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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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The Kiwis still haven’t forgiven Greg Chappell for the underarm in the early 80’s, but that’s ok we still haven’t forgiven the English for Bodyline over 80 years ago.

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

There used to be a Gold Coast basketball team in the national comp but I believe it folded

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

He was called Neil Henry and the club chose the Hayne culture over hard work

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

Rules are rules and the players and umpires should know them, which is why the overthrow should have been only 5 runs and NZ win the world cup

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

It was the third last ball and left England needing 3 from 2 instead of four. It also put Ben Stokes on Strike instead of Adil Rashid. So yeah, big effect

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

To all those complaining that England won on technicality, that’s simply not true. They won on an umpiring error. Stokes’ deflection was worth 5 not 6 and that, my friends is the ball game. NZ actually won the match before we even got the super over. And I’m not talking about a poor LBW decision, I’m talking about a black and white misunderstanding of the rules of cricket. there can;t be a worse way to lose than that.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

Poor Joe Burns.

Alex Carey should not play in the Ashes

It was t unintentional, it’s always been wrong that the NRL don’t spread it out more evenly. This is the one thing that the NRL could do to even up sponsorship and TPA’s – give every club the same exposure .

And myself I like Sunday afternoon footy.

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

What talent pool are you taking about? You know that all clubs can recruit everywhere and they had their own talent scouts in QLD for 20 years

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

Slater, Inglis, Cronk, Smith will do that. When Bennett has Langer, Walters, Renouf and Lockyer I bet his % was up slightly?

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

My point is you are saying Bennett had it easy compared to Bellamy and Hasler, but both those clubs have used devices to achieve a better than average playing roster, so that doesn’t show any coaching advantage

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

We will never know

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

How is our fan base notoriously fickle? We have averaged to best crowds or close to it regardless over the years. $31,000 last night.

And our Friday night ratings are ok too

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

Bellamy has an unlimited salary cap and Hasler used back ended contracts to get the same.

I love how you seem to think that Brisbane magically gets first pick of all juniors in SEQ. It’s never been the case. Over the years, Canberra, Norths, Melbourne and many others have used QLD to boost their teams.

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

What’s wrong with the Broncos? A number of things:

1. They have lacked a top playmaker for a number of years now and during that time have let Ben Hunt, Ash Taylor and Corey Norman go, tried Ben Barba as a number 6, tried Milford as a number 6, tried Nikorima and I’m sure I’ve forgotten other permutations. None of it has worked which is why there has been no premierships, although very close in 15. It has been covered up over the years by Boyd having a quality passing game, but he has declined. Jack Bird was brought in the provide another option but he looks more of a centre and has been injured constantly anyway. So we are turning to kids who will take time to find their way and guess what, both of them got injured. Eventually we would have a year where that couldn’t be papered over .

2. McCulloughs two years of injuries have slowed him right down, but the coach feels he needs him because of the lack of experience elsewhere.

3. All our centres get injured and the coach couldn’t work with Jimmy the Jet. The replacements are rookies and/or out of position.

4. We have no forward leader. Our best forwards are kids. Gillett has not come back well from his serious injury and Glenn tries hard. But we need a forward leader. Lodge, Haas and Pangai Jnr are all very good attacking players but their lateral defence is average. And Haas at 19 shouldn’t have to shoulder the load of 65+ minutes leading a pack. Fifita is brilliant but horribly inconsistent.

The coach doesn’t really have a plan, he’s just reacting at the moment.

So we are going to have a poor season. If Bird was fit, Boyd and McCulloghy hadn’t run out of legs, if Jimmy could have been worked around maybe it would have been different. But we’d still have no halves.

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

He got an ordinary Newcastle to a prelim. I bet the vast majority of St George fans would have taken the premiership and minor premiership he gave them. No one since 1999 had got them that.

I always laugh that people use a club doing worse before and after Bennett as a reason he’s not actually a good coach.

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

I think we have to risk Pattinson, on the understanding we probably won’t get 5 tests out of him. Hazlewood and Richardson make quality back ups. Siddle is s tough one, maybe we leave Richardson out as too big an injury risk and go with Siddle. We know Siddle won’t play in the home summer, so Richardson could get himself right for that. Richardson will have no experience in England
As for Burns v Harris, it’s a tough one. I’m a massive Burns fan, so he would be my pick, but they both deserve the spot. Toss a coin.
Khawaja, Smith, Head and Patterson round out the top 6. Burns/Harris is one back up and then I’m not sure of the other. Maxwell has looked vulnerable to the short ball, Handscomb is shot, so I would take either Wade or Carey or both.
And longer term, I wonder if the selectors will also be starting to talk to Paine about the best time for him to bow out. You would think there will be a push for Carey sooner rather than later.
Holland is the obvious back up for Lyon.

Hazlewood is bowling himself out of the Ashes

But his record in England is poor.
But in this I’m prepared to given Khawaja the benefit of the doubt. I believe the stop start nature of his career has possibly robbed us of an even better batsman. He always seems to be under pressure.

Hazlewood is bowling himself out of the Ashes

I think they got to say 2 months out from the tournament and figured the time for experimenting was at and end and they had to go with what they had.

Now that we are back at the start of a World Cup cycle, you will see more experiments and moving on from some players. Those experiments need to be:

– finding a third seamer. Assuming Richardson recovers from injury that should be easy.
– finding our spinner. This is hard. Lyon is getting on and is still only solid at best in the format. Zampa can be a wicket taking threat but goes through too many form troughs.
– finding an all rounder. Whether that is Match Marsh actually staying fit, Ashton Turner getting his shoulder right, or turning to the younger generation, we have to get that right.
– finding one or two middle order bats. We are stacked with too orde bats who cannot adapt to the middle order. Smith is the only adaptable player but he is also at his best at 3. Do we return to Travis Head, or get one of our top order bats and tell them they have a middle order spot for two years and they develop?

And then the question has to be asked whether any of Starc, Warner, Finch, Khawaja, etc will be gone by the next Cup, in which case we will need to blood some youngsters.

Thoroughly outclassed, but Aussies can take heart in ODI revival

But Stoinis has performed worse than even Maxwell in this very tournament

Dropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake

That’s right, you can’t have 17 smashed avo’s in the team

The Maroons had the passion but not the cattle

We literally have no centres. Fullbacks everywhere but no centres.

But then Tommy T and Jack W are playing centres for the Blues so maybe the position itself is dying

The Maroons had the passion but not the cattle

Mark his cards

Queensland Maroons player ratings: Origin 3

My son was in the room and he learnt a few things!

Both Mbye and Chambers were bad for my blood pressure last night

Queensland Maroons player ratings: Origin 3

Or even move Morgan to the bench and play Norman like they did, but still bring in Feldt for Mbye and move Gagai in.

Can’t wait until Valentine Holmes cones back.

Queensland Maroons player ratings: Origin 3