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NRL 2011 - Round 20 NRL Results Blog. Highlights Stats Injuries Pressers NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes

ROUND 20 RESULTS BLOG
2011 NRL PREMIERSHIP SEASON

THE NRL TWEET's ROUND 20 REVIEW
Here on www.wdnicolson.com we've got all the Game Results, Match Reports, Game Highlights, Game Stats, Injury News, Press Conferences and 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.
Player of the Year Votes are added as awarded by our panel and all votes are usually up to date by Tuesday.  Fantasy League Leaderboard Updated Monday and Tuesday.
THE SUNDAY INQUISITION - In depth thoughts and analysis of Round 20
SPECIAL FRIED RICE - ROUND 20
- Waz 10/20: Dragons; Matt 16/20: Sea Eagles; Dave 14/20: CowboysNic 16/20: Storm -
Note: The order in which Special Fried Rice (the game we guarantee that team will win) is chosen rotates - this week Waz had 1st choice, Matt 2nd, Dave 3rd and Nic 4th. So it isn't as easy as it sounds to tip correctly each week.
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THE NRL TWEET's ROUND 20 REVIEW
ROUND 20 RESULTS
20/07 Odds are courtesy of Sportingbet Australia
08 - 07 Fri @ ANZ | LINE: CBY +2.0 GAME STATS
26 - 06Fri @ AAMI | LINE: BRI +5.5 GAME STATS
20 - 28 Sat @ Skilled | LINE: GLD +2.0 GAME STATS
00 - 18Sat @ Toyota | LINE: NEW +2.0 GAME STATS
19 - 12 Sat @ Leichhardt | LINE: SYD +6.5 GAME STATS
16 - 48 Sun @ ANZ | LINE: SOU +1.5 GAME STATS
08 - 12 Sun @ Centrebet | LINE: PEN +6.0 GAME STATS
24 - 19 Mon @ Canberra | LINE: CAN +6.5 GAME STATS
NRL TWEET PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTES
The Leaderboard has gone silent (as of Round 18) but we will however still be posting the Votes each week in the Results Blog.
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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7:45pm (Local) 22 July @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney. 
NRLTweet Game Summary: Canterbury break Parramatta hearts for the second straight week as Trent Hodkinson's second field goal sees the Dogs beat the Eels 8-7 in Golden Point at ANZ.
Injuries: David Stagg (Ankle), Martin Taupau (Leg)
GAME STATS
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Greg Delaney
4 - Josh Reynolds, CBY
Changed the complexion of the game when he came on with energy and some darting runs from dummy half. Set up the Hodkinson line break which led to his try, also went close late, was always dangerous.
2 - Trent Hodkinson, CBY
Kicked the field goal to level the game and then 41 metre field goal to win the game. Also had a line break and try assist. Controlled the game well and injected himself when he had to.
1 - Tim Mannah, PAR
In tough conditions, Mannah made a hard fought 223 metres from 26 runs and had 33 tackles.
Judge: Matt Spillane
4 - Josh Reynolds, CBY
Scored the Dogs only try and looked the most threatening to score again despite coming off the bench.
2 - Nathan Hindmarsh, PAR
Usual tireless performance from Hindmarsh. 59 tackles and was nearly the only Eel trying to charge down the Dogs field goal attempts.
1 - Aiden Tolman, CBY
Made 63 tackles and 18 hitups in a non stop performance from Canterbury's new Mr Consistent.
Canterbury - Jim Dymock and Andrew Ryan

Parramatta - Stephen Kearney and Nathan Hindmarsh

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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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7:45pm (Local) 22 July @ AAMI Park, Melbourne.
NRLTweet Game Summary: The Storm are just far too good for the Broncos at the magnificent AAMI Park. Melbourne hold Brisbane in first half then dust them off 26-6 by the end of the second.
Injuries: Matt Duffie (Sternum - late withdrawal), Darren Lockyer (Head/Hammy)
GAME STATS
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Matthew Duncan
4 - Cooper Cronk, MEL
Executes the Storm game plan so well. Doesn't overplay his hand, builds pressure and then deliver the knock out blow. Set up 2 tries and scored one himself.
2 - Maurice Blair, MEL
Caused headaches for the Broncos defence all night. Looked likely every time he touched the ball and was rewarded with 2 tries.
1 - Cameron Smith, MEL
Does the little things so perfect in attack and defence... in short he was Cameron Smith.
Judge: Warrick Nicolson
4 - Cooper Cronk, MEL
Is in superb form at the moment. Although Melbourne defended for much of the first half - Cronk made the most of their limited opportunities to set up the first try and then scored the sealer himself in the second half and laid on another try late.
2 - Cameron Smith, MEL
The building block of almost everything Melbourne do in defence and attack. Brisbane were held out despite a heavy field position advantage in the opening half and Smith was in everything. Ordinary kicking game only downside to performance.
1 - Billy Slater, MEL
Didn't score a try himself but put his stamp on the match in different ways. When he's switched on there's few players who are better at going looking for the ball in the game.
Melbourne - Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith

Brisbane - Anthony Griffin and Darren Lockyer

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SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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5:35pm (Local) 23 July @ Skilled Park, Gold Coast.
NRLTweet Game Summary: The Titans begin well but open the door for the Cowboys who come from behind to win 28-20 at Skilled Park. 
Injuries: TBA
GAME STATS
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Michael McLucas
4 - Gavin Cooper, NQL
Continues his impressive season with a top-notch back rower's performance in this game which saw him make 41 tackles and 10 hitups, and was rewarded with a try which we will see plenty of on the 2011 highlights reel.
2 - Matthew Bowen, NQL
So refreshing to see him get through most of the season uninjured (touch wood). Steering the team around beautifully in Thurston's absence.
1 - Matt Srama, GLD
A good effort in this game which was highlighted with a great dart from dummy half to set up Zillman's second try. Also made 45 tackles.
Judge: Matthew Duncan
4 - Matthew Bowen, NQL
With him in such a great form, the Cowboys have hardly missed a beat minus Thurston. Great vision all night and really went full throttle when he felt the Titans were starting to falter.
2 - Brent Tate, NQL
Amazing performance considering it was only his 2nd game back off a long lay off. Had a hand in couple of tries and had the Titans defence in two minds with some great work both on and off the ball. Defence a bit rusty but that will come.
1 - Gavin Cooper, NQL
Tradesman like performance from the big 2nd rower. Got through plenty of work and grabbed himself a try (should of nearly been a double!).
Gold Coast - John Cartwright and Scott Prince
North Queensland - Neil Henry and Matthew Scott
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SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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7:35pm (Local) 23 July @ Toyota Stadium, Cronulla
NRLTweet Game Summary: The Knights rebound from two poor weeks with a good 18-0 victory over the Paul Gallen-less Sharks at Toyota Park.
Injuries: Paul Gallen (Ankle/Calf - late withdrawal), Kade Snowden (Shoulder), Nathan Gardner (Concussion), Sam Tagataese (Nose) Richie Fa'aoso (Hammy), Jarrod Mullen (Pectoral), Neville Costigan (Knee - late withdrawal)
GAME STATS
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Rob Neilsen
4 - Kurt Gidley, NEW
Kept the team together through the lean portion of the game, beore setting up the match winning try and kicking two penalties late to secure the win.
2 - Isaac De Gois, NEW
Pulled off several great tackles in an excellent defensive display.
1 - Akuila Uate, NEW
Came close to scoring on a few occasions before finally capitalising midway through the second half.
Judge: Craig Buchanan
4 - Matt Hilder, NEW
Made a difference in both attack and defence and scored the match winning try.
2 - Jarrod Mullen, NEW
A good kicking game saw him lead the Knights around the park well.
1 - Kurt Gidley, NEW
Strong at the back under the high ball, kicked well to score the points on offer and keep extending Newcastle's lead.
Cronulla-Sutherland - Shane Flanagan and Jeremy Smith
Newcastle - Rick Stone and Kurt Gidley
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SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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7:35pm (Local) 23 July @ Leichhardt Oval, Sydney.
NRLTweet Game Summary: The Tigers produce their best win of the season according to coach Tim Sheens as they beat the Roosters 19-12 at Leichhardt.
Injuries: Kane Linnett (Knee)
GAME STATS
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Maria Tsialis
4 - Keith Galloway, WTG
Big Red packs a punch and it was no different in this game. He once again topped his team for metres made and still had the energy for 25 tackles.
2 - Benji Marshall, WTG
Love him or hate him, the Tigers need him to fire for a win. Looks to be warming up to the task, even though the team hasn't been in the best form.
1 - Braith Anasta, SYD
Anasta just tries and tries and tries again, and had to deal with some 

dud calls against his club in this game. It's been a difficult year but

 he still manages to lead the Roosters with pride

Judge: Justin Davies
4 - Benji Marshall, WTG
He did what Benji Marshall does best, a livewire threat throughout the game and set up most of the Tigers points.
2 - Bryce Gibbs, WTG
Bent the line with every hit up and wasn't shy to show off the flick pass.
1 - Robbie Farah, WTG
Slowly getting back to his best form, combined well with Benji and the forwards.
Wests Tigers - Tim Sheens and Robbie Farah
Sydney - Brian Smith and Braith Anasta
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SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOOTBALL
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2:05pm (Local) 24 July @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
NRLTweet Game Summary: South Sydney are blown away early by the Warriors, steady, then falter again, as the Warriors run out convincing 48-16 winners at ANZ.
Injuries: Michael Crocker (Head - late withdrawal), Lance Hohaia (Head - Late withdrawal)
GAME STATS
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Ben Hoese
4 - Feleti Mateo, WAR
Has really come on this year. Always looking for ways to break the line or put someone through the line with his freakish off-loading ability.
2 - Manu Vatuvei, WAR
The Beast scored a hat-trick and made it look too easy at times.
1 - Shaun Johnson, WAR
Surprise hit for the Warriors this year when he displaced Brett Seymour. Scored a great intercept try to put his team on a roll and did his job at halfback to assist Maloney in controling the game.
Judge: Craig Buchanan
4 - James Maloney, WAR
A great showing from Maloney, expertly guiding the Warriors around the park, and setting up a few tries from well placed kicks and scoring a try of his own.
2 - Manu Vatuvei, WAR
Scored a hat trick, just too big and too strong on the wing for Nathan Merritt. Also made some good strong runs and his 3rd try was a slap in the face for the Rabbits.
1 - Joel Moon, WAR
Played well. Made metres up the middle and was involved throughout the game. Rewarded with a double.
South Sydney - John Lang and John Sutton
Warriors - Ivan Cleary and Simon Mannering
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SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOOTBALL
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3:05pm (Local) 24 July @ Centrebet Stadium, Penrith.
NRLTweet Game Summary: Manly aren't great but they do emerge from Penrith with a hard fought 12-8 victory over the Panthers (who drop 2 points out of Top 8).
Injuries: Luke Lewis (Shoulder - late withdrawal), Travis Burns (Biceps/Hand), Michael Robertson (Knee - late withdrawal), Anthony Watmough (Shoulder - late withdrawal)
GAME STATS
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Nigel Wilbow
4 - Glenn Stewart, MAN
Great defence and put on some quality inside balls for both Jamie Lyon and brother Brett. Involved in everything.
2 - Kieran Foran, MAN
Controlled the game with some top passes and quality kicks. May well be the best defensive half in the game at present.
1 - Lachlan Coote, MAN
Always dangerous, chiming into the backline as a ball player at times and safe at the back.
Judge: Matthew Vickers
4 - Brett Stewart, MAN
Although the Manly defence won the contest, Stewart's line break and try assist for Kieran Foran's try sealed the deal.
2 - Petero Civoniceva, PEN
The ultimate war horse even at what 74 years old? Made 170 metres and did everything he could to lift the Panthers.
1 - Jamie Lyon, MAN
Troubled the Penrith left edge all afternoon and was on a mission on his run for the first try of the game.
Penrith - Steve Georgallis and Petero Civoniceva
Manly-Warringah - Des Hasler and Jason King
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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
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7:05pm (Local) 25 July @ Canberra Stadium, Canberra.
NRLTweet Game Summary: Canberra come from 12 points down to stun Dragons 24-19 in a crazy finish in Canberra. But playoffs? Please don't talk about playoffs.
Injuries: Trevor Thurling (Achilles), Joel Thompson (Concussion), Dan Hunt (Triceps - Late withdrawal), Michael Weyman (Leg)
GAME STATS
2011 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes 
Judge: Warrick Nicolson
4 - Glen Buttriss, CAN
The message after his game turning performance is simple - David Furner has to find Glen Buttriss more game time. Alan Tongue started the game and Canberra were out of it, enter Glen Buttriss and his decision making, speed and defence out of dummy half turned this game back into a contest.
2 - Josh Dugan, CAN
Dugan scored an early try to keep Canberra's head above water and was throwing himself into everything all game. But it wasn't until the Raiders trailed by 1 point in the 80th minute that he made his biggest contribution - screaming at Josh 'What do I do?' McCrone to kick into the in-goal when a field goal was on - and Dugan beat the defence to score the match winning try and extend Canberra's dominance over the Dragons to 12 wins from 13 games.
1 - Trent Merrin, STI
Thrust into a starting role with Dan Hunt a late scratching and he was the best forward on the field while the Dragons dominated the score board. Took a few weeks to get over his Origin axing but this was more of the Merrin we've seen in his short career.
Judge: Haylen Southon
4 - Josh Dugan, CAN
Scored 2 tries including the match winner, chimed in with a neat kicking game and right at the death proved why he is so important to this Raiders team.
2 - Josh McCrone, CAN
Scored the teams first try after slicing through the Dragons defence. Also provided the kick for the match winning touchdown from Josh Dugan.
1 - Glen Buttriss, CAN
Did all the '1 percenters'. Provided great spark out of hooker in the second half, and provided crucial in defence, forcing several turnovers.
Canberra Raiders - David Furner and Brett White

St.George-Illawarra - Wayne Bennett and Matt Cooper
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ROUND 20 BYES
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2011 TIPPING TIPS:
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). Truthfully there is no perfect formula but here's a vital tip to help you cope with the copious amounts of NRL Tipping Comp's
@NRLTWEET's 2011 TIPPING RECORD 
TOTAL AFTER 20 ROUNDS - 83/144 @ 57.3%
The NRL Tweet finished with 125 correct tips from 192 Games in 2010 at a strike rate of 65%.

ROUND 20 SELECTIONS
Warrick Nicolson, The NRL Tweet + NTFS Host
Eels
Storm
Cowboys
Knights
Tigers
Warriors
Sea Eagles
Dragons
6/8 | SEASON 83/144
Nic McInerney, NTFS Co-Host
Eels
Storm
Cowboys
Sharks
Tigers
Warriors
Sea Eagles
Dragons
5/8 | SEASON 96/144
Eels
Broncos
Cowboys
Knights
Tigers
Warriors
Sea Eagles
Dragons
5/8 | SEASON 86/144
Dave Chapman, NTFS Co-Host
Eels
Storm
Cowboys
Knights
Tigers
Warriors
Sea Eagles
Dragons
6/8 | SEASON 91/144
Maria Tsialis, Big League Magazine
Bulldogs
Storm
Titans
Sharks
Tigers
Warriors
Sea Eagles
Raiders
6/8 | SEASON 80/144
Andy Raymond, Fox Sports Commentator
Eels
Storm
Titans
Sharks
Tigers
Warriors
Sea Eagles
Dragons
4/8 | SEASON 76/144
Eyes, The Kid Who Sees All
Bulldogs
Broncos
Cowboys
Knights
Tigers
Rabbitohs
Sea Eagles
Raiders
6/8 | SEASON 70/144
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