Saturday, 14 May 2016

2 Team Tracy - Round 10 Edition

With the rep round behind us it is time to see what 2 teams our "favourite" bandwagon supporter will be cheering on this weekend.
Eels vs Rabbitohs
Friday 13th May
Pirtek Stadium

You have got to feel for the Parramatta Eels and the shit they've gone through, not just over the last few days since their punishment has been handed down, but the months and months on end that this whole saga has been dragging on for. The way in which the players and coaching staff have handled these events is to be applauded. Just imagine how it would be going down in some of the cheerleading pages if it were the Warriors engulfed in this controversy, it'd all be Cappys fault.

With that being said, 2TT is donning the blue and gold this weekend as the Eels face off against the Rabbitohs.

If we cast our memory back to when the Storm were punished for their salary cap breaches and the way they responded against the Warriors in dishing out all the emotion that had been built up due to the NRL's findings, it's hard not to back the Eels against an under performing Rabbitohs team.

The players have put on an extremely brave face during this whole ordeal and the comradery and willingness to still make 2016 count shown within the camp has the alarm bells ringing if you're a Souths fan.

2TT is backing the Eels ($1.61) in this one and is expecting a bit of a boil over with Parra running away with the contest and winning by 21-25 ($18.00). With Peats being moved on to get the club back within the salary cap, look for De Gois to crash over from dummy half early on as 1st try scorer ($26) to set the tempo for the remainder of the match

Panthers vs Warriors
Saturday 14th May
AMI Stadium

With what can only be explained as one of the tougher weeks the NZ Warriors franchise has been through over the years, the under strength team managed to turn up and produce a stellar effort against St George a fortnight ago and come away with a morale boosting victory.

With the "shameful 6" having served their punishment and now back in the frame for selection (apart from Manu who is still working his way back from personal leave) only 2 have been named to take a spot within the 17. (Matulino and Thompson)

With those two influential forwards returning to the team and the addition of Tui Lolohea and Tommy Leuluai, who both return from injury, the Warriors will be a force to be reckoned with this weekend. Add to that Issac Luke's snubbing from the test arena and the point he will be out to prove as he looks to redeem himself as the premier hooker in NZ and win back the black jersey, all the signs point to a Warriors victory.

Penrith will be no easy beats though. Having come up with their biggest loss in Round 1 by 8 points against the Raiders, Penrith have gone on to lose 3 games by 2 points and 1 by 5 points. On the flip side, they've gone on to win 2 games by 1 point, 1 by 2 points and 1 by 4 points. While they have been well and truly in every game they've played, do not underestimate the grueling toll that would have taken on the players, especially with a few of them enjoying stellar performances during the rep round, 2TT foresees that they may have a below par peformance this week against a side that is looking to let their footy do the talking.

Warriors by 16-20 ($17) and look for Fusitua ($10) to crash into the corner for the opening try on the end of a slick backline move with Lolohea handing him the try assist in his return game.

*Side Note*
Gotta give a huge wrap to the folk in Christchurch with this game being a sell out. Brilliant stuff! Also big props to Penrith for taking their "home" game to the shakey isles.

2 Team Tracy currently stands at 4/4 winning teams picked.

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