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RLW pre­dic­tion: Mid- ta­ble

Rugby League Week - - Intrust Super Cup -

2016 fin­ish: Fi­nals week two Coach Scott Sip­ple: In­jury pre­ven­tion is a pri­or­ity this year: “Af­ter round 17 last year we had 13 play­ers in moon boots – just un­be­liev­able. So we sat down with our physio and sur­geon and changed up our re­hab and our flex­i­bil­ity to try and help pre­vent those in­juries. We’ve done ex­tra stretch­ing ses­sions af­ter train­ing and we’ve got the odd yoga teacher in. The boys say they stretch at home but I know they don’t, so we took it out of their hands. I think we will see the ben­e­fits of it this year.”

Player to watch: “Linc Port [above] has done a pre-sea­son with the Mel­bourne Storm and he looks very sharp. He will add pace to our at­tack at full­back and he is a nat­u­ral tryscorer, and that’s what we are look­ing for. Hope­fully what he learns in Mel­bourne, he’ll bring back to us. We’ll be look­ing to Linc and [former Bull­dogs re­cruit] Jar­rod McI­nally to get some four­point­ers be­tween them.”

KEY GAINS: Jar­rod McI­nally (Bull­dogs), Jack Svend­sen (North­ern Pride), Linc Port (North­ern Pride), Ger­ard McCal­lum (Hills Dis­trict)

KEY LOSSES: Dane Ho­gan (Sun­shine Coast), Brent Warr (France), Matt Pittman (re­tired)

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