Tuesday 28 September 2010

NRL Tips Grand Final Preview 2010 - St.George-Illawarra Dragons v Sydney Roosters - Team Lineups

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Official Lineup 28/9:
Starters: D Boyd, B Morris, M Gasnier, M Cooper, J Nightingale, J Soward, B Hornby (c), N Costigan, D Young, M Weyman, B Scott, B Creagh, J Smith.
Bench: N Fien, T Merrin, M Prior, J Saffy, N Emmett, K Stanley, J Green, L Priddis (four to be omitted).
Coach: Wayne Bennett.
Official Lineup 28/9:
Starters: A Minichiello, J Leilua, K Linnett, S Kenny-Dowall, S Perrett, T Carney, M Pearce, J Ryles, J Friend, F-P Nu'uausala, N Myles, M Aubusson, B Anasta (c).
Bench: M Kennedy, J Waerea-Hargreaves, D Conn, J Aubusson, N Kouparitsas, T Symonds, L Paea, P Graham (four to be omitted).
Coach: Brian Smith.
2010 NRL Grand Final
Sunday 3/10 @ ANZ Stadium.
Referees: Tony Archer & Shayne Hayne. Video Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Touch Judges: Paul Holland & Jeff Younis.

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Who Plays Who In Week Four of the 2010 NRL Finals?
|=| NRL GRAND FINAL - October 3
On Sunday Afternoon October 3 - ANZ Stadium will host the 2010 Grand Final. The Dragons crushed Manly in Week 1 with an emphatic 28-0 scoreline to get a week off, then edged out the Wests Tigers 13-12 in an epic Preliminary Final. While the Roosters have been busier - they came back from the dead to beat the Tigers 19-15 in extra time in Week 1, over-ran the Panthers 34-12 in Week 2 and crushed the Titans in the 2nd half en route to a 32-6 win to get into the Grand Final.
The Titans had a week off after the opening night of the Finals when they beat the Warriors 28-16, but despite having a home Preliminary Final were overrun 32-6 by the Roosters to end their season. While the Tigers had to recover from a 19-15 extra-time loss to the Roosters in Week 1, travel to Canberra to beat the Raiders 26-24 in Week 2 but were beaten 13-12 by the Dragons in the 2nd Preliminary Final.  
Canberra stormed home with 9 wins in 10 games (including 6 straight) before losing their home semi final with the Tigers. The Raiders missed a golden opportunity to win a competition when they didn't really have a great season but were beaten by a better team... and even if they had snuck through the season ending knee injury to Terry Campese killed that dream with 24 minutes left. The Panthers went from equal title favourites with the Dragons about 6 weeks before the Finals to also-rans after injury and poor form ruined their end of season push. Losing key players to injury in the 1st & 2nd week of the Finals saw them go 0-2 at the most important time of the year.
One team had a year that exceeded expectations, the other struggled to live up to their premiership contenders tag... in the end neither could muster a victory when it really mattered.
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Monday 27 September 2010

2010 NRL Finals: Preliminary Finals Results - Roosters 32 def. Titans 6 + Dragons 13 def. Tigers 12

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1st Preliminary Final
Friday 24/9 @ Suncorp Stadium:
2nd Preliminary Final
Saturday 25/9 @ ANZ Stadium:

Roosters to face Dragons in 2010 Decider...

And then there were two... after one good and one great Preliminary Final - last year's Wooden Spooners will meet the back-to-back Minor Premiers in the 2010 NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium next Sunday at 5pm.

In Brisbane, the Titans have blown another opportunity in September after failing to back their talent against a Roosters side that did just that - the final scoreline of 32-6 was not so much an indication of the difference in talent between the two teams, rather the USE of the talent on offer. In the end the team that was willing to play football above percentages - the Roosters - emerged with a comprehensive 32-6 win. The Roosters have the best playmaking trio in the competition in Todd Carney, Braith Anasta & Mitchell Pearce and Coach Brian Smith is letting them play like few coaches in the NRL are willing to do.

In Sydney 71,000 fans witnessed a great semi final with the Dragons getting back into a Grand Final for the first time since 1999 with a 13-12 victory over the Wests Tigers. Sadly there was one non-call by the officials that will haunt the Tigers this off-season when St.George-Illawarra forward Jeremy Smith led with his knees attempting to 'tackle' Lote Tuqiri... this left the Tigers winger in serious pain and despite numerous replays showing conclusive evidence that Smith had made no attempt to tackle Tuqiri with anything other than his cocked knees... the officials failed to act when the importance of the game demanded that they show some backbone.

They didn't and from the next play Benji Marshall (who may have been taking a shot at penalty goal from 40m out) hoofed his clearing kick out on the full and from the next set Jamie Soward fired the Dragons into the Grand Final with a quality field goal from 35m out.

What made the call so crucial was the fact that the non-call with 8 minutes left essentially ended the Tigers chances of scoring again before the end of regulation but more importantly - offered the Dragons their first chance at a field goal - which Soward was good enough to take.

Make no mistake - this is not a suggestion that the Dragons didn't deserve to win the game or that they wouldn't have won the game anyway - but the non-call definitely denied the Tigers their chance at winning the game.
The huge crowd was treated to a brilliant semi final... again soured by a terrible display by the officials who would have been forced into an 8 point try scenario had Smith's knees been inflicted when Tuqiri was in the act of scoring a try...

Food for thought...

So next Sunday - the Roosters who have played the best pure football this year (yes better than the Tigers) will take on the Dragons - a team who deny the opposition that chance of playing football better than anyone else - in the 2010 Decider.

Who do you like for the Premiership?
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Our Grand Final Show is going to be HUGE!
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Thursday 23 September 2010

NOT The Footy Show Episode 44 - NRL Preliminary Finals Preview Podcast 2010

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Episode 44 - NRL Preliminary Finals Preview Podcast 2010

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|=| Episode 44 has Waz & Dave in the studio previewing the second last weekend of the 2010 NRL Premiership. First the Gold Coast Titans take on the Sydney Roosters and then the St.George-Illawarra Dragons face the Wests Tigers in the Preliminary Finals.

|=| Matt Duncan joins us once again from Queensland to report a South Queensland Crushers jersey sighting, recap the QLD Cup Grand Final entertainment and discuss which teams are under the most pressure heading into the Preliminary Finals.

|=| Nic McInerney is MIA despite being booked in for a chat... and has subsequently been punted from the GF Show in a shocking axing at the selection table... actually he'll be in Tasmania but this sounds better.

|=| We also look at Crowds at the Elimination Finals and recap the Tigers v Raiders & Roosters v Panthers. And Dave gets a look at the exclusive footage of Albert Fulivai getting run down by Paul Harragon in 1994 - that Waz mentioned last week.

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Week 3 - Preliminary Finals Schedule:
Friday Night: Gold Coast Titans v Sydney Roosters @ Suncorp
Saturday Night: St.George-Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers @ ANZ
The winners play in the NRL Grand Final Next Sunday.

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NOT The Footy Show Episode 43 - Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers Road Trip Video 2010

NOT The Footy Show Episode 43
Road Trip!
Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers
Semi Final from Canberra Stadium, 17 September 2010.

Here is Episode 43 of NOT The Footy Show - Road Trip Special!


|=| The Match Result...
Wests Tigers 26
Chris HEIGHINGTON (7m), Gareth ELLIS (16m), Lote TUQIRI (20m) & Chris LAWRENCE (49m).
Benji MARSHALL 5/5 Attempts
Canberra Raiders 24
Bronson HARRISON (13m), Joel MONAGHAN (27m), Trevor THURLING (56m) & Alan TONGUE (74m)
Jarrod CROKER 4/5 Attempts
Friday September 17, 2010 @ Canberra Stadium. Crowd: 26,476.
Referees: Tony ARCHER & Jared MAXWELL.
Canberra's Season Ended with Terry Campese's knee injury...
the sell out crowd knew it too.


Qualifying Finals - Week 1
10/9 QF1 Friday Night: Gold Coast Titans 28 def. Warriors 16. (Titans will have Home Preliminary Final; Warriors eliminated.)
11/9 QF2 Saturday Night: Sydney Roosters 19 def. Wests Tigers 15 (Roosters will have Home Elimination Final, Tigers need Dragons to beat Sea Eagles to survive.)
11/9 QF3 Saturday Night: Canberra Raiders 24 def. Penrith Panthers 22 (Raiders will have Home Elimination Final; Panthers will have Away Elimination Final.)
12/9 QF4 Sunday Afternoon: St.George-Illawarra Dragons 28 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 0 (Dragons will have Home Preliminary Final, Sea Eagles eliminated.)
Elimination Finals - Week 2
17/9 EF1 Friday Night: Wests Tigers 26 def. Canberra Raiders 24 (Tigers to Preliminary Final; Raiders eliminated)
18/9 EF2 Saturday Night: Sydney Roosters 34 def. Penrith Panthers 12 (Roosters to Preliminary Final; Panthers eliminated)

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