NRL Round 7
Broncos d Eels 40- 8
Always going to be a David and Golliath battle, the Broncos backline oozed class in front of their home crowd and Karmichael Hunt burst back to life with 3 tries. The Eels while trying hard, remain a little lost without an experienced halfback. Kris Keating warming and will be a future talent, but just needs time.
Souths d Sharks 32-26
Some concerning defence issues for both sides, however the Bunnies looked very sharp in attack. Paul Gallen remains a loose cannon with his play and the pressure seems to be building on Ricky Stuart after a poor season start. Souths’ will be happy to notch up another win, regardless.
Dragons d Roosters 29-0
The gritty Saints continued on their merry way, with no Dell show either. Soward continuing to grow, this time burning the side that let him leave so early – the Roosters. Jeremy Smith another stand out game and the Roosters look to have their work cut-out this year. Mark O’Meley seems a long way from his best and isn’t being helped much by other forwards at the club.
Cowboys d Manly 26-16
No Brett Stewart, another loss. Matt Orford and Manly might be trying to dodge the Stewart talk, but the bottom line is that he is always missed. Manly bombed several tries and Jamie Lyon made some poor decisions – hogging several times and costing his team. The Cowboys warmed up and turned on their vintage globe trotting best. Bowen getting back to best form, as is JT. Big cowboys forwards were a touch slow around the ruck however, might be an area that opposition sides target in the weeks ahead.
Storm dr Warriors 14-14
Another match where both teams missed several chances, however last ditch defence from both was impressive. Brett Finch felt is way into the side nicely and assisted the Storm cause, however the Melbourne team cannot hit the go button in attack like they used to. NZ Warriors getting good service from Manu Vatuvei; again at his barnstorming best. One that got away more so for NZ, Jones missing a simple field goal in golden point.
Bulldogs d Raiders 30-20
While the Dogs took a while to get going, they eventually overhauled the Raiders in close affair. Line defence from Canberra was a real worry, with Ennis piercing from close range and setting up another for Ben Hennant which made the home side look very ordinary. Ennis in trouble with a chicken wing tackle and will miss at least one week, the Raiders also showed some problems with the Dogs, singling out Hazem El Masri a few times in defence to get points
Wests d Knights 26-24
The Tigers eventually got home in this thriller, they were made to look ordinary early on – with some poor committment to the high ball in defence and some coach killing penalties that let the Knights run away to a good lead.Â The Newcastle side were hurting with injuries to Mullen, Gidley and Rogers all reducing their fitness in the backend. The Tigers do have some issues, but their belief and attack was enough to get them home in the end. Tuiaki try probably should have been given benefit of doubt, so the Tigers did deserve to win this.