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Life Long Brisbane Rugby League supporter, first Redcliffe and now Broncos. also a mad cricket follower and casual everything else follower.

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He will have to work miracles because there’s not a lot else to choose from.

The team Queensland must pick to compete with NSW

Proble is we are seriously short in that area.

The team Queensland must pick to compete with NSW

To me 2002 Australia vs. 1984 West Indies would depend pretty much on pitch conditions and the toss. If it’s flat or has some turn and Australia bat first, I’d back their speed of scoring and Gilchrist factor to give Warne a target to bowl at and the Windies only weakness in that era was to decent spinners taking the ball away from the right handed. Warne would be a definite factor.

But if the pitch has any life or bounce then I’m not sure the Australian batting line up could handle the West Indian all time great bowling attack. 2005 showed some vulnerability to quality pace. It might depend whether the two bouncer rule is in play.

Which was the greatest Test team assembled on a single day?

That would have been a fair task to compile. I know because I did the same for State of Origin a while back and that was only 40 years with the results being mostly subjective anyway.

I support your conclusion of Australia 2002 but really any of these three teams could win on their day depending on pitch conditions and luck.

Which was the greatest Test team assembled on a single day?

You started that comment well but FADED badly towards the end.

A day in the new life of a former Broncos legend

And what allows them to play this way is their impregnable defensive structure and commitment. If you absolutely know you will defend your errors then you are not afraid to make them and funnily enough this means more of those plays stick because there is less fear.

The Roosters are building an NRL dynasty with ruthless intent

Yes it’s a bit early to say with Holbrook. Let’s talk about him in 12 months. You are dead right about the other two.

The Roosters are building an NRL dynasty with ruthless intent

Lang only played for them in 1980 I think. He was still running around for the Easts Tigers in the BRL. Won the premiership with them in 1972 I think it was.

The Roosters are building an NRL dynasty with ruthless intent

That made me laugh out loud. Well played!

The Roosters are building an NRL dynasty with ruthless intent

9 actually

Is Wayne Bennett a super coach or a super fraud?

Roberts is barely a state player and Mitchell was dropped from NSW last year, They are good pickups but they are not two all time greats.

Is Wayne Bennett a super coach or a super fraud?

You called “Jeremy Smith, Dudrius Boyd, Soward and Costigan.” super stars. that’s even funnier than this article!

Is Wayne Bennett a super coach or a super fraud?

Funny thing is, if Newcastle had won that prelim, this author would have literally nothing to write about.

All I can say is that other posters have pointed out how clubs were travelling before Bennett arrived as well as after he leaves and agree that this analysis shows how good a coach he is, not the other way around.

The argument that Bennett is not a good coach because he always had top players ignores that this is almost always the case for every single coach ever. No coach has won with a bad roster. A good coach makes good players better. Bellamy has had a huge part to play in the reputation’s of the Storms great roster over the years. He won with hall of fame players but he had a large part in making them that way. Robinson is the same. How much better are James Tedesco and Luke Keary now? They were good before, but now?

Now let’s look at Bennett. the argument has always been that Brisbane had a state of origin line up and that’s how he won his premierships. This fails to note that Brisbane took 5 years to win their first premiership. 5 years for Bennett to move on the Origin roster, take on other players and develop them, recruit to fill the gaps he needed covered and develop a winning week to week culture.

His 1992 grand final team were after he had moved on Wally Lewis in favour of Kevin Walters, a bench player at the raiders, Gene Miles replaced by Allan Cann/Trevor Gillmeister, neither of whom were rep players at the time, Greg Conescu replaced by Kerrod Walters, who debuted at the club. Colin Scott replaced by Julian O’Neill, who debuted at the club. Greg Dowling by Glen Lazarus, his one big signing.

Other players in that team included Michael Hancock, graded at the club, Steve Renouf, brought down form Murgon and graded at the club, Terry Matterson, taken from Roosters reserve grade, Chris Johns, a solid player at St George who was in and out of first grade.

See the pattern. Bennett had a large hand in developing these players in to the representative level stars they became. Same as Bellamy, same as Robinson.

Add to that almost every other rep player to come through the Brisbane system. They all were graded as kids and taught the game by Bennett. Very, very few were purchased ready made. Lockyer came as a kid, was developed by Bennett, and then turned into a number 6 when the club required it. Petero Civ and Webcke were both graded by the club from local comps. etc,etc.

Bennett won a premiership with Jamie Soward, who couldn’t hold down a first grade position at the Roosters.

He took a terrible roster at the Knights to a prelim. He brought in mature players to provide an immediate result because that is what his owner demanded. Then he, along with the entire club, was left out to dry by that owner.

Fraud is possibly the least appropriate description for Wayne Bennett.

Is Wayne Bennett a super coach or a super fraud?

Players who have been coached by him seem to have a different opinion, with a few exceptions.

Is Wayne Bennett a super coach or a super fraud?

In his first year at the club Bennett lost Inglis before the season had even started and then Burgess. They have not spent anything to replace either player. It’s actually a nod to Bennett that they are doing as well as they are.

Is Wayne Bennett a super coach or a super fraud?

I had a relative that when he hurt himself (e.g. whacked his thumb with a hammer) would come out with the most vile racial slurs. So is that ok by you because he wasn’t actually standing in front of a person of colour?

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Adrenaline overdose.

The balls that changed it all

Your “Starc running in to bowl” is appropriate because his ball to bowl McCullum in the World cup final pretty much sealed the match.

The balls that changed it all

Yes but it’s a rectangle.

Victorian clubs headed interstate to keep AFL season going

Good first article. Welcome aboard.

There is one more complimentary aspect of the codes. It seems a rule that on those few occasions that the Broncos have a truly shocking year, the Lions pick up the slack and have a big one. Helps with the Monday mood swings.

Time to end the code wars, AFL and NRL can live in harmony

Slinga Malinga!!

An Alan/Allan/Allen Test XI

Which is a travesty. At least it would have handed lasting brilliant record to Barry Richards and Mike Proctor.

An Alan/Allan/Allen Test XI

Brilliant stuff. The Alan Jones story was a beauty.

An Alan/Allan/Allen Test XI

The scary thing is that recently the AFL has had games approaching NRL level of goals vs tries. But you are right the comparison should only be with prior seasons of AFL, otherwise you might as well compare it to cricket

The NRL is torching the Frankenstein AFL

That would certainly be worth a preseason trial

The NRL is torching the Frankenstein AFL