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Big League Weekly Edition

2019 - Round 22

Your weekly guide to the NRL season, including the entire Final Series, the souvenir Grand Final program and our bumper Season Review. Every week Big League will feature stories on the big names, preview the big games and continue our popular Little League section for the young rugby league fans. With official team-lists, extensive statistics and up-to-date news, Big League provides everything you need to follow the NRL.

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slippery eels eyeing top four

WITH Parramatta’s finals spot all but assured, Eels lock Nathan Brown says their goal is to now finish inside the top four and believes Mitch Moses is the man to lead them to the promised land. Moses has been in red-hot form of late and leads the competition for try assists with 22 – four ahead of his nearest rival, Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary. The Eels rank sixth on the ladder with 26 competition points – three wins clear of ninth place and one win outside the top four. No team in the NRL era has ever won the premiership from outside the top four, which is why Brown believes it’s paramount to continue rising up the ladder. “Top four is definitely the aim,” Brown told Big League. “If we keep playing well, we’ll give…

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kicking off

THERE are few topics I’m an absolute expert in (not that that’s ever stopped me from debating someone before) but women in league is right up my alley as I am, as you can hopefully tell, a woman in league. I remember writing yarns when Women in League Round first arrived on the scene more than 10 years ago, and I’m happy to say things have evolved from the stories I pumped out in those days that still focused very much on male players and the women in their orbit. Not that they don’t deserve acknowledgement too – there are countless mums and partners who sacrifice immensely to support people around them – but there’s a whole new untapped market of women at every level of the game who have interesting…

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storm primed to intensify

THE Melbourne Storm sit six points clear at the top and are fresh from a commanding win over premiership rivals the Rabbitohs, and their incredible form has punters wondering if Craig Bellamy’s side has reached their peak a month out from the finals. The Storm finished Round 21 with the best attack and defence in the league and are on track for the minor premiership. Some have questioned whether they have another gear, but prop Jesse Bromwich says the outside noise is just that. “It doesn’t bother us what people say. I know that we can go even higher,” he told Big League. “If you look at the South Sydney game, who knows what we could have done if we didn’t have those nine penalties against us? We’re putting ourselves in tough positions…

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next chapter begins for nrlw

THE draw may not be finalised, but preparations are well and truly underway for the upcoming NRLW season, with all four sides returning to the training paddock this week. The Broncos were the inaugural premiers following a comprehensive win over the Roosters on grand final day, but it’s the Dragons who’ll head into the new season as favourites thanks to a number of astute purchases, including reigning women’s Dally M Player of the Year Brittany Breayley. “I don’t know if we’re the favourites. A lot depends on how everyone gels,” Dragons utility Keeley Davis told Big League. “I don’t think that tag worries us too much because we’re just looking forward to getting into camp and doing our job. Hopefully it pays off.” The Red V managed just one victory in 2018 but are…

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depth test for finals hopefuls

IT shapes as one of the most important clashes of the round as teams continue to jostle for finals spots, but the Sea Eagles and Wests Tigers head into their Thursday night match minus some big stars. The Tigers have suffered a double blow with leaders Robbie Farah (fractured tibia) and Moses Mbye (hip flexor) both ruled out, with neither guaranteed to return in 2019. Given the nature of Farah’s injury, the Wests Tigers would likely need to finish in the top eight for him to get the farewell game he deserves. Jacob Liddle replaces him in the starting side this week, and while he lacks Farah’s experience, his speed and guile around the ruck will trouble Manly’s big forwards. “[Farah] is a key part of our team but the best thing is…

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fighting for a spot

THIS season is James Maloney’s last in the NRL before heading to Catalans in 2020 and he’s desperate to play finals one last time. The 33-year-old has only missed one finals series in a career that has spanned 11 seasons. “100 per cent I want to play finals,” Maloney told Big League. “I’ve only missed the finals once in my career and there’s no way I want to finish like that this year. We’ve got a few big games first before we can play finals.” Friday night’s clash between Brisbane and Penrith shapes as one of the most crucial games of the season. The Panthers sit seventh on the ladder with 22 competition points, while the Broncos round out the top half with 21. Both sides can control their own destiny over the final month…