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The Rock-itt : September 2009
Brisbane Broncos The Broncos have showed this past month how a team can change its fortune in just a matter of weeks. After getting thumped 56-0 against the Raiders, in a game that had almost every Rugby League fan writing off the Broncos for the remainder of the season, they come out with three straight wins against Cronulla, Penrith, and the competition leaders, St. George Dragons. Captain Darren Lockyer has been instrumental in this turn around and it now seems Broncos only need one win from their final 2 guys to feature in September footy. Bulldogs The Bulldogs stellar season continue as in the past month they have not only locked in a finals birth, but a top 3 finish, and now all of a sudden due to other results, a minor premiership is not far away. They have strike weapons all over the ground n Morris, Goodwin, Ennis and Idris, but none seem to be playing better than veteran, Brett Kimmorley. The Bulldogs are on a 4 game winning streak and are in form at the right time of the season. Canberra Raiders With the Raiders out of finals contention they are now looking to derail any team's chances from this point. Like most of the season Canberra's form the past month has been inconsistent. They demolished the Broncos, before falling to the Bulldogs. They showed how good they could be defeating the Dragons in the most physical game of the season, before being toppled by the Warriors. If Canberra can find some consistency in season 2010 they will be in for a big year. Cronulla Sharks The Sharks turn up to play every week. All 17 players go out there and give it their all but due to injuries and some off-field troubles to star players, the level of skill to beat an NRL team is just lacking. After another no win month, the Sharks are battling with the Roosters in the race to the wooden spoon and to avoid they'll have to win 1 of their remaining games against Manly or Souths. The Titans The Titans are set to feature in finals football for the first time in their 3 year history and will have 27.000 screaming Titans fans when they do, as they have locked up a home semi as they continue to just go under the radar in season 2009. Wins against the Warriors, Rabbitohs, and Sharks have them sitting just two points behind the competition leaders and if a lot of luck goes their way could pinch the minor premiership. They'll have a tough run into the finals with 2 playoff calibre games against the Tigers at the Gold Coast and finishing with Manly at Brookvale in a game that will have major finals repercussions. Manly Sea Eagles With 2 rounds to go, Manly sit on 5th, just one point behind the top 4 as their bid to go back to back continues. They have looked a much better team as of late and look to be hitting their strides right before the finals series with a big win against the Roosters, and their first win ever in Melbourne against the Storm in the grand final rematch. Plus the long awaited return of Brett Stewart is nearly upon us with 'Snake' likely to line up against Cronulla in round 25 or at the latest against the Gold Coast in Round 26. Melbourne Storm Unlike the Grand Final opponents the Storm are struggling to find form during the end of the season and the exclusion of Greg Inglis is a big reason for that. Inglis is being stood down for disciplinary reasons and the Storm have so far yet to get a win without falling to Newcastle and Manly. They need a win in one of their final 2 games against the Roosters and the Warriors not only to cement their spot in the top 4, but also just to reserve their spot in the finals. .