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Great read Tony. Sums it all up well 👍

The A to Z of the NRL's 2021 season

Obviously makes me hideously ill to say this but well done to Souths. Defense was always their question mark but last night certainly put that one to bed.

Wayne the winner: Talking points as Bunnies blow NRL finals wide open with Penrith upset

I agree. I’m a Roosters supporter so I was obviously blowing up during the 2 incidents you mention, but I also thought we were diabolical and didn’t deserve to win with such a poor completion rate irrespective of the calls or non-calls. Likewise, I think the Titans coach and players will probably be kicking themselves more for not icing their opportunities than those couple of ref oversights.

A heart-stopping conclusion deserving of finals status: Talking points from the Roosters' last-gasp win over Titans

Agree it’s an obstruction penalty. As I said he put the whistle away. Bunker could have caught that one and should have binned Verrills I think.

A heart-stopping conclusion deserving of finals status: Talking points from the Roosters' last-gasp win over Titans

If the dummy ran into Morris he was liable to let it go anyway. I think it was Verrills ran from dummy a few mins earlier and caught markers not square and player not back on-side and he didnt penalise that either. The whistle was in the pocket.

A heart-stopping conclusion deserving of finals status: Talking points from the Roosters' last-gasp win over Titans

To be fair he missed a Titans marker not square and in no-man’s land a few plays earlier that should have been a penalty in front. He put the whistle away as they often do in finals.

A heart-stopping conclusion deserving of finals status: Talking points from the Roosters' last-gasp win over Titans

I 100% agreed with everything Robbo said. To suggest an unconcious/implicit bias against your team means you can’t be implying there is a conspiracy. The stats and incidents are there to support his position and he chooses his words carefully to make sure he doesn’t overstep into conspiracy territory. But he also didn’t miss and he tore the officials to shreds. To save face the NRL had to fine him.

The 2013 precedent NRL should have used to let Robbo off the hook after Abdo's intervention

Given that it’s statistical fact, I would say no. But good luck convincing anyone that the coach of the Roosters has a valid point. There’s far too much negative bias against the club shaped by 20 years of rhetoric about salary sombreros, Uncle Nick’s brown paper bags, no local juniors, deliberately giving away penalties etc for anyone that watches the Matty Johns show to be remotely objective about them.

The 2013 precedent NRL should have used to let Robbo off the hook after Abdo's intervention

Interesting take Steve. I’m glad he got fined though. I couldn’t handle the uproar on here if he didn’t. I thought Annesley handled his media comments on 2gb a bit better than Abdo did with regard to respect for the judicial process.

The 2013 precedent NRL should have used to let Robbo off the hook after Abdo's intervention

I’m not sure. It’s all speculation but doesn’t it stand to reason that an intelligent (usually) calm guy like Trent Robinson would have tried the diplomatic approach first? He has been pretty pragmatic and diplomatic in his press interactions for 8 years but suddenly this season he’s been letting the fur fly. It could well be that he feels like any discussions he’s had with the NRL have been like talking to a brick wall. His obvious increasing frustration in the press conferences certainly indicates to me that could be the case.

'I stand by it': Robinson defiant over ref rant, while Politis says NRL has made game 'worse'

Advocating for player welfare isn’t whingeing. And where’s the hypocrisy in his statements? His players are regularly sin-binned and charged for high contact.

'I stand by it': Robinson defiant over ref rant, while Politis says NRL has made game 'worse'

How do we know that he hasn’t? He’s been very diplomatic up until this year. Now he just seems exasperated, like he’s out of ideas/avenues for solutions.

'I stand by it': Robinson defiant over ref rant, while Politis says NRL has made game 'worse'

If Radley hits someone like that in coming years he’ll get sent off and suspended for 12 weeks irrespective of what Saint Trent says.

'I stand by it': Robinson defiant over ref rant, while Politis says NRL has made game 'worse'

I don’t think all teams are viewed the same, yours and DPS’s comments above re: the Roosters are evidence of that. Ref’s are just as susceptible to unconscious/implicit bias as you or I, so what’s to say they don’t go into games thinking the Roosters are nothing but a dirty, grubby, rich-boy club that deliberately gives away penalties?

NRL's unsavoury execution of Mitchell and officials, how Eels sprung surprise: Talking Points

If you think the Roosters are the only team that hold down, play offside, split at marker, hit late or play the ball off the mark you are totally delusional.

NRL's unsavoury execution of Mitchell and officials, how Eels sprung surprise: Talking Points

I’m not writing them off. I think this loss could be a case of Bellamy not revealing his A-game or trick shots so close to finals Willie. One thing I’ve noticed about the Storm over the years is that you can play them a few weeks before the finals and win and then you start thinking you’ve got them accounted for. Then when you play them week one of the finals you get completely ambushed by a totally different game plan.

NRL's unsavoury execution of Mitchell and officials, how Eels sprung surprise: Talking Points

“But a good argument at the judiciary could easily see Latrell back before the end of the season.” Looking at today’s MRC report, if they get it downgraded to grade 1, that’s 400 points. With 4 prior non similar offences at 20% loading per offence, a successful downgrade would still get him 720 points or 7 games. It looks like their only avenue for getting him back before the grand final is to have it thrown out or reduced to careless high grade 2 or less.

Another crazy chapter in the Book of Feuds as Mitchell's moment of madness stuns Manu

No idea Dave. I speculated in an earlier comment that grade 3 would have made sense to me based on force being high and potential for injury being high. I can’t find any documents that stipulate how exactly the MRC grading system works but as an example Fuimaono’s on Pap was grade 1 reckless so I guess it seems fair on that precedent.

Another crazy chapter in the Book of Feuds as Mitchell's moment of madness stuns Manu

Grade 2 reckless. 6 weeks with early guilty plea. 9 if he fights and loses

Another crazy chapter in the Book of Feuds as Mitchell's moment of madness stuns Manu

I agree DPS. It’s got to be a high tackle charge. Of the 3 indicators for MRC grading it’s conduct I’m least sure of in this case (force = high; risk of injury = high; conduct = careless, reckless or intentional?). It wasn’t intentional so I think he’ll end up with grade 2 or 3 careless which is 200 or 300 points. I personally think it should be grade 3 and possibly reckless but I guess we’ll have to see.

Another crazy chapter in the Book of Feuds as Mitchell's moment of madness stuns Manu

Agree. His performance in origin at centre was top notch. As much as it pains me to say it I think Souths will back their attack having enough points in it to overcome any deficiencies in his fullback game and I think they’ll be giving Melbourne and Penrith some headaches come finals time.

Latrell Mitchell: Great footballer, ordinary fullback?

Nice read Tony. I was devo when he left the Chooks but still love the bloke. Such a great footy player.

Latrell Mitchell: Great footballer, ordinary fullback?

Nice first hit out TM. Whether others like them or not I think it’s hard to deny they are a well run outfit and I think every other club wants the Storm’s recipe for success. I think it’s like trying to cook KFC at home though. I can figure out most of the basic ingredients and try and replicate it but until I know those secret herbs and spices and the exact recipe it won’t end up the same.

The secret to Storm’s success

They look to be peaking at the right time. Could be giving Storm and/or Panthers some big headaches come September

History-making Souths demolish Titans

I guess if Robbo’s team won 75% of its penalty counts and was in a +41 penalty differential after 20 rounds he probably wouldn’t whinge as much.

Robinson confused over crusher tackles

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