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May 6, 2011

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“Snoop-Poop – on NRL”

Title: … NRL Round 9 …

By-Line:… Split round – and NZ Test …

Article by:… Snoop-Poop … Author: Snoop-Poop on NRL

intrepid NRL Reporter …

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The NRL starts its rep season tonight with a TEST match that means about as much to the Players as it does to the Fans. New Zealander’s might disagree – but since most of the NZ side is made up of NRL players – that then means the NRL Club’s provides most of the players on show tonight. Every Club ‘chews its nails’ during these types of games hoping they get their players back without long or even short-term injuries.

The player payments for tonight’s entertainment please the players Bank Manager no end – but the poor CLUBS – do they get any compensation if any or several of the player is out injured and can’t play the weekend’s Club game – or is on the sideline for any extended period?

It’s a problem for the NRL – and last weeks comment on a 2 Teir Competition – and the need for a shorter playing season would help in this regard.

Take the Broncos v Storm match tomorrow night – the clash of the round – what value do both Clubs get when their key players are playing a Test Match – and bound to be a physical encounter 24 hrs earlier – and then – if injury free – they back up and try to put in a five star performance.  No wonder players get injured playing a backup game when their body has not recovered from the previous game.  What if there was some mild concussion that went un-noticed.  This is a top of the table clash and the fans are being robbed.

Tonights Australian Team [appears below] – contains 5 Broncos and 3 Storm players.  The Lockyer/Smith cancel each other out – as does the Slater/Hodges [if he plays] – Cronk up against Hannant and Yow Yeh also – hard to say which team will be most interrupted – but my point is – this is an eagerly awaited clash and the fans want to see if the Bronco’s are the real deal against a quality side.

There will be no answer to this question regardless if all players turn up to play 24 hours later. A week of training disruptions for the Coaches means they can not prepare the team as if all the star players were playing.

This system or split-rounds to cater for the Rep season just does not work.  The fans and Clubs are being short-changed for an easy money-grab by the ARL to top up the coffers to pay Administration staff and Directors.  The TV rights to tonight’s game go a long way to covering those annual costs.

For the record – Australia will win the Test – they will be wanting to prove something over the loss of World Champions title at the hands of NZ – it’s also Lockyer’s last home soil [QLD] Test – and I have no idea why I mention this because to him it might be some insignificant milestone – but if a professional player can’t get it up for an occassion like playing for your Country – they should not be in the side. But hey – that’s the way the ARL want it sold then who am I to piss on their parade. Australia to win by 9 …

The Australian side for the night is posted below – there are only 4 players on this list not backing up for their CLUBs over the weekend … have I made my point?

Position

Player

Club

Fullback Billy Slater Melbourne Storm
Wing Brett Morris St George Illawarra Dragons
Centre Greg Inglis South Sydney Rabbitohs
Centre Justin Hodges (in some Doubt) Brisbane Broncos
Wing Jharal Yow Yeh Brisbane Broncos

Five-Eighth

Darren Lockyer ©

Brisbane Broncos
Halfback Johnathan Thurston North QLD Cowboys
Prop Forward Petero Civoniceva Penrith Panthers
Hooker Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm
Prop Forward Matt Scott Nth Qld Cowboys
Second Row Ben Creagh St George Illawarra Dragons
Second Row Sam Thaiday Brisbane Broncos
Lock Forward Paul Gallen Cronulla Sharks
Interchange Cooper Cronk Melbourne Storm
Interchange Ben Hannant Brisbane Broncos
Interchange Jamal Idris Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Interchange David Shillington Canberra Raiders

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NRL … Saturday Game 7:30pm:

Broncos v Storm

… Have no idea due to players backing up or not – feeling is Storm in a tight game.

Sunday Games:

Titans v Warriors 

Titans on the back of the Test back up – comfortable winners.

Dragons v Cowboys

.. Dragons with a comfortable margin …

Monday Night Game 7:30pm:

Sea Eagles v Raiders

Sea Eagles … in a monster win

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NRL … Premiership Ladder:

The competition is fast separating the pretenders from the contenders – the top eight almost pick themselves and even more clearly – there are seven (7) teams I have already written off as ‘can’t make the top 8’ …

Forecast Teams that will make the eight include:
Round 8: Points For/Against
Broncos 14 78
Dragons 12 67
Storm 12 105
Sea Eagles 10 33
Bulldogs 10 37
Forecast Teams to fight over last 3 Top 8 spots – [* indicates my picks]
Round 8: Points For/Against
Knights* 8 3
Cowboys* 8 54
Tigers 8 32
Warriors* 8 -5
Sharks 4 -45
Roosters 4 -41
Panthers 4 -63
Forecast Teams to miss the Eight –
Round 8: Points For/Against
Rabbits 6 -37
Titans 6 -39
Eels 6 -104
Raiders 2 -80
Tipping Result Rd 8
Wins 5
Losses 3

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  1. yoda
    May 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Why do you need the results now, when the real games happen towards the season end.
    I find it quite interesting to see the teams depth in such a situation.
    As usual Poop Dog your way of the mark.
    PS Canberra in a major upset!
    Parra to get 2 pts for a good bye.

  2. Snoop-Poop
    May 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    You …you … you … darn it … I want to say it but decorum dictates otherwise …

    …. as a Parramatta SKIRT wearer – I would have thought you and your raincoat would be more like a ‘sulking’ presence rather than a ‘chew-boy’ trying to provoke a riot … when as a Parramatta supporter you have something to crow about … someone might listen … else … stay in the dark and lift your skirt to all the other Parramatta loooooooosers walking by …

  3. Warwick
    May 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Saints and Cowboys will see how good Cowboys are, and Broncos and Melbourne will do like wise for Brisbane. The test is really a joke, and the City Country is a trial for State of Origin. Given the problems with the Easts Five Eight can Soward offer some hope, will he fit in with Mitchell Pearce, as a New South Welcher there has got to be some hope for the Blues. With Lockyer, Thurston, and Cam Smith and 14 others that include Thaiday, Slater, Inglis and Hannant or Miles what price the Blues, 8 to 1 to win the series.

    On that, odds, the concept of outlawing exotic betting options to reduce temptation of match fixing was widened during this past week to include negative betting. What does that mean? Betting on a negative, like missing a conversion, or are they referring to Betfair? Where the individual is the bookmaker and no state taxes accrue. MMMM!!!

    This round will help those struggling Sydney franchises like Easts, Wests, Parramatta and Souths. Nothing will fix their stats, but an easy 2 competition points will give their supporters a warm feeling for a week. As a Souths supporter I feel it is just prolonging the agony by a week.

  4. Warwick
    May 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Simply lay NSW at $3.05.

    NSW last won in 2005, last years white wash was the first in a decade, Blues having white washed the Toads in 2000. Your claim “for a decade now this game has been a pointless exercise” is somewhat exagerated.

    And lay them before negative betting is outlawed.

  5. Snoop-Poop
    May 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Did not even know about the City Country team makeups … but really – is this the trial that determines the SOS NSW selection … for a decade now this game has been a pointless exercise … has no interest North of the border and is a NSWRL throwback – it is like having a trial game for STATE selection as if the weekly club form was not a true indicator … no bloody wonder the NSW selectors have trouble picking a team that can play as a team … the 8/1 odds your dreaming … Betfair have the market $1.45 QLD series win – NSW $3.05 if you want to back eitehr team … 6-0 comith and what will NSW do next year … can you hear the canetoads croking …

  6. Snoop-Poop
    May 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    The City-Country game has been a pointless exercise – can you remember who has won the last 3-4 games … The TOADS as you say – 11 years ago since a white wash … I can’t see a NSW team that will challenge QLD anywhere accross the park … its a lock … from Snoop-Poop with the Scoop …

  7. Warwick
    May 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Lay those cockroaches.

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