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Tend to agree about the squad makeup. They were supposed to be Newcastle’s team now they are 90% imports. Browns done an average job so far. Give me enough time and all the cap and I’ll buy my way outta trouble eventually

Brown needs to be black and white about Newcastle's finals prospects

Not sure that’s a great path for the league to follow. I’m sure the dogs don’t feel that way. If it was the roosters or the Broncos who had done the same I don’t supporters would be so aww shucks about it.

And is Norman gonna solve anything for the dragon’s?

Brown needs to be black and white about Newcastle's finals prospects

I want to know can the knights do whatever they want?

They have had Klemmer and now reportedly Kurt Mann move there with years left on their contract. Newcastle have to be approaching these guys. And the NRL say nothing cause Newcastle is what the loveable loser with 3 of the last 4 wooden spoons?

Brown needs to be black and white about Newcastle's finals prospects

You make a good point. Centre play was much more evident this year compared to the last few years. Early ball to the centre became a real feature of some teams attacks and signals to me that we might slowly be returning to old school football.

Next the ball playing lock. Think Victor Radley, Cameron Murray and maybe Ryan matterson depending where the tigers choose to play him

Who would you rather: Latrell Mitchell or Joseph Manu?

Yeah totally agree both Mitchell and Manu can still read the game better when defending especially Manu, for me this is what makes Inglis better he is fantastic in defence.

But Manu has improved very quickly with the Roosters in defence and was part of the best defensive group in the comp. The internationals could have just been a lack of knowing who was around him or outstanding English play. Tbh I have seen very little of the highlights to the game.

Who would you rather: Latrell Mitchell or Joseph Manu?

I think Manu showed in the test match that he can get very close or outplay Mitchell.

The reason I bring up the Roosters retention is because I fell the Roosters will have to make this choice very soon. Regards to the number 1 centre in the game I’m happy to say Inglis is the best in the game still but these 2 are close and getting better still where as Inglis is not.

Who would you rather: Latrell Mitchell or Joseph Manu?

I am talking more in today’s game.

The Inglis V Mitchell comparison has been done alot and people always romanticise the past and the players from the past so didn’t really want to attempt that

Who would you rather: Latrell Mitchell or Joseph Manu?

The interesting part of this choice is that could soon become a real choice for rooster desicion makers.

Do they pay Mitchell close to a million and let Manu walk? Can you pay a centre a million dollars?

Do you take Manu as the cheaper option?

OR do you move Keary to 7 try a rookie at 6 and hope that the money left behind by Cronk might be enough to keep both?

Who would you rather: Latrell Mitchell or Joseph Manu?

Yeah totally agree Fifita has been a perfect fit inside the Sharks pack and the others have covered well for him and allowed him to thrive.

Who would you rather: Andrew Fifita or David Klemmer?

Cheers for the feedback. I wrote the article and I’m still not sure who I would take, I think I’d lean just toward Klemmer for his simplicity of game and consistency. But a game winner like Fifita is rare in the front row is very appealing.

Who would you rather: Andrew Fifita or David Klemmer?

Cronk managed to help the Roosters to win the GF.
I wonder if he had signed with the Knights or the Tigers and he failed to make the 8 or win a GF what people would be saying. He had failed? He was carried by Smith and Slater?
This article to me shows that Cronk really couldn’t win.

Was Cooper Cronk's back-to-back brilliance really that good?

Robinson has been truly blessed with the players he has coached. Politis has given him every chance to win premierships and he has managed to pull it off. The impressive part for me even though he had players like SBW, Cronk, Maloney, Jennings and Mitchell at his disposal defence has been the key to both premierships.

How Cooper Cronk enhanced his legacy

Pretty pumped!

I think they are a good chance few teams falling back like the Storm and the Sharks. Teh biggest concern for me is they are losing a bit of depth in Matterson, Fergo and O’Sullivan could be an issue especially in the halves.

How Cooper Cronk enhanced his legacy

Agree 100%, Robinson, Politis and Cronk have all justified their choice and have a real shot in going back to back (Even though history says otherwise)

I would have agreed I always thought that he was slightly behind Thurston, Slater and Smith before this year but with him winning a premiership outside of Melbourne and being so important at Origin (QLD losing both series he hasn’t played in the last 9 yrs or what ever it is) I am more than happy to say his skill set matches theirs and that his legacy and career may have exceeded the other 3.

Cronk reminds me of Kobe Bryant obviously talented but his greatest asset was his work ethic and devotion to winning.

How Cooper Cronk enhanced his legacy

I am fine with Johnson being called the key player, I understand the reasoning 100%.

Smith for me is the key, The Storm without Smith really struggle when he is off or injured

The one player who has to stand up for each team to win the premiership

I think Bennett and the Broncos have possibly the most interesting storyline coming up. If Bennett wins the comp again it really stuffs the CEO and the rest of the board

NRL finals: Tomorrow's historic premiership storylines today

I could have done the halves for nearly every team but it would have been boring.

I do think Boyd is key though, his got the experience and resume that stands up to anyone. His ability to set a defence and ball playing is going to be key.

The one player who has to stand up for each team to win the premiership

Finals are the best time of the year, wish they were being talked about instead of a very boring story at the top of this site.

Burgess times 3 are definitely going to be key and if someone is able to contain them South’s will struggle.

In my opinion RTS is the key for the warriors for 2 reasons, 1 his ability at the start of a set he just gets the ball rolling and puts them in a good position by making 200 odd metres, secondly him out the back takes just so much pressure off of Johnson.

The one player who has to stand up for each team to win the premiership

I found the first half against the Warriors to be a real concern, at home coming off a big loss to a top 4 rival and they dish that up against a up and down warriors?

Any Dragon fans know how bad Vaughns injury is?

Is Paul McGregor in danger?

Robinson will have to win a GF to ensure his survival but he also has a contract till 2022 so Politis seems to have backed his man after the 2 year Cronk window

Is Paul McGregor in danger?

I hadn’t seen that quote, I imagine he still has input? My main point this is really his team.

Is Paul McGregor in danger?

I will tell you something this is only a story but might be true. Paul Carter actually owned the cocaine that SKD was caught with and gave it to him when he saw the cops. Which is why the roosters sacked him

Knights throw Shaun Kenny-Dowall a lifeline

They keep saying Gordan will be sticking around for another year. To play wing or reggies, its either that or he will retire and move back to the Tweed. He has said he doesn’t wanna move his family again for another club

Knights throw Shaun Kenny-Dowall a lifeline

Its a solid theory but the Roosters didn’t need to sack him to create the space he was off contract anyway all they had to do was let his contract runout and they get the cap space anyway.

Knights throw Shaun Kenny-Dowall a lifeline

First off I think Clearly was right to release him, Moses efforts left him with no choice really in my opinion.

David to claim this has occurred because they play for the Wests Tigers and not Balmain is drawing a very long bow. The Wests Tigers have existed 5 years longer than Mitchell Moses has been alive his not a poor devastated man unable to play for a local team like say Steve Menzies was all those years ago. He and in particular Benny Elias have show their true colours, crying foul and demanding to be released because he wasn’t made the Tigers number 1 priority is childish. This type of thing happens at every club every year do you really think James Graham, Josh Reynolds or Michael Gordan feel like a priority at their clubs at the moment? Of course they don’t but they are still putting in 100% and you know they will continue to all year because they are pro’s Moses has shown himself to be a man capable of a tantrum and that is it.

For Elias to claim that the Tigers have mistreated Moses and that he is a superstar of the game is laughable and Clearly did the right thing getting rid of both of their influence for the rest of the year.

Was Ivan Cleary right to release Mitchell Moses?