Simply once we had been beginning to doubt the Craig Bellamy magic, he turns round and will get his staff to provide one of the commanding shows of the yr towards Penrith final Thursday night time.
The Storm held the Panthers scoreless for the primary time in 4 years however essentially the most spectacular side was how he acquired unhealthy boy Brandon Smith to repay his teammates for letting them down.
Suspended for a month for abusing a referee and on the transfer to the Roosters subsequent season, Smith might simply have been excused for trying out early.
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However likely Bellamy had stern phrases to the highly effective utility over his enforced layoff and the outcomes had been there for all to see at Penrith.
Regardless of beginning on the bench, Smith ran for extra metres than every other Storm ahead and scored a shocking solo strive.
Partially, it made up for letting his mates down – and Bellamy will probably be pushing him for extra of the identical subsequent weekend.
Sharks looming as finals threats
Might Cronulla be the darkish horse within the race for the title?
I actually just like the steadiness of the Sharks’ aspect, with elegant outdoors backs, sensible halves and an superior pack.
It was the massive males who did the injury within the 36-12 victory over the Wests Tigers in Tamworth on Saturday, merely steamrolling the smaller Tigers pack.
Props Royce Hunt and Braden Hamlin-Uele each scored tries and had been too highly effective for the Tigers forwards to deal with whereas Cameron McInnes and Dale Finucane each put it sturdy shifts.
If the Sharks can keep harm free, I see them inflicting a couple of upsets in September.
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Roosters large boys flip again the clock
League within the PVL period has turn into a younger man’s recreation, with velocity and ability by no means extra essential.
However as we head into the massive finish of season video games, the Roosters are displaying that there’s nonetheless a spot for the outdated bulls towards the younger ‘uns.
Regardless of one other injury-plagued season, Trent Robinson’s males made it 5 straight wins with a powerful – and considerably stunning – win over in the in-form Cowboys on the SCG on Saturday afternoon.
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And it was two very a lot outdated bulls – props Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Matt Lodge – with a bit assist from one other veteran within the ageless James Tedesco, who led the way in which.
JWH and Lodge acquired the higher of the recent shot Cowboys pack, steaming up the center and each scoring tries by the tooth of the defence.
Tedesco was once more excellent in his 2 hundredth profession video games, shining in assault and defence.
The Roosters have mix – the outdated onerous heads in key positions and whiz youngsters Joseph Suualii and Sam Walker all the time able to pounce.
They are going to be a a lot feared staff within the finals and after wanting like they’d the staggers mid-season, they’re coming good on the enterprise finish of the yr.
I believed Brent Naden had been one of many Tigers’ higher gamers since becoming a member of the membership mid-season however the large winger had a horror recreation to rejoice signing his new deal towards Cronulla.
Naden made simply 81 run metres and got here up with 5 errors.
Hopefully for the Tigers, it was only a one-off…
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Cobbo decimates Newcastle
Selwyn Cobbo confirmed he will probably be one of many actual hazard males of the finals with his hat trick against the Knights.
Cobbo is revelling on the nice work of his inside males, halfback Adam Reynolds and centre Kotoni Staggs, and has the facility of tempo so as to add a lot extra to his 15 tries this season.
Massive, quick and powerful, Cobbo has been one of many finds of the yr and given an harm free run, he’ll fear loads of groups in coming weeks.
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Newcastle’s defence uncovered
It will likely be again to the tackling baggage for the defensively challenged Knights but once more this week.
The Knights missed a mammoth 41 tackles – multiple each two minutes, and had been fortunate to solely lose 28-10 to the Broncos on Saturday night time.
Out large is the place the Knights have actually struggled getting their man – Dane Gagai and Adam Clune got here up with 5 misses every.
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Souths poised to strike
The grins are again on the faces of Souths’ magic males Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker on the eve of the finals – and that spells hassle for the premiership’s large weapons.
Each super opponents, Mitchell and Walker are born winners and take losses personally greater than most gamers.
However when Souths win – and win effectively as they did in the 26-0 shutout of the Eels on Friday night time, the pair are normally dominant… and delighted in consequence.
Mitchell continued his good run of kind with 211 working metres and 10 sort out breaks, terrorising the Eels everywhere in the park.
Walker has had an up and down yr after his heroics of 2021, however regained a few of his outdated spark with two tries and a line break help.
With their forwards giving them time and house during which to function, the dynamic duo might be about to propel the Bunnies to a different grand ultimate look in coming weeks.
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Johnson stars for Warriors
When the opposition is not within the temper to sort out, there are few extra harmful attacking gamers than Warriors veteran Shaun Johnson.
The Warriors’ pin-up boy turns 31 subsequent month, however confirmed towards the tackle-shy Bulldogs that he has retained the zip and evasiveness of his youth.
Johnson scored a shocking solo strive that introduced the home down at Mount Good Stadium, and in addition got here up with two strive assists, two line break assists and a line break.
He was merely dynamic – however the problem for Johnson now could be to play that type of footy towards the groups on the high of the ladder who goal him in defence.
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The Bulldogs have made huge strides since Mick Potter took over the reins a couple of months again, however confirmed they nonetheless have the odd ‘shocker’ in them towards the Warriors.
Going into the sport as favourites, the Bulldogs missed 31 tackles and got here up with a number of straightforward errors handy the Warriors a 42-18 win.
As soon as each couple of months, the Warriors produce an 80-minute effort that might beat any staff within the comp – sadly for the Bulldogs they determined to come back good on Friday night time and handed out an actual mauling.
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