Toyota Cup: Round 16 Preview

In this week's look at the Toyota Cup, Fox Sports commentator Matt Russell reveals some star halfbacks in the making, praises a patient prop and previews all the Round 16 action.<br><br><b>Ain't half bad..</b><br><br>It's hard not to be excited by the Toyota Cup halfbacks at Penrith and Melbourne.<br><br>Panther Harry Seijka has played just two games in his preferred scrum base role since stepping up from SG Ball.<br><br>His side has won both of them with Seijka scoring three tries on each occasion, against Newcastle and Brisbane.<br><br>Seijka was signed from Bathurst on a lucrative three-year contract as "the next Greg Alexander". Big wraps like that are easy to give out and hard to realise, but Seijka certainly shapes as a Panther to watch.<br><br>The same could be said for Melbourne's Maipele Morseau, who scored two tries in the Storm's comeback 28-all draw with North Queensland on Saturday.<br><br>Like Seijka, Morseau was used at fullback before shifting to half and looked right at home in only his fourth Toyota Cup appearance. He even had the captaincy in the absence of Blake Leary.<br><br>Explaining the move from No.1 to No.7, Dean Pay smirked as he said Melbourne was already well-placed for fullbacks.<br><br>They have two international custodians - Australia's Billy Slater and England's Gareth Widdop.<br><br><b>Strides staying on..</b><br><br>One of the highlights of the season unfolded at Shark Park in Cronulla on Sunday.<br><br>Playing his 62 Toyota Cup game, in this his third year in the National Youth Competition, hard working prop Thomas Hancock thundered over for his FIRST try.<br><br>He was in danger of being held up but I don't think a front end loader could have done the job defensively.<br><br>The other 12 Dragons knew exactly what had just happened and raced in to celebrate as if they'd won a Grand Final.<br><br>It's not often a simple try from a prop out shines three from a winger but it happed at Toyota Stadium... just ask Kalifa Fai Fai Loa.<br><br><b>Curls get the girls..</b><br><br>I always enjoy a chat with Kalifa Fai Fai Loa.<br><br>He's happy, relaxed and easy going... which might explain why he lobbed at the Dragons two years ago with little more than $10 and his passport.<br><br>His wild afro has been trimmed at the request of Wayne Bennett but he wants it back. "Curls get the girls," he told me on Sunday while bouncing around to some sort of music being pumped into his ears via headphones.<br><br>The handshakes he dishes out have more moves than a rap dancer at midnight.<br><br>And one more thing. He wants his surname said correctly. Fai Fai Loa. "That's Fai Fai 'Lor'... as in don't break the law," he says, not for the first time.<br><br>Crystal clear Kalifa. And good advice too!<br><br><b>Every win is crucial..</b><br><br>Good lucky trying to pick the Toyota Cup top eight this season.<br><br>One win separates the top four teams.<br><br>One win separates the next four.<br><br>The difference between the next four... you guessed it, one win.<br><br>Only Parramatta is out of the race for the finals.<br><br><b>Playing for pride..</b><br><br>I'm looking forward to seeing Parramatta challenge Brisbane on Saturday, even though the Eels are on a 12-game losing streak.<br><br>The young Eels won their first game of the season but haven't tasted success since.<br><br>They've been close, with a series of single figure defeats.<br><br>They fell to the Sharks in Round 11 24-22 in one of the best Toyota Cup television games this season.<br><br>I'm surprised they haven't won since then and am sure they'll lift for the Broncos.<br><br>Brisbane is hurting after losing three of its last four, to drop out of the eight.<br><br>The Broncos are expected to win well but any complacency could well be punished.<br><br>Join myself and Scott Sattler for all the action as part of Super Saturday on Fox Sports 2.<br><br><b>Paying the price..</b><br><br>Manly and North Queensland have not won a game since their Round 12 brawl, which saw seven players suspended for 20 weeks combined.<br><br>The former pace setters have gone five games between them without victory.<br><br>As they count the cost of that brawl, match review committee chairman Greg McCallum confirmed there is a difference attitude to the National Youth Competition when it comes to brawling, as requested by the NRL Board.<br><br>McCallum is instructed to treat Under 20 brawling at the top end of charges, given a spate of blowups in the competition's inaugural season and a belief that some players "were trying to make a name for themselves" before moving out of the age group.<br><br>The difference was highlighted when you compare the Manly-North Queensland punishments to the State of Origin brawl, where only one player was suspended for three weeks.<br><b><br>Taupau rubbed out..</b><br><br>The Match Review Panel also had little sympathy for Bulldogs forward Martin Taupau, hit with a grade three dangerous throw.<br><br>It means he's facing six weeks on the sidelines, once you add carry-over points.<br><br>Taupau was sent off in the 40th minute and a 12-man Canterbury went down to the Titans 34-28.<br><br>It ended Canterbury's five-game winning run.<br><br>Without their best forward, the Dogs face a charging Canberra on Monday night, and a tough month after that.<br><b><br>Bouncing Bunnies..</b><br><br>South Sydney is suddenly the form team of the Toyota Cup.<br><br>The ladder leading Rabbitohs are on a four-game winning streak after beating Manly 36-16, with seven different try scorers.<br><br>David Kidwell is doing a fantastic job in his first year with the clipboard after a decorated playing career.<br><br>His men are expected to make it five straight when they play Melbourne this weekend.<br><br><b>List of candidates..</b><br><br>Like South Sydney, plenty of other clubs are building towards a finals charge.<br><br>Sydney Roosters, Canberra and Gold Coast have won four of their last five.<br><br>Penrith has won four of its last six.<br><br>Newcastle has won five of its last six, interrupted only by that bizarre 64-32 defeat to Penrith.<br><br>Given the above, there is plenty of interest in Round 16, where Penrith host Manly on Friday, the Titans host the Knights on Sunday and the Roosters play a home game against the Warriors in Christchurch.<br><br>You can see the Roosters/Warriors game on NRL Sunday from 11.30am on Fox Sports 2.<br>