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Friday, 20 July 2012

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NRL ROUND 20 TIPPING PREVIEW
By W D Nicolson 

Well we have 'allegedly' our first coach falling by the wayside of 2012 everyone in Parramatta's Stephen Kearney and while the timing makes very little sense (it's not like Brad Arthur and Chris Anderson are going to get the Eels to the Finals for crying out loud) it does bring up a sobering thought...

Just how badly treated was Daniel Anderson two years ago?

He took the Eels to the 2009 Grand Final by letting Jarryd Hayne play his natural game, then missed the Finals the next year due to Hayne's groin injury as much as anything else. Then the club decided to bring in Kearney from the coaching staff at the Storm and let Feleti Mateo and Krisnan Inu follow Anderson out the door... and they wonder - 2 years later - why they are in the NRL cellar?

It was bad enough watching Kearney trying to implement the Storm structure devoid of the 3 superstars (well 4 given Greg Inglis was on that team for a long time under Craig Bellamy) that are needed for the grinding discipline approach to be capitalised on when the game is there to be won.

Kearney had Hayne and... who?

He might have signed Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts to be his 2012 halves but in that Storm structure they were never going to fit as they are instinctive players - not disciplined players and Matthew Keating is not going to be confused with Cameron Smith at any point in reality or dreams.

The cold hard facts also back Anderson. In two years at the Eels he made the 2009 GF and won 25 of 52 games @ 48.1%... Kearney has missed the Finals both years and won just 9 games from 41 @ 22.0%.

Yes, it is actually possible that Stephen Kearney may end his first grade coaching career having never reached double figures for wins...

Wow.

To Round 20 - and NOT The Footy Show has your NRL Podcast needs covered with plenty on Manly v Canterbury, NRL Rivalries, the Minor Premiership race, and all our picks for this weekend in our 52 minute Podcast - grab it here.

Be sure to check all the Tuesday Team news on the NRL Injured List which is updated every Tuesday afternoon - and the Podcast has plenty of insight on those selections and your Late Mail and Panel Picks are below.

Full Round 20 Tips are Sea Eagles by 2, Broncos by 10, Warriors by 14, Storm by 16, Rabbitohs by 10, Sharks by 10, Roosters by 2 and Tigers by 1.

My 'Locks' are Melbourne, Brisbane and the Warriors; My 'Less than Confidents' are Manly, Souths and Sharks, while My 'Don't put the house on Its' are the Roosters and Tigers.

All the panel's picks are below with their Special Fried Rice selections and we have updated the NRL Injured List with all of this week's Late Mail as well as below in streamlined form.
NRL ROUND 20 PREVIEW - 2012
19/07 Odds are courtesy of Sportingbet Australia
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SEA EAGLES $1.70 v $2.20 BULLDOGS (+2.5)
Glenn Stewart is apparently ready to play, so Daniel Harrison is likely to be pushed to the bench or out of the squad entirely. Brett Stewart could be a late inclusion but don't hold your breath Manly fans. Steve Matai will return from the flu. The Dogs got Sam Kasiano cleared from his tackle on FuiFui MoiMoi that left the Parramatta prop 'Kasianoed', and Martin Taupau will remain 18th man.
(+6.0) TITANS $2.67 v $1.50 BRONCOS
Ashley Harrison (toe) will not play, so Matt White (or Luke O'Dwyer) could start and Luke Douglas would shift into the second row. Aidan Sezer wants to play but his wrist injury isn't going to make things comfortable if he does. Brisbane should be 1-17 although Dunamis Lui could make a late appearance on the bench at the expense of Mitchell Dodds.
WARRIORS $1.28 v $3.85 KNIGHTS (+10.0)
The Warriors will get Konrad Hurrell back, with Steve Rapira likely to beat Omar Slaimankhel for the final bench spot. Newcastle expect to have Marvin Filipo as 18th man with Neville Costigan seemingly ready to make a return from an arm injury.
(+13.5) EELS $5.15 v $1.18 STORM
The Eels have been putting Jarryd Hayne through some agility drills this week but have maintained he won't be back til next weekend at the earliest, but with a new coach - who knows? Taulima Tautai or Mitchell Allgood would miss out on a bench spot if Ben Roberts holds his. Is this the week Cooper Cronk gets his promised rest from Craig Bellamy? Seems as good a time as any to do it for Melbourne... if they weren't in a slump right now. Dane Nielsen should return from an arm injury, while Ben Hampton shapes as Cronk's possible replacement if rested.
RABBITOHS $1.60 v $2.40 DRAGONS (+4.5)
Greg Inglis and Adam Reynolds expect to play despite knee and ankle injuries, while Nathan Peats is the new #9 with Issac Luke suspended. Dave Tyrrell or Ben Lowe will join the bench, unless Michael Maguire goes for a utility player on the bench to spell Peats. The Dragons will not have Nathan Fien (knee), while Jake Marketo, Jack de Belin or Josh Miller could miss out if Cameron King is picked to replace Fien. Jamie Soward should play.
SHARKS $1.45 v $2.80 RAIDERS (+6.5)
Paul Gallen will probably be given another week off, while Jeremy Smith is a chance to return from a knee injury. Wade Graham has shaken off a sternum injury and will play. Jon Green is set to be 18th man. The Raiders want Josh Dugan to get through another training session before considering him, and any member of the three-quarter line not named Blake Ferguson could make way if Dugan returns at fullback. If he goes into the halves, there might be a chance Josh McCrone goes to hooker and Travis Waddell misses out... but that might be being optimistic and Sam Williams is dropped instead. Dane Tilse is not expected back but don't completely rule it out.
PANTHERS $1.80 v $2.05 ROOSTERS (+1.5)
Luke Lewis will play despite a neck injury, but Michael Gordon is still not in the mix... or is he? Brad Tighe or Dave Simmons would make way if Flash returns. Matt Robinson or Mitch Achurch miss out for Penrith. The Roosters will give Lama Tasi until Sunday to prove he's over a shoulder complaint, while Daniel Mortimer could still find his way onto the bench for Nafe Seluini.
COWBOYS $1.67 v $2.25 TIGERS (+3.5)
The Cowboys bench has been settled with Scott Bolton beating out Cory Paterson for the finals spot, while Ray Thompson is a long shot to play. The Tigers will leave Ray Cashmere to play NSW Cup, so Joel Reddy and Junior Moors are likely to play. Gareth Ellis is a definite starter.

For more on how we see the Weekend unfolding, check out the Podcast and Preview below.
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IN THE PODCAST...
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Get NOT The Footy Show Episode 116 and hear Warrick Nicolson, Maria Tsialis, George Taylor and Eyes as they talk Manly v Canterbury, the Best Rivalries in the NRL (or are there any?), Best Game or Best Ending - Yes there's a difference, rethink the Minor Premiership race and we give you the Best Bets of Round 20.
We also reveal the NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Table - who has joined Billy Slater at the top of the votes?
Plus a full odds preview of Round 20 with all our picks and Special Fried Rice selections.
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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).
@NRLTWEET's 2012 TIPPING RECORD 
TOTAL AFTER 19 ROUNDS - 83.5/136 @ 61.%
SPECIAL FRIED RICE involves each tipster taking a 'certainty' in a set order, with the tipster with the highest score at the end of the year literally winning a mountain of Special Fried Rice.
Origin does not count in the panel tips, but DOES for NRL.com competition
ROUND 20 SELECTIONS
Sea Eagles
Broncos
Warriors
Storm
Rabbitohs
Sharks
Roosters
Tigers
LW: 4/8 | SEASON 83.5/136
Special Fried Rice: SEA EAGLES
Season SFR: 13/19
Not on Twitter
Nic McInerney, NTFS Co-Host
Sea Eagles
Broncos
Warriors
Storm
Rabbitohs
Sharks
Panthers
Cowboys
LW: 4/8 | SEASON 80.5/136
Special Fried Rice: STORM
Season SFR: 13/19
@mrpeninsula
Matt Duncan, 101.5 FM's SportsFever
Bulldogs
Broncos
Warriors
Storm
Dragons
Sharks
Roosters
Cowboys
LW: 5/8 | SEASON: 77.5/136
Special Fried Rice: BRONCOS
Season SFR: 10/19

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DC Chapman, NTFS Co-Host
Bulldogs
Broncos
Warriors
Storm
Rabbitohs
Sharks
Roosters
Cowboys
LW: 4/8 | SEASON 81.5/128
Special Fried Rice: SHARKS
Season SFR: 8/19

@mtsialis
Maria Tsialis, Big League Magazine
Bulldogs
Broncos
Warriors
Storm
Rabbitohs
Sharks
Roosters
Cowboys
LW: 3/8 | SEASON 74.5/136
Special Fried Rice: RABBITOHS
Season SFR: 16/19

@GT_Tips
George 'GT' Taylor, GT's Tips Expert
Sea Eagles
Titans
Warriors
Storm
Rabbitohs
Sharks
Panthers
Tigers
LW: 3/8 | SEASON 71.5/136
Special Fried Rice: WARRIORS
Season SFR: 10/19
Not on Twitter
Eyes, The Kid Who Sees All
Sea Eagles
Titans
Knights
Storm
Rabbitohs
Raiders
Panthers
Definitely Tigers
LW: 6/8 | SEASON 70.5/136
Eyes does not eat Special Fried Rice... yet.
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If you want a full 2012 NRL Season Preview you'll need to pick yourself up a copy of the 2012 Rugby League Almanac for just $10.00 - where every team is analysed in depth and our Predicted Ladder and Premiership pick is published.


So while you go grab a copy, here is the short sharp and boldly premature 2012 Prediction for each NRL Club. If you want our Final Ladder - see the Almanac.

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