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Chris Sandow

Peter Wallace

Parramatta Eels Eels
Brisbane Broncos Broncos
2012 Stats
Appearances:
23
Tries:
9
Linebreaks:
9
Try Assists:
9
Errors:
21

Age: 25

Height: 173cm

Weight: 80kg

Chris Sandow
2012 Stats
Appearances:
23
Tries:
4
Linebreaks:
5
Try Assists:
13
Errors:
33

Age: 28

Height: 177cm

Weight: 88kg

Peter Wallace
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This pint-sized half with the big price tag has huge expectations on him in 2012. The Eels are waiting for someone to finally step into Sterling's old shoes and they won't be pleased if Sandow fails to deliver. Can Chris inspire the Blue and Gold Army and return the Eels to glory?

Now that Lockyer has hung up his boots it is time for Wallace to step out of the shadows and steer the Broncos around the paddock. Can Peter live up to the legends of Lewis, Langer and Lockyer or will he struggle to find his feet?

Josh Dugan

Billy Slater

Canberra Raiders Raiders
Melbourne Storm Storm
2012 Stats
Points:
33
Breaks Tackle:
100
Linebreaks:
9
All Run Metres:
2417
Offloads:
13

Age: 24

Height: 188cm

Weight: 96kg

Josh Dugan
2012 Stats
Points:
64
Breaks Tackle:
107
Linebreaks:
22
All Run Metres:
2891
Offloads:
34

Age: 31

Height: 178cm

Weight: 89kg

Billy Slater
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This Canberra kid with the tatts and rats is set to launch into the superstar relm over the next five years but to do so means he needs to take on and beat the best. Can Dugan step up to the level of Slater and dominate week in, week out - or will he be sent back for a haircut?

Each season Slater has continued to rise to another level and show his skill, but will that continue into season 2012 or will the downhill slide start to kick in? A first-up trip to the nation's capital will set the scene for another chapter in the Slater story.

 

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Rabbitohs

Sydney Roosters

Coach: Michael MaGuire
Coach: Brian Smith
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
102
Goals:
100
Points:
611
Tackles:
8491
Linebreaks:
137
Try Assists:
78
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
82
Goals:
67
Points:
462
Tackles:
7204
Linebreaks:
93
Try Assists:
68
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The Bunnies have a rookie NRL coach and a rookie NRL halfback but the 'Pride of the League' are determined to show they are not wet behind the ears in season 2012. Will the Rabbits survive this round 1 blockbuster against their bitter neighbourhood rivals and bury the chooks?

After falling from glorious heights last season the Bondi boys are out for redemption, and there would be no better way to start on that road then to take out a few pesky rabbits. Can Smithy rebuild the Tricolours into a team that isn't just making up the numbers?

Warriors

 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles

Coach: Brian McClennan
Coach: Geoff Toovey
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
89
Goals:
69
Tackles:
7510
Linebreaks:
95
Offloads:
226
Penalties:
124
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
97
Goals:
76
Tackles:
8200
Linebreaks:
113
Offloads:
302
Penalties:
147
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While a round 1 win against the premiers will not ease the pain of last year's grand final defeat, it will set the scene for a stellar 2012 season for the young and exciting Warriors. Can their new coach erase the memories in time for the Sea Eagles' arrival?

The Sea Eagles had their wings clipped in the off-season and are still tumbling back to earth after the WCC loss in England. Can Toovey and the boys live up to the favourites tag that departing coach Des Hasler has finally given them?

 

Marshall Magic

Hot Toddy

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Tuesday 28th February
Tuesday 28th February

Even a swing and a miss can be turned into a magical moment when Marshall is around. Benji has turned his erratic play into consistent high quality football and is now in the hunt for Dally M glory in 2012. Will his bag of tricks last the full season?

With a fresh start down in the shire, hot Toddy is inked up and ready to roll towards redeeming the Sharkies. On the field he will have Big Gal to keep him on the straight and narrow so will Todd light up the competition like he did in 2010?

The Segeyaro Rocket

Jamal the giant

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Tuesday 28th February
Tuesday 28th February

Any player who commits this much to a single tackle is deserving of a place in Versus. This Cowboys young gun has a big future as long as his radar remains working. At half the size of Jamal, this will be a big challenge for James if he is to come out the winner and take Versus glory.

Will a life of surf, sun and sand prove to be a winner for the career of this rugby league prodigy? Jamal has the potential to be one of the most devastating players in the game if he can keep his mind on the job, but will his mind be on the lookout for the Segeyaro Rocket?

 
 

Drink Match-up

Ivan Cleary

Des Hasler

Penrith Panthers
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Ivan Cleary

The calmest coach in the country has teamed up with the great Gus Gould to revitalize the Penny Panthers and restore their supremacy in the Telstra Premiership. Does Ivan have the right building blocks or will Gus need to step in and do the heavy lifting?

Des Hasler

While it is no surprise that Des is downplaying the Bulldogs' chances in 2012, this long-locked mentor is sure to give the competition a shake. Will Hasler make it back to back premierships for himself or will he find himself in the doghouse?

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