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Ben Hornby

Adam Reynolds

St George-Illawarra Dragons Dragons
South Sydney Rabbitohs Rabbitohs
2011 Stats
Appearances:
23
Tries:
3
Tackles:
282
Linebreaks:
3
Missed Tackles:
47

Age: 34

Height: 180cm

Weight: 88kg

Ben Hornby
2012 Stats
Appearances:
27
Tries:
3
Tackles:
455
Linebreaks:
8
Missed Tackles:
72

Age: 24

Height: 173cm

Weight: 85kg

Adam Reynolds
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He is nearly as old as the Dragons coach and at times he seems to move around the field like a pensioner, but with age comes wisdom and when faced with the challenge of teaching a rookie the ropes this Dragons will be sure to fire.

This Redfern rookie is on a fair bit less than his predecessor, but most Bunnies fans are pretty happy to have Reynolds rather the Sandow steering the Souths ship this season. Will this boom young gun be able to keep pace with the wily Hornby?

Lote Tuqiri

Manu Vatuvei

Wests Tigers  
Warriors  
2012 Stats
Missed Tackles:
16
Tries:
5
Breaks Tackle:
23
Errors:
17
All Run Metres:
1151

Age: 34

Height: 191cm

Weight: 104kg

Lote Tuqiri
2012 Stats
Missed Tackles:
42
Tries:
12
Breaks Tackle:
77
Errors:
38
All Run Metres:
2278

Age: 28

Height: 189cm

Weight: 112kg

Manu Vatuvei
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He was once the glory boy of the Queensland Origin team but now gets to watch from his couch as the two states go head-to-head. Can Lote revive his representative form and show the Warriors why he once was a warrior for the Maroons?

For years the Beast had the best beard in the NRL, but that was until Manly’s Wolfman came to life and stole his trademark. Can Manu show Lote that with beard or without beard he can still cause some hairy situations against the Tigers?

Matthew Bowen

Lachlan Coote

North Queensland Cowboys Cowboys
Penrith Panthers Panthers
2012 Stats
Tries:
13
Tackles:
99
Linebreaks:
20
Kick Return Mtrs:
1260
Offloads:
11

Age: 32

Height: 175cm

Weight: 85kg

Matthew Bowen
2012 Stats
Tries:
9
Tackles:
233
Linebreaks:
11
Kick Return Mtrs:
1201
Offloads:
16

Age: 24

Height: 178cm

Weight: 82kg

Lachlan Coote
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This pocket rocket with no neck is a major risk to any team he plays against... just ask the Broncos. His size is small but his skills are large and with JT off on Origin duties little Matty Bowen will need to come up big for the Cowboys.

With teammate Jennings dropping back to reserve grade last week Coote stepped up to the plate, making the match-winning play against the Dragons. Can Coote keep the form up and win the battle of the little big men this week?

 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles

Sydney Roosters

Coach: Geoff Toovey
Coach: Brian Smith
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
16
Losses:
8
Points For:
497
Points For:
497
Points Difference:
94
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
8
Losses:
15
Points For:
462
Points For:
462
Points Difference:
-164
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The camouflage is gone but the winning continues for the reigning premiers. With a handful of players away on Origin duty, will the under-strength Sea Eagles come unstuck against the plucky Roosters?

With five wins and five losses this season, the Roosters are the epitome of a mid-table team. Without halfback Pearce there to run the show this week, can they get back into the winners list against the reigning champs?

 

Front row try assist

Front row try scorer

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Tuesday 15th May
Tuesday 15th May

The Bathurst Penguin came out of reserve grade to show the Bulldogs big men how to wear tight jerseys correctly in round 8 and slipped Stevie Matai the winner. Can George deliver another dose of damage to the Chookies this weekend?

Gorgeous George is a halfback in the body of two front rowers. He may not have the try-scoring record of Brett Stewart but he still knows how to find the line and celebrate as good as any forward in the competition. Give George the ball, give George the ball!

Bulldogs enforcers

Sharks enforcers

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Tuesday 15th May
Tuesday 15th May

It can turn pretty ugly when you run at the Bulldogs defencive line. Kasiano, Eastwood, Pritchard... you know they will be there waiting for you. Best advice is to shut you eyes and hope for the best – if you are lucky you might run into Benny Barba.

Just by being in the NRL top four, these enforcers have proven they have the weapons and willingness to stop even the biggest of armies. But without Gallen the great, will the Sharks big men be able to stop the Belmore boys from bagging victory?

 
 
 
 
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