Sharks bring back the biff

Over at the Cronulla Sharks, if they were competing in the sport of boxing – they would probably be world champions.

Just this year, we’ve seen Paul Gallen take on Shane Shackleton from the Roosters, we’ve seen other Sharks such as Anthony Watts put on some ferocious punching as he joined in against his old club the Roosters as well.

Not only do Cronulla players love to punch on, it seems even their coach Ricky Stuart likes a bit of the biff – showing his fists of rage this week at Parramatta Stadium as he smashed a hole in a gyprock wall inside the coaches box.

Well it seems things turned real ugly for the Sharks boys this week following the Parramatta match; after having a few drinks with the Parramatta Eels after the game – several Sharks players returned to Josh Hannay’s house where there was the ‘Paul Gallen Fight‘ – Paul Gallen and Reece Williams going toe to toe; and on the undercard were Sharks players Greg Bird and Dustin Cooper. A total of 4 Sharks players all tearing each other apart, simply astounding – especially after a big win, thank god it wasn’t a loss.

Unfortunately for the Sharks – boxing skills don’t directly relate to winning on the Rugby League field, which might explain why they are anchored to the cellar of the NRL Table.

Maybe the Cronulla Sharks can take a leaf out of the South Sydney Rabbits NRL teachings; over at Redfern it seems that ‘love’ is being used as a bonding and training tool. Once again, if we look to the NRL ladder – it seems love beats war, as the Bunnies are perched on the fringe on the Top 8 – somewhere the Sharks can only dream about being.

NRL Teams Round 23

The NRL Teams for Round 23 have been released today; the following list shows how your NRL team lines up:


BRONCOS V BULLDOGS
Suncorp Stadium
Friday, 7.30PM Channel 9 Live
Broncos
1. Darius Boyd
2. Steve Michaels
3. Nick Emmett
4. Justin Hodges
5. Craig Frawley
6. Tonie Carroll
7. Shane Perry
8. Dane Carlaw
9. Mick Roberts
10. P Civoniceva(c)
11. Corey Parker
12. Brad Thorn
13. Greg Eastwood

Interchange:
14.Nick Kenny
15. Dave Taylor
16. Sam Thaiday
17. Ian Lacey
18. Clifford Manua

Bulldogs
1. Luke Patten
2. Hazem El Masri
3. Daryl Millard
4. Andrew Emelio
5. Cameron Phelps
6. Ben Roberts
7. Brent Sherwin
8. Mark O’Meley
9. Corey Hughes
10. Chris Armit
11. S B Williams
12. Andrew Ryan(c)
13. Reni Maitua

Interchange:
14. Adam Perry
15. Nick Kouparitsas
16. Fred Briggs
20. Jon Green

STORM V EELS
Olympic Park, Melbourne
Friday, 7.30PM Channel 9 Live
Storm
1. Billy Slater
2. Matt Geyer
3. Anthony Quinn
4. Israel Folau
5. Will Chambers
6. Greg Inglis
7. Cooper Cronk
8. Ben Cross
9. Cam Smith(c)
10. Brett White
11. Clint Newton
12. Ryan Hoffman
13. Dallas Johnson

Interchange:
14. Jeremy Smith
15. Adam Blair
16. Garret Crossman
17. Jeff Lima
18. Michael Crocker

Eels
1. Jarryd Hayne
2. Krisnan Inu
3. Ben Smith
4. Timana Tahu
5. Eric Grothe
6. Brett Finch
7. Tim Smith
8. N Cayless(c)
9. Mark Riddell
10. Fuifui Moimoi
11. N Hindmarsh
12. Ian Hindmarsh
13. Feleti Mateo

Interchange:
14. PJ Marsh
15. Josh Cordoba
16. Chad Robinson
17. Daniel Wagon
18. Aaron Cannings
19. Joel Reddy
20. Todd Lowrie

SHARK V WESTS TIGERS
Toyota Park
Saturday, 5.30 PM Fox Sports 3 Live
Sharks
1. Mitch Brown
2. David Simmons
3. Ben Pomeroy
4. Fraser Anderson
5. Luke Covell
6. Greg Bird
7. Brett Seymour
8. Ben Ross
9. Isaac De Gois
10. Craig Stapleton
11. Reece Williams
12. Luke Douglas
13. Paul Gallen

Interchange:
14. Eddie Su’a
15. Cameron Ciraldo
16. Paul Stephenson
17. Kevin Kingston
18. Dayne Weston

Wests Tigers
1. Brett Hodgson(c)
2. Daniel Fitzhenry
3. Dean Collis
4. Chris Lawrence
5. Taniela Tuiaki
6. John Morris
7. Benji Marshall
8. Todd Payten
9. Stuart Flanagan
10. Keith Galloway
11. Liam Fulton
12. Chris Heighington
13. Ben Te’o

Interchange:
14. Dene Halatau
15. Paul Whatuira
16. Bronson Harrison
17. Ben Galea

RAIDERS V WARRIORS
Canberra Stadium
Saturday, 7.30PM Fox Sports 3 Live
Raiders
1. David Howell
2. David Milne
3. Phil Graham
4. Colin Best
5. Brett Kelly
6. Terry Campese
7. Todd Carney
8. Dane Tilse
9. Ryan Hinchcliffe
10. Scott Logan
11. Matt Bickerstaff
12. Glen Turner
13. Alan Tongue(c)

Interchange:
14. Lincoln Withers
15. Trevor Thurling
16. Neville Costigan
17. Michael Weyman
18. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs

Warriors
1. Wade McKinnon
2. MichealL Crockett
3. Jerome Ropati
4. Simon Mannering
5. Manu Vatuvei
6 Michael Witt
7. Grant Rovelli
8. Sam Rapira
9. Nathan Fein
10 Steve Price (c)
11. Ruben Wiki (vc)
12. Logan Swann
13. Micheal Luck

Interchange:
14. Wairangi Koopu
15. Evarn TuimAvave
16. Epalahame Lauaki
17. George Gatis
18. Todd Byrne

COWBOYS V DRAGONS
Dairy Farmers Stadium
Saturday, 7.30PM Fox Sports 3 Live
Cowboys
1. Matt Bowen
2. Brenton Bowen
3. Ashley Graham
4. Paul Bowman
5. Neil Sweeney
6. Justin Smith
7. Johnathan Thurston(c)
8. Ray Cashmere
9. Aaron Payne
10. Carl Webb
11. Sam Faust
12. Jacob Lillyman
13. Sione Faumuina

Interchange:
14. David Faiumu
15. Shane Muspratt
16. Matt Bartlett
17. Matt Scott
18. Jason Smith
19. Ben Farrar

Dragons
1. Ben Hornby
2. Jason Nightingale
3. Chase Stanley
4. Matt Cooper
5. Josh Morris
6. Mark Gasnier
7. Jamie Soward
8. Dan Hunt
9. Simon Woolford
10. Jason Ryles(c)
11. Beau Scott
12. Chris Houston
13. Ben Creagh

Interchange:
14. Adam Peek
15. Ashton Sims
16. Corey Payne
17. Rangi Chase
18. Lagi Setu

TITANS V ROOSTERS
Carrara Stadium Gold Coast
Sunday, 2.00PM Fox Sports 1 Live
Titans
1. Preston Campbell
2. Jake Webster
3. Mat Rogers
4. Brett Delaney
5. Smith Samau
6. Josh Lewis
7. Scott Prince(c)
8. Luke Bailey(c)
9. Nathan Friend
10. Michael Hodgson
11. Anthony Laffranchi
12. Mark Minichiello
13. Luke Swain

Interchange:
14. Daniel Conn
15. Ian Donnelly
16. Gavin Cooper
17. Luke O Dwyer
18. Josh Graham
19. Matthew Petersen
20. Chris Walker

* 3 To be omitted

Roosters
1. Sam Perrett
2. Amos Roberts
3. Mitchell Aubusson
4. Joel Monaghan
5. John Williams
6. Braith Anasta
7. Mitchell Pearce
8 David Shillington
9. Craig Wing
10. Danny Nutley
11. Nate Myles
12. Craig Fitzgibbon(c)
13. Ashley Harrison

Interchange:
14. Lopini Paea
15. Anthony Tupou
16. Setaimata Sa
17. Shane Skackleton
18. Shaun Kenny – Dowall

KNIGHTS V PANTHERS
Energy Australia Stadium
Sunday, 3.00PM Channel 9
Knights
1. Kurt Gidley
2. James McManus
3. Brad Tighe
4. George Carmont
5. Cooper Vuna
6. Chris Bailey
7. Luke Walsh
8. Jesse Royal
9. Danny Buderus(c)
10. Steve Simpson
11. Zeb Taia
12. Daniel Abraham
13. Reegan Tanner

Interchange:
14. Michael Young
15. Cory Paterson
16. Mitchell Sargent
17. Adam Woolnough

Panthers
1. Jarrod Sammut
2. Mark O’Halloran
3. Michael Jennings
4. Maurice Blair
5. Michael Gordon
6. Luke Lewis
7. Craig Gower(c)
8. Joel Clinton
9. Luke Priddis
10. Bryan Norrie
11. Frank Pritchard
12. Trent Waterhouse
13. Nathan Smith

Interchange:
14. Mathew Bell
15. Brendan Worth
16. Frank Puletua
17. Paul Aiton
18. Peter Wallace

RABBITOHS V SEA EAGLES
Telstra Stadium
Monday, 7.00PM Fox Sports 1 Live
Rabbitohs
1. Nathan Merritt
2. Fetuli Talanoa
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Yileen Gordon
5. Paul Mellor
6. Joe Williams
7. Jeremy Smith
8. Peter Cusack(c)
9. Issac Luke
10. Roy Asotasi(c)
11. John Sutton
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Ben Rogers

Interchange:
14. Shane Rigon
15. Dean Widders
16. Luke Stuart
17. Michael Greenfield

Sea Eagles
1. Brett Stewart
2. Michael Robertson
3. Steve Bell
4. Steve Menzies
5. Chris Hicks
6. Jamie Lyon
7. Matt Orford(c)
8. Mark Bryant
9. Michael Monaghan
10. Brent Kite
11. Anthony Watmough
12. Glenn Stewart
13. Luke Williamson

Interchange:
14. Matt Ballin
15. Glenn Hall
16. Adam Cuthbertson
17. Jack Afamasaga
18. Clint Halden
19. Travis Burns
20. Jason Wells

NRL Power Rankings Round 22

With NRL News reporter ‘The Grubber’ in England on a Super League mission – this week we have brought in a special guest to share his ‘NRL Power Rankings’ with NRL News readers.

A former Newcastle Knights player – who team mates called ‘The Pudding’; a talented ball player through the 90’s who battled the bulge for most of his career, finishing his career at South Sydney a few years ago. If you can guess his real name – send an email to us at NRLfeedback@gmail.com and we will hook you up with a prize.

Now, its time for ‘The Pudding’ to share his ‘Power Rankings’
(Note: number in brackets is last weeks ranking)

1. (5) Manly Sea Eagles – Showing their true class in a match where motivation would have been hard. Every player looking good, Eagles look better without Steve Matai and with Jamie Lyon in the centres. Absolute contenders for the NRL premiership this year.
“Chances Geoff Toovey will take a hit-up, due to spending so much time on the field during Eagles games – 20/1”
Power Score: 9.5/10

2. (1) Melbourne Storm – Finally losing their no.1 spot, the Melbourne Storm have continued their average form over the past 3 weeks – failing to put away a spare parts Broncos. Have an arsenal of strike players but are looking frustrated and unmotivated. Concern for coach Craig Bellamy.
“The Chance of the WWE employing Greg Inglis and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Turner to new wrestling contracts – 3/1”
Power Score: 9/10

3. (4) NZ Warriors – Continue to be the darkhorse that will challenge Melbourne and Manly. Again proved their power; possess quality off the bench, something other teams don’t have. Injuries haven’t hurt the Warriors and their consistent lineup is proving more than a handful for opposition teams.
“Chances of Warriors branding Michael Crockett with ‘ex-Wests Tiger’ tag – 2/1”
Power Score: 9/10

4. (3) Bulldogs – The bad boys from Belmore found their best form again this week. With their stars coming back into the roster, they are remaining confident. SBW if he stays healthy will be the MVP of the NRL finals series. Confidence was their big reward from this weekend. Keep an eye on the Doggies.
“Chances of the Bulldogs bark becoming worse than their BITE – 3/1”
Power Score: 8/10

5. (2) Parramatta Eels – Went missing against the Cronulla Sharks, several key players looking lethargic and bored. Consistency is escaping the talented Eels squad, fortunately for coach Hagan – even in 2nd gear, the Eels still nearly beat the Sharks. Big test comes this week against Storm. Missed Nathan Hindmarsh badly.
“Odds of Denis Fitzgerald coming out and bagging the Melbourne Storm this week, before the Eels travel to Olympic Park – 500/1”
Power Score: 7.5/10

6. (10) North Queensland Cowboys – Pulled a Rabbit out of their hat to get home against the motivated Panthers. Sustained injuries from their match will see them further struggle this year. Probably only making up the numbers, but if their forwards can improve – we all know how punishing Thurston and Bowen can be.
“Odds of Sione ‘Found My Weiner‘ – getting less than 3 weeks for THAT swinging arm! – 50/1″
Power Score: 7/10

7. (14) South Sydney Rabbitohs – Climbed the rankings big time after their effort against the Dragons. Showed a finals quality in edging out the Dragons at a rowdy WIN stadium; have proved their mettle – have some big games ahead, but have the mental and physical requirements to make the Top 8.
“Chances of Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court buying a new Ferrari for every player and staff member of Souths if they make the Top 8 finals – 5/1”
Power Score: 7/10

8. (6) Sydney Roosters – The power of the passion, and the presence of Freddy continue to fuel the fire at Bondi. No other team is playing on such raw emotion, they continue their dream run – very similar to the Eels resurgence last year under Jason Taylor. Will fancy their chances against the Titans and Panthers – a Top 8 chance for sure.
“Odds of ‘Cool Hand Luke’ – Brad Fittler playing poker against Joe Hachim and winning – 2/1”
Power Score: 7/10

9. (9) Wests Tigers – Hard to read at present, Tim Sheens and his merry men look well down on confidence. Probably playing too much like millionaires, and simply need to roll their sleeves up and do the hard stuff first. On current form, hard to make predictions – have a fairly forgiving run home however.
“Odds of Benji Marshall being poached by the Sydney Swans next season – 5000/1”
Power Score: 6.5/10

10. (15) Cronulla Sharks – Finally broke their losing streak, getting favourable bounces of the ball and getting repaid for their efforts of late. Lack game breaking skills, but have a team full of spirit and will be refined even more in the off-season. Future outlook; positive.
“Chances of Ricky Stuart being invited as guest speaker at the annual Referees Ball – Slim to Very Slim”
Power Score: 6.5/10

11. (8) Gold Coast Titans – Proving strong at their home ground, but don’t look to have the strong mental requirements to win away. In their first year, the accolades they have received have probably played on their mind. Too inexperienced as a unit to push for Top 8. Will be a true force next year.
“Odds that Luke Bailey will have lost all his hair by the end of NRL 2007 – 10/1”
Power Score: 6/10

12. (12) Brisbane Broncos – Spiteful showing in the grand final rematch, still can’t score points without a true five eighth. Will prove nuisance value to teams in the 3 weeks ahead, considering their run home – impossible to make the Top 8.
“Chances of Wayne Bennett calling on ‘son in law’ Ben Ikin to run on in the No.6 jersey for the Broncos in the weeks ahead – 50/1”
Power Score: 6/10

13. (13) Penrith Panthers – Possess so much ability; but don’t have the patience or experience to win. Matt Elliott has the right players in the squad, they are simple to young at present. Fans have stuck by the Panthers mob – all is not lost, will be a chance to shake off the spoon yet.
“Odds of Jarred Sammut using the same barber as Tony Puletua – 10,000 /1”
Power Score: 5.5/10

14. (7) St George Illawarra Dragons – Flashes of brilliance, followed by injuries and brain explosions. (Sounds like Saints over the past 6 years) Even the big WIN Stadium crowd couldn’t get Brownies men home – can’t see things changing too quickly for the Dragons next year either.
“Chances that video referee at WIN Stadium had been consuming red wine or similar substance during the Dragons v Bunnies match – High to Extreme”
Power Score: 5/10

15. (11) Canberra Raiders – Totally mind wrecked by the Bulldogs; snuffing their 2007 NRL chances out totally. Playing too much touch footy; possess great backline – might need to inject some quality forwards for next year. Have a good coach at the helm in Henry, time to go shopping.
“Allan Tongue will win the ‘Raiders Plyers Player of the Year’ – by a nose!”
Power Score: 4.5/10

16. (16) Newcastle Knights – Total turmoil and a poor effort by players with their careers on the line. Injuries proving a real problem, but commitment and harmony just aren’t there. Brian Smith needs to be left to implement change – if things deviate then the players will rule the club forevermore. Financials could be hurt if crowd turn away from EA Stadium next year.
“Odds of Brian Smith winning Dally M coach of the year – 50,000/1”
Power Score: 4/10

NRL Table Round 22

The NRL Table is complete after all matches in Round 22 have finished. The Cowboys surviving a scare to remain in the Top 4 – they have such a poor differential that they simply need to keep winning.

NRL Table:

1 Storm 18 3 1 270 38
2 Sea Eagles 17 4 1 244 36
3 Eels 12 9 1 58 26
4 Cowboys 12 9 1 -103 26
5 Warriors 11 9 1 135 25
6 Bulldogs 11 10 1 84 24
7 Broncos 10 11 1 71 22
8 Tigers 10 11 1 6 22
9 Rabbitohs 10 11 1 -8 22
10 Roosters 9 11 1 -169 21
11 Titans 9 12 1 -94 20
12 Sharks 8 13 1 35 18
13 Dragons 8 13 1 -72 18
14 Raiders 8 13 1 -111 18
15 Knights 8 13 1 -242 18
16 Panthers 6 15 1 -104 14


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Cowboys get out of jail to stay in Top 4

Cowboys 30 def Penrith 26

With less than five minutes left on the clock at CUA Stadium tonight, the Panthers appeared to have the game won.

They were leading the Cowboys 26-16 and the fans were preparing to celebrate.

But the Cowboys scored two quick tries to send the game into golden point – and then a third in extra time to win the game. All up, they scored three times in roughly eight minutes.

It just about summed up Penrith’s season.

As Head Coach Matt Elliott said later: “I’m not disappointed with the effort, and the execution of the bulk of our play was fantastic – but you saw the reasons why we’re on 14 competition points at the back end of the game.

“Our decision making, and our skill, at key times of the game – not just the end of the game but at key times of the game – just let us down.”

The Panthers – playing with Trent Waterhouse, Luke Lewis and Michael Gordon back in the side – started confidently, opening the scoring with a try by Frank Pritchard off a great pass from Luke Priddis in the sixth minute. But Gordon was unable to convert.

The Cowboys went ahead 6-4 thanks to a try by Brenton Bowen, converted by Johnathan Thurston.

The Panthers took the lead again in the 28th minute when Michael Jennings pounced on a dropped ball and ran 60 metres to score. Gordon converted to make it 10-6.

A clever grubber kick by Thurston put Matty Bowen over with less than three minutes of the half remaining, and when Thurston made the conversion, it was 10-all, which is how it it remained at half time.

There was an ugly incident early in the second half. Sione Faumuina was put on report for a high shot on Luke Priddis. He came in late as third man in the tackle and rattled Priddis to the point where the Penrith rake had to leave the field for treatment. He came back later.

Jarrod SammutGeoff Daniela, Joel Clinton and Jennings scored for Penrith in the second half.

Craig Gower, playing his second last game at home, put in a real captain’s performance. He could barely hide his disappointment at the post-match media conference. Again, Jarrod Sammut was in almost everything.

North Queensland Cowboys 30 (tries: Ashley Graham 3, Brenton Bowen, Matty Bowen, Justin Smith; goals: Thurston 3/5) Penrith Panthers 26 (tries: Michael Jennings 2, Frank Pritchard, Geoff Daniela, Joel Clinton; Michael Gordon 3/5)

Timana Tahu and the hit of 2007

One of the biggest hits from NRL Season 2007; even rivaling the brutality of Sonny Bill Williams – was the shot put on by Timana Tahu in the Round 22 clash between the Parramatta Eels and Cronulla Sharks.

Tahu absolutely smashing Fraser Anderson and knocking the ball free with the second effort – earning the Eels possession at a crucial time in the game. It was the only showing of life from the lethargic Eels; eventually losing in Golden Point to the Sharks in a match that had Cronulla fans jumping from the rafters – including their coach Ricky Stuart.

The Tahu hit is featured in this video; along with Brett Kimmorley on referees and the Storm v Broncos spiteful fallout.

Sleeper Hold, not Grapple from Storm says Petero

The Melbourne Storms much maligned ‘grapple tackle’ has reared its ugly head again, this time in Round 22, 2007 against the Brisbane Broncos.

The Broncos claiming that not only were the ‘grapple tackles’ from Melbourne constant throughout the match; the force of the tackles were more like ‘sleeper holds’ rather than ‘grapple tackles.’

The frustration from both teams in the NRL match of spite could be seen bubbling over from midway through the first half. The obvious connections between the two sides make for an interesting contest – the Storm having plenty of Queensland players; and linked to the north state through their QRL feeder team. It doesn’t end there, Storm coach Craig Bellamy a former under study of Wayne Bennett at the Broncos and he loves nothing more than notching up big wins against his former club.

The Broncos captain Petero Civoniceva was regularly approaching Sean Heampstead in an effort to cut out the sleeper holds from Melbourne; the usually straight and narrow Brisbane side resorting to dirty and niggly tactics themselves to combat the Storm infringements. Late in the match Brisbane Broncos players were urging themselves to ‘smack’ opposition players; targeting Matt King and Greg Inglis over their alleged sleeper tactics.

Brisbane went so far as to suggest the constant sleeper holds forced injury to their players; with Greg Eastwood buckling awkwardly as he was held tightly in a Melbourne special.

It takes you back to the good old days; or bad old days – which ever way you saw it; where such calls as ‘The Cumberland Throw’ or the ‘Brooky Bash Up’ were commonplace – referring to the Parramatta Eels unusual trackling or tripping style and the heavy handed tactics one could expect from Manly at various stages.

Wayne Bennett refused to buy into the debate – but Broncos players were adamant; the Storm ‘sleeper’ tactics are regular instances in their game and hard to police as many of the illegal holds were done under the cover of teammate or gang tackles.

With the Melbourne Storm performing so well in the last few years; maybe struggling coaches should employ the services of WWE or other wrestling experts; as the ‘sleeper hold’ or ‘choke hold’ might get them out of the NRL cellar and into the NRL Top 8.

NRL Videos Round 22

As Round 22 of the NRL nears completion; with only the Cowboys and Panthers left to battle it out in Monday night football – here are some videos covering the Round 22 action.

Melbourne Storm hold out eager Broncos:

Bulldogs re-write Record Books:

Ricky Stuart Blasts Referee:

Souths quietly confident, Dragons lick wounds:

Late Night NRL Chat

Sunday ‘Late Night NRL Chat’ – let’s forget NRL Results and NRL Scores for just a little while and lets see what issues are doing the rounds in the Rugby League world.

Danny Buderus: After finally going public about his unhappiness with new coach Brian Smith, reports that Buderus’ manager has put some feelers out in England – to see if an early option to to play in the UK Super League is available. Danny Buderus is officially contracted to the Knights until the end of next year (2008).

Danny Weidler: Weidler the whistleblower has been unashamedly following Sonny Bill Williams round like a long lost friend; yet still breaking stories about the super star that hammer his public image. When will SBW and his camp realise there are no friends in the savage media wars.

Joe Galuvao: The South Sydney Rabbitoh finally looks like being able to resolve his issues at the Redfern club. An absolute gentlemen of the game; big Joe is talking to other NRL clubs through his manager – with the permission of Souths of course; as they wish to free their books of the big wage that Joe entitles.

Taniela Tuiaki: The Wests Tiger that they call ‘TNT’ or the ‘The Tank’ would have to be the NRL’s leading player at attracting a penalty. Tuiaki looks very much like Michael Hancock from yesteryear as he thrashes and turns his body about to gain a penalty or quick play the ball for his side. He is a deadset expert at it.

Video Referees: We never like to harp on poor referee decisions; as they face a super tough task in the heat of battle. However, the guys in the video box are blessed with technology to allow replays that should get 99% of decisions correct. The in-consistency in video referee calls is simply jaw dropping – in the Dragons v Rabbits game; the Rangi Chase try should never have been given. How this was given a try – is a decision that simply defies belief; every single person could clearly see Chase made a meal of the put down. This is a critical concern moving towards the finals series; just as last years series threw up several contentious calls for firstly the 8th placed Eels against Melbourne (Morrisson no try) and then for the Dragons against Melbourne (Several calls going against the Dragons at crucial times).

South Sydney Image: As George Piggins takes Peter Holmes a Court into a court battle over defamation claims; it certainly seems time the ‘No Camp’ at South Sydney forget their grievances and move on. George Piggins and the respected players of the past need to let Souths enjoy and flourish into the future. The Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court run Rabbitohs look super slick and performing like true contenders on the NRL field – all Souths faithful should get on board and make the club even stronger.

NRL Table

After Sunday’s concluded matches; here is the ‘NRL Table’ as it stands today. The Cowboys and Penrith will battle it out tomorrow night in Monday Night Football to confirm the final NRL table format after Round 22. The big losers this week in the NRL table are: Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels and Gold Coast Titans.

The Wests Tigers had their chance to really put a mortgage on a top 8 spot in the NRL table; failing badly and getting their confidence dented. The Parramatta Eels had the chance to lock in a top 4 spot on the NRL Table; but looked disinterested as the plucky Sharks rumbled over them. The Titans faced a massive task over in NZ; but they knew their season was again on the line. Their failure and tumble down the NRL Table will probably see them miss the cut this year.

NRL Table (1 Game Remaining, Round 22)

1 Storm 18 3 1 270 38
2 Sea Eagles 17
4 1 244 36
3 Eels 12 9 1 58 26
4 Warriors 11 9 1 135 25
5 Bulldogs 11 10 1 84 24
6 Cowboys 11 9 1 -107 24
7 Broncos 10 11 1 71 22
8 Tigers 10 11 1 6 22
9 Rabbitohs 10 11 1 -8 22
10 Roosters 9 11 1 -169 21
11 Titans 9 12 1 -94 20
12 Sharks 8 13 1 35 18
13 Dragons 8 13 1 -72 18
14 Raiders 8 13 1 -111 18
15 Knights 8 13 1 -242 18
16 Panthers 6 14 1 -100 14

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