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To quote Kearney from The Simpsons: “It’s just an expression. Like, kick your butt could involve no kicking whatsoever.”
Or perhaps Vic Richardson’s line is more apt…

Million Dollar Man: How much can a Teddy bear?

A brief story…
On Monday night, my mates and I lost our Oztag game, then headed over the road to watch Dylan Pythian suit up in the Knights’ trial against the Dogs at McDonald Jones.
A year earlier, on a Monday night, we lost out Oztag final and then watched Dylan Pythian play the game after us at Smith Park.
Depth signing, perhaps. But it’s lovely to see him back where he belongs. If he gets a run in first grade he won’t let anyone down.

Million Dollar Man: Is Kalyn Ponga red and blue, Redcliffe or misread?

Neither really, it was a coaching decision.
But if I have to choose one? Considering he was benched before he was injured…

Million Dollar Man: David Fifita, the richest benchwarmer in NRL history

He picked up the rib injury in Round 21, a number of games after he’d been benched.

Million Dollar Man: David Fifita, the richest benchwarmer in NRL history

I think my stance is pretty straightforward: take the money but don’t pretend you’ve got more noble motives, or expect everyone to like you for it (including, sometimes, myself).

Million Dollar Man: Addin Fonua-Blake took the green but can he stop seeing red?

Small thing, but he changed his allegiance back to Tonga after signing the big-money deal.
I believe it had a role to play in his decision – he was set for life financially and therefore less concerned about the match fees he was giving up by not playing for the Kiwis.

Million Dollar Man: An off year or the beginning of the end for Jason Taumalolo?

See what you mean, but pretty sure his whole family are still in Sydney, as well as probably most of his oldest mates, and he wouldn’t have seen any of them in the flesh since June at the latest.
Plus, there’s technically still no travel between Sydney and the regions.
Makes sense that, when the season ended, he made a call to just go hang out in Sydney for a few weeks.

The Knights’ No.1 problem if it’s a case of Pearce off

If it’s on the money – and I didn’t bring it up because I reckon it’s scuttlebutt, given stories of a broken-down body only surfaced when rumours of a release came out – it’s the issue that could decide it.
Blake Green showed the Knights this year what happens when a half goes for a year too long.

The Knights’ No.1 problem if it’s a case of Pearce off

Yep, the same way we’re ignoring Super League, under 20s and reserve grade titles.
It’s a great achievement, but it’s not a win in Australia’s top flight.

Cleary confirms it: There are just three kinds of successful NRL coaches

“if your club has got a seasoned pro who hasn’t won a title before – looking at you St George Illawarra, Canterbury and Warriors – you’re probably in need of a new boss before you’ll taste the ultimate success.”
And, FYI, Baz was never the coach at the Dragons.

Cleary confirms it: There are just three kinds of successful NRL coaches

Thanks for the considered comment Steven.
But I’m Joe, not AJ (who is similarly handsome, insightful and witty – I see how you may have been confused).

Stuck in neutral: Reasons to support – or boo – the Panthers and Souths in the NRL grand final

You don’t get revenge on a game, you get it on an opponent. Hence today’s game was revenge.
If Penrith win next weekend, you think they’ll say, “Finally, we got revenge on a grand final!”

Sweet revenge! Talking points as Panthers secure second successive grand final berth with bruising win over Storm

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

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