General Round 24 Review

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warriorfaithful*_old

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Round 24 Review

Some stunning form reversals at the weekend has thrown the competition leaders a new challenge as traditional powers Brisbane and St.George Illawarra roared into top gear while favourites Melbourne and the Bulldogs showed that they are by no means indestructible.

As the Bulldogs were bashed and bruised by a relentless Broncos side, the Storm showed vulnerability against the hard-hitting defence and smart second phase play of a Warriors team who proved that they would have been a major player in the finals series if not for the loss of four competition points due to salary cap breaches.



The Warriors may have exposed the Storms’ weakness, using the brute strength and physicality of Ruben Wiki to help dominate the young storm pack which is now sure to be targeted by other teams with large forward packs, like the Broncos, Bulldogs and Sea Eagles come finals time.



Physical play was the dominant force across the weekend as the Broncos pack wound back the clock a few years. Webcke, Thorn, Carroll and Civinoceva beat the Bulldogs into submission and caused what may have been season ending knee injuries to Roy Asotasi and Willie Tonga.

The Panthers kept their slim finals chances alive with what can only be described as a miraculous win at Cronulla. Penrith scored 24 points in the final 15 minutes of the game to end the Sharks finals hopes and see them booed off the ground by their own fans.

Penrith should be buoyed by the result and have the ability to go on with it against a Newcastle side who will again be missing Andrew Johns. The Panthers’ attacking ability should make them a formidable obstacle for the Knights while a win will put pressure on the Raiders in the final round of the competition.

As for the Raiders, the bye may not have been a good advent for them as they will now tackle the Storm after having been upset by the Warriors at the weekend. Not only that but the last time the two teams met, the Raiders were on the wrong end of the scoreline after a classy display from the minor premiers.

Mark Gasnier and Trent Barrett starred as the Dragons’ returned to the winners’ list with a big win over the Wests Tigers.The Saints will get the chance to continue that form in this week’s local derby against the Sharks in Wollongong.

The Dragons looked hot at the weekend and the Sharks will be shattered and are now only playing for pride. They may struggle to be up for the next instalment in the intense rivalry between the two clubs after they endured what may have been the most heartbreaking loss seen this this season..

The Knights also bucked the trend and defied the critics, actually defeating the Cowboys minus star half Andrew Johns. Jarrod Mullen starred in his place but it really showed just how much the Cowboys are struggling for the Knights to defeat them without Joey.

While many things changed, others remained the same as Parramatta and Manly continued to show why they are among the favourites to take out the 2006 Telstra Premiership, working hard for stylish victories over both the Roosters and Rabbitohs, respectively.

While the top eight looks like it is set other than the final spot, the battle is well and truly on for places in the top four, with Manly, Parramatta, Brisbane, St George-Illawarra and Newcastle all set to fight it out to finish closest to the Storm and Bulldogs and shoot for a possible second chance in the finals series.

Source: NRL


Interseting to read what they say bout the warriors, and it true. If we hadnt been docked the -4 we woulda been in the finals and we woulda been a real threat to teams, but oh well! :)
 

warriors4life_old

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Yeah but ifs and buts won't get us anywhere, the salary cap business is all in the past and it should stay there.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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warriors4life said:
Yeah but ifs and buts won't get us anywhere, the salary cap business is all in the past and it should stay there.

Yeah for sure. Lets not dwell on the past or things we cant do anything about.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Everyone always talks of the 'ifs' and 'buts' but I also wonder, without that infrigement would we have played the way we are doing at the moment? Would we have stuck keeping Fien @ halfback and Sione @ 6? All questions which may or may not have been answered if things hadn't turned out the way it did
 

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