Tuesday 25 September 2012

NRL Grand Final 2012: Teams - Canterbury Bulldogs v Melbourne Storm

2012 NRL Premiership
By W D Nicolson 

The Dogs and Storm finished 1-2 in the regular season and now they've booked a Grand Final date with each other on the last Sunday in September. www.wdnicolson.com will have various blogs throughout the week taking in the Grand Final leadup.

Grand Final Show: Wed September 26!
Today have the official squads for the decider... and sadly the Dogs have given us next to no sub-plot by naming the same 17 that beat the Bunnies and the Storm have given us at least a little bit of interest surrounding the wing position and potentially the final makeup of the bench.

The biggest injury watch is that of Sisa Waqa of the Storm - which is not exactly column inch filling stuff...

NOT The Footy Show will have Luke Patten on our Grand Final Show this week and our entire panel's choices for the 2012 Premiership will be on Wednesday's Grand Final Episode 128 on iTunes.

So here is www.wdnicolson.com's low down on the Grand Final Teams on Tuesday.
Into GF after beating Manly 16-10 and South Sydney 32-8.
  1. Ben BARBA 26 Games
  2. Sam PERRETT 11 Games (for CBY)
  3. Josh MORRIS 25 Games
  4. Krisnan INU 15 Games (for CBY)
  5. Jonathan WRIGHT 26 Games
  6. Josh REYNOLDS 26 Games
  7. Kris KEATING 20 Games
  8. Aiden TOLMAN 26 Games
  9. Michael ENNIS (c) 25 Games
  10. Sam KASIANO 23 Games
  11. Frank PRITCHARD 25 Games
  12. Josh JACKSON 11 Games
  13. Greg EASTWOOD 23 Games
  14. James GRAHAM 25 Games
  15. Dale FINUCANE 13 Games
  16. Corey PAYNE 26 Games
  17. David STAGG 26 Games
  18. Dene HALATAU 17 Games
    Coach: Des HASLER
Same 17 that beat the Bunnies plus Dene Halatau as 18th man for Canterbury. All players reportedly in good nick and raring to go. Payne in biggest danger of missing out to accommodate Halatau.
MELBOURNE STORM Into GF after beating South Sydney 24-6 and Manly 40-12.
  1. Billy SLATER 20 Games
  2. Sisa WAQA 10 Games
  3. Dane NIELSEN 21 Games
  4. Will CHAMBERS 17 Games
  5. Justin O'NEILL 20 Games
  6. Gareth WIDDOP 25 Games
  7. Cooper CRONK 25 Games
  8. Jesse BROMWICH 26 Games
  9. Cameron SMITH (c) 24 Games
  10. Bryan NORRIE 24 Games
  11. Sika MANU 18 Games
  12. Ryan HOFFMAN 26 Games
  13. Todd LOWRIE 22 Games
  14. Ryan HINCHCLIFFE 26 Games
  15. Kevin PROCTOR 22 Games
  16. Jaiman LOWE 14 Games
  17. Richard FA'AOSO 5 Games (with MEL)
  18. Rory KOSTJASYN 14 Games
  19. Mahe FONUA 4 Games
  20. Siosaia VAVE 14 Games
  21. Anthony QUINN 20 Games
    Coach: Craig BELLAMY
Storm bring Sisa Waqa back from a knee injury for Mahe Fonua and add Rory Kostjasyn, Siosaia Vave and Anthony Quinn to an extended bench. Sika Manu and Ryan Hinchcliffe are named to start despite being replaced in the starting lineup by Kevin Proctor and Todd Lowrie in the Preliminary Final.

Verdict 25/09: Right now, I've leant back towards the Bulldogs just a little (but that makes it even money right now) because of the doubt over Waqa and the Dogs are a very settled lineup.
Official Sportingbet Market 25/09: STORM $1.80 v BULLDOGS $2.05 (+1.5)

My Head to Head Market 25/09: STORM $1.91 v BULLDOGS $1.91
My Line Market: EVEN LINE

For this week I'm be tapping into the betting mind of a maestro only known as 'Rainman' and he has the Storm favourites as well.
Rainman's Head to Head Market 25/09: STORM $1.85 v BULLDOGS $2.00
NOT The Footy Show Episode 128
Out Wednesday Night September 26 with Special Guest Luke Patten.

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