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NRL 2011 - Round 8 NRL Results Blog Game Highlights Stats Injury News & NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes

ROUND 8 NRL RESULTS - 2011 SEASON
ROUND 8 RESULTS
NRL Tweet Player of the Year Votes are added as awarded.
20 - 12 Fri @ Suncorp | GAME STATS
31 - 12 Fri @ ANZ | GAME STATS
24 - 13 Sat @ Skilled | GAME STATS
42 - 12 Sat @ AAMI | GAME STATS
22 - 20 Sat @ Dairy Farmers | GAME STATS
26 - 18 Sun @ Mt Smart | GAME STATS
12 - 49 Sun @ Canberra | GAME STATS
30 - 00 Mon @ WIN Jubilee | GAME STATS

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NRL TWEET PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTES
 AFTER ROUND 8
THE NRL TWEET's ROUND 8 REVIEW
Here on www.wdnicolson.com we've got all the Game Results, Match Reports, Game Highlights, Game Stats, Injury News & NRL Tweet Player of the Year Award Votes in the one place.
This Round Review also integrates our NRL Injured List - which if you haven't bookmarked by now - I suggest you do so.

This year not only do you get The NRL Tweet's Tips each week but the whole NOT The Footy Show team will have their picks listed by Thursday so you can back a smoky or a favourite by seeing who we all picked (or didn't pick). We make no promises that we'll get everything right but at least one of us should be good for a lazy 60-65% success rate in 2011.

ROUND 8 VIDEO PREVIEW


NOT The Footy Show's Round 8 Podcast
Podcast 28/04/2011: Episode 58 NRL 2011 - Round 8 Preview

SPECIAL FRIED RICE - ROUND 8
- Waz 4/8: Dragons, Matt 6/8: Storm, Dave 6/8: TigersNic 6/8: Broncos -

You can check out who the NOT The Footy Show Experts picked for the 2011 Premiership via this link.
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THE NRL TWEET's ROUND 8 REVIEW
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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7:45pm (Local) 29 April @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
NRLTweet Game Summary: Brisbane are playing superb footy right now. Canterbury have a crack but Hannant and Lockyer drive Broncos to 20-12 win  and rack up 7 wins in a row.
Injuries: Grant Millington (Elbow)
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Matthew Duncan
4 - Ben Hannant, BRI
Really fired up for the clash vs his old club. Was a very busy performance. Ran with purpose and bent the line and defended well. A Great effort.
2 - Darren Lockyer, BRI
The Master doing what he does best, Steered the team around all night and his kicking game was spot on.
1 - Gerard Beale, BRI
The 2nd choice fullback continues to impress. Made plenty of ground with every kick return. Wasn't as flashy as his opposite number but outpointed him over the 80 minutes.
Judge: Warrick Nicolson
4 - Ben Hannant, BRI
May have secured his spot in the Queensland team with this performance which came after a strong past fortnight of form. Is making Brisbane's set prop rotation concept a thing of the past (quite rightly) as he's just eating up the work and the minutes. Made a fine break to setup Lockyer's opening try.
2 - Darren Lockyer, BRI
Although no one can deny Lockyer looked out of sorts in the two seasons following his knee surgery in 2007 - the last 18 months have been vintage Lockyer. Once again he directed things calmly and his kicking game was top shelf. Does he really have to retire?
1 - Ben Barba, CBY
The best player for the Bulldogs by a country mile. Made a couple of errors but he is a constant threat in attack. It's just a shame the Canterbury game plan doesn't involve their other strike weapons nearly enough.
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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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12
7:45pm (Local) 29 April @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
NRLTweet Game Summary: Have we seen the turning point for Chris Sandow? He's instrumental in the Rabbitohs 31-12 come from behind win over Cronulla in the wet at ANZ.
Injuries: Roy Asotasi (Wrist), Nathan Gardner (Re-injured Ankle), John Williams (Ankle)
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Ben Hoese
4 - Chris Sandow, SOU
Single handedly won the game for the Bunnies. Very strong running and kicking game. Tore the defence to pieces.
2 - Jeremy Smith, CRO
Picked up a heavy work load in a depleted team. Played the full 80 and made 40 tackles including some crucial line defence.
1 - Dave Taylor, SOU
Good running line and support play. Used his weight when it counted, but still managed to step like a butterfly.
Judge: Matt Spillane
4 - Chris Sandow, SOU
Career best game easily for Sandow, collecting himself a career best 19 points as well.
2 - Dave Taylor, SOU
Ran like a forward should for the first time in a while and his support play was good too.
1 - John Sutton, SOU
Showed glimpses of his best form and his kicking game worked nicely in tandem with Sandow's.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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5:35pm (Local) 30 April @ Skilled Park, Gold Coast.
NRLTweet Game Summary: David Mead's 1st try of the season gives the Titans a 24-13 victory over the Roosters at Skilled. Roosters drop to 2-6, Titans now 3-5.
Injuries: Esi Tonga (Head Knock), Luke Bailey (Head Knock), Daniel Conn (Head Knock)
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Michael McLucas
4 - William Zillman, GLD
Really making a good go of the #6 jersey and in this game scored 2 tries and with Prince and Friend gave the Titans good direction.
2 - Nathan Friend, GLD
Titans fans would be more and more disappointed each week that he is heading across the Tasman next season. 44 tackles and ever threatening out of dummy half.
1 - Mitchell Pearce, SYD
Did his best to keep the Roosters in the game. Just didn't get the support nor luck that he needed.
Judge: Justin Davies
4 - William Zillman, GLD
He's settling into the five eighth role and his sheer speed was key to their win.
2 - Preston Campbell, GLD
Just seems to get better with age, was involved in everything and is where he should be at fullback.
1 - Nate Myles, SYD
In a disappointing year for the Roosters, he's been a rare shining light, always putting his hand up for a run or tackling his butt off.
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SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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12
7:35pm (Local) 30 April @ AAMI Park, Melbourne.
NRLTweet Game Summary: Melbourne click back into gear after an off week and crush the Knights 42-12 in Melbourne. Kurt Gidley's arm injury the big news.
Injuries: Kurt Gidley (Arm/Shoulder)
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Rob Neilsen
4 - Cameron Smith, MEL
Real captain's knock, bringing the team to life in the second half with a perfect goal kicking record, and some brilliant defence!
2 - Bryan Norrie, MEL
Smart burrowing try early in the match, and made some big metres in attack.
1 - Anthony Quinn, MEL
Had a strong game out wide against his former side, pouncing on a lucky bounce to score a try to take the lead for the side.
Judge: Greg Delaney
4 - Kevin Proctor, MEL
When the game was there to be won Proctor stood up and was a handful for the Knights edge defenders, 1 try assist and offloaded at will.
2 - Cameron Smith, MEL
Controlled the  ruck for the Storm like he always does and got the forwards rolling along giving the backs plenty of room to work with.
1 - Gareth Widdop, MEL
Outstanding game for the former fullback, is shining in the #6 and takes a lot of pressure of Cronk.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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7:35pm (Local) 30 April @ Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville.
NRLTweet Game Summary: North Queensland just keep getting better - this time they hold off a fast-finishing Manly 22-20 in Townsville. Matt Bowen sensational.
Injuries: Aaron Payne (Arm), Gavin Cooper (Head Knock), Kieran Foran (Quad/Ankle), Jason King (Ribs)
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Haylen Southon
4 - Matthew Bowen, NQL
Scored 2 blistering tries and was dangerous of kick returns including a 60 metre kick return in the first half.
2 - William Hopoate, MAN
Scored a try. Was a constant threat in attack, and had another sound game at fullback.
1 - Johnathan Thurston, NQL
Near perfect with the goal kicking duties. Laid on a brilliant pass for the Cowboys last try. Great general play kicking.
Judge: Dane Neville
4 - Matthew Bowen, NQL
Do I dare say he is back to his best? Involved in everything for the Cowboys.
2 - Johnathan Thurston, NQL
Put in another great game, kicking and passing game just too good. 
1 - William Hopoate, MAN
The kid was once again a handful for the defence and set up Robertson's try with a sublime pass.
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SUNDAY FOOTBALL
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2:05pm (Local) 1 May @ Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland.
NRLTweet Game Summary: The Warriors pull away early in the 2nd half to beat the Panthers 26-18 at Mt Smart. Lance Hohaia puts his hand up for Kiwi selection.
Injuries: Yileen Gordon (Neck)
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Craig Buchanan
4 - Kevin Locke, WAR
Had a blinder with his 2nd try an 80m runaway effort just reward for his hard work all over the park.
2 - Lance Hohaia, WAR
Kept popping up in all the right places and broke the Panthers line a few times.
1 - Ukuma Ta'ai, WAR
Solid under the high ball at restarts and had some barnstorming runs.
Judge: Warrick Nicolson
4 - Lance Hohaia, WAR
Probably secured his Kiwi Test berth with his performance and was particularly dangerous in the 1st half. He's a player who can turn a half chance into a break and it's hard to see him giving up his spot again this season.
2 - Feleti Mateo, WAR
Ivan Cleary may have finally found the switch to turn Mateo's game on as he played beautifully on the edges - getting involved with 20+ runs, off-loading at will and making 25 tackles.
1 - Petero Civoniceva, PEN
Rolled forward in the 1st half and secured his Kangaroos Jersey with a standout display in a team that was well beaten in the end. His leg drive after contact was the feature of his game.
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SUNDAY FOOTBALL
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2:05pm (Local) 1 May @ Canberra Stadium, Canberra.
NRLTweet Game Summary: Canberra capitulate to 1-7 on the season as the Wests Tigers led by the class of Farah and Marshall tear them apart 49-12 in Canberra.
Injuries: Matt Orford (Leg), David Shillington (Pectoral)
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Warrick Nicolson
4 - Robbie Farah, WTG
His most dominant performance of the season which suggests he's finally managing his groin injury. He's just a class above his opposition and he carved the Raiders up with smarts and skills.
2 - Benji Marshall, WTG
Rebounded from two poor weeks with a sublime performance that complimented Farah beautifully. Back into gear ahead of the ANZAC Test.
1 - Robert Lui, WTG
Was excellent alongside his superstar team-mates and really helped put the Raiders to the sword when the game was won. Very good.
Judge: Matthew Vickers
4 - Benji Marshall, WTG
Awesome display; it was the Benji that gets Gus and Rabs excited that we saw today... had they been commentating on the game.
2 - Chris Heighington, WTG
Has stood up as the forward leader in the absence of so many.  Strong in both attack and defence.
1 - Robbie Farah, WTG
Without his outstanding vision and service from dummy half Marshall and Lui could not have put on the show they did today.
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SUNDAY FOOTBALL
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3:05pm (Local) 1 May @ Win Jubilee Stadium, Sydney.
NRLTweet Game Summary: St.George-Illawarra weren't just a level above Parramatta this arvo at Kogarah - they towered above the Eels, beating them easily 30-0.
Injuries: Mark Gasnier (Shin), Dean Young (Knee), Nathan Hindmarsh (Rested or Hurt)
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Maria Tsialis
4 - Jamie Soward, STI
The amount of times Parramatta players were left clutching at this man’s shorts was incredible. Took the line on with great results.
2 - Mark Gasnier, STI
They pitted the rookie up against him and let him run. Gasnier looks to be getting back to his best, made a host half chances with his bamboozling footwork.
1 - Ben Hornby, STI
Doesn’t get as many accolades as his more fancied team-mates, but does the job for the Dragons quietly every week. Scored two tries to boot, something that hasn’t happened too much in his career.
Judge: Matt Spillane
4 - Jamie Soward, STI
Did what every expert has wanted him to do and run the ball more with great results. 3 linebreaks which all resulted in tries. Must be close to a NSW jersey.
2 - Mark Gasnier, STI
Received plenty of early ball and gave the Eels left side nightmares with his 4 offloads.
1 - Michael Weyman, STI
Getting better each week coming back from injury. Topped the tackle count for the Dragons with 32 and ran for 122 metres.
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CONGRATS MARIA TSIALIS - Her Slow Pokes took out Phase One of NOT The Footy Show's Fantasy League.
Enter PHASE TWO (Round 10-18) Here
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@NRLTWEET 2011 TIPPING RECORD 
TOTAL AFTER 8 ROUNDS - 33/64 @ 51.6%
The NRL Tweet finished with 125 correct tips from 192 Games in 2010 at a strike rate of 65%.

ROUND 8 SELECTIONS
Warrick Nicolson, The NRL Tweet + NTFS Host
Broncos
Rabbitohs
Roosters
Storm
Cowboys
Warriors
Tigers
Dragons
7/8 | SEASON 33/64
Nic McInerney, NTFS Co-Host
Broncos
Rabbitohs
Roosters
Storm
Cowboys
Warriors
Tigers
Dragons
7/8 | SEASON 39/64
Broncos
Sharks
Roosters
Storm
Cowboys
Warriors
Raiders
Dragons
5/8 | SEASON 36/64
Dave Chapman, NTFS Co-Host
Broncos
Rabbitohs
Titans
Storm
Sea Eagles
Warriors
Tigers
Dragons
7/8 | SEASON 38/64
Maria Tsialis, Big League Magazine
Bulldogs
Rabbitohs
Titans
Storm
Cowboys
Warriors
Raiders
Dragons
6/8 | SEASON 34/64
Andy Raymond, Fox Sports Commentator
Bulldogs
Rabbitohs
Roosters
Storm
Sea Eagles
Warriors
Raiders
Dragons
4/8 | SEASON 30/64
Eyes, The Kid Who Sees All
Broncos
Rabbitohs
Roosters
Knights
Cowboys
Warriors
Raiders
Dragons
5/8 | SEASON 30/64
]-[ It's not too late to join our Tipping Competition as long as you're already signed up for Tipping on the Daily Telegraph Website. We use that site because their overall prize is pretty good and you'll be on there for Super Coach anyway. Our League Code is 446386 and you can invite as many people as you want to take on the boys & girls from NOT The Footy Show.
1st Prize is an Official Steeden Match ball.
And if you miss the Round 1 Deadline for our Fantasy League - don't worry the 2nd phase begins in Round 10.

As an added bonus - here is a Fantasy League BYE Week Cheat Sheet. Especially for the NRL Dream Team, Super Coach or Fantasy NRL minded crew.
SO GO OUT AND ENJOY THE FOOTY!

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