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Todd Carney

Paul Gallen

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Sharks
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Sharks
2012 Stats
Tries:
4
Tackles:
265
Offloads:
22
Errors:
28
All Run Metres:
1366

Age: 28

Height: 184cm

Weight: 90kg

Todd Carney
2012 Stats
Tries:
3
Tackles:
433
Offloads:
52
Errors:
13
All Run Metres:
3098

Age: 33

Height: 180cm

Weight: 104kg

Paul Gallen
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Many rate him as the best recruit of the season, but is Todd Carney now the main man at Cronulla? The classy pivot has played his way into an Origin jersey this year, but is he more important to the Sharks than the Blues skipper?

He's the hardest working forward in the game and an inspirational leader for club and state, but is Gallen's grunt work now playing second fiddle to Carney's playmaking skills? Who is the best player at the Sharks?

Jamie Soward

Johnathan Thurston

St George-Illawarra Dragons Dragons
North Queensland Cowboys Cowboys
2012 Stats
Tries:
2
Points:
97
L/B Assists:
13
Kicks:
260
Try Assists:
13

Age: 29

Height: 177cm

Weight: 92kg

Jamie Soward
2012 Stats
Tries:
3
Points:
192
L/B Assists:
26
Kicks:
218
Try Assists:
24

Age: 31

Height: 179cm

Weight: 86kg

Johnathan Thurston
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It has been a full circle for Soward in the past few weeks, going from injured to playing reserve grade to the starting from the bench and now back to the starting side, but can he stop the game’s best five-eighth or will his season keep spinning?

Moving from number seven to number six has been no problem for JT but can he help the Cowboys move from fifth into the top four and give the premiership a real shake? Just three games to go and the Dragons are first on the hit list.

Josh Dugan

Anthony Minichiello

Canberra Raiders Raiders
Sydney Roosters
2012 Stats
Points:
33
Linebreaks:
9
Breaks Tackle:
100
Errors:
29
Tackles:
119

Age: 24

Height: 188cm

Weight: 96kg

Josh Dugan
2012 Stats
Points:
36
Linebreaks:
7
Breaks Tackle:
72
Errors:
25
Tackles:
101

Age: 34

Height: 175cm

Weight: 69kg

Anthony Minichiello
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He's got youth, size and speed on his side, so it stands to reason Dugan has the edge on Mini. A tackle-busting specialist who is Canberra's biggest attacking threat, is Dugan the number one No.1 in this clash?

His quickest days may be behind him, but Roosters legend Minichiello is still a proven performer for the tricolours. With an extra decade of experience over the younger Dugan, is Mini the man in this fullbacks match-up?

 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles

Newcastle Knights

Knights

Coach: Geoff Toovey
Coach: Wayne Bennett
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
97
Goals:
76
Points:
541
Tackles:
8200
Linebreaks:
113
Kicks:
532
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
80
Goals:
64
Points:
448
Tackles:
7809
Linebreaks:
109
Kicks:
466
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They may be the reigning premiers but to long-time Manly fans that 1997 Grand Final loss still hurts. Will the Eagles take their revenge on Newcastle by ending the Knights' finals hopes this week?

After a slow start to life under Bennett the Knights have clicked into gear and rediscovered the will to win. Will their push for an unlikely finals berth continue with a win against old rivals Manly?

Gold Coast Titans

Titans

Parramatta Eels

Eels

Coach: John Cartwright
Coach: Brad Arthur
2012 Club Stats
Wins:
10
Losses:
14
Points For:
449
Points For:
449
Points Difference:
-28
Comp Points:
24
2012 Club Stats
Wins:
6
Losses:
18
Points For:
431
Points For:
431
Points Difference:
-243
Comp Points:
16
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For a team that only won two of its first nine games the Titans have done well to climb back up the table and fight for a chance to grab a finals spot. With just three rounds to go are the Titans still a top-eight chance?

Well, if you are going to miss the top eight you may as well have fun doing it. The Eels attack has sparked back to life in the last month as they look to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon. Can the winning ways of their interim coach continue against the Gold Coast?

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Penrith Panthers

Panthers

Coach: Brian McClennan
Coach: Ivan Cleary
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
89
Tackles:
7510
Missed Tackles:
912
L/B Assists:
56
Linebreaks:
95
Try Assists:
70
2012 Club Stats
Tries:
72
Tackles:
8137
Missed Tackles:
808
L/B Assists:
57
Linebreaks:
106
Try Assists:
54
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The Kiwis won't be playing in any grand finals this year, but with home ground advantage on their side they'll be a huge chance of victory against the lowly-ranked Panthers – and show Ivan Cleary that he picked the wrong club to coach this season.

The threat of the wooden spoon is looming for a Penrith side that risks falling into last place on the NRL ladder with a loss here. Will that be enough inspiration for Cleary's men to take the points in their trip across the Tasman?

 

Pure speed and skill

The magic show

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Tuesday 14th August
Tuesday 14th August

Why use fancy flick passes when you can simply stand up to your opposition and then speed through and around them? This little Bulldog is terrorising teams with his raw talent and blinding acceleration. Beep, beep, Barbarino!

The flick pass is pretty good, but is it time for Benji to pull some new tricks out of his Tiger bag? Hopefully Marshall was watching the Olympics and has stolen some creative ideas from the gymnastics or synchronised swimming.

Young Petero

Old Petero

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Tuesday 14th August
Tuesday 14th August

He might have been young but his size still helped Petero to dominate the opposition in his early days. A true workhorse, Coviniceva’s engine never stopped and he helped carry the Broncos to the title in 2006. Was Petero at his prime in this premiership win?

It takes a big player to fill the shoes of the great Broncos forwards with the likes of Lazarus and Webeke leading the way, but big Petero stepped out of their shadow and stamped his own name in Broncos history. Will Petreo be remembered as one of the greats?

 
 
 
 
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