Thursday, August 16, 2007
Brisbane v Bulldogs - should be match of the round. If the Broncos lose their season is on the line.
Manly game set to sell out
Warriors tickets have been selling like hot cakes ahead of their final NRL home game against the Manly Sea Eagles next week. More than 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the match with ten days to go before kick off. Last week against the Titans 20,609 turned up to Mt Smart Stadium - the biggest crowd since 2003 - and CEO Wayne Scurrah is hoping the game could be the first sell out since the inaugural 1995 season. The capacity at Mt Smart is 27,000.
North Queensland v St George Illawarra (Faumuina is gone for the season but so are the Dragons)
Newcastle v Penrith - The battle for the wooden spoon. Two crap teams dueling to the death.
Souths v Manly - The second most important match of the round. For the Sea Eagles a chance to stay on Melbournes case for the minor premiership. For the Rabbitohs a loss will all but end their dream of the playoffs.
Canberra v New Zealand - While Canberra are a much better team at home (6-4) the Warriors will have to have a majorly big fall in form to lose this one as its the 4th best attack (over 4 tries a game) v the 2nd worst defence (5 tries a game). Warriors have a 4 win, 5 loss and 1 draw record away which they will need to improve to 6-5-1 if they want a top 4 spot.
Cronulla v Wests Tigers - The Sharks will be buoyed by last week where they climbed from second to last to 12th with an away win v the 3rd placed Eels. If they could close the season with wins over the Tigers (H), Titans (H) and Raiders (A) believe it or not they could make the playoffs on points differential if the Tigers have one more slip up and the Broncos only win one from three.
Melbourne v Parramatta - I don't know why but I fucken hate Parramatta.
Gold Coast Titans v Sydney Roosters - I fucken hate the Roosters but just see them rolling on here and if the Tigers and Rabbitohs lose they will miraculously be in the top 8.
Actually, in order of hate this is it for me.
6. Sea Eagles
Need to get above 60%
I think the idea of the Warriors pre-selling 20,000 tix 10 days out is complete crap actually. If they've pre-sold 10,000 I'd be pleasantly surprised. They'll get 25,000 on the night but plenty of them will be gate sales.
Brisbane v Bulldogs - shit, I think you're right. Bulldogs.
Cowboys v Dragons - boo hiss the Dragons suck. Cowboys are also more formidable at home in front of those big crowds. Cowboys.
Knights v Penrith - Penrith
Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs - Sea Eagles
Canberra v Vodafone (they ain't New Zealand, and haven't been for some time now Yamis?) - Warriors
Cronulla v Tigers - Tigers
Melbourne v Eels - Melbourne
Titans v Roosters - Roosters
The Broncos v the Dogs and the Sharks v the Tigers could be the games of the round.
On the crowd for the Warriors game, on the news tonight they said they are building a temporary stand to help boost the capacity and only have 4,000 tickets left. The Mad Butcher has said he has never seen a rush this big in the clubs history.