Cowboys becoming story of the season as Bunnies’ Reynolds disaster deepens: Blog with Hoops

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THE North Queensland Cowboys six-match winning streak has developed into the best storyline of the season and sets up an epic game against premiers Penrith in round 12.

The way coach Todd Payten has got the Cowboys to buy in and believe is an example of great coaching and the proof was never more evident than when they lost key players Jason Taumalolo and Kyle Feldt against the Melbourne Storm and still powered to a 36-6 landslide win.

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On the flip side South Sydney’s decision to allow Adam Reynolds to leave Redfern is beginning to look like one of the worst recruitment blunders in recent memory as the rounds continue to tick over.

Take nothing away from the Canberra Raiders who have claimed back-to-back top eight scalps in the Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney but the Bunnies were rudderless without captain Cameron Murray and fullback Latrell Mitchell.

The Rabbitohs are now facing an uphill battle to make the eight off the back of four preliminary finals and a grand final appearance last season.

The one thing in the Bunnies favour is they’ve got a reasonable draw over the next month with games against Wests Tigers, a bye, the Gold Coast and then St George Illawarra.

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Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has unearthed a real find in unsung hooker Zac Woolford, who has been a key component of the Green Machine posting back-to-back victories.

With Woolford starting games and providing a steady hand out of dummy-half it then allows Tom Starling to come on and provide spark and creativity and all of a sudden the Raiders have found their mojo again.

The Eels thriller over Manly was another cracking game with Manly coach Des Hasler now waging a one man war against the bunker and its decision to penalise Christian Tuipolotu’s try-save tackle on Eels winger Haze Perham.

Premiers Penrith were also super impressive in putting on a clinic against the Roosters with five-eighth Jarome Luai lighting up the Panthers attack with a double in the opening half to set up a cracking clash against North Queensland at the foot of the mountains on Friday night.

What were your likes or dislikes from round 11?

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