Playoff Matchups - Week One
|=| Manly open door for Bunnies but Dragons slam it shut.
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|St.George-Illawarra claimed their 2nd straight Minor Premiership - Dragons Kyle Stanley, Nathan Fien & Neville Costigan enjoy the spoils... the J.J. Giltinan Shield. (Photo courtesy @RealBigDell http://yfrog.com/69fnnj)|
Despite St.George-Illawarra resting Jamie Soward, Dean Young, Ben Hornby, Jeremy Smith & Trent Merrin), Souths still needed to win by 5 points or more to relegate Manly to also-ran status in 2010.
It didn't happen.
St.George-Illawarra played arguably their best half of football in all of 2010 and 26-6 at halftime meant the game and the season was all over for the Bunnies.
Manly breathe easy... but now must go to Kogarah on Sunday Afternoon in order to stay alive for more than just another week.
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|This shouldn't have been a try because of a clear knock forward but Jamie Lyon's try didn't get Manly across the line - but the Dragons win over Souths did.|
|The Warriors are going back to the dance...|
8:00pm Friday Night @ Skilled Park
#4 GOLD COAST TITANS
6:30pm Saturday Night @ Sydney Football Stadium
#3 WESTS TIGERS
#6 SYDNEY ROOSTERS
First Preview 5/9: Without doubt the most anticipated game of the First Week as both teams won't hold back with their attack. But this game will be decided by the team that can stand up defensively to the attacking raids launched. Injury concerns for both teams but the health of Nate Myles will have a gigantic impact on this result.
Injury Update via SMH 6/9: The Tigers will name Liam Fulton & Bryce Gibbs but neither are certainties to play. Wade McKinnon is highly unlikely to play while Geoff Daniela is considered a better chance. Chris Lawrence is out until the Preliminary Final at the earliest and neither Tim Moltzen or Taniela Tuiaki will play in 2010. For the Roosters, Nate Myles is the biggest injury concern with a slight quad strain while Daniel Conn will return from suspension. Jake Friend, Mose Masoe & Anthony Minichiello will be named but assessed later in the week.
8:30pm Saturday Night @ CUA Stadium
#2 PENRITH PANTHERS
3:30pm Sunday Afternoon @ WIN Jubilee Stadium
#1 ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
First Preview 5/9: The Dragons were far too good for South Sydney on Sunday Night - and like Manly will be this coming Sunday, the Bunnies were playing for their season. St.George-Illawarra will recall up to five regular squad members in Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby, Jeremy Smith, Dean Young & Trent Merrin from their one week rest - further strengthening a team that was irresistible in the 1st half against Souths. Manly have injury & suspension issues coming out of their loss to the Bulldogs and look like no hope of extending their 2010 season longer than the 80 minutes of football this Sunday.
Injury Update via SMH 6/9: St.George-Illawarra will name all 5 players who were rested v Souths. Beau Scott will hear today if he has been charged for his late hit on Chris Sandow. Michael Weyman & Mark Gasnier were both given early marks but no injuries were reported. Manly have Kieran Foran, Anthony Watmough & Brent Kite in doubt with injury, while Jason King, Steven Matai and Chris Bailey are facing judiciary charges for high tackles. King must beat a charge in order to avoid a week's suspension, Bailey will get off with an early plea but Matai faces up to 9 weeks on the sidelines if he challenges his charge and loses. Manly are in deep poop.