A surprisingly high quality round of games. I think we all expected the Sharks to monster the Tigers and the Rabbitohs-Titans and the Eels-Dragons games to be yawnfests. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. The Gold Coast and Wests stormed out to early leads in their respective games. The better team overwhelmed them eventually with the lead gained at 50′ for Souths and, even for the comeback kings leaving it very late, 78′ for Cronulla.
Melbourne and North Queensland fought an excellent battle with a mix of experienced NRL hands and Intrust Super Cup replacement players in a testimony to how good Queensland football can be if we could just shut up about Origin for five bloody minutes. Some future household names will have played in that game.
Parramatta surprised me and a few others by getting an early lead and then never letting St George Illawarra back into the match. They pounced on their opponent’s mistakes like a team playing to the level of Clint Gutherson, which is in stark contrast to their heel-dragging of the last fourteen rounds, making Gutho stand out. I even saw Mitchell Moses make a couple of try line tackles.
Round 15 Results
South Sydney 36 (5-9) d Gold Coast 20 (4-10)
Melbourne 23 (12-2) d North Queensland 22 (8-6)
Cronulla 24 (10-4) d Wests Tigers 22 (3-11)
Parramatta 24 (8-7) d St George Illawarra 10 (8-6)
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I don’t know whether you’d agree with this statement: it was a pretty good round. We had close match-ups up and down the ladder with 1st v 2nd, 7th v 8th, 9th v 10th and 11th v 13th yielding some great games. No one saw the Panthers putting two tries past the Raiders in the last couple of minutes to take the win in Bathurst. I’d already written them off, wondering what jokes I could make about their performance. We saw an absorbing battle between the two minor premiership contenders with the final outcome only becoming clear after Kaufusi crossed the line with six to go. Newcastle were robbed of a victory by poor refereeing and I don’t often agree with the #RefsFault crowd. Souths gave the Donkeys a tense run for their money but Brisbane managed to keep them at bay.
Meanwhile, the Titans couldn’t have been further from the team that brought down the Sharks and Storm. At some point, someone will flick the lever into crisis mode, although perhaps its always been there. The “Territory” Eels didn’t seem interested in playing on a hard, crew-cut surface in Darwin, even though it was their home game and it showed in the scoreline against the Cowboys. Speaking of, the Tigers went down very hard in a scrappy game against the Roosters in Campbelltown after showing a lot of promise in the first half. The Dragons surprised everyone by not scoring a single try against a Bulldogs side recovering some dignity after last week’s flogging.
Round 14 Results
Melbourne 18 (11-2) d Cronulla 13 (9-4)
Manly 18 (8-5) d Newcastle 14 (2-11)
Brisbane 24 (9-5) d South Sydney 18 (4-9)
New Zealand 34 (6-8) d Gold Coast 12 (4-9)
Penrith 24 (6-7) d Canberra 20 (6-8)
North Queensland 32 (8-5) d Parramatta 6 (7-7)
Sydney 40 (10-4) @ Wests Tigers 18 (3-10)
St George Illawarra 16 (8-5) @ Canterbury 2 (6-8)
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A good round for home teams with only the last fixture turning up a win for the visitors. I think the biggest surprise was the Panthers’ win over the Bulldogs. You might’ve tipped them but did you also pick the 38 point margin? I think not. I also missed the Roosters getting one over the Broncos, a very disappointing result for me and while I’m loathe to blame one player, Kahu is not exactly my favourite at the moment.
In other news, the Warriors, Knights and Tigers suck. The Titans, after a stellar April/May, have returned to what I guess everyone expected pre-season. They all have a lot of work to do to make the finals next year, let alone salvage anything from this season. Manly and Canberra went to golden point for the second time this season with the Sea Eagles coming out on top again.
Round 13 Results
Melbourne 40 (10-2) d Newcastle 12 (2-10)
Parramatta 32 (7-6) d New Zealand 24 (4-9)
St George Illawarra 16 (8-4) d Wests Tigers 12 (3-9)
Sydney 18 (9-4) d Brisbane 16 (8-5)
North Queensland 20 (7-5) d Gold Coast 8 (4-8)
Manly 21 (7-5) d Canberra 20 (6-7)
Penrith 38 (5-7) d Canterbury 0 (5-8)
[Home team in italics]
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Well, I was in Sydney so I didn’t see a single minute of any of the short round of games. What I see on the scoresheet fundamentally reminds me that I know so little about this sport. I thought that, even weakened, the Roosters and the Broncos would be handy enough to take care of the Raiders and the Warriors but evidently not. The Warriors were barely troubled by the Broncos and the Raiders kept on top, just, of the Roosters. Cronulla managed to do right by me and edge out Canterbury but only did it late with a field goal to avoid golden point. Souths never seemed to be in it against Parramatta.
Round 12 Results
Parramatta 22 (6-6) d South Sydney 16 (4-8)
New Zealand 28 (4-8) d Brisbane 10 (8-4)
Cronulla 9 (9-3) d Canterbury 8 (5-7)
Canberra 24 (6-6) d Sydney 16 (8-4)
[Home team in italics]
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Last weekend saw a much more predictable round with teams, perhaps for the first time this season, actually sticking to the form book. In fact, there were no what I would call upsets. The favourites generally accounted for their opposition, particularly the Broncos shutting out the Tigers in Brisbane, the Dragons taking care of the Warriors in Hamilton and the Storm putting the Rabbitohs down in Perth. Cronulla, Canberra and Sydney City decided to make it a bit more difficult from themselves, either going behind early or letting their opponents back in late in the game, but managed to scrape across the line.
Round 11 Results
Cronulla 18 (8-3) d North Queensland 14 (6-5)
St George Illawarra 30 (7-4) d New Zealand 14 (4-7)
Brisbane 36 (8-3) d Wests Tigers 0 (3-8)
Manly 30 (6-5) d Gold Coast 10 (4-7)
Canberra 22 (5-6) d Parramatta 16 (5-6)
Penrith 30 (4-7) d Newcastle 20 (2-9)
Sydney 24 (8-3) d Canterbury 18 (5-6)
Melbourne 14 (9-2) d South Sydney 6 (4-7)
[Home team in italics]
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What a round! High scoring, plenty of upsets and more than a few that went right down to the wire. It was the highest scoring round of the season. The Titans downed the Storm, the Knights downed the Raiders and the Panthers came from well behind – 22 points down at half time – to take down the Warriors. Cronulla managed to grind out a win over St George Illawarra, a side lacking in their usual stars, while North Queensland, another side lacking in star power, handily accounted for Canterbury in Townsville.
It was a crap round for my tipping, gaining just three from eight, but I don’t think I care. The Titans’ upsets and near-upsets have been my highlight of the season so far. A slight stumble for the Dragons and the Storm while the Sharks, Roosters and Broncos march on makes for interesting prospects.
Round 10 Results
North Queensland 30 (6-4) d Canterbury 14 (5-5)
Cronulla 18 (7-3) d St George Illawarra 14 (6-4)
South Sydney 28 (4-6) d Wests Tigers 8 (3-7)
Penrith 36 (3-7) d New Zealand 28 (4-6)
Gold Coast 38 (4-6) d Melbourne 36 (8-2)
Brisbane 24 (7-3) d Manly 14 (5-5)
Newcastle 34 (2-8) d Canberra 20 (4-6)
Sydney 48 (7-3) d Parramatta 10 (5-5)
[Home team in italics]
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As I suggested in the Tips post, there were a few upsets this round but they weren’t the ones I was expecting. I said it was “hard to imagine” the Eels and Warriors getting up but they did, even if the Warriors were pretty lucky to get a last minute, and winning, penalty at the time and place they did. The Cowboys didn’t really look like they were in the same contest as the Eels, although I think any praise for Parramatta above “competent” was excessive (words like “clinical” and “on fire” against a team that is barely holding it together suggests a lack of perspective).
I did say I was nervous about the Bulldogs-Raiders game and I was right to be wary but the Sea Eagles had the biggest win in the second highest scoring round of the year (329 points, after 390 scored in round 2). It looked like going the same way at WIN Stadium on Sunday and at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday but the underdogs managed to claw back some respect on both occassions as the Storm and Broncos got out to big, early leads.
Round 9 Results
Brisbane 32 (6-3) d Penrith 18 (2-7)
Manly 46 (5-4) d South Sydney 8 (3-6)
Parramatta 26 (5-4) d North Queensland 6 (5-4)
Gold Coast 38 (3-6) d Newcastle 8 (1-8)
Canterbury 16 (5-4) d Canberra 10 (4-5)
Cronulla 22 (6-3) d Wests Tigers 16 (3-6)
New Zealand 14 (4-5) d Sydney 13 (6-3)
Melbourne 34 (8-1) d St George Illawarra 22 (6-3)
[Home team in italics]
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