harrison, T Campese Tries; J Croker 8/9 Goals.
|=|Newcastle Knights 18:
A Uate, I De Gois, A MacDougall Tries; K Gidley 3/3 Goals.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Canberra: #NRL Recap: Canberra defeat Newcastle 52-18 in Canberra. A great win that should've been an incredible one as the Raiders led 40-0 at halftime & then failed to ram home their advantage in the 2nd half when their For & Against needed a much bigger boost. Knights never in the contest & have no answer to the Raiders 1st half onslaught. Canberra's best two players are superb as Josh Dugan gets a hat-trick & Terry Campese takes control of the game early by running the ball. Canberra's pack rolled forward but it was the Raiders willingness to play football that resulted in the vast majority of their tries coming from outside the Knights 20m zone. Newcastle's season is now on life support but Canberra aren't going much better given their differential didn't get a big enough boost to make them genuine playoff chances.
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: RAIDERS by 1 = CORRECT
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ROOSTERS 36-32 BULLDOGS
|=|Sydney Roosters 36:
J Leilua 2, T Carney 2, A Minichiello, M Aubusson Tries; T Carney 6/6 Goals.
|=|Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 32:
M Ennis, J Morris, M Hodgson, M Paea, L Patten Tries; B Goodwin 6/7 Goals.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom SFS: #NRL Recap: What an unbelievable game of football at the Footy Stadium. Roosters with the world against them it seems mid-way through the 2nd half prevail 36-32 over Bulldogs. Canterbury have only themselves to blame for shutting up shop when 30-18 in front with 30 minutes left. Ben Barba's replacement with ten to go speaks volumes for Kevin Moore's negativity when it comes to finishing a team off. The game itself was a beauty with the teams trading tries for the opening half and even after the Bulldogs took their two try lead - the Roosters remained in the game. Even a string of pathetic decisions by the on-field & video referees that would've beaten many teams mentally - the Roosters kept at it and when the Bulldogs kept giving them opportunity after opportunity - Todd Carney & Braith Anasta stepped up. Unheralded backrower Mitchell Aubusson continues to have a sensational season - scoring the match winner for the second time in as many weeks. The valiant win keeps the Roosters in Top 4 territory, while the the season is all but over for the Bulldogs. |=| Follow The NRL Tweet for more |=|
|=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: ROOSTERS by 4 = CORRECT
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TIGERS 26-16 COWBOYS
|=| Wests Tigers 26:
Lote Tuqiri 2, M Brown, B Ayshford, L Fulton, B Marshall Tries; B Marshall 1/6 Goals.
|=|North Queensland Cowboys 16:
A Graham, B Harris, A Taumata Tries; J Thurston 2/3 Goals.
|=| The NRL Tweet's Game NotesFrom Leichhardt: #NRL Recap: Wests Tigers recover from a 16-0 deficit to the North Queensland Cowboys & score 6 unanswered tries in a 26-16 victory at Leichhardt. The Cowboys start strongly led by a good go-forward and some Johnathan Thurston brilliance but fail to go on with the job... mind you they had no ball in the 2nd half but the fact remains the Tigers still scored 26 points straight to win another close game. Benji Marshall has his moments with the ball but kicks just 1 from 6 attempts on goal - a major concern for the Tigers come playoff time. But the two standouts in the game are Liam Fulton who scores a try & sets up two and Lote Tuqiri who scores two tries but it was his runs from inside his own half that kept the Tigers in the contest. Tigers move to 26 points and stay in 3rd spot, while the Cowboys can take some positives out of the game... although they are still languishing in 15th and have zero chance at playing Finals football in 2010.
1. Nic & Waz talking league... what more could you want? 2. We have the findings from the Deloitte Investigation into the Melbourne Storm Salary Cap Breaches... Waz takes you through what we learnt on Thursday July 15. 3. Nic & Waz look at why The NRL's Rivalry Round is a joke... despite the NRL's best intentions they swing and miss on at least two games in Round 19 as both have zero rivalry. We have one simple suggestion to get it right - that you've gotta hear. 4. All the Round 18 Moments.
5. Some Big Talking Points This Week: a. Why Refs can get so much more right on the field... The NFL Game that keeps breaking out at Parramatta Stadium is just one example of why refereeing could be so much better. b. Why Field Goals are under used – Teams could save themselves an awful lot of last minute pain by taking the early field goal, but how early should they look for one? c. Why More Players are using the synthetic ACL replacement surgery - but what is the downside to getting back on the field in under 3 months? d. Why Sam Thaiday continues to make a mockery of the Third Man In Rule - we spoke of this last week and bingo - Mark Minichiello becomes the fall guy for Thaiday's transgressions in Origin. 6. Plus allour Tips + Previews of NRL Round 19 + Our Tipping Records + Our Special Fried Rice Picks this week. 7. Check it out on iTunes now! Cheers Waz & Nic NOT The Footy Show