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NRL 2022 Radar: Cowboys need to get bang from star duo's megabucks

I agree that the Cowboys definitely need to get more out of Lolo and Holmes, but I think their season will be defined by what they get out the supporting cast, in particular their forward pack. The backline doesn’t look too bad really, but the starting forwards McLean, Hess, Dunn, Luki would all be battling for bench positions at most other clubs, the bench players even more-so.

Perhaps a better balance in the team may be to switch Lolo to prop, bring on Cotter to 13 and Hess to the bench. Hess can then provide some impact off the bench when Lolo comes off. Would also allow the versatile Granville a spot on the bench.

NRL 2022 Radar: Cowboys need to get bang from star duo's megabucks

You are welcome AMD, I enjoy your pieces.

I do think it all falls back to attracting better business people into the NRL, and to do that we need to make the clubs more continually profitable. A greater portion of the profit for the clubs and a reduced overheads of the governing body. The clubs need to come to the party as well and contribute.

Part of that should be the dissolving of some of the NRL central organizations and exporting to the clubs, as suggested in the article. Social media is certainly one.

Some clubs obviously do this much better than others.

Likes and nudges: Equalising the NRL

Or bend it like Melbourne

Likes and nudges: Equalising the NRL

To be fair, has been working okay for them so far

Likes and nudges: Equalising the NRL

Nice piece, AMD.

As businesses, I certainly agree clubs should be engaging social media and concepts younger people are more interested in more effectively. They may well be engaging statisticians individually which they keep in house, at least you would hope so.

Should the focus on how the club/business operates not fall on the CEO rather than the board though? The board will then assess them against the goals which you would imagine would be a) make money, b) win games (because that makes money), and c) support local communities and create a positive image (again because this creates members and money).

Noted that if the Board is incompetent they will hire and fire the wrong executives and coaches, and instability causes issues, but is it not the CEO and then football departments at an NRL club which really drive the success of the business? The board or the coach is often the go-to behind the scenes when it isn’t going well. Apologies if I am off-base here.

Another good question is how much power does the NRL have over the clubs to enforce change? Most clubs are privately owned? I think it would be interesting if the NRL funded an independent consultancy/strategy firm to assess each club and forced the club to post the results to their members and staff who ultimately elect and nominate their boards.

Given the NRL has been able to shed a lot of their overheads I think they should increase the grant to each club, above any increases to the salary cap, to incentivize more successful private business owners to invest. Make it a more attractive business model and attract better business. Note, Mike Cannon-Brookes effectively just bought a share of the Rabbitohs.

Likes and nudges: Equalising the NRL

Of course, this would require the board to have at least one proficient member to identify this. Next they would need enough share of the power to make changes.

Likes and nudges: Equalising the NRL

Another good read, Tony, cheers.
Agreed, Manly are definitely one of the contenders.
What excites me about Manly is that their is still so much improvement left in the team from their younger players and they still managed the Top 4 last year. Olakau’atu, Shuster, Saab, Harper all effectively playing their first full NRL season and can only get better. The likes of Koula and Tuipolotu waiting in the wings for a chance as well who could both be great. Then there is Paseka, Aloioa, Boyle and Keppie who all showed scope for further improvement. Paseka in particular is exciting, give him some more ball close to the line and he will sore 10+ tries next year. Try and stop him.
However, the one big question mark that remains for me is how they supplement the ‘T factor’ in games against the other Top 4 sides which were able to limit Tom’s effectiveness. They didn’t have too many answers last year against the likes of Penrith and Melbourne. If Fainu comes back that will help, Walker and Shuster may also play a role there, but DCE and Foran need to step up in those games and take the pressure of Tom. For them to go all the way, they will have to address that.

'Serious contenders': The factors that could carry Manly to the 2022 title

The Dragons are about to become the new Melbourne Storm with their own Big Three. Don’t you worry about that.

A draw full of possibilities

Most team’s quality changes from year to year too, often in an unpredictable fashion. Even picking from last year’s rankings can still be quite unbalanced. Travel would generally be reduced for all teams during this period – even Melbourne and the Warriors who may opt to camp in QLD for a period.

The set conferences will build those rivalries.

A draw full of possibilities

I would be concerned this knock out competition wouldn’t mean much to the clubs if it has no bearing on the NRL competition. Would be like the 9s where best players dont play.

A draw full of possibilities

Dolphins only joining in 2023, I imagine they will be looking at 2025 onwards for the 18th team.

Points or no points for a bye makes no difference.

A draw full of possibilities

This is why I think I Clune could be a boon for them. Could show Taylor the what it takes and the knights can start very cheap.

Why the Knights should tinker with Taylor but leave Brooks behind

Good points. The players you mentioned were also surrounded by some pretty handy other players though, not sure Taylor and even Brooks have had that.

Why the Knights should tinker with Taylor but leave Brooks behind

I would agree with you how he played lately. I think he has showed a bit more than Clifford has though. Both are more halfbacks than modern 5/8s.

Both Taylor and Brooks’ defense was awful, but doubt Johns can help either with that. Think Taylor has more upside and untapped potential than Brooks.

Why the Knights should tinker with Taylor but leave Brooks behind

Everyone in the game always says how well he knows the game as a halfback and the incite he has, so year, wouldn’t be a bad thing. Also why I reckon someone like Clune could help get the best out of Taylor or Brooks.

Why the Knights should tinker with Taylor but leave Brooks behind

if he got a full time contract offer, I am sure he could get out of the train and trial. I do agree with Clune though, just think Taylor has more upside.

Why the Knights should tinker with Taylor but leave Brooks behind

The Dragons would do well to pick him up if they aren’t able to push Hunt to 9. Would be a gun young spine – 9. Verrils, 7. Sullivan, 6. Amone, 1. Sloan.
The Titans and Parramatta will also be looking for 9s.

Sayonara Sam: What now for Verrills as Cheese joins the Chooks?

Blowouts should be less common under this model, even with the new rules.

A draw full of possibilities

1. That is only possible if they make the finals, same under current system. They can only play twice in regular season.
2. It isn’t, but that isn’t plausible with the current comp size. Still fairer than current draw.
3. Probably no points for the bye.

A draw full of possibilities

I’m torn on golden point as a concept, but it is capitalising on a lucrative market which is at the centre of my point. When games are close, more people are watching and the NRL/broadcasters wanted to maximise/extend that. But it relies on the game already being close.

This draw framework attempts to create more close games. Whether GP is there or not, that will mean more viewers/better attendance.

A draw full of possibilities

Apologies, I don’t understand the SOO reference, but I think this is actually fairer than the current draw. More complex for sure, but fairer.

A draw full of possibilities

1. It is not an unfair model under this system. The top 8 teams aren’t penalised for making the top 8 conference, they are rewarded by guaranteeing a shot at finals. It becomes a test of where they rank with the best and gives them the ability adjust ahead of finals.

1&2. Under this model the bottom teams will still get to play the top 8 teams once. They also have a better chance to play in the play off’s as well with 10 teams involved. Less games against the the top 4 is better for their ability to win games against similarly placed teams which can become even more significant at the end of the season. The additional points on offer means it is less likely for a teams season to be completely over as well.

A draw full of possibilities

Precisely, that’s why I am proposing more games between the better teams, rather than doubling up games between the top 4 and bottom 4. More games between the worse teams will also mean less games over in 15 minutes, and when games are close they are more entertaining and resulting in more viewers or better game attendance.

A draw full of possibilities

Would you care to elaborate?

A draw full of possibilities

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