The Grubber gives us all his thoughts on NRL Round 17. He is a happy man this Round as his team bounced back into the winners circle. Here’s all the info direct from the NRL’s most informative and sometimes most ruthless man – The Grubber:
4. Wests Tigers: Were made to look ordinary in the first half however by the second 40 minutes they managed to discover their attacking flair and played the ball from sideline to sideline. Chris Lawrence is really starting to look like something special. Will be good chances this Friday against Manly. Power score: 8/10, Odds that Chris Lawrence visits the same barber as Dawn Fraser: 2-1.
5. Manly: Orford and Lyon combined well enough for both players to post their best performances this season. Face a tough ask against the Tigers but certainly have the defence and fitness to match them. Power score: 7.5/10, Percentage decline in police numbers at Brookvale Oval last Saturday night as compared to Bulldogs game: 1000%.
6. Souths: Brought their resolute defence to the
11. Gold Coast: Will hope that draining golden point game doesn’t affect their performance this weekend. Their best performance of the season may now be behind them after Friday night and face an uphill battle to the eight given their injury woes. Power score: 6/10, Odds of Titans fielding Queensland Cup side by the end of the year: 20-1.
12. St George-Illawarra: Were devastating against the woeful Raiders and Soward-Chase seem to forming a useful scrum-base combination. Have the potential to upset some of the competition high flyers before the end of the year. Power score: 6/10, Odds that Nathan Brown will resign in Chris Anderson fashion: 1000-1.
13. Cronulla: Severely lacking attacking potency at the moment and loss of Kimmorley and Ross could be fatal to their top 8 campaign. Need to turn things around urgently if they are to avoid a slump in the manner of 2006. Power score: 5.5/10, Anticipated crowd this Saturday night at SFS against Roosters: under 5,000.
14. Penrith: First half was a false dawn for the Panthers and once the Tigers offence kicked into gear the mountain men had no answers. Season is now a write off and Matt Elliott has effectively acknowledged this with efforts to blood young talent. Power score: 5/10, Number of players in first grade whose contracts aren’t in jeopardy right now: Probably like 4 or something.
16. Roosters: Could do nothing right against Manly and will be hoping that the coaching hand-over has the same impact that Jason Taylor’s appointment did last year at
Yours in League,