Kick to Come – The Gurgler’s NRL Round 23 Preview

Time for the Kick to Come – the NRL Round 23 Preview for the weekend ahead.

And we’re super excited about NRL on Channel Nein on a Saturday.

A great line up of games this weekend, and we can’t wait. Except for Sunday 4pm.

Can you wait for our NRL Round 23 Preview? Of course you can’t/can.

THE NRL ROUND 23 PREVIEW MATCH BY MATCH IN 23 WORDS OR LESS OR SO

THURSDAY – RABBITOHS BULLDOGS v 
The beauty of Thursday is that we only have to change one of the teams in the header. Why not start the weekend off with two of dullest sides in the comp. Certainly not 1st v 2nd which is on Saturday evening.

FRIDAY – EELS v KNIGHTS
What a shame that the Knights meet one of the form teams in the comp to attempt a third win in a row. Parra dark horse for title, Knights dark horse for team of the year.

FRIDAY – BRONCOS v SHARKS
Two teams arriving in different form – Broncos smashed Titans to nil, and Sharks looked like they had a nil interest at times v Canberra. Will a coach spray and player heart to heart turn it around. 

SATURDAY – DRAGONS v TITANS

Shame how the Titans season is going. Last year they were the toughest side who never gave up and made the eight. We could blame Jarryd Hayne and we will. The Ronaldo of rugby league with a significantly smaller percentage of talent.

SATURDAY – STORM v ROOSTERS
1st v 2nd and possibly a grand final preview. Whether anyone can beat the Storm will be answered this Saturday night.

SATURDAY – PANTHERS v COWBOYS
Penrith are building nicely and have entered the eight at the expense of the Dragons. The Cowboys have had a tough run and are not winning keeps them in knockout territory for the finals.

SUNDAY – WARRIORS v RAIDERS
Inyone truly surprised that the Warriors are disappointing this season, they are the Emporers of Disappointment. Every year it is all about Dark Horse NZ Warriors. Pfffft to anyone who suggests that in future. A shame as a good NZ is good to watch.

SUNDAY – TIGERS v SEA EAGLES
Channel Nein love their Sunday footy. We don’t.

 

THE BIG QUESTION

WHO IS 2017’S BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

NZ WARRIORS

Tuivasa-Sheck, Foran, Johnson, Luke. All big names that haven’t been able to turn the Warriors around. Is Stephen Kearney any good as a coach? Or something deeper. Either way they have disappointed, more than usual.

BULLDOGS

Dubbed the Bore-dogs by us and they have been ordinary for most of the season. How Hasler has held on this long is a mystery.

RABBITOHS

Going backwards more every year. The shining light from 2016 Cody Walker has had limited opportunities and San Burgess can’t do everything. Angus Crichton the only positive. Time to sell Burgess twins and Greg Inglis and refresh squad. And if that doesn’t work time to move Maguire in.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

A shame that the NRL weekend kicks off with a game that is usually involving the Bulldogs. So many great clashes are consigned to Saturday night which is great for us with Fox League but no way to start each round.

WAITING TO UNVEIL LAST 6 ROUNDS

Tigers and Bulldogs got 5 Fta games in the last 6 rounds. If the draw is decided in June to get games as the Nrl say then they are either mad or lying.

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, and no one reads it. So we hope to get at least half of those people for the NRL tipping.

THE GURGLER’s NRL ROUND 23 PREVIEW TIPS

RABBITOHS to beat Bulldogs
EELS to beat Knights
BRONCOS to beat Sharks
TITANS to beat Dragons
STORM to beat Roosters
PANTHERS to beat Cowboys
RAIDERS to beat Warriors
TIGERS to beat Sea Eagles

NRL ROUND 23 PREVIEW – GUEST TIPSTER – POSTCODES AGAIN

 

We bring back on old favourite, or we can’t be arsed thinking of anything new.

We take the four digits of the postcode of each club, and add them together and the bigger total based on postcode gets the tip. Postcode are taken from club’s spiritual level e.g. for Souths it is Redfern Oval. (2016 = 2+0+1+6 = 9)

BULLDOGS (2192) to beat Souths (2016)
EELS (2150) to beat Knights (2300)
BRONCOS (4064) to beat Sharks (2230)
TITANS (4226) to beat Dragons (2217)
ROOSTERS (2026) to beat Storm (3000)
PANTHERS (2750) to beat Cowboys (4810)
RAIDERS (2601) to beat Warriors (1061)
TIGERS (2040) to beat Sea Eagles (2100)

RESULTS SO FAR

Here’s a list of our results and the ridiculous things we’ve put our tips up against this year so far.

Most Visited Website – 88% – 7/8
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
% of Draw – 63% – 5/8
<strong>The Gurgler – 60% – 91 / 152 </strong>
Jersey Sponsor’s Annual Turnover – 4/7 – 57%
Selections by Postcode – 55% – 22/40
<strong>The Dog – 54% – 82 / 152</strong>
4 Rounds Form – 50% – 4/8
Errors – 50% – 4/8
Odds Change from Start of Season – 50% – 4/8
Leagues Club Turnover – 38% – 3/8
Selection by Mascot – 38% – 3/8
Most Interesting Fan – 38% – 3/8
Pack of Cards – 25% – 2/8
Best Chart Position of Club’s Fan -16% – 1/6
Origin Players from last 3 Years – 0% – 0/4

 

GURGLER NRL ROUND 23 SUPER MULTI

Cody Walker to score anytime v Bulldogs
KNIGHTS +18.5 start v Eels
BRONCOS to beat Sharks
TITANS +10.5 v Dragons
EITHER SIDE (Storm or Roosters) to win by 9.5 or less
COWBOYS +10.5 start
WARRIORS +10.5 start
TIGERS +8.5 start

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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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