Toyota Cup: Round 20 Preview
Two of the best Toyota Cup teams at the moment will light up the Fox Sports screens on Sunday when South Sydney host the Warriors at ANZ. Matt Russell previews the clash between first and third as part of his weekly look at the National Youth Competition.<br><b><br>Souths' kids doing well...</b><br><br>The appropriately named David Kidwell is doing a fantastic job in his first year in charge of Souths Under 20's.<br><br>He has the Rabbitohs on top and in form.<br><br>They've won six of their last seven as part of a 12 from 17 season.<br><br>Kidwell finished his 12 season, 209-game career last year. It took him from Adelaide in 1997 to Parramatta in 1999, the Roosters in 2002, Melbourne in 2003 and the Bunnies in 2007.<br><br>Don't forget the 24 Tests for New Zealand.<br><br>He played in seven finals campaigns and that experience will be vital as his young team builds towards its second Toyota Cup finals campaign. Souths went out last year at the first hurdle.<br><br>This week's hurdle is a considerable one - the Warriors.<br><br>The New Zealanders have won four in a row for the second time this season.<br><br>Both sides boast fast fullbacks, damaging centres, creative halves and impressive forwards.<br><br>Don't miss it!<br><br>I will join Scott Sattler in commentary for all the action from 11.30am EST on Sunday.<br><br><b>Copy cats...</b><br><br>Toyota Cup teams continue to mirror their NRL counterparts... or is that the other way around?<br><br>While the Warriors' Under 20's have won four in a row, their NRL team has just made it five in a row for the first time since 2003.<br><br>At Parramatta, the 20's and NRL teams gave Penrith big starts on Saturday before racing home to win.<br><br>In Canberra, both Raiders' teams beat Newcastle to boast identical home records - three from eight.<br><br><b>No place like home...</b><br><br>Canberra might look back on Sunday's win against Newcastle as a pivotal moment this season.<br><br>Struggling to win at home, the young Raiders held off the stubborn Knights 29-22.<br><br>They have four more home games to come over the last seven rounds, giving them a good chance of climbing from sixth into the top four or two.<br><br>Halfback Sam Williams is feeding off his big forward pack so impressively, he's collected consecutive Young Gun of the Day praise from my Fox Sports co-commentator.<br><br>He kicks well, attacks the line at the right time and is prominent in a stack of stats. There are also 12 tries in 16 games this year.<br><br>The Raiders won't get it all their own way against Cronulla on Saturday.<br><br>The Sharks pushed Manly last week before the Sea Eagles scored in the 80th minute to kill the game 22-14.<br><br>Joey Grima's side is only a mathematical chance of making the finals but the coach has demanded his players perform for their reputations - individual and club.<br><br>Join myself and Simon Woolford for all the action as part of Super Saturday.<br><br><b>Beware of the Dogs...</b><br><br>I keep saying it and they do nothing to change my opinion.<br><br>The Bulldogs can win the Toyota Cup!<br><br>They have won nine of their last 10 and stormed into seventh position.<br><br>Has there been a greater turn around in rugby league? Remember the Dogs went winless for the first seven rounds?<br><br>Their latest victims - the Roosters - were beaten 38-28 and tumbled to fourth.<br><br>This week the Dogs can put a big dent in the Eels' hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon.<br><br><b>Sticking the boot in...</b><br><br>A painfull loss for the Broncos has underlined the value of goal kicking.<br><br>Brisbane and Gold Coast scored six tries each last Friday night.<br><br>Jordan Rankin nailed six from six for the Titans.<br><br>The Broncos landed only three.<br><br>Final score... Gold Coast 36 Brisbane 30.<br><br><b>Six of the best...</b><br><br>The Titans have now won six straight, the best winning streak in the competition.<br><br>Like the Bulldogs, they have come from nowhere after a terrible start to the season.<br><br>They are into eighth and can consolidate against the Dragons on Friday.<br><br><b>Time to growl...</b><br><br>The Tigers have tumbled out of the top eight for the first time this season.<br><br>Winning two from eight will do that!<br><br>A few wins will have them back in the mix and a 28-20 loss to North Queensland suggested better might be just around the corner.<br><br>Ben Murdoch Masila scored two tries to underline his potential again.<br><br>It shapes as a great Under 20's contest against fifth placed Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Sunday.<br><br>Murdoch-Masila v Lama Tasi and co should encourage Sea Eagles' fans to get there early... even when they are playing at a "home" away from home.