Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Eight of the Very Best Would Spice Up Finals

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Eight of the Very Best Would Spice Up Finals

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THE upcoming final series is about as close Co and enticing Co as I can recall in my three-plus decades covering the NRL. In all four games this weekend, no result would be a surprise.

But the finals could be even more fascinating if each team were able to C[pounds sterling]borrowC[yen] a player from a club in the bottom eight and play them in the finals. The right player could make a supreme difference to the chances of the teams still in contention.

As an exercise, I have selected players who I believe could transform teams from aspirants to genuine contenders.

BULLDOGS Co Nate Myles. A former Dogs player, Myles would feel comfortable in the blue and white and give added grunt up front. With Kasiano, Pritchard and Eastwood battling the bulge, the ability of Myles to play 80 minutes could be the trump card.

STORM Co Tim Grant. I'm not convinced Melbourne can win the title with aging props Ryles and Norrie, so the powerful Grant would give them a massive boost in the engine room. His go-forward would set a perfect platform for Smith, Cronk and Slater to weave their magic.

RABBITOHS Co Jarrod Mullen. Sure, John Sutton has been better of late, but the areas in which Souths fall down are fifth-tackle options and general organisation. Not only would Mullen be a much-needed steadying influence, his kicking game is a big plus.

SEA EAGLES Co Ben Matulino. If the Sea Eagles have an Achilles heel, it's their bench. Replacements rarely have an impact and usually get little time. Matulino could start and Brent Kite or Jason King would certainly make an impression when called into the fray.

COWBOYS Co Chris Sandow. Just imagine the options the Cowboys would have to toss at the opposition with Sandow alongside Thurston and Bowen. That combination has the potential to bewilder opposition defences, and Sandow would add a third string to their already fabulous kicking bow.

RAIDERS Co Robbie Farah. David Furner continues to play ducks and drakes with his dummy halves Co one of the pivotal positions on the field. With their massive pack and speedy backs, Farah would revel in plotting the attacking raids, and his kicking game would be priceless. …

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