Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dragons Feeling the Heat?

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DragonsThe Dragons have played some flawless NRL rugby league this year but with the finals looming is the pressure starting to catch up with them? They have been sitting on top of the NRL ladder for most of the year but have now suffered two consecutive losses. A loss to Canberra followed by one to the Brisbane Broncos now sees St George on the same number of points as the Bulldogs.

Although South Sydney won't be in the finals this year, they have been playing some good NRL rugby and have had some good NRL results in 2009. Thus they will test the Dragons this weekend when they meet.

Another good game this week is the Western Derby of Parramatta against Penrith. Both currently have 27 points and Penrith are in the eight by virtue of a superior points difference of just five points. NRL betting has them as favorites but its even money. With two weeks to go in the home and away season, this is your classical four point game and the loser of this will find it very hard to make it to the finals.

There are three teams level on 28 points. Manly has had a great year rebounding from its horrendous start to where it currently sits in 5th spot. This week they play the Cronulla Sharks in what should be a walkover for the Sea Eagles. The Sharks have had a horrible year and can't wait for it to be over quickly enough.

Sixth placed Newcastle have a tricky assignment this weekend going on the road to play Canberra. The Raiders have been very hot and cold this year and could trouble the Knights on Monday night. The Knights have bounced back well following the departure of coach Brian Smith.

Seventh placed Brisbane have a huge match ahead of them in the form of the North Queensland Cowboys. These two always produce a passionate encounter and this one should be no different. It is often very feisty and usually no love is lost between the pair.

By its lofty standards, Melbourne has had an up and down year. It plays the Roosters this week and a loss this weekend could consign the Roosters to their first wooden spoon in 50 years.

The Wests Tigers are in 10th place but could sneak into the finals. This weekend they have a difficult match against the Gold Coast at Skilled Park. The Titans are in third place and at home will be tough to beat.

David Wiseman likes to write about sport for this blog. When not doing that he is looking towards the upcoming Cox Plate.

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