'10 | R12 | Sat | Cowboys 20-24 Sea Eagles | Dairy Farmers

Discussion in 'Game Day Spoilers' started by Timmah, May 23, 2010.

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Result: Cowboys v Sea Eagles

Poll closed May 29, 2010.
  1. North Queensland Cowboys

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  2. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

    73.7%
  3. Draw after Golden Point

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  1. Timmah

    Timmah LeagueUnlimited News Editor Staff Member

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    1. Matthew Bowen 2. Michael Bani 3. Ashley Graham 4. Willie Tonga 5. John Williams 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston
    8. Matthew Scott 9. Aaron Payne 10. James Tamou 11. Scott Bolton 12. Willie Mason 13. Luke O'Donnell

    Interchange: 14. Anthony Watts 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Carl Webb 17. Antonio Kaufusi
    Reserves: 18. Issac Ah Mau

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    1. Ben Farrar 2. Michael Robertson 3. Jamie Lyon (c) 4. Kieran Foran 5. Tony Williams 6. Chris Bailey 7. Trent Hodkinson
    8. Jason King (c) 9. Matt Ballin 10. Josh Perry 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Shane Rodney 13. Glenn Stewart

    Interchange: 14. Joe Galuvao 15. Brent Kite 16. Matt Cross 17. Terence Seu Seu
    Reserves: 18. Jamie Buhrer


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    Referees
    Jason Robinson and Alan Shortall
    Sideline Officials: Daniel Eastwood and Adam Gee; Video Referee: Phil Cooley


    Toyota Cup Round 12
    Cowboys v Sea Eagles @ Dairy Farmers, Sat 5:15pm

    QRL Intrust Super Cup Round 11
    Northern (NQL) v Burleigh (BRI) @ Barlow, Sat 7:00pm
    Mackay (NQL) v Sunshine Coast (MAN) @ Mackay, Sun 2:00pm

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  2. beave

    beave First Grade

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    this will get very, very ugly for us..............................................
     
  3. cupid

    cupid Juniors

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    Hopefully Rose and Foran are back
     
  4. Berkeley_Eagle

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    I have a feeling Des will put Bailey in the centres to replace the suspended Matai, hope I'm wrong
     
  5. eagles4eva

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    So do I..
     
  6. Timmah

    Timmah LeagueUnlimited News Editor Staff Member

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    You were both wrong, he's staying at 5/8th and Foran's back... in the centres :lol:

    NRL Teams: http://www.leagueunlimited.com/article.php?newsid=19314
     
  7. Garts

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    Foran would be a better centre than Bailey but f**k me Bailey is no 5/8.
     
  8. Dutchy

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    That isnt how they will play. He has only been named in the 6 because it is stuck on him, cant get it back over his gigantic mug.
     
  9. eagles4eva

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    I am hoping George Rose is a late inclusion for Seu Seu
     
  10. Dutchy

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    Seu Seu wont play ahead of Buhrer unless Ballin pulls out.
     
  11. feliti or dead

    feliti or dead Juniors

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    Cowboys are specials.

    They are getting players back and striking form. Watts will be the best of the hookers on show. Thurston plays, cowboys win.
     
  12. Cletus

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    Bailey!
     
  13. Canard

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    If we are less than 20 or more at fulltime behind Manly, Ill consider that a moral victory for the Cowboys.

    We will get another 4 or 5 wins this season on our way to 13th, but this wont be one of them.
     
  14. Rovelli

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    I've gone Manly here, but this won't be a blowout win. Thurston and co. will keep them honest, but Manly should have too much class. They're a very good team.
     
  15. effnic

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    Awwwwww thanks :D
     
  16. zombie jesus

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    I can only remember one win up there in the last 10 or so years and that was many moons ago, had to make a strong comeback to get that one, it was before Thurston was there I think. Should win but I won't be surprised with a loss.
     
  17. effnic

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    I dont think we will win and i am gonna jump on the cowboys at $2.50, may aswell make it a win win situation.
     
  18. zombie jesus

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    I would wait until the sides get named before kick off before laying money on any games this week.
     
  19. eagles4eva

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    Source - NRL.com </SPAN>Thu, 27 May 2010 11:22
    Cowboys v Sea Eagles
    Dairy Farmers Stadium
    Saturday 7.30pm

    It&#8217;s getting close to crunch time for the Cowboys in season 2010, with this home match against the Sea Eagles almost shaping as a must-win.

    While we haven&#8217;t even reached the halfway point, and Parramatta proved a late charge is possible last season, the Cowboys simply cannot afford to put themselves under the pressure of needing to win six to 10 games in a row to play finals.

    With just three wins for the year so far the side is languishing in 14th spot on the ladder. While they are just four competition points from fifth place, each loss puts more teams in a better position than they are in, giving them more teams to have to overtake.

    They are rested from the bye coming into this contest; however, they have been without Origin stars Johnathan Thurston, Willie Tonga and Matthew Scott for most of the lead up and if any of this trio can&#8217;t back up, the side&#8217;s job gets significantly harder.

    Despite losing to the Warriors before the bye the Cowboys have named the same side, with James Tamou slated to start and Antonio Kaufusi to come from the bench. The only cover coach Neil Henry has named at this stage is Issak Ah Mau as an 18th man.

    For the Sea Eagles, this match is a chance to bounce back from their last-start loss to Parramatta. The result dropped the side to fourth and with five clubs just a win behind them on the ladder they are aware a loss could pitch them into the logjam. Also fresh from the bye, but without Jamie Lyon, Matt Ballin, Josh Perry and Anthony Watmough for the majority of the week, the Sea Eagles could be vulnerable.

    Steve Matai is out suspended, with Kieran Foran hopeful of returning from injury to play centre.

    With Ballin playing rep football for the first time, Des Hasler has named Terence Seu Seu on an extended bench as cover.

    Watch out Cowboys:
    The Sea Eagles&#8217; kicking game is far superior to the Cowboys&#8217; and could be crucial in regards to field position if it can&#8217;t be contained.

    With 641 metres gained a match from the boot, the Manly side is ranked third in the NRL in kick metres &#8211; a long way in front of the Cowboys&#8217; 489 metres, which ranks equal last!

    The Sea Eagles are also slightly more accurate in finding space with kicks, doing so on 54.4 per cent of occasions compared to the Cowboys&#8217; 53.2 percent. The Cowboys need to pressure the Manly kicks to bring this average down and also need to provide greater protection for their own kickers.

    Watch out Sea Eagles:
    The Cowboys picked up a nice, juicy stat in their research of the Sea Eagles this week and you can bet they intend to exploit it: Manly are only successfully defusing 25 per cent of cross-field kicks so far this season &#8211; by far the worst rate in the NRL. Expect the attacking raid to come!

    Thurston is a wonderfully gifted kicker, who can land the ball on a dime. You can be sure he&#8217;ll send plenty of kicks across the field to some nervous wingers.

    Where it will be won: It might sound clich├ęd but this match is about attitude &#8211; specifically mental attitude to the job at hand, and the ability to get things done under fatigue or despite distraction.

    With a handful of potential late pullouts or fatigued players involved, it becomes a matter of how switched on the usually lesser-involved players are, and how committed the rep guys are. Fatigue plays tricks on the mind, causes humans to look for shortcuts &#8211; and in the NRL there is no room for this. If Anthony Watmough opts to let his team-mate make a tackle instead of pushing through the pain, the result could be six points&#8230; and a loss. If Johnathan Thurston decides to take his time getting up after yet another hit and forces young David Morgan to run the show at a crucial time, and it doesn&#8217;t come off&#8230; it could mean a loss.

    Now, obviously playing Origin takes plenty out of an individual, so we need to give these guys some slack. The other team members need to lift, and not expect their stars to get them home. If they have the will to put in that little bit more to help cover their mates, it will help towards a win.

    The history: Played 14; Cowboys 6, Sea Eagles 8. The Cowboys have won five of the past eight between the clubs, including last season&#8217;s only encounter by 26-12 at Dairy Farmers Stadium, which was a record win for the Cowboys over Manly.

    But the Sea Eagles have done okay at the venue, with the home side only just nudging them 4-3 overall in Townsville. However, the last win for the Sea Eagles up north was way back in 2004.

    Conclusion: It&#8217;s hard to make a call without knowing just who will back up. If Thurston doesn&#8217;t suit up, the Sea Eagles look odds-on. But if he does, he could push his team to a win.

    The safe bet is Manly but wait till the last minute to make the call, as the smell of an upset is building.

    Match officials: Referees &#8211; Jason Robinson & Alan Shortall; Sideline Officials &#8211; Daniel Eastwood & Adam Gee; Video Ref &#8211; Phil Cooley.

    Televised: Fox Sports &#8211; Live 7.30pm
     
  20. eagles4eva

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    Double post
     
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