Kalalo didnt play yesterday in either 1sts or 2nds.Easts will rip Brothers a new one in the forwards. They are considerably better.
Brothers, through their early success through the season, over relied on aggression and psyche, but no one really gives a fuck anymore and have figured out that despite maximum effort that they always put in they are quite average. Especially in the forwards. The only guy in their pack worth a tinkers dam is their 6, Leo McCarthy.
Easts have a significant advantage 1 to 5 and then in the main across their back row with Wilson and Stoddart probably being two of the most under rated back rowers all season. They're sort of like the King Gee man ....no worries , no fuss , just jump in and fix shit.
Then you get to halves and Farrar and Annan are much better than Varrichio and Grant. Granted, there isn't much between Grant and Annan, however, Annan has the physical advantage and the kicking game to boot to get his team around the park. Farrar is the Ace in the hole though. Big advantage over Varrichio- which also starts with a big kicking game - that with Annan, is the double whammy.
So in the first 10 match ups I only have Brothers better at the 6 spot. And that's where the game will be won and lost.
Sure Lastus has it over Kalolo at 12 and Tim Ryan and Athen Waia own the 14 and 15 spots over Easts but Homan and Godwin will blister anyone at 13 and the other wing spot to what Brothers can throw out there .
Brothers usual bullshit and bluster will sort of keep them in it but I am calling Easts by a minimum of 10
righto punters. Time for your predications this weekend and then of course the following one in the big dance.
Brothers beat Easts - very close game and will be by about 5 points. Two different styles. Easts will use their backline and Brothers will play old skool 10 man rugby.
The big dance again will be a corker. Close but UQ getting a weeks R&R will recharged to get up by 10 points.
Looks like I got it just right...UQ win closer than I predicted..
Still think Easts will just pip Brothers down at Bond...
I think it will be a bash-a-thon - both teams almost cancel each other out with key players and kicking will definitely play a part. They both play a very basic schoolboy style of rugby; just with bigger players.Looks like I got it just right...
Uni vs Easts hard to seperate, may come down to kicking duel between Lynagh and Annan. The week off to rest niggles may just get Uni over the line...
Would have loved to see Norths have a crack at both of these teams...if they didn't have the 5 points taken of them could have been a Uni v Norths final...oh well that's footy I guess...