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Since centres like Inglis, Hodges and Lyon have retired or faded I suppose somebody had to be rated as the best centre in the game and maybe that was Chambers but it was by default almost. He had a chance to win the 16 GF by simply having a look for the supporting Cronk but it never crossed his mind, terrible play. No finesse in his game , Manu is miles ahead of him as well. I’m prepared to write Chambers off.
Ponga is the player who has everything.
I’ll be interested to see what Des does with Manly’s attack. The only way you could justify his reappointment at Manly would be if he explained what he was up to with the Dogs attack and how he was going to change his shocking ideas radically.
He does give a sense of calm and authority which is pretty handy. It will be interesting how much praise Bozo gets for his recruitment and shaking the place up if Des does well, Disco Des could have timed his run well.

Five reasons I'm looking forward to the 2019 NRL season

Garrick on the wing looks pretty handy with size and pace and Suli looked fit from the grainy second half footage. Hodgko looks fit and lean but every single thing he does is predictable absolutely everything. We haven’t got the strike power out wide to have a 5/8 who doesn’t threaten. It’s all very well to do nothing wrong but we need more than that. From what I saw Elgey was running across field too much , same as Walker.

Sharks win NRL trial, but Manly impress in first Hasler hit-out

My comment disappeared but basically , it wasn’t the refs call , it was an obvious penalty try as the ball bounced perfectly for Lyon. For whatever reason, the refs hammered Manly in the game and I’ve seen plenty of fans from other clubs say that as well. The list of mistakes is much bigger than I remember.

Predicting the 2019 NRL premiers before a ball is kicked

The bunker made that ruling and it was correct. The rule is misquoted all the time. If the bunker thought Lyon would have scored except for the illegal action then they need to award award a try. It has nothing to do with being certain of anything , it is based on an opinion.

As I said I think the refs were incompetent not corrupt but they sure as hell seemed bias in that game.

Predicting the 2019 NRL premiers before a ball is kicked

Can’t wait for the list of Darius Boyds achievements with a declaration that he’s the best fullback in the game now that Slater’s gone. Develop a bit of logic champion . It’s 2019 .

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

Ponga was going to easily win the Daly M easily unti he got injured

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

The funny thing is despite his stats in defence , all of those clubs had dramatically better defences when Maloney arrived, Penrith may be the only exception

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

I’m not comfortable with the way fans of other clubs talk about the Turbo brothers , I’m used to Manly players being bagged.

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

Monopoly won’t be his favorite game right now , one of the cards is a bit of a worry.

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

He is sick because of the stress the reports are saying , I suppose fake vomiting is possible but could be a bit hard to get right.

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

As a Manly fan I’d go Manu or Mitchell but I’d agree in general.

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

‘ I started a joke which started the whole world crying but I couldn’t see that the joke was on meeeeeeeee’
Exactly why is it stupid? I’m happy to be under attack from anyone but be prepared to back up what you say.

Golden point: It’s time for the NRL to try harder

Frawley has a little bit of DCE in him , they both seem to stand out in losing teams by their body language and they often aren’t as bad as they look. Players who play poorly but don’t take any risks often fly under the radar.

Frawley had a real go but he reminds me of some of the halves Manly had in there bleak Northern Eagle and beyond days , you could tell early on that they weren’t the ones needed.

NRL 2019 season preview: Canterbury Bulldogs

Centres were 50% of the original immortals but I agree that has changed until last year when Mitchell and Manu were crucial elements. Put those two in 4 or 5 other top teams and they win the comp in my opinion last season but I get your point.

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

Will Chambers was 22 on the list last year and Mitchell missed out , this year Manu misses out and he is already in the top 2 or 3 centres in the game.
Victor Radley is a top 50 player as is Addin Fonua Blake also in my opinion.

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

It could only be because he’s not good enough, couldn’t it? The presumption of innocence is being applied so it couldn’t be anything else, surely?

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

Manu would get double the contact of some on this list including Gagai if they were on the open market.

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

Napa is very pedestrian as a ball runner and always has been but when he gets going in defence it’s a different matter, better off running at Tolman.
Matt Frawley was never going to be the answer but Lewis has a rare calmness and level head as well as great ability so I’m hoping that he kicks on.
Foran was the type of player you could build a club around and lost nothing in comparison to the Storms best players when he was fit and well. This has to be the season where he comes good or they will need to find another option.

NRL 2019 season preview: Canterbury Bulldogs

This top ten list shows to me that the transition from the big four still has a fair way to go. We are still waiting for a NSW half back and five eight to step up to the plate and match the level of Johns and Fittler or get within a mile.

I saw Mitchell play in a trial against Manly this time last year and he was way too good for us. I had him as the best centre in the game ages ago, warts and all.

I have Ponga at one and I don’t rate Widdop anything like a top ten player. To me he is a good tradesman , consistent and committed but really lacks something. He’s been behind one of the best if not the best packs in the game for a number of years now and when they are rampant for half a season all the stats would be unreal but it’s what happens for the rest of the season that really counts. For all his missed tackles and forward passes that the refs can’t see, James Maloney is much more likely to win you the games that matter.

Widdop better than Munster? You’d have to be kidding.

Damian Cook is interesting , I have the feeling that his best days have come and gone. I’m hoping for NSW that I’m wrong but the opposition are acutely aware of his pace now and I’m not convinced that he has the game to counter it.

The Roar's top 50 NRL players: 10-1

Best way by a mile is to have to score a try to win in extra time and you lose a player from the field at regular intervals until you get down to three players on each team. The quick dangerous player might become a bit more valuable as well.

Golden point: It’s time for the NRL to try harder

You have left out the most important stat of all Tim. Only one team will have the Viking Clapping
rogue to show them how to be mean and clever. The Raiders are near certainties.

Can’t wait to see the Menace and Sticky on the sideline together showing big Joey how to be clever.

Predicting the 2019 NRL premiers before a ball is kicked

I’m not a huge fan of conspiracy theories PS to be honest but you see some games and it’s hard to explain what’s going on. I was on the Eagles site a little while back and someone posted a you tube of Manly’s loss to the Chooks in 13 and all the wrong decisions that went against the Eagles. They didn’t show the ones against the Chooks so it wasn’t balanced but it was much worse than I remembered. You would swear that the refs wanted the Chooks to win. The Wolf was tackled over the sideline and was lying well out of the field of play and ages after the tackle was finished when Maloney dives on him late and starts pulling his hair, inches from the touchie. No penalty. The bad calls went on and on. Too many incidents to mention. I would say incompetence but you do wonder.

Manly benefited from incorrect tackle counts in 78 and I can’t explain that either , hopefully it was incompetence .

Predicting the 2019 NRL premiers before a ball is kicked

I did some research a while back and found that the bottom 4 in any given year ( I went back a fair way , maybe to 2000) produces more future premiers than the top 4 in any given year does.

If this trend continues then more title winners will come from the Cows, Eagles, Eels and Dogs? than the Chooks , Storm, Souths and Sharks ( top 4 from memory ) , sounds unlikely but the figures were pretty strong.

Failure appears to be a fair spring board for success.

Predicting the 2019 NRL premiers before a ball is kicked

No relevance to you at all , no worries. Don’t ever bother doing a course which has law as one of the subjects because your head will be spinning with all the old cases they reference. They might even be wacky enough to talk about things that happened a hundred years ago.

NRL games can’t get here fast enough

I’m not obsessed about anything McT however I will strongly suggest that you reply to what I wrote or not reply at all. Everything you say after the obsessed bit is correct and nobody is disputing it.

Google the headlines and tell me who is responsible for them , Brett Stewart or the con man and his daughter. I’ll give you a hint , it wasn’t Brett Stewart and he was rightly chosen as face of the game.

NRL games can’t get here fast enough