Thu, Jun 9, 12:17am by Kevin Pitstock
The Eagles have been the second best team in the competition for the last 6 or 7 weeks for me and I have been getting all over them. Can they get revenge on the Cowboys after losing by just 2 points in Round 8 this year? The Cowboys aren’t far off the pace, probably the third best team at the moment with the best attacking statistics in the competition. This was helped by a 40-24 thumping of the Raiders last week. The Eagles were more impressive at the weekend though, with a 38-4 demolition of the much better Bulldogs at ANZ stadium.
Even with a number of Origin players missing this week it is still the match of the week as both teams look to solidify position on the ladder.
This is played at the Eagles Strong hold Brookvale Oval. They have played just 5 games at this venue, with the Eagles getting up 3 to 2. Last time they met here was way back in the Cowboys Grand Finalist year of 2005 when they got up 26-24.
Anthony Watmough (O)
Will Hopoate (O)
Johnathan Thurston (O)
Matt Scott (O)
Eagles Preview – LWWWW
I can hear Desi Hasler thanking his lucky stars that Keiran Foran is a Kiwi. Foran has been playing up a treat in the Halves and is having his best season by far in the NRL. The Team is missing a couple of players due to Origin, though it really doesn’t have anywhere near as much impact as say the Dragons. They have been struggling to fit in players to their star studded back line at the Northern beaches, this is more of a chance for other players to get a run in first grade than anything else.
Big “Choc” Watmough is the other Origin player out (he should have been chosen for game 1, what were they thinking!?). He is one of the most mobile forwards in the game and brings a lot of aggression to any team that he plays for. Though in his place is gigantic Wing/Centre Tony Williams, who is now a gigantic second rower. This guy is scary for the opposition defence, and its almost as though Hasler saw this coming because Tony has played the last couple of weeks slotting in a second row when needed.
Cowboys Preview – WLWWW
The Cowboys have been the best attacking side in 2011 as they were the first team to crack the 300 mark after beating the Raiders last week. This was a stunning turnaround to say the least. Down 22-0 after just 21 minutes the Cowboys looked gone for all money. They clawed their way back to within striking distance, losing 24-22 with less than 20 minutes on the clock. A couple of Raiders errors and POOF! They scored 3 tries in the last 5 minutes to secuire a 13+ victory. I can happily say that there is not one team that could possibly pull this off but the Cowboys. I have seen 3 tries inside 10 minutes before, but I don’t recall ever seeing a team run in 3 tries in 5 minutes! Its Ludicrous!
Don’t get too excited Cowboys fans, your best 2 players are missing, Thurston and Scott. Not only that, Thurston is probably the best Rugby League Footballer in the World at the moment, and Scott is IMO the best front rower on week in week out. This is a massive blow for the Cowboys. To further this they have to travel to Brookvale, sure, they haven’t lost there in 12 years, but they have only played there twice in the last 12 years so that doesn’t say much at all.
The Eagles are quickly becoming the best team in the competition. They thumped the hell out of the Bulldogs, who just 3 weeks earlier gave the Dragons their biggest fright of the season in a 5 point loss that fans on both teams without finger nails. The Eagles are going to smash the hell out of the Cowboys in this one, 13+ is an absolute sure thing.
There is no point getting on the Eagles for the win unless you have it in a massive multi bet as they are paying next to nothing for the win. For the 13+ go to Centrebet for $1.72, this is my best margin bet recommendation of the week.
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