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AJ Mithen is a sportswriter, co-host of the podcast ‘A Sporting Discussion’ and regular guest on radio ABC Central Victoria and RRR FM. He loves to give space to the sporting stories the mainstream forgets - and he’ll never rest until Australian baseball gets the coverage it deserves. He’s always up for a chat on Twitter @AJMithen.

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The onfield & bunker call was Leota was ‘attempting a tackle’, not trying to charge down the kick. I did raise an eyebrow, but that’s because I didn’t know that was even an option on the kicker in the act of kicking.

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Can they get past the younger, faster Canberra Raiders though? I don’t think so… 😛

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Ha! I missed that but now I need to write a whole bit about it 😂 😂

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

The lifting & twisting group tackle has really been employed in the last couple of years hasn’t it JVGO. The Storm, Raiders, Bunnies, Panthers and Roosters were all trying it with various degrees of success. A couple of times last night the Panthers were basically picking up a player and carrying them backwards. I don’t know – Maybe the solution is to call ‘held’ faster?

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Cheers Nat.

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Cheers Narra – we aim to have some fun here. Hopefully some did…

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Cheers, kk. Hope you are going along well mate. And yes – congratulations to Albo as well!

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

I agree 100% the reserve 18th man rule needs to be changed Frank. In its current form it’s quite frankly ridiculous. I touched on it last week – https://www.theroar.com.au/2021/09/27/and-then-there-were-two-talking-points-from-nrl-preliminary-final-weekend/

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Also – this. Bennett saying Arrow effectively hid how badly he was affected.
https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/nrl-2021-jai-arrow-concussion-wayne-bennett-south-sydney-rabbitohs-vs-penrith-panthers-grand-final-viliame-kikau/news-story/f7bae136bdd44bc9648044d93776afb5

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

I wasn’t sure about the Arrow and Cook sub/no sub HIA/no HIA either. Hopefully Annesley explains what the rules were today, but I’m not holding my breath.

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Drove me batty, Tony. When the first kick went to Penrith’s in-goal, in all the black flying around I though for all money Leota had scored…

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Thanks for the comment Mark, I will respond with some facts.
– Cam Murray played 75 minutes and was one of South Sydney’s best players. I probably should have included him in my talking points as one of the better players on the field.
– Dane Gagai was off the field from the 12th minute till the 25th, returning after passing his HIA. He’s not part of the Bunnies’ forwards rotation and also played strongly.
– Jai Arrow entered the field in the 20th minute, got hit on his first play, was off the field from the 21st-26th minutes, and returned to play the remainder of the first half before being ruled out of the game at the break.
Last week, after 15 minutes Melbourne had to play the rest of the game without two of their most elite and influential players – Christian Welch and Brandon Smith. You’ll forgive me if I don’t see many dots to be joined here.

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

Great comment Mike. You’re bang on.

Guts, game control and a gift from Cody Walker: Grand Final talking points

This is great Brett, really enjoyable. A mate of mine and I once sponsored our friend’s aussie rules team as ‘Acquiesce Industries’ which got us a bunch of stuff including our company on the board in the clubroom. We thought it was hilarious, even though barely anyone knew.

Sia Soliola and 'TRI': Adventures in rugby league sponsorship

Just for the record because I forgot to add it into my section. I don’t think Nathan Cleary will be the best player on the field, but he’ll get the CC cos so many media folk are desperate to give him some kind of medal 😛

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Grand final

And then there were two: Talking points from NRL preliminary final weekend

Fair to suggest everyone was gun shy after last week’s events…

And then there were two: Talking points from NRL preliminary final weekend

Nat if Jarome Luai actually told the doctor he’d blacked out I would be amazed…

And then there were two: Talking points from NRL preliminary final weekend

It looked like it was high contact trying a tackle Craig, was highlighted on the coverage briefly. I may have seen it wrong… but I don’t think I did.

And then there were two: Talking points from NRL preliminary final weekend

100% with you on that!

Is it time for the NRL to consider neutral trainers?

It’s a decent idea Outsider, but I think neutral trainers would be even more likely to stop games. They’ll get absolutely torched by clubs.

Is it time for the NRL to consider neutral trainers?

I don’t put that last knock on on him entirely either, I thought he was running a decoy for a backline move and Stone just got the pass wrong.

Gamesmanship, grace, humility and did the Eels get hosed? Talking points from NRL finals Week 2

This is fantastic. Thank you Samuel!

Ten most disrespectful goals of 2021 - Part 1

He’s been a colossus hasn’t he

Gamesmanship, grace, humility and did the Eels get hosed? Talking points from NRL finals Week 2

Cheers Snowy

Gamesmanship, grace, humility and did the Eels get hosed? Talking points from NRL finals Week 2

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