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Justin Holbrook ”has done tremendous things with the Chooks this season” .

I heard the same thing about Barrett and Ciraldo at the Pennies. Trouble with that argument is that when they left nothing changed results wise except they did just as well with diluted rosters.

If any coach wants to prove his all round worth , coach the Titans.

Four coaches who should be in the mix to replace Arthur - and the absolutely worst candidate who already is

Who is the next Ivan Cleary? Everyone wants an experienced successful coach but that’s not how Bellamy , Hasler , Robinson and others entered the arena.

Bennett twist to Eels' tale with Arthur sacked, Barrett taking over: 'Progress of our team has stalled'

What were you thinking about Cleary before he had his golden spell at the Pennies? Most punters were saying he couldn’t coach and his record proved it.

Bennett twist to Eels' tale with Arthur sacked, Barrett taking over: 'Progress of our team has stalled'

It’s always depicted as a big deal when a coach is sacked but ten years is a great run and it is just a normal part of being a coach.

Barrett gets plenty of curry from the punters and I can see why but those who see him operate must be seeing something good. If Cleary can do what he’s done as a coach , then I wouldn’t rule out a lot of other coaches if they get the right cattle.

Bennett twist to Eels' tale with Arthur sacked, Barrett taking over: 'Progress of our team has stalled'

You’ve got a beach now to wash the jet fuel off the body with a good swim. No pesky salt laden breeze to rust the Jag either.

NRL Magic Round Talking Points: Sharks do it again, surface holds up and hip drop lotto leaves some teams shorthanded

May was explaining how he liked to be different and not follow the crowd the other day and getting Tatts on his neck and head was one way he was somehow different.

If he goes to jail one day he’ll meet plenty of other ”unique” individuals with permanently decorated necks and heads.

NRL Magic Round Talking Points: Sharks do it again, surface holds up and hip drop lotto leaves some teams shorthanded

The ball was in play for long periods in the Manly x Bronco game and the commentators were expecting one team to run away with the game but it never eventuated.

I can’t help but think when Jake trundles forward with the ball why a faster player doesn’t wrap around now and again to give the play a bit of spice. An inside play would be good also. It’s low risk with plenty of upside.

I had a glance at the highlights of the Mighty Blacktown in reserve grade. Young Lehi Hopoate has a rare ability to weave his way thru heavy traffic at times. I look forward to him having a run in first grade when he’s ready. Could be one out of the box.

NRL Magic Round Talking Points: Sharks do it again, surface holds up and hip drop lotto leaves some teams shorthanded

Unfortunately it wasn’t a try.

'The Bunker, it’s crazy': Des rages as Bunker denies Titans - and Blues cop another blow with Best hamstrung

The thing is we should have won at least three more games so far and be in a good position but now it’s becoming a bit difficult.

A lot of people bag Bozo but over the years he recruited some great players but now I don’t know who to get revved up about coming thru the system. If Gordie is the best player coming thru we’re in trouble. Young Hopoate maybe. You always live in hope though N.N.

Broncos take advantage of home comforts while Sea Eagles stuck in purgatory after 'hosts' lose thriller in Brisbane

The money doesn’t make up for the negatives though and that’s why they’ve ditched the bad idea.

Manly could play most of their home games away if its all about money but what would be the point of being in the NRL? The club has one goal above all others and that is to win the comp. Playing teams like the Broncos away each year is helping their cause but not ours.

The point of ”going to work” for league players is to win the comp as well as get paid. They get paid the same if they play at Brookie and that’s where they like to play.

Broncos take advantage of home comforts while Sea Eagles stuck in purgatory after 'hosts' lose thriller in Brisbane

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Broncos take advantage of home comforts while Sea Eagles stuck in purgatory after 'hosts' lose thriller in Brisbane

Apart from the money , how is playing the Broncos at their home better than playing them at Brookvale?

The crowd didn’t notice the forward pass and that’s why they were silent. You could hear the boos when they saw it on the replay.

Broncos take advantage of home comforts while Sea Eagles stuck in purgatory after 'hosts' lose thriller in Brisbane

Paulo seems to be in dream land too much. I’ve seen a few players like this over the years and it doesn’t work in first grade.

Stand deep and hit the ball at top speed is a good start. Why coaches allow wingers to stand shallow and ruin tries I’ll never know.

Broncos take advantage of home comforts while Sea Eagles stuck in purgatory after 'hosts' lose thriller in Brisbane

Lodge was very good last season and might need more time to get his mojo back.

He needs to fix up the way he catches the ball though , he looks like he’s going to drop it most times.

Broncos take advantage of home comforts while Sea Eagles stuck in purgatory after 'hosts' lose thriller in Brisbane

Manly’s biggest loss this season is by 8 points to Saints. You’ve got to win a fair share of close games to go anywhere in the comp and its not happening.

Garrick makes a break and instead of dying with the ball like he did a couple of weeks back to bomb a try , he kicks it over the sideline to bomb a try. It’s just so poor. The other thing I can’t handle is how shallow Paulo stands on the wing. It’s a perfect way to bomb tries. Hit the ball at half pace in line with your centre.

We need to regroup and make the eight to get some finals experience and set up for next season. It’s possible but we need to be a lot smarter to go with the grit we showed.

Broncos take advantage of home comforts while Sea Eagles stuck in purgatory after 'hosts' lose thriller in Brisbane

I’m not implying that at all.

The point is we’ve had many cases with the NRL where the victim was clearly lying and now the cases where the cops were found to have lied.

If it was nine out of ten cases where the player was proven to be in the wrong I’d be closer to joining the herd with pitchforks and banjos but I rarely have a clue about who is lying before the trial. Its hard to accept that cops lie but its been proven. It’s also hard to accept that woman let other woman in particular down with fake allegations.

NRL News: Latrell and Braith in restaurant bust-up, Abdo speaks on 'very disappointing' rape accusation

It was nice to see the Chooks fail at something for a change but the feeling hasn’t lasted long as it’s now been decided they actually won by losing.

Fifita is first class, but second row - that's why his u-turn might have saved the Roosters' salary cap

Based on recent history I’ll reserve my judgement on all involved.

A cop or two in the JDB case has been charged with perjury I believe.

Telling pork pies is all too common unfortunately and it’s not always the accused who are telling the porkies. It doesn’t get much publicity or interest though.

NRL News: Latrell and Braith in restaurant bust-up, Abdo speaks on 'very disappointing' rape accusation

A video of NSW x QLD in 1971 popped up on Youtube for me last night and I ended up watching most of it.

Cans and bottles on the field , a hillbilly from the crowd gets tackled by Bozo as he comes at the ref ,players sent off all over the place and Bozo and Bennett having an encounter or two. Coincidentally your article pops up the day after I get more appreciation of the Banana Benders hatred of NSW.

NSW humiliated Queensland for 18 years - no wonder the Blues can't match their special breed of hatred

The chickens miss out on a couple of players and all of a sudden their history of signing every player they wanted in the past somehow becomes an urban myth. Yeah , no worries.

Roosters chief stunned by HUGE Fifita backflip but Gus says they've 'dodged a bullet'

Stuart had one of the top teams in the comp to start his career and played in three straight G.F’s with one title. Bozo had a strong team in the 90’s which played in three straight for one title.

Stuarts career as a player and coach resulted in G.F’s and titles when the teams were very strong.

When they weren’t it was slim pickings. The future won’t be any different. A better coach won’t be the difference either.

NRL News: Raiders CONFIRM surprise Ricky contract call, Dragons star could be on the way out

”Never” is a big word.

The history of the game shows that no team is on top forever. They can be on top for a long time but one day it all comes to an end.

The Chocolate Soldiers were in the Doldrums for ages while the Sharks , who came in the comp in 67 were making grand finals not long after. The Chooks were in the wilderness after winning in 75 for a couple of decades.

The Storm look like they’ll always be on top , but they won’t.

Why a draft makes sense as NRL eyes off rapid expansion with nowhere near enough players to fill rosters

The number of players this season who have stepped up from various comps outside the NRL and excelled shows that there are plenty of good players out there.

I don’t know all of their names but a few of them might have seemed like weak points when I saw their names opposing Manly ended up doing really well and contributing to wins for their club.

The Raiders team which beat Manly recently was full of young backs who did very well despite having little first grade exposure.

Why a draft makes sense as NRL eyes off rapid expansion with nowhere near enough players to fill rosters

Sub 50% means nothing.

Ken Irvine 46% at the Bears, Tedesco 34% at the Tigers and Lamb 47% at Wests . Just the first three players who came to mind.

Ivan Cleary under 50% as a coach until the last few years.

Bellamy 33% I think in SOO.

Knight and day: Newcastle were one of the best sides to watch in 2023, but their attack has disappeared in 2024

I didn’t mind that midget fullback from the Dolphins until he taught Manly a lesson.

I’m not so keen on him now.

Mug lairs, thugs, grubs, nigglers and smug buggers - who are the players you really love to hate?

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