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The Rock-itt : September 2011
Welcome back Punters to our NRL Rugby League review. W e are now into September and the start of the finals. The build up so far has been great with some top footy being played. But now the cards are on the table and from here on in team s will be giving it their all to secure a spot in the final four and the lead up to the grand final in October. STORM: Sitting at the top of the heap is the Storm on 42 points. They look set to take out the minor premiership and after leading the charge for most of the season whole heartedly deserve the spoils. They were knocked over by Manly last month in a torrid game at Brookvale Oval after 13 straight wins. But they had to lose at some point in tim e and this loss will do the team more good than harm. SEA EAGLES: With 40 points under their belt and just 2 off first place Sea Eagles are firing with all guns blazing. They are finally getting it together after weeks of trying to find the right combination. Their encounter with Storm was a costly one, however as far as man power is concerned, although they have good depth in the side and should be able to cover their loss of some of their players adequately. The upcoming Broncos gam e at Suncorp will be the real test as the Brisbane boys are very keen to send their retiring skipper, Darren Lockyer out with a premiership under his belt. Manly need to win this one to boost their confidence to the highest level. BRONCOS: The boys from across our northern border have climbed back into third place and are looking confident and focused for the finals. They have fought back courageously after leading the charge earlier in the season then spiralling down almost out of control before skipper, Darren Lockyer took control of the joystick and turned them skyward once more. I pity any team that take this side too lightly as they will be driven into the ground like a pile driver. Broncos have the utmost respect for retiring skipper, Darren Lockyer and will definitely pull out all stops to give him his final premiership. WARRIORS: The boys from across “The Ditch” are looking mean and hungry for their first Holy Grail. Sitting in 4th position on the ladder on 30 points to their credit, they have slowly and methodically been creeping upward for som e time now and should prove worthy opponents from here on in for any opposition team which have to play them. Coach, Ivan Cleary has m entored his side into a tough no- nonsense outfit so opposition teams should be wary. These boys are hot to trot. COWBOYS: Cowboys are another side showing great form at the right time of the season and have their course set firmly on October. Whether or not they will make the final cut is hard to say, but one thing is for sure they will certainly be trying hard. On 30 points and just ahead of Tigers, the end of this round will be the decider for many teams who will find their season at an end. But a team such as the Cowboys will put a fright into any of the final eight teams and have a good chance of making the final four play-offs, especially with Thurston and Bowen on their game. WEST TIGERS: It’s the same old scenario, “Its finals tim e, here come the Tigers”, and who is out front leading the way to the finals? None other than twinkle toes himself, Benji Marshall. To have seen a player of Benji’s unbelievable skills in my 50 odd years of watching the game has certainly been something special and even when the man with the magic boots hangs them up, for years to come his name will be held in high esteem whenever rugby league is mentioned. Marshall is a one off and if ever a solo player should be given credit for making it happen for his team, Benji is the man. I wish the Tigers well. DRAGONS: The last year’s premiers are just inside the eight in seventh position with a total of 29 points to their credit. For some unknown reason the