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Injuries to upset Raiders v Sharks opener

There’s as much uncertainty over the Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders sides as there is about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s popularity right now. At least in the national capital on Sunday, supporters and rivals won’t have to wait long for a decision. Up to seven players named in the two extended squads by respective coaches Shane Flanagan and David Furner, are in some doubt for the 2pm game at Canberra Stadium. The Sharks have centre Dean Collis and forward Anthony Tupou (leg injuries) undergoing constant treatment this week, but they’ve been named in the starting 13, along with a six-man bench. The Raiders new half recruit, Matt Orford, and former Sharks winger Blake Ferguson are among five doubtfuls. Continue reading


Sharks face injury crisis

Cronulla’s preparations have been thrown into disarray ahead of their NRL clash with Manly on Saturday night, with captain Trent Barrett and winger Blake Ferguson ruled out with injury. Barrett has a shoulder problem, while Ferguson hasn’t been able to recover from a rib complaint. In further bad news for Ricky Stuart’s men, halfback John Morris and NSW prop Kade Snowden are also considered only 50/50 chances of playing. Morris has a knee problem, while Snowden is suffering from an illness. Tim Smith, who was dropped last week, will compete with Scott Porter and Albert Kelly for Barrett’s five-eighth spot and Morris’ halfback position should he also be ruled out. Issac Gordon will make an earlier than expected return from a hamstring injury to replace Ferguson.

Snowden cops a week – Heighington clear to play

NSW Origin hopeful Kade Snowden has been robbed of his final chance to impress Blues selectors after accepting a one week suspension. The emerging Sharks forward is one of a number of up-and-coming stars in line to represent a new generation Blues team in Origin III. But the Cronulla bookend has been rubbed out of his final audition before the Blues side is selected, pleading guilty to a grade one dangerous contact with a kicker charge from last Sunday’s loss to St George Illawarra. Snowden has been strongly tipped to be ushered onto the NSW bench with a view to becoming a future Blues enforcer but will miss the opportunity to go head-to-head with Queensland prop Matt Scott when Cronulla play North Queensland on Saturday night.

Another NSW Origin hopeful, Wests Tigers backrower Chris Heighington, is clear to play against the Dragons on Friday night after pleading guilty to a dangerous throw but escaping suspension.

The poor old Sharks, they just can’t get it right on or off the field but when it comes to the Dream Team they do have a list of players that are worth considering after their final bye in round 14.  Everyone knows about Paul Gallen (2RF) @ $333,300.00 averaging 49.55 and Luke Douglas (FRF) @ $265,100.00 averaging 40.45.  So rather than talk about those players I have selected three others that might be worth a look and might be more in your price range at this end of the season.

Kade Snowden (FRF) @ $259,100.00 averaging 39.55.  I have watched this bloke for the last three years in Dream Team.  I had him in my team in 2008 but he just wasn’t getting a regular game.  I considered him at the start of this season but his starting price ($274,600.00) and the Sharks draw made me look elsewhere for a FRF.  Well he has played every game for the sharks this season and while he is not popular amongst Dream Team players there is a lot to like about this guy.  His lowest score came in round 6 where he scored 29 points and could have been more, loosing 9 points in mistakes.  Every other round has been 36 or better with his highest score of 47 came in round 8 against the Dragons.  While his tackle count fluctuates he has pulled off 343 for the year with a low of 21 in round 7 and a high of 41 in round 8.  Looking at his season so you can pretty much expect tackles in the high 20’s in each game.   He has scored 117 points in MG (you can expect 10 per game), a try and some points in LB and OL but on the down side he has conceded 49 points from mistakes, 21 from missed tackles, 14 from errors in general play and 14 in penalties.  At his season average his market price is about right but with scores of 40 and 45 in his last two games you can expect his price to go up if he scores 38 or more in his next game.  He is one of those rare players who deliver their average each game and there would be a lot of coaches happy with scores of 39 coming from their lower priced line up.     Continue reading