Friday, September 10, 2010

First Week of the Final Preview

The first week of the finals starts with the New Zealand Warriors traveling to Robina to take on the Gold Coast Titans. Both sides have been impressive, with the Warriors generally consider the darkhorse to take the comp. That beings aid, the Titans are sitting pretty at the moment with coach John Cartwright faced with selection dilemmas on who to leave out. I hope both sides still trot around next week, but I think the Titans should be too good at home.

Saturday see two blockbusters with the Wests Tigers facing the Sydney Roosters, while Penrith take on the white hot Raiders. The Roosters are looking good, solid and consistent, while the Tigers just look dangerous, albeit with some errors in the game. This game is really Benji v Todd, and whoever shines on the back of a dominant forward game will be the winner.I am tipping the Chooks to take care of business.

The Raiders are the form side of the of the comp and they face the second place Panthers, who can be just as dangerous. We should see some points scored here. The Raiders, while they beat Brisbane faltered defensively in the second half, and this may be their bugbear against the Panthers. The Panthers need to do everyone a favour and knock the Raiders out of the comp, but I reckon the Raiders have this one.

Which brings me to the danger game, the Dragons face the Manly. Manly, injuries and suspension have knocked the bejesus out of them, but this is when teams are most dangerous. I expect them to field a team, full of vigour and who will not leave anything on the paddock. If the Dragons take this one lightly, they may see second week action, instead of resting up for week 3. The Dragons should win.

So based  on this, we should see the Dragons and the Titans have a week off, and the Raiders and the Warriors eliminated. Week 2 will feature these four teams, Raiders v Tigers, and Roosters v Panthers. We are in for one hell of a finals series.

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