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The Rock-itt : September 2009
NZ Warriors The end is near for the Warriors who will be looking to put a disastrous season behind them and build towards next 2010. They have signed Brett Seymour to replace the departing Stacey Jones and are looking to promote some of their damaging Toyota Cup players. They finish the season with tough match-ups against the Bulldogs and Storm and will try and rattle their finals preparation. Newcastle Knights The big news of the past month was that of Brian Smith leaving the club immediately as he prepares to take over the Roosters next year, and the promotion of assistant Rick Stone to the top job has worked wonders. Since Stone has taken over , Newcastle have grabbed wins over the Storm and Cowboys, with another win almost assuring their place in the finals. Jarred Mullen is finding form at the right time and the Novocastrians are becoming a team no-one wants to be lined up against come the semis. North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland's hopes of finals footy seem to be fading, and the news that star, Matt Bowen faces up to 10 months on the sideline with a knee injury only makes the situation worse for the Townsville based club. They are three points outside the 8 and it will take a mere miracle to see the Cowboys in September as the need to win both of the remaining games against Broncos and Roosters, and a lot of results to go their way. Parramatta Eels Is there a team more in form then the Parramatta Eels? Since mid-July the Eels, in particular Jarryd Hayne, have been blitzing the competition, knocking off heavyweights such as Melbourne, the Bulldogs, and just recently an exciting encounter against the West Tigers in front of a packed Sydney Football Stadium. This incredible late season run sees them in the mix for the finals as they finish with the Western Sydney derby against Penrith and tough encounter against the competition leaders, St. George Illawarra Dragons at Kogarah. St George Dragons The St. George Illawarra Dragons are still on top of the NRL ladder, but unlike previous months now have a team on the same amount of competition points with the Red V's point's difference separating themselves from the Bulldogs with 2 rounds to play. The Dragons find themselves in the predicament after two straight losses to the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos. Some say they needed the losses as a reality check before the finals but any more may see them have to square off against tougher opposition in the finals. South Sydney Rabbitohs This past month has seen the end to the Rabbitohs 2009 campaign with back-to-back losses against the Gold Coast and Penrith, putting the nail in the coffin. It's a disappointing end for the Rabbitohs who looked to have had the goods early in the season, winning 3 of their first 4 games, but that is as close to 1st place as they got. They'll be looking to get a stellar off-season under their belts, as next year will be trying to recapture the form that saw them break into finals action in 2007.