March 28, 2017

NRL Round 2 Round Up – Best, Blurst, Burning Questions & Team O Week

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The rugby league weekend has concluded and a NRL Round 2 review will be everywhere on many fine websites and news locations.

It is also available on our website as well for those with slightly and much greater expectations.

We provide our thoughts on the best and blurst of the weekend, as well as provide our NRL Round 2 Review Team of the Week. Plus our 5-4-3-2-1 points for the best overall player this week contributing to the inaugural Shearer medal.

 

BEST BIT OF THE WEEKEND

Slightly biased, but the performance without Greg Inglis means 2017 may well be worth supporting.

Especially Cody Walker. No Inglis? No worries. Here’s a bit we prepared earlier and elsewhere, stay with us, it is wordy….

When Greg Inglis went down (and unbelievably carried on for much longer than expected) in Round 1, many wondered about the impact that may have on the Rabbitohs season. But to be honest given Inglis’ impact for three quarters of 2016 on the field, you could argue that Souths may be no worse off. That is because of Cody Walker.

Cody Walker was sensational in his first season in 2016 and I argued to many that he should have been Souths player of the year and Rookie of the Year, and the signs are good that 2017 will see no second season syndrome. Given the time he had to wait for his chance it was probably unlikely anyway.

He was great against Manly, and seems to thrive with the extra responsibility of no Inglis. He looked dangerous on Souths left side throughout and scored one and threw the last pass in two other first half tries as Souths turned around an early Manly blitz to lead 18-12 at half time.

There was no let up in the second half, and he was dangerous throughout, and by the end of the match had 1 Try, 2 Try Assists and 3 Line Breaks in amongst some good metres and tackles.

It is a shame that he spent so many years in the second tier competitions in both states, but he is sure making up for lost time, and Souths will need it continue to be any kind of force in 2017.

 

WORST BIT OF THE WEEKEND

Second half capitulations from several teams. All tipped by The Gurgler.

 

6 QUESTIONS FROM NRL ROUND 2….

What’s wrong with a draw?

Are the Melbourne Storm rugby league’s most professional team?

Which coach will be first sacked?

Is the latest injury for the Hayne Plane an excuse to take off from the Gold Coast?

How long until Ricky Stuart aka Carlos Smearson blows up big time?

How good is Newcastle winning?

 

….AND THE INSTANT ANSWERS

Nothing. I’m sure a state and stadium full of Broncos-Cowboys supporters would be happy with a draw.
Probably, Any conditions, anywhere they are usually compeditive.
Hmmm, smart money says Barrett, but don’t discount the prickly Stuart or the unlikeable Taylor if results get worse.
It’s our conspiracy theory that Hayne won’t return from this injury. Looking to Le Rugby.
Not long we think.
Plenty.

 

GURGLER’S NRL ROUND 2 REVIEW TEAM OF THE WEEK

Here’s our team of the week for Round 2. We try and pick in position but sometimes there are a few from the same position that make our list. Even the best have to shuffle around for the best teams.

1- Cameron Munster (Storm)
2- Semi Radradra (Eels)
3- Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)
4- Corey Norman (Eels)
5- Tom Trbojevic (Manly)
6- James Maloney (Sharks)
7- Cooper Cronk (Storm)
8- Viking Clap (Canberra)
9- Jayden Brailey (Sharks)
10- Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
11- Wade Graham (Sharks)
12- Tyrone Peachey (Panthers)
13- Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs)

 

GURGLER’S SHEARER MEDAL SCORES FROM NRL ROUND 2

Here we pick the best 5 over the weekend, and by the end of the year will have the inaugural Shearer Medal for Gurgler’s player of the season. Shearer being Dale Shearer, one of The Gurgler’s all time favourite footballers.

5 Points – Cooper Cronk (Storm)
4 Points – Wade Graham (Sharks)
3 Points – Tyrone Peachey (Panthers)
2 Points – Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)
1 Point – Jayden Brailey (Sharks)

GURGLER’S SHEARER MEDAL 2017 PROGRESS

5 Points – Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
5 Points – Cooper Cronk (Storm)
4 Points – Luke Keary (Roosters)
4 Points – Wade Graham (Sharks)
3 Points – Gareth Widdop (Dragons)
3 Points – Tyrone Peachey (Panthers)
2 Points – James Tedesco (Tigers)
2 Points – Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)
1 Point – Mitch Barnett (Newcastle)
1 Point – Jayden Brailey (Sharks)

About Max Layne 193 Articles
Max has no time for long bios, he has only time for sport and then more sport. Each week he tries to sum up what sport has tickled the collective fancy of The Gurgler.

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