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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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Thanks AJ – I think the Raiders are seriously in need of an attack coach – which is ironic given how they switched focus from all out attack in 2016 with Leipana and Austin firing – to defence in 2019 and 2020 to become competitive and learn how to close out games.

There is no doubt Jack has some great qualities as a footballer but creativity is not one of his strengths. He is better when he receives the ball and takes on the opposition. Maybe put him at centre or lock and just let him go for it. Williams and Frawley are good reserves but we really need some top shelf creative halves.

Lockdown, rescheduling and horror draws: NRL Round 20 talking points

Its weird Albo – how can you go from a Dally M win to not worthy of selection? Jack just doesn’t seem to know what he is doing at 5/8. He has 5 try assists for the season. George Williams has more with 6 and he hasn’t played for over a month! Cody Walker has 27, Jahrome Highes has 18 and DCE, young Walker and Nicho Hynes have 17 !
The Raiders attack has been pretty ordinary for a while. Compare them to the Storm, Penrith, Souths, Roosters, Manly and Eels. Its chalk and cheese. When they all aim up in defence they are a chance of a win. But there is zero flair in the halves. Ricky has them playing pretty boring defensive footy most of the time. I’m over it. Grindball has had its day.

Lockdown, rescheduling and horror draws: NRL Round 20 talking points

Hi AJ. Nice summation. Not much response to your Parra comments. Guess we are all on the same page on that one. And agree regarding the Raiders. Where was the energy and commitment from the previous three weeks? The Knights were always going to come out hard after their pathetic performances in the previous two weeks – plus the bake from their captain Safiti that a few of them needed to have a good hard look at themselves. Best and Ponga tore us to shreds.

Can you give me some thoughts on why Jack Wighton has been so bad this season? He was an absolute passenger on Sunday. I hate to single people out for a loss but Jack needs to shoulder a lot of the blame. His lack of form was one of the major talking points for mine. The team appears to be much better off with Williams and Frawley in the halves. They actually seemed to have a plan but Jack is offering nothing. I honestly think if Jack doesn’t show anything in the next month Ricky needs to seriously think about shifting him to the centres or lock and recruit a pair of halves in the off season. Mind you the halves cupboard is looking pretty bare,

Lockdown, rescheduling and horror draws: NRL Round 20 talking points

Don Furner already has the contract prepared for Jordy – I guess its just a matter of whether it is one or two seasons. Jordan is the heart and soul of the Raiders. I’d be pretty devastated if he left for the big bucks elsewhere. The Japanese union experiment fell in a heap. I reckon he’ll stay. The Raiders have also signed up most of their young blokes for the next two seasons apart from HSS but I don’t think his signature is too far off. I suspect Curtis Scott’s salary will help that happen. About the only spot they don’t have covered is a replacement for George Williams. And here has been nothing reported about a possible signing.
I was wondering if they might make a play for Milford or Ash Taylor at the Titans but we aren’t hearing anything. Maybe they are being patient and playing a longer game for someone they think can lead them to a premiership.

Money ballers: These 23 off contract stars are the value buys in NRL player market

Nothing better to watch than Starc when he’s in form and those booming in swingers to the right handers are splattering the stumps

Australia cruise to ODI series win over West Indies

Pretty sure it was a 50 over game – Australia won with 117 balls remaining.

I for one am pretty pleased to see the Aussies come back after the humiliation of the T20 series where we lost 4-1. The bowlers are in good form plus Carey, M March, Wade and Agar showed some form with the bat. Some not so encouraging signs from some of the newbies from the BBL .

Australia cruise to ODI series win over West Indies

The Titans are so flaky – I’d hate to know how many times they’ve burned me when I’ve tipped them this season – no ticker

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 19

Agree completely Adam. Gus was the smart pick up – but recruiting TPJ for $2.2 mill looks like madness. Maybe 4 good games per year, 6 games where he doesn’t care, 4 games injured and at least 8 games suspended.

Tevita Pangai Jr and Phil Gould: One of the Bulldogs' signings makes perfect sense

You can be sure of that Albo with the way TPJ plays! The odd barging run followed by an offload – and the odd barging head high tackle that results in either 10 in the bin or a suspension. He wouldn’t blow out a candle at the end of a match.

TPJ would have pretty low kms on the odomoter – a used car salesman’s dream! I’m amazed Penrith picked him up. But maybe he comes cheap if they only need him for the rest of 2021.

Tevita Pangai Jr and Phil Gould: One of the Bulldogs' signings makes perfect sense

$2.2 million for TPJ over 3 seasons doesn’t sound like a wise investment – overs for mine – as was Nick Cotric at $600K. Guess that’s what you have to do when you are down in the cellar. Good for the player – not sure about the club.

Surprise twist as Pangai Jr set for stint at ANOTHER club before Bulldogs move

If you’re theory is correct it will be really interesting to see how TPJ goes with the Panthers if he signs with them for the remainder of 2021

Imagine if he wins a premiership and then goes to the Dogs in 2022 – would be truly bizarre

Surprise twist as Pangai Jr set for stint at ANOTHER club before Bulldogs move

Fair enough Walter – can’t have been easy living in Melbourne in the past 18 months.

Not sure being able to attend live games in Canberra was a blessing – have seen four games this year – all losses!

Canberra as a city has been lucky so far – small enough to limit the spread and luckily any cases we had a year or so ago were isolated. Not looking forward to Parliament sitting in early August – hope they limit how many come here. I’m surprised they haven’t delayed sitting for a few weeks.

My NRL 2021 wish list revisited

Funny how all these rejects from NRL sides like Dufty, TPJ and Vaughan appear like good signings. If they were any good why aren’t they still with their current team or signed for next year?

Surprise twist as Pangai Jr set for stint at ANOTHER club before Bulldogs move

Good luck with TPJ Albo – it could end in tears. I wouldn’t touch him with a 40 foot barge pole – or Paul Vaughan.

Surprise twist as Pangai Jr set for stint at ANOTHER club before Bulldogs move

I don’t get the love for TPJ. He has a handful of good games a season, gets rubbed out for at least 6 games each year for some mind blowingly dumb excessive hits on opponents when he tries to show what a big hard man he is – and is an absolute liability on the try line in defence. Plus he’s being paid $2.2 million for 3 seasons at the Dogs! TPJ and his manager must be laughing all the way to the bank. There is a reason that the Broncos are getting rid of him. He’s an over priced liability.

Surprise twist as Pangai Jr set for stint at ANOTHER club before Bulldogs move

Don’t rate May in the halves – maybe if you are desperate as injury cover for 20 minutes – not a starting half – no brainer to put Burton there until Cleary recovers

NRL Round 19 teams: Papenhuyzen, Luai, Ferguson all return

Sounds like he carried it for a while during the game so we might have to cut him a bit of slack

NRL Round 19 teams: Papenhuyzen, Luai, Ferguson all return

Very clever – might have struggled to get all that on the wrist band – who said league players aren’t very smart

NRL Round 19 teams: Papenhuyzen, Luai, Ferguson all return

Wow! Xavier Savage out for the season with a shoulder injury. Looks like it requires a re-construction. Didn’t look good after the game. Raiders can’t take a trick. Hopefully he is fit and raring to go at the start of next season.

Big test for the Green machine against the Eels on Thursday. Frawley in for Wighton, HSS on the wing for Rapana who moves to FB in place of Savage, and Timoko on the bench in place of James. I actually don’t mind the look of the side. Bit of an injection of youth. Lets see what they can do. No Mitchell Moses for the Eels. Must be injured.

NRL Round 19 teams: Papenhuyzen, Luai, Ferguson all return

Yep – heard he signed with the Broncos – but he’s barely played a game for the Storm this season due to injury – and I suspect it might be hard to get back in once he’s recovered

My NRL 2021 wish list revisited

Very true Joe – the Storm were minor premiers in 2019 if I recall with a 6 point gap to the Roosters in second and didn’t even make the GF

My NRL 2021 wish list revisited

I think Baz was having a laugh Walter – lighten up a bit

I think we are all aware that the rest of the comp has to strive to be as good as the Storm – with the Panthers not far behind – it was a bit different when the Storm used the wrestle and a host of spoiling tactics to stifle and extinguish the chances of the opposition – their style was very hard to like unless you were a Storm supporter. But now with the up tempo expansive blitzkrieg game that the Storm have developed under the new rules other teams have a far greater challenge to compete with them – and as I’ve said before the Storm are now good to watch rather than difficult to watch. It will be interesting to see if anyone can go with them in the next 8 weeks or so.

My NRL 2021 wish list revisited

Think you are right about Meaney – but he will do a job. Hynes is top shelf in comparison. Amazing that he was languishing in Queensland Cup for 2 or 3 seasons before the Storm picked him up.

That’s a pretty scary backline you have there. What happened to Brenko Lee – is he injured?

My NRL 2021 wish list revisited

Hi Nicko – you’ve asked the wrong person – I’ve just about given up on my AFL tips in the past two weeks. I was cruising there for a while getting 6 or 7 out of 9 each week – I think I got down to in the 20s in the Roar tipping comp – and then got 2/9 two weeks ago and 3/8 this week. I’ve blown out to 46th as a result! Harder to pick than a broken nose!

My NRL 2021 wish list revisited

I was converted to league when I moved to Canberra 20 years ago. I tried to juggle both for a while but my interest in AFL is diminishing. Being a Crows supporter might have something to do with it.

Mind you picking a winner in AFL is a lot harder than the NRL. There isn’t as big a gulf between the top echelon of teams and the rest of the comp in the AFL.

My NRL 2021 wish list revisited

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