Wednesday 1 May 2013

NRL 2013: Round 8 Tips Late Mail Predictions Preview | #NRLLateMail #NRLDT #Supercoach #nrlbrisou

Plus The Postman's NRL Dream Team/NRL Super Coach Picks

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - May 1, 2013

Also make sure you check out the Predicted NSW Game 1 Team we believe coach Laurie Daley is set to announce for the June 5 clash with Queensland at ANZ Stadium. It has massive DT/SC implications.
Continue reading below for the Round 8 Tipping Preview.
Great at one thing, woeful at another... Mr DC explains.

After this article's hit counts went through the roof on the week we interviewed Jake Hauritz, we're back with another chat to a member of the 'Awesome Foursome' Tipping panel here on

So up steps Dave Chapman aka Mr DC or DC Chapman for those NOT The Footy Show devotees.

First up we asked him why he's so good at Special Fried Rice in season 2013?

Now Special Fried Rice is the sub-tipping competition that has been running for 4 seasons here on, which is where our panel has to pick their certainty of the weekend but only after following a picking order (meaning not everyone can take the same team or get first crack at their preferred pick every week).

Q. You are 7/7 in Special Fried Rice - What is your secret?
Mr DC: "There is no one secret. There are lots of little secrets that when performed to perfection all combine to make it successful.
For example when you cooked that steak for me last year before a Podcast recording, I noticed you didn’t just throw some seasoning on top and whack it on the BBQ. You massaged the seasoning in on both sides and then waited until the temperature of the BBQ was just right and then placed it in the pan with a gentle, caring hand. I can still hear it sizzling away anticipating being in my belly."

Q. Alright then... my amazing cooking skills aside, you might be carving up Special Fried Rice but you are only 29/56 in general play tipping... what's gone wrong there?
Mr DC: "My massaging technique on that front has never been quite right. Not sure what I’m doing wrong there. I’ve tried going anti-clockwise, I’ve tried pressing harder, pressing softer. It just doesn’t work."

Q. And even worse you are only 17/56 in your FootyTab picks (which admittedly are a new tipping category for us in 2013)? Do you need counselling from Tom Waterhouse?
Mr DC: "Does he know how to massage?"

Q. Not sure mate, he may allegedly know how to pass on a message... anyhoo I know you want to discuss it so here is your chance to get it off your chest... what's wrong with the Dragons?
Mr DC: "I’ve defended Mr Fien for the whole year but witnessing him missing those 2 crucial tackles last week, backed up by a creativity lacking offense, I think we do need to replace him with someone who has more determination and drive. Take Rangi Chase for example.
"In saying that we were starting to come good the previous 3 weeks. We just came up against a very structured Roosters team who somehow (Trent Robinson) have turned below average players into 'Representative esk' players.
"It’s wrong to say it’s all Mr Fiens fault. It’s not. Maybe our players aren’t getting the right kind of massage after the game."

Disturbing observance of steak preparation aside... thanks to Mr DC for his time. And his Special Fried Rice picks - which are 100% successful through 7 rounds in 2013 people.

When he makes his Special Fried Rice pick for Round 8 it might be smart to take note.
For our analysis of Tuesday team selections for Round 8 - click here.
Remember your Weekly Recap of things that matter in Rugby League with the 7th Complete Set right here.

The Postman is FINALLY back with a number of NRL Dream Team and NRL Super Coach picks for you to consider entering Round 8.

@NRLTweet Player of the Year - Round 7 Results here
Voting Allocation for Round 8 of the NRL is below.

As far as Late Mail goes the rolling lockout for all you NRL Dream Team and NRL Super Coach nerds should have allowed you to make any last minute changes quite easily, but once again our Latest of Late Mail should help in any selections you make before the round begins.

ROUND 8 2013
Wednesday Odds Courtesy of Sportingbet | NRL LADDER
Friday 7:45pm at Suncorp Stadium
Tuesday Teams Analysed on NRL Injured List
@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Matt Vickers @mercurialmattyv Greg Delaney @gregdelaney84 |
Track live round votes via #NRLTweetPOTY
I love the Rabbitohs in this one. It's not as if the Broncos aren't playing decent footy at the moment, but Souths showed their premiership mettle in beating Manly at Brookvale and even though there is a risk of a let-down here - the 7 day break negates that somewhat. If Scott Prince and Peter Wallace ever had to step up and actually do something - this is the week if Brisbane want to keep pace with the Rabbits. And I can't see that happening. Souths by 12.
Expect the Broncos to be 1-17. Though based on recent form it wouldn't be stunning to see Lachlan Maranta demoted and possibly Jordan Kahu promoted from QLD Cup.
LATE UPDATE? JUSTIN HODGES IS OUT with a hip injury! Josh McGuire also will miss after aggravating his calf injury. Kahu now comes in for Hodges (not Maranta) and Jarrod Wallace looks like McGuire's replacement.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Corey Parker is his 2011/2012 self right now but Ashley Harrison's injury may open the door for CP13 in QLD's starting team for Game 1. Matt Gillett is playing sensationally but that may also mean he is QLD bound as well. Same appies to Ben Hannant - playing great but could be Origin casualty.
Jason Clark was good last week, while Ben Lowe was only average. Jeff Lima will play - so it'll be one of those two that make way. Also look out for a possible move to the bench for Ben Te'o but he will play.
LATE UPDATE? Lowe, Lima or Clark - 2 of them will play. Sorry we can't be sure which one this far out. The other option is Nathan Peats missing out - but he's great insurance on the bench.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: John Sutton won't be in the NSW Origin team for Game 1, and neither will Adam Reynolds. So if you are looking to clear out some Origin players - they are fantastic premium candidates. For the record - I'm jumping off Chris McQueen and cashing his chips in this week.
If you have a DT/SC question grab The Postman on Twitter @NRLTweet and I'll answer there.
Friday 7:45pm at ANZ Stadium
BULLDOGS $1.17 v $5.25 TIGERS
Tuesday Teams Analysed on NRL Injured List
@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Matt Spillane @devonhead Ben Hoese @gunnermcdagget |
Track live round votes via #NRLTweetPOTY
Don't really think Canterbury are 'back' but the Tigers will be doing well to have 17 players fit for the bus trip to ANZ Stadium, let alone the game itself. Even if Benji Marshall plays - the Bulldogs should win the ruck as their pack is finally starting to look 2012-ish with the return of James Graham and the improved form of Frank Pritchard. The FootyTab start seems a bit excessive at +12.5 to the Tigers but honestly - I think Ben Barba, Josh Reynolds and Josh Morris tear up the Tigers on the right edge - so give me Canterbury by 16 points. And that has as much to do with the fact I think the Tigers will struggle to score points outside of when Robbie Farah has the ball (which admittedly is a lot).
The Dogs get James Graham back - but will Sam 'The Wristwatch' Kasiano join him? Would be a nice duo to unleash this week for Des Hasler wouldn't it? Kris Keating is listed as injured but his best chance of making the team again is on the bench (probably at Dene Halatau's expense). right now Halatau would be the man to make way if Kasiano comes back in.
LATE UPDATE? If Kasiano does play, Halatau will likely miss out - unless Hasler opts to rest a regular.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: If you believe Ben Barba is capable of playing at his 2011/2012 level again in 2013 - jump on him NOW. The matchup is taaaaasty and he could pass both high Break-Evens if he fires. Big loser of James Graham's return are Martin Taupau and maybe even Dale Finucane minutes played wise.
Does Benji Marshall play? Judging purely on what Mick Potter said announcing his team - I'd say no, given he gave Jacob Miller a fair run down as to why he's been picked in first grade again. But check back on Friday for an update (Marshall now says he wants to play! Just needs to pass a fitness test). Bodene Thompson has always looked a liability in the centres during his career - so Tim Simona's presence on the bench is telling.
LATE UPDATE? Marshall now says he wants to play! Just needs to pass a fitness test on Friday morning.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Jack Buchanan's play has been solid and he's getting enough minutes to keep him on your roster. The other thing to keep in mind is if Aaron Woods gets picked for NSW - Buchanan becomes the #1 Front Rower! Unless Adam Blair goes into the front row when/if that happens. Don't expect big weeks from James Tedesco all the time as evidenced by his disappearing act against the Broncos..
If you have a DT/SC question grab The Postman on Twitter @NRLTweet and I'll answer there.
Saturday 5:35pm at AAMI Park
STORM $1.15 v $5.75 RAIDERS
Tuesday Teams Analysed on NRL Injured List
@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Warrick Nicolson @NRLTweet Matt Trodden @trods2906 |
Track live round votes via #NRLTweetPOTY
This game coincides with an annual sporting road trip to Melbourne and I'm actually anticipating the Raiders putting up a decent fight while I take up my seat at the fantastic AAMI Park. Melbourne are the best team in the competition but for whatever reason the Raiders have given them some trouble in the last two years (after about 9 years of utter Storm dominance) and smashed the Storm by 28 points last year at AAMI Park. While Canberra won't win by that on Saturday - and I don't think they'll win at all - I am expecting the Storm to be tested with Terry Campese starting and Sam Williams finally punted to NSW Cup (though there's a chance he might still play if Josh McCrone is unable to play). Let's face it - Melbourne are a juggernaut before Origin so don't tip the Raiders... but don't discount them either. Melbourne by 8 points.
The Storm got another huge break between games (they played last Thursday), so that should ensure all their stars turn out in this one. Mahe Fonua's errors and mental lapses will be tallying up in Craig Bellamy's mind - he might not have many more chances to get them out of his game if he's inconsistent against the Raiders. Junior Moors or Lagi Setu are the guys who could miss out on the bench if Kenny Bromwich gets a second first grade game.
LATE UPDATE? Brett Finch and Maurice Blair could be in contention for bench spots here... the other scenario sees Blair come into the centres, O'Neill to the wing and Fonua misses out due to his recent brain explosions.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: If I had to recommend two of the three Melbourne stars to keep over the course of the rep period - it's Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith with a bullet. So much so I moved Billy Slater out of my DT squad last week, and will move him out of my SC squad soon enough.
Apparently Josh McCrone has a groin problem, so Sam Williams may yet play after being dropped on Tuesday. Sandor Earl comes in for Jarrod Croker, while Joel Edwards isn't 100% after a head knock against the Cowboys. Canberra could take 20 players to Melbourne such is the doubt over McCrone and Edwards. Anthony Milford is eligible to play after beating a dangerous contact charge from the NYC on Wednesday night.
LATE UPDATE? McCrone is set to play, which would see Williams not get a reprieve and giving Milford a decent chance to make the bench ahead of Berrigan.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Shaun Fensom is NOT in contention for State of Origin if Laurie Daley's lack of discussion about him is to be believed. So plug him into your DT/SC lineups people.
If you have a DT/SC question grab The Postman on Twitter @NRLTweet and I'll answer there.
Saturday 7:35pm at Parramatta Stadium
EELS $3.00 v $1.41 COWBOYS
Tuesday Teams Analysed on NRL Injured List
@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Maria Tsialis @mtsialis Justin Davies @dragonpunk12 |
Track live round votes via #NRLTweetPOTY
Parramatta suck... but the Cowboys aren't riding high by any means. Parra were bad against the Panthers - but Penrith won that match by playing good footy when given the chance, so I don't agree with Jarryd Hayne's assertion that his team should not have lost to reserve graders... Memo Jarryd: Your team finished last in 2012... so basically most of your team played like reserve graders. Speaking of reserve grade - Ben Smith and Ben Roberts are now where they belong. Hayne himself was good against the Panthers, and Sandow wasn't terrible - but as I've written before - unless Hayne and Sandow fire together - Parra won't win. So to the Cowboys - they are in a somewhat similar boat with Johnathan Thurston and Matthew Bowen but they have good enough squad to win games when that pair doesn't fire. I can't pick Parra this season (that principle alone helped me last week) - even at home and with the Cowboys not in good touch - so North Queensland by 7 points please.
Jacob Loko is still a chance to play after not being named due to knee soreness and a cork suffered on Monday night - but the club have used the words 'could return within the week' on their website - so expect him to play - possibly for this guy > Ryan Morgan is no certainty due to a hamstring strain but does Ricky Stuart give Cheyse Blair a 8th or 9th chance? It's negative but Matt Ryan might himself in the centres come Saturday.
LATE UPDATE? Loko could very well play here... Morgan might miss again due to a hammy strain, so Pewhairangi might still get a run. Mannah looks set to play!!!
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Of the three rookies getting their chance - I can't recommend any of Api Pewhairangi, Kaysa Pritchard or Peni Terepo. If you have to have one - then go with Terepo given Tim Mannah's injury is long term.
Check the passenger list on Friday before you lock in all your Cowboys players this week. Jason Taumalolo looks set to play QLD Cup, while Antonio Winterstein may make a late push to play in place of Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa.
LATE UPDATE? Johnson has had a good rest and if he still had issues - why would the Cowboys name him for a road game? If Winterstein gets on the plane, he pushes Fai-Fai Loa out.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Let's just take a minute to celebrate the DT/SC career of Gavin Cooper... because right now he's a borderline reserve grader given Glenn Hall and Tariq Sims have moved past him in the second row pecking order. If he starts he's a really nice point of difference... if he doesn't he's a heavy dose of 'Meh'.
If you have a DT/SC question grab The Postman on Twitter @NRLTweet and I'll answer there.
Sunday 2:00pm at Mt Smart Stadium (NZ Time)
WARRIORS $1.48 v $2.70 TITANS
Tuesday Teams Analysed on NRL Injured List
@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Greg Delaney @gregdelaney84 Matt Vickers @mercurialmattyv |
Track live round votes via #NRLTweetPOTY
The Titans let a lot of people down last weekend but they did play with 14 men for about 70 minutes against the Knights... while the Warriors were gallant, they just weren't good enough to beat Melbourne when they had a golden opportunity to. The Konrad Hurrell dropping makes sense... unless you were about to play Jamal Idris and Brad Takairangi who are just the kind of defensive matchups Hurrell's running game could exploit. Still the Warriors do get Simon Mannering back but the Titans will have 17 players for most of the match you'd think this time. Losing Srama and Harrison hurts, but this game is also being played during the day when my mind wants to tell me the Titans do better in than at night. I always like an upset, so give me the Titans by 4 points on the back of Albert Kelly and Aidan Sezer taking their chances.
Don't rule out a late reprieve for Konrad Hurrell... maybe he just needed a reality check mid-week from Matt Elliott as much as anything. Is Dane Nielsen close to a return? We'll find out by the end of the week as Ben Henry in the centres isn't an overly positive swap by Elliott for Hurrell. Manu Vatuvei's made a speedy recovery from a sternum injury... maybe too speedy given Ngani Laumape is 18th man. Simon Mannering should almost certainly play.
LATE UPDATE? There could still be time for a late withdrawal from Vatuvei given his quick recovery from a sternum injury... meaning a reprieve for Hurrell or a return by Nielsen?
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: There's about 5 players on the Warriors worth considering for DT/SC... and one of them just got sent to NSW Cup. Shaun Johnson is your classic risk/reward halfback and persist if you've got him.
As long as they have 17 fit players they'll be happy. Kevin Gordon and Brad Takairangi's hamstrings need to survive training to play, with Steve Michaels set to travel as 18th man cover.
LATE UPDATE? See above.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Sam Irwin may get two or three or four or five games given Matt Srama's finger injury - but don't expect big numbers as Beau Falloon just became a viable option if you think he can make you some mid-range money while starting.
If you have a DT/SC question grab The Postman on Twitter @NRLTweet and I'll answer there.
Sunday 2:00pm at Hunter Stadium
KNIGHTS $1.36 v $3.25 SHARKS
Tuesday Teams Analysed on NRL Injured List
@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Ben Jones @benwah87 Ben Hoese @gunnermcdagget |
Track live round votes via #NRLTweetPOTY
All eyes will be on Todd Carney in this one... mainly because if the Sharks are going to score any points - he'll be responsible. Carney came back from injury early to try and hold onto his NSW #6 jumper and was very good against the Dogs... but his team-mates weren't. Conversely the Knights did what they had to against an undermanned Titans - getting a valuable two points on the road. I'm not particularly impressed with the Knights week to week - but they look like they have a few more game breaking outside backs than the Sharks... so despite Carney having another stormer - I'll lean the Knights by 2 points.
Kurt Gidley didn't set the world on fire at halfback against the Titans, so it wouldn't surprise anyone to see him back at hooker for this one and Tyrone Roberts at halfback (like they have been named). Neville Costigan has a knee issue apparently, but Korbin Sims is not safe in first grade yet by any stretch.
LATE UPDATE? Word is Costigan will play NSW Cup.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Jarrod Mullen is in DT circles - Kick Metre GRAVY. He kicks almost every set for the Knights - making Kurt Gidley much less exciting at halfback than at hooker. Just a note: Entering the season did anyone think Alex McKinnon AND Robbie Rochow would be big minute starting second rowers at Newcastle?
The Sharks made no changes on Tuesday... but given how many opportunities Todd Carney created for the three-quarter line - don't be surprised if there's changes in every position bar Beau Ryan's.
LATE UPDATE? Stewart Mills or Matthew Wright could come in to the three-quarter line - roll a dice as to who Flanagan punts. All but Ryan have a strong case to be.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Michael Gordon might be 18th man for NSW but that doesn't mean he'd miss for the Sharks. He's still a great DT option and a pretty good SC one, keep the faith.
If you have a DT/SC question grab The Postman on Twitter @NRLTweet and I'll answer there.
Sunday 3:00pm at Allianz Stadium
Tuesday Teams Analysed on NRL Injured List
@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Matthew Duncan @mrpeninsula Adrian McMurray @adrmcm |
Track live round votes via #NRLTweetPOTY
Roosters should win this by 20 points... even if the Panthers just beat up the Eels - it was the Eels. Penrith will struggle to score points against the Roosters' defence, and the Roosters have points in them deluxe against a defensive unit like Penriths. My Special Fried Rice of the week - ahead of the normal lock that is Melbourne - and they should be yours too. Watch for a big game from James Maloney - he needs to keep his good form up to stay ahead of Carney in the NSW race. Roosters by 22 points.
Sonny Bill Williams out of this one? If Trent Robinson had any game marked down as a 'rest' for SBW - this would be it. Upside (if there is one to him not playing due to a nagging knee problem) is that Isaac Liu might be available to return from an ankle injury on the bench.
LATE UPDATE? Still leaning towards SBW being a possible withdrawal here... it'll come down to whether he wants to play or not. Strange thing to say yes - but if he's even remotely keen for a break - this will be the game.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: As I said earlier this week - James Maloney is ahead of Todd Carney for the NSW #6. But don't trade away Maloney (if that's what you want to do) until Laurie Daley confirms Maloney's name on the Game 1 team-sheet.
Sam McKendry didn't look comfortable in the MNF game after a heavy collision while defending and there is some talk he's injured. But given the Panthers played MNF - you won't know about any changes until later in the week.
LATE UPDATE? McKendry is definitely out. Does this mean Dayne Weston finally gets a run? Windsor have the NSW Cup bye so plenty of fresh options... if the Panthers can afford it on their salary cap. Other option is 18th man Nathan Smith straight in for McKendry.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Unless you need the instant cash - give Matt Moylan another week. His 30 DT score palled in comparison to his 71 in SC. Just be wary - he did play Parramatta.
If you have a DT/SC question grab The Postman on Twitter @NRLTweet and I'll answer there.
Monday 7:00pm at WIN Jubilee Stadium
DRAGONS $2.45 v $1.55 SEA EAGLES
Tuesday Teams Analysed on NRL Injured List
@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Warrick Nicolson @NRLTweet Nigel Wilbow @parramatters |
Track live round votes via #NRLTweetPOTY
Manly's bench looks super thin... like Thins Crisps thin. They've lost Richie Fa'aoso, Jason King, Steve Matai and possibly Jamie Buhrer to suspension or injury, meaning the bench could look like this come game-day: Hiku, Gower, Sene-Lefao and Rose. That's only one genuine first grader there and Rose hasn't been able to hold his spot for the last 12 months. Converseley - their starting team still looks far better than the Dragons, and the Dragons came crashing back to earth on ANZAC Day thanks to playing a quality team like the Roosters. Manly are also a quality team - but if the Dragons want to compete - they have to win the period of the game where Geoff Toovey is forced to call on his bench. Otherwise Manly will win well. Sea Eagles by 10 points please.
Expect Michael Weyman to replace Will Matthews or Jack de Belin this week, but Jack Stockwell looks safe for at least one more week... maybe (as he did sit on the bench for ages on ANZAC Day).
LATE UPDATE? Weyman will get almost certainly get a run here...
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: It's not often you say that a player is going to be better off on the wing than at fullback - but for Jason Nightingale he's missing those cheap tackle breaks out of dummy half and easy finishes in the corner right now. He's not a bad pick, just possibly better for your Fantasy team when he plays on the wing.
As we stated above - Manly have injury concerns and that bench could be anything come kick-off. As a result Tom Symonds looks set to play centre people.
LATE UPDATE? Check back Monday! Confident all the starters play - bench is a huge question mark.
The Postman's DT/SC TIP: Glenn Stewart should not be on your radar until after his 3rd game - as 24 in DT and 35 in SC isn't going to keep him at his season starting price unless he goes nuts in either of the next two weeks.
If you have a DT/SC question grab The Postman on Twitter @NRLTweet and I'll answer there.
 What are your tips for Round 8? 
Are you taking any advice from our Awesome Foursome panel this year?
Let us know by commenting below or replying on Twitter.
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. The SFR Order rotates every week and is a fun way to put your rice where your mouth is.
ROUND 8 SELECTIONS | The Awesome Foursome
Warrick D. Nicolson, The NRL Tweet
Rabbitohs Bulldogs Storm Cowboys Titans Knights Roosters Sea Eagles
LW: 6/8 | SEASON: 37/56
SOU -4.5 CBY -12.5 CAN +14.5 NQL -4.5
GLD +4.5 CRO +6.5 SYD -14.5 MAN -6.5
LW: 4/8 | SEASON: 30/56
Special Fried Rice: ROOSTERS over Panthers (Has 1st Pick)
Season SFR: 5/7
Broncos Bulldogs Storm Cowboys Warriors Knights Roosters Sea Eagles
LW: 6/8 | SEASON: 35/56
BRI +4.5 WTG +12.5 CAN +14.5 NQL -4.5
WAR -4.5 NEW -6.5 PEN +14.5 MAN -6.5
LW: 4/8 | SEASON: 30/56
Special Fried Rice: WARRIORS over Titans (Has 3rd Pick)
Season SFR: 5/7 

Jake Hauritz, Channel 9 Darwin
Rabbitohs Bulldogs Storm Cowboys Titans Knights Roosters Sea Eagles
LW: 6/8 | SEASON: 40/56
SOU -4.5 CBY -12.5 MEL -14.5 NQL -4.5
GLD +4.5 CRO +6.5 PEN +14.5 MAN -6.5
LW: 4/8 | SEASON: 27/56
Special Fried Rice: STORM over Raiders (Has 2nd Pick)
Season SFR: 6/7

DC Chapman, League Lover
Rabbitohs Bulldogs Storm Cowboys Titans Knights Roosters Sea Eagles
LW: 5/8 | SEASON: 29/56
SOU -4.5 WTG +12.5 MEL -14.5 NQL -4.5
GLD +4.5 NEW -6.5 SYD -14.5 MAN -6.5
LW: 3/8 | SEASON: 17/56
Special Fried Rice: KNIGHTS over Sharks (Has 4th Pick)
Season SFR: 7/7

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Who will take Ben Barba's mantle as champion in the 2013 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Awards?

The Prestigious Award returns for a 4th season in 2013.

@NRLTweet Player of the Year Award Voters:
Warrick Nicolson @NRLTweet | Nigel Wilbow @parramatters
Justin Davies @dragonpunk12 | Greg Delaney @gregdelaney84
Matt Spillane @devonhead | Matt Trodden @trods2906
Matt Vickers @mercurialmattyv | Ben Hoese @gunnermcdagget
Adrian McMurray @adrmcm | Matthew Duncan @mrpeninsula
Maria Tsialis @mtsialis | Ben Jones @benwah87

Review all of the voting results from 2012 right here

Remember you can track all the votes each week after each match in 2013 via the Twitter hashtag #nrltweetpoty