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Round 1 Teams – Bulldogs Update

With less then a week to go before the season starts, I have decided to start updating coaches with as much ammunition as possible regarding the team line ups before the ‘Unlimited Trades’ ability sorely comes to an end. For new coaches please be aware that after Round 1 closes for the commencement of the season, you will begin to only be able to use 2 Trades per round with a total of 30 trades allowed for the season. Also new coaches be aware that the head to head matches Within the NEX Cup do not begin until Round 4, but if your in it for the car you definitely want to hit the ground running. Only one week till all is right within my universe – bring on the league !!

Coach Moore said Heka Nanai ($84,100 CTW) and Junior Tia Kilifi ($132,500 CTW) were in a race to replace injured tryscoring machine Bryson Goodwin (toe) ($131,900 CTW) on the wing for the round one clash with Newcastle, while Yileen Gordon ($107,400 CTW/2RF), Gary Warburton ($181,800 2RF) and Mickey Paea ($161,100 FRF/2RF) were in the frame for injured second-rower Dene Halatau (ankle)($174,800 2RF/CTW). Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) is likely to be used as a bench utility in 2010 with Michael Ennis ($265,700 HOK) to take over from the great Hazem El Masri as goalkicker.

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Trials round up.

As a NQ Cowboys follower, I expect no less from a player that has left our ranks under hazy circumstances other than to go onto success for another club. Travis Burns ($155,100 HLV) it seems will prove to be another statistic in this ever growing list, it has been reported he had a blinder and made an unforgettable statement in his pursuit to be the other half running along side Luke Walsh ($210,700 HLV) for the Panthers this season. Wade Graham ($167,200 HLV) is also looking to secure this position but after the weekend he may have the odds against him, also having had his differences in the past with Coach Elliott may work against his desire for a starting role. With Luke Lewis ($220,200 CTW/HLV), Petero Civinoceva ($271,300 FRF) and Trent Waterhouse ($307,800 2RF) to return the Panthers are certainly poised for an early attack in this years competition. The Eels on the other hand could possibly see reason for a little concern seeming they almost had their A side on the paddock, but with Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Ben Smith ($189,600 CTW/2RF) exiting because of injury early and Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,700 2RF) a no show, the Eels won’t be too worried.

PENRITH PANTHERS 32 (Travis Burns 2, Shane Elford, Luke Walsh, Michael Gordon, Ryan Walker tries; Michael Gordon 3, Travis Burns goals) def PARRAMATTA EELS 12 (Luke Burt, Ben Smith tries; Luke Burt 2 goals) at CUA Stadium. Crowd: 11,113.

The first half of the Dogs V Dragons line ups looked almost like a standard Telstra Cup fixture, with Jamal Idris ($153,300 CTW) for the Dogs showing what he is potentially capable of week in week out with his unique attacking style culminating in 2 tries for the giant youngster. Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) also showed he is more than ready if veteran Brett Kimmorley ($237,300 HLV) should happen upon injury with some good touches when on the field. For the Saints, Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV/HOK) continues to impress Coach Bennett, constantly threatening from Dummy Half and will no doubt slot into the run on side somewhere in this seasons Dragons campaign. In true trials fashion both sides made plenty of errors and it was difficult to split the two, defence being the only winner in this tight fought contest.

DRAGONS 16 (Lett, Green, Vickery Tries; Goodwin 2 Goals)BULLDOGS 14 (Idris 2, Nanai Tries; Turner 1 Goal)

Big things are expected from the Rabbitohs and the Titans this season, if we were to go by their rosters it should be a safe bet on a finals berth for both. The bunnies didn’t throw their big money forwards onto the field preferring to show off their depth against the Titans, and they held their own. For the Titans, the Prince ($287,300 HLV) Bird ($250,000 HLV/2RF) combination had another game to find the common ground between the flair and creativity of Prince mixing with the glass smashing brutality of Bird. The Bunnies youngsters, trying to capture the eye of Coach Lang had some flair of their own whilst the Titans proved to be more tradesman like in their performance. The Titans also played their bargain Ex Kiwi International Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) who brought plenty to the table.

Gold Coast Titans 28 (M Rogers, C Toopi, R Brown, S Prince, W Zillman tries; S Prince 4 goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 (L Capewell 2, I Luke, J Vaivai tries; C Sandow 2, A Reynolds 1 goal). Crowd 5500.

Ben Te’o ($203,100 2RF) performed, scoring twice in what could may possibly be the year for the talented back rower, after showing plenty of potential the former Tiger may have finally settled within the Brisbane outfit. As reported, Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) also shared the Fullback position with Corey Norman (Not Listed) who is only 18 but showing plenty of confidence and try scoring ability. Albeit an experimental outing for the Broncos it was considered successful. For the Green Machine it was Terry Campese ($331,900 HLV) and Joel Monaghan ($154,500 CTW) who stood ahead of the rest, behind a pack that never let them down. Dane Tilse ($195,600 FRF) ate up the metres while stalwart Alan Tongue ($238,800 2RF) proved that his workload is as high as ever and the Scott Logan ($162,100 FRF), Dane Tilse, David Shillington ($175,500 FRF) and Bronson Harrison ($292,200 2RF) combination could prove to be a dark horse in this seasons high profile packs.

Brisbane 32 d Canberra 24 *Will Post stats asap.

First 1/3 to sort out the 1/2’s at the Dogs

The Bulldogs have almost set an incentive based contract for half Brett Kimmorley, with no decision on the terms of his contract until a third of the season has been completed. “We’re going to give him the first third of the season, see how he goes, see how his body feels,” Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg said today. This decision of course has direct ramifications for forgotten electric half Ben Barba, who comes off contract at the end of 2010 season(Peter Parr are you reading this !?) Barba will also be given the opening rounds to prove he is worthy successor to Kimmorley if required. “He’s got a big opportunity in front of him to cement a new contract and we’ll judge players on giving them opportunities and Ben will get that opportunity in the first part of the year.” Ben Barba attracts $91,100 while Kimmorley is listed for $237,300 at DT HQ, both players being listed in the Halves.