A timely NRL classic in Canberra

He brings a lot of it on himself. He's clearly a love / hate player. I can't stand the arguments that he's not talented though. I think it stems from stereotyping. The scrappy, fighter can't be skilful. The fleet footed centre can't be a good defender. Reynolds is a natural footballer. He carries the ball in two hands out in front of him. He's superb at drawing in two defenders and creating space for his outside men. His kicking game is very good and a damn site better than Hodkinson's at the moment who ironically gets wraps for his kicking game. Defence is good. Plus he comes up with a ton of 1%er plays every game. He has a few mistakes in him which gives his critics ammo but it's only because he's trying things instead if robotically working through the play book.

2 days ago
ELLIOTT: Are the Nines the solution to our State of Origin problem?

Interesting idea. On one hand the thought of breaking mid season makes me nervous but imagine how pumped you'd be when the NRL resumed, limited origin hangover and impact. I'm not sure about the quantity of football. Two games a night means 36 minutes of footy on a Friday night. Is that going to satisfy our appetites? Is it worth the broadcasters time to set up a live broadcast with all the bells and whistles for an hour of TV? Will people travel at night in the dead if winter to watch 36 minutes of footy, involving at least three teams you don't support? Maybe the answer is a quadruple header on Friday night and one on Sunday arvo. That would be a better timeslot to get the kids involved. You could package that up with a pacific nations challenge - round robin over 3 weeks with a final on the fourth. Tests between second tier nations, Jillaroos tests, U20's and schoolboys origin games and you'd have a four week festival of the boot with plenty for everyone. Then we'd be champing at the bit and frothing at the mouth for the NRL to resume instead of getting the lukewarm games we get now thru origin.

2 days ago
A timely NRL classic in Canberra

10 sub par games is a load of rot and the sort of garbage that hounds Reynolds . Two games ago he had three try assists and three line break assists in a fine performance. He was good in city v country - not great but certainly not sub par. First game of the season against the panthers he was the spark that almost got them back into the game. He hasn't had 10 sub par games at all.

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