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Life Long Brisbane Rugby League supporter, first Redcliffe, then Broncos and now back to the Dolphins. Also a mad cricket follower and casual everything else follower.

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I tell you what, if the Dolphins can knock over the Storm this week, they then get Dragons/Bye/Rabbitohs. That could have them at 28 points by Round 20. 32 points guarantees top 8.

At that point they should be able to fall into the 8 and even challenge top 4, despite a horrible draw for the last 8 weeks. Then we shall see what Old Master Bennett can do. he has never left an NRL team without getting them to at least one prelim.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 15 - Two teams on title trajectory, another 13 who can’t get their act together ... and two duds

For and against is usually a pretty reliable indication now that that we’ve had a decent sample size of footy. That tells me the Roosters are very much in the frame and that the Bulldogs are flying under the radar. And that Canberra are punching well above their true potential.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 15 - Two teams on title trajectory, another 13 who can’t get their act together ... and two duds

whether byes are worth 2 points or 0 points makes no difference – it either skews things in a positive or negative direction for the team having the bye. Let’s just go with win %

Round 15 Talking Points: Some teams need to look in mirror, NRL has to fix interchange rules and Dogs win without playing

They are such an enigma this year. I think their poor reputation is that when they lose they really stink up the joint. But you are right: 8 wins and no byes says they are going to finish top 8 with any sort of decent second half to their season.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 15 - Two teams on title trajectory, another 13 who can’t get their act together ... and two duds

The Bulldogs are hands down the most improved team this year. They are to 2024 what the Warriors were in 2023.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 15 - Two teams on title trajectory, another 13 who can’t get their act together ... and two duds

Stop trying to make us comfortable before you arrive at Suncorp next week! 😂 😂

Round 15 Talking Points: Some teams need to look in mirror, NRL has to fix interchange rules and Dogs win without playing

I look at the number of losses to show the true position. But that’s not really right either. Why can’t we simply have win %?

Round 15 Talking Points: Some teams need to look in mirror, NRL has to fix interchange rules and Dogs win without playing

They’ve got to keep the Storm outside the 20 metre zone. All teams are having great success scoring on the Dolphins from close range due to their lack of front row stocks. they just isolate Katoa or Nikorima, or even straight through. Kuafusi and K Brom must be the smallest front row in the comp.

Round 15 Talking Points: Some teams need to look in mirror, NRL has to fix interchange rules and Dogs win without playing

But they didn’t – at home. Against a team with no starting front rowers. No top 4 team should be jumped 22-0.

Round 15 Talking Points: Some teams need to look in mirror, NRL has to fix interchange rules and Dogs win without playing

Well they’ve been to Darwin, Townsville, Auckland and Cronulla, plus are heading to Perth in a couple of weeks. Sydney teams generally play more in Sydney than Brisbane teams do in Brisbane.

Round 15 Talking Points: Some teams need to look in mirror, NRL has to fix interchange rules and Dogs win without playing

Kuafusi has been playing in the middle for the Dolphins for the last month or so. Maybe that influenced the selection?

'Not quite 100 per cent': Slater explains brutal Cobbo call as Maroons recall veterans for Origin II

Maybe Billy has got the word form upstairs that no backs will be taken out this time around 😂

'Not quite 100 per cent': Slater explains brutal Cobbo call as Maroons recall veterans for Origin II

Watson was injured for Game 1. word is that he would have been picked.

NSW Origin II team: Maguire wields axe to shake up Blues squad with five changes

The Dogs and Roosters are both in the top 6 though.

NSW Origin II team: Maguire wields axe to shake up Blues squad with five changes

Well lucky for you that Cobbo is out. So the question becomes, can any of your backs match Kurt Capewell???

NSW Origin II team: Maguire wields axe to shake up Blues squad with five changes

It’s okay, QLD have barely any front rowers left, without Flegler and Tino.

NSW Origin II team: Maguire wields axe to shake up Blues squad with five changes

It could even be argued that Watson was going to be picked but was injured, and Moses’ fitness was up in the air as well. So you could say, if you squint a bit, that there have only been forced changes to the side.

NSW Origin II team: Maguire wields axe to shake up Blues squad with five changes

I think the correct term is A Scandal of Scapegoats, or maybe A Buzz of Scapegoats

Maguire’s team overhaul strengthens Blues but their lack of cohesion is a major concern

To be fair Moses was pretty much injured for Game 1 as well, so it could be argued that this is merely him coming back in too.

Maguire’s team overhaul strengthens Blues but their lack of cohesion is a major concern

Wow that’s by far the most glowing commentary on the Dolphins for 18 months. They are blushing up on the Peninsula. The Storm game should be interesting. Storm without Grant and Coates, but the Dolphins without Hammer and Kuafusi.

Round 15 Talking Points: Some teams need to look in mirror, NRL has to fix interchange rules and Dogs win without playing

Everyone is still underestimating the Dolphins. I know they have had the softest of draws to date, but they’ve still beaten enough of what’s been put in front of them to be Top 4 for a while now.

Round 15 Talking Points: Some teams need to look in mirror, NRL has to fix interchange rules and Dogs win without playing

Wade is still dining out on the last T20 world cup, where he and Stoinis (or was it Marsh) saved us a few times. But that was years ago now. Inglis is obviously the better cricketer in 2024.

Least popular win ever? Aussies save Poms, stay unbeaten at T20 World Cup despite major Scotland scare

This looks a lot like the last tournament for Maxwell and Wade, as well as Warner obviously. The interesting thing about Green is that he would likely have come in for Stoinis, who is actually having a blinder. I understand why they are persisting with Maxwell, after all his double hundred against Afghanistan is not that long ago, but on current form there is no doubt either Green or Inglis would have been a better bet. Maxwell is likely staying in because of his bowling option, given we are only playing the one specialist spinner. How are Green’s offies 😂 ?

Least popular win ever? Aussies save Poms, stay unbeaten at T20 World Cup despite major Scotland scare

I don’t mind the idea. One unintended consequence will be a bit of a lean back into a forward power game, as you could effectively plan to use four power forwards for your interchange rotation, knowing you have a couple of backs up your sleeve for injuries, whereas at the moment many teams decide to carry a back, reducing their available forward interchange to three, which in theory leads to longer minutes for the forwards.

It wouldn’t quite be back to the unlimited interchange days where forwards would do 10 minute stints, but it’s not the direction I want to push the game towards.

It's time to change up the NRL interchange and finally bring it up to speed with other codes

But why not try to engage a whole city of $1m plus, rather than another small section of a city already well catered for?

Don’t treat Perth as second-class NRL citizens again by lumping them with a relic of the past from 'over east'

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