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NRL, AFL and cricket tragic who supports the Raiders, Crows and the Australian cricket team. I've been following sport for over 50 years.

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Spot on – Ricky changed their focus to defence and repaed the rewards – cheer up jimmmy – things will turn around for the Cowboys eventually – but there are some problems they need to fix and I’m not sure that Green will be the man to fix them

The Roosters are building an NRL dynasty with ruthless intent

I’d argue Ricky got that right last year as well – third best defensive team and they made the Grand Final – and fifth best defensive team this year

The Roosters are building an NRL dynasty with ruthless intent

Will be worth watching that one – you’d think the Dogs have more heart but they can’t score vs the Broncos who have tones of talent but no confidence – toss of the coin

The Roosters are building an NRL dynasty with ruthless intent

Bit hard to judge that performance by the Roosters last night given how monumentally bad the Cowboys were – I turned off early but saw some replays of the Roosters tries and I couldn’t believe how soft they were on their left edge – embarrassing really – full marks to the young bloke who scored 5 tries but it was against tissue like defence. The Cowboys have had some horrible performances this year – Green’s obviously lost the players – bit like Seibold

The Roosters are building an NRL dynasty with ruthless intent

If the Raiders can pull this one off Harry it will be a miracle – 4 forwards missing and a debutant on the bench – I’ll be pleasantly surprised and even shocked if they win – but you just never know – they seem to lift against the Storm and they’ve had two weeks without travel

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 9

Not trying to be pedantic here but here is part of an old NZ Herald article published in 2001 I googled – “Hewitt, aged 20, was fined $US1000 (A$2415 at the time or A$3,300 in today’s dollars) for twice referring to tennis officials as “spastics” in matches earlier in the tournament. … Courtside microphones picked up Hewitt calling the net cord judge a spastic in his opening round match and he used the same reference to the umpire in the fourth round.”

Calling someone a “spaz” was a common derogatory terms in the 60s, 70s and 80s but I think we’ve moved on from that as a society. Some of these blokes are monosyllabic dinsoaurs

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Yes – Ricky wasn’t impressed with the condition he was in at the start of the season – which contributed to him being cut from the squad. But I’m not going to completely dump on him for a handful of on field indiscretions during his 90 odd games with the Raiders. Personally I was sorry to see BJ leave and to say he is the worst signing ever is a complete over reaction. He is a beast when he is concentrating on his footy and the way BJ and Jordan Rapana fed off each other was great to watch.

I’m not condoning what he did on the weekend – it was just plain dumb at a critical time of the match. But it wasn’t vicious. Unfortunately he has that in him but I think the good outweighs the bad. Would I prefer to have him in the team rather than Curtis Scott? On performances so far this year certainly. But Scott still has time to turn things around. And BJ’s actions can be very costly. You’d rather he didn’t have that behaviour in him. Maybe he overstepped the mark with Ricky as well and burnt his bridges.

Joey Leilua the “worst signing by any club in the NRL era”? Hmm, he may well be

I think many thought BJ would be lucky to play again given how serious the neck injury was in 2019. He was obviously determined to make a contribution at some stage later in the season and stuck to his long-term rehabilitation regime and ended up playing in the finals. Whether you call that effort individual self pride and determination or wanting to contribute to the team’s chances of winning a premiership is a matter of interpretation. I suspect its a combination of both. I respect the effort he put in to be part of the team.

Joey Leilua the “worst signing by any club in the NRL era”? Hmm, he may well be

BJ had that horrible bulging disc injury after the Manly game and spent months in rehabilitation before he came back for the finals. I’d call that being a team player. He was determined to be part of something special in the finals. It was one of greatest wishes that BJ, Sezer and Jordan Rapana finish their career with the Raiders with a premiership but it wasn’t to be.

Joey Leilua the “worst signing by any club in the NRL era”? Hmm, he may well be

Come back BJ – all is forgiven!

Joey Leilua the “worst signing by any club in the NRL era”? Hmm, he may well be

Yep – lots of outrage here but there wasn’t a lot in the Edwards slap – who incidentally made it look a lot worse than it was to get the penalty – but very dumb and very costly for the team. He should know better given his experience. He was probably one of the best signings ever for the Raiders in the past ten years – with his partnership with Rapana forming the lethal Leipana partnership – won the Dally M centre of the year a couple of times. Was finally showing some maturity in the first 7 or 8 rounds of 2019 before he copped that horrible bulging disc injury. He can be the most wonderful and frustrating player in the team with his Jeckyl and Hyde personas. Set up Bateman to win the final against Melbourne last year with one of the most sublime passes you’ll ever see but came up short a couple of times in the GF including his decision not to pass to Jordan Rapana. You know what you are going to get with Joey – from sublime moment to monumental dumbness. Having said that some of my fondest sporting memories involved watching Joey going around in green.

Joey Leilua the “worst signing by any club in the NRL era”? Hmm, he may well be

Ouch – still remember that dropped ball at the scrum base 20 minutes out from the tryline that led to a Titans match winning try

Joey Leilua the “worst signing by any club in the NRL era”? Hmm, he may well be

And now into his fifth dud season – Raiders may have dodged a bullet there

Joey Leilua the “worst signing by any club in the NRL era”? Hmm, he may well be

Vunivalu is such a weapon in attack Joe – particularly in the air – he may have some defensive frailties – but you’d think he has to get a spot due to his ability in attack – he’s very similar to Tupou from the Roosters in that respect

Eight talking points from NRL Round 8

The Eels pack has been awesome with RCG, Paulo, Matheson etc – they belted the Raiders a couple of weeks back. Plus their back 5 are big and strong. They are a big chance to go all the way this year.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 8

I thought Manly were getting an armchair ride from the refs for the last 10 minutes of the game with 3 or 4 decisions (or non decisions on forward passes) going their way – but the last non-decision to not award a penalty to the Manly player who was shoved in the back and prevented from at least attempting to ground the ball was mystifying – shouldbn’t have been a penalty try but should have been a penalty and a chance to even things up.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 8

The Roosters-Storm match was an absolute ball-tearer. I also can’t remember a better minor round match in the 25 years I’ve been watching. All respect to how well the Eels are going but I won’t be surprised if these two teams are up against each other in the GF.

The AFL has been an absolute mess with their hubs. The NRL has copped some criticism over the years but the way Vlandys has handled the scheduling has been far superior to the way Gillon McLachland and the rest of the AFL have handled things since the season recommenced. Plus the brand of AFL now being played is just awful compared with waht it was in the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 00s. The NRL has a much better product to market in my opinion.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 8

Poor old Doggies just haven’t enough points in them Baz – doesn’t matter how hard you compete if you can’t score you are no chance

Eight talking points from NRL Round 8

Yes – but on the upside we have the Panthers and Knights competing strongly for top 4 spots this season – and 10 sides are in strong contention for spots in the 8 – could be a lot worse. And the standard of games have been pretty decent. The Roosters v Storm game was obviously top shelf. The Panthers v Tigers game was very tight right to the end as was the Knights vs Manly. The Knights showed a lot of character in their win. And the Dragons put a scare into a very tired looking Raiders outfit in the last 20 minutes of that match. By comparison the standard of football played in the AFL this season has been awful. I was raised on AFL and I can barely to watch it anymore. In fact I don’t even bother. In contrast I reckon the standard of NRL just keeps getting better.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 8

Spot on Baz – Rickly can be a prickly dude so I can understand people not liking him – and if I’m honest I’d probably prefer to listen to Trent Robinson talking about his team given his intelligence and eloquence. Ricky is a bit more basic and no Rhodes scholar but you can’t question his commitment and passion for the Raiders. His ability to assemble a quality squad is unquestioned and I’m not sure too many others would have capable of that at the Raiders given their decades of mediocrity. Its Stuart’s pulling power that got them there. And he’s managed to completely revamp their game plan. A one dimensional coach wouldn’t have been able to achieve that.

The Raiders probably dodged a bullet when they missed out on Proctor and if it wasn’t for our mate Robbie Farah would have landed Tedesco – instead Teddy wasted a few more fruitless years at the Tigers with a steady stream of losses and injuries. Mick Ennis also game them the flick but is now back there as a coaching consultant and Ricky unsuccessfully courted JWH and Mansour. That all changed when he focused om quality Poms. Ricky is a good coach but he won’t be a great coach until he gets a couple more premierships.

18-year career coach keeps suffering second-year syndrome

Thanks Chris P – the Dragons much improved in the second half – a lot still to happen this season

Wigan confirm Bateman’s Raiders return

Still gnawing on that bone WB? You still think the Storm would have beaten the Raiders in that final last year don’t you with the Vunivalu grazing the sideline decision. You’re deluded. Why don’t you just fess up that the Storm weren’t good enough.

18-year career coach keeps suffering second-year syndrome

Precisely – Stuart recruited Austin, Sezer, Paulo, BJ Leilua, Whitehead and Hodgson that formed the basis of an attacking brand of footy that took them to a prelim in 2016 – and were only a held pass away from making the GF. Then followed two years of mediocrity and a squad rebuild with the letting go of the behomeths Boyd and Paulo and the flaky but predictable brilliance of Austin – and a complete change of game plan with a brutal defensive focus – left field recruitment of CNK, addition of John Bateamn and shifting of Jack Wighton to 5/8 which culminated in a GF appearance. I’d say the bloke can coach.

18-year career coach keeps suffering second-year syndrome

Well at least this is all settled and everyone knows what he’s doing. I can live with Bateman returning to England to be with his daughter and family. If he’d taken a few extra bucks to go with another NRL outfit it would have smacked of greed and ingratitude. Lets hope he can make a quick recovery and give something back to the Raiders this season. With Horsburgh gone for the year, Soliola with a facial fracture, Guler injured last night and Bateman still out the Raiders forward stocks are looking very thin.

Wigan confirm Bateman’s Raiders return

I was thinking the same thing about Tedesco – as in he’s been a bit quiet – and then learn he’s run 270 metres! Guess we didn’t see the moments of brilliance from him we are accustomed to.

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