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Brendon Waldron

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Are the Panthers home jerseys just not ready yet or something? That’s two home games in a row they’ve worn the away strip. Obviously focusing on the big issues here…

Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

2? Nah, maybe one…

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

If he’d taken it a little higher, it would be a different story, but it fully landed on the ground before he had any sort of control. He had fingers on it before it landed, but he didn’t catch it until after it hit. It hitting the ground is what enabled him to actually grip the ball. 100% not out.

Australia vs England: T20 tri-series cricket live scores, blog

I don’t know what game you were watching but the one I saw wasn’t great. The defence from both teams was decent. but it was helped by our poor 5th tackle options and England’s terrible 5th tackle options. England’s attack was nothing tonight and the only reason they only lost by 6 was because ours wasn’t much better…

Australia vs England: Rugby League World Cup Final live scores, blog

Insightful comment there, bud…

Australia vs England: Rugby League World Cup Final live scores, blog

Australia were mediocre tonight, if England played their best, they would have won. Unfortunately, they were more mediocre…

Australia vs England: Rugby League World Cup Final live scores, blog

Mate, have you ever even seen a video referee decision before? It doesn’t matter what the ref says to check, they check everything every time. Even if the ref was 5000% sure of the grounding and they’re only checking for something else earlier in the play. whatever the ref says to look at, every single one of them ends with confirmation of the grounding, they always make sure. There was doubt on this one, there were hands underneath it. It needed closer inspection. And if you go back to my original comment, the issue isn’t that the try was given, it was that it was an English referee and it was an English try that didn’t get the scrutiny it deserved. It was just a bad look for the game considering we have referees from 3 different countries and the situation could have been easily avoided…

Tonga vs England: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

England are through to the final but Matt Cecchin sure as hell isn’t…

Tonga vs England: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

It went up as no try and I think Fifita got his hands under it enough to justify a super slow mo look at it, which they didn’t do.

I’m not saying he didn’t score, but it’s just not consistent with the video refereeing so far in this tournament. They’d have more looks at onside/grounding for something that went upstairs as a try…

Tonga vs England: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

I’m sure that probably was a try but an English video referee taking just two quick looks at it isn’t really great optics…

Tonga vs England: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

“Screw it, I’m going to the other side of the field!” -Dane Gagai

Australia vs Fiji: Rugby League World Cup semi-final live scores, blog

For a 3-0 team playing a 0-3 team, it’s playing out as expected. This is playing out like a group stage game, probably because one of the teams shouldn’t have gotten past the group stage…

Australia vs Samoa: Rugby League World Cup quarter-final live scores, blog

“Slow it down please. Slow it- Frame by fra- No, the other angle. Now pause it there- No back it up- No, the other angle. Now frame by fra- Ah, screw it.”

Sure the Bunker may produce the odd howler but at least it’s way faster this…

Papua New Guinea vs Ireland: Rugby League World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

Really not a fan of this 2 games on at the same time thing. I can’t watch this now and I’ve got no interest in watching it later when I’ll already know the outcome. Why can’t we have a Sunday night game live? Are they worried about crowds? I know tomorrow is Monday but I don’t think this heat and a stadium with no covered seating is going to help get people there during the day…

Italy vs USA: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

Yeah but I think it was pretty consistent with the Dugan call last night. If the hand is between the ball and the camera, can’t technically see any separation…

England vs Lebanon: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

Momentum of the body carried him in, but the momentum of the BALL is altered as soon as he lifts it off the ground to promote it forward…

Samoa vs Tonga: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

Oh that’s some BS. ‘Would have been over the line anyway’ sure, but he still deliberately reached out in a double movement before that could happen…

Samoa vs Tonga: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

Not quite an Origin-level of skill on display, but it’s got an almost Origin-like intensity and atmosphere. The pregame build up was awesome. If the score remains close and it goes down to the wire, this is the game of the tournament so far…

Samoa vs Tonga: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

Yeah, I can also see them scoring some points against the run of play, someone like Jennings picking up a loose ball in open space etc.

Scotland vs Tonga: Rugby League World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

I’ll back Tonga to get home today but I just can’t jump on the bandwagon the way others have. They’ve got some strike out wide and no doubt that monster pack will march the ball down the field, but I just can’t see these halves knowing what to do with it when they get there…

Scotland vs Tonga: Rugby League World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

Should’ve had the first game of the day in Canberra where it’s much cooler and then had the Cairns double header much later in the afternoon when it cools down a bit. Even if they set the times months ago, it’s not hard to predict that it’s probably gonna be hot in far north QLD/PNG in October…

Ireland vs Italy: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

I’m actually happy the commentators aren’t allowed to say the sponsorship name of the stadium in this case…

Fiji vs USA: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

Could these commentators stop mentioning all the other countries these guys have played for? Way to sell the legitimacy of the international game, fellas…

Fiji vs USA: Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

I’m getting behind the Cowboys by a couple.

A few years back I worked with a young Corey Jensen at a supermarket, obviously I taught him everything he knows about hard work.

He’s got a shot at a grand final but I now run my own department, hard to tell who came out on top, really…

Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL Finals live scores, blog

I’m watching the replay in the corner of the screen and the angle from the non broadcast looks to me like the ball hits the ground and then Milford so the knock on occurs before it hits Milford, but even if that wasn’t the case, if he knocked it on straight into Milford, that’s still a knock on AND accidental offside, not just a knock on, and it still stops play.

If you're going to introduce fair play, go the whole hog