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Jamie Lyon

Chris Lawrence

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sea Eagles
Wests Tigers  
2012 Stats
Appearances:
26
Tries:
11
Tackles:
428
Linebreaks:
7
Offloads:
25

Age: 32

Height: 182cm

Weight: 93kg

Jamie Lyon
2012 Stats
Appearances:
20
Tries:
6
Tackles:
337
Linebreaks:
9
Offloads:
3

Age: 25

Height: 187cm

Weight: 96kg

Chris Lawrence
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Life without Dessie started perfectly fine for Jamie Lyon. A win against the Warriors in Eden Park, Toovey’s first NRL success as coach. It’s seems all too easy for this Eagle, can he match Lawrence’s intensity?

Lawrence of Leumeah has always had the skills and potential to become one of the game’s premier centres. But the bloke is that injury prone – can he go the distance with the ever consistent Captain Killer?

Petero Civoniceva

Brent Tate

Brisbane Broncos Broncos
North Queensland Cowboys Cowboys
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
1717
Linebreaks:
0
Tackles:
377
Run Hitups:
204
All Runs:
204

Age: 38

Height: 193cm

Weight: 106kg

Petero Civoniceva
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
2322
Linebreaks:
8
Tackles:
330
Run Hitups:
256
All Runs:
256

Age: 32

Height: 186cm

Weight: 93kg

Brent Tate
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The old warhorse bailed on the Panthers to help the Broncos regain the Premiership. Does Petero have any petrol left to keep pace with the youngsters, or will he become the highest-paid super sub in the game?

Brent Tate has single-handedly turned the neck brace into a rugby league fashion icon and much like Popeye with his spinach, many suspect this is where his powers comes from. Tate starred at Brisbane when Petero propped up the Broncos, but are his glory days well and truly over?

 

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Bulldogs

St George-Illawarra Dragons

Dragons

Coach: Des Hasler
Coach: Steve Price
2012 Club Stats
Wins:
18
Losses:
6
Points For:
568
Points Against:
369
Points Difference:
199
Comp Points:
40
2012 Club Stats
Wins:
11
Losses:
13
Points For:
405
Points Against:
438
Points Difference:
-33
Comp Points:
26
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After a slow start against the Panthers last week, the Bankstown boys will be looking for a quick start out of the blocks this week. With Frank the Tank suspended, can their English import Graham lead them to victory up front?

There’s a different bloke in charge, but it was the same old Dragons with their methodical showing against the Knights. Coach Price may not have the track record and aura of Bennett, but has he learnt enough under the master coach to keep the Dragons competitive this year?

Melbourne Storm

Storm

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Rabbitohs

Coach: Craig Bellamy
Coach: Michael Maguire
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
119
Goals:
90
Tackles:
8497
Linebreaks:
134
Kicks:
596
Points:
657
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
102
Goals:
100
Tackles:
8491
Linebreaks:
137
Kicks:
544
Points:
611
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The Storm survived a wet and windy trip to Canberra to defeat the Raiders and all they got for it was a chin strap controversy. Can Cam, Cooper and Billy remember how to tackle around the legs and lead the Storm to two wins in a row?

With ex-Storm quartet King, Croker, Inglis and Maguire jumping the rabbit proof fence this match is looking like 2012’s grudge match. Have the Rabbitohs recruits toughened up the previously pampered Bunnies or will they slink back to their Armani suits after another Storm stuffing?

 

Sharkies Sunk

Knights kingdom crumbled

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Wednesday 7th March
Wednesday 7th March

Will this golden point loss to the Tigers cost the Sharks at the (white) pointy end of the season or will they be able to start their winning run and charge down the Knights this Sunday at Toyota Stadium?

Even King Benny couldn't protect the castle walls against the Sweet and Soward Dragons. With a single huff and puff the famous Red V put the sword to their previous commander and won the day. Can the Knights rebuild for Round 2?

Eels light up 2009

2011 Warriors Wonder-kids

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Wednesday 7th March
Wednesday 7th March

The Parramatta Eels screamed towards the 2009 Grand Final on the wings of the Hayne Plane. Will Sandow and the blue and gold army be able to revive that winning feeling with their classy number 1 on the injury list?

Fresh from winning the New Zealand primary school rugby league challenge, the Warriors' young guns are determined to show that 2011 was just the start of many big years to come. Just wait till they are all old enough to drive!

 
 

Drink Match-up

Freddy the Rooster

Freddy the Panther

2002 Premiership
1991 Premiership
Freddy the Rooster

The 2002 Premiership was a crowning moment for the glorious career of Brad Fittler and cemented his spot in the record books alongside the all-time greats. But was Freddy’s true potential served at the Roosters under Ricky Stuart?

Freddy the Panther

Taking a first-grade premiership to school for show-and-tell is a pretty big achievement. Young Freddy had the world at his feet when he stepped onto the scene as a 17-year-old out west. Would his days have been best served if he remained a mountain man?

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Michael Searle

David Furner

Gold Coast Seagulls 1988-1995
Canberra Raiders 1992 - 2000
Michael Searle

While the Seagulls flew the coop back in the '90s, Michael Searle and the Titans are now here to remain. Can Searle fly higher than the Seagulls ever did and help deliver a premiership to the golden sands of the Sunshine Strip?

David Furner

It has been a long time since the Green Machine dominated the rugby league landscape and many Raiders fans are desperately hoping that the glory days will return soon. Is Dave the man to bring the beat back?

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