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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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They’ve all obviously got ability or they never would have made it this far. But they have their frailties. At their best they are either brilliant or very good – but at their worst they can also be terrible. Its the lack of consistency that upsets people. Supporters are very hard markers. I’d hate to under the microscope every week like all of these poor bastards are. Then again they are paid very well. Guess you could put up with all the rubbishing if you are getting a fat pay check every week.

A hard chat with each NRL team’s most frustrating player

Its going to be fascinating to see how Curtis Scott goes next year – could be a great redemption story or sad miserable end to his career at the Raiders – hope for his sake that he can get his sh&t together

BJ Leilua is a tough one – at his best he is sublime but at his worst you never want to see him again. I really wanted him to go again at the Raiders in 2020 after he worked so hard to come back from a horrible neck injury – but obviously Ricky had had enough.

A hard chat with each NRL team’s most frustrating player

Needs to give up the pies, pizzas and donuts as well

A hard chat with each NRL team’s most frustrating player

Brenko Lee, Suliasi Vinivalu and Nelson Asofa-Solomona can provide the odd howler – much to the enjoyment of opposition supporters – but they need to get more consistent if they want to make this list

A hard chat with each NRL team’s most frustrating player

Jeez we only had Bennett for one year. I think he learned a lot in that time though. Thanks for all those good players over the years. Don’t know where the raiders would have been without them. The Raiders club and supporters really miss that Queensland connection. The introduction of the Broncos slowly turned off the tap and when NSWRL forced us to sever ties with Souths Logan that was it. Now its the Pommy connection!

All hail the new kings of Melbourne

I reckon a lot of teams respect the 14 position. Ricky had Kurt Baptiste at his disposal who would come on and carve up the opposition late in games – but not so effective when starting. I wished he gave Kurt a bit more game time in some matches. I remember yelling from the sideline for him to come on when we were looking flat. Starling has that role now. I think your right. Some blokes – possibly B Smith included – appear to be more effective off the bench rather than starting.

All hail the new kings of Melbourne

You took South Logan back from the Raiders Emcie – how’s that going? Had a look at their team of the century – includes former Raiders legends Gary Belcher and Mal Meninga. It was tough to lose that Queensland connection. I think Josh Papalii and Anthony Milford may have been Raiders pick ups from South Logan.

All hail the new kings of Melbourne

You wonder how the Storm will juggle their squad with Grant and Pap emerging. Can’t keep them all and pretty soon they will be attracting top dollar. The block of cheese may have to look elsewhere.

I’m pretty happy with young Starling at the Raiders – not up there with Harry probably – but he’s in that Cook/Grant mould of a quick dart out of dummy half. You could argue that the Raiders attack looked more fluent with Starling and Havilli keeping it simple. Will be interesting to see what happens with Starling and Havilli when Hodgson returns. Starling has to play for mine.

All hail the new kings of Melbourne

Fair enough. They are both very young and very talented. Its very early days for people to be putting the tags of future greats upon them. Cameron Smith and Billy Slater were elite in their positions. Doesn’t mean that won’t happen.

All hail the new kings of Melbourne

Completely different player to Cameron Smith – Harry is all energy and frantic go forward – great potential but don’t see him as the ship steering type. Similarly with Papa – great speed – learning all the time. Will he be as good a player as Billy in terms of defence and organising ability? Only time will tell.

All hail the new kings of Melbourne

It comes back to the NSW sense of superiority – basically they just think they are better than everyone else and just have to turn up to win. And the bookies just fall into line with this hopeless delusion as does the Sydney media. I certainly wasn’t backing NSW to win at Suncorp despite getting belted at Homebush. I even got the margin right in the Maroons favour.

I don’t think there is a lot between the two teams though. Sometimes it just comes down to attitude and determination and the Maroons have that in spades. And a bit of luck e.g. the injury to Tedesco. I thought the Blues defended pretty well for the full 80 but they didn’t use their backline at all. Cody Walker had a great game in Sydney but we didn’t see much of him in Brisbane. Cleary tried too hard almost given nothing else was happening. He made a couple of errors late in the match but at least he was trying to make something happen. The two back rowers Frizell and Crighton have no ball passing skills whatsoever. People were bagging Jack Wighton but the poor bugger hardly got the ball. Losing Tedesco was a killer. If he doesn’t come off it could have been a completely different result with the Blues possibly winning the series.

These four players will fix the Blues

I was thinking Lomax or Crighton for the centre positions but then I saw that Lomax heads the NRL for errors made – 40 for the season which is about two a match. He is way out in front of Stephen Crighton and Jack Wighton with 32 for the season. Doesn’t fill you with confidence.

These four players will fix the Blues

South Australia had an intense hatred of Victoria in the days of State of Origin in the AFL – sadly now that’s a thing of the past. There was a period when SA won a few against the Vics in the 1980s and 1990s despite Victoria having a wealth of talent. They were wonderful state matches with the cream of talent in both states up against each other. Best AFL games I have ever seen. SA cared more about winning and Victoria expected to win due to their perceived superiority. Sounds eerily similar to the Qld vs NSW rivalry. The entry of the Crows and Port into the AFL put an end to it all.

NSW relapses: We don't understand Origin again

It hurts me to agree Walter. All those expecting the demise of the Storm after the retirement of Billy Slater, the shift of GI to the Rabbits and Cronk to the Roosters and possible retirement of Cameron Smith are going to be sadly disappointed. Credit to the Storm recruitment team for spotting the talent they have. Who would have thought JAC and Papanhoozen would have developed the way they have? And Grant looks like a beauty. Hence the Storm aren’t likely to come back to the pack – its up to the rest of the pack to reach their level – if that’s possible. It appears that Bellamy can have sustained success at Melbourne as long as he wants it.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

I keep wondering why Frizzell keeps getting picked – I’m not sure what he offers. He looks energetic but he just doesn’t do much. Actually both back rowers don’t have a passing game. Crighton has a crack but just hogs the ball. I’d be looking for someone with a bit of creativity e.g Wade Graham.

State of Origin 3 player ratings: NSW Blues

Hindsight is a great thing. Agree that Jack could have been shifted to 5/8 to try and make something happen at some point in that second half – but Fittler was hamstrung by his lack of flexibility on the bench. He was already covering one injured back with Yeo out of position at centre. Hopefully Fittler learnt something last night.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

As soon as Jack moved to 5/8 he looked capable of doing something – prior to that he was just wasting away outside Angus Crighton – who only passes the ball as a last resort. It appeared to me that Tupou was doing most of the bullocking runs (which he did well) on that side and Jack was just a bit player. Freddy has to have a good look at his slection policy. You need specialist centres playing – not good players playing out of position. I would have been tempted to give Lomax or Crighton from Penrith a crack – maybe both. Put some faith in the young blokes as Wayne Bennett has done. Jack W could have been useful on the bench or Papanhoozen, Freddy could have made a late decision to play Papenhoozen as he proved his fitness but chose not to. Could have been a completely different result if he had replaced Tedesco.

Grant's debut for the ages powers Maroons to memorable State of Origin series win

Losing Tedesco was massive – much like the Maroons losing Munster in game 2. I shook my head at Freddy’s decision to have 4 forwards on the bench – came back to bite him big time. Thought the Blues defended pretty well for most of the match considering the possession the Maroons had. But if Holmes could catch the game would have been all over. Agree with others that Klemmer had to play and the fact he wasn’t chosen is another Freddy mistake. They missed his mongrel and go forward big time. Munster and Grant were scarily good – along with Papanhoozen the Storm are going to be a force for the forseeable future. People have bagged Jack Wighton but he just wasn’t receiving the ball at centre. He looked alright at 5/8 for the 5 minutes he was there. Hope Cody Walker is OK.

Grant's debut for the ages powers Maroons to memorable State of Origin series win

Sounds as though the two Lee cousins will be playing for the Maroons – Edrick and Brenko. Who would have thought when they were youngsters back at the Raiders several years ago! Good luck to the both of them. Plus Harry Grant and Corey Allan will be making their debuts. That’s a lot of inexperience but bloody exciting.

This has the potential to be an absolute cracker. If Queensland are to win Munster has to play. The Blues have the team on paper but the Maroons are a much better side at Suncorp. And sounds as though Palaszczuk has done the Blues no favours by not allowing them to travel earlier in the day. Expect Queensland to come out fast. My money is on Queensland by less than 10.

The Roar’s State of Origin expert tips and predictions: Queensland Maroons vs NSW Blues, Game 3, 2020

I’ve said it elsewhere but I think Bennett erred by not bringing Lui and Papalii back earlier – they matched the Blues forwards in the first 20. By the time they came back it was all over. Poor coaching for mine.

Six talking points from State of Origin 2

They really missed Munster on that left side in defence. Didn’t think Hunt was terrible but I’m sure Munster would have done a much better job in combination with Capewell etc

State of Origin 2 player ratings: Queensland Maroons

Thought it was strange that Bennett left Lui and Papa sitting on the bench for so long – particularly when the game was slipping away from the Maroons. I thought their first 20 minute stints were pretty decent. Lui showed plenty of energy and Papa showed what was missing when he scored late in the match.

State of Origin 2 player ratings: Queensland Maroons

Fair comment Nat. I think a lot of people were just looking at the two teams on paper prior to the game thinking NSW had the superior cattle. But as we saw there is more to a game than simply talent and reputations. When you compared the two backlines you would have thought NSW were a shoe in. But it didn’t work out that way with Gagai and Capewell being close to their best players. Who would have thought? I certainly didn’t. Queensland have some intangible qualities that don’t get on the stats sheets that holds them in good stead in these close games.

How NSW can keep the Origin three-peat dream alive tonight

Seems crazy that Klemmer isn’t playing – the bloke was born to play Origin – he has just the sort of aggression the Blues need in this series. And the reason he’s not playing is apparently because he was a bit pi$$ed off and sulky last year – really? Is that it? Surely the coaching staff can sort that out and you move on. Hardly a reason not to pick him. Makes me question Fittler’s man management skills. Can’t imagine that ever happening in the Maroons camp. Queenslanders crawl over broken glass to wear the state jumper.

Still expecting the Blues to get up though tonight. The Maroons have been celebrating and shoving it in the Blues faces since the Adelaide Oval win. I’m expecting a much improved Blues performance tonight – particularly from Cleary, Wighton and Gutherson.

How NSW can keep the Origin three-peat dream alive tonight

I don’t blame them for not singing our national anthem – its a disgrace – the tune is boring and the words are so old and anachronistic and irrelevant to our mulicultural society. It must be one of the worst anthems ever – I cringe every time I hear it – I could probably stomach God Save the Queen in preference to the turkey we have. Its time for one of our great Australian songwriters to put pen to paper and put something together we can all be proud of. Paul Kelly, Neil Murray, Peter Garrett, James Reyne or Don Walker should be able to come up with something we would be proud to sing along too.

Six talking points from State of Origin 1