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Benji Marshall

Robbie Farah

Wests Tigers  
Wests Tigers  
2012 Stats
Appearances:
24
Tries:
5
Linebreaks:
6
Offloads:
22
Try Assists:
35

Age: 29

Height: 182cm

Weight: 89kg

Benji Marshall
2012 Stats
Appearances:
16
Tries:
4
Linebreaks:
6
Offloads:
17
Try Assists:
8

Age: 30

Height: 179cm

Weight: 88kg

Robbie Farah
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When the game’s on the line and something amazing is required, Benji’s the man the Tigers turn to. Having cut his teeth with the Kiwi captaincy, is the time now right for this flashy five eight to take over at Wests?

Captaining a team of champions rather than a champion team must be a tough task for this hard working hooker. Has Robbie got the right stuff to right the Tiger’s season or is he too preoccupied with chasing rep honours to earn the title of club captain?

Michael Crocker

Paul Gallen

South Sydney Rabbitohs Rabbitohs
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Sharks
2012 Stats
Tackles:
860
Missed Tackles:
41
Breaks Tackle:
33
All Runs:
300
All Run Metres:
2219

Age: 34

Height: 185cm

Weight: 100kg

Michael Crocker
2012 Stats
Tackles:
433
Missed Tackles:
24
Breaks Tackle:
63
All Runs:
373
All Run Metres:
3098

Age: 32

Height: 180cm

Weight: 104kg

Paul Gallen
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One look at his head and you can tell Mick Crocker is not someone to trifle with. Big Mick has killed it at club, Origin and Test levels, and will relish this crack at Gallen the Great. Maroons recall anyone?

The Raiders camouflaged Anzac jersey couldn’t hide them from becoming the Shark’s sixth straight victims. Win 7 consecutive NRL matches for Cronulla and Gallen can expect the keys to the Shire and a tab for life at Northies.

Nathan Hindmarsh

Michael Ennis

Parramatta Eels Eels
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Bulldogs
2012 Stats
Tackles:
999
Penalties:
13
Errors:
10
All Run Metres:
2092
Missed Tackles:
28

Age: 34

Height: 187cm

Weight: 105kg

Nathan Hindmarsh
2012 Stats
Tackles:
993
Penalties:
21
Errors:
21
All Run Metres:
632
Missed Tackles:
88

Age: 30

Height: 179cm

Weight: 90kg

Michael Ennis
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Last year Hindy landed in the sin bin and the shame files for landing a few on Ennis’s chin. Can Hindmarsh cope with the inevitable niggle and lead Parramatta to a long suffering win, or will the menace make sure 2012 hangs lower than the captain’s pants?

The grubby one has been hampered by injuries this season, but none affecting his motor mouth. After trying the old fake penalty goal trick against the Sea Eagles, perhaps Ennis will stick to more conventional ways of getting under the Eels thin skin this weekend

 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles

Canberra Raiders

Raiders

Coach: Geoff Toovey
Coach: David Furner
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
97
Goals:
76
Tackles:
8200
Missed Tackles:
941
Kicks:
532
Points:
541
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
107
Goals:
83
Tackles:
7850
Missed Tackles:
875
Kicks:
503
Points:
595
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The Brookvale boys beat their ex-coach, re-signed Foran, unleashed the Snake and brought back gorgeous George all in one week...and as a just reward, they get the slow starting, fast fading Raiders in front of their adoring fans at Brookvale.

The bottom four is not a desirable place to be at this time of year (or any time of year for that matter), but a win against the Sea Eagles will see the Green Machine step closer to the top eight. Can the Raiders stop the Eagle rock?

North Queensland Cowboys

Cowboys

St George-Illawarra Dragons

Dragons

Coach: Neil Henry
Coach: Steve Price
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
15
Losses:
9
Comp Points:
34
Points For:
597
Points Against:
445
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
11
Losses:
13
Comp Points:
26
Points For:
405
Points Against:
438
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Consistency is the key for the Cowboys, who are confusing even the best judges with their up and down form this season. But seriously, if North Queensland didn’t have JT, who would actually care? Or watch?

Could this finally be the end of the negative, sorry ‘grinding’ style of play that took the Dragons to the top in 2010? The Saint’s last 10 minutes against the Roosters was the most exciting footy played in the Red V, since Mundine and Blacklock were doing backflips in front of the hill. More please!

Penrith Panthers

Panthers

Melbourne Storm

Storm

Coach: Ivan Cleary
Coach: Craig Bellamy
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
8
Losses:
16
Points For:
409
Points Against:
575
Points Difference:
-166
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
17
Losses:
7
Points For:
579
Points Against:
361
Points Difference:
218
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New general manager, check. New coach, check. Same feeling of disappointment and anger at Penrith’s form? Check. Someone give Michael Jennings another couple of thousand tickets to hand out, they’re gonna need all the support they can get.

What are the Melbourne Toyota Cup team up to this weekend? Maybe they could play 2 games, one against the 20’s and another against the Panthers first graders? With the way Penrith are playing, Bellyache must be tempted to run on himself.

 

Bondi Boy

Sir Willie of Newcastle

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Tuesday 1st May
Tuesday 1st May

He deserted Belmore for the beach life at Bondi then skipped the country to take on the poms before landing in France to have a flutter in rubgy. Would Big Willie have been a better player if he stayed put in the NRL and kept his afro?

Will Tinky let Master Coach Wayne continue with his Mason experiment in Newcastle and allow the big fellow to have his final chance at NRL redemption or will big Willie end up being a big flop?

Make your own scrum play

Sheens scrum play special

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Tuesday 1st May
Tuesday 1st May

We all know that Shifty Sheens loves a set scrum play, but when you have one of the most potent attacking weapons in the game do you really need to spends hours on the training paddock running drills? Just give the ball to Benji!

Many punters believe that scrums are a blight on the great game of rugby league...except when Tiger Tim devises a skillful set scrum play that makes the opposition team look like they are running on ice.

 
 
 
 
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