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all the noise suggests he wont be given the chance to, with Averillo preferred to start.

'Time to get out of the rut and win': What it's like being a Dogs fan

Hi NAT, enjoyable article
The biggest issue I see with rewarding legs tackles is the only time i see them performed is when a team is stripped of numbers. Thus the quick play the ball that follows has been earnt.
Also the rule book does still allow pushing in scrums. Like most issues calling for rule changes, we just need the current rules enforced correctly.

Will the NRL ever give the big men a break?

I don’t understand the hype around Cronulla. I think their 3 big recruits will be great off-field in helping a rookie coach instill culture, but limited in what they will bring on-field.
Hynes: very limited experience as a half and only ever played behind one of the comp’s best packs.
Finucane: a great warrior for a long time but now on the decline.
McInness: one of the games best defenders but limited in attack. Both creatively and as a running forward.
I think they remain a middle of the table team. Should sneak into the 8 but won’t be surprised if they don’t.
In respect to predicted line up, I believe the current plan is Moylan 6, Hynes 7. Talaki shouldn’t be in their 17 yet alone starting. Need another middle on the bench, fortunately they have a few options.

NRL 2022 Radar: New coach and recruits put Sharks back in the hunt

Dont have time to do the write up for them but if i did this would be the list of players, that i believe are tracking to not just make NRL but be standouts when they get there. However have learnt there is no such thing as a sure thing. Would be about a 3rd ive added to my black book after seeing them myself, the rest of the names made it mostly from talking to people in the industry. Most of them are too young to feature this year but if you see any lower grade games keep an eye for them.
Brisbane Broncos – Ezra Mam*
Canberra Raiders – Blake Metcalfe
Canterbury Bulldogs – Paul Alamoti
Cronulla Sharks – Siteni Taukamo
Gold Coast Titans – Tom Weaver
Manly Sea Eagles – Latu Fainu
Melbourne Storm – Jack Howarth*
Newcastle Knights – Cooper Jenkins
New Zealand Warriors – Lleyton Finau
North Queensland Cowboys – Ragarive Wavik
Parramatta Eels – Jock Brazel
Penrith Panthers – Ryley Smith
St George Illawarra Dragons – Brandon Morkos
South Sydney Rabbitohs – Davvy Moale*
Sydney Roosters – Ronald Volkman
Wests Tigers – Brandon Tumeth
*fair chance they get some first grade this year.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 1

Suaali’s played 5 games making him ineligible. The guidelines were in part one but essentially once a player plays 5 they are not considered a rookie. I’ve based this cut off on the rookie of the year eligibility criteria.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022: Part 4

I think your right but that thought didn’t strike me until the Stars game last night.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022: Part 4

Thanks Albo. I haven’t seen much of Jenkins but will be sure to watch out for him this year. The hooker Ryley Smith is the other young bloke i like, but dont expect him to get a run this year.
Hopefully people judge May on his own merit, not clouded with opinions of his brother.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 3

Nanai 19 in February. Agree Egan is serviceable but he does not offer much beyond fair service and making his tackles. They certainly need a little more that that.
It is a shame about Stuckey, but i think it was simply a matter of you cant keep them all. With the others being locals with a higher ceiling to their potential it would have been a rather easy decision. I think Dunn is locked into one edge but i don’t really rate Condon. Would have him 4th possibly even 5th choice back rower if Lemuelu can make a decent go of it there.
I also don’t understand the recruitment of Leilua with the quality coming through.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 3

Yeah I was shocked to see Egan extended straight after Otukolo did. Not sure why to be honest. I get that Otukolo is still a long way off being a regular starting 9 but I don’t see too many other clubs chasing after Egan.

5 years ago i definitely wouldve said No but in the modern game quite possibly. He is currently 91kg but only about 5’8/9. His low centre of gravity is what enables him to break tackles, especially off of a fast play the ball, but to do the grunt work of a middle forward i’d want him a bit heavier. I’m just not sure you could put much more weight without it slowing him down getting around the ground. I’ve also only ever really seen him play as a 9 so whilst he can ball play around the ruck to a reasonable standard, i have no idea if that would transition to ball skills at first receiver.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 3

Im in no way anti-vax. In fact i got vaccinated as soon as i possibly could and will be going for the booster at my earliest opportunity. However, there is plenty of peer reviewed studies of Ivermectin being somewhat effective against Covid, both as a preventative and treatment. I was reading a lot of them when bored in lockdown because i’ve immunocompromised friends, who despite being vaccinated have no actual antibodies in their system due to their condition not being able to produce an immune response to the vaccine. They are there if you want to search for them.
These studies however are not done to the same depth that vaccine studies have been done. Many of them were along the lines of, well our patients are dying anyways may as well give them this and see what happens. Generally the subjects given Ivermectin saw improved results to those that were not at a rate that was deemed statically significant. There were less studies done that demonstrated why. The urgency of the situation meant it pretty much went from theorised why it might work to lets start trying it, without the middle step. I’m sure further research has been done the past 18months-2 years to when i was reading about it so perhaps this has been further looked into.
The biggest issue of Ivermectin as a preventative is that it is not sustainable. You would need everyone taking Ivermectin every day, and whilst it does have uses in treatment, for someone unvaccinated it would still not reduce the effects to what someone comparable who is vaccinated would likely experience.
Though I would always chose the vaccine path myself, I could understand someone young and healthy with any family history of clotting or negative reactions to similar vaccines preferring not to be vaccinated when other treatment options do exist. Especially as the natural progression course for a virus is for them to mutate to become less dangerous with time. Without the family history, well i can’t say i understand their decision, but it is theirs to make.

Frank Pritchard reportedly fighting for life due to COVID complications

Add in their Taylor money. Issac Liu theyre only somewhat significant signing but their re-signing list is pretty long.
Tanah Boyd (2024), AJ Brimson (2026), Jayden Campbell (2024), Erin Clark (2023), Beau Fermor (2024), Moeaki Fotuaika (2024), Patrick Herbert (2023), Jaimin Jolliffe (2024), Brian Kelly (2023), Sam Lisone (2024), Greg Marzhew (2023), Kevin Proctor (2022), Toby Sexton (2024), Corey Thompson (2023)
Of that entire list probably only Proctor who’s value has gone down.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 2

Not sure what he would have been costing them but i think he would have been handy to keep as a back up and a mentor to the younger halves but it depends what else could they be doing with that salary. I certainly believe Sexton has usurped him for what they can each provide on the field. I also don’t think Fogarty’s style fits with how the Titans plan to play.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 2

I don’t really know anything about him. I watched some highlights and did a bit of a read up on him after he signed and his resume was certainly impressive. I also watched a fair bit of the Olympic 7s but he hadn’t signed at the time so I didn’t pay much attention to him or any other specific players.
He could well be penciled in as a starting winger for all i know, but i would expect Jennings to hold his spot to start the season. Unfortunately for Jennings a bad game probably cost his side a spot in the Grand Final and that is what people will remember of his year. I think it was really only one of two bad games he played all of last year. I also thought that side was noticeably weaker defensively when he wasn’t there.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 2

Thanks AMD. I agree a slow start is likely for the Titans. I’m hoping they look good in losing to those better teams and there is a bit of value about them for the Eight after round 9.
Koula’s defence in the front line still needs some work but his attacking game is elite. Also imagine trying to defend the speed of he and Saab if he were to find himself at right centre.
Agee with your sentiments regarding Grant. It was bad enough Manly having so many likeable players but now Storm do to.
I haven’t written Knights of as a finals possibility yet. Clifford was a very very good junior talent and I think he is not far off showing that at NRL level. But still don’t have high hopes for them this season. Croker is a good young player but don’t expect to see much of him this year, just few other options there for this article.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 2

I think Props do develop much earlier nowadays than in the past. Not sure if that is professionalism from a fairly young age, sports science or coincidental. But i also think it is easier for some nuffie like myself to predict a young front rower to get an increased role as even in a fairly stacked team there is no doubt that forward depth will be tested during the year whereas it is harder to predict the rise of an outside back unless they are clearly the next in line and harder still to predict just when a prodigious young half will be elevated.
The first example of this you will see when reading my Knights selection.
The second is a player like Sam Walker. Despite knowing of Walker I selected Egan Butcher ahead of him when writing last year as I was sure an opportunity would present itself for Butcher whereas I did not think Walker would get a start without predicting injuries to the more experienced halves.
If ive time before going back to work next week and people are interested i might do a 5th article along the lines of most exciting prospect, but they may not get there this year. Unfortunately with Covid effecting lower grades i havent seen as much of these guys recently and would be going a lot more off of probably their school footy and reading articles and word of mouth from those i know have seen them play.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 1

Na Talau is injured to start the season, so will be either Roberts or Kepoa to partner Nofoaluma. Roberts and Nofo did play probably about 4 games as a combination together earlyish last year but not really enough for me to not considerate new.

NRL 2022 Round 1 predicted teams for EVERY club

As a Tigers fan i sincerely hope so but im not at all confident.
Storm’s 2 new edge pairings and Coates defence will be matched by Tigers 2 new edging pairings and Nofoaluma’s defence.

NRL 2022 Round 1 predicted teams for EVERY club

Quite a number of suspended players in your round 1 teams. Josh Aloiai 3 weeks, Harry Grant 1 week, Sauaso Sue 2 weeks, Matt Lodge 1 week.
Several selections i’d expect to go differently but will just have to wait and see on them.

NRL 2022 Round 1 predicted teams for EVERY club

Just had a look and there are two halves on the list. Shouldn’t be hard to figure out who they are with both having first grade experience.
Generally I dont really like doing reflection articles. Not only do i just prefer looking forward but also i don’t want to come across as though i’m stroking my own ego if i’m proved to be right or worse yet ill be proved to be wrong.
For the record i did a similar piece last year, though it was break out stars who would take their game to another level (e.g. fringe players getting a consistent role, or bench players starting) rather than specifically rookies. A couple of major flops amongst mostly solid predictions.
Last Years Predictions
Hit
Jordan Riki, Matt Timoko, Teig Wilton, Josh Schuster, Nicho Hynes, Haze Dunster, Keaon Koloamatangi, Egan Butcher, Stefano Utoikamanu
Meh
Jack Hetherington, Spencer Lenui These were probably technically right but didn’t quite meet my expectations.
Miss
Trey Spry, Pasami Saulo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Tom Gilbert, Jackson Ford. I still think Gilbert and Ford should be starting players and are grossly underutilised.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 1

Hi TB. I havent got my draft list in front of me but i think from memory there was only the one half on the list. That doesn’t mean they aren’t coming through. For these 4 teams for example Ezra Mam could be the standout rookie of them all. Im just not sure he gets a run this year.
Interestingly all the bottom 10 clubs bar the dragons (who themselves signed Mbye but surely Amone gets the 6 jersey) signed a new 6 or 7 for 2022. So the path to first grade for a young half at most clubs will be blocked by a more experienced recruit.

Your club's rookie to watch in 2022 - Part 1

I think Flanagan himself is a great example. Looked pretty good to start with at the Roosters whilst Radley was controlling the middle. His game quickly declined after Radley’s injury.
Jamal Fogarty is another good example. An organiser who was good in 2020 with Peachey (a ball player) playing the bulk of the minutes at 13 (admittedly off the bench for a lot of the season), finished the season with a 5 game win streak with Peachey the starting 13. His form this year was patchy with Peachey and Tino being interchanged in the position and he really fell away when Tino was getting most of the minutes. Tino played great but he wasnt what Fogarty needed. I am concerned about Raiders if the plan is Horsburgh/Sutton/Tapine at 13. I think they would be better served with Adam Elliot or Elliott Whitehead there.
Although he spent more time at 6 than 7 i think Clifford, whom i see more as an organiser than a runner, benefited from Watson at 13. Although, i think Watson probably needed another pre-season to really be physically suited to his role.

The best players tend to be able to both the roles of their position very well. For example Thurston was a great ball runner off the back of Taumalolo but Thurston was also a great organiser when needed also. Similarly Cameron Murray has excellent subtle ball playing that benefits Reynalds but Murray also does a great job as a middle forward.
If you just look at last year however:
Storm have Finucance/NAS/Smith all play as genuine middle forwards at 13 and Hughes as a ball runner at 7.
Cleary/Reynalds an organiser with Yeo/Murray a ball player.
I think both DCE and Trbojevic tend to do a decent job in both roles so more difficult to place them.
I think Moses has tried to do a bit of both roles and Nathan Brown has improved his ball playing to somewhat allow for this but i feel they have both been at their best when Brown just plays his high aggression, hard running role and Moses plays with his natural instincts. Though i understand trying to grow both their games so they are more adaptable to the context of each game.
I’m not going to try to work out what was happening when at the Roosters given the injuries in the halves and Radley’s suspensions.

I should also note even a ‘ball playing lock’ must be a competent middle forward first and foremost. IMO Peachey is probably as small as you can go in the position and still be successful. Any smaller and you will be losing the forward contest too much to gain any ground by kicking to corners and asking questions of the defence. So you couldnt just throw a 3rd half into the position and expect to get results.

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

IMO the roles of the 13 and 7 are linked. 2 ball runners at 6 and 7 can work well when dominating the physical contest. To do so requires a big strong 13 who plays more as a 3rd prop. The halves just play their natural game off the back of winning the ruck.
A controlling 7 works best when paired with a 13 who is a bit more mobile and can do some playmaking through the middle 3rd. They might not physically beat you but the constant asking questions of the defence and getting the ball to the right areas will eventually lead to opportunities.
The Bulldogs best 17 has a pack capable of dominating many others in the competition. Whilst ever they are at full strength I believe Averillo more than capable of playing as the halfback. However, as soon as injuries and suspension strike (and they do for every team yet alone a team featuring the likes of Pangai, Hetherington, Vaughan and Thompson) i dont believe they have the forward depth to continue winning physical battles with other teams and Averillo will very quickly become ineffective.
The problem i see with the Bulldogs is whilst i think Flannagan is the best 7, the only option i can see at 13 to compliment Flannagan’s game style is Topine who is far from their best 13 but may be essential to the success of this side.

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

I think this is as much to do with Roosters keeping their negotiations quiet as it is always getting their man.

Roosters sign Storm star Smith

2 of the best rugby league wrestlers Ive seen were Dragons, Barnhill and Cooper.

Around the Grounds: Dolphins will wait for Ponga, Munster’s weight loss, Hastings' role locked in

Think they will be opposite sides (both left)

Around the Grounds: Dolphins will wait for Ponga, Munster’s weight loss, Hastings' role locked in

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