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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

NRL Results Round 24 Review + Video Highlights + NRL Tweet Game Notes - 2010 NRL Premiership

Here are The NRL Tweet's Game Reviews & Video Highlights from Round 24 of the 2010 NRL Premiership.
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|=| Are the Canberra Raiders poised for Playoff Miracle?

If you had asked me six weeks ago if the Canberra Raiders were going to make the Finals - I'd have responded with the following remark: "Yeah... sometime in the next decade."

Given it is 2010 - the start of a new decade, the next decade in question would begin in 2020... and when Canberra comes off playing some of the most pathetic football ever seen during losses to the Cowboys, Tigers, Bulldogs & Roosters - all games in which they were in positions to win yet produced nothing when the game was there to be won - my comment held some serious weight.

But I forgot one crucial ingredient that makes up the 2010 NRL Premiership - no one is actually very good.

As a result the Canberra Raiders have since won 5 of their next 6 games and on Sunday knocked off the St.George-Illawarra Dragons 32-16 - the team that will be Minor Premiers.

Canberra's Scott Logan runs over Dean Young on Sunday Afternoon in Canberra.
Now that's not to say the Raiders didn't deserve to win - they were error free and played superbly in the 2nd half when David Furner introduced a genuine hooker into the game - but it speaks volumes for how poor the overall standard of teams is in today's game.

Yes there are some great players running around but team wise - if you look at this competition with objective eyes - it is pretty clear that no one team is a sure thing to play in the Grand Final, let alone win the premiership.

What it does mean however is we still have 12 teams in mathematical contention for the Top 8 with just 2 rounds remaining - but with Canberra's win they just became the 9th team that holds their playoff destiny in their own hands.

If they defeat the North Queensland Cowboys & Brisbane Broncos in their final two regular season games - they will be playing Finals Football in September.

Yet six weeks ago - Canberra's playoff chances looked a tad less immediate.

Welcome to the averageness that is the NRL in 2010.

Terry Campese celebrates his try v Dragons... but no Terry - Canberra aren't in the Top 8 yet. Add a finger.
In other Round 24 results - Gold Coast kept 2nd spot by beating the Roosters 23-14, Manly beat the Warriors 19-16, Melbourne were too good for Cronulla 24-4, Penrith obliterated the Bunnies 54-18, Newcastle also ran through the Broncos 44-18, Canterbury left it very late to down the Cowboys 22-20 and the Wests Tigers edged out the Eels 20-18.

You can find all the results in detail below with NRL Highlights of Every Game and our take on the match with The NRL Tweet Recap.

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44-18
Friday @ EnergyAustralia Stadium
54-18
Friday @ CUA Stadium
19-16
Saturday @ Brookvale Oval
24-4
Saturday @ AAMI Park
20-22
Saturday @ Dairy Farmers Stadium
32-16
Sunday @ Canberra Stadium
18-20
Sunday @ Parramatta Stadium
14-23
Monday @ Sydney Football Stadium
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|=| ROUND 24 NRL PREMIERSHIP LADDER |=|
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|=| NRL TWEET PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD |=|
|=| LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 20 (Click to see) |=|
Voting went into secrecy at the completion of Round 20 of the Premiership - check out The NRL Tweet for updates on who made a move from Round 21 to 26.
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|=| NRL ROUND 24 REVIEW |=| August 20-23, 2010 |=|
ROUND TWENTY-FOUR OF THE NRL PREMIERSHIP SEASON 2010
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KNIGHTS 44-18 BRONCOS

|=| The NRL Tweet's Game Notes From EnergyAustralia:
|=| #NRL Recap: Jarrod Mullen is absolutely outstanding returning from injury & Cooper Vuna bags 4 tries as Newcastle run all over Brisbane 44-18 at EnergyAustralia.
44 |=| Newcastle Knights:
C Vuna 4, K Gidley, A MacDougall, A Uate, I De Gois Tries; K Gidley 6/8 Goals.
18 |=| Brisbane Broncos:
A McCullough, J Hoffman, I Folau Tries; C Parker 3/3 Goals.
 |=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: KNIGHTS by 10 =  CORRECT

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|=| FRIDAY
PANTHERS 54-18 RABBITOHS

|=| The NRL Tweet's Game Notes From CUA:
#NRL Recap: Penrith obliterate Souths 54-18 at CUA Stadium, as fullback Michael Gordon bags 30 individual points (3 Tries & 9/10 Goals). Souths have 5 good minutes in between 75 terrible ones & Penrith are nothing short of awesome in the opening 20 minutes.
54 |=| Penrith Panthers:
M Gordon 3, S Earl 2, T Burns 2, S McKendry, M Iosefa Tries; M Gordon 9/10 Goals.
18 |=| South Sydney Rabbitohs:
L Capewell, R Wesser, D Farrell Tries; C Sandow 3/3 Goals.
 |=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: PANTHERS by 8 =  CORRECT

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|=| SATURDAY
SEA EAGLES 19-16 WARRIORS

|=| The NRL Tweet's Game Notes From Brookvale:
|=| NRL Recap: Warriors & Sea Eagles bash each other for 80 minutes but a Trent Hodkinson field goal all but gets Manly to the Finals with 19-16 win at Brookvale.
19 |=| Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles:
T Williams 2, S Matai Tries; J Lyon 3/4 Goals; T Hodkinson 1 Field Goal.
16 |=| Warriors:
J Maloney, S Mannering Tries; J Maloney 4/4 Goals.
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 |=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: SEA EAGLES by 6 =  CORRECT

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|=| SATURDAY
STORM 24-4 SHARKS

|=| The NRL Tweet's Game Notes From AAMI:
|=| NRL Recap: Melbourne beat Cronulla 24-4 in a low standard game of Rugby League. Storm go through the motions but Sharks talentless in loss.  
24 |=| Melbourne Storm:
C Smith, D Nielsen, S Manu, R Hinchcliffe Tries; C Smith 4/4 Goals.
4 |=| Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks:
L Covell Try; L Covell 0/1 Goals.
 |=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: STORM by 12 =  CORRECT

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|=| SUNDAY
COWBOYS 20-22 BULLDOGS

|=| The NRL Tweet's Game Notes From Dairy Farmers:
|=| NRL Recap: Canterbury play horrendously for 69 minutes but the Cowboys choke mightily in the last 11 minutes with a 14 point lead - and the Bulldogs steal a 22-20 victory at Dairy Farmers.
20 |=| North Queensland Cowboys:
T Williams 2, J Williams, G Rovelli Tries; J Williams 2/4 Goals.
22 |=| Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs:
J Idris, M Ennis, S Turner, J Morris Tries; B Goodwin 3/4 Goals.
 |=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: BULLDOGS by 12 =  CORRECT

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|=| SUNDAY
RAIDERS 32-16 DRAGONS

|=| The NRL Tweet's Game Notes From Canberra:
|=| NRL Recap: Canberra's game plan of rolling forward is nearly unstoppable if they don't make errors - as the Dragons find out despite leading 4-0 at halftime. Raiders rout Dragons in 2nd half to win 32-16 in front of packed Canberra Stadium. 
32 |=| Canberra Raiders:
D Vidot, T Campese, A Mogg, J Dugan, J Picker, G Buttriss Tries; J Croker 4/6 Goals.
16 |=| St.George-Illawarra Dragons:
B Morris, M Gasnier, N Costigan Tries; J Soward 2/3 Goals.
 |=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: DRAGONS by 8 =  INCORRECT

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|=| SUNDAY
EELS 18-20 TIGERS

|=| The NRL Tweet's Game Notes From Parramatta:
|=| NRL Recap: Wests Tigers edge out Parramatta 20-18 in front of a sell out crowd at Parramatta Stadium. Tigers build a 20-6 lead before the Luke Burt's shocking penalty miss ends the Eels comeback in the final minutes.
18 |=| Parramatta Eels:
K Inu, J Horo, A Mitchell Tries; L Burt 3/4 Goals.
20 |=| Wests Tigers:
B Ryan 2, C Lawrence, A Fifita Tries; B Marshall 2/4 Goals.
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 |=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: TIGERS by 10 =  CORRECT

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|=| MONDAY
ROOSTERS 14-23 TITANS

|=| The NRL Tweet's Game Notes From SFS:
|=| NRL Recap: Gold Coast Titans win 5th straight by handing the Sydney Roosters their 3rd straight loss... good game to watch as Titans prevail 23-14 at the SFS.
14 |=| Sydney Roosters:
B Anasta, S Kenny-Dowall, A Minichiello Tries; T Carney 1/3 Goals.
23 |=| Gold Coast Titans:
C Toopi 2, K Gordon, B Thompson Tries; S Prince 3/4 Goals; S Prince 1 Field Goal.
 |=| NRL Tweet's Prediction: ROOSTERS by 6 =  INCORRECT

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|=| The NRL Tweet's 2010 Tipping Record To Date... 
112/176 @ 64%!
|=| Round by Round: 5/8 - 6/8 - 7/8 - 6/8 - 5/8 - 5/8 - 5/8 - 6/8 - 1/4 - 6/8 - 3/5 - 5/7 - 5/8 - 2/5 - 4/7 - 2/8 - 3/5 - 3/7 - 7/8 - 5/8 - 5/8 - 4/8 - 6/8 - 6/8.
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