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D’you know I actually went into a level of detail in my first draft, making mention of how in Magic Round it totally would have been a penalty but “we’re a long way removed from the Suncorp sin-bin-athon”.
But then I feared a commentator telling me the unnamed, hypothetical tackler “can’t just disappear”, so I left it up to the imagination.

Stopping the Storm is going to take more than a brain-fart refereeing conspiracy

Oh no, my grand conspiracy has been exposed.
No need to call the police, I’ll hand myself in.

Did the 'Billy Slater rule' save Parra? Talking points from the Eels' controversial win over the Knights

“we’ve twice seen a bottom-two team make the grand final, with another team getting knocked out in the prelim in a third year.”

A six-team NRL finals system? Sure, but just one question: Who hurt you?

Yet again, you’re looking at this year as the first and only time we’ve had a problem, all while citing previous years’ blowouts as your evidence.
Do you not see the problem with complaining about seven and eight playing finals, then using seven beating six as evidence?
Read your own examples. Deal in specifics.
And settle down a bit, it’s a lovely day and we’re about to start finals.

A six-team NRL finals system? Sure, but just one question: Who hurt you?

I’m totally on board with this – was almost the basis of this week’s piece.
The money will motivate the clubs to push for the minor premiership, but the players will still just want a ring.

A six-team NRL finals system? Sure, but just one question: Who hurt you?

2018 was also the year that the difference between 1st and 8th was two points – one win.
Hard task-master if you say seventh-placed St George Illawarra (15 wins, +47 differential) didn’t belong but the sixth-placed Brisbane (15 wins, +56 differential) did – especially since your 48-18 scoreline was the Dragons beating the Broncos.
And if you think ‘best of the best’ stops blowouts, I’d point you to the minor premier Storm going down to 2nd-placed Manly 40-0 in the ’08 GF.
This isn’t about the Knights and Titans’ fans, it’s about looking at years of a system that, on the whole, has been a success.

A six-team NRL finals system? Sure, but just one question: Who hurt you?

“anything doesn’t happen”
Stiff assessment of the Cowboys’ run to the 2017 GF.

A six-team NRL finals system? Sure, but just one question: Who hurt you?

2021 will be regarded as a bit of an anomaly in the years to come, much like 2001 was the year the unlimited interchange rule was pulled and we had scoreline blowouts.

A six-team NRL finals system? Sure, but just one question: Who hurt you?

If you honestly think the Kangaroos vs Kiwis is the same as All Blacks vs Wallabies, I’m banging my head against a brick wall.

The simple, infallible way the Wallabies can stop losing the Bledisloe Cup every year

Won twice in the Four Nations in 2014. There’s a Rugby Championship right there.
Which is what the whole piece is in favour of.
Like, you did read the piece? How Australia would still play NZ every year?

The simple, infallible way the Wallabies can stop losing the Bledisloe Cup every year

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The simple, infallible way the Wallabies can stop losing the Bledisloe Cup every year

Apples and oranges. The Kangaroos and Kiwis don’t play a three-match series every year.
For the record, the Kiwis haven’t got better. NZ league have won a bit over 23% of their historical games against the Aussies – which was their winning rate in the 2010s as well.
But the Kiwis win one-off matches or the finals of tournaments (that feature other nations), giving them a year or more of bragging rights. Which is what the Wallabies need.

The simple, infallible way the Wallabies can stop losing the Bledisloe Cup every year

It’s okay, being the champ makes everything a little bit easier.

Paul Vaughan to the Bulldogs? Cool, see you in Round 9 of 2022

Where you getting that TB? Most recent I could find was on NRL.com last Wednesday, where Dan Walsh reported “Canterbury have applied for Paul Vaughan’s eight-game ban to be backdated… with a final decision on his availability still to be made by the NRL.”
https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/07/28/vaughan-signs-with-bulldogs-in-bid-to-resurrect-nrl-career/

Paul Vaughan to the Bulldogs? Cool, see you in Round 9 of 2022

Good chat.

'Massive blunder': Why the NRL owes injured Joseph Suaalii an apology

That’s how opinions work: you take the available facts and then form an opinion. Then by using qualifying statements – like “it certainly suggests” – you reinforce to the reader that it’s not reporting, it’s an opinion.
As the available facts change, my opinion tends to as well.
But even if it’s proven that Suaalii’s injury was a freak accident that could have happened anywhere, it doesn’t change the point of the piece.

'Massive blunder': Why the NRL owes injured Joseph Suaalii an apology

Nicko,
“It’s sort of beside the point though.”
Apparently you did?

'Massive blunder': Why the NRL owes injured Joseph Suaalii an apology

I don’t think that’s the case. Souths pushed hard for Suaalii to play before he turned 18 and V’landys said he was open to it: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-may-bend-rules-to-allow-suaalii-to-play-for-souths-early-20200727-p55fws.html
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/south-sydney-email-that-paved-the-way-for-the-roosters-to-play-suaalii-before-18-20210315-p57axc.html

'Massive blunder': Why the NRL owes injured Joseph Suaalii an apology

Nah man, Souths were pushing hard for Suaalii to play first grade this year if he had stayed with them. It was the basis of the article I wrote about it last year.

'Massive blunder': Why the NRL owes injured Joseph Suaalii an apology

You can interact with the people who live in your home, but that doesn’t make them part of the bubble, which is why there were issues with the possibility other players’ partners attended the BBQ: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-news-andrew-abdo-warns-more-penalties-may-apply-st-george-illawarra-dragons-covid/f4262c92-4672-41c4-afa2-cd7b8e20bb6e

Why are the NRL bending over backwards to accommodate the Dragons?

I know, right?

Why are the NRL bending over backwards to accommodate the Dragons?

No worries mate, enjoy the low road. Sounds like it’s a real hoot.

Why are the NRL bending over backwards to accommodate the Dragons?

You can interact with the people who live in your home, but that doesn’t make them part of the bubble, which is why there were issues with the possibility other players’ partners attended the BBQ: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-news-andrew-abdo-warns-more-penalties-may-apply-st-george-illawarra-dragons-covid/f4262c92-4672-41c4-afa2-cd7b8e20bb6e

Why are the NRL bending over backwards to accommodate the Dragons?

I would hate to be the kind of person who brings another person’s kids into an argument in search of a cheap laugh.

Why are the NRL bending over backwards to accommodate the Dragons?

It’s nice you’re so passionate about this Paul. Maybe take some of that energy and re-read the piece, then head to the link on the NRL website (that I’ve supplied) where they’ve outlined pretty much everything you’ve asked.

Why are the NRL bending over backwards to accommodate the Dragons?

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