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Jamie Soward

Chris Sandow

St George-Illawarra Dragons Dragons
Parramatta Eels Eels
2012 Stats
Appearances:
20
Points:
97
Missed Tackles:
48
Errors:
19
Offloads:
5

Age: 29

Height: 177cm

Weight: 92kg

Jamie Soward
2012 Stats
Appearances:
23
Points:
67
Missed Tackles:
127
Errors:
21
Offloads:
19

Age: 25

Height: 173cm

Weight: 80kg

Chris Sandow
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He might be a sharp shooter when it comes to try conversions but it will be field goal practice that will consume Soward’s preparations this week. Will Soward get his point across when the Dragons face Sandow’s Eels?

His week with Wenty has come and gone but the slippery Eels are still struggling to find another victory. Does little Chrissy have any tricks left in his gym bag or will the Eels continue to reside in the bottom half of the ladder in 2012?

Steve Matai

Jamie Lyon

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sea Eagles
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sea Eagles
2012 Stats
Tackles:
153
Linebreaks:
9
L/B Assists:
7
Offloads:
12
Tries:
6

Age: 29

Height: 182cm

Weight: 94kg

Steve Matai
2012 Stats
Tackles:
428
Linebreaks:
7
L/B Assists:
15
Offloads:
25
Tries:
11

Age: 32

Height: 182cm

Weight: 93kg

Jamie Lyon
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If this was a contest of hair styles then Matai would be in all sorts of trouble. The menace from across the Tasman has been in terrific form for the Sea Eagles this season but does he have the edge over Lyon?

The kid they call ‘Killer’ has once again opted for the Sea Eagles’ maroon over the NSW blue... Perhaps he is waiting on a call from Big Mal to size him up for a Queensland jersey to keep his colours consistent.

Billy Slater

Josh Hoffman

Melbourne Storm Storm
Brisbane Broncos Broncos
2012 Stats
Tries:
16
Tackles:
117
Linebreaks:
22
Offloads:
34
Try Assists:
22

Age: 31

Height: 178cm

Weight: 89kg

Billy Slater
2012 Stats
Tries:
3
Tackles:
40
Linebreaks:
5
Offloads:
8
Try Assists:
1

Age: 26

Height: 183cm

Weight: 93kg

Josh Hoffman
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Super Slater was struck by an aerial raid from the Blues in Origin I, but there will be no roof at AAMI Park on Friday and not much chance of Billy backing up with another bad performance. Be warned Broncos, Billy the Kid will have all guns blazing.

He is not the Hoff from Baywatch but this young Bronco is a life saver at the back for the Brisbane boys. Up against the mighty Melbourne Storm, Hoffman will need more than a flashy pair of red Speedos to keep himself afloat on Friday.

 

Melbourne Storm

Storm

Brisbane Broncos

Broncos

Coach: Craig Bellamy
Coach: Anthony Griffin
2012 Club Stats
Wins:
17
Losses:
7
Comp Points:
38
Points For:
579
Points Against:
361
Points Difference:
218
2012 Club Stats
Wins:
12
Losses:
12
Comp Points:
28
Points For:
481
Points Against:
447
Points Difference:
34
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This top-of-the-table clash will be the second big rugby league game in Melbourne this week and coach Bellyache will be wanting to do his part for NSW and hand the Queenslanders a loss. Can the Storm deliver a state of despair for the Broncos?

Coach Griffin has once again decided to rest his Origin players from this match and will hand the duties over to the baby Broncos to once again show how much depth there is in the Sunshine state. Can the baby Broncs bounce to victory?

Newcastle Knights

Knights

Gold Coast Titans

Titans

Coach: Wayne Bennett
Coach: John Cartwright
2012 Club Stats
Missed Tackles:
819
Missed Goals:
24
Errors:
267
Penalties:
116
Wins:
10
Losses:
14
2012 Club Stats
Missed Tackles:
832
Missed Goals:
21
Errors:
269
Penalties:
118
Wins:
10
Losses:
14
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Things are looking shakey for the steel city Knights after struggling to find form so far this season. Can master coach Wayne find the right balance to rebuild the structure the Novocastrians are missing?

If you count the bye the Titans have just notched up two wins in a row and are now looking for the hat-trick against the Knights. Be warned Titans, coming up against a cranky Wayne Bennett is never a nice place to be.

 

Captain Cameron

Robbie returns

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Tuesday 22nd May
Tuesday 22nd May

Now that Locky has gone it is time for Captain Cameron to stand up and create his own Origin legacy. Can this number nine control the match the same way he does for the Storm or will the Blues target him with their battle rams?

With the help of Tiger Tim, Robbie has found his way back into the sky blue and gets a chance at Origin redemption for Game One. Watch out Robbie, things are not going to be any easier this time around.

 
 
 
 
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