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When your team is playing that badly Paul and they pin their hopes on a 5/8 who plays his best football at left centre and who is expected to carry the side with minimal NRL experience in the halves you have to plan that far in advance.

Especially when they have no hooker, no HB, a mediocre FB and two of the most ill-disciplined forwards in the NRL both on and off-field in Tevita Pangai jnr and Paul Vaughan.

NRL 2022 Radar: Big-spending Bulldogs will struggle unless dominant playmaker emerges

Of course the Dogs will struggle in 2022. They have no hooker, no HB, a mediocre FB and a 5/8 who plays his best football at left centre who is expected to carry the side with minimal NRL experience in the halves.

Apart from that they have two of the most ill-disciplined forwards both on and off-field in Tevita Pangai jnr and Paul Vaughan. And let’s not forget, they still have Trent “lawn furniture” Barrett as their coach. Just ask Manly fans how that turned out.

NRL 2022 Radar: Big-spending Bulldogs will struggle unless dominant playmaker emerges

Unless Walker, Cook, Latrell, Murray and Souths young guns Taaffe and Ilias all fail simultaneously the Rabbitohs will end up on top of the Roosters irrespective of where they finish on the ladder. The Roosters still have no hooker until Smith arrives in 2023 and that will be a deciding factor in where they finish in 2022.

I honestly believe Jason Demetriou is the next big thing in NRL coaching. The Bunnies blistering attack was 100% because of Demetriou and Hornby coaching a style that perfectly suits Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell.

If Souths’ defence can be as effective as it was towards the end of the 2021 season they will be hard to beat and a top 4 side in 2022.

'He'll bring a lot of respect': Gallen says new coach and recruits should springboard Sharks into top four

The Roosters are no certainties for a top 4 finish ahead of Souths or Manly. The Eels also have their top stars for 2022. Last year’s top 6 look set to remain in the top 6 in 2022 IMO. Although positions should change. The Sharks will do well to finish 7th or 8th.

'He'll bring a lot of respect': Gallen says new coach and recruits should springboard Sharks into top four

IMO Bennett, Bellamy or Robinson couldn’t take the Sharks to the top 4 with their current squad so Fitzgibbon is no chance. The Sharks should just aim at making the top 8 instead of putting unrealistic expectations on themselves.

'He'll bring a lot of respect': Gallen says new coach and recruits should springboard Sharks into top four

Clearly Wayne Bennett has never played musical chairs before. The music has stopped and there are no marquee players left outside of Kayln Ponga who is the last roll of the dice. If Ponga keeps dragging out a decision on his future chances are the Dolphins will get stung again like they were by Brandon Smith’s empty promises.

Isaako in reunion with Bennett at Dolphins

Then why comment at all if there is no point to your comment?

'I've served my punishment': Five years after betting ban Simona wants NRL return

Cook would have been a great choice as well but Cameron Murray has captained Souths lower grade sides and also NSW U20’s in Origin and he has been identified as Souths long-term captain for some time now.

I think he will do a great job but I would have had no problem with Cook as captain and Murray as VC. Anything but hotheads Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell.

'I couldn't have dreamt it': Murray joins giants as latest home grown Rabbitohs skipper

I’ll take the Hoodoo Guru’s word for it then and remind them each time one gets broken. 😛

NRL 2022 Radar: Rabbitohs contenders again but super skinny depth a major concern

Why else would “saints” be blessed with an 11 premiership winning streak, Tony? It seems like a dead giveaway to me.

Around the Grounds: Ponga’s incredible act, Finch opens on drug battle, Latrell update

If Souths had Latrell Mitchell available in the finals they would have have put an end to the “no premiers who have conceded 50 points in the season” hoodoo. They very nearly did that without Latrell if not for a long pass in lieu of a short one that would have ended in a premiership win or Reynolds’ dodgy groin that caused him to miss a sideline conversion from his favourite side and a two-point field goal. Hoodoo’s are made to be broken. They all get broken eventually.

NRL 2022 Radar: Rabbitohs contenders again but super skinny depth a major concern

That’s my thinking. Imagine Souths lethal left edge with Latrell Mitchell playing outside Cody Walker and inside AJ with Blake Taaffe continuing to develop in the FB role. That would be the one way Souths could take that lethal left edge to the next level. But JD has already closed the door on that idea… at least for now.

NRL 2022 Radar: Rabbitohs contenders again but super skinny depth a major concern

Perhaps the NRL should consider merging the two? 😂

#MoveTheChooksToSerbia!

Australia ranked fourth for 2022 Rugby League World Cup

Australia ranked fourth for 2022 Rugby League World Cup… 😂 😂 😂

You could have a World XVII with players from New Zealand, England and Tonga and Australia would still beat them by 24 plus! Even an Australian B side would win by a comfortable margin.

Australia ranked fourth for 2022 Rugby League World Cup

Who did Bennett take from the Rabbitohs? He fought for Reynolds to stay at Souths and Gagai and Su’A made decisions about moving on before he left.

NRL 2022 Radar: Rabbitohs contenders again but super skinny depth a major concern

That will depend heavily on Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Damien Cook being available and firing for the majority of the season and especially during the finals. It will also depend on Lachlan Ilias being able to consolidate his place at HB and Blake Taaffe being able to continue to improve his game. Added to that is the uncertainty around Anthony Milford who could potentially make a big impact to the side.

How Souths cover Dane Gagai to maintain Souths’ lethal left edge attack with also be crucial. Jaxson Paulo would be a nightmare defensively at centre. The kid has no clue about making the right decisions about when to come in or to hold his position in defence. This has a flow on effect and impact his winger who he will drag in to follow his lead. Part of the strength of Souths lethal left edge was that defensively they were sound.

I would prefer to see Latrell Mitchell play left centre and Blake Taaffe continue to play FB. JD says that’s not happening though so Latrell will play FB early in 2022 when he returns from suspension despite him reportedly telling Blake Taaffe he will play FB in 2022. There were stories recently reporting that Latrell was hinting at a positional change, potentially to 5/8, which JD slammed the door shut on.

I would prefer to see Campbell Graham moved to Souths’ left edge attack to partner AJ and have either Isaiah Tass, Taane Milne or Zane Bijorac play at right centre with Jaxson Paulo on the right wing. With yet another unfriendly draw where Souths will play the Storm, the Panthers and the Roosters in the first 4 rounds of 2022 so I am not expecting the Rabbitohs to get off to a fast start with a new coach and a new halves pairing supported by a rookie FB. The Rabbitohs will need to build from a slow start but they are more than capable of a top 4 finish if everything clicks, IMO.

NRL 2022 Radar: Rabbitohs contenders again but super skinny depth a major concern

I went to to school in Redfern in the 70’s and early 80’s. There were drugs available at high school and in the neighbourhood, some kids even carried concealed weapons, knives, to school. I avoided the drugs scene and never dabbled, not even once. All the friends I hung around, 3 of whom I am still in touch with 38 years later, didn’t smoke cigarettes and none of us have tried weed, although I did find myself at two parties in my late teens and early twenties where that was going and the smell gave me a headache. So passively, I was a victim but I left those parties early because I couldn’t stand it.

It all comes down to personal choices, common sense and self-discipline. That also extends to the people we associate with who can open a door to such bad habits. Just as these school friends don’t smoke, the same goes for any friends I associate with. Most of who don’t even drink alcohol although I indulge in moderation.

That said, I am not claiming to be a complete innocent either. Back in the day when RBT’s were yet to be introduced I did drive home on a number of occasions when I should not have. If I had been pulled over by an RBT I would have been in trouble. That was a poor choice by me and totally avoidable. In that respect I understand that even with the best character we are all capable of doing things that we regret. Mistakes are inevitable in life, choosing not to learn from them is optional. That is why I admire and respect a player like Jake Friend who could turn his life around after a going off the rails and I have no respect or patience for repeat offenders who continually indulge themselves and don’t care about the consequences to themselves, their families, their teammates and their club.

Around the Grounds: Ponga’s incredible act, Finch opens on drug battle, Latrell update

Search for the following video on Yo-uTu-be video of a PhD virologist insider who defected from China and turned whistleblower over a Chinese government cover up of the Wuhan outbreak.

Virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan Claims Coronavirus Lab ‘Cover-Up’ Made Her Flee China

Dr. Li-Meng Yan is a scientist who was working at the Hong Kong School of Public Health when she turned whistleblower on the Chinese Government, after she alleged they knew about the spread of the coronavirus before publicly acknowledging the outbreak.

As a result, Dr Yan claims she had to flee to the US for her own safety and is now determined to spread her findings to the world.

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

“I’d love to see the game go back to rules that made it great.”

A retro rule season instead of just a retro round? Now that’s an idea. They could bring back old scrums and get rid off interchange as well. Then let’s see how fast the game is played! 😂

Wrestling fix was a band-aid solution that didn't address the cause

Better still then to have him in the 20-man squad each week and cut him from the 17. That will mean he doesn’t even play in the second tier competition and has no football at all. I’m sure Smith’s manager would threaten to take the issue to court to settle the impasse and break Smith’s contract if that were the case though.

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

The COVID lab-leak hypothesis: what scientists do and don’t know

Scientists don’t have enough evidence about the origins of SARS-CoV-2 to rule out the lab-leak hypothesis, or to prove the alternative — that the virus has a natural origin.

Scientists don’t have enough evidence about the origins of SARS-CoV-2 to rule out the lab-leak hypothesis, or to prove the alternative — that the virus has a natural origin.

A Medium article that speculates on a lab origin for SARS-CoV-2 quotes David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate and professor emeritus at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, as saying that viruses don’t usually have that particular code for arginine, but humans often do — a “smoking gun”, hinting that researchers might have tampered with SARS-CoV-2’s genome.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01529-3

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

Scientists Don’t Want to Ignore the ‘Lab Leak’ Theory

Many scientists welcomed President Biden’s call for a more rigorous investigation of a virus lab in Wuhan, China…

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

I was thrown off by the 4 Papi groupies who Liked your comment. I guess the joke is on them as well. 😂 👍

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

It’s an old joke and not mine. Still, if that is all it takes to trigger you then you must lead an eventful life. My apologies to all the angry Kiwis who have smashed their computer monitors or mobile phones. I’m sure your sheep are well cared for.

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

More’s the pity. I miss those days. 😢

Bucknall’s cheap shot crossed the line but then Ron Coote fixed him up with one of those to get him removed from the same game. Things had a way of sorted themselves out back then. You wouldn’t get any cheeky HBs trying to pat a big forward on their head and laugh at them when they made a mistake. Not unless they wanted to be stretchered off. Back in those days there was a natural order to things and players only dared to cross the line at their peril. Nowadays they kick the sand that line is drawn on in the faces of players and hide behind the referee for protection.

The rugby league club graveyard: The first casualties (Part 1)

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