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Old bloke who played lots of sports in his younger days including Rugby, Aussie Rules, baseball & Squash .... Passionate Roosters supporter for over 50 years

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I have seen considerable improvement in the Dragons, especially in defence. The recent changes would appear to have created greater cohesion and commitment between the players and there is more communication out on the field. Since their game against the Roosters they have shown improvement each week from my perspective. I am told by a long term club member that there is a situation where it appears that Millward as the current recruitment manager at the club (among many jobs he has had there) does not have to consult with or answer to the head coach. So it would appear that Mary has had to deal with the cards Millward dealt him and the roster in-balance that they have at the club.
One would consider the above situation would not be possible at any football club where the coach is or was excluded from the recruitment process but I it appears to be the case at the Dragons.

D-Day for Paul McGregor comes this Sunday

Steve because the Roosters gave their Father Slippery a chance at the end of his career. Steve Morris played 67 games with the Roosters before a season or two in England to top up the bank account.
The nothing to see is the fact that the Roosters are in fact under the cap by almost 400 grand.You only have to pay overs if you are desperate & dateless. Professional outfits like the Roosters & the Storm attract players not just for the money but because they can be successful and have a pretty good chance of getting to a grand final.

Morris twins to decide on NRL future

These 2 blokes at 33 years of age are putting a lot of blokes around the NRL to shame when it comes to having a real dig when they get on the paddock.
There are a lot of blokes around the NRL on far grater money than these 2 are getting and are on cruise control & in some cases have been for a couple of seasons.
Love watching the Morris boys play with so much determination and skill. Steve is rightly proud of his sons achievements as he also played 67 games for the Roosters

Morris twins to decide on NRL future

John: Always a hater in the crowd, well guess you do not follow the NRL Audit process very closely do you, for the Sydney Roosters are almost $400,000 under the salary cap for 2020. Now that is the same audit process that all clubs are subject to. BTW all 3rd party deals also have to be registered and funnily enough the roosters are about 4-5 th on the list when it comes to 3rd Party arrangements. It would appear that the Broncos are top of the tree in that regard and a fat lot that is doing them.

Morris twins to decide on NRL future

except the fact that Brisbane is the 3rd largest city in this country.
Newcastle has been damaged by bad management not lack of money and they have an exceptionally loyal fan base.
Canberra has an issue with the fact that southern NSW has a large AFL Following

Who is the most powerful NRL club? Part 6, the winner is...

Mark your analysis is pretty fair all round. However when you are in a rugby league state with the capital city of that state to yourself with a population of 2.5 million thereabouts you would want to be a pretty powerful club don’t you think. They have no real competition for the corporate dollar nor a fan base for that matter. It’s actually a no brainer.
They have access to the most prolific 3rd party arrangements of any NRL Club. Most people think it’s the Roosters that are the top of that tree but they are nowhere near it and surprise surprise for all the sombrero merchants on this site the Roosters are some $385,000 under the salary cap.
However I would suggest that the Broncos of recent times have drawn in some very mediocre management who have made some pretty outrageous decisions regarding playing rosters and coaching appointments and all of a sudden being able to virtually buy a premiership because of that power base is not quite as easy as they thought it was.
I doubt Wally Lewis would have said what he said late last week if he was not sure of his facts, the club has turned toxic internally.

Who is the most powerful NRL club? Part 6, the winner is...

I do not disagree with you over this particular rule as such to me it is a pain and being used at the end of a game just to get a breather & re set defence.
However, as a general rule so many knock on calls are not a knock on.

Commentators baffled as Ashley Klein allows the Roosters a stupendously late captain's challenge

Barry, there is far too much of anything and everything being called a knock on by the referees. It is just plain lazy on their behalf.
Once upon a time unless the ball was clearly propelled in the direction of the opposition goal line it was play on which is the correct way to play the game.
There was one where the ball went behind the attacking player which just became a knock on with the scrum feed going to the Storm yet it was clearly dislodged by the defending Storm player.

Commentators baffled as Ashley Klein allows the Roosters a stupendously late captain's challenge

Because the appeal had already put the appeal to the touch judge because he could not get the referees attention.
You can clearly see Cordner signal the challenge to the touch judge.

Commentators baffled as Ashley Klein allows the Roosters a stupendously late captain's challenge

Looking at both sides since the resumption the Roosters have had 5 straight wins the Storm 3 wins & 2 losses. The Storm lost to the Panthers whilst the Roosters got over the top of the Eels. Both the Eels & Panthers above both teams on the ladder.
Last weekend the Dragons showed a lot of spirit and were reasonably competitive, though I suspect had those injuries to the Roosters players not occurred so early in the game the end margin would have been greater.
The Storm had little opposition from a team full of homesick players isolated in this country who had their coach sacked 6 days prior to the game, it was training run at best for the Storm and made them look a lot better than they are at present. However, I expect Bellamy to have them up for this one, for if the Storm are not on their game the Roosters will delight in putting a big score on them.
I expect a close game with the Roosters getting up by 4-6 points

Storm and Roosters to clash in Broncos heartland

because he gave his word he would see out his contract, he stays because he has some integrity. He is part of a tight knit team along with Jason Taylor & Cooper Cronk.
He is the Roosters defensive coach and he may well have a 3rd Grand final appearance as assistant coach on his resume by the end of this season, the football gods willing.
He may also look at the management structures of some of the clubs that are interested in his services & say Nuh!! not with that lot.
There is a hell of a lot of back office team work that goes into coaching a 1st grade NRL team and you have to be 100% sure the board & the management are 100% rock solid behind you if you take on a task of turning around a struggling team with a poor roster, such as the Bulldogs or the Dragons.

Craig Fitzgibbon not available until 2022?

he gave his word …simple,

Craig Fitzgibbon not available until 2022?

The funny thing is that both those clubs are financially sound, it is the football department that has issues. Though I am told by long standing Dragons members that the club is run like an old boys club. Their current recruitment manager has been shuffled from job to job and it appears that he does not answer to McGregor when it comes to recruitment decisions. The ineptitude of this bloke is obvious by the stuffed roster they have.
Additionally to blame the loss of De Belin is rubbish, for many a club has lost a major player for a season due to injury and just got on with it. Too many overpaid egos at the Dragons for mine

Craig Fitzgibbon not available until 2022?

I think the problems at St George go beyond just McGregor. As for Craig Fitzgibbon, refreshing to see someone with the principle to say my word is my bond.

Craig Fitzgibbon not available until 2022?

Smooth sailing, ask Bellamy how hard it is to get a team up year after year to Grand final standard.
Having the talent helps however it is more than talent, it takes a hell of a lot of strong mental discipline to keep playing at such a high standard week after week for several seasons in a row as have both the Roosters & the Storm.
I have no doubt an astute coach like Robbo has a plan B contingency and even a plan C somewhere in the desk drawer, likewise Bellamy. Have you noticed that both seem to have the capacity to get around these issues with minimum fuss.

The Roosters' 2020 campaign will be Trent Robinson’s greatest challenge so far

Funny you have that opinion of the Morris boys, they always wanted to play in the same team and wanted to finish up their careers together. Josh Morris sulked nowhere, he gave 100% in every game he played for the Sharks even after the Roosters deal was done, I think you are being unfair with that comment.

The Roosters' 2020 campaign will be Trent Robinson’s greatest challenge so far

I can only say, thankfully he did not end up at the Roosters…….

Wayne Bennett doesn't have a leg to stand on when firing up about his future

I just cannot comprehend why Pay is not playing Lachlan Lewis, he gives them a different dimension with his high kicking game, use him in combination with Foran who also can make a significant difference when he is on his game, especially his kicking and ability to break the defence close to the line. But they have to get there to be in that position and it is not happening.
However, they are so predictable the opposition defence can read them like a book. No team can get a decent attacking structure in place if their forwards are not making decent ground and constantly dropping the ball. The couple of good games they have had they have had excellent completion rates but it is far from consistent and that comes down to training and coaching. That comes down to Pay. Possibly he is becoming far too structured trying to eliminate errors but it is predictable & clunky.

Should Dean or the players Pay?

Dem, I saw those revered legends play the game back in the 1960’s and even met some of them personally. Daryl Baldock was my hero and Karl Ditterich’s aerial feats were amazing.
I watch the duels between Baldock & Skilton in awe and there was Teddy Whitton at his best and you cannot forget Ron Barrassi who was a friend of my Mothers when he had his office furniture business.
We knew Don McKenzie who played for the Bombers and one cannot forget Polly Farmer who passed away recently. All household names and legends of the game.

How the Saints dismantled the Tigers

yes true Peter but the football gods were agin us on those days. As they say the bounce of the ball can do cruel things.

How the Saints dismantled the Tigers

The second Briz team is a no brainer, just where to put it is the question.
Out around western Brisbane or the Sunshine coast, they both would handle it easy but the Ipswich option looks better geographically to me

Why the NRL can't compete with the AFL in Sydney

Rowdy I am flummoxed as to why the AFL has not had a Tassie team years ago.

Why the NRL can't compete with the AFL in Sydney

Please keep telling me good things about St Kilda. I have followed them for 60 years. I was there on that famous day in 1966…..and for 54 years I have been waiting. No longer living in Melbourne but following from a distance. I am an old man and to see them win another pennant, mind you their first AFL pennant as in 1966 it was still VFL would truly make this old bloke exceptionally happy before I depart this planet.

How the Saints dismantled the Tigers

How many sides have won a grand final & faded the following year……just making a grand final and loosing a tight one as they did can have a detrimental mental & physical effect. Dwelling on it and not being able to learn from it. It is a hard task.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 7

One thing that has me perplexed. It is just my opinion and many may disagree but I reckon they get better direction and have better options when he plays Lachlan Lewis in the side, or am I just imagining things.
Sure having Foran back in the side helps but by golly the dogs are horribly one dimensional

Pay sees light at the end of Dogs tunnel