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matth

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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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Bad idea. What TV station will buy a comp where only one state watches?

Never finished bottom four: Bennett faces greatest coaching challenge getting Dolphins off the ground

The difference here is that The Dolphins are not a made up team heading into an area where rugby league is not strong. They have been around for 60 years, the area is ruby league territory and an all time team of Redcliffe juniors would be strong. They have a well established and wealthy leagues club and a few rusted on supporters. It’s more like when Penrith and Cronulla joined the NSWRL in 1967. Even so, it will still take a long time for them to be successful and they may never be a powerhouse, possibly more like a Cronulla – a generally middle of the road team.

Never finished bottom four: Bennett faces greatest coaching challenge getting Dolphins off the ground

Not a fan?

Never finished bottom four: Bennett faces greatest coaching challenge getting Dolphins off the ground

Not our best day.

Kokkinakis books dream date with Djokovic; Murray owns Duckworth in bionic men battle

Interesting. Oates for mine is a good pick. I’d forgotten about Molo and Mo

State of Origin: What if Queensland’s team was selected by the POPE?

QLD can’t make mass changes simply because they don’t have as many options as NSW. Gilbert, Fifita, Horsburgh, Flegler might come into contention. Hammer or Oates maybe. That’s about it.

I’m much more concerned about the ability of Munster and Ponga to be right for game three. Munster was busted from 45 mins in (coincidentally that’s when the wheels fell off), Ponga’s regular head knocks are a concern. Walsh and Hunt (is Mahoney fit as a a back up hooker) or Dearden is a big step down.

KURT GIDLEY: 'Quite ridiculous' - Maroons pay price for pushing ref with ruck tactics

Horsburgh. I like that idea.

NRL NEWS: Radley in strife for lewd gesture, Foran fumes over Rep Round demise, Leilua's parting shot at Tigers

Jack Madden from the Capras, Guy Hamilton or Josh Rogers from Burleigh. Sam Scarlett from Wynnum. Lyndon McGrady from the Tweed, Lachlan Cooper from the Jets?

Never finished bottom four: Bennett faces greatest coaching challenge getting Dolphins off the ground

At this stage I’d be very happy with The Dolphins offering some two years contracts to the best spine players in the QRL not linked to other clubs. Ones who might not be Nathan Cleary but are in their mid to late 20’s and can be a calm head to steer the team around. Another Jamal Fogerty would be nice. To Rellum etc who follow the QCup more closely than me, who would fit the bill?

And it appears that Milford will be coming. At 27 or 28 he still has some good years ahead.

Never finished bottom four: Bennett faces greatest coaching challenge getting Dolphins off the ground

I didn’t say I would answer the phone!

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

Exactly this

Rather than just punish illegal shots, why doesn’t the NRL better protect targeted players?

Yea and then us there some sort of press release from the judiciary: “time’s up. Open season on Ponga again”

Rather than just punish illegal shots, why doesn’t the NRL better protect targeted players?

Yep I called that. I’m waiting on the call from NRL 360.

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

But he misses so many tackles. NSW scored from one of his 4 misses and he was t on the field that long.

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

So QLD’s best players from Game 1 (Munster) and Game 2 (Ponga) are in doubt. Deep breath and think about how we score 12 points. Might have to try and influence the ref’s.

Origin 3 predicted teams: Munster, Haas cleared, Ponga, Kaufusi doubt, Latrell, Fifita, Walsh, Wighton in mix

I’m grabbing the Paddy and heading out.

Blues player ratings: Cleary almost perfect but Panthers teammate is 3/10 after 'worst game'

Talakai, nothing against him, but you wouldn’t need them both and Wighton has the runs on the board.

Blues player ratings: Cleary almost perfect but Panthers teammate is 3/10 after 'worst game'

Just to bring back Wighton from injury, who was immense in Game 1. I agree with the call to put him on the bench for Talekai. Wighton has to be there but Burton was super tonight.

Blues player ratings: Cleary almost perfect but Panthers teammate is 3/10 after 'worst game'

That actually would have been a hard game to mark for QLD, because it was essentially two different games. In the first half QLD held their own and only went in down due to the sin bin. Then they came out after half time and dropped their bundle.

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

Also Nanai plays few minutes, so what is his purpose?

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

It’s interesting how we can see different things. at the time I thought Hunt had a very good game, especially in the first half. I’d have to go back and have a look.

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

I think he did let the game drift too much there, but the ball didn’t actually go out of play for a fairly long period.

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

It’s coming out now that Munster did his shoulder at about the 45 minute mark. That makes some sense.

Papa needs to get game time or be put out to pasture. Unfortunately for young Nanai his missed tackles at club level are being found out here and they probably need a Mo or Molo or Gilbert in that spot.

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

The question with Papa is why pick him if you aren’t going to use him?
And yes Gagai had one of his worst games for QLD.

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

They look about right. I’d give Hunt a 6, he was definitely our best after Ponga and Carrigan.

Maroons player ratings: From 9.9 to middle of the road for Munster, Cobbo back to earth with a thud

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