Only one extra game per round this year but the card looks huge! Of first concern though is friday night's double header so let's talk about it ..
Wests Tigers +12
NQ Cowboys +4.5
Prices for Melbourne and the Cowboys have shortened ever so slightly so the early money is clearly coming for them ats ... Can't help but feel the Cowboys might just spoil the Broncos' party again .. Probably not as emphatically as they did last year (36-4) but Brisbane seems a bit unsettled in a few positions, especially with Karmichael Hunt a surprise tip to play halfback .. Wayne Bennett has made it known he's not been happy with the form of a few during the pre-season and is clearly not playing favourites with the group that won the premiership last year.
Interested to hear thoughts on the pipe opener in Melbourne .. Early rounds traditionally present value in taking teams recieving such a big start, but then again Melbourne destroyed Newcastle by 40-odd in rd one last year .. They'll be revved up for this after their premiership dream unravelled in '06.
Anyway enough from me .. Fire away fellas!
P.S. this weekend I'll be bidding a very sad farewell to Cairns
and shifting to a new post on the Gold Coast ... will be dealing closely with the Titans and later on the GC 'Blaze' (new NBL franchise) so I'll try to pass on more of that rolled gold fade material I used to re the Taipans!