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Josh Hoffman

Brett Stewart

Brisbane Broncos Broncos
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sea Eagles
2012 Stats
Linebreaks:
5
Points:
12
All Run Metres:
3358
Errors:
16
Offloads:
8

Age: 26

Height: 183cm

Weight: 93kg

Josh Hoffman
2012 Stats
Linebreaks:
13
Points:
56
All Run Metres:
2043
Errors:
28
Offloads:
10

Age: 29

Height: 184cm

Weight: 92kg

Brett Stewart
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The Broncos have lost superstars like Lockyer, Folau and Karmicheal Hunt in recent years, but with readymade replacements like Hoffman taking charge coach Griffin won't be losing any sleep about blocking off the Broncos exit door.

With his recent standout performances for the rejuvenated Sea Eagles, Stewart has galloped his way back into contention for the Blues fullback spot. Will Sticky Ricky give snake the first bite at the Maroons in State of Origin?

Todd Carney

Cooper Cronk

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Sharks
Melbourne Storm Storm
2012 Stats
Tackles:
265
Missed Tackles:
52
Errors:
28
All Runs:
153
Try Assists:
12

Age: 28

Height: 184cm

Weight: 90kg

Todd Carney
2012 Stats
Tackles:
464
Missed Tackles:
58
Errors:
20
All Runs:
178
Try Assists:
32

Age: 30

Height: 178cm

Weight: 88kg

Cooper Cronk
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After feasting on most of the NRL teams in the first eight rounds, the Sharkies couldn't stomach the fluffy bunnies and ended up coughing up fur balls. Can Carney take his cough medicine and make a recovery in time to wrestle with super Cooper?

If the Storm keep destroying teams week in, week out, it could be a very one-sided 2012 premiership. Maybe coach Bellyache should switch the players’ positions to keep things interesting... Smith to fullback, Slater in the front row and Cooper becomes the mascot... sound fair?

Luke Lewis

Ben Creagh

Penrith Panthers Panthers
St George-Illawarra Dragons Dragons
2012 Stats
Breaks Tackle:
41
All Run Metres:
1375
Offloads:
7
Tries:
2
Linebreaks:
7

Age: 31

Height: 187cm

Weight: 105kg

Luke Lewis
2012 Stats
Breaks Tackle:
46
All Run Metres:
2342
Offloads:
18
Tries:
7
Linebreaks:
3

Age: 29

Height: 191cm

Weight: 103kg

Ben Creagh
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Any more losses like last weekend and the Panthers will be downgraded to the Pussycats, and unless GM Gus can work out how to clone Luke Lewis the mountain men may be in for mauling at the hands of the Dragons.

His ANZAC Day heroics saved the day for the Dragons but big performances have been few and far between this season. Creagh has done the job for NSW in the past but is it time the Blues find a new forward to throw at the Maroons?

James Maloney

Braith Anasta

Warriors  
Sydney Roosters
2012 Stats
Linebreaks:
12
L/B Assists:
10
Kicks:
212
Kick Metres:
7228
Try Assists:
17

Age: 28

Height: 176cm

Weight: 81kg

James Maloney
2012 Stats
Linebreaks:
5
L/B Assists:
4
Kicks:
114
Kick Metres:
2991
Try Assists:
10

Age: 32

Height: 185cm

Weight: 98kg

Braith Anasta
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The Warriors half is one of the best organisers in the game, which was shown when he signed with the Roosters two years before he will even get to look inside the tricolours dressing room. Was it the signing of Maloney that forced Anasta out the door?

At season’s end captain Braith is packing up his Bondi pad, plucking his feathers and driving down the M5 to Campbelltown to set up his new home with the Tigers. Does Sheens really plan on using him in the halves or will he be another half-turned-battering ram next season?

 

Newcastle Knights

Knights

North Queensland Cowboys

Cowboys

Coach: Wayne Bennett
Coach: Neil Henry
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
10
Losses:
14
Points For:
448
Points Against:
488
Points Difference:
-40
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
15
Losses:
9
Points For:
597
Points Against:
445
Points Difference:
152
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It looks time for a re-think of the Knights’ master plan with the steel city struggling to build a winning formula. It is going to take more than a Bennett miracle to pull a premiership out of the Knights’ helmets this season.

A solid win against the dwindling Dragons has catapulted the cumbersome Cowboys into the top four. If the Cowboys keep giving the ball to the Segeyaro rocket the fans will keep watching... what a superstar!

 

Bankstown Boy

Team Titan

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Tuesday 8th May
Tuesday 8th May

He was the big dog in Bankstown but never really lived up to his hype. Will this sea change help wake the monster from his slumber and set him on a path to becoming the King of the Titans, or will the sandy soils sink his shoes?

He was three times the size of Ben Barba and only scored half as many tries, but the big hair and big body made him a standout for the fans. Was Giant Jamal better as a Belmore Bulldog than a tiny Titan?

Canberra Carnage

Erratic Eels

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Tuesday 8th May
Tuesday 8th May

Although they competed with Manly for 40 minutes, the Raiders’ season has been nothing short of underwhelming. Will this battle with the blue and gold army become the match of the round, or will it be wooden spoons all round?

30 points in 13 minutes was not something you would expect from this B-grade side, and by the looks of things it is not something they are going to reproduce anytime soon. At least next weekend they will get the two points from the bye.

 
 
 
 
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