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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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The table shows the Storm are clearly the most consistent team in the comp but they are vulnerable if you know how to play them. If they lose to the Roosters all they have achieved for the season will amount to nothing.

Storm hold Eels scoreless in dominant semi-final performance

Agree – pointed it out yesterday. Manly were the only team apart from the top 4 worthy of contesting the finals further than week one. The Broncos didn’t deserve to be there at all. The Sharks were horribly inconsistent throughout the season despite pundits saying how good they looked on paper. When the acid was put on them they just weren’t good enough. Parra can bully teams at home in front of a heaving crowd but turn to water when they are away against a more physical team. If Manly had beaten Souths the Raiders were going to be in a helluva fight next Friday to make the GF despite the Sea Eagles being down on troops. There has only been two finals worth watching so far – Storm vs Raiders and Souths vs Manly.

Storm hold Eels scoreless in dominant semi-final performance

The Storm had their chance to avoid the Roosters in the prelim but they weren’t good enough to beat the Raiders – maybe there are other teams on the same level

Storm hold Eels scoreless in dominant semi-final performance

Welcome to the real world Storm supporters!

Touch-ups or touch judge: Which had a bigger impact on the 2019 NRL premiership race?

Jeez you’ve certainly stirred up a hornets nest here today Ryan. Storm supporters are pouring out of the woodwork like termites. I’ve never seen so many angry responses by Storm supporters. Usually its Raiders supporters who are having a good old whinge and moan about the refs costing them the game but this mob leave us for dead. The Ashley Klein travelling side show strikes again.

I might head over to Youtube to watch the replay of that final 5 minutes again.

Touch-ups or touch judge: Which had a bigger impact on the 2019 NRL premiership race?

Pretty disappointing crowd number for a final too Joe. Lots of vacant seats in the stands. Why?

Glad to see another team on the end of Klein’s calls. Its usually me sticking my head through a all after some of his decisions e.g. the home game against Manly when there were 29 penalties.

Touch-ups or touch judge: Which had a bigger impact on the 2019 NRL premiership race?

Yep – the Raiders were in the grind and responded to whathever the Storm threw at them in the second half. They may not have been well on top but they were within striking distance being only 4 points down despite the Storm having a barrage of possession. It only took one mistake by JAC which gifted possession to the Raiders 25 metres out and an ice cool piece of play by BJ Leilua to come up with one of the great moments in rugby league history. I could watch that passage of play on tape loop for the rest of my life and die happy.

Agree with others that the Storm were robbed of a chance of putting something on with a minute and half to play with the Vunivalu decision but the majority of their efforts up until then had virtually come to nothing. It feels weird being on the other side of a rough decision for a change. Maybe the Earth has shifted its axis.

Touch-ups or touch judge: Which had a bigger impact on the 2019 NRL premiership race?

Must say it was a scary kick though – could have gone anywhere. The ball bounces backwards about 20 metres over the heads of about four Melbourne players and Whitehead just happens to be there to pick it up the footy and hurl it into the crowd. On another day it may have bounced end over end into the path of the Storm players. The footy Gods were with the Raiders in that final five minutes. Sometimes you need a bit of luck to win.

Touch-ups or touch judge: Which had a bigger impact on the 2019 NRL premiership race?

jimmmy’s saying he got it wrong because we’ve had the benefit of seeing about 20 slo-mo action replays of the incident – how many replays did the tocuhie see? Zilch, zero and none. He had to make an on the spot decision and we all agree that Vunivalu’s hand was perilously close to the line. If he didn’t call it out and the replays showed his hand grazing the line the Raiders would be up in arms. As a Raiders supporter I’m amazed that we’ve had the rub of the green for a change at Melbourne’s home ground.

Touch-ups or touch judge: Which had a bigger impact on the 2019 NRL premiership race?

Thanks Rory – full respect to the Storm – its the game I always look forward to and want us to win – nice to be on the winning side for a change – will be interesting to see how the Storm go about playing the Eels next week who must be full of confidence after their belting of the Broncos.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

I might have selective memory Randy – can’t recall that one. Anyway those two incidents I described stood out for me. Deliberate and unnecessary for mine.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

We’ll need one of those iron ore trains they use in the Pilbara with 60 or so carriages! Its fantastic for the city and the community Scott. The prelim final is going to be an amazing occasion. Ricky and the club have done a wonderful job in winning back the hearts and minds of the locals after the horror years of Carney, Dugan and Ferguson. He’s concentrated as much in building up the culture of the club as he has in assembling a squad capable of winning the title. There are some quality people in this team and they seem to have an incredible bond together.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

Bit harsh on Cook Scott – I reckon he’s had an outstanding year at club and Origin level. Might have had a few quiet games when the forwards have been badly beaten but when he’s been good he’s been very good. Always a threat out of dummy half. Amazing when you remember back to when he struggled to get a game at the Bulldogs.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

Fair enough – misinterpreted that comment – and read a response of yours further down which explained it. The Roosters looked scarily good in the first half against the Bunnies and you’d think would still be the bookies favourite for the flag. But it would be pretty close between the Storm and the Raiders for second favourite.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

All teams do it Duncan. If the Storm had scored the try they would have done exactly the same. Its what teams do within existing rules. Take off whatever time you can get away with to ice the win. Its called professionalism. If they changed the rules and stopped the clock immediately after the try was scored I’d be happy with that – but its not how they operate at the moment.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

I think you’ll find that was Vunivalu. Absolutely smashed Croker on suspicion without the ball – he was really shaken after that and struggled with his goal kicking. Worthy of a send off? Not sure. But it was a filth act. As was the hit by Kaufusi to Hodgson’s ribs late in the match which dropped him like a stone. Stood there with a big stupid grin on his face telling him to get up. Don’t recall seeing Kaufusi grinning at the end of the game.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

Thanks Scott – really appreciate it. They may not be racking up big scores but their defence has been absolutely outstanding this season and was on display again last night. Its almost like they’ve reigned in their egos in order to minimise mistakes and only play the expansive footy if they need to. Rapt for blokes like Aidan Sezer whose copped a lot of criticism over the years as well as Ricky. Still a lot to do to get to the GF but a great time to be a supporter.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

Bateman was absolutely outstanding last night – in the biggest game of the year so far for the Raiders. There isn’t much of him but he really stings in defence – is quick on his feet and creative in attack. No coincidence that he was the one on the receiving end of BJs flick pass. Masterstroke to recruit him.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

They smashed them Matt – they’ve done it to a few teams this year – I remember seeing them physically belt Parra at home. I don’t know where there has come from but it really unsettles the opposition. The Storm looked fairly clueless for most of the match last night – no strut or swagger from Smith and Munster – they rarely had the time and space to do anything.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

Enjoy it Taree. I’m still in shock and struggled to sleep last night after all the excitement. That last back flick pass by BJ to John Bateman was just pure magic. I stood up and roared – YEEESSSS! – just like I would at Bruce Stadium.

Ricky has copped a lot of stick from Raiders fans over the years but his management of the team this year has been first class. Some great stories out of last year’s game. I thought Sezer had just about his best game in green when it really mattered. Hodgson was excellent out of dummy half – kept it simple and didn’t over play his hand. I thought Cameron Smith was very quiet and didn’t have much influence on the outcome – which is rare. And how good is young Simonsson – we haven’t seen the best of him yet. And BJ – who can be a major frustration for us supporters – comes up with an absolute gem. I could watch that pass over and over again.

And so nice to read all these Storm supporters whining and whinging for a change – welcome to the real world that supporters of other teams have experienced for years.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL qualifying final

And the Storm were going to score from 40 metres out were they? Wrong call but it didn’t decide the match

Touch judge's controversial call denies Storm of a late fightback

At last someone gets it – surely we all do

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

Perhaps he should take up wood working. Or a mature age apprenticeship in carpentry or furniture restoration. I reckon he’d come up with a decent lacquer and patina.
Seriously a heap of them should be playing county cricket next year. Labu has shown the benefits. Pity that Bancroft didn’t show much in this series as Beefy Botham was singing his praises for Somerset. Didn’t know he was their captain. Bancroft just looked anchored to the crease when he batted. If he tried to rotate the strike a bit more he might still be playing. Ditto for Khawaja.

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

Yep – no excuses for having a sluggish start this week – with 6 having last weekend off they should be jumping out of their skins tonight

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders: NRL qualifying final preview, prediction

Just like we did in the previous two tests – better get your space suit ready General

Archer and Curran rip through Australia