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Willie La'ulu

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Agree on the Panthers not curling up, for sure they won’t. If they can manage to win this game, after the 2 games they’ve gone through, then win a 4th tight game, they will be very deserving of that premiership ring.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

Definitely think the Panthers are on the same level as the Raiders last year. Look at the outcome of the Parra game, Kikau hasn’t trained, Edwards hasn’t, Kenny gone and yes, the To’o smoke screen lol, but I think they’re definitely “as” banged up as Canberra were last year.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

They definitely are Sporacle, you know you love it!

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

Great point about Canberra last season, they threw so much into beating the Chooks in the semis, they just did not show up against Melbourne in the prelim! Can see this year being something very similar. Awesome insight.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

Great concept of an article! Enjoyed that alot! That Channel 9 side has about 5 of the greatest players to ever play the game, tough ask! Although the Fox team are the superior broadcasters, I am going with Team Channel 9 in this discussion.

Forget finals, it's the footy game we really want: Channel Nine vs Fox Sports

Well played (clapping hands emoji)

The silent killer that looks set to claim Penrith's season

You’re also known as a strong Storm hater and will blindly back anyone against them lol

The silent killer that looks set to claim Penrith's season

The only reason Punters aren’t mentioned here is due to 2 things:
1, they are all ex-AFL players, they all knew how to kick a ball, and they were all comfortable doing so.
2, lets be honest, punters may kick 3-5x a game, maximum. Mailata is playing not only in a sport he didn’t have any experience in, but is playing every snap on offense (which in Week 1 was 70). A lot more work, hence I think he deserves a little more fanfare, than the punters.

Where is the fanfare for Jordan Mailata?

Man, it is so dissappointing! So much good from Australian athletes, and they just overlooked or not looked into at all!

Where is the fanfare for Jordan Mailata?

What does scoring have to do with anything? The fact he’s an unknown prospect, now starting on a very competitive line, and is getting absolutely no fanfare, is pretty ridiculous to me. FYI – Hayne and Val were essentially punt returners, not much scoring in that aswell….

Where is the fanfare for Jordan Mailata?

Great article and great concept. I agree for the most part!

The inevitable 2021 Storm premiership proves Craig Bellamy should be NRL's next CEO

And the cringe McDonalds comments to Akira… Cringeworthy

NZ View: Wallabies' 'first half was a joke', 'own worst enemies', while Foster decision 'puzzling'

Please retire from commentary, Sonny. With all due respect, you are terrible behind a microphone.

NZ View: Wallabies' 'first half was a joke', 'own worst enemies', while Foster decision 'puzzling'

I am yet to see Cleary handle situations under tough circumstances, I don’t think I agree there. DCE is tried and proven, however. The Storm tend to rely on a host of players, not just one. When one is flustered, one takes over. I think their ranks are alot more in tune than Cleary in that regard.

NRL Round 25 talking points: Resting to be tested and Cecchin gets late respect

Yeah for sure, losing a halfback mid season would never be ideal, with no real set back up option, aswelll. Huge blow

Jack Wighton flopped in 2021 and it's entirely on the heads of the Canberra Raiders

I could not fathom how so many “experts” and “analysts” were calling for the Raiders to definitely make the Grand Final…
Even going off last year, they did not show any true promise, to potentially show that 2021 was their year.
They may have the talent on paper, but that never resonates to what is needed on the field. Canberra have a lot of soul searching to do, for mine.

Jack Wighton flopped in 2021 and it's entirely on the heads of the Canberra Raiders

Yeah I just wrote an article describing how I would handle it and I somewhat agree with your notion about 2021 being a “wipe out” for Paps. Resting Paps this year sounds ludicrous, but may not be the worst idea..

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

Harry Grant for Kotoni Staggs and we have ourselves a deal! 😛

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

I find it funny, there is no other side in the NRL, who after one loss, can be so written off, like the Storm. Are they playing as well as they were mid season? No. Have they got maybe 1 too many chefs in the kitchen now with everyone back? Yes. To call them cooked or “peaked too early” is insane, and I believe everyone just wants to see their demise.
Harry Grant is an immense talent, but he plays to his own tune. He will always look to run first, rather than set up his very capable playmakers on his left or right. Brandon Smith MUST be the 9 moving forward for Melbourne, as he is more of a team approached player. Paps needs the off season I think, to recoop and to get his edge back and be ready for a fresh 2022, so I would suggest Hynes play fullback and Paps off the bench – HOWEVER, since Paps has been back, Hynes has been a shell of his former self (when starting) because of the pressure of messing up, and being pulled for Paps. Hynes needs to play the game that worked for him and got him his big contract, and trust himself.
Running with a bench of Harry, NAS, Tui/Lewis and Paps seems very small, but it should do the trick.
Do not count out the men from Melbourne… not yet anyway

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

My biggest fear, one coach can only take so much rejection before they look elsewhere aka Dave Rennie. If we lose Razor, we are in big trouble (NZRU).

Bledisloe beltings earn Foster an extension

I am begging for a Chooks win this weekend and they should cruise next week. Chooks week 1 is super ideal!

History awaits the Melbourne Storm this Saturday night

Not a fan of this at all!
Why not wait until he proves himself against the Boks?
One decent win in almost a 2 year stint, and we re-sign him right away?
The fact Razor has not been given even a sniff, is disturbing to me.
I get he is essentially been told 2024 onwards could be his turn, but I don’t fancy another lacklustre World Cup appearance tbh, and from what I have seen from Foz, I am not sold at all!

Bledisloe beltings earn Foster an extension

(Storm fan)
I kinda think we need to lose one before the finals. It is not impossible to win out, no way! The paranoia in me just doesn’t believe in fairytale seasons and I believe we need to drop one, HOWEVER, my issue is:
– I think the club would love the record, and I hate Parramatta (Parra local lol), so I would love nothing more then to get the record against them.
– Does this mean the Storm rest next week again the Sharks? I am not against it, BUT, my biggest issue is, in 2011 we went in the final game (a game after the Battle of Brookvale), with lesser troops and rested a few, and were dusted by the Roosters. Yes, the Storm won the first finals game against Newcastle, but for some reason, I think heading into the finals off a Loss, is just a weird omen lol.
So its either, lose this weekend, risk the record and pummel the Sharks next week and start a fresh OR beat Parra, go into Cronulla half strength, and play the finals off the back of a loss, OR, the big OR, just win out from here which doesn’t sit well with me lol….
Which one do we want Storm fans lol?

History awaits the Melbourne Storm this Saturday night

I’ll probably stick to writing about the 2/3 World Cup’s we have… enjoy your 2 😛

Which All Blacks World Cup was more significant: 2011 or 2015?

Yet you take the time out to comment 😂

Which All Blacks World Cup was more significant: 2011 or 2015?

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