Who will be the All Stars after 80 this weekend?
Wednesday 6 February 2013 2:54 PM
We may still be four weeks away from our NRL season-opening fixture against the Rabbitohs, but rugby league is set to return this weekend with the annual All Stars fixture in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Although there may be only one Rooster representing out in the middle at Suncorp Stadium, the talent across the park is set to excite and intrigue fans with a host of superstars set to take the field for the first time in 2013.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall may be the lone Chook, but will line-up alongside fellow NRL All Stars Jarryd Hayne, Benji Marshall, Cameron Smith and James Tamou as they look to overcome their Indigenous opposition boasting the likes of Ben Barba, Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston and Greg Bird.
The man they call SKD will face-up against Roosters 2002 premiership winner Justin Hodges in the centres in a match that features seven former Tricolours players. Tamou, Ben Hannant, Ashley Harrison, Willie Mason and David Shillington will all feature for the NRL side while Hodges and George Rose will take to the turf for the Indigenous squad.
If how Roosters.com.au readers think the match will pan out is anything to go by, then SKD and his NRL team mates will be celebrating come full-time, with our online poll asking “Who will win the 2013 All Stars match?” returning over 650 votes and 77% of them picking the NRL boys.
After the overwhelming support for the NRL squad, we thought we would test our very own experts here at Roosterland on who they thought would take out the match and here’s what they had to say...
Trent Robinson – Indigenous All Stars by 2 / MOM: Johnathan Thurston
Jason Taylor – NRL All Stars by 4 / MOM: Cam Smith
Lee Bennett – NRL All Stars by 10 / MOM: Benji Marshall
Peter O’Sullivan – NRL All Stars by 10 / MOM: Adam Reynolds
Craig Fitzgibbon – NRL All Stars by 14 / MOM: Jarryd Hayne
Paul Green – NRL All Stars by 12 / MOM: Cam Smith