State of Origin is great, and so is the NRL at this time of year, and we are making sure our NRL Round 12 Preview is deserving of the quality round that it is. So…..
OK, poor joke over, but that is exactly what the NRL rounds are over State of Origin period. A joke. And it’s not just one round, we have plenty more weeks of this rubbish. And the loyal reader of this website will have many more weeks of complaining about it. No other competition devalues itself for so long like the NRL.
The first up serving of Round 12 shows why State of Origin should be moved to standalone Sunday, and moved next season. 8 Teams who have offered up 19 players for the 2017 Origin series opener. Great. And how many of the Origin players who are scheduled to play a few days afterwards will be “rested”.
Onto the usual NRL preview stuff then.
THE NRL ROUND 12 PREVIEW MATCH BY MATCH IN 20 WORDS OR LESS OR SO
FRIDAY – SOUTHS v EELS
Former Gurgler favourite Semi Radradra showing us what we’ll miss when he moves to rugby. Neither side supplying any Origin players.
SATURDAY – WARRIORS v BRONCOS
A shame a great clash is reduced so badly by Origin. Chance for redemption for NZ and being awful last weekend. Broncos slide down the ladder T Minus 5…..4……
SATURDAY – SHARKS v BULLDOGS
This could be the most boring game of the year. Predicting a big one for the big man Kasiano. A surprise this isn’t a Sunday game.
SUNDAY – RAIDERS v ROOSTERS
Raiders slightly underwhelming in 2017, Roosters missing Origin stars but have great back ups. When will Ricky lose it?
THE BIG QUESTION FOR THE NRL ROUND 12 PREVIEW
Q. How can you tell it is Origin time?
A. The Canberra Raiders get a Channel Nein TV game.
THE GURGLER’S NRL TIPPING COMPETITION
Each week we will supply our tips for the week ahead, plus take on some guest tipsters. They are likely to determined by a ridiculous method. Will arse beat class? Probably. Pity we’re neither.
We have done it for the EPL, but next to none reads it. So we hope to get at least half of those people for the NRL tipping.
THE GURGLER’s NRL ROUND 12 PREVIEW TIPS
SOUTHS to beat the Eels
NZ to beat Broncos
BULLDOGS to beat Sharks
ROOSTERS to beat Raiders
NRL ROUND 12 PREVIEW – GUEST TIPSTER 1 – PLAYERS SUPPLIED FOR LAST 3 ORIGINS
With all the whining and moaning about Origin ruining the NRL, why not have our Guest Tips based on how many Origin players these clubs have supplied over the past three Origin series.
Number of players in brackets
SOUTHS (6) to beat Eels (4)
BRONCOS (16) to beat NZ (4)
BULDOGS (11) to beat Sharks (9)
ROOSTERS (12) to beat Raiders (3)
NRL ROUND 12 PREVIEW – REGULAR GUEST TIPSTER – THE DOG
SOUTHS to beat Eels
BRONCOS to beat NZ
BULDOGS to beat Sharks
ROOSTERS to beat Raiders
RESULTS SO FAR
Got beaten by the dog and number of jerseys. At least we’re ahead of a pack of cards.
Best Worst Coaches – 88% – 7/8
R3 Ladder Improvement from 2016 – 75% – 6/8
Deadliest Mascot – 75% – 6/8
Scrabble – 63% – 5/8
Penalties Conceded 63% – 5/8
Twitter – 63% – 5/8
Number of Jerseys – 63% – 5/8
The Gurgler – 56% – 49 / 88
The Dog – 56% – 49 / 88
Selections by Postcode – 55% – 22/40
Errors – 50% – 4/8
Selection by Mascot – 38% – 3/8
Most Interesting Fan – 38% – 3/8
Pack of Cards – 25% – 2/8
THE GURGLER’S NRL ROUND 12 PREVIEW SUPER MULTI
SOUTHS to win
BRONCOS +10.5 start
BULLDOGS to win
ROOSTERS +6.5 start
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