Rugby league legend Brad Fittler has raised alarm bells concerning the Eels’ capacity to cope with the scorching Townsville warmth after recalling a poor efficiency in Darwin earlier this season.
Talking to Andrew Johns for Large World of Sports activities’ Freddy and the Eighth’s Ideas, Fittler blasted Parramatta’s “unusual” choice to host the Cowboys in Darwin again in spherical eight.
The Eels had been thumped by the Cowboys 35-4 at TIO Stadium in scorching late-April temperatures, with Fittler questioning why they’d host a group accustomed to sizzling climate of their annual fixture within the prime finish.
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With the return match between the 2 sides to be performed in what’s forecast to be 24 levels and 67 per cent humidity at kick-off time in Townsville, with a spot within the grand closing at stake, Fittler mentioned Todd Payten’s males would begin the sport with a 12-point edge as a result of warmth alone.
“The great factor is Parramatta acquired flogged by North Queensland, massive choice to take the sport to Darwin and ask North Queensland to hitch you,” Fittler mentioned.
“I discovered that unusual, however that is the place the business division will get concerned within the rugby league facet of issues…
“Why would you’re taking North Queensland there? Why would not you’re taking Melbourne or Canberra?
“I feel the Cowboys (will win). I feel they get a few dozen factors benefit from enjoying up there.”
Johns was stunned Fittler thought the warmth was value as many as a dozen factors to the Cowboys, however agreed that it was a major edge. Each rugby league legends tipped the house facet to win, though Johns was cautious about North Queensland’s formline.
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”I’ll tip the Cowboys, simply. I feel a Valentine Holmes field-goal will win it, there will be nothing in it,” Johns mentioned.
“The worrying factor for the Cowboys for me is that Cronulla, in that first semi, 30-all, they let in 30 factors. After which you probably have a take a look at the formline, Souths, what Souths did to Cronulla. So the formline there, whether or not their type stacks up towards the true elite… however we’ll see Friday evening.”
Fittler agreed that the sport would go right down to the wire, saying he’d been impressed with Parramatta’s type.
”I nonetheless suppose they’ll be beneath strain, I do not suppose it may be straightforward,” Fittler mentioned.
“Parramatta are going fairly good, they have a whole lot of confidence out of final week, however I’ll go the Cows as effectively.”
Scroll beneath for the present leaderboard and week three finals suggestions by Andrew Johns and all 9’s skilled tipsters!
Andrew Johns: Cowboys, Panthers
Brad Fittler: Cowboys, Panthers
Wally Lewis: Cowboys, Panthers
Ruan Sims: Cowboys, Panthers
Paul Gallen: Eels, Panthers
Billy Slater: Cowboys, Panthers
Darren Lockyer: Cowboys, Panthers
Mat Thompson: Cowboys, Panthers
David Middleton: Eels, Panthers
Michael Chammas: Eels, Panthers
The Mole: Cowboys, Panthers
Ben Glover: Eels, Panthers
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