Even though the round is yet to be completed, I have a bit of time on my hands to put this together. What did everybody think about the first round of the NRL Competition? Personally, it wasn't that great. People will say that I'm saying this because I'm a Bulldogs fan. That's not the case though, it was a very scrappy weekend. The footy was plagued with errors and injuries. It seemed the players weren't physically and mentally ready for 80 minutes of grinding football.
Parramatta were disgraceful and still could have won the match on Friday night. They are probably just lucky St George persist on taking penalty goals when they have the ball in the opposition red zone. Parramatta were one out all night. When they threw the ball wide they looked good, but didn't do it enough. Jarrod Hayne was taken out of the match with Sowards kicking tactics, which is something many teams will look to use throughout 2010. Why on earth was Fui Fui starting from the bench? Justin Poore is hopeless. I'm sure the Saints were happy they let that over payed piece of trash go! Peter Wynn is even letting bandwagon hoppers return last seasons jerseys!
Saturday night's games I can't really comment on because a 21st birthday was my priority, but I do hear that the Sharks really took it too the Storm. Ricky Stuart certainly wasn't happy with the referees, but when is he? The Panthers gave their fans a heart attack, taking a 24-0 lead and blowing it, letting the Raiders right back in the contest. They look a tough unit the Panthers this season, and when Waterhouse returns they will be even better.
What is it with Gold Coast teams? They talk it up and just don't deliver! They were just as bad as the Bulldogs, but they won. The Warriors side whom were injury plagued before the match even started, played a brilliant first half. They skipped out to a 18-6 lead, before they let a last minute try in just before half time. The match was filled with errors, which you could blame on the rain, but I just think it was poor ball security throughout the contest. The Titans finally woke up, (or the Warriors were just that bad in the second half) and came out victors in the end 24-18. Preston Campbell the saviour for the home side, although did anyone else think his strip on Manu was lost forward. A little odd if you ask me.Greg Bird was disgraceful and I couldn't be happier, filthy scumbag!
Glory, Glory to who? Money doesn't buy championships, Russell! Just ask Real Madrid. Talking the talk also doesn't guarantee championships, just ask the Gold Coast A-League side. I was worried about all the big guys they bought, they can be as good as anyone in the league, but they are just as slow. The Roosters exploited this and sent shockwaves down the Rabbitohs camp. An absolute drumming is a term you could use to describe the 36-10 victory. Is Brian Smith weaving his magic already? Don't get your hopes up Roosters fans, it's only Souths.
Tonight's match should be a ripper, I think Manly will get them. Look for a big game from Brett Stewart, who is eager to have a big season, especially after last years shmozzle. Don't think you can expect too much from Tuqiri, give him a few weeks and he will be right back into it. Also looking forward to watch big Galloway run around the park. He is an absolute monster and is going to have a big year. NSW honours are heading his way!