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Chris Sandow

Daly Cherry-Evans

Parramatta Eels Eels
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sea Eagles
2012 Stats
Appearances:
23
Tackles:
314
Missed Tackles:
127
Linebreaks:
9
L/B Assists:
10

Age: 25

Height: 173cm

Weight: 80kg

Chris Sandow
2012 Stats
Appearances:
27
Tackles:
578
Missed Tackles:
68
Linebreaks:
6
L/B Assists:
7

Age: 25

Height: 180cm

Weight: 84kg

Daly Cherry-Evans
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The 'next Sterlo' will need to pull more than a rabbit out of his hat if the Eels are any chance of saving their 2012 season. Can the pocket rocket halfback end the tears of the Blue and Gold Army and keep them watching the game for the full 80 minutes?

It has been smooth sailing out at Pittwater ever since DCE made his Brookvale debut, but now after two straight defeats he faces an Eels team desperate to stop production on thousands of wooden spoons. Do the Eels really have a chance?

Cooper Cronk

Kurt Gidley

Melbourne Storm Storm
Newcastle Knights Knights
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
1327
Errors:
20
Try Assists:
32
Linebreaks:
9
Points:
41

Age: 30

Height: 178cm

Weight: 88kg

Cooper Cronk
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
197
Errors:
6
Try Assists:
1
Linebreaks:
0
Points:
32

Age: 32

Height: 180cm

Weight: 89kg

Kurt Gidley
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After knocking back big money offers from several clubs, will Super Cooper be able to keep his mind on the job with the Storm or will dollar signs be ringing in his head? A few expletives from the coach's box will snap him back into action.

He doesn't has the back-up of Slater and Smith like Cooper does, and with Darius down on form the Knights' jack-of-all-trades will again need to play all over the park if he wants to hand the Storm their first defeat in 2012. Can Kurt cover Cronk?

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Feleti Mateo

Sydney Roosters
Warriors  
2012 Stats
Tackles:
611
Breaks Tackle:
27
Penalties:
17
Errors:
7
All Run Metres:
2195

Age: 25

Height: 192cm

Weight: 106kg

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
2012 Stats
Tackles:
549
Breaks Tackle:
54
Penalties:
14
Errors:
17
All Run Metres:
2418

Age: 30

Height: 194cm

Weight: 108kg

Feleti Mateo
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He is big, mean and loves to cause a scene on the footy field but does this Kiwi kid have the ball skills of the fleet-footed Feleti? Well, who cares about skill if your shoulder can scare your opponent into submission.

Feleti has found his flair at the Warriors and is causing trouble for opposition teams with his skillful offloads. However, the one thing that can stop an offload is a big shoulder from a rampaging Rooster. Will strength or skill win this battle?

 

Gold Coast Titans

Titans

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Bulldogs

Coach: John Cartwright
Coach: Des Hasler
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
78
Goals:
68
Missed Goals:
21
Tackles:
7399
Missed Tackles:
832
Points:
449
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
110
Goals:
89
Missed Goals:
27
Tackles:
8139
Missed Tackles:
749
Points:
620
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Forget the Centre of Excellence, coach Cartwright needs to create a Centre of Concentration and send his team for a mandatory check-in. The Titans matched it with the Storm for 40 minutes in round 3 but since then have been smashed 52-12... concentration, not strength!

Winning three from four to start the season shows the Doggies are genuine finals contenders in season 2012, but tell that to Des Hasler and he will try and convince you the real threat to the competition are the Eels... come on Des, be honest?

Canberra Raiders

Raiders

North Queensland Cowboys

Cowboys

Coach: David Furner
Coach: Neil Henry
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Comp Points:
30
Wins:
13
Losses:
11
Points For:
545
Points Against:
536
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Comp Points:
34
Wins:
15
Losses:
9
Points For:
597
Points Against:
445
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Captain Campese came up trumps against the Benji and the Toothless Tigers on Monday and now faces JT and the northerners back in the nation's capital. Can the Green Machine find some consistency and capture the Cowboys?

With the most head gear and body padding per-capita in the competition, the Cowboys are far from the young guns of the NRL. Can JT's boys rise about the Raiders and give man-tights (sorry, "compression garments") the respect they deserve?

 

80-minute Cockroach

80-minute Shark

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Tuesday 27th March
Tuesday 27th March

With the 'C' next to his name on the NSW team sheet, big Gal did everything humanly possible to wrestle the Origin dominance back from the Maroons, but still came up short. Maybe when they perfect human cloning NSW might have a chance at Origin glory?

This grub-turned-genuine leader is playing with more energy than the rest of the competition put together, and with the emptiest trophy cabinet in the NRL the Sharks are hoping that his energy doesn't get washed out to Botany Bay.

Runaway Renouf

Shimmy, shimmy Gaz

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Tuesday 27th March
Tuesday 27th March

With blinding speed and exceptional ball skills, Steve Renouf didn't need to dance around like Michael Hancock or confuse the defence with his flowing hair like Willie Carne to get to the try line, he just had to run. Run, Renouf, run!

Now in retirement, Gaz is using his twinkle toes to teach Jamie Soward how to improve his goal kicking routine so we no longer have to watch him prancing and dancing as he lines up for goal... thank god for Gaz!

 
 

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Matt King

The dread-locked Tiger
The bunny with the big hair
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The big Fijian returns from injury to steer the Tigers back from the brink of destruction, but the biggest question on everyone's lips is not how will he perform, but how will he have his hair? Personally, I like the pony tails.

Matt King

Kids, this is what happens when you stop brushing your hair at age 10. Can someone please ask Rusty to take Matt King along to his next appointment with one of his Hollywood hairdresser friends because I think it is starting to scare the crowds away.

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