Thursday, April 23, 2009

Round 7-NRL Preview

Broncos vs Eels

Despite falling off in the second half in their last two matches, they have still got away with wins. And will here as well against an Eels side in dissaray. Broncos have an established halves pairing- the Eels got rid of their playmaker!
Broncos by 15

Rabbitohs vs Sharks

Rabbitts backed up last weekend from monday night football and were lethargic because of it, despite being up against a resurgent Manly team. No such problem here though. Expect them to bounce back against cellar-dwellers, the Cronulla Sharks.
Sharks have not sorted out their attack and until they do, they will continue to struggle.
Rabbitohs by 6

Roosters vs Dragons

Roosters were unlucky against the Stacey Jones inspired Warriors last week, losing in golden point. They dominated the first half with some good precision football, but forgot to concentrate for eighty minutes. Their halves were good and Anasta has a point to prove to the NSW selectors who dumped him from the state of origin squad.
Dragons got run down in the second half by Newcastle last week. Jamie Soward seems to be prospering under Wayne Bennetts tutulege and gets better each week.
Home ground to win this.
Roosters by 2

Storm vs Warriors

The Storm have struggled this year on attack, and they are up against the one team in the comp who doesn't fear them at the graveyard, the Warriors. Brett Finch, it is said, will not play, but expect this to change.Storm backing up from Monday and not many teams win backing up from mnday night football.Warriors still missing McKinnon but Hohaia is an able backup there. Warriors, like the Storm are not at their best on attack, and need to find a way to set alight one of the better backlines in the competition.
Warriors by 4

Cowboys vs Sea Eagles

Manly were just finding form again with Brett Stewart back in the team. Well, no longer. Stewart is out for twelve weeks and this will once again set the Eagles back. This and the fact that the Cowboys are hard to beat at the home of humidity, lends itself to a cowboys victory.
Cowboys by 6

Raiders vs Bulldogs

Both teams are exceeding expectations. The raiders are always a threat on attack. If a team scores thirty against them, they don't mind. They'll simply score thirty-two. Who needs defence! It remains to be seen if the Bulldogs are the real deal this year.
Canberra at home to win this with dazzling attack.
Canberra by 8

Tigers vs Knights

Tigers have home ground advantage, but are backing up from playing the Storm on monday. Knights have scored good wins against the Dragons and Warriors and will be confident here.
Knights by 4

Panthers vs Titans

Titans are top of the table, and with the best denfensive record in the comp. They will need it here against a Panthers team that have attacking weapons to burn. Titans have been tough mentally, winning both their last two games in tight exchanges. Panthers were better last week than the scoreline suggested against the Broncos.
Panthers by 2

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