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The Rock-itt : May 2010
Cowboys Fear went through every Cowboys fan as they heard the news Thurston was gone for an extended period. The club already without stars Matt Bowen, Luke O'Donnell, and Aaron Payne were facing the prospect of missing the services of the team's greatest ever player for anywhere between 5 weeks to the rest of the season, so it came as a massive shock to learn that Thurston would miss just one week. But that week he wasn't there was a worrying sign for the Townsville club as it exposed how weak the team is without their number 7. Signs are not good for them during the origin season. Eels The pre-season premiership favourites are struggling. After their first 6 games they only have registered 2 wins, one of them coming from a controversial forward pass, the other against a woeful Rabbitohs outfit. The Eels are missing the flair that was the catalyst for that run at the end of 2009 and even the great Jaryd Hayne can't find it at the moment. Daniel Mortimer has moved into the halfback role as Coach, Daniel Anderson endeavours to make his team what it was just 8 months ago. Panthers The team from the mountain has been the surprise packets of the season with 4 straight wins between round 3 and round 7, having the western Sydney club 2nd on the competition table. The Panthers can attribute their good form to their host of young guns, which include Lachlan Coote, Tim Grant, Travis Burns, and Luke Walsh. The Panthers will be tested in the coming weeks as clubs will take their clash with the club more seriously, not banking on a win like they previously would have. Dragons The Dragons continue to be the form team of the premiership, and now with the drama at Melbourne the bookies seem to think there is not much stopping the Dragons claiming their first title in over 30 years. The origin period ahead may bring some trying times with many players expected to get a call up but any team under the guidance of Wayne Bennett is a chance of winning. Promoted from the 20's this season Trent Merrin has filled the void left by Justin Poore and the Illawarra junior is firming as a rookie of the year contender. Rabbitohs The Rabbitohs have started winning a few games but one feels they are still a long way off from realising their potential. The Redfern based side still hasn't found the consistency needed to challenge for the title but the ever-improving form of Englishman, Sam Burgess may change that. The Rabbitohs also seem to be lacking direction in the halves and the Sutton/Sandow combination will need to vastly improve or coach John Lang may have to make some changes. Roosters After a cracking start to the season the Roosters have come down to earth and are now sitting mid- table as calls for Todd Carney to move from fullback are becoming more frequent. No doubt the Goulburn junior is a great player but with ex-golden boot, Anthony Minichello in the side you have to wonder how long Brian Smith will tolerate the errors and lapses at the back. Roosters fans are calling for Carney to move to 6, Anasta to 13, and Nate Myles in to the second-row. Tigers The West Tigers sit in the top 4 and are on track to feature in finals football for the first time since 2005, the year they took out the premiership. You have to be impressed with the form of dual international Lote Tuquri who has slotted back into Rugby League superbly grabbing 7 tries in just as many games. The Tigers depth may be tested at the end of the season. Already Tim Moltzen is out for the season and suffering another injury in the halves by have the Tigers looking to the 2011 season already.