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Mike Meehall Wood is a rugby league writer, Celtic supporter and cricket tragic. He has written extensively about rugby league for publications in the UK and Australia, and about sports more widely for Forbes, VICE, LADbible and more.

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Top scorer in NLDs, almost twice as many as any single Arsenal player…last time I checked penalties are still goals too (and as a Celtic fan whose side convert about 50% of the pens we get, I’d bite your hand off for a competent penalty taker…)

UCL Preview: A heavyweight clash in Madrid, PSG's open wounds and Kane's return to his favourite hunting ground

Rob is absolutely one of the good guys (and not just because I know him) – he’s a safeguarding lawyer by trade so knows this inside and out, and half his job now is PR on fans/players on why this is happening.

'Will that change in the NRL? It probably will': Why Walsh is the canary in the coalmine for concussion

I did find a reference to it being specifically banned in the RFL’s guidebooks, but in truth it’s a tackle without wrapping anyway so would likely be either a shoulder charge or trip or a bit of both in the modern NRL, or just a dangerous contact. Also it was a really inefficient tackle anyway so not sure anyone would try it on those grounds alone.

A history of hip-drops: What Super Rugby can learn from NRL & NFL to stamp out footy's most dangerous tackle

I guess you could split them into two – the ones from a standing position where it’s an attempt to break a stalemate and the ones where it’s a last ditch attempt not to miss a tackle.

The motion of a hip-drop is very common in judo-based grappling (inc BJJ), a tani otoshi, which I can tell you is very dangerous and will likely get you told off by your coach if you do it too much, especially if you’re not that good. That’s the standing one, and anyone with a background in judo or BJJ could point one out instantly.

The second is a bit more instinctual, because the line between a desperate attempt at a tackle involving dragging someone down and throwing your hips at the floor is much greyer. Bateman on Rudolf (iirc) was more a tackle attempt for example – someone trying to effect a tackle at all rather than win a contact.

But I agree that the addition of wrestling brings in these technique because anyone who knows those disciplines could immediately coach them, and it would take an RL person without any grappling background a while notice what was happening, by which point everyone would already know it. The genie is out of the bottle there a bit.

A history of hip-drops: What Super Rugby can learn from NRL & NFL to stamp out footy's most dangerous tackle

Between that and Top Gun on Thursday night (all Paul’s work) it’s been a bumper weekend

Hail Sezer! Veteran slots field goal to deliver fairytale Tigers win as Galvin announces himself NRL's hottest talent

He did win the Super League and had an 80% winning record with Saints, so I’d guess he can be head coach too. Defo one of the nicer guys you meet, the Gold Coast is just the Bermuda Triangle of sport.

How Dom Young and Justin Holbrook have turned the Roosters inside out - and helped Tedesco get back to his best

Tbh in attack (when he stays wide) you want your wingers to avoid contact, it’s in the early plays that you want them to win it. He had 9 tackle busts, almost all of them in yardage, so I’d say that side went alright v Souths.

Defo true on Keary, though that only happened really when Walker came back in.

And I’ll never complain about them not turning up against Manly 😛

How Dom Young and Justin Holbrook have turned the Roosters inside out - and helped Tedesco get back to his best

One of the biggest correlations in RL is between mistakes and assists so it’s not so much Cody (or anyone) making them so much as providing a framework to create opportunities and then defend errors when they occur.

'We're carrying the burden of last season': What sports psychology can teach Souths about making mistakes

I think (and I asked the question…) what JD was referring to was a late pass from Walker that went forward when he might have landed it. He was just using it as an example (as the game was gone by then) rather than anything more. That was the vibe in the room at least.

On the second part, I’d guess what he was getting at was that they can focus on what is in front of them and not what is behind. I’m not sure not training will help anyone at this stage.

'We're carrying the burden of last season': What sports psychology can teach Souths about making mistakes

FWIW comparing stats between a HB and a FB is beyond pointless. Totally different roles, totally different KPIs.

I watched the game and thought both played well.

'We're carrying the burden of last season': What sports psychology can teach Souths about making mistakes

Kevin Keegan, Wembley toilets, 2000.

Demetriou has 'no doubt' he can turn around Souths after disaster derby sees Latrell binned in Roosters riot

Check the phonetic spelling of my name to help Anglos

'They need to know why it’s important': How Izack Tago rediscovered his name - and his culture

First one I have no idea…second you’re allowed to count the 15 mins of HT in your ten mins so if you pass at the break you can come back on.

'It didn't look great': Ciraldo rages at ref after Nikora escapes send-off on wild night in Cronulla

Tbf pretty much all sport as we know it was organised precisely so that people could gamble on it so I doubt you’re ever going to break that link.

The only reason cricket/football/rugby were ever codified in their rules (or split into different codes) was so that bookies and punters could agree on the parameters of their bets.

Exclusive: 'We want $1 billion'- V'landy's bullish vision of expansion, new Cup comp and staggering wealth

Both were created, meaning it was 2-2 between Roosters and Broncos, with the intercept the difference.

Try, try and try again: How much of the scoring in the NRL's opening round was sustainable?

There’s a whole piece in the works about this once we’ve seen a bit more because my gut reaction is that it will significantly impact attacking strategy by devalueing the repeat set. Lots more running on the 5th in good ball etc etc.

Try, try and try again: How much of the scoring in the NRL's opening round was sustainable?

Yes just a set play from a scrum/tap. I was also tracking the plays leading (B Cartwright 1st try I gave an assist to Paulo for the play before) but in terms of set plays it meant a planned move.

Try, try and try again: How much of the scoring in the NRL's opening round was sustainable?

The first ten million years were the worst. After that I went into something of a decline.

Give it a trial! How to watch the NRL’s Pre-season Challenge (without getting carried away)

Didn’t make the stats cut but the Titans have the lowest % of long kicks hitting the deck of any team in the NRL…

Also speaks to their recruitment that they had one of the league’s best set starters, Greg Marzhew, and let him go.

In defence of the Titans: Why Des Hasler can be the man to finally bring tackling to the Gold Coast

She could get the train straight to Wigan in about 15 minutes

A brief history of rugby league's World Club Challenge - and all the fun that's happened along the way

Oloapu is injured long term so it’ll be Sexton

Kurt, Connor, Jaeman, Drew and Blake: Will the Bulldogs be jacks of all trades but masters of none?

Well my Ma and Da will be watching it from Manly rather than Wigan so they’ve a chance…

A brief history of rugby league's World Club Challenge - and all the fun that's happened along the way

Other fun fact: My parents are probably the only people in the world who were at all three of Penrith’s WCC defeats.

Favourite WCC memory: I’ve never seen a team more demoralised than the Broncos during their defeat to Saints in 2001.

They’d been winning 18-6, but a Sean Long try pegged them back and, with Lockyer, Sailor, Tallis et al huddling behind the posts as thousands of Sintellins fans abused them, it started to snow.

I’ve never seen such a group of champions lose their fight so quickly. Late January in Bolton will do that.

A brief history of rugby league's World Club Challenge - and all the fun that's happened along the way

Dunno but he was at the 22 WC so not unreasonable to think he’d have been at least in the squad.

NRL Round 1 judiciary: Vegas roll of the dice comes up snake eyes for Roosters, Wighton gets repreive

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