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Sam Thaiday

Feleti Mateo

Brisbane Broncos Broncos
Warriors  
2012 Stats
Offloads:
13
L/B Assists:
2
Breaks Tackle:
23
Errors:
13
Tackles:
762

Age: 28

Height: 181cm

Weight: 112kg

Sam Thaiday
2012 Stats
Offloads:
61
L/B Assists:
17
Breaks Tackle:
54
Errors:
17
Tackles:
549

Age: 29

Height: 194cm

Weight: 108kg

Feleti Mateo
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Big Sammy is still having nightmares about being steamrolled by Morris in the Origin decider but now he will need to refocus and keep watch on the skilful hands of Mateo. Can Thaiday keep track of the fast-thinking Feleti?

He was overlooked for an Origin jersey but has since stepped up a gear or two to help the Warriors fight for a finals appearance. With more offloads than Thaiday has curls, Mateo will be a tough act to juggle.

Robbie Farah

Luke Lewis

Wests Tigers  
Penrith Panthers Panthers
2012 Stats
Tries:
4
Linebreaks:
6
Missed Tackles:
41
All Run Metres:
881
Penalties:
5

Age: 30

Height: 179cm

Weight: 88kg

Robbie Farah
2012 Stats
Tries:
2
Linebreaks:
7
Missed Tackles:
48
All Run Metres:
1375
Penalties:
8

Age: 30

Height: 187cm

Weight: 105kg

Luke Lewis
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While they play different positions there is a striking similarity between these two Blues brothers. Both have won a premiership and both have captained their club... but which one will win this Versus head-to-head battle?

After getting a release from Gus, local lad Luke is now on the lookout for some new digs. Will Luke unleash his new lease on life against the Tigers or will Farah put him and the Panthers back in their place?

Krisnan Inu

Krisnan Inu

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Bulldogs
Parramatta Eels Eels
2012 Stats
Appearances:
16
Tries:
9
Linebreaks:
9
Missed Tackles:
37
Errors:
23

Age: 27

Height: 185cm

Weight: 99kg

Krisnan Inu
2009 Stats
Appearances:
21
Tries:
6
Linebreaks:
7
Missed Tackles:
61
Errors:
25

Age: 27

Height: 185cm

Weight: 99kg

Krisnan Inu
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While it takes more than a month of good footy to win a premiership, the in-form wide man is fast climbing back up the ladder of the best finishers in first grade. Will Inu be able to hold onto his form during the finals and help the Bulldogs win big?

The 2009 season was a memorable one for the electric Eels as the Hanye plane carried the boys in blue and gold all the way to the grand final. Has Inu learnt from that loss to the Storm or will history repeat for this Eel-turned-Warrior-turned-Bulldog?

Blake Ferguson

Jamal Idris

Canberra Raiders Raiders
Gold Coast Titans Titans
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
3139
Tries:
13
Tackles:
258
Linebreaks:
12
Breaks Tackle:
112

Age: 24

Height: 192cm

Weight: 98kg

Blake Ferguson
2012 Stats
All Run Metres:
1458
Tries:
5
Tackles:
217
Linebreaks:
7
Breaks Tackle:
69

Age: 23

Height: 199cm

Weight: 115kg

Jamal Idris
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They might be struggling on the ladder but that didn't stop the Green Machine from turning the Storm from purple rain to sprinkles. Has Fergo re-found the form that made him such a good catch for the capital city kids?

Giant Jamal came off second best when he faced off against Hurrell the hulk last week, but can he bounce back and stop Ferguson and the Raiders from destroying the Titans' sand castle?

 

Sydney Roosters

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Rabbitohs

Coach: Brian Smith
Coach: Michael Maguire
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
8
Losses:
15
Points For:
462
Points Against:
626
Points Difference:
-164
2012 Club Stats
Played:
24
Wins:
16
Losses:
8
Points For:
559
Points Against:
438
Points Difference:
121
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Poor Mitchell Pearce was pipped at the post in Origin and then was unable to shut out the Sharks in the Shire. Will the Bondi boys help him bounce back against the Bunnies and regain the race for September footy?

Adam Reynolds is no longer just a rookie Rabbitoh from Redfern but a top class bunny with top class skills. Can the red and green team take down their Eastern Suburbs rivals and put an end to the Roosters' finals aspirations?

St George-Illawarra Dragons

Dragons

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Sharks

Coach: Steve Price
Coach: Shane Flanagan
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
74
Goals:
53
Tackles:
7821
Missed Tackles:
679
Linebreaks:
98
Try Assists:
56
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
79
Goals:
71
Tackles:
7530
Missed Tackles:
711
Linebreaks:
100
Try Assists:
60
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The Dragons have been the dominate force in southern Sydney for the last decade but now the Sharks are reclaiming their territory and stirring up the waters. Can the Red V rewind the clock and show the Sharks they still breathe fire?

No Gallen, no worries... well almost. They didn't quite streak home against the Roosters but a draw is better than a loss. Sitting pretty in the top four, the Sharks are looking anything but an endangered species this season. Can the Sharks shut out St George Illawarra?

 

Akulia the Thriller

Wolfman Williams

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Tuesday 10th July
Tuesday 10th July

One, two, three, four... look how easy Uate can score. A four-try performance against the Maroons would have definitely saved his spot in the NSW team but that is now in the past. Can Akulia make amends and out-thrill the Wolfman?

Anyone can score four tries in a match but four tries in the first half is a challenge. Wolfy whipped the home crowd into a frenzy as he howled through the Eels' lacklustre line of defence. Will the Knights prove a tougher challenge?

Match winning boot?

Match winning scoot?

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Tuesday 10th July
Tuesday 10th July

With a single kick he broke the heart of an entire state, but now that he is back in Victoria and he doesn't have 50,000 screaming Queenslanders supporting him will super Cooper be able to reproduce his match winning performance?

Thurston didn't get the glory for sealing the Maroons' victory but he sure played a big part in taking home the Origin trophy. Was it JT's magic that set up the seven straight series wins or did Cronk crack the Blues by kicking the winning field goal?

 
 
 
 
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