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While I think Burton would be a phenomenal choice as the bench player I am happy he’ll get to play against the roosters next week. Watson’s certainly a decent utility too so hopefully he plays phenomenal for the Blues instead of the roosters.

NSW Origin II team: Maguire wields axe to shake up Blues squad with five changes

Kiraz has played over half the games for the Bulldogs in the centres this year for those stats which outshine all those people you mentioned. What are you basing your opinion on?

Taking centre stage: The Origin candidates to replace Joseph Suaalii - and a big outsider should be considered

Scotland destroyed Oman with 6.5 overs left and 7 wickets in hand. Puts pressure on England to win big in their 2 games. Then Australia will be in no rush when they play Scotland.

'Look at the results after that thing that happened at Lord's': Bairstow slips in sly dig at Aussies over Carey stumping

And how funny would it be if, after we cruised through the T20 match overnight, Scotland go through instead of England.

'Look at the results after that thing that happened at Lord's': Bairstow slips in sly dig at Aussies over Carey stumping

You spelt whiners wrong

'Look at the results after that thing that happened at Lord's': Bairstow slips in sly dig at Aussies over Carey stumping

Results since then? England haven’t won a test series. Got smashed in the ODI world cup and lost to the West Indies in a ODI and T20 series. Oh wait, no. They beat Pakistan in some T20s, you know, that team that just got beaten by the USA.
Australia have won the ODI world cup, beaten NZ in tests andT20s, beat Pakistan in tests and beaten the West indies in T20s and ODIs. We drew the tests with the West Indies and lost T20s in India.
Based on those results what is Bairstow talking about? Oh, and we retained the Ashes. Don’t know how that slipped my mind.

'Look at the results after that thing that happened at Lord's': Bairstow slips in sly dig at Aussies over Carey stumping

Aren’t you Mr Glass Half Empty! I’m just thinking if we beat England and Scotland beat Oman, then England could be knocked out! If that happens I’m good for the rest of the world cup.

Great Scots smash England before weather saves champs, boosting Aussie World Cup campaign

Well worth it. Got soaked by the end and would have liked the score to swing 2 points the other way, but best women’s game of footy I’ve ever seen. 80s style Origin that won plenty of fans.

'That was insane': Brown sinks Blues in the wet with late field goal as trademark Maroons comeback forces series decider

The ironic thing is that most of these articles don’t take into account Jimmy’s opinion about himself. As a long time Tailenders listener, (and if you aren’t you should give it a go- a very funny and insightful podcast) James Anderson, the Burnley Express, does not consider himself anywhere near the best.
That’s why I’m a big fan. He knows he’s not the best raw bowler and has never in his life claimed anything like it. Quite the opposite, he’s very humble and hates the spotlight, very contrasting to his long-time bowling partner Broad. Anderson considers himself very lucky to have had the career he has had and would continue playing if Stokes hadn’t asked him to retire. Not because he thinks he’s the best, but he just loves playing cricket.
If only he didn’t microwave his cheese.

Jimmy the GOAT? - or the perils of aggregate totals

Just got home from Newcastle with the heating in the car drying my clothes on the way. Phenomenal atmosphere and the girls played out a match well worth the trip despite the result.

'That was insane': Brown sinks Blues in the wet with late field goal as trademark Maroons comeback forces series decider

It’s annoying when the I told you so moment about not picking Suaalii ruins the night like that. Can he just go to union already? Worst selection in the team.

Suaalii SENT OFF after seven minutes of debut but Fatty reckons he's hard done by: 'Reckless and careless but not deliberate'

As does Kiraz,more than any other player for the Dogs. Actually Lomax and Kuraz are 3rd and 4th respectively on total carries, so both clearly go looking for the ball.
In case you can’t tell I love statistics.

Blues Origin team: Tedesco, Api axed, Trbojevic to captain, Maguire picks SEVEN debutants, Hynes in doubt

Lomax has the most errors in the comp. 25. How can you have 25 errors in just 11 games? and get picked for Origin! Shocking. There are plenty of better options but as Bulldogs fan, I’d say Kiraz played much better on Thursday and most of his stats are better than Lomax. More run metres, more line breaks and more tackle breaks.
Agree with pretty much everyone else on the hooker and Suaalii decisions. 100% shocked Api wasn’t selected, while Suaalii doesn’t have particularly great stats. Was he chosen for his goal kicking?

Blues Origin team: Tedesco, Api axed, Trbojevic to captain, Maguire picks SEVEN debutants, Hynes in doubt

Correct. Though Barrett has a chance to reduce his win rate. Problem is I forgot to put money on the bunnies knowing what I know about Barrett.
Certainly Bennett can lift a team but he’s beyond miracles. He’s always had a pretty good team to work with.

'Things take care of themselves': Barrett coy on Eels job as interim coach declares Parra can still play finals

Pop quiz… name the only rugby league coach to coach over 100 games and have a worse win record than Barrett.

'Things take care of themselves': Barrett coy on Eels job as interim coach declares Parra can still play finals

Bit sad an NRL coach doesn’t know one of the basic rules of the game.

b . If there are two or more defender[s] effecting the tackle and the ball is stolen a penalty should be awarded, except if the player in possession is attempting to ground the ball for a try. Section 11 (9) notes

I agree it’s a harsh call but you can’t be calling for a penalty.

'The Bunker, it’s crazy': Des rages as Bunker denies Titans - and Blues cop another blow with Best hamstrung

Brisbane, Newcastle, Roosters, Penrith, Bulldogs, Tigers, Manly, St George, Melbourne, Souths, Cowboys and Sharks.
12 teams won between 2000 and 2016.
Clearly the salary cap has proven pretty effective in the past. I don’t think a draft is the solution, just a better policing of the salary cap and 3rd party payments.

Why a draft makes sense as NRL eyes off rapid expansion with nowhere near enough players to fill rosters

Just a reminder for everyone in Sydney, especially the Bears fans, Magic Round in the NSW cup is being held at North Sydney oval. I’ll be there Sunday to enjoy the Dogs playing last at 3pm at a ground I’ve not been to in 25 years. Bears play Saturday.
https://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/event/593/nsw-cup-magic-round—beers-footy-and-food-fest

NRL Round 10 Talking Points: Sharks' statement win - and can we stop it with the North Sydney Bears talk?

Go well!

Anderson names retirement date after McCullum tells him it's time: 'It's been an incredible 20 years'

Maguire’s already implemented his secret plan of trying to go in as underdogs by arranging mass injuries to the Blues.
In all seriousness, this is a chance for Hynes and/or Moses to stamp their authority on the position. If Moses recovers from injury to lead NSW to a series win he’d convince a lot of us sceptics about his real talent m

Cleary's Origin fate sealed after Panthers confirm hamstring damage as Hynes adds to Blues' injury woes

That’s my feeling too. It’s not about how often they pass but the moments they choose to pass or not. In origin last year there were a few too many moments it felt Teddy cost us a try by not passing. Seen the same every roosters game I’ve seen this year.

Fullback to the future: Why Madge’s No.1 choice for Blues jersey will define how his side plays

Cheers mate. Love to read stuff like this. I’m following way too many teams in way too many sports, it’s nice to have someone else keep us up to date.

Sydney youngsters, Europe-based stars, and a subcontinent superstar: Aussies around the globe team of the week

If my boss asks me to do something I don’t want to do I’ll say no, and have more than once. Unless it’s a specific part of my contract, I’ll consider whether it’s reasonable or not. Most of the time I’ll say yes to a bit of extra responsibility or the occasional overtime if there’s a cause. If my job was tackling 30+ times a game I’d expect wrestling to be part of my extra work load. But Topine never had to make 30+ tackles cause he never played enough minutes. I reckon a bit more hard work at training would have helped achieve that, and gotten a few contract offers.
It’s the equivalent of the pen pusher in a bureaucratic role that spends years hiding the fact they’re not contributing to the company in any meaningful way and eventually claim back injury from the poor quality chairs so they can spend the rest of their life on the payout and welfare from NDIS where they were probably working in the first place.

The Jackson Topine case is just like the Shane Heal legal saga that threatens huge modern-day coaching ramifications

Bulldogs ran rampant? TBH we looked very average for large chunks of the game, making errors, giving away restarts, not trying too much. We turned up for a grind but found the knights were made of plywood and we cut through them easy.

'Crazy scene in the tunnel': Hetherington in strife after scuffle outside sheds, Ponga hobbled as Dogs flog Knights

English teams slaughtered this week. Luckily I’m a Villa fan so strange to be the last British team standing. Problem is there definitely won’t be an extra champions league spot so the Tottenham shoot out for 4th is crucial.

What the UCL?!: English football's nightmare night as City and Arsenal both OUT after penalty shocker

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