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Willie La'ulu

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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?

I daresay Melbourne’s utility will be Nick Meaney, if anything. He will do what Paps did in his first season, and what Hynes did before Paps went down. I think he covers a half option, an outside back option and will have to play tough as I can see Bellamy playing him in the middle when needed.

Utility players in demand: Who is your club chasing?

As a Storm fan, I hold no ill-feelings towards CHN. It was one of those moments where he wanted to rile his team up, that he just didn’t execute well enough.
I will however, be very annoyed if this hit has implications on Hughes performance come finals time. He has been our best playmaker all season, and you have seen how long it has taken Papi to get back to even a shadow of his former self. If Hughes comes back and is a step slow due to this, it will play a major factor in the Storm’s chances to repeat. Hits like that can completely change a season for a team, and I am scared this one will. Personally, I think CHN did not mean any malice.

Thurston: 'No defence' for Harawira-Naera shocker

Storm fan***

There was no malice in the hit I don’t think, you could tell CHN was very remorseful. He doesn’t play dirty, I don’t believe anyway. Just one of those momentum changing hits you go for, that just doesn’t pull off.

'One of the worst I've seen': Raiders forward sent off for massive high shot on Storm halfback

Unbelievable mate…

Dumb kicks, rough edges and a New Zealand grand final? NRL Round 21 talking points

I am genuinely surprised Kane Evans did not make an appearance on this list. I would like to put him against Jack Hetherington in an IQ test, and see who comes out trumps there…

Dumb kicks, rough edges and a New Zealand grand final? NRL Round 21 talking points

Everyone reading Jimmy’s comments have definitely hit their forehead with their palm in utter disgust

Melbourne Storm: A well-oiled machine

I can’t complain as its really only 2 channels on at the same time giving us the coverage, but i miss the idea from Foxtel in 2012, when they had almost 10+ channels dedicated purely to the Olympics. The schedule was there, timing and who was on was all present. I think the fact there’s only two dedicated channels at one time, with no real set schedule, hasn’t sat well with me. I hope 2024 coverage is much better and more widespread, whether it be with 7 or another network.

Is the Seven Network’s Olympic coverage hitting the spot or missing the mark?

Ultimately, I think there are a few holes there for Cronulla. Although the additions of McInnes at 13 and Dale at prop seem good with the likes of Rudolf, Graham and Nikora, the fact McInnes is coming off an ACL will take some time to sit with him and he may not be as durable or as reliant as he usually is.
The halves are a huge problem, with only the likes of Trindall, Tracey and Moylan there to partner Hynes. Hynes, not proven at 5/8 or at a club other than Melbourne, must be worrying, add in the fact that he doesn’t have an experienced half partner, that must be worrying too. Kennedy keeps proving me wrong every game and gets better and better, but he will need to continue to rise to keep the Sharks happy and relevant. Few missing pieces there but Fitzy is on his way to fix them I think!

Is a halfback the missing piece to Craig Fitzgibbon's Cronulla premiership puzzle?

Numerous NBA players themselves throw shade at him constantly. It’s very hard to miss, I didn’t take it out of “context”.

The gift and curse of being Giannis Antetokounmpo

Corey Norman just looks like the type of bloke who has so much tickets on himself and seems entitled to do whatever he wants. I hope they come down on them hard! The Warriors and to some extent, the Storm, are fighting tooth and nail to make this competition continue, and these players are just making a mockery of that sacrifice. Disgusting

What the hell were the Dragons players thinking?

Yep, the Storm look almost unstoppable this year. With no Cleary and now no Luai, should the Storms worries and attention turn to Manly perhaps?

'Dumb' Dogs and 'scary' Storm: Eight talking points from NRL Round 16

I like this! Great points.

Where does Craig Bellamy lie in the pantheon of GOAT Australian coaches?

I actually dont mind this sentiment. It is so weird seeing young Polynesians play Origin (deservedly so if their form permits) but then play for Tonga or Samoa at the end of year. They were good enough to mix it up in the best arena of footy, but then play for free for their home country. If you don’t intend to commit to the Green and Gold, I reckon should stomp you out for eligibility.
For argument’s sake, you would lose A STACK of current players with that rule, namely Luai, To’o, Pap and potentially players like Tino and DSaf (Fiji commit?).
It may not seem fair, but I do enjoy that sentiment.

Let’s make the international game great, not just the Kangaroos

For sure! I would love to see a series, that would be awesome and I am sure would generate alot of interest.

The disrespect of women in rugby league must stop

Arguably my most favoured article EVER on this site lol. Great opinion and great backing aswell. The topic may not strike many Australias, but geez this was well put together. I cant say enough of Simmons, his voice and his discussions are very easy to listen too, very much like Em. Great article.

Bill Simmons is the Eminem of NBA analysts

Die hard Storm fan, but geez I would love to see this. Not only would it be great for the up and coming Titans brand, but I think it can only enhance his legacy if anything. He genuinely would change the landscape of the team and the predictions of everyone’s NRL ladder in 2021.

Cameron Smith would turn the Titans into a premiership force

I too, judge them to the highest degree. 2020 was a massive dissapointment. We looked flat majority of the season and lacked continuity in any of our game plan. Foster has a lot to work on in 2021 if he wants to extend his 2 year deal, if not, I do think a tap on the shoulder may be inevitable.
The loss of Retallick hurt us more than one could’ve ever imagined. He is the key in the pack. The conundrum with Ardie/Cane is really hard to come to a conclusion. Ardie is the better player, but Cane is the captain for the moment and is too good to bench. It is very hard to split, and Ardie is definitely not a 8.
A few hard calls will need to be made for Fozzy to improve from 2020, to this year.

I'm not satisfied with the All Blacks' 2020 season

I did write multiple, not sure why it got edited out** Apologies.

Who is the ultimate playmaker in NRL history?

Just an FYI, at the start of the article I had written, I did explain there were players I never saw myself or highlights of, so I gave them honourable mentions, ie, Bob Fulton etc. Just didnt make the final edit I guess?

Who is the ultimate playmaker in NRL history?

Good article and I 100% agree with the notion of the article.
Brady is Jordan. Mahomes has the “potential” to be a LeBron, but he still has so many more years to prove he is of that calibre.

The only gripe I have with this article is the addition of Mike Tyson with Ali 😂
I must be the only person who does not really rate him as a heavyweight boxer, as I rated a lot of other boxers higher, but yes yes, I get the “dream” notion also lol.

Well done.

This Super Bowl is the closest thing you'll ever get to LeBron versus MJ

Great squad (Kiwi). I was saying to a few Aussie mates, it is a genuine Aussie team – full of battlers, tough, gritty players who won’t back down to anyone! I like it.

Analysing the Australian Boomers Olympic squad

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