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Mitchell Pearce

Daly Cherry-Evans

Sydney Roosters
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sea Eagles
2012 Stats
Points:
40
Linebreaks:
8
L/B Assists:
20
Kicks:
193
Kick Metres:
6161

Age: 25

Height: 183cm

Weight: 90kg

Mitchell Pearce
2012 Stats
Points:
35
Linebreaks:
6
L/B Assists:
7
Kicks:
277
Kick Metres:
9604

Age: 25

Height: 180cm

Weight: 84kg

Daly Cherry-Evans
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The Blues’ win in Origin II should give this young Rooster plenty of confidence to take the next step in his career, but by the looks of things in the social pages mighty Mitch has a lot to crow about. Can he add another win when he faces DCE?

He sat on the bench for the Kangaroos and the Maroons but when it comes to club footy he is the man in the middle. DCE will be looking to show the Roosters that he is no second-string Sea Eagle and instead serve up a win with a cherry on top.

Justin Hodges

Greg Inglis

Brisbane Broncos Broncos
South Sydney Rabbitohs Rabbitohs
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
2516
Breaks Tackle:
83
Errors:
17
Linebreaks:
9
Tackles:
142

Age: 32

Height: 190cm

Weight: 98kg

Justin Hodges
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
3277
Breaks Tackle:
161
Errors:
22
Linebreaks:
22
Tackles:
77

Age: 27

Height: 195cm

Weight: 105kg

Greg Inglis
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In case you haven’t noticed Hodges has a tendency to run from dummy half... it might be the worst-kept coaching secret in the NRL but he still manages to make it work. So be warned Bunnies, let him run and you will come undone.

GI and Hodges form a formidable centre combination for the mighty Maroons but when he is back inside the rabbit warren this superstar now shifts his skills to fullback. Will his last line of defence stand up against Suncorp stallions?

Akuila Uate

Lote Tuqiri

Newcastle Knights Knights
Wests Tigers  
2012 Stats
Appearances:
22
Points:
72
Tackles:
67
Missed Tackles:
19
Linebreaks:
25

Age: 26

Height: 187cm

Weight: 96kg

Akuila Uate
2012 Stats
Appearances:
12
Points:
20
Tackles:
50
Missed Tackles:
16
Linebreaks:
5

Age: 34

Height: 191cm

Weight: 104kg

Lote Tuqiri
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His legs are like tree trunks but they can move faster than the wind... much like Tuqiri in his heyday. Stand in his way and you could end up with footprints on your face. Who will win this battle of the wingers and control the sideline?

While Uate has nightmares about dropping bombs in Origin, big Lote is dreaming about the good old days when he was a representative superstar. Should Tuqiri step aside and let the steel city speedster take centre stage?

Andrew McCullough

Issac Luke

Brisbane Broncos Broncos
South Sydney Rabbitohs Rabbitohs
2012 Stats
Offloads:
4
Errors:
14
Tackles:
1041
All Run Metres:
1038
Dummy Hlf Runs:
123

Age: 24

Height: 186cm

Weight: 92kg

Andrew McCullough
2012 Stats
Offloads:
45
Errors:
17
Tackles:
594
All Run Metres:
2552
Dummy Hlf Runs:
254

Age: 27

Height: 174cm

Weight: 89kg

Issac Luke
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The Broncos had been waiting a long time for a solid hooker to fill the void of John Plath. Is handy Andy the man who can carry the Brisbane boys to the finals and give them a shot at winning the premiership or is he just a stop-gap measure until the real deal comes along?

This pint-sized bunny no longer has to share the limelight with Chris Sandow but if he is not too careful he might find himself as just another support player behind Adam Reynolds’ Rabbitohs. Is it Luke who leads the team from the front or does South Sydney’s success start in the halves?

 

St George-Illawarra Dragons

Dragons

Gold Coast Titans

Titans

Coach: Steve Price
Coach: John Cartwright
2012 Club Stats
Comp Points:
26
Wins:
11
Losses:
13
Points For:
405
Points Against:
438
Points Difference:
-33
2012 Club Stats
Comp Points:
24
Wins:
10
Losses:
14
Points For:
449
Points Against:
477
Points Difference:
-28
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The first Red V home game in the gong didn’t go the way they planned, thanks to the Bulldogs’ Morris brother, but they return this week for another chance to raise the roof. Can Soward and the Saints send the Titans back to their own beach with an empty bucket?

A big win against the Penny Panthers has put Carty and the coasters one step ahead of the Dragons on the ladder, but things could change if they can’t seal victory at WIN Stadium. With Princey powering back to his best the Titans will be tough to take down.

Penrith Panthers

Panthers

Parramatta Eels

Eels

Coach: Ivan Cleary
Coach: Stephen Kearney
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
72
Tackles:
8137
Linebreaks:
106
Try Assists:
54
Errors:
261
Comp Points:
20
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
73
Tackles:
7727
Linebreaks:
101
Try Assists:
59
Errors:
257
Comp Points:
16
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It is almost a new team taking the paddock each week for the mountain men but the lack of consistency sees them continue to slide and slide. A loss against the Eels could send the Panthers closer to the wooden spoon without a way to dig themselves out.

There was no lift-off from the Hayne plane last week against the Rabbitohs but the blue and gold army will be hoping for clearance when they come face to face with Cleary’s men. Kearney and co will need a clear runway to claim this victory.

 

Dugan at Fullback

Dugan at Five-eighth

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Tuesday 19th June
Tuesday 19th June

He was close to scoring a start in State of Origin with his skilful support play and slicing speed. Have we seen the last of this Green Machine star at fullback or will he find his way to the back once again?

Even the great Darren Lockyer took time to adjust to playing in the halves... and he didn’t have the added bonus of a rats tail. Does Dugan need more time to develop or is this an experiment that will turn green?

 
 
 
 
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