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Farewell Hindmarsh

Farewell Burt

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Tuesday 28th August
Tuesday 28th August

No matter how many tackles or metres Hindmarsh has made in his career, his tight shorts will always be the one thing that fans will remember most. Will Hindmarsh be more missed than his teammate Luke Burt?

One of the most underrated players of his generation, Luke Burt always delivered consistent and skilful performances for the blue and gold army but will the spotlight of his farewell match be taken by Hindy?

Farewell Young

Farewell Hornby

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Tuesday 28th August
Tuesday 28th August

Dean Young is a true Dragons clubman who followed in the footsteps of his father and wore the famous Red V with pride. Does Young’s family connection make his more of a fan favourite than Hornby?

Hornby has not often grabbed the headlines but his dedication and commitment to the famous Red V will be hard to replace. After leading the Dragons to the pinnacle of the premiership in 2010, Hornby will always be held in high regard.

Match tying kick

Seven point lead

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Tuesday 21st August
Tuesday 21st August

This was a memorable field goal in extraordinary circumstances but it didn’t win the match for the Roosters. The Chooks still managed to get the victory in golden point extra time but was the kick from Anasta the match turner?

Extending the lead by seven points is a play that a lot of teams employ to help break the belief of the opposing team, but is it better than going for the kill and delivering a match-winning try? Braith or Benji...who has the better boot?

Brett Morris

Manu Vatuvei

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Tuesday 21st August
Tuesday 21st August

After playing some fullback earlier in the season Morris has been moved back to the wing for the Dragons. Has the mid-season shift affected his try-scoring ability or is Morris better off on the outside of the play?

They call him the ‘Beast’ and this Warriors has a unique method for crossing the try-line, which mostly just consists of running over the defence if they dare stand in front of him. Is Manu a better finisher than Morris?

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?

Bulldogs forward pack

Broncos forward pack

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Tuesday 7th August
Tuesday 7th August

The Bulldogs pack is as big as them come with passing skills that are as good as their halves. Can the Bulldogs keep the momentum from 10 straight victories and put more pressure on an under-performing Broncos pack?

The Broncos engine room has been one of the most dominant for the last decade but in big Petero’s last season the petrol seems to be running out. Can the Brisbane forwards find the form they had at the start of the season and deliver Des a rare defeat?

Rookie on a roll?

Second year syndrome?

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Tuesday 7th August
Tuesday 7th August

A top-four finish is not bad for a rookie playmaker but the yardstick for rookies is now pretty high thanks to Cherry-Evans and his whirlwind 2011 where he swept aside the competition to claim the premiership. Will 2012 see another rookie revelation?

While his team is still in the top four it is hard to tag this Sea Eagle with having the dreaded second year syndrome, but considering he delivered the silvertails a premiership in his first outing it will be tough to take anything less this season from DCE.

Grand Final Glory

ANZAC Day Comeback

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Tuesday 31st July
Tuesday 31st July

The chokers tag was well and truly shed when the Red V marched to victory against the Roosters in 2010. Was this as good as it gets for a Dragons fan or are there better days ahead?

The Roosters looked to have it in the bag in front of a sell-out home crowd but the Dragons showed true ANZAC spirit and snatched an unlikely victory. Does this memorable win compare to a premiership?

Cowboy Captain

Young Gun

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Tuesday 31st July
Tuesday 31st July

Considered one of the best props in the game, big Matt Scott is the engine behind the Cowboys. He works all game and never takes a backward step, but does the younger Tamou have more skill?

First Australia and then the Blues... will Tamou’s next challenge be to lead the Cowboys to a grand final or is he just a back-seat driver to the Cowboys captain Scott?

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.

Try-saver Stewart

Try-saver Barba

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Tuesday 17th July
Tuesday 17th July

Scoring tries at Brookvale Oval is second nature to Stewart, but what makes him even more valuable is his ability to shut out the opposition. As the Sea Eagles’ goal line protector Brett will need to be on the look out for little Benny Barba.

Under the reign of Dessie this pint-sized point-scorer has turned from being a defensive liability into a fierce last line of defence. How will Barba go when faced with the Sea Eagles at fortress Brookvale on Friday night?

Heroic Hindmarsh

Super human Smith

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Tuesday 17th July
Tuesday 17th July

The final curtain is about to close on his long and glorious career but will this blue and gold workhorse with the tight shorts be able to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon? Time to pull up your shorts Hindy and finish the season strongly.

With Hindmarsh on the way out can Cameron take hold of the mantle of the hardest-working warrior in the game? Who will come out on top in this battler as they line up against each other for the very last time?

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?

Sky-blue Shark

Tri-colour Carney

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Tuesday 3rd July
Tuesday 3rd July

Hot Toddy seems to have settled in nicely in the Shire and is helping to steer the Sharkies towards September footy. Can Carney deliver some silverware to the Shire or will 2010 be his only taste of grand final atmosphere?

Scoring a Dally M medal and a grand final appearance in the one season is not a bad effort... not bad at all. Was it Todd’s individual brilliance that served up a shot at glory for the Bondi boy or did his support team deserve more of the applause?

Driven by Origin omission?

Boosted by Origin appearance?

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Tuesday 3rd July
Tuesday 3rd July

With his hip back into place Chris was on the hunt for a Blues jersey this season but it didn’t eventuate. Will Lawrence be looking to take out his frustration on the Bulldog who took his Blues jersey?

It is a rare occasion to have two brothers playing State of Origin together. Will playing on the big stage with his bro help lift J-Moz to another level and land a knockout blow on Lawrence and the Tigers?

The New Wendell

The Old Wendell

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Monday 25th June
Monday 25th June

Many athletes are tagged as the next big thing but plenty of them fail to deliver. With two tries to his name already and the physique of a young Sailor in his prime, can Edrick live up to the imposing yardsticks Wendell staked out for NRL wingers?

Who can forget the big white shorts and delightful dance moves of Big Dell. The one-man promotional machine delivered a raft of highlights during his career and many young wingers are now being measured in his mould. Will there ever be another Dell?

Blue & Gold Timana

Blue & Red Timana

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Monday 25th June
Monday 25th June

He was the golden boy of greater western Sydney with his size and strength causing damage to all who stood before him. Was Tahu at the top of his game during his time at the Eels?

Any talk of Tahu being too old and too slow was quickly swallowed after his hat-trick against the Tigers. Can this twice Knighted warrior add to his legacy at Newcastle, or did he peak in Parramatta?

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?

Greasy Graham

British Bulldog

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Tuesday 12th June
Tuesday 12th June

We’ve heard of swimmers crossing the English Channel covering themselves in Vaseline, but the sight of Graham lathered up in petroleum jelly is just not cricket.

When he’s not lubeing up for some on field action, the Pommy powerhouse is in line to replace Ellis and Burgess as England’s finest NRL import. Does Graham really need the grease?

Origin Rookie

Origin Enforcer

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Tuesday 12th June
Tuesday 12th June

Sticky has plucked this giant prop from the Panther pen and lined him up against the most dominant pack in Origin history. Has Stuart granted him every boy’s biggest wish, or will this turn into a nightmare for the NSW rookie?

He stood tall against King Wally and smashed a few canetoads in the process, but even he admits his Origin career never reached great heights. Was Geyer a better hit man than Grant will be?

Beau kicks for Beau

Benji kicks for Beau

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Tuesday 5th June
Tuesday 5th June

There has been nothing funny about his form this season and when the Tigers send the ball out wide Beau has been there to deliver the big plays. The captain of the Wests Tigers wingers deserves a nice pat on the head for his efforts.

While he has shown that he can chase his own kicks and score, it is also nice to be able to chase someone else’s kicks as well... like a good team player. So when Benji kicks, Beau is always there to enjoy the spoils. Good boy Beau!

Sir Kurt of the Sideline

Not easy Campese

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Tuesday 5th June
Tuesday 5th June

It is not much fun leading your team into battle when you are stuck on the sidelines, but Captain Kurt will need to get used to it this season. Maybe a gig as a trainer like little Alfie Langer might help lift the teams spirits and make them feel like they still have their leader?

One too many goose steps meant the end to this Campese’s season in green. Now it is going to be a long cold season on the Canberra bench for Terry, and he will need to rug up to avoid his green turning to blue. Cheer up Campo!

Hindmarsh Heroics

Gladiator Gallen

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Tuesday 29th May
Tuesday 29th May

He could tackle everyone in the crowd at Parramatta Stadium and still not get puffed, but this ageing workhorse is on his last legs and riding towards a possible wooden spoon. Can he lift for this battle against the new NRL power forward?

As Gallen keeps performing above and beyond human abilities the expectations on him to keep the Sharks swimming in the top eight continues to mount. Are Big Gal's massive shoulders wide enough to hold up the hopes of the Shire?

Fast Benji?

Slow Benji?

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Tuesday 29th May
Tuesday 29th May

Watching this Kiwi superstar streak through an opposing team for a long distance try is one of the best sights in rugby league. It is like a childhood memory of watching Speedy Gonzales disappear in a puff of smoke... where did he go?

Some usual Benji brilliance found some open space against the Cowboys but a masterstroke by coach Neil Henry to put the big friendly giant James Tamou at fullback was enough to stop Marshall in his tracks. Has old age started to stall Benji’s speedy feet?

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.

Front row try assist

Front row try scorer

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Tuesday 15th May
Tuesday 15th May

The Bathurst Penguin came out of reserve grade to show the Bulldogs big men how to wear tight jerseys correctly in round 8 and slipped Stevie Matai the winner. Can George deliver another dose of damage to the Chookies this weekend?

Gorgeous George is a halfback in the body of two front rowers. He may not have the try-scoring record of Brett Stewart but he still knows how to find the line and celebrate as good as any forward in the competition. Give George the ball, give George the ball!

Bulldogs enforcers

Sharks enforcers

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Tuesday 15th May
Tuesday 15th May

It can turn pretty ugly when you run at the Bulldogs defencive line. Kasiano, Eastwood, Pritchard... you know they will be there waiting for you. Best advice is to shut you eyes and hope for the best – if you are lucky you might run into Benny Barba.

Just by being in the NRL top four, these enforcers have proven they have the weapons and willingness to stop even the biggest of armies. But without Gallen the great, will the Sharks big men be able to stop the Belmore boys from bagging victory?

Bankstown Boy

Team Titan

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Tuesday 8th May
Tuesday 8th May

He was the big dog in Bankstown but never really lived up to his hype. Will this sea change help wake the monster from his slumber and set him on a path to becoming the King of the Titans, or will the sandy soils sink his shoes?

He was three times the size of Ben Barba and only scored half as many tries, but the big hair and big body made him a standout for the fans. Was Giant Jamal better as a Belmore Bulldog than a tiny Titan?

Canberra Carnage

Erratic Eels

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Tuesday 8th May
Tuesday 8th May

Although they competed with Manly for 40 minutes, the Raiders’ season has been nothing short of underwhelming. Will this battle with the blue and gold army become the match of the round, or will it be wooden spoons all round?

30 points in 13 minutes was not something you would expect from this B-grade side, and by the looks of things it is not something they are going to reproduce anytime soon. At least next weekend they will get the two points from the bye.

Bondi Boy

Sir Willie of Newcastle

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Tuesday 1st May
Tuesday 1st May

He deserted Belmore for the beach life at Bondi then skipped the country to take on the poms before landing in France to have a flutter in rubgy. Would Big Willie have been a better player if he stayed put in the NRL and kept his afro?

Will Tinky let Master Coach Wayne continue with his Mason experiment in Newcastle and allow the big fellow to have his final chance at NRL redemption or will big Willie end up being a big flop?

Make your own scrum play

Sheens scrum play special

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Tuesday 1st May
Tuesday 1st May

We all know that Shifty Sheens loves a set scrum play, but when you have one of the most potent attacking weapons in the game do you really need to spends hours on the training paddock running drills? Just give the ball to Benji!

Many punters believe that scrums are a blight on the great game of rugby league...except when Tiger Tim devises a skillful set scrum play that makes the opposition team look like they are running on ice.

Foran & Hodkinson

Foran & Cherry-Evans

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Monday 23rd April
Monday 23rd April

While Trent and Des have already jumped ship to the Bulldogs, they are now waiting for the final piece to fall and bring Foran across to Belmore. Will Foran and Hodkinson dominate the next decade at the Dogs?

They teamed up and delivered a premiership to the Northern Beaches, but will 2012 be their last season together in Sea Eagles colours or will this halves combination form a dynasty that will dominate for years to come?

Out of Shape Eel?

Sharp shooter bunny

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Monday 23rd April
Monday 23rd April

Sandow avoided a short stint in the NSW Cup but the spotlight will be back on him and his belly when the Eels face the Wests Tigers on Sunday. Can Chris suck it in and show he belongs on the footy field and not the Biggest Loser?

Remember this little pocket rocket who set the NRL alight with his speed, skill and slender build? Was Sandow at his best when he was a bunny or will the blue and gold army be able to bring him back to life?

Super Slater

Benji brilliance

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Tuesday 11th October
Tuesday 11th October

Last year's Dally M winner proved he can turn a game in an instant when he cut through the Kiwi defence with this explosive burst in the May Anzac Test last year. Does Slater's speed beat Marshall's silky skills?

Never afraid to showboat at the game's highest level, Benji Marshall gave the Kiwi faithful plenty to smile about with this cheeky flick to send Jason Nightingale over against the Kangaroos during the Four Nations. Does the NZ try match Slater's effort?

Carney the kicker

Sharp-shooter Soward

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Tuesday 3rd April
Tuesday 3rd April

Each time Toddy lines up for a goal it gives the fans a good chance to check out his latest tattoos and to wonder where he will be able to fit the next one. I like the ones behind the ears, maybe they help keep him balance when he kicks.

Forget Bon Jovi or Tina Turner, next season Jamie Soward and his pre-kick chicken dance should features on the NRL season launch commercial. But one thing I have always wondered is, why does he take off his head gear?

Sideline Gladiator

Coach & Commander

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Tuesday 3rd April
Tuesday 3rd April

This Hollywood hero loves to give his Rabbitohs support from the sideline... but is it encouragement or a distraction for the Bunnies on the field? Can Rusty share the spotlight with the golden locks of Dessie?

Hasler has better hair than most Hollywood heartthrobs but his temper tantrums from the coach’s box would see him on the front page of most Hollywood gossip magazines. Does Des have the "it" factor to steer the Bulldogs to No.1 at the box office?

80-minute Cockroach

80-minute Shark

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Tuesday 27th March
Tuesday 27th March

With the 'C' next to his name on the NSW team sheet, big Gal did everything humanly possible to wrestle the Origin dominance back from the Maroons, but still came up short. Maybe when they perfect human cloning NSW might have a chance at Origin glory?

This grub-turned-genuine leader is playing with more energy than the rest of the competition put together, and with the emptiest trophy cabinet in the NRL the Sharks are hoping that his energy doesn't get washed out to Botany Bay.

Runaway Renouf

Shimmy, shimmy Gaz

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Tuesday 27th March
Tuesday 27th March

With blinding speed and exceptional ball skills, Steve Renouf didn't need to dance around like Michael Hancock or confuse the defence with his flowing hair like Willie Carne to get to the try line, he just had to run. Run, Renouf, run!

Now in retirement, Gaz is using his twinkle toes to teach Jamie Soward how to improve his goal kicking routine so we no longer have to watch him prancing and dancing as he lines up for goal... thank god for Gaz!

Morris Brothers

Stewart Brothers

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Wednesday 21st March
Wednesday 21st March

B-Moz and J-Moz have both stepped up a gear in 2012 and look ready to help their respective teams head towards the finals. Does their playful on-field banter make them the best brothers in the NRL or are they still a bit soft around the edges?

These two brothers seem to take it in turns as to who will be the dominant player at the Sea Eagles each year. Glenn came out on top in 2011 with his near Dally M winning season, so will this year be Brett's turn to step back into the limelight?

Taylor the Rabbit

Taylor the Bronco

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Wednesday 21st March
Wednesday 21st March

After watching Billy Slater highlights on Saturday night, big Dave Taylor unleashed his own impersonation on Sunday at Penrith. Is Taylor the Rabbit a halfback in disguise or was this a one-time-trick from the big bunny?

When the Coal Train first appeared for the Broncos in the NRL his sheer size and strength was enough to scare even the toughest forwards. Was Taylor at his peak at the Broncos or will his final season with the Rabbitohs be his best?

Mead's Magic Hand

Slippery Slater

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Wednesday 14th March
Wednesday 14th March

This freak try put David Mead in the rugby league highlights hall of fame and has been shown on repeat more times that the Simpsons halloween special. Does one great try define a career or does Mead need to better his own brillance to beat Slater?

Slater has dominated all challengers thus far in Versus but can his sideline streak compete against David Mead's modern day marvel? Cast your vote and determine which try deserves Versus supremacy.

The Matulino Mash

Kamikazi Kasiano

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Wednesday 14th March
Wednesday 14th March

When playing against the Warriors it is often difficult to decide which player to run at to avoid getting punished. Make the wrong choice and you could end up on the casualty list with Matulino's shoulder imprinted on your jersey.

Standing at eight-foot tall, this Bulldogs enforcer is no small puppy. Can Kasiano match up to the size and strength of the cross-tasman tanks or will it be a safer option to remain in the kennel?

Sharkies Sunk

Knights kingdom crumbled

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Wednesday 7th March
Wednesday 7th March

Will this golden point loss to the Tigers cost the Sharks at the (white) pointy end of the season or will they be able to start their winning run and charge down the Knights this Sunday at Toyota Stadium?

Even King Benny couldn't protect the castle walls against the Sweet and Soward Dragons. With a single huff and puff the famous Red V put the sword to their previous commander and won the day. Can the Knights rebuild for Round 2?

Eels light up 2009

2011 Warriors Wonder-kids

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Wednesday 7th March
Wednesday 7th March

The Parramatta Eels screamed towards the 2009 Grand Final on the wings of the Hayne Plane. Will Sandow and the blue and gold army be able to revive that winning feeling with their classy number 1 on the injury list?

Fresh from winning the New Zealand primary school rugby league challenge, the Warriors' young guns are determined to show that 2011 was just the start of many big years to come. Just wait till they are all old enough to drive!

Marshall Magic

Hot Toddy

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Tuesday 28th February
Tuesday 28th February

Even a swing and a miss can be turned into a magical moment when Marshall is around. Benji has turned his erratic play into consistent high quality football and is now in the hunt for Dally M glory in 2012. Will his bag of tricks last the full season?

With a fresh start down in the shire, hot Toddy is inked up and ready to roll towards redeeming the Sharkies. On the field he will have Big Gal to keep him on the straight and narrow so will Todd light up the competition like he did in 2010?

The Segeyaro Rocket

Jamal the giant

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Tuesday 28th February
Tuesday 28th February

Any player who commits this much to a single tackle is deserving of a place in Versus. This Cowboys young gun has a big future as long as his radar remains working. At half the size of Jamal, this will be a big challenge for James if he is to come out the winner and take Versus glory.

Will a life of surf, sun and sand prove to be a winner for the career of this rugby league prodigy? Jamal has the potential to be one of the most devastating players in the game if he can keep his mind on the job, but will his mind be on the lookout for the Segeyaro Rocket?

 
 
 
 
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