Manly NRL player Joel Thompson is in a stable condition in hospital after smashing his head into rocks in an alcohol-fuelled incident during the long weekend.
Few people expected to see the Melbourne Storm in the NRL’s semi-final weekend but, unfortunately for their opposition, here they are.
As impressive as Parramatta were in their 58-0 obliteration of Brisbane on Sunday, few punters are giving them a chance of getting over the line against a Storm side fuming after their horror loss to the Raiders last Saturday.
Similarly, Manly did a great job to overcome their long injury list in a stirring win over Cronulla but they too have been given little chance of knocking off a Souths side – despite the latter looking horrid against the Roosters.
Will the semi-finals really be that cut and dry? Or are there more to these matches than meets the eye?
We were joined by Roar rugby league expert Joe Frost on the Game of Codes podcast to have a deeper look at both games and, ultimately, make a call on who wins and by how many.
Manly will regain the suspended Martin Taupau for the Souths clash, but the Rabbitohs are also getting back Sam Burgess and Dane Gagai.
Parramatta will need to make considerable improvement over their last meeting with Melbourne – a 64-10 loss.