MANLY THE TEAM NO ONE WANTS TO PLAY
The large 4 - Melbourne, Penrith, South Sydney and Parramatta - are each looking nervously implicit their shoulders astatine 1 squad coming into the finals.
The Sea Eagles - with 11 wins successful their past 14 games - are flying nether the radar successful existent Des Hasler style.
After a nightmare commencement to the twelvemonth that saw immoderate pundits extremity them arsenic imaginable woody spooners, Manly person got their enactment unneurotic … and how!
With the premiership's astir lethal onslaught limb successful Tommy Turbo, a consenting pack, immoderate speedy backs and a fabulous X-factor successful Josh Schuster, the Sea Eagles person a large mix.
If they tin support their apical 17 steadfast successful the finals, they volition bash plentifulness of harm to the large guns.
The Eagles scored immoderate large tries successful their 44-24 win implicit the Tigers connected Saturday nighttime and tin people from anyplace connected the field.
The 24 points they allowed the Tigers is simply a interest - but Hasler has plentifulness of clip to get the defence successful bid earlier the finals.
FOXX BRINGS UP RAPID-FIRE CENTURY
Josh Addo-Carr brought up his period of tries successful near-record clip erstwhile helium touched down against the Cowboys past Friday night.
In the Origin epoch since 1980, lone 1 subordinate - erstwhile Dragons favourite Nathan Blacklock - has notched a ton successful quicker clip than 'The Fox'.
Blacklock broke the 3 figures successful 115 games, conscionable up of Addo-Carr's tally of 121 matches.
The crippled besides saw a singular rugby league archetypal with some Addo-Carr and Kyle Feldt bringing up their centuries successful the aforesaid game.
Feldt has been a large servant for the Cowboys down the years and nary 1 successful Queensland volition ever hide his past gasp effort that took the 2015 expansive last into other clip and yet delivered the Cowboys their maiden premiership.
CURSED ROOSTERS KEEP ROCKING UP
You can't assistance but respect the guts and determination of the Roosters, who person suffered wounded setback aft setback this play yet proceed to find ways to win.
No squad successful the game's past has seen 3 players discontinue successful the 1 season, yet the Roosters person battled connected without the acquisition of Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend and Brett Morris.
Against the Knights past Friday night, they trailed 8-0 aboriginal and lost 2 players to limb injuries successful the archetypal half, winger Matt Ikuvalu and centre Billy Smith.
Yet someway a patched up Roosters squad clawed their mode backmost to pb 10-8 astatine halftime and past coasted location successful the 2nd fractional for a 28-8 win implicit a disappointing Knights team.
The Roosters should beryllium retired of the hunt with each the players they person missing - but are hanging successful determination and are inactive a menace to the large guns heading towards the finals.
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CANBERRA'S ODD COUPLE SHINING
Jordan Rapana captured each the headlines successful Canberra's upset triumph implicit the Eels connected Thursday night, but the Raiders had plentifulness of unsung heroes.
The 'odd couple' halfback operation of Sam Williams and Matt Frawley, who fewer radical would person believed would beryllium successful the six and 7 astatine the commencement of the season, came up with immoderate large plays.
The 26-year-old Frawley proved a useful back-up for the injured Jack Wighton and the triumph continued an astonishing tally from the no-frills pivot.
Frawley hasn't mislaid an NRL crippled since helium was astatine the Bulldogs successful 2018, albeit though helium has played small apical people footy.
He wasn't sighted successful the apical people successful 2019, won his lone crippled past play and some games helium has played this year.
With the Raiders' wretched tally with injury, the bearded 26-year-old whitethorn conscionable beryllium their fortunate charm.
RABBITOHS REVENGE 15 YEARS AFTER ROUT
It's taken Souths immoderate 15 seasons, but the Rabbitohs person yet got revenge connected the Warriors for the darkest infinitesimal successful their proud, agelong history.
Back connected June 25, 2006, Souths were humbled by the Warriors 66-0 astatine location - the biggest nonaccomplishment the nine has known.
I was astatine ANZ Stadium that time and the feeling successful Souths' sheds aft the crippled was a operation of embarrassment, hopelessness and shame.
But connected Saturday, the Rabbitohs turned the tables connected the Warriors, producing a sparkling 60-22 win.
It was lone the 4th clip Souths person reached the 60-point people since they were founded successful 1908 and long-time Souths fans who retrieve THAT crippled backmost successful 2006 would person been good satisfied with the result.
Souths played immoderate sparkling shot to wholly outclass the hapless Warriors, who person had a pugnacious clip of it distant from location for truthful agelong and look to person mislaid their spirit.
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