Round 14 has come and gone and we know one thing is for certain, Parramatta cannot win the premiership after that pitiful and embarrassing loss to the Bulldogs on Monday afternoon. Soft and weak are two words that come to mind for the Eels. Well, done to the Bulldogs. I’ve bagged them out on many occasions this season, but they showed a lot of spirit, determination, and a want to win the game unlike their counterparts. In the other games, the Cowboys, Rabbits, Storm, Broncos, Manly, Panthers and Sharkies all had solid wins. I suspect Justin Holbrook and Adam O’Brien surely are the next coaches to get the sack. It’s only a matter of time before the sword falls on them. Chop Chop.
Ronaldo can put down a 100-point game and looks very likely against the Titans on Saturday afternoon. He went big last weekend where he posted a score of 106 against the Warriors in Redcliffe. A three-round average of 82, his season high score is 125 and I think Mulitalo can go higher than that against a hapless and crap team that is the Titans.
You could also throw the big C on Hynes. He’s only worth a mention this week. but for me he hasn’t been at his brilliant best of late and I feel Mulitalo can have a day out for owners.
Nathan Cleary / Brian To’o
This week I will hedge my bets and say either Cleary or Brain To’o for the game against the Warriors. If the Panthers put on 42 against the Knights, then I suspect them to put on at least 50 at home. Both these players could go easily 120+. On paper it looks a very straight forward decision for Cleary owners, however To’o is one not to discard either.
Has been going super of late with scores of 73, 78 and 95 last week against the Broncos. Up against the Knights this round who are playing just awful (sorry Lakey). Canberra have been playing some good footy of late and this guy Tapine is a reason they have been. It will be a cold afternoon in the nation’s capital and the Raiders could rack up a big score. With a solid three round average of 82, 18% of owners could throw the armband on him as a safe play if you want to go a Cleary/Munster as VC early.
I’ll double down again on Munster this week and say he will turn it around and come back with vengeance against a depleted Broncos outfit. Well down on point scoring, Munster only scored a lazy 43. He’ll be primed this Friday night, he’ll lead his team around AAMI Park and side step his way through the defensive line and have a massive game before he enters back into Origin camp.
FROM LEFT FIELD
After the performance on Monday afternoon’s game against the Eels, Matt Burton is ready to post his first 100+ game for the 7% of owners. Has been consistent of late and you could say going under the radar a bit. His last four weeks have been great considering the Dogs had been playing some ordinary footy apart from Monday’s game. Has a three-round average of 85. Burton and his Doggies are playing a Tigers’ outfit which just look in all sorts. If the Bulldogs play like they did a few days ago, they’ll win easily and Burton goes large.
Harry boi has been off the boil in recent weeks and not at his usual brilliant best. In R10 had a 58, R11 a 49 and in R14 a 51. Way below his season age of 85.7PPG. He needs to lift, lift his work rate and just play like the best hooker in the game. Maybe he comes good against a depleted Broncos side on Friday night, but I’ll say he’ll post another 45-55 point game here.
Deanie’s Bold Selection
Our anytime tryscorer multi was looking the goods until Parramatta decided not to turn up and play against the Dogs. Those cusks!! This week our bet will be picking the winners. Cows, Storm, Sharks, Panthers, Roosters, Raiders, Bulldogs. Comes in at $17.21. Good Luck.
If either the Titans or Knights get absolutely belted, will we see one of these coaches get sacked? Watch this space.
Some great viewing is to be had this weekend. The best game of the round would have to be early game on Friday night where the Sea Eagles are at home against the Cows. The Cows have some injuries, Manly are playing some great footy but feel the Cows will be too strong for Sea Eagles. Jurbo will be out to have a monster game and try and win his Origin spot back. Enjoy the footy in round 15.