The round 11 power rankings will be the last power rankings posted until the end of the origin period as adjusting the rankings throughout the period would be pointless due to the inconsistent draw and teams being weakened.
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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 1st, This Week 1st
Ordinary loss to Cronulla which is also a massive disappointment as they now head into the origin period and will lose key players.

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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 3rd, This Week 2nd
Strong bounce back performance on the road against one of the best teams in the competition the Roosters. A strong kicking game was the catalyst in the win as Cronk, Smith and Widdop were outstanding of pinning the Roosters down into their 10m zone.

The win was also needed due to fact this part of year never goes well for Melbourne with their big 3 on origin duty and key additions Hoffman and O'neill also being selected.

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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 2nd, This Week 3rd
Finally were put to the test against a elite team of the competition and failed to live up to the game. A late try made the scoreline look a little better in their favour but none the less they were outplayed at home.

The Origin period won't be easy for the Roosters losing both their halves and Jennings who all play crucial rolls in this side, The loss against Melbourne should hopefully help the Roosters going forward as they know they need to improve to be a potential premiership winning side.

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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 4th, This Week 4th
Gutsy win against the Raiders and Manly have stamped their authority as the most physical side in the NRL, out of all the contending teams in the competition Manly always end up in a decent position through origin as they lose players which can be replaceable in this period.

Power Gap

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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 6th, This Week 5th
Great win against Souths and gave something Souths something to think about down the line as they are always competitive against them. Surely we are now justified when weeks ago when we said Cronulla are actually a better team without Gallen due to his nature of getting in the way of the sharks attack on 4/5th tackle.

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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 7th, This Week 6th
Fairly dominant win over the Broncos has the brought the Dogs back some respect after their poor performance the week before. The Dogs were looking to be in a good position for origin until the potential loss of Josh Reynolds came into to play.

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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 5th, This Week 7th
The Yo-Yo season that is the Newcastle Knights continues, the red arrow could become far more frequent now however with the news boyd and gidley will be out.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 8th, This Week 8th
Decent performance against Manly but should have capitalized on their opportunities and missed a real opportunity to get an away win against a top side of the competition.

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 11th, This Week 9th
Outstanding win against the Dragons and great performances from Luke Walsh and Kevin Kingston their two unwanted players really have this panthers side on a upward trend.

Ivan Cleary is surely one of the best and underrated coaches of the competition as he always gets great effort form his players.

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 9th, This Week 10th
When the Broncos play a decent side in this competition they fail to put up more than 18 points which unless you have an elite defence to rely on, it's not enough points to get wins week in and out.

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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 13th, This Week 11th
Great win against Parramatta but how much you can take out of it is highly questionable. A few more wins at home and the Titans could be playing September football again.

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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 10th, This Week 12th
The biggest disappointment of 2013 has to be the Cowboys, who on paper looked to have a decent team that could contend for the premiership. Letting James Segeyaro leave the club has to be one of the worst mistakes the club has made in a number of years as the club is really struggling to find a first grade quality hooker.

Their three best players are also now out due to origin, so the immediate future doesn't look up.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 12th, This Week 13th
Came back to earth on the weekend with a poor loss and it just went to show that you may have all the attacking weapons in the world but if you don't have quality players giving the ball to players in positions to succeed then your never going anywhere.

Nathan Fien definitely needs to go and to be quite honest as the Dragons really are not winning the competition this year they might as well remove Soward and give some young talent a go.


Power Gap

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 14th, This Week 14th
The whole side was disgraceful against the Titans bar Jarryd hayne who can only do so much with whats around him.

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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 15th, This Week 15th
Good win at home against the Knights but consistency has been a massive issue for this Warriors team who can easily give up when the chips are down.

The Warriors need to take advantage of the origin period and show a bit more before they advance up our ladder.

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West Tigers - Last Week 16th, This Week 16th
Good win against the Cowboys which we thought was a massive chance last week but still need to show more going forward to advance up our rankings.

The loss and heavy toll on Farah is something which will hurt the Tigers.

 
 
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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 1st, This Week 1st
Contested training session against the Tigers was just Souths going through the motions and being too classy for the opposition.

Souths upcoming draw is very favourable for them going into the origin season which see's their draw become extremely hard for the final five weeks of the season.

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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 3rd, This Week 2nd
Good win on the road against a Cowboys outfit that was desperate for the win. The top sides of the competitions win those tough gritty games on the road as it what separates having home advantage in the finals.

Interesting game at home against the Storm this weekend as the Roosters haven't been fully tested in 2013 and will need to win before origin starts.


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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 2nd, This Week 3rd
Two losses to two pack teams and a draw against Manly at home with the majority of the possession has the Storm slowly falling down the ladder.


Big game this weekend against the Roosters is crucial for the side needing a win before they lose the big three to origin.

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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 4th, This Week 4th
Great defensive effort by an understrength side against Melbourne. Deserved to take away some points in a record effort however the draw does them no favours with a 5 day turn around for the Raiders this week.

Power Gap

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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 8th, This Week 5th
A surprising performance by the Knights who turned around poor form to knock off the Bulldogs. The combination of Roberts and Mullen is starting to prove difficult to contain.

Should be able to sneak more wins over the origin period.

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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 9th, This Week 6th
Good win without Lewis and Gallen against the Raiders which was crucial for a side that may be without Lewis and Gallen and their play maker Carney.




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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 5th, This Week 8th
Extremely disappointing 2nd half against the Knights considering the team looked to be heading back to 2012 form over the past few weeks. The talent is there but the attitude is clearly not and the Dogs really lack an on field leader. You have to question the sides fitness as the forwards are looking slow right now.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 7th, This Week 9th
As we said last week people have short memories and that came true when the understrength Sharks ended the Raiders run of form. The Raiders fail to display any sort of consistency and without that can not be considering a premiership threat.

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 12th, This Week 10th
Great win without Hodges (who was having another registered day off) over the Titans, Grantvell had a great debut and with Baptiste out injured he should permanently have a spot on the bench in this side as he has more skill at hooker than Ben Hunt. I wouldn't get too carried away with the win though as the Titans were basically an opposed training session consider the penalty count and field position.

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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 6th, This Week 10th
Need to step up to the plate and deliver a win at home against the Roosters and failed to. Lacking plenty in attack and having to play Robert Lui is clearly not the answer, Matt Bowen clearly won't be there in 2014 and it will be interesting to see if they can get Thurston some real help in the halves/fullback when they have spent the majority of their money already.

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 13th, This Week 11th
A brilliant win over the Warriors and recent changes to the side really have the Panthers future looking brighter going forward. Isaac John was great outside of Luke Walsh who put together another good performances for the club that no longer wants him around.

The Panthers also have a great draw throughout the origin period and won't suffer through selection with Lewis/Jennings no longer at the club, Grant will be a chance of selection but can be replaced.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 15th, This Week 12th
Great debut for Dugan but how dependable he will be going forward is still questionable as whilst he will want to impress playing for a future contract, he is still an injury prone player who is capable of an off-field mistake.

A majority of people are jumping the band wagon too quickly as this Dragons team still isn't a premiership contender and beat up on a poor Parramatta side.

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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 11th, This Week 13th
Ordinary performance against the Broncos with a lack of discipline shown by the side. Albert Kelly was the only player looking threatening and putting in effort(other than Dave Taylor trying to take people's heads off)

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 15th, This Week 10th
Extremely poor against the Dragons even with Hayne trying his best to keep them in the game.

Regardless this is what we come to expect from this Parramatta side and another couple of bad performances will ensure another random win.

Power Gap

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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 14th, This Week 15th
Terrible performance against the Panthers would leave many Warriors fans lost for words as the Panthers showed the Warriors that if you turn up with a poor attitude any individual skill a player has means very little in the context of a game.

Thomas Leuluai needs to go, Shaun Johnson needs to play 5/8 with more room and they need a half back to give them direction around the park.

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West Tigers - Last Week 16th, This Week 16th
Disgraceful against the Bunnies but what else was expected? Adam Blair? dear oh dear

 
 
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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 2nd, This Week 1st
Another strong performance now moves the Rabbitohs as the hunted and no longer the hunter as they now hold 1st place on the ladder. Everingham being suspended should work out well as last week we said he can be a liability and there are players in the squad who can perform better.(Hunt/Farrell)

The only issue for Souths right now can be bench positions as Crocker's tough attitude and leadership he brings is too valuable to not be in the side come finals time. Lima also needs to be in the side as he is a better player than Clark.

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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 1st, This Week 2nd
Another down week for the Storm see's them falling off our top ranking for the 1st time in 2013. Whilst Bellamy is an outstanding coach surely it gets old for the players to be motivated after he consistently sprays you even if the side is winning.

The side is really missing Hinchcliffe right now who does the dirty work for Melbourne which really goes unnoticed and fits the Lowrie/Johnson mould of previous years.

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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 4th, This Week 3rd
Good win against an understrength Manly has the Roosters climbing the ladder this week, the side will miss JWH for the next 5 weeks which will hurt the strength of their pack. Maloney is performing at a Dally M level right now is about to guarantee Pearce gets picked in origin through his efforts in carrying him in 2013.

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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 3rd, This Week 4th
The Stewart injury will be costly going forward as Manly's attack relys on him running certain lines, so it will be interesting to see if they can adjust.

Manly are clearly in the top tier of the competition but they seem to lacking in attack and when the games been on the line in 2013 they have failed to land killer blows. Face a fired up Storm in Melbourne Monday night.

Power Gap

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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 8th, This Week 5th
Three weeks ago the Dogs were $15 and drifting in the premiership race according to many people and we said get on, they were value at that price and are now straight back into $8. Winning changes everything, people forget about the drama and whilst the Dogs are not playing at their best they are starting to click with the addition of Hodkinson and the big boys their attack looks immediately more dangerous.

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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 5th, This Week 6th
The 80th minute result did not reflect the game against the Rabbitohs as the Cowboys competed quite well and a few 50/50 calls went against them which could have changed the game. Their record in Sydney can not be overlooked.
The Cowboys will need to get every win they can before the origin period starts and they will push the Roosters back at home this weekend.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 9th, This Week 7th
Lets not have short memories as the Raiders were pummeled three weeks ago by the Cowboys but since then the Raiders have looked quite impressive. The Raiders will need to put it together for a while to change our opinion on them though as history says they are awfully inconsistent.

No shock without Croker they are a completely better side.

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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 6th, This Week 8th
Bennett has done an outstanding job from when he arrived to transform this top 8 side into a bottom 8 side playing an extremely boring Dragons 2010 brand of football with half the skill.

Tahu & Houston pay the price for some woeful defending and three straight losses looks on the cards as they meet the Bulldogs this weekend.


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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 10th, This Week 9th
Beat up on the Tigers last Friday night and run into the Raiders this weekend which should be an interesting match. Still playing Pomeroy/Morris has to be one of the worst coaching decision in 2013.

Lewis, Heighington and Graham are an extermely talented back row combination who can all play long minutes.

Power Gap

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 15th, This Week 10th
Great performance by Parramatta and more importantly Hayne showing form heading into the origin. Attitude has turned around and some young players are showing good signs of promise. Luke Kelly has great talent and one has to question what Stuart was doing with Ben Roberts the first seven weeks of the season.

Still it's hard to be excited about anything Parramatta do as they are just as likely to go out next week and get smashed by 30.

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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 13th, This Week 11th
Good win by the Titans against the Dragons but the Titans have just cemented them selves as a consistent member of the pack this year. The Titans are playing as a solid unit without anyone standing up at the moment. They will continue to beat bottom 6 sides however don't look a threat against the top echelon.

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 7th, This Week 12th
Bad loss to the Eels and it hardly comes as a surprise considering the Eels were able to put up more than 18 points (which the Broncos clearly can not do) This may be the worst broncos side to be ever put out on the paddock in the coming week.

What Parramatta see's in Norman is unbelievable as he is barely anything more than a reserve grader. Ben Hunt/Jordan Kahu should be in QLD cup and Brisbane boast the worst bench in the competition with Stagg/Anderson/Hala/J. Wallace/Dodds
 

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 14th, This Week 13th
Great win against Melbourne and Penrith are consistently putting in great efforts this year despite being without premiership winning talent.

The Side is clearly thriving with a genuine fullback now in Moylan and Luke Walsh has been outstanding despite being unwanted at the club.

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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 11th, This Week 14th
Another disappointing loss for the Warriors on the weekend who fail to put together 80 minute performance especially when they have leads.

Not much more can be said about the side as we are virtually reporting the same issues the Warriors have, although the Warriors are one side that will benefit form the origin period.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 12th, This Week 15th
Bad loss against the Titans has Josh Dugan making his debut for the Dragons this weekend which will make for interesting viewing. Dugan should improve the Dragons but whether he can stay fit and make a difference to their entire season is another thing.

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West Tigers - Last Week 16th, This Week 16th
Another terrible loss to the Sharks was disappointing as they should have lifted playing a team boasting a side full of ex-tiger players. Not sure how much you can take into account with the team list announcement of Benji being on the bench and Fulton starting.

Potter is under pressure and panic seem to set in with a lot with his coaching decisions as he has been extremely inconsistent with the side they put on the paddock which means he doesn't have a long term plan for the club right now.

 
 
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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 1st, This Week 1st
Disappointing performance against the Raiders but the Storm still hold the number one ranking on our list as they currently have the runs on the board. (Premiers and beat Souths 3 weeks ago) Justin O'neill has lost all form since returning from a broken jaw and has become a liability in defence and was close to the sole reason Melbourne lost. Junior Sau should return to the side based on current form.

The Storm also need more impact from their bench and are really suffering without Ryan Hinchcliffe.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 2nd, This Week 2nd
Playing at quite a high level right now but still failing to put together 80 minute performances. Andrew Everingham is a liability in both defence and against the high ball to the point surely Justin Hunt and Dylan Farrell are both better options.
Isaac Luke also has to be an 80 minute player at this point and for mine he is currently the 2nd best hooker in the NRL as whenever he goes off Souths go downhill. The issue relating to that is that Souths need to manage their interchanges better as playing Peats for 10 minutes is just a waste. Michael Croker must be close to a recall.


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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 3rd, This Week 3rd
Tough win against the Dragons with a depleted side and a mountain of possession against them. As with the elite sides in the competitions, Manly showed they can have down performances and still produce wins which is the difference between a top 4 spot and a 5-8 spot.

Brenton Lawrence has been outstanding this year and is a great addition to an often injury plagued pack. Outside of Watmough and Stewart Manly actually look in a good position to get through the origin period in a better shape than they normally do, especially with the addition of Tom Symonds and Justin Horo who have both been tremendous.

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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 4th, This Week 4th
Completed the job against Penrith who are clearly a far inferior side but it's still positive to see the Roosters putting together consistent performances as earlier in the year they were all over the place. The Roosters are possibly vulnerable during the origin period as they will be missing Pearce, Jennings and Maloney. It will be interesting to see how they perform down the back end of the season. Sonny Bill is unstoppable again!

Power Gap

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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 7th, This Week 5th
Moving up by default this week and the Cowboys clearly have plenty to work on if they want to contend this season. The forwards seem to be setting a solid platform right now but if Thurston doesn't create attacking opportunities the Cowboys will struggle to threaten any team. It's very easy to defend in the NRL if you know the ball is going to a certain player every time, the Cowboys need more from Matt Bowen.

Run into the Juggernaut that is Souths this weekend which could be a fork in their road, a win would bring huge confidence.

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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 5th, This Week 6th
Disappointing loss to the Sharks but boring Wayne Bennett sides always struggle against sides that love the tough grinding games. Regardless expect more of this from the Knights for the entire season as they will be fairly strong against the pack but a non-threat to the contenders.

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 6th, This Week 7th
The Brisbane Broncos downward spiral in attack can be traced all the way back to Yow-Yeh's injury as without Justin Hodges they can only score tries via kicking to the corners and hoping for the best. Any side that struggles to score more than 12 points is no threat to the competition and the pressure will start to grow on Griffen to produce results for a club with such a storied history.

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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 8th, This Week 8th
As we said throughout the season, the Dogs won't be going anywhere in 2013 as they have far too much talent in the squad to not make the finals. The return of Kasiano and the english pup couldn't have come at a better time when they ran into a West Tigers outfit really struggling to field a first grade side right now.

The 2012 grand finalists arrow is set to trend upwards and it will be boosted by the fact they will have limited representatives during the origin series.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 10th, This Week 9th
Great win against Melbourne and surely now that proves that Jarrod Croker shouldn't be in the side as he doesn't offer anything more than Wighton. The biggest problem for the Raiders though is failure to be consistent and as usual that means they are one of the hardest teams to judge in the NRL. Campese appears to be improving with more match fitness and Reece Robinson has confirmed everyone's thoughts that he is completely better than Josh Dugan.

Let see if this continue's though, it's just hard to trust the Raiders.

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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 12th, This Week 10th
Good win against the Knights but as we said last week, look at how much the Cronulla attack actually improved when Gallen went off injured. Carney had more control of the game and picked his spots correctly which ended up being the biggest difference in the sides.

I'd play De Gois for 80 minutes instead of Morris, he just speeds up the speed of the game and gets the forwards over the advantage line better than Morris does(he did in 2012 as well) The only other issue with Cronulla is their outside backs but they seem content to playing Pomeroy and co.

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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 13th, This Week 11th
Solid win against the Titans but almost threw it away as we expected they couldn't repeat their performance/effort of the previous week. Leulaui must stand for liability in Maori as I have no clue how he is playing in the NRL.

Run into a Dogs side at they wrong time but if they can produce their best they will be competitive.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 11th, This Week 12th
Outclassed against Manly but put up a brave performance, still don't think their is enough talent in the side to compete this year but they have separated themselves from the bottom of the pack for now.

It will be interesting to see whether Dugan plays fullback or five eight when he arrives as I suspect he will play fullback but he would probably be a better fit in the 6 jersey as Nightingale has been solid at fullback and Fien struggles to be creative in the halves.

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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 9th, This Week 13th
Tough loss to the Warriors but a mere reality that they aren't a threat to the competition even though after 3 weeks they had some people believing. The loss of Harrison is showing that it is a big problem as he is mister fix it covering up for the sides mistakes in defence.

Interesting game this weekend against the Dragons, both sides will be desperate for the win and loss means the Titans could start falling behind the pack in 2013.

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 14th, This Week 14th
Showed some positive signs in the first half but just didn't have enough talent to go with the premiership contending roosters.

Lewis Brown needs to play in the backrow as he doesn't have enough to pace to be a threat in the centre's.

The side runs into Melbourne at a bad time.

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 15th, This Week 15th
Strong performance against the Cowboys but knowing this Eels side that will translate into a 30 point loss against the Broncos this weekend.

No shock that the side improves when Ben Roberts is dropped.

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West Tigers - Last Week 16th, This Week 16th
Terrible against the Bulldogs but should bounce back strong in the tiger cup against all the former Tigers players now playing for the sharks.

Benji is still the games most overrated player who is living off his flick pass in 2005 and the Tigers as club that is now instantly dismissing young players like Miller to England rather than developing them, makes it easy to see where the clubs going wrong.

 
 
The power rankings return this week with plenty of points to be made but we will start with an interesting thought about the current state of attack in the NRL.

It's highly debatable right now relating to teams that have the elite 2nd Rowers and lock Forwards  with the possibility that they are actually startling their attack rather than improving it. We will use the Sharks who's roster includes hard working origin star Paul Gallen for this theory. Now whilst Gallen dominates in the metre's gained and hit up stats, it's his involvement in the attack from within the oppositions 30 metre line that is the real problem. Gallen gets in the way of the backs and prevents the halves from moving the ball to players who are in one on one situations. When he gets the ball he doesn't run the lines nor have the ball skill to create mismatches for the defence.

Other clubs that have similiar issues are the Broncos with Corey Parker and Manly with Watmough who are big yard gainers and whilst can offload the footy, they still prevent the backs from playing what's in front of them.

Looking at the NRL competition right now two teams stand above all right now and that's the Melbourne Storm and Souths Sydney Rabbitohs who both play a style of football where their 2nd rowers stay wide run the same line where they either get ball or are the decoy runner for the outside backs to create overlaps. The Roosters are another team that can be put easily into this category with SBW and Aubussen both running key lines for Jennings and Kenny-Dowell to get the rewards.

There is certainly a roll for these hard worker players in the game however it club needs to learn how to best utilise these players in attacking situation. I enjoyed the use of Sam Thaiday on the weekend for the Broncos vs the Tigers where Thaiday would stand flat with the dummy half attract two defenders then push the ball straight out behind him to a sweeping Wallace or Prince which would give the back line space and momentuem. Watch for more points to come from this commencement of the attack.

None the less this is all just one thing to consider right now, the game changes year to year and to be successful you need to keep up with the trends.

Now onto the power rankings.
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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 1st, This Week 1st
Tested by the Warriors but came through in the end, the Storm appear to only play as well as they need to get the job done as they never seem to blow away teams but just lift their game when needed.

As we keep saying our questions about the Storm will come post-origin.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 3rd, This Week 2nd
It's amazing how far this team has come and how quickly they have adapted to the challenges in front of them. Friday nights game was a war in which previous Souths teams would have failed under the pressure but you can tell the game against Melbourne two weeks ago really has this team hungry for more success.

Reynolds kicking game was poor on Friday night which will have to lift as the season continues and it was really pleasing to see Sutton running the ball as we have been crying out for it.

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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 2nd, This Week 3rd
As mentioned above their were some worrying signs in attack on Friday night, whilst Souths defence was strong the Sea Eagles failed to throw many threatening plays at them.

Regardless Manly are still a premiership contender in this competition and once Glenn Stewart gets some match fitness into him they will be hard to stop.

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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 4th, This Week 4th
Highly impressive against the Dragons but it should have been expected as the Dragons are not up to the Roosters standard. Right now the Roosters look to be one of the best teams in the competition, the worrying signs are the fact they have random lapses against teams they should be clearly superior than.

It's debatable if a side that has Mitchell Pearce as their halfback can win the comp and looking over history Pearce's quality form has been questionable as he has only looked good with a dominant five eight.(Carney/Maloney)

Power Gap

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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 5th, This Week 5th
Good performance but against an injury riddled Titans outfit doesn't prove much, no surprise as we said last week that the side would improve with the addition of Gagai a genuine centre in the side and we were right.

Consistent and look like they are on their way to a 5-8 finals berth but don't seem to be a legitimate threat to the premiership.
 

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 6th, This Week 6th
Probably the most disappointing winner of the weekend as the Broncos were poor against a Tigers side that was struggling with injuries. Justin Hodges is playing outstanding right now (although apparently never trains anymore)

If they play the same way against Souths they could lose by 40 as their attack still a work in progress and their defence can often open up with ease.

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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 7th, This Week 7th
As we said last week the team would benefit from the break and they put together a solid performance that saw Lui's cousin collect the cash. Things are finally starting to click for the Cowboys and Morgan looks to be the best option to partner Thurston going forward.


Off field issues could cause the club the biggest headaches in the coming weeks as many players will be deeply affected by last weeks tragic loss.

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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 10th, This Week 8th
As we have been saying the talent is there and the Dogs are finally starting to get a full squad together. They were not impressive against the Sharks but getting the win was the most important thing for the Dogs as winning takes all the off field pressure away.

The favourable draw combined with the return of jaws this weekend for the Bulldogs should see their bandwagon start to grow again over the next few weeks. I expect them to have little involvement in state of origin which should see some easy wins against depleted sides.

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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 8th, This Week 9th
The Titans are coming back to reality after their decent start to the year and are really struggling in the injury department. The creative Srama and workhorse Harrison being out will really hurt this side.

If the Warriors play to the level they showed against the Storm the Titans are in trouble.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 9th, This Week 10th
Bad loss to the Cowboys has Campese straight back into the starting side this weekend, but it's questionable whether that will be good enough for the Raiders to be competitive. The rule for the Raiders at the moment is back at home back against away.

It's hard to see them challenging the premiers but stranger things have happened as they flogged Melbourne on the road last year.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 11th, This Week 11th
Thrashed by the Roosters and really came back to earth after those three straight wins. How Nathan Fien is still the halfback is beyond belief as whilst Soward isn't playing well he is doing everything for this side in attack and is unable to play his game because of it.

Don't like their chances against Manly this weekend but it helps them that Manly went through a physical war.

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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 14th, This Week 12th
Most likely the best "loser" of the weekend, the Sharks are playing competitive football but don't offer enough in attack, so when teams can score 18+ against them they fail to match them.

As we said above not only is Gallen a potential problem with their attack, the Sharks outside backs are close to the worse in the competition and completely rely on Carney putting them over the line.

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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 13th, This Week 13th
Outstanding against the Storm but how much we can take from that is debatable as they always put up strong performances against the Storm.

Surely they have someone better than Leuluai in their squad who can focus on giving the Warriors some direction in general play.This would allow the possibility of playing Shaun Johnson at five eight and allow him to play wider with more freedom of running the ball without the pressure of controlling the game.

They run into the Titans at the right time and should get off the bottom of the ladder this weekend.

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 16th, This Week 14th
Outstanding win against Parramatta and whilst it's only the Eels it's nice to see the Panthers side be reward for the consistent effort they are putting into games. Moylan looks to be a nice find at fullback which has allowed Whare to return to the centre position in which he is far stronger.

Segeyaro is making the Cowboys regret not signing him as he is playing outstanding right now and alongside fellow bench player Adam Docker they are providing a future Panthers fans can get excited about.

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 12th, This Week 15th
Terrible performance against the Panthers has finally resulted in Ricky Stuart dropping Ben Roberts(what took you so long?) Whilst Hayne is struggling right now he is playing behind one of the worst forward packs in the competition and both him and Sandow need to play off 2nd phase for the Eels to be a threat in attack.

Regardless when Parramatta look down they somehow turn it around and can produce a random win or two.

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West Tigers - Last Week 15th, This Week 16th
We tossed up whether the Tigers should be last in the power ranking as they are hardly the worst roster in the NRL but with so many injuries to their current side it's hard to see things turning around in the immediate future.

Finally Miller gets recalled to the side as he was so easily dismissed 4 weeks into the season and his combination with Sironen should be interesting to watch. The outside backs problem at the Tigers is a major issue, Utai, Reddy and Thompson are massive liabilities as in 2013 you need to have outside backs with speed and the ability to contest the ball in the air.

 
 

Current Market According to Tab

The Teams

Melbourne - $3.50 - Terrible unders and a big risk to take the money now as no side has gone back to back since the Broncos did it in the early 90's. You're basically taking $3.50 that Slater, Cronk and Smith will stay injury free for the rest of the season and the ironic thing is you would get close to $3.50 just backing them in the three finals game.

Souths - $5.50 - Slightly under at this stage and not worth touching until post origin, Inglis having injuries that keep him out a few times a year is becoming a concern. Another team to sit on until origin is over.

Manly - $6.00 - Best price of the top 3 contenders and will likely shorten if they get over Souths this weekend, it's still to early to take short prices but if there's one team to consider it's Manly.

Roosters - $7.00 - Have been the movers in the market so far this season and if you havn't gotten on at any mark above $10 then you will have to wait and see how this team goes through the origin period, with both Maloney and Pearce likely for Origin expect the Roosters to bounce around the ladder and the price to get more attractive.

Newcastle - $13.00 - I would say Newcastle are a touch overs right now as at their best they look to be a lock for the top eight, regardless they still are not a betting option.

Bulldogs - $15.00 - The potential and talent is there for the Bulldogs, they just need to put it together on the field. They have only lost to last years top 5 + this years new threat the Roosters and at their current price are worth a nibble.

Canberra - $17.00 - The biggest under the odds team in the market right now, Canberra are a terrible inconsistent side that still hasn't shown it can beat a contending team at all.

Cowboys - $17.00 - At their best they are over the odds as it's hard to see a side that has Thurston combined with a big pack and multiple attacking threats not at least make the eight/final six.

Brisbane - $21.00 - Probably the right price, it's hard to see the Broncos winning the title but history says they are always a chance.

Cronulla - $34.00 - Currently the biggest over the odds side within the Market, if they lose to the Dogs they could possibly drift further but if Carney stays fit combined with a strong pack the side is very capable of making the eight. (You can get $3.15 for the sharks to make the eight)

Dragons - $41.00 three wins in a row has them currently under the odds to win the premiership, they just lack the talent and better attacking players in the key positions to be a real contender.

Eels - $101.00 - Under the odds, unless Hayne 09 magically turns up.

Tigers - $101.00 - Probably over the odds at this stage but still not worth taking a chance on as Benji has yet to shown anything close to his best this season.

Warriors - $151.00 - Accurate although there shouldn't be $134 between them and the Raiders who they almost beat in Canberra.

Penrith - $251.00 - Accurate, not enough talent to compete at this stage.




 
 
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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 1st, This Week 1st
Fantastic win against the bunnies in what was a high quality game, Widdop was outstanding for the team and the addition of Waqa replacing Duffie has fixed the teams right side defensive issues.

For now the Storm juggernaut rolls on but it's a long season and whether or not things will be in the same in round 20+ is another question, how the superstars pull up post origin will be the key.

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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 3rd, This Week 2nd
A solid win against the Sharks but should have closed the game out when they had the opportunity. Manly are looking quite strong right now and will likely head into the representative season in the best shape they have been in.
The Upcoming clash against Souths will be interesting with both sides having plenty of time to prepare.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 2nd, This Week 3rd
High quality loss to the Storm will serve them better in the long run but they still have lot of work to do if they want to be a threat in September.

Michael Crocker needs to be in the side somewhere as he always shines in big games and brings toughness to the forward pack. Sutton needs to use his size more as the biggest five eight in the competition he needs to take on the defensive line more often. The upcoming game against Manly is a must win to keep the confidence high.


Power Gap

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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 7th, This Week 4th
At their best the Roosters seem capable of taking down anyone in the competition but so far this year they have failed to put together back to back consistent performances. SBW is playing outstanding right now and the addition of James Maloney has this team back in premiership contention.

Should win the next two games going forward than play Manly/Cowboys/Melbourne in three consecutive weeks which will be a test to see where this team is at.


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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 6th, This Week 5th
Underachieving right now in the eyes of the general public and look to be struggling for depth with playing Tahu and McKinnon in the centre's right now, when Bennett brings his men it often gets overlooked that he easily discards players he doesn't like as Junior Sa'u is thriving at Melbourne and is an improving on the current pairing.

Should have put away the Panthers and need to start stringing wins together so they head into the origin period in good shape as they will likely be without a few key players.

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 8th, This Week 6th
I'd like to know what was said during half time of the game against Melbourne as since then the Broncos have put together 5 solid halves of football. Prince has become a massive liability in defense as the Cowboys nearly stole the game through him and it will interesting to see what the Broncos do about it.

Off the field it's seems the Broncos are in the Market for anybody and everybody right now which says something about a club that had a dominate control of recruitment in Queensland and produce their own talent.

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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 5th, This Week 7th
Should have probably won against the Broncos but failed to take the opportunities in front of them and whilst Kostjasyn is an improve at dummy-half he is still not a genuine threat.

Definitely a team that will benefit from the Anzac break as they can work on forming combinations and getting Bowen and other key members back to health. The Cowboys play the Raiders and Eels so should start climbing the ladder over the next 3 weeks.

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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 9th, This Week 8th
Great fightback to defeat the Eels on Sunday and the Titans are currently the overachievers of the NRL as their doing enough to win games but really don't have a good enough team to compete for the title this year. As we said last week the Titans are currently playing too many players out of position as well as playing the turnstile that is Steve Michaels.

The Titans draw has been very favorable to them early and will get tough post origin 2 which should see the Titans struggle late.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 10th, This Week 9th
Got out of jail against the Warriors and have failed to put together a decent first half this year. The Return of Campese was a success and with the weeks break we should see the return of Campese to the starting line up with McCrone likely moving the the dummy-half role.

The next five weeks should see the Raiders inconsistency continue as they lose the games they should win and win the games no one see's them having any chance in.

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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 4th, This Week 10th
Some people think the Bulldogs should be lower, but I dare you to say their draw hasn't been tough.(Storm/Manly/Souths/Cowboys last years top 5 & the highly rated Roosters) The talent is still there with this side and if they can get things right off the field, the talent will prevail on the field as Hasler is too good of a coach for this side to just fade out of contention.

Their draw is starting to turn around and all it takes is a win to bring confidence back to a football team.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 13th, This Week 11th
A good win against the Benji-less Tigers has the team on a roll and playing with some pride. The Dragons really don't have enough points in them to hang with the best teams in the competition and whilst they have been playing fairly well it's hard to see them continuing the streak as they lack talent and creativity.

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 11th, This Week 12th
Just when you think Parramatta look like they can produce good performances they go on to lose games when their up by 16. The forwards don't lay a good enough platform for Hayne and Sandow to play off and we will continue to say it every week... DROP Ben Roberts, he belongs in NSW Cup.

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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 12th, This Week 13th
Should have beaten the Raiders which was on of those make or break season games for the Warriors as they fail to get many wins in Australia and these losses really cost the Warriors a chance at making the eight

On paper there's enough talent for the Warriors to win games with the expect of Thomas Leuluai but as with any Matthew Elliot coach side you can hardly expect eye raising performances.

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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 14th, This Week 14th
Showed some heart against Manly and will take some confidence going into their next games. The Azanc week break should bring the return of Carney which will give the Sharks every opportunity to return to the top eight and to what many people were expecting of the Sharks Preseason.

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West Tigers - Last Week 15th, This Week 15th
Disappointing against the Dragons and I fail to see the logic of not developing the young players with Jacob Miller still being snubbed from first grade. Braith Anasta on the back end of his career hardly provides anything more than a talented rookie can, so why not give a guy the opportunity.

1. Tedesco 6. Sironen 7.Miller while Benji is injured.

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 16th, This Week 16th
What more can we say? The Panthers lack talent to be competitive in 2013, but are showing a good attitude to show fans something for the future. Luke Walsh returning to the First grade side was a good sign, Blake Austin should be given an opportunity to play as a ball playing lock. Whare lacks talent to be a fullback and Mansour should be given the opportunity when he returns from his injury.

 
 
The Power rankings return for another week and they return after a week of upsets which has seen after the top three teams (Melbourne, Souths & Manly) the rest are a interchanging pack that can lose to anyone at anytime. Now lets get to the teams...
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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 1st, This Week 1st
From the outside looking in the Storm are not currently playing their best but are showing that they are a class above the competition right now and they just have a winning culture about them. Sisa Waqa was outstanding against the Tigers and as we said last week Bellamy has quickly fixed the right side defense by dropping Matt Duffie.

The stage is set with the clash against the Rabbitohs this weekend and the clash will tell us all about the Storm's back to back premiership credentials.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 2nd, This Week 2nd
Continuing to get the job done week by week but have also failed to put together a consistent 80 minute performance as they should have put the Warriors away last weekend. If they have 15 minute lapses against the Storm they will be punished

Right now this match is aiming to be one of the matches of the season, lets hope it lives up to the hype.

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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 3rd, This Week 3rd
Outstanding against the Bulldogs and appear to be back in 2011 form, Manly have reloaded in the depth department and have clearly had a strong off season and it appears to be paying off for them. Manly's spine has to be one of the best in the competition, both halves are firing and Brett Stewart keeping out of injury trouble has been key for this side.

Matt Ballin also deserves some credit as he is often overlooked in this star studded side, none the less Ballin gets this forward pack over the advantage line.

Power Gap

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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 4th, This Week 4th
Some would say this is way to high to rate the Bulldogs who still only have one win at this stage of the season. Though looking at the Dogs draw they have lost to the three class teams of the competition and their other loss was to the Cowboys who are rated highly by some at the time. As we've been saying it's not time to panic yet as the Dogs have just been unlucky with injuries and suspension.

The big Sonny Bill showdown needs to ignite the dogs this week otherwise a drop is on the cards.

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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 10th, This Week 5th
Finally, is all i can say. We've been waiting to see the Cowboys show a glimpse of their best and whilst it was only against the Panthers, expect the Cowboys to get a roll on and make there way up the competition ladder.

Expect a bold showing in a derby grudge match against the Broncos.


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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 6th, This Week 6th
Disappointing loss against the Dragons just as the Knights were starting to find their feet in the competition, The Alex McKinnon & Timana Tahu center combination is a worry as both lack genuine speed and will likely be found out in defence. For a master coach Wayne Bennett is making some rookie errors.

Knights should bounce back this weekend against Penrith but the side needs to show more consistency away from home.

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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 7th, This Week 7th
The Money-Bill Williams hype train was derailed against Canberra which left us wondering how good is this Roosters side? Mitchell Pearce is one of the most overrated players in the competition, how NSW can even consider picking him is beyond comprehension.

The clash against the Bulldogs will be interesting as the Bulldogs will be desperate to get the win. The roosters are yet to defeat a side who has played at a high level.

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 9th, This Week 8th
The building we saw against Melbourne translated as they handled the Titans on the weekend and now look on track to win the Queensland derby. Andrew McCullough is still an issue at dummy half as he fails to move to ball and similar thoughts of Corey Parker, although he is a hit up machine he tends to get in the way of the Brisbane attack and fails to offload the ball.

The Broncos should play more 2nd phase football, keep the ball alive rather than boring one out hit ups which are easily contained.

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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 5th, This Week 9th
The down performance most of us saw coming, the Titans were brought back to reality against the Broncos. The Titans were without Aiden Sezer and his value was there to be seen with the side looking rudderless at times.

I have a massive concern about any side that can't find an outside back better than Steve Michaels.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 14th, This Week 10th
Showed a lot of heart to comeback against the Roosters to put a win on the board. Terry Campese returning on the bench is interesting and makes for a dilemma as what to do with McCrone and Williams in the future.

Will need to back the Roosters performance up with a win at home against the Warriors, but knowing the Raiders this is a game they could lose.

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 15th, This Week 11th
Brought some self respect back to the club with a win over the Sharks, but the Sharks attack without Carney was hardly threatening. The Eels will have to show something again as they go on the road to play the Titans whether or not they can is still a mystery.

How... just how... is Ben Roberts playing first grade.

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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 13th, This Week 12th
Fought back strongly against Souths and now starting to show a bit of potential, the Warriors need to get back to moving the football around with some 2nd phase play. I'd like to see Shaun Johnson take on the line more as he can get stuck into constantly throwing cut out balls, Kevin Locke also needs to back his forwards up more regular and play off the back of Feleti Mateo.
Mateo looks ready to expload with more gametime on the cards, keep a watch on the Warriors.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 16th, This Week 13th
Two wins in a row for the Dragons has the team heading in the right direction, but whether or not they can sustain it is another thing. Gerald Beale injury may be costly as whilst Nightingale is solid at fullback, he is still out of position and brings Vidot in as an defensive liability.

Every chance to take out the Tigers this weekend if they can repeat their performance against the Knights.

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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 8th, This Week 14th
Disappointing against the Eels and the Sharks may carry the least threatening back line in the league, especially win they don't have Carney to put them into holes. I disagree with the decision to play John Morris ahead of Isaac De Gois who was one of their better players in 2012.

The ASADA drama looks to be taking its toll and this could turn into a rebuilding year very quickly with big news expected in the next month.

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West Tigers - Last Week 11th, This Week 15th
Put together a solid 55 minutes against the Storm, but failed to stay in the game till the end. The side currently has too many players playing out of position as Anasta is no longer a genuine halves player and Tedesco constantly misused on the wing. Now with Marshall out you would hope they would bring Miller back into the halves to give the kid more experience and let him play a more traditional halfback role but I think they will head down the road of playing Moltzen at half back as the pressure to play Tedesco at fullback is building(as it should)

It will be interesting to see with Benji out whether or not this will force them to play more direct rather than the usually side to side we are accustom to. Robbie Farah continues to impress and has taken his game up a level in 2013.

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 12th, This Week 16th
To no surprise the panthers are at the very bottom of the power rankings after another disappointing performance. As said last week whilst he was under performing Luke Walsh is still the best option for this side at halfback. Blake Austin should take the role of a ball playing lock to provide another attacking threat in the side.

The Panthers should turn it around this weekend and show some pride against the Knights but it's hard to see the side pulling out a win. Clint Newton, Nigel Plum & David Simmons would benefit from the cold weather in northern England and should probably start thinking about it.

 
 
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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 1st, This Week 1st
Should have blown away the Broncos when up by 16, the right side defense that shut down the Bulldogs premiership aspirations was disgraceful when Hoffman virtually walked in for three tries, but for anyone to say Melbourne have been found out 4 games into the season would be an over reaction as Bellamy will fix this issue as soon as possible.

The Storm appear to be below full strength right now and just doing enough to win games, the round 6 clash against Souths should be an interesting and important game to see where both teams are.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 2nd, This Week 2nd
Too classy for an understrength Bulldogs side that lost Ennis during the game. As a side I believe Souths fail to run enough back line movements close to the line that enable Inglis to be in a one on one situation(as he is virtually unstoppable) Josh Sutton should also take on the line more as he is the biggest five eight in the competition and doesn't use that too his advantage enough.

As said above the upcoming clash against the Storm will be interesting to see if Souths are capable of taking the next step in becoming the premiership threat.

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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 5th, This Week 3rd
Strong rebound game against the Tigers was picked by us as the best bet of the weekend, Manly are proving again that they are genuine threat to the premiership and are still understrength with an important asset in Glenn Stewart still to return. Both Justin Horo and Tom Symonds are proving to be two of the better buys for the season with strong showings in the first 4 rounds.

Cherry-Evans and Foran are in career best form and are proving to be the best halves combination int he league. The game against the Bulldogs will be interesting as the Bulldogs proved they were a class above the Sea Eagles in 2012.

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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 3rd, This Week 4th
The Bulldogs showed patches of 2012 in their loss to Souths on the weekend and just appear to be having luck turned against them in 2013 as they seem unable to get a full strength side on the field. Barba appeared to be out of timing against Souths but will return to his best with more match fitness. As said in the previous week a tough draw is ahead of the dogs but after that you can only see this team as a genuine threat.

The Inu suspension will hurt the Bulldogs especially this weekend against class center's Lyon and Matai.

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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 6th, This Week 5th
The Titans for the first time in their history are displaying a commitment in defense which no one saw coming into the season. The draw is set nicely for the Titans as their next 7 out of 8 opponents all have 1 win from 4 games and only the Knights appear to be a genuine threat if they hold their current form. None the less that's a big if, history suggest the Titans will drop off and a danger game against big brother(Broncos) could be the game.

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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 7th, This Week 6th
Starting to click into gear and play Bennett ball with the win over the Raiders, Beau Scott's injury will be a costly loss for the next 3 months, Tyrone Roberts is playing himself into a genuine halfback and the selection to play Gidley at hooker with Buderus on the bench will prove to be the right one.

The Knights appear to be one of the most consistent teams in the competition that look destined to finish 4-6.

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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 8th, This Week 7th
Impressive win over the Eels was everything we wanted to see from the Roosters but how much stock we can put into a win over Parramatta is still to be seen. James Maloney again proving a great cover up for Mitchell Pearce's lack of skill. SBW is improving every week and their quick backline is proving hard to stop.

The match against the raiders this week will show whether or not they are improving or just another member of the pack.

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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 4th, This Week 8th
Disappointing loss against the Dragons and with Carney now out for two weeks the short term future of the Sharks looks bad. Letting the Dragons score 25 points against any side let alone one that has shown the ability to grind out 12-10 defensive battle wins is just terrible. Chad Townsend will be looking to put in good performances whilst Carney is out to try and claim the halfback job from Jeff Robson.

Danger game this weekend for the Sharks with the Eels likely to bounce back with a strong performance and bringing Nathan Stapleton into the side doesn't fix the Sharks outside back issues.

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 13th, This Week 9th
The best of the losing bunch this weekend, the 2nd half revival from the Broncos was unexpected and showed with that kind off effort the Broncos can be competitive this year. I still believe the decision to not go after Dugan may be a foolish one... if your willing to look past all his problems to begin with, why would his online embarrassment scare you off? wouldn't you sign him and then claim to get him some help?

Regardless they will need to show something against the Titans this weekend which may be tough without Sam Thaiday.

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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 9th, This Week 10th
Losing to the Warriors when up 12-0 is quickly making the Cowboys the biggest flop of the year, their draw suggests they should quickly comeback into contention throughout the next 5 weeks. The lack of a genuine nrl hooker seems to be Cowboys biggest downfall right now and suggestions to look towards someone who should be in jail (Lui) should be ignored as he is no solution.

Taumalolo returning to the bench is the best team change with the cowboys made between rounds as he needs to be used in a limited minutes impact roll. As we said last week though, it's still not time to panic a win this weekend will get the Cowboys back on track.

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West Tigers - Last Week 10th, This Week 11th
Big loss to the Sea Eagles wasn't a surprise, the bigger disappointment in this side has to be the fact they have dumped Jacob Miller so quickly and have replaced him with Braith Anasta who lets be honest has no reason to be playing in the halves of any side.

Benji Marshall has to be one of the most overpaid and overrated players in the competition, at his best he can be brilliant but at his consistent and disappointing normal self he doesn't get involved enough by playing far too wide from the ruck. When he does gets his hands on the ball both him and the Tigers attack goes to sideways, we said it last week and so we say it again this week... can Tedesco play fullback yet?

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 12th, This Week 12th
It's hard to to be surprised with the Panthers this year, the lack of talent in the side is alarming. Whilst Luke Walsh was under performing bringing in Blake Austin to play out of position at halfback is not the answer(especially partnered with Tom Humble who isn't a genuine five eight)

Hard to see where the Panthers next win is coming, the effort is currently there but with the lack of wins, it won't take long for the effort to drop off.

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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 15th, This Week 13th
An outstanding win for the warriors returning from 12-0 down to bring some confidence back into the team. No surprise the win comes when the Warriors finally decide to play a genuine hooker in Nathan Friend and to be fair returning Elijah Taylor to his rightful position was also needed. The Warriors halves combination is troubling though, Johnson lacks experience and Leuluai is a sub par player who fails to play smart football.

A strong performance may be enough to trouble the Rabbitohs at home, but whether they can produce that over 80 minutes is questionable.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 14th, This Week 14th
Returned to earth with the loss against Newcastle and now it makes you wonder how they really made that run in 2012 to even make to the 2nd week of the finals. The Raiders are also a side that lacks the skill of a genuine nrl hooker which is needed if your going to get a big & slow forward pack over the advantage line.

The Raiders are just a wait and see side at this stage, I highly doubt Campese will make much of a difference but regardless we won't know till he returns.

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 11th, This Week 15th
Round 1 was a long time ago for Parramatta as they have no returned back into their spoon contending selves, the eels played one of the worst games of football in the last three years on Monday and it's questionable how much this side can improve off that.

Can someone please explain how the Eels are playing Ben Roberts? surely they have someone who can take his spot on the bench. Whilst Luke Kelly isn't a great first grade footballer taking him off for a below par New South Wales cup player isn't the answer.

I expect the Eels to bounce back with some respect against the Sharks.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 16th, This Week 16th
A good win for the Dragons to provide them with some self respect this year, but did they show enough to suggest they will be winning more games in the future? and how much improvement do they have in them? You can make a case that the Sharks would have had a chance to win the game if Carney didn't go off.

Nathan Fien shouldn't be playing halfback in any side and in 2013 it's important to have a great fullback in your side which Beale really doesn't appear to be.

The Dragons will be keen to show a good performance this weekend against uncle Wayne and part of the 2010 premiership side.



 
 
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Melbourne Storm - Last Week 1st, This Week 1st
As we said last week the game against the Dogs was always going to be close with the limited preparation prior to the game. The Storm are likely going to punish the Broncos this weekend on the back of there first decent break between games this year.

Tohu Harris continues to impress as a rookie and the additional form shown by Hinchcliffe has really helped the side who are without Kevin Procter right now. Cooper Cronk has to be the most in form player of the competition right now and with that the Storm look to stay as the bench team pre-origin.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs - Last Week 2nd, This Week 2nd
Extremely disappointing giving up 32 points in defence on the weekend which has to be Mcguire's main concern going forward with this side. Big game this weekend against the Dogs will be interesting to see where the Rabbits really are this season.

The leaving out of Asotasi was a big decision but a decent one as he looks to be not up to first grade standards right now. I'm also unsure on why Isaac Luke doesn't get more game time, Luke is probably the 2nd/3rd best hooker in the game who gets the big Souths forward pack on a roll and whenever he is taken out of the game Souths generally stumble.

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Canterbury Bulldogs - Last Week 5th, This Week 3rd
As we figured last week the dogs would put a spirited showing against the Storm and now the arrow appears to be only trending upwards for the club with the pending return of Ben Barba.

How Keating is still in the side would be my only concern for the Bulldogs, It's painful to see Josh Reynolds playing really well with limited support.

The next three out of four weeks will be tough with games against Souths, Manly and Cronulla but after those games the dogs will likely be heading into the origin time of the year in a fairly strong position.

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Cronulla Sharks - Last Week 7th, This Week 4th
The sharks are likely going to be one of the more consistent teams in the competition this year, due to the fact the sharks have a well rounded team and one of the best back rows in the competition. Micheal Gordon is proving to be one of the buys of the year so far and looks to be making up for the creativity Robson doesn't provide.

The sharks will face major issues against certain teams this year when they come against teams with strong centre/wing combinations that can put points together as Cronulla's outside backs are substandard.



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Manly Sea Eagles - Last Week 3rd, This Week 5th
Disappointing against the Gold Coast as you just gave them the victory in the end, but to be quite honest this is what you are. Manly often lose their games to teams that shouldn't really test them and than produce dominant performances against the top sides of the competition.

Manly look like a team who will float around the 3-5 spots all year, Glen Stewarts return still unclear.


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Gold Coast Titans - Last Week 8th, This Week 6th
I was reluctant to give the side credit last week but this week you deserve to be the most talked about team in Queensland. Srama and a big in size forward pack are making you a hard side for most teams to deal with and whilst you were probably the better side against Manly however with inexperienced halves struggled to close the game out.  

In all likely-hood the Titans will come back to the pack, but no one had them winning 2/3 and just losing the 3rd game coming into the season so congrats.

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Newcastle Knights - Last Week 9th, This Week 7th
Impressive in blowing out the Cowboys says good things are in the future of the club. In my opinion I would keep Tyrone Roberts in the halves and I pursue the option of having Kurt Gidley play at hooker, the speed of the game in 2013 has quickened so much to the point if your not playing a dummy half who is mobile and can get the forwards going over the advantage line then your at a disadvantage.

The next four games will show whether or not they are a top 4 possibility or a 6-10 side.



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Sydney Roosters - Last Week 10th, This Week 8th
one of the hardest teams to judge so far in 2013, we can't really put any stock into the win over Brisbane on the weekend as we know how pathetic their attack is. If anything we can be somewhat disappointed you were only able to score 8 points on them.

Where this sides ends up is anyone's guess at this stage, I would say at best you can be just outside the top 4 but will most likely fall in the 7-10 range.


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North Queensland Cowboys - Last Week 4th, This Week 9th
I don't think it's time to panic yet but the performances against Newcastle was worrying. As I said last week when 2 out of your 3 highest paid players are props it becomes a real issue when they can only play 60 minutes of the game. Tariq Sims is a must include in the side and the inability to use James Taumalolo correctly becomes a cause for concern when he is out on the field too long he's an easy slow target in defence.

Your should win 4 out of your next 5 and start getting back to where you belong on the ladder from this week.


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West Tigers - Last Week 13th, This Week 10th
You look bound to finish just outside of the eight this year, but the addition of Jacob Miller shows some real promise for the future. Potter has to bite the bullet and put Moltzen on the bench in some sort of cover role to get James Tedesco in the side.

The side named this week looks really slow in positions 1-5 and the lack of
forwards outside of Aaron Woods is a real problem.

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Parramatta Eels - Last Week 6th, This Week 11th
Showed promise in the first two weeks of the competition but being unable to compete with a tigers side that has a forward pack as threatening as the Teletubbies has you falling significantly.

Relying solely on individual brilliance from players like Sandow/Hayne won't win you a competition. Kelly returns this week which saves all Parra fans from more Ben Roberts! expect a bold showing.

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Penrith Panthers - Last Week 13th, This Week 12th
Not sure why Blake Austin isn't making the top side but he should be given a go, the loss of Coote is clearly hurting this side although giving a Souths a run for their money showed some positive signs.

The attitude of Penrith players at the moment is very strong however the more losses they put on the board the harder it is to remain positive. They need another win this week.

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Brisbane Broncos - Last Week 11th, This Week 13th
The signs were everywhere against the Dragons that it would be disappointing follow up against the Roosters, but really being kept scoreless with the amount of ball Brisbane had is pretty pathetic. (not to mention for a side that has such a history of winning.)

The public intensity will increase and perhaps criticize management for it however I would be signing Josh Dugan. Both Norman/Hoffman lack creativity and with Norman hitching his wagon to Parramatta next year they have no reason to be loyal.

Andrew Mccullough would also have to be the biggest ball hog in the NRL, can Griffen tell him to stop getting tackled with the ball on tackle 4/5 inside the oppositions redzone? Kurt Baptiste would be a better option at hooker or atleast as the utility to create off the bench.

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Canberra Raiders - Last Week 15th, This Week 14th
Congratulations on the first win. Reece Robinson was sensational on the weekend and proved Dugan won't really be missed at the raiders but regardless it may be a long season for the Raiders.

I take no stock into Terry Campese being close to returning as how good he can be is still questionable? The Raiders move up a spot due to the poor teams below!  



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New Zealand Warriors - Last Week 14th, This Week 15th
It's generally disappointing whenever you see the Warriors struggling in the NRL as you know they actually have the talent to be in the top eight every year. The Warriors generally get first opportunity to secure talented youth at a young age, yet they don't seem to be producing quality first graders from there system.

Take Jesse Bromwich from the Melbourne Storm for example.. never given a chance in his own country he left and is thriving because of it.

Matt Elliot was a poor choice to be the coach but to be fair he has inherited a side with a poor attitude ever since Ivan Cleary left.

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St George Dragons, Last Week 16th, This Week 16th
We were on the money last week labelling the Dragons below the Raiders and although the game was in the balance at times, the more talented side came out with the victory. It's hard to see when the Dragons first victory will come this year with their next 5 opponents already with 2/3 wins this season.

One thing that should be done in Australian sport which happens in America, is when a club knows it is not up to competition standards and will struggle throughout the year, you make sure you are actually building for the future by starting to blood your talented youth and give opportunities to players who look like they can improve.

Regardless Steve Price will be without a job prior to origin 1.