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NRL Power Rankings Round 10

With a full round of games in Round 10, we’re able to get a better view of how teams are performing – how is your NRL traveling in 2010?

1. Dragons – Flexed more muscle against the Bulldogs. Weathered an early onslaught and continue on their merry way. May find it tought during Origin time with stars out.

2. Panthers – Close to the biggest improvers in 2010. Remain high on the ladder and have a flashy attacking flair that worries every other side. Great signs at Penrith.

3. Titans – Went missing this week. Patchy form finally caught up with them. Might be the kick in the bum they needed.

4. Eels – After poor start to 2010, starting to warm-up. Have deflected expectations after stuttering early – could be blessing in disguise for this mob.

5. Souths – Turned on the afterburners against Wests. When they click they are unstoppable. Jury may still be out however.

6. Manly – Realised how much they rely on Foran. Hot heads Matai and Watmough costing in the discipline department. Traveling OK though.

7. Bulldogs – Sitting in 10th on the ladder, but are better than that. Pipped by Dragons, but have improved over early Rounds. Expect them to be right come business end.

8. Roosters – Caught off guard against Knights. Might be some worry in the camp, just can’t find consistency. At least Carney didn’t make Origin – and will help the club cause.

9. Warriors – Like the Roosters, hard to put finger on these guys – pumped a hapless Cowboys side, but need to show more.

10. Broncos – Have proved everyone wrong in the past few weeks. Aren’t out of contention at all, have enough ability to give the finals a shake.

11. Tigers – On the slippery slide. Apparent internal fighting, bad signs at Wests Tigers. Face crunch game on Friday. A must win situation.

12. Knights – Will suffer badly without Gidley on deck, too unstructured it seems to achieve consistency or make the Top 8 this year. Need some miracles.

13. Raiders – Struggling along, being unable to generate wins at home is killing them. Hard to see where it goes wrong – have talent and a strong fortress.

14. Cowboys – Totally in disarray. Is it really worth them resigning JT? Bowen back is a help, but they need more it seems.

15. Cronulla – Are basically seen as a park football side, not offering much. Could kill reputations in coming months.

16. Storm – Need skills in the courts to save their bacon. On field, playing well but for how long?

Dragons Wake Up Call

It took former Dragon Josh Morris to provide the wake-up call that Wayne Bennett’s Saints outfit needed. The jump-ship Morris scored in the early minutes of last nights game as the Bulldogs went on an early onslaught.

But Benny’s Dragons were good enough to ride out the early storm and eventually get away with a 19-6 away win at ANZ Stadium in front of another massive Friday night crowd – just under 40,000.

The NRL might be feeling the pressure with the Melbourne Storm saga still ringing in their ears and now the legal action, but otherwise, the quality of the NRL footy and of course the crowds have been amazing.

Almost 80,000 watched the Friday nights games live – with Sydney and Brisbane crowds turning out in big numbers to watch their teams go around in flagship games.

With a Bulldogs side still trying to prove itself for 2010 and a Dragons side trying to recover from a hiccup last week – it was the ideal setting. But 80 minutes later, we know that the Bulldogs still have a long way to go before they are serious top flight challengers this year and the Dragons remain a well-oiled machine when they have the desire.

The Bulldogs threw everything at the Dragons early. They came out the more eager and dominated – but apart from the Morris try, the Dogs wouldn’t get over the line again.

The Saints held tight, were patient – and were the men for the job to grind out a win.

The timing was ideal, with so many players throwing their hands up for Origin – there were plenty interested in old fox Matt Cooper and his battle with former Dragon Josh Morris, throw in young-bull Jamaal Idris – and you have a contest within the contest.

Morris got the early strike, Idris had some bone rattling defence – but ultimately, it was old-man Coops who proved he still has attacking qualities. Noted for his near League best defence, Cooper showed he has plenty of petrol left in the tanks after an impressive try – his attack just as good as his younger opponents.

But the underrated Ben Creagh deserves plenty of accolades for the red and whites. He remains such a hardworking forward, but always seems to pop up for tries and at critical times in big games. He’s a big match player and one that the Origin selectors should look hard at.

The Saints host the Raiders next week and will like their chances there, but the Bulldogs are off to Penrith in what will be a real tough clash for them.

The Bulldogs will be eager to secure a win next week, given the Broncos snapping at their heels on the ladder now and the Top 8 drifting away.

For the Dragons, they take even more comfort in the fact the Titans lost and they now sit as sole NRL ladder leaders.