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March 13, 2012
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NRL – 2012 – Round 2 Wrap …
Winners and Losers:

Friday night began with Cowboys ‘get out of jail’ win over the Broncos, and the Seaeagles win over the Tigers – both matches produced lead changers and even contests – both games were very watchable and entertaining.

Saturday say the Bulldogs put in a stellar performance to thrash the Dragons, the Raiders surprised most with a comprehensive victory over the Titans at home, and the Knights beat a lackluster Sharks at Sharp Park …

Sunday saw further carnage as the Panthers belted the Roosters and Storm did a number over the Rabbitohs at home.

Monday night saw the Warriors beat wooden spoon favourites the Eels in an injury marred match where Hayne was stretchered off …

The only undefeated teams are SeaEagles, Storm and the Bulldogs and their form has been good through both matches.  The disappointments in Round 2 were the Titans, Sharks, Dragons and the Rabbitohs – the Titans and Sharks were playing at home and this was disappointing for home ground fans.

As Roolie Bookie said in his comments attached to the Round 1 wrap – laying the favourites would have netted punters winners at the odds … parlays and margins would have been costly …

Weekly Comment:

It is still early days to put teams in the ‘can’t make the eight’ basket – but most of the teams that did not make it last year seem to be the teams that are also going to struggle to make it this year.  That much is obvious already.

The Players go round and round week in week out, change Clubs and rotate their services and Clubs think they get the right player mixture as each season starts. But injuries bite early and the toll of the season is the imponderable … the pre-season trial matches has some teams at less than full strength for Round 1.

I think less is better – meaning less teams the competition and player strength builds more evenness to the competition. This was an opinion put forth last year – two ten team competitions – the Premier League and the Reserve League. Read this story using this link.

This is not offered up lightly – it’s a serious suggestion – with the economic downturn and the already poor crowd numbers away from the feature teams – Club revenues from gate takings are set to fall … Television replays and broadcasts of games with empty seats will have everybody nervous – the televised games will become centered on those teams that can half full a grandstand … and by association this will have already become a two tiered competition …

This has to happen if the game is to survive well into the future  …

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  1. League Leg End
    March 14, 2012 at 7:18 am

    The 3 teams undefeated Storm, Sea Eagles and Bulldogs, do look good. Storm just keep on winning, ball control, pressure and clever work from Cooper Cronk, and there other two stars Smith and Slater just play professional football. Manly just keep winning but their defence is average. Bulldogs are using Ben Barba in creative ways, Feels like Des Hasler has put some passion into them. Amongst the middle ranking teams you feel that anything is possible. It is a bit hard to fathom Cowboys, Titans and Broncos. Which Qld team will be top 4 stuff? Every weekend is a challenge, and one off night will see a loss. Raiders are playing good forward based football, and last year injury saw them collapse after a poor season start. This year they have a good start.

    Amongst the cellar dwellers, Sharks Rabbits and Eels, particularly Souths they just don’t have that winning about them. They accept defeat too easily. Cronulla had winning stats against Knights, but could not convert their opportunities.

    Last year Warriors were wooden spoon favourites after 4 weeks, and the rest is history.

    This weekend does not look exciting at all. Wests should flog Saints. I guess next week we will be looking at the upsets. It is pretty hard to spot them. Sharks over Sea Eagles? Warriors Bulldogs, it is hard to go Bulldogs. Parra must be a chance against Cowboys, but that will depend upon whether Thurston is back.

    Enjoy

  2. Rookie Bookie
    March 15, 2012 at 7:15 am

    What a tough round.

    In Rugby, Crusaders Bulls and Lions have the bye. I rate
    Chiefs 56% Brumbies 44% Chiefs $1.78 $2.27 (value Brumbies at $5.25)
    Stormers 60% Blues 40% $1.66/$2.50
    Hurricanes 53% Highlanders 47% ($1.88/$2.12)
    Waratahs 85% Force 15% ($1.17/$6.66)
    Sharks 55% Reds 45% ($1,81/$2.22)
    Rebels 55% Cheetahs 45% ($1.81/$2.22)

    This means Waratahs are only banker with possibilities in Brumbies maybe Blues.

    In League much the same. Tigers will beat Dragons. Saints at home 30% Tigers 70%
    Knights 44% Broncos 56%
    Titans 45% Storm 55%
    Cowboys 55% Parramatta 45%
    Warriors 60% Bulldogs 40%
    Roosters 42% Raiders 58%
    Panthers 60% Souths 40%
    Cronulla 40% Manly 60%

    I will use Tigers as a banker with possibilities on Parramatta and ??? It is skinny pickings.

    Last Sunday I backed Souths again at $5 (4 to 1) when Storm lead 10 nil. Against myself, I squared up at $1.55 on Storm at half time when 10 all. That left me winning on Souths, and breakeven on Melbourne. I watched the second half fairly forlorn. That is how I feel about this weekend, and that is how I feel TAB Sprtsbet have framed their markets. no risks. Patience is a virtue. As Pappy used to say Another Day.

    Happy Punting.

  3. March 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    My son and I play cards every now and then on Friday nights – lately he has taken to following the Betfair odds on live games we have playing in the background – honestly – he took all the fun out of playing cards and when it came to watching the game – whenever a team scored he was busy getting the latest odds to try and place a bet –

    I kidded him about trying to enjoy the game from a pure sport event – his team was playing and by the end of the game he was betting against his team. …

    If this is where sports entertainment is – leave me out of it thanks …

    Say no to live odds betting – it is ruining sport for what it really is – competition – what it has become is a competition for fans to find the best odds …

    Snoop Poop

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