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I’ve an idea to attract fans from different sports..Add elements from those sports into the game..1 rugby tackle of a batsman per innings, catchers can take a mark and the batsman stop running for a fielder’s free throw at the stumps for a double play..I also like archery but not sure how to include that safely.

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

He clearly did..3 seconds is the standard tackle time before a penalty. Regardless of the time channel 9 showed that was at least 6 seconds of holding down

WATCH: Did Gerard Sutton rob the Blues of one final play at the death?

… Do you mean Henry Porter? Not quite the same level of achievement and didn’t think it would be good to choose two props from that era.

Canterbury's greatest NRL team

I guess you are under 80… what about Eddie Burns! 16 seasons, 2 premierships, top try scorer as a prop/! Only beaten by Chris Anderson in 1978!
But perhaps best of all, he was sent off in his first game!
Can’t see how any of these whippersnappers have left him out.

Canterbury's greatest NRL team

Completely agree with the 100 games thing, which stops a lot of great players making the team but they have to be proper Bulldogs! Barba, SBW, JT etc wouldn’t make mine for that reason (admittedly Barba played 97 but the drugs and domestic violence cancels him out too)

Canterbury's greatest NRL team

I was going to mention Gearin, as much as El Masri is one of my favourite players, I think Gearin was a better player, more dangerous in attack…hard to compare defence of the two different eras but look at the Dogs of that time and you can’t argue much about his defence. And of course a great goal kicker in his own right.

Canterbury's greatest NRL team

Exactly, they weren’t fundamental to the role in the past, but that changed in the mid 90s, first with Benny Elias who was a great kicker, then later with the likes of Buderus. Now all the best hookers are much better runners from dummy half- Cook is as important to the Bunnies as their halves. Then, Smith’s kicking game is a big part of the Storm’s success, taking pressure off the halves.
My original point is that it’s hard to compare these guys to players who would have had half the time to kick so rarely did, and mostly had to get the quick pass away and fight for the scrum. Ken Kearney and Ian Walsh were brilliant passers while Noel Kelly was terrifying in the scrum….not sure he’d succeed in the era of video refs that’s for sure.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

changed the least? try running and kicking from dummy half with a 5m line. a lot harder to do in those days. which position has changed so much as to become a 3rd play maker?

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

Also, while we are looking at stats, to be the best Hooker let’s start with #1 factor for 80 years. How many scrums won against the feed….Smith is pretty low there.
You just can’t compare hookers of today to those who played with a 5m defense line and contested scrums so to argue about GOATs is silly…lets just say GOTME, greatest of the modern era.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

This is the only real question over him being the GOAT. The salary cap issue aside, and that’s the one point in the article I most strongly disagree with, those titles were taken off Melbourne and should have been given to Parra and Manly.
That aside, his record in other seasons and in rep footy stand out well enough. So back to who they played with. While the last few seasons Smith has lost some great players around him, how good the new kids are is up to Bellamy and perhaps Smith’s efforts off the field. on the field, Smith is extremely clever in guiding the team, choosing his kicks and passes and of course his defence is outstanding. There can be no argument about his stats and longevity…but I’d certainly argue Thurston and John’s did what they did in weaker teams across most of their careers. More often an individual effort from JT or Joey dragged them back into the contest through clever play and determination. Hookers on the other hand can’t be compared to half backs, doesn’t matter how good Grant was this year the Tigers needed more than a good hooker. Smith certainly controls the game as well as a halfback but look at what Cronk did for the Roosters with a dud arm 2 years ago…that’s masterclass control of a team that Smith occasionally matches but not at that level JT and Joey did.
So enough arguing about wrestling and salary cap cheating..on the field Smith is a legend certainly in the top few players I’ve seen in the past 30 years. But GOAT? Not quite.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

I’d throw Paul Carige in there while you’re at it…since you’re having a laugh with Burt

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

It’s a big call but I agree, psychologically the Eels turned off after that missed kick. Disappointing for Eels and neutral fans alike, I had been looking forward to a tight scrap to the end. Yet it seems the Eels are missing that mental toughness needed to win finals games and competitions. Instead they still suffer from Brian Smith syndrome.

Six talking points from the NRL semi-finals

For all the discussion of stats, this is Origin, and I want a Blues forward who will get massively fired up and tear into the opposition with passion and fire. Not too many can match Klemmer for that on the day

How can Brad Fittler justify dropping David Klemmer for Origin?

I’d love to be able to see the 10 metre line of defence on TV but yeah, they never show it. Your main indicator is the crowd noise but most of the time they are bias..too often the ref stands 11 m back and the crowd sees the defence slightly in front.
Also, that 3 seconds is generally the count I do almost every tackle and certainly some teams…..not to be mentioned here, push the time more than others. Almost every team does it in the first couple of tackles now and often in the last 15 minutes of games as well. Annoyingly a lot of penalties for holding down come after just 1 or 2 seconds because of the fast pace of a breakaway, which blows the consistency out of the water.

How I'd improve the six-again rule

..but pause it as it is kicked and you have a screen shot showing the ball is over the 40. Wrong call leading to a try.

Benji Marshall hits a 40/20 that is simply millimetre perfect

Having the pleasure of watching both, Bella seemed more justified. DWZ hadn’t been tackled too hard, blue and white shirt in front of him. Cost us a try and massive momentum to Parra. So far he’s not done much for the Dogs

Marty Bella revisited as DWZ has one of the great howlers

Brilliant stuff. as a layperson I really needed this explained to me and this makes more sense than anything coming out of the Roosters camp.

Roosters set to free up $400k salary cap space by signing SBW

I’d say first and foremost that you never ever say “I’ve been a fan for X years but that’s it, I’ve had a gut full and I’m switching to soccer/other lite entertainment”
Embarrassing losses, disgraced players, corrupt directors, idiot coaches…we can respond how we like to them but the club and the sport are above and beyond that. If there were a better sport I’ve not found it..and I watch every sport imaginable.
Rugby league and Bulldogs for life.

What does it really mean to be a true and loyal sports fan?

..don’t help him prove his point!

Eight talking points from NRL Round 8

I don’t see how he’s worse than million dollar man Foran. Not just because of all the injuries but even when he has played he’s not had that big an impact, but more importantly that money has stopped us signing a real million dollar player. But I think Titans fans might throw Ash Taylor in the mix and they would have a strong case.

Joey Leilua the “worst signing by any club in the NRL era”? Hmm, he may well be

90s style footy..i went back last night and this morning and watched the 94 semi final (not that painful grandfinal) and 95 grand final…the main difference is in the 90s one player would hold down the tackled player instead of having 3 piled on top, but it still seemed the standard 3 second count from the moment the player hits the ground. I’ve been doing that count for almost 10 years and it occasionally varies from game to game (which i usually do when i feel hard done by and most of the time it turns out to be bias…most but not all) but every game count it…1,2, 3… and they’re up or penalised by the 4th second. Interestingly, some of the best at holding down were Hasler, Stuart and Pay. What bothered me the most was those baggy shirts all hanging out back then.

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

I’m jealous of the speed and energy you boys have. Gutherson in particular looks world class. Not sure how other teams will be affected and cope with the increased pace of the game. I love the new rule but looking at the Dogs team this year I hope Dean Pay has them as fit as possible cause otherwise we’ll get rolled every week. The Eels though, this should help you get a massive crack at the title. And this is not a criticism or accusation of bias, the restart rule is nothing but brilliant and I hope most teams can use the extra space as well as the Eels last night.

The Eels are back in the premiership window

Then you missed a fantastic game if you were really that petulant….the rule wasn’t always implemented perfectly but often enough that it made for a wonderful open, fast paced game of footy. It was definitely better used than teams constantly giving away penalties to slow the game down. Awesome game to reboot the season

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

I know this has been a while but what a perfect time its been for going back to watch a game I was lucky enough to attend..and not leave with 12 minutes to go.
But being at the ground you miss just how inept Paul Carige was that day, you need the constant commentators attention calling his name for these mistakes. It might not be entirely his fault given the overall ineptitude of Parra from about the 60th minute for some reason; poor final kick choices, missed easy field goal, lazy defense which in a time of unlimited interchange is astounding and also some strange interchange choices by Brian Smith; but none of that compares to how awful Carige was at the back end of that game.
Cheers mate, you gave me one of the best feelings I ever had when I thought that field goal went over..followed up by a slower build up of joy in extra time.

NRL Friday Flashbacks: Paul Carige

A healthy crowd ? that’s a pretty poor crowd for the first footy of the season and I’d blame the lack of coverage. I’ve struggled to find many articles on mainstream media about the 9s and if I weren’t an Nrl.com follower I wouldn’t have known about this tournament.

Then when I do watch it my team only plays 2 games…ok, yes we didn’t get through to the finals but 1 win and 1 loss and goodbye ? It’s a shocking format.
On top of that I don’t know why we, as a 13 player code, even have a 9s while the union mob go from 15 to 7. I’d much rather this were a 7s tournament, it would showcase the advantages of league much better. Anyway, rant over. Can’t wait for the real footy to begin.
PS Gotta laugh about the ref error in the semi…at least the video ref doesn’t usually get those ones wrong so just a solid argument for the Bunker. you can’t complain both ways.

Cowboys claim second NRL Nines title