Help a brother out - Bunnies or Dragons FTW tonight?

Souths or Dragons to win tonight?

  • Souths (GI will eat Benji)

    Votes: 9 90.0%
  • Dragons (but I still hate them)

    Votes: 1 10.0%

  • Total voters
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Sparkles

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I'm going for the mythical perfect round in my tipping comp, and need your advice as to which way to go tonight. There's the very real chance that the change in coach at the Dragqueens will make the impossible happen, but I'm not giving up the chance at the bonus points without a fight.

What do you guys think? Should I stick with the $4.30 Souths, or side with our most hated enemies for the sake of a clean tip sheet?
 
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I'm going for the mythical perfect round in my tipping comp, and need your advice as to which way to go tonight. There's the very real chance that the change in coach at the Dragqueens will make the impossible happen, but I'm not giving up the chance at the bonus points without a fight.

What do you guys think? Should I stick with the $4.30 Souths, or side with our most hated enemies for the sake of a clean tip sheet?

I'm in the same boat, Sparkles. Teams often do bounce back after a mid-season coaching change but I think this one may be a little different. Because of their bye last weekend the change was almost two weeks ago, may not have the usual effect. In saying that Souths do have a poor performance in them but I'll be sticking with them tonight.
 

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I'm in the same boat, Sparkles. Teams often do bounce back after a mid-season coaching change but I think this one may be a little different. Because of their bye last weekend the change was almost two weeks ago, may not have the usual effect. In saying that Souths do have a poor performance in them but I'll be sticking with them tonight.

I'm thinking along your lines, HB. Just feels like too many things are against the Dragqueens to get them over the line.

...and then there's Dugan... maybe the thread should have just been called "will Dugan play well tonight"...!
 

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lets not kid ourselves. so here is a few points for you to tip souths...

the dragons replaced tweedle dee with tweedle dumb.
they are missing their only decent player in morris.
the burgess boys will just walk all over the dragons pack by themselves.
widdup and benji will have no answers with their pack getting belted and dugan is just a ********.

so id be picking souths 30 +
 

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lets not kid ourselves. so here is a few points for you to tip souths...

the dragons replaced tweedle dee with tweedle dumb.
they are missing their only decent player in morris.
the burgess boys will just walk all over the dragons pack by themselves.
widdup and benji will have no answers with their pack getting belted and dugan is just a ********.

so id be picking souths 30 +

I'm hearing you all... at least I won't be on my Pat Malone if the Dragons get up...

(btw, Pat Malone is the player JimBob was talking about being dropped in the Player Movement thread...)
 
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Souths to win, Dragons are about to find out how bad they are when a winger, yes that right a winger called Brett Morris doesnt suit up for them.
 
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I hope Souths tear them a new one, but tbh Souths have been fairly ordinary their last two games. In saying that Saints have been ordinary for longer. Anything is possible in this competition.
 

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I hope Souths tear them a new one, but tbh Souths have been fairly ordinary their last two games. In saying that Saints have been ordinary for longer. Anything is possible in this competition.

Couldn't agree more, especially around Origin time.
There's talk that Dugan will play in the centre's tonight. I'm hoping that's the case... surely he can't be as effective there.
 
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Couldn't agree more, especially around Origin time.
There's talk that Dugan will play in the centre's tonight. I'm hoping that's the case... surely he can't be as effective there.
Surely not, we aren't even that stupid.
 

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seriously?

State of Origin: St George Illawarra Dragons star Josh Dugan emerges as NSW centre candidate
PAUL CRAWLEY
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
JUNE 02, 2014 12:00AM

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DALEY MAIL: SOUTH SYDNEY V ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA

JOSH Dugan has emerged as a wildcard contender to replace the injured Josh Morris at right centre for NSW.

And Dugan will get the chance to prove he is up to the challenge of handling Queensland superstar Greg Inglis on Monday night when St George Illawarra take on South Sydney.

The battered Blues are searching for a right centre-wing combination to replace the injured Morris brothers — centre Josh and winger Brett — for Origin II in Sydney on June 18.


Josh Dugan is in contention for Origin II. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

With revelations that NSW are contemplating moving game one man of the match Jarryd Hayne from fullback to the centres, Blues assistant coach Brad Fittler revealed on Sunday that selectors will get a look at another potential option when Dugan is likely to switch from fullback to right centre for the Dragons in Monday’s crucial showdown.

Ironically, the shocking shoulder injury to his Dragons teammate Brett Morris has opened the door for Dugan to make a return for NSW after missing out on the fullback job to Hayne in game one.

The Blues are the TAB’s $1.70 favourites for game two as they attempt to wrap up their first series win since 2005. Injury-ravaged Queensland are now out to $2.20.


Josh Dugan trains with the Dragons. Picture: Phil Hillyard Source: News Corp Australia
If selectors resist the urge to switch Hayne to centre, Dugan and Parramatta’s Will Hopoate have emerged as the most likely contenders for the vacant centre spot.

Most experts agree Jamie Lyon is still the most experienced and best option for NSW but the Manly skipper has stated he is not interested in making an Origin comeback at this stage of his career.

Hopoate and Dugan could both play centre or wing, while the other centre contenders are Canberra’s Jack Wighton, South Sydney’s Dylan Walker and Newcastle’s Joey Leilua — and on the wing Jorge Taufua and James McManus are also in contention.

Another possibility for the Blues would be to play Greg Bird on the right edge and move Beau Scott to centre.

JOSH MANSOUR MAKES ORIGIN CASE WITH PERFECT PERFORMANCE

Bird usually plays on the left edge but has to come back into the team after serving his suspension.

Moving Scott to centre would be a huge risk given speed is not the tough backrower’s greatest asset.

While the Blues’ 12-8 win last Wednesday night has been hailed as one of the finest performances in NSW Origin history, the fact remains that it ended up two tries apiece and both of Queensland’s tries were scored by Darius Boyd down Inglis’s side of the field.

Hayne was a revelation playing at right centre for Australia at last year’s World Cup but it would be a massive call to move him from fullback given his impact in game one.

CASUALTY LIST WORSENS FOR BLUES AFTER ORIGIN OPENER

Hopoate returned to the NRL this year after two years out of the game and while he has had some outstanding performances for Parramatta, Friday night’s game certainly didn’t do him any favours from an Origin perspective.

Hopoate had a forgettable night in Parramatta’s heavy loss to Penrith — and the question mark hanging over him is whether he is ready to mark Inglis in such a vital *Origin game.

Hopoate played on the wing for the Blues in 2011 before he left for his Mormon mission. He was also on standby for the Blues last week.

Originally, Dugan’s best hope would have been to come in for Brett Morris on the wing but he could revert to his traditional No.1 spot for the Blues. And if he has a standout performance at right centre tonight, it could prove the ultimate audition.

Dugan also played two matches for NSW last year at fullback after Hayne was injured in game one but neither has played centre in Origin.

Daley is keeping his options open with a full round to play but Blues skipper Paul Gallen told Channel 9 that Hopoate has his support.

“I think Hoppa can do the job,” Gallen said. “He has been there and done it before.”


Josh Dugan. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia
Source: http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/spor...centre-candidate/story-fni3fqyo-1226939161013
 

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Well, that would be a risky move for NSW.

Might provide something in attack, but I wouldn't be playing anyone at centre that isn't used to defending there.
 
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