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Gareth Ellis

Sam Burgess

Wests Tigers  
South Sydney Rabbitohs Rabbitohs
2012 Stats
Appearances:
11
Tries:
1
Tackles:
325
Missed Tackles:
34
Offloads:
9

Age: 0

Height: cm

Weight: kg

Gareth Ellis
2012 Stats
Appearances:
22
Tries:
5
Tackles:
599
Missed Tackles:
57
Offloads:
35

Age: 25

Height: 196cm

Weight: 116kg

Sam Burgess
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In his last season with the Wests Tigers before heading back to the mother country, can Ellis carry the struggling Tigers into the finals with a strong performance against his rival countryman? Will there be a premiership trophy in Gareth’s bag when he returns to England?

Many say Sammy has spent more time on the injury list than on the paddock in his Bunnies uniform, but at the end of the day it’s winning that counts and if Burgess and his brothers can help capture a title for the Rabbitohs all will be forgiven.

Jamie Lyon

Konrad Hurrell

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sea Eagles
Warriors  
2012 Stats
Linebreaks:
7
Run Hitups:
230
Errors:
20
All Run Metres:
1949
Tries:
11

Age: 32

Height: 182cm

Weight: 93kg

Jamie Lyon
2012 Stats
Linebreaks:
12
Run Hitups:
193
Errors:
21
All Run Metres:
1891
Tries:
12

Age: 23

Height: 183cm

Weight: 100kg

Konrad Hurrell
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After losing to his old coach on his home turf the boy from Wee Waa will be keen to show the Warriors that they are still are strong as when they won last year’s grand final. Can Lyon lead his team to victory in Western Australia?

It is a long way from Warrior land to Western Australia but if the Kiwi kids want to show the Sea Eagles that they are better than their current ladder position they will need to pack a lot of effort. A top-eight place beckons if Hurrell can run over Lyon.

Greg Bird

Nate Myles

Gold Coast Titans Titans
Gold Coast Titans Titans
2012 Stats
Tackles:
326
Missed Tackles:
51
Offloads:
24
Breaks Tackle:
56
All Run Metres:
2092

Age: 29

Height: 183cm

Weight: 102kg

Greg Bird
2012 Stats
Tackles:
790
Missed Tackles:
59
Offloads:
20
Breaks Tackle:
13
All Run Metres:
2642

Age: 29

Height: 187cm

Weight: 105kg

Nate Myles
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Bird and Myles both enjoyed a man-of-the-match performance in Origin but unluckily for Greg he didn’t get to celebrate a series win. Just like Origin, there can only be one winner in this head-to-head battle. Bird or Myles?

Mighty Nate Myles and bustling Greg Bird have been leading a Titans revival over the past month and are now in reach of a finals finish. Can Myles make more noise than Bird and help Gold Coast out-shine the other teams in the hunt for eighth place?

 

Brisbane Broncos

Broncos

Parramatta Eels

Eels

Coach: Anthony Griffin
Coach: Brad Arthur
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
88
Goals:
72
Points:
497
Tackles:
7858
Missed Tackles:
835
Linebreaks:
104
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
73
Goals:
68
Points:
431
Tackles:
7727
Missed Tackles:
864
Linebreaks:
101
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Speed and strength were both key factors in the Broncos’ great start to the season but the past month has seen a different team take to the field. Can the Broncos get back to their winning ways and serve up a wooden spoon to the Eels?

Their previous coach finished with a win, so can their new (interim) coach start the same way? They caught the Storm off guard and with the Broncos struggling for consistency it could be the best time to face the Brisbane boys.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Bulldogs

North Queensland Cowboys

Cowboys

Coach: Des Hasler
Coach: Neil Henry
2012 Club Stats
Comp Points:
40
Wins:
18
Losses:
6
Points For:
568
Points Against:
369
Points Difference:
199
2012 Club Stats
Comp Points:
34
Wins:
15
Losses:
9
Points For:
597
Points Against:
445
Points Difference:
152
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Des now has his team on top of the table but he still thinks the Bulldogs are not the benchmark of the competition. Be careful Des, if you keep saying it Matty Bowen and JT may well make it come true.

There should be a new rule that says Bowen and Barba must be involved in every play of the game. Watching these two warm up is worth the price of admission so imagine just how exciting the real match will be.

Canberra Raiders

Raiders

Newcastle Knights

Knights

Coach: David Furner
Coach: Wayne Bennett
2012 Club Stats
Errors:
249
Missed Tackles:
875
Penalties:
132
Completions:
714
Kick Metres:
14189
Missed Goals:
33
2012 Club Stats
Errors:
267
Missed Tackles:
819
Penalties:
116
Completions:
640
Kick Metres:
14674
Missed Goals:
24
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Last minute loss?

Score line blowout?

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Tuesday 24th July
Tuesday 24th July

There was no celebration backflip by Mundine at the end of this game. The Dragons looked set for victory until that infamous moment when the Storm sealed the premiership in their second season with a penalty try. Oh, the pain!

When a full season of hard work all comes down to one game and that one game ends in a one-sided scoreline there is nowhere to run and hide from the misery. Is it better to be handed a belting or to lose in the last minute?

Captain Gallen

Lewis the understudy

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Tuesday 24th July
Tuesday 24th July

His Sharks started the season in a frenzy but it now appears that their tanks are running dry and the Shire is looking shaky. Big Gal will need to get the Sharks swimming again if he want to hold onto the captaincy next season.

The opportunity to play alongside an inspirational player in Paul Gallen was a deciding factor in Lewis selecting the Sharks as his new club. Watch out Gallen, Lewis could be looking to be the new Sharks’ leader next season.

 
 
 
 
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