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Agreed…Manly really need to do something about the depth with their outside backs.

Harper, Saab, Tuipulotu and before that Suli, Kelly, etc all have been pretty average. Turbo, Garrick and Koula are great (and Brad Parker is ok), but if anything happens to them (as it often does with Turbo), Manly are left sorely exposed.

With Walker leaving also, they’ll be stretched even thinner, so will be interesting to see how they address this.

Every NRL club’s players who will be targeted in the November free-for-all (Part 1)

Amazing how not once in that show did anyone on the panel even mention Salmon. This guy is being dragged through the mud because of something he did/said when he was 11 or 12yrs old. Its amazing.

As someone smarter than me said on Twitter, if Kent and co. can’t remove their personal relationships with players and coaches, from their commentary on specific situations, they need to re-evaluate what they do for a living.

Raiders may regret re-signing Ricky: NRL can show intestinal fortitude by banning Stuart for ‘weak-gutted’ rant

“The incident”!?!?!? They were 12! What could a 12yr old possibly do or say to a grown man to make him this upset more than a decade later?

There’s nothing to defend here or make excuses for here. The post-game press conference is an important part of the coverage of a professional sport. Part of the big salaries coaches are on, is meeting obligations like the press conferences. The onus is on the coach to exercise self-control and act like a mature adult and representative of the club, the players and its fans. End of story.

Sticky situation: NRL should enforce a few more rules in Operations Manual after Stuart's spray

Great analogy…assuming Ricky has the mental and emotional capabilities of a child, yeah?

Sticky situation: NRL should enforce a few more rules in Operations Manual after Stuart's spray

Tim, I really enjoy your articles, but this one has missed the mark for me…How about instead of giving Ricky time to calm down, Ricky just demonstrates some level of self-control?

We ask the players to exercise self-control on the field in every game, in spilt second decisions or suffer penalties and time on the side lines. Ricky had plenty of time to compose himself and act like an adult, but instead chose to respond like a 12yr old himself…

Sticky situation: NRL should enforce a few more rules in Operations Manual after Stuart's spray

I really don’t think its too much to ask a 55yr old man who has won and lost hundreds of games throughout his career, to exercise some level of self control at a post-game press conference.

You refer to Drs after operations…You do realise that sometimes Drs after operations have to deliver some pretty bad news to the families of some patients immediately after, and they do this professionally without anger or frustration.

And drawing comparisons between what Drs and Ambos do, and what Risky Stuart does is a bit much…Its a game of footy. Ricky is still angry about an incident when this guy was 12yrs old. The whole thing is pathetic from Stuart.

Sticky situation: NRL should enforce a few more rules in Operations Manual after Stuart's spray

Simmons went from being an All-Star and one of the top 5 NBA players under 25yrs, to an NBA punchline in 12months. The pressure he has now put himself under is incredibly immense. Fans will go after him at every away game, on every shot he misses or passes up. His free throws will be watched by everyone…

And make no mistake…HE has put himself under this pressure. No one else. To think the comments from Embiid and Doc were severe enough to warrant him walking out on them, is madness. Even if he didn’t get along with Embiid, to walk out and refuse to play was not a good move for his career, in any way.

Ben can turn things around, but I just hope he’s spent LOTS of the past 12months practicing his FTs and shooting. If he comes out next year, and passes up open shots, and shoots 60% from FT again, he’ll become a laughing stock of the league…

Has Ben Simmons made the right decisions in the last year?

Amazing that a player as talented as Paps hasn’t played Rep footy. Am sure that will change soon enough, as its mainly been a result of injury, but still a fascinating stat.

Kangaroos World Cup predicted squad: Paulo opts for Samoa, Turbo little chance, Ponga hopeful

Koula has been a stand out for Manly, despite his fear of rainbows. Glad you gave him a mention TB!

Experts Roar: Can anyone stop Nanai winning NRL rookie of the year?

The only team I can see challenging for the title, outside the top 4, are the Roosters. They were my pre-season pick, but suffered a tonne of injuries through the year.

But they’re getting healthy now, and have a more settled backline after chopping and changing each week, and look to be coming good at the right time of the year. Next week against the Cowboys will be a great game.

On paper at least, I think they’re a better team than the Sharks, Cowboys and Storm (another banged up team).

Make top four or make up the numbers: Near impossible to win title from sudden-death section of playoffs

Looks great but a two changes for me:

– Gagai out. Move Val to the 3. Give Cobbo or Suaalii a run – yes, they’re young, but this is a very experienced and skilled team and outside Mitchell or Holmes, either would be awesome.

– Drop Crichton. There are too many similar backrowers in this team. Yeo, Capewell, Murray, Crichton, Carrigan…that’s 5 guys for 3 positions, and all are more or less 80min players. They’ll end up with just Haas, Jake T or Tino running up the middle and a stack of back rowers hanging out in the centres. Even Tino is more a backrower than front rower these days. Anyway, I’d drop Crichton and bring in another front rower. Paulo (if eligible), Collins, even RCG is fine. Such a shame Welch is still out.

Other than that, its a great team.

Kangaroos World Cup predicted squad: Paulo opts for Samoa, Turbo little chance, Ponga hopeful

I dont think Parra can claim bad luck…NRL Physio tweeted the other day, stats on the clubs which have suffered the most major injuries (5+ weeks recovery) in 2022.

The Eels have had 5 major injuries this season. The Storm have had 14! Roosters and Rabbitohs have had 10. So, yes, the Moses injury is unlucky, but its nothing other clubs haven’t dealt with or worse.

Why must there always be a problem? Big four weeks loom for Eels players and fans

I’d love to think Manly rally and play well, but the Roosters look in very good form. And news is Lachlan Croker and Andrew Davey are still questionable…

Round 20 Preview Questions: Manly goners? Storm repeat offender lucky? Waddell ban harsh? Eels miss finals?

Yeah, TB…enjoy your fancy new world where people are accepting of others sexuality and race! That’ll show you, living in a hell hole like that!

Robinson spot on: What would Manly seven think if a teammate refused to wear a Pasifika themed jersey?

“Whether they’re basing their decisions on religious reasons or not, the rationale is still homophobic and should not be applauded in any way shape or form.” Spot on, Paul. Well said.

Robinson spot on: What would Manly seven think if a teammate refused to wear a Pasifika themed jersey?

Saw on Twitter last night the NRL Physio post stats on the clubs which have suffered the most major injuries (5+ weeks recovery) in 2022.

The Broncos have only have 4 major injuries this year. Panthers, Eels and Cowboys have 5. Storm have 14! Actually remarkable the Storm are doing as well as they are given their injury list…

But the chooks are the team to watch. They’ve slowly had players returning and if they stay healthy, they’re a formidable team.

NRL Power Rankings: Parra plunge, but Broncos and Bunnies bounce their way to the top

Yep, was about to say, its probably an age thing. I’m guessing David is younger?

For me, Manly icons are Beaver, Toovey and Cliff…but again, they were my generation.

Is Kieran Foran the most Manly player of all time?

Ha! Agreed….that last line changed my mind completely.

For the good of the game, we must cull the Kangaroos from the Rugby League World Cup

I’ve read a lot of offensive statements on this website over the past day or so, but this one takes the cake: “Just like aboriginality, you would choose which one you wanted to be, based on how you feel and which one your family/mates/co-workers think you are.”

Dumbo by name and nature it seems. You should be ashamed of yourself for writing that. Disgraceful.

For the good of the game, we must cull the Kangaroos from the Rugby League World Cup

The guy named “And stay out” used to love inclusivity…hilarious!

'I'm all about education': Roberts keen to meet Sea Eagles seven over pride jersey boycott

Yep…no problems with:
– playing at an oval named after a brewery
– being sponsored by a gambling company
– playing alongside a guy accused of domestic violence and recently arrested for assault
– playing alongside a guy charged with filming a s-ex act without consent and later accused of stabbing a guy with a steak knife (at a Mormon party no less!)

Huge problem with:
– wearing a rainbow colour stripe across their jersey

'I'm all about education': Roberts keen to meet Sea Eagles seven over pride jersey boycott

And yet, the new Manly jersey sold out within hours!

'I'm all about education': Roberts keen to meet Sea Eagles seven over pride jersey boycott

I love the idea of Jesus taking a stance on a Sea Eagles jersey. Wonder how Jesus would feel about the ending to the Tigers match?

Club and players to blame in Manly pride jersey fiasco as boycott highlights hypocrisy on other issues

Maybe you should go to the Mardi Gras! At least then you might actually meet a gay person and come to the realisation that they are EXACTLY the same as you, just with a different sexual orientation, and nothing to be afraid of.

Club and players to blame in Manly pride jersey fiasco as boycott highlights hypocrisy on other issues

What ‘belief’ are they standing up for, though? Homophobia isn’t a ‘belief’…its a prejudice.

You have to ask yourself why no players stand up for other ‘beliefs’ they have, and just this one. The answer is pretty obvious I think.

Club and players to blame in Manly pride jersey fiasco as boycott highlights hypocrisy on other issues

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