Well, it was another solid week on the rugbaleeg tips with 6/8, and at half time on Sunday afternoon, I figured the only game I was going to fail on was thanks to the Titans blowing a 22-0 start, which would’ve left me thinking about what could’ve been…..
Then the Dragons eased my fears by getting locked in the sheds at half time in Wollongong.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 34 defeated Canberra Raiders 20 – Correct
The Rabbits just had too many attacking options for the depleted Green Machine, and it’s becoming so tense in Canberra that even the Raiders wives are starting to question Ricky Stuart’s interchange decisions….
If they don’t sort things out soon, they’ll start entering 2006 Roosters territory of dysfunction, and if you know your history, Ricky met a very Sticky end that year.
Melbourne Storm 40 defeated Cronulla Sharks 14 – Correct
The Storm produce a thorough drum-lining of the Sharks.
Brisbane Broncos 36 defeated Gold Coast Titans 28 – Incorrect
This should be noted in recorded history an example of both coaches having THE EXACT SAME HALF TIME TALK…..
“How the hell could you give up 22 unanswered points!”
Anyway, you may or may not know by know, but Friday night now stands as the Broncos’ greatest comeback in their history, and who’d have thought after the opening 20 minutes that this downtrodden lot of donkeys would pull off what a huge chunk of those great Broncos teams couldn’t do, and that’s come back from 20 points down to win a game.
For the record, the previous greatest comeback was against the Raiders in Round 8 of 2006, when they came from 18-0 down to win 30-28, which just seems to be a classic case of Canberra Faders.
Penrith Panthers 28 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 16 – Correct
The Panthers may have won for the umpteenth time, but I think the Sea Eagles can take a few major positives away from this one.
Consider this – A month ago they lost 46-6 at home to the Panthers, and on Saturday, they only lost 28-16, in simple English, a pair of converted tries.
By this simple process, considering they slashed 28 points off the margin, they’ll knock off the Panthers by 16 points next time they play.
Parramatta Eels 32 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 10 – Correct
Brad Arthur has made Bryce Cartwright look like a rugbaleeg player again.
He should win Dally M Coach Of The Year for that bit of brilliance on its lonesome.
Sydney Roosters 38 defeated Newcastle Knights 4 – Correct
A 34-point win that was as shattering a feeling as a 34-point hammering.
Brett Morris, the greatest winger of his era, and the fourth-greatest tryscorer in First Grade history, has probably played his last game of rugbaleeg, and he didn’t get a big farewell game to properly end a great career, all he got was a buckled knee in the Hunter while his twin brother watched on and felt part of himself die inside as well.
What a shit ending… but unfortunately, not everyone gets a fairytale.
Oh, and apparently Lindsay Collins buckled his knee as well, so fair to say the Chooks have about as much chance of winning the premiership as a chicken has of surviving a year living with Colonel Sanders.
New Zealand Warriors 24 defeated North Queensland Cowboys 20 – Correct
Now, the Cowboys may have been done by the blinding start that the Warriors put on them, but I reckon the ‘Boys got the highlight of the game – Reece Robson selling the massive dummy half fake and scoring their opening try of the game.
He didn’t just sell a bit of candy, he sold the whole bloody shop, the franchise and the parent company.
Wests Tigers 16 defeated St George-Illawarra Dragons 8 – Incorrect
Unlike the Dragons, I’ve got 2 points to take away from this game:
The Tigers should have a Monday pub meeting every week, because it seems to work
Josh McGuire has not played in a winning team in 2021.