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Everyone is down on the dogs because of the scoreline , but I think there were a few teams looked to have at least as many issues as them in Round 1 . The Broncos could easily lost by more than 30 as could the Titans and Panthers . I’m not giving the dogs the spoon just yet . Warriors were great on the day .
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Tough game for the Broncos halves …. they didn’t have the ball for most of the first half .
Storm are so well coached . They ran their drills very smoothly and dominated good field possession as a result .Their forwards were only forced to bring the ball back off their own line a couple of times in the entire game . When the Broncos did get in attacking positions they kicked it away with no result .
I think Boyd will do well to keep the fullback spot for the season ….. Issako looked really dangerous . He needs more ball .Maybe the injury to Roberts gives Siebold a chance to move Boyd to centre without causing any issues ( for the good of the team etc) . Once Issako has played a few games there he will be hard to force out .
The final score flattered the Broncos a little . It could easily have been 20 nil at halftime . I think a final score of 36 – 6 would have been a truer indication of the difference on the night .
Melbourne storm to victory in NRL season opener
Isaah Yeo seems like a great guy and future captain , but when quizzed about Tyronne May he took the standard diplomatic approach … “error of judgement etc ” and all that dribble …. which is fair enough and probably what all the squad were all instructed to say if asked .
What I would have really liked to hear is something along the lines of , ” He has let the entire squad down and we are all really pissed off ! We would all be more than happy to never see him again ! ” .
I still remember the first time I heard someone say to an completely intoxicated friend ” if you get in that car to drive , I’m gonna knock you out ” . That occurred sometime around the end of the 80’s . About another 20 years on from there and people’s attitudes eventually evolved thanks to decades of brutal advertising campaigns and education as to what can happen . Prior to that time the further you had to drive home pissed , the greater the achievement and if the police stopped you … they were the bad guys ! Drinking and driving was always against the law , but it wasn’t until people began to face the ire of family ,friends and co workers that any real progress in changing the ” culture ” was made .
My point is …. until the attitudes of any footballer’s peer group change …. change in behaviour and or standards is very unlikely .
I totally believe in the presumption of innocence but I think the NRL has done what it had to do regarding JDB . I would be interested to know who engaged the lawyers and is footing the bill to fight his case ?
If it’s the club ….. then I rest my case .
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I would assume every club has a list of natural leaders that pick themselves . The coach just makes it official .
I can’t understand a coach not wanting a club captain . I can’t understand a coach not wanting to have one person he can totally rely on in all aspects of the game , to be his right hand man and be trusted to represent the club and it’s ethics . I think shared responsibility in that department just opens the door for more things to go wrong .
Ps . Isaah Yeo seems like a standout choice to me .
Perhaps no one wants the resposibility ?
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I know you can’t predict your own team to get the spoon …. bad karma .
Everything else seems like a pretty decent guess .
Could be tough for the Sharks but not because of Holmes departure . Graham will be missing for 10 weeks , they have lost Lewis and I can’t see that back row hole being filled by the guys tipped to replace them . Plenty of talent , no Flanagan …. hmmm . Could go either way .
The Storm will be right in it once again . Croft showed he is up to it and Munster is a star . They will miss Slater of course , but they are such a well “drilled” side it’s hard to see them getting too much wrong with the same basic squad .
Panthers … fingers crossed the father / son thing doesn’t go pear shaped or have a bad effect on the whole squad . It’s really an ” all in ” call from Gould .
Bunnies … not convinced unless Corey Allen is actually as good as everyone says . I can’t see GI playing a whole season at fullback on his gammy knees . Hope I am wrong . Am I the only one who think Gagai plays his best football on the wing ?
Dragons … the whole De Belin saga has the capacity to divide the squad and dead leg their season before it has even begun . Should go close if it gets sorted out and is a happy camp . Norman could be a revelation … or not .
Broncos will be solid . Could surprise .
The Titans should be the big improvers in ’19 unless there is some kind of hoodoo on them .
Newcastle are the great unknown .
I hate to say it but , after seeing the WCC it’s hard to go past the Chooks for ’19 .
It would be great to see a Chooks / Bunnies GF but I’ll have the Chooks playing a lesser fancied side like the Panthers or Dragons in the GF .
How long till kick off ? This off season has been particularly hard to take .
NRL preseason predictions 2019
I can’t see them moving Widdop from 6 . Why move your best playmaker ? Norman might get a crack at fullback but it’s been so long since I’ve seen him play there – I can’t remember if he was any good in that position . I see Norman as a very handy 14 that can cover plenty of positions . I reckon Dufty will start the season at fullback , as he probably deserves to .
Dufty on the outer at Dragons?
The Cowboys were able to act swiftly because there is obviously clear cut evidence on which to make a decision . This is only an assumption based on them not wanting to sack their star recruit before he had played a game based on ” he said , she said “.
In the other cases ,where there is no definitive evidence ,the clubs and the NRL have no option other than to let it play out through the courts . Justice is not always simple . That’s why lawyers all seem to drive really nice cars .
If you want to start handing down extreme punishments , for being stupid , that’s another whole can of worms . You would be asking the NRL to implement some new moral code that differs to the one our current legal system has .
Cowboys sack Ben Barba for 'significant' breach of contract
I do miss Captain Charger … One of the greats .
Mark The Magpie … never heard of him .
While ever all this bickering over who’s in and who’s out is left to a decision from the controlling body it will always appear to be unfair for some . The only reason several other NRL clubs haven’t gone the way of the Bears in the last 20 years , is simply because there is no pathway for a better run and more enthusiastic organisation to take their place in the NRL competition .
Rugby league and the battle for hearts and minds in the west
Through his years at the Warriors Johnson was criticised consistently , over just about everything . The change of scenery should be great for him . I think he will slot right in there no drama . I would like to see him do really well . I am also looking forward to Kearney’s post game presser if the Warriors are winless through the first 6 Rounds .
Johnson gels with Townsend at Sharks
The Dogs should go ok in 2019 and maybe sneak into the 8 if Lewis continues to improve . There must be serious doubts that Foran will ever get back to where he was . He has had some periods of decent fitness in the last 4 years but hasn’t shown he still ” wants it “. Can see him finishing the season in the reggies . I think Pay was a good appointment and has done really well so far .
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Team spirit and harmony is a big factor in success .
They may well be a better team without the Hayne and Norman influence . Sometimes it only takes a few changes to totally alter a team dynamic . If Arthur can get them putting in for each other they could be way ahead of where they were in 2018 . If he can’t , as much as I like him as a coach , his days could be numbered . I can see Brown getting a run in the halves however , Gutherson to 6 and Smith at fullback could be the way to go .
If they cop a few long term injuries , another spoon could well be on the cards .
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rakshop … outstanding ! I think the Broncs have gone the 5 year contract … just in case they got it right . They don’t know … they were pretty hot for Craig at one point . At this point in time though , Seibolds appointment still has to be considered as betting on a long shot . I reckon he has 2 seasons to deliver the roast chicken otherwise he gets henjacked .
Its amazing to think that Seibold is only the 4th Broncos coach ever .
It is definitely a hard gig to get – ” chockers with perks ‘n prestige ‘n that ” and he will get to keep all his outdoor furniture ….. outdoors . Good luck to him .
It could turn into a real snakepit up there for the rookie coach if getting results is slower than expected .
Either way , it will be great to watch .
Like the experiment where the boiled egg ends up inside milk bottle ! Outrageous …
Are there any winners from the Broncos-Rabbitohs coaching swap?
I am pretty sure Bennett ( along with the entire playing group and front office ) fully expect to deliver a premiership in his first season ….. otherwise, why bother turning up ? There’s no rebuild going on here . He has an excellent squad to work with and would be well aware expectations are high .
Rumblings at the Rabbitohs as Bennett takes charge
Unless things go terribly wrong the Broncos should make the eight without too many problems . Young side , new coach . There’s plenty of factors bringing the squad together . The release of McGuire was surprising , but looking at the probable lineup for Round 1 it now makes plenty of sense . I think Maca , Gillet and Glen can provide the forward leadership for a group of talented youngsters . If I was a Broncos supporter I’d be looking forward to ’19 .
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Love it . Wayne must be laughing … all the way to the bank ! He got what he wanted and got paid too ! I am not sure if he still the master coach on the field …. but a bunch of headless chickens just got well and truly schooled off it . They got out maneuvered by the 68 year old . No wonder White looked embarrassed at the presser . I am not a Bennett fan but I might be starting to waver .
Broncos sack Bennett, sign Seibold
I just think it was a reaction by the Bronco’s board to everyone telling them Walter’s was the man for the job . They probably feel like Seibold will be a bit more manageable . Whilst ” we’re all professionals ” , team morale is still everything , and I fear both clubs might suffer from this season .
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Massive challenge for the Maroons .
Walters had a lot of coaching to do after losing Game One last year and proved he is more than capable . They have a great crop of youngsters coming through that have plenty of big game experience .
Keep your eye on the ball NSW .
Smith has been incredible at all levels of the game .
Congrats to him on an amazing rep career .
He will be missed .
Cameron Smith announces shock representative retirement
I can understand clubs getting into bidding wars for players and paying too much . We have a developing market in player agents who all want to make a buck .
I can’t see any upside to a long term deal for the clubs . If they are looking after their man and paying him well they are always in the box seat to retain him anyway . They won’t be getting him cheap by the end of the deal either . DCE’s contract is set up to rise automatically in relation to the cap .
DCE could well go through 4 or 5 coaches during his contract .
Manly could miss 4 or 5 halfbacks better than the one they’ve got in that time .
They could miss the finals every year till 2023 , and have no options .
The downsides of a long term contract are many and have been well laid out in this article .
I think every clubs most valuable marquee player …. is the coach .
Pay him the big bucks .
The stability and smarts Bellamy brings to the Storm is undeniable .
Marquee signings are poison for good salary cap management
I can’t wait to see the Nrl’s condensed pre game interpretation of Oedipus Rex .
And the horses birthday clash !
Nice one TB .
Eleven talking points from NRL Round 8
I am all for the referees trying to crack down on holding / professional fouls .
Even though I watch a lot of football I really can’t tell (most of the time) when a penalty is going to be blown for a ruck infringement .
Will the Dragons be able to drag the Storm into the trenches and keep them there ?
I am not sensing much love between team mates at the Roosters .
Losing MP , the long serving head of the Bondi boys social committee, has had a much bigger effect on the club than anyone could have predicted .
Eleven talking points from NRL Round 8
Great points Scott , on a week full of action .
Broncos are up the creek without Macca .
So are the Knights without Pearce , but maybe not quite as far .
DCE as captain reminds me of Steve Smith . Great players … but captain ? Really ?
In a situation where the captain was required to tell some team mates to pull their heads in , they both ended up doing nothing then added fuel to the fire .
My talking point for the round is how did Canberra lose a man for 10 minutes for a very minor indiscretion while Sam Burgess gets nothing for a high shot in the same game ?
Burgess will miss some games via the judiciary but that doesn’t seem fair to the Raiders.
The Raiders probably didn’t deserve to be within cooee of the Bunnies, but that aside,the game was well in the balance when Croker was binned .
It seems a bit odd to me that a referee can make a snap judgement on the pull of a jersey but can’t be trusted to make a judgement on a malicious tackle .
There was method in the madness when the esteemed inventors of the game came up with the send off rule , but if that part of the rules has been abandoned , surely a high shot is worth as much time in the bin as a shirt pull …… if not more .
Twelve talking points from NRL Round 7
This seems to be a phase that all sports go through as they become more professional .
Is there actually anything in the NRL rule book related to diving ?
They just need to call it for what it is ( diving / simulation) and in obvious situations start to penalise for doing it .
It will soon go out of fashion .
They need to stamp it out quickly or we will end up with the situation we have now regarding professional fouls while defending your try line . They let sides get away with it all last season until it became a plague . Now the refs have a mountain to climb trying to get it out of the game , whilst being criticised by all and sundry for trying to do so .
Slater's dive claims split NRL opinion
I don’t think anyone actually considers Hadley to be a journalist ….. do they ? He is just another mouth with an opinion that I find hard to respect most of the time , and as has been pointed out , a personal agenda .
Brad Arthur has been great for the Eels as this article clearly points out .
Lets not forget they played the best opening 14 minutes of the season !
They certainly have some issues in the roster that were papered over at the end of last season by the outstanding form of a few players that have coincidently been missing so far this year .
I am not sure Hayne will ever be the player he was , but at the money he was asking … worth a punt .
Gold Coast do seem a better team without him , but they also have a new coach and have a had a chance to form a fresh team dynamic .
Interesting , the departure of some big names from the Tigers and Panthers this year , sees them much better and more balanced football sides .
There were pre season reports Griffin had lost the dressing room but that doesn’t seem to be the case .
Then there are the reports no one wants to play with Hastings at Manly .
Team harmony and spirit can be a mysterious animal . It is often overlooked when people look for answers based on talent and rosters alone .It doesn’t take much to upset things sometimes , but it can return in an instant as well .
They just need a win , and soon if they are to salvage anything out of 2018 .
No better time than this weekend against the arch enemies .
If the Parramatta Eels lose Brad Arthur, they lose me
Ha ha . The Elite ! There are so many bylines for Sunday nights game . With crowd support pretty evenly split it should be a cracker . Roosters in a thriller .
JT to be too good for a Storm still finding their feet with Croft .
Panthers .If they start well it could get ugly !
I expect the Tigers bubble to burst …. but not just yet . Tigers by a field goal .
Warriors to continue to surprise – They will run around an out of shape Raiders .
Manly to win well .
Parra to bounce back in the cool of the evening . Too much attack for the disjointed Sharks .
Gold Coast to surprise the Dragons in a close one . Gotta make up some tipping ground somewhere .
2018 NRL season: Round 3 preview
Couldn’t agree more Ron . Using ‘Warriors’ and ‘resilience’ in the same sentence is something I haven’t seen in sometime !
There are quite a few new faces and combinations for the Warriors so the good start is a real positive . The additions have made a noticeable impact already . There is no reason to expect the improvements won’t continue as they play together more . To see SJ and RTS running the ball is awesome .
The only worry out of last weeks game was that they really should have been out of sight by halftime . They squandered good opportunities . Hopefully they can learn to be a bit more ruthless when they have teams on the back foot . Just keep the pressure on until the points come .
They still have Mannering to return as well . Without him in that pack last season they might not have won a game .
It will be interesting to see what they bring against some of the heavyweights over the next month .
Can they really compete for the full 80 when under pressure ?
At least they look fit enough to give that a crack in 2018 .
Who is this team and what have they done with the Warriors?