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Nth Qlder but Bronco to the bone.

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Vinyl! You? 😂 😂 The only vinyl you have a cheap knock-off ‘leather’ jacket sweetheart. If you haven’t worked out the spotify is free, I very much doubt you could work an old LP. 😂 😂

Yes, everyone else in the world knew that if you pay for songs you get to keep them! 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

Maybe save your $3.99 a month and contribute a bit more toward the ol’ hoochy cooch? You must wake-n-bake before contributing these masterpieces.

Cameron Smith would turn the Titans into a premiership force

Single syllables is your happy place keza.

Cameron Smith would turn the Titans into a premiership force

Sweetheart, if we had to burn every book that was above your reading capabilities, yes, we would start at Dr Suess. Now don’t waste what little credit you have from your dole money on me. I’m sure Qanon needs your considerable intelligence to add to their group of MENSA candidates.

Cameron Smith would turn the Titans into a premiership force

How is Hadley going this morning?

Cameron Smith would turn the Titans into a premiership force

Morning John. Of course he knows the level of speculation but he thinks it’s just the media. I actually considered making the Easts-Cronk comparison here but I don’t think it’s the same. Easts had a very well developed, highly successful team before Cronk finished it off. Titans are no where near Easts at the same point. These guys are still considered ‘potential’ finalists but they haven’t proven anything yet.

Cameron Smith would turn the Titans into a premiership force

This would be a bit of a fairytale but I’m not sure if it’s beneficial to the club. Even with Smith, I don’t know if they would be true contenders and it’s an all-in play for that one year. If they don’t at least get to the GF, then, IMO, it really just sets back their plans for one year. They are building for consistent success and I think Holbrook is happy with the solid Rein/Clark hooker to open games and then slide Boyd in when they go into attack mode.

I noticed this many times last year that Holbrook will have Boyd, Peachy, Brimson, Fogarty, Taylor all circling through the middle. At first it seemed confused but they started scoring points and all of them were involved at different times. If this is his strategy than bringing in Smith may be more long-term hinderance for immediate success. Further, if they do have success, players will want an upgrade putting further strain of future plans.

I’m sure all that makes sense. Now let him come to Brisbane.

Cameron Smith would turn the Titans into a premiership force

Ha, yes! No time to proof read that one sentence.
I don’t know how long you’ve read The Roar but the author, Tim Gore (ABC Grandstand commentator/analyst and staunch Raiders man), has had this bug bear about trainers for years and wrote about it constantly with very little traction. Then 2019 GF happened with Travis Touma – against the Raiders!
I look forward to Tim’s reply. 😁

Screwing over the man: How teams will pervert the new rule changes

I’ll carry the bags today for free beers and a feed.

Cherry-Evans takes Manly's top gong

Now that Sam has retired though… 😛

Screwing over the man: How teams will pervert the new rule changes

That’s a goos idea.

Screwing over the man: How teams will pervert the new rule changes

A night to watch the coach’s son clean up. At my last one (mid 30s by then) the boys stitched me up with an Encouragement Award! Fk em, I retired. 😢

Cherry-Evans takes Manly's top gong

If everyone stays fit, I would say the biggest limitation to Manly being real contenders is the lack of star hooker. Look how much Api lifted the Panthers while Manly dropped right off. Agree about the Storm. In fact, it’s very unlike Storm management not have a succession plan ready with one season to go. And this Smith thing, it’s past unprofessional now.

Closing time: The NRL clubs watching their premiership window slam shut

Than it would be 2002 and the 2pt FG wouldn’t be a thing. 😊

Screwing over the man: How teams will pervert the new rule changes

I get that and it’s true to a point but it’s becoming less of a drawcard than it was. The Broncos put every decent young fella on scholarships, more than any other club I believe in order to create that loyalty. But those few who go next level at 18yo get made all sorts of promises by clubs and their managers. Would you stay in Brisbane for $100k and play at Norths or take $200 and make top 20, if not a starter, to play in Sydney?

The Brisbane Broncos have too much talent to come dead last in 2021

Seems an odd time to have it though. What happens to the guys that left already?

Cherry-Evans takes Manly's top gong

Yep, pretty much agree with that and welcome back Tim.

With regard to the PTB after finding touch it can go both ways. Is there a requirement that the attacking team must be back onside before the PTB can happen? If so – time limits to get back? Can the FB and winger scramble and go quickly?

Take your point an attacking kick and defensive pressure being used to an advantage. Should the NRL look at giving the attacking team the option of where the PTB happens, like scrums now?

Is there a stat available for successful FGs beyond the 40m line? If so, is there a success as a % against attempts? That NFL-esk scenario is likely in a desperate attempt on occasion but I can’t see it employed as a weapon. A 40m FG is essentially a 50m dropkick and while most decent kickers can launch them that far, accuracy under pressure leading to the more likely 7tackle set is a low % play. I don’t see the point of this rule at all.

Screwing over the man: How teams will pervert the new rule changes

Agree with the assessment of Souths. The danger in their success this year is signing all these aging players to contracts beyond their time (ahem – Darius). I have them at the top of the tree right now and if they have their success, how do you not give Reyno, Gagai, Su’A and Murray a better contract and look to keep the next gen of Marsters, Dargan, J Cook and Mago among others – all off contract next year. Then next year they have to look at Mitchell, Walker and Johnstone again. They had better do something this year because the squeeze is coming.

Closing time: The NRL clubs watching their premiership window slam shut

Sir, your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

I didn’t read past the “No Boyd”. I’ll assume it was all just as positive.

My NRL top eight for 2021

Respectfully Walter that is too simple a view. This is a business first, the NRL exists as it does to make money. If they could make the same revenue from 2 monkeys flinging poop they would televise it instead. (Actually I think Stan bought that 😁 )

I’m in the expansionist group but that’s not the conversation we’re having. A team in Perth is a new addition and you’re talking commercial viability. V’landys is obviously open to new ideas but even he dismissed Perth in the first few weeks of his appointment, pre covid. Put simply, the same money spent on Brisbane 2.0 receives it’s ROI significantly faster than Perth. However, my personal opinion, there will be 2 new clubs granted an NRL licence. 2 teams = another game to sell. One team buys a multi-million $ bye each week. Broadcasters won’t pay for a bye.

Promotion/relegation is using existing state clubs and my argument is there is far too large a divide between state clubs and NRL clubs, explained in a bit more detail below.

Hunters and Silktails: An exciting prospect for the future

Yeah, maybe I was being a bit too general. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts but my basic premise is there are very few QRL clubs (as it stands now) who could step up to NRL standard given a few months notice. In terms of the front office, facilities, coaching team or playing group. Not only is the football club about to grow 200% over night but how do they keep an NRL competitive squad playing QRL without the benefit of being a feeder? I’m not saying it impossible, I’m saying there needs to be significantly more money and football club infrastructure put across a number/all of QRL clubs to make the transition plausable.

Hunters and Silktails: An exciting prospect for the future

There’s also a bit of luck of the draw as well. The Titans have a very good draw and only ever face real (traditional) contenders 2 weeks in a row 2-3 times in 25rnds and their first few and last few games are money for jam should they play to potential.

I like Payten, I like what he stands for. Hopefully Morgs stays fit and brings a bit of calm. I don’t agree with Val on the wing, I would have Robson, Morgs, Drinkwater and Holmes spine and Hammer on the wing.

My NRL top eight for 2021

There’s not enough money in the game to support a promotion/relegation system. Nearly everything below NRL is amatuer hour still being run by volunteers – from board to canteen. Even the more successful state-based clubs have feeder arrangements so they have to completely restructure their roster, continue to be successful in their comp but be able to step up to NRL level with only a few months notice of a current NRL team failing. It’s not as easy as taking the cap money from one club and giving to the next in line.

Hunters and Silktails: An exciting prospect for the future

Good analysis mate. Hard to argue with the top half but the bottom half with get the conversation going. I do think there will be a fair change up this season I have Souths and Panthers as the consistent achievers. No Cordner, new halves pairing and Keary playing #7 pts a massive target on him. Losing Bateman as that X-factor has to have an effect. The biggest one – no Smith. Don’t get me wrong, big Grant fan but he’s not Smith. These teams will/should be top 8 but I’m not convinced they’ll hold top 4 as co fortably as they have in recent years.

Titans, yes. Knights are highly likely and tend no agree with Parra’s exclusion. I can’t see the Saints or Tigers above Manly or Sharks. NQ as the smoky in the thop 8.

1, Souths
2, Panthers
3, Easts
4, Titans
5, Melbourne
6, Knights
7, Canberra
8, Cowboys.

My NRL top eight for 2021

That was the line that piqued my interest. Not that I can recall the also-rans but I think most will remember that Panthers run. They have to back it up this year to justify it less have it remembered as a flash in the pan.

My NRL top eight for 2021

Steve Edge is a noodle scratcher. Had I have been asked at random if he played for Aust I would have thought it most likely. Payten is an interesting one, big skills and tough. He might consider himself unlucky as I remember Sheens handing out rep jumpers to Tigers players like lollipops at one stage. Not sure he’s Aust level but a great clubman without doubt.
I wonder if we can have Boyd on standby in Brohman’s commentary box? He has a bad habit of making an ‘in joke’ last for 5mins while ignoring the game.

The could-have-been Kangaroos: Part 2, forwards and bench