1. Benji Marshall’s solo try against the Parramatta Eels showed the freaky five-eighth at the top of his game. The bearded one looks fit, fast and fully recovered from a mid-season knee injury.
2. Issac Luke is expected to turn his back on the NRL at the end of the season. The Rabbitohs hooker has received a massive offer to represent Australia at the London Olympics as a member of the diving team.
3. Poor old Mitch Brown can’t take a trick. The part-time winger, centre and fullback has once again dropped back to the bench, this time for the returning Lote Tuqiri.
4. Einhorn is Finkle! Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is a man! I’ll be cheering for the Broncos on Sunday afternoon! I can’t believe I said it. Now, can someone pass the toothpaste.
5. Rookie prop Matt Groat has made it pretty easy to forget about Andrew Fifita. The Cronulla-bound prop has all the potential in the world but for one reason or another refused to do the tough stuff that Groat clearly loves.
6. Sounds like Craig Bellamy is the latest coach to drink the South Sydney Kool-Aid. Let’s put this in perspective – again. The Bunnies belted two of the worst teams in the NRL and needed an intercept, sideline conversion, missed field goal and one of the best con jobs of all time to beat the struggling Cowboys.
7. Liam Fulton’s flexibility came into question this week, but the in-form backrower apparently has 20/20 vision. For those of you who missed it, check out http://tinyurl.com/3cd6v5t
8. Todd Carney is the NRL equivalent of a fart in an elevator. The bad smell just won’t go away.
9. Rob Lui had a career day against the Eels, going 20/20 in defence, but it’s his running game that continues to impress. His footwork, slight of hand and ability to break tackles remind me of the full fat Scott Prince, not the diet version we’ve seen in recent years.
10. You’ve got three teams locked on 30 points, a Rabbits ‘revival’ and a Dragons v Warriors clash that could decide the top four but hey, let’s broadcast the Eels and the Roosters. Thanks Channel Nine, for once again putting fans first.
11. It’s great to see Simon Dwyer out and about again despite a career-threatening injury. The big bloke will officially return to off-field action when he meets fans at Gearzone Campbelltown today.
12. Petero Civoniceva didn’t hold back in his assessment of the Panthers this week, and who can blame him. Penrith’s poor handling of the various coaching changes gave Steve Georgallis the perfect chance to return to the Tigers in 2012.
13. What’s the over/under on the number of penalties Greg Bird will pull on Monday night? A graduate of the Issac Luke School Of Acting, Bird captivated audiences with his portrayal of a fair and honest footballer when the teams last met in Round 6.