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Bulldogs halves have fantastic kicking games close to the line, but against Melbourne they're going to need to have better long kicking games to get field position. Can't see them winning unless they get that right.
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I hate to say it but I think a lot will hinge on the refs. If Melbourne keep it disciplined and make the most of their opportunities their big 3 can get them home. I'd still have my money on the Dogs though.
dogs. if melbourne win it will be a low scoring affair
Will it be third time lucky for Krisnan Inu? Crazy to think that its his 3rd GF in 4 years all with different clubs.
Reckon its going to be a cracker of a final, we need it after really no match going down to the wire throughout the finals series.
I kind of want the QLD big 3 to win a Premiership legitimately but think the Dogs have been brilliant all year and probably deserve it more this year. Not sure how I feel about Keating being a Premiership winning halfback. He's really surprised me this year.
Canterbury's forwards are like a trip down memory lane, with the way they play before the line. Cassiano (sp?) set up at least two tries by drawing in defenders then popping a pass before the line.
It's great footy to watch, and very hard to handle. Melbourne will deal with Barba I suspect. They did it in 09 with Hayne too. Present a solid line on kick chases and in general, and let him make his play then shut it down. They won't worry if he makes 15 metres or so every time, they'll just hold off and contain him.
The Canterbury forwards are a far tougher ask for Melbourne in this game than the likes of Barba will be, imo.
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Melbourne certainly didn't contain Barba up in Mackay earlier this year. Best game I've seen him play. Near singlehandedly won me the round in DT
It'll be interesting to see how things go on the fringes. Melbourne ripped Manly a new one but that was with Matai on one leg, Tafua having a shocker and Williams having a bludge. The Dogs have an extremely strong 2-5.
Also there's likely to be a born and bred Victorian playing in the NRL grand final
I mean, here in Melbourne, there was basically no RL structure, much more union than league organised down here. So to produce their first player is a great achievement, and they've got three or four more in the wings.
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I'd be really worried if I were a Tigers fan. Not so much that Sheens is gone but that he was forced out because he tried to move on a couple of Benjis favorite players. Whoever comes in is going to have a really hard time stamping his authority on the playing group if he knows he can be booted if he pisses off Benji.
Also the rumours about Farah to Parra have serious legs. He's not gone yet but there's a massive offer on the table and he's very seriously considering it.
Buckle up Tigers fans. It might get rough.
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