‘The Grubber‘ gives NRL News readers all his notes from the weekends games. The Bulldogs shoot to the top of the Grubbers ‘Power Rankings NRL Ladder’ and are hitting form at the right time. The same goes for the Broncos, as their nursery was let loose in Penrith – routing the hapless Panthers. This is how the NRL Power Rankings Table looks after Round 16, NRL 2007:
5. New Zealand Warriors: Continued their streak with a patchy performance against very weak opposition. Still need to make better use of their quality second-phase play. Power score: 7/10, Odds that Mark Geyer will use the late appearance of the Warriors at the Gold Coast game as another reason to try and have them kicked out of the NRL: 2-1.
6. Canberra Raiders:
Reasonably unlucky for the second week in a row. Have made a habit of winning these tight ones in recent years and so will hope that the last two losses aren’t enough to keep them out of the 8. Power score: 6.5/10, Odds of snow falling during a Canberra home game this year: 2-1.
10. Newcastle Knights: Scoreline probably flattered them against Souths. Were short of their three best players however and will hope that this weekend beings a solid 80 minute performance. Power score: 6/10, Number of exotic try celebrations to be performed again by Adam "Needles" McDougall again this year: 0.
11. Sydney City Roosters: Were mere bowling pins to be scattered in the wake of the SBW wrecking ball performance. Will rate themselves a good chance against Manly this weekend though if they can improve ruck area play. Power score: 5.5/10, Likelihood of Nick Politis taking over the coaching role himself this year: 3-1
12. Penrith Panthers: Were made to look ordinary against Bennett’s Babes and key off field issues have clearly take their toll on the Panthers. Capable of far more than they are producing. Power score: 4/10, Odds of Matt Elliot and Craig Gower lasting out the season: 1000 -1.
Melbourne Storm: Will be torn between on the one hand wanting to continue momentum and their winning ways and on the other getting a possible slump well out of the way before the finals. Seem to possess the mental fortitude this year to win the competition but Brisbane and Canterbury loom as threats.
Cronulla Sharks: Still struggling to put points on the board. Halves combination doesn’t seem the answer for them right now and depending on the performance of the Kimmorley-Bird duo may wish to try their luck with that pairing in place of the UK-bound Dykes.
Yours in League,
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