Round 19 of the 2011 NRL Premiership is rivalry round with some of the best match ups spurred on by decades of history and intense competition. With every game guaranteed to be a block buster there’s never been a better time to get out there and support your team against the enemy, whether it be new or old.
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2011 NRL Premiership Round 19 – Rivalry Round
The warriors looked like they were back to their best early against the Titans but they fell away again in a scrappy display. Sure they won the game but they need to do better if they will be a real threat in 2011. On the other hand though they face a Bulldogs team that’s been nothing short of woeful and can’t be picked against nearly anyone. Their only saving grace is the seemingly compulsory one game lift following the sacking of a coach. If you believe in omens take the Dogs, on form the Warriors.
The Brisbane Broncos are one of the form teams of the comp and they face a Gold Coast team which can’t wait for the season to finish. Their one big hope was the return of Matt Rogers but with him gone again they lose the only player who showed any promise last week. Broncos should win this one and win it well, local derby not enough for Titans.
South Sydney fans we all feel your pain, it’s not even a case of diamonds one week rocks the next, it’s a case of diamonds for 5 minutes rocks for 10. On their day they’ll challenge anyone but consistency is a word they are yet to learn. Forget the injuries, their attack is good and they can rack up the points, the issue they have is that they leak even more. Luckily for them the Roosters can’t buy a try so expect Souths attack to do the job for them.
North Queensland weren’t meant to win a game with Thurston away but the Knights soon found out that wasn’t the case. The Tigers keep being thrown up as a possible premiership roughie. It won’t happen, the Tigers are garbage and just as pathetic in both attack and defence. It’s plain to see their minds aren’t on the job and they don’t seem to want to play football. North Queensland to go two in a row without Thurston, has that ever happened before?
This is arguably the toughest game of the round with two teams which are there or there abouts but neither a real threat. You can safely say that both these teams won’t be a feature in the finals even if one of them can sneak into eighth spot. It’s a good one for the fans but in terms of premiership implications there aren’t any and it’s almost a coin toss. Panthers at home can get the chocolates.
The Raiders at home used to be a sure bet regardless of opposition but in 2011 that’s a thing of the past. The Storm have finally gained some much deserved respect and are at the front of premiership betting right where they should be. Early on people seemed to not rate them despite their wins but that’s now turned. Having said that if they don’t towel the Raiders on Sunday they could drop away again. It’s a game they should win and win easy, Premiership contender verse bottom feeder.
Newcastle should be embarrassed and you can bet Tinkler town isn’t happy this week. The Cowboys without Thurston and Payne has been likened to a park footy team, well that park footy team sure showed them who was boss. They’ll fire up this week as they take on a Manly outfit which was unconvincing despite getting a win. Manly will need to lift when they hit Newcastle because you get a feeling they’ll be firing. The hot shot Ryan Stigg continues to be the key, originally it was his attack but now it could well be his gusto in defence.
The best is arguably saved for last in round 19 with the Premiership favourites and defending champions taking on last year’s wooden spooners. That doesn’t sound overly exciting but take the tip, this Sharks side is the real deal. They’ve been making punters happy for the last few weeks with ridiculous odds for a side that was well and truly the better team on paper as much as in reality. Everything tells you St George wins this game, the class, the experience, the coach the home ground….but something just isn’t right. If you look at it as a betting race St George are under the odds and Cronulla are right in it. It would be a mother of an upset, but do not rule it out.