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That’s what Souths did with Sam Burgess which is why he avoided suspension and why Storm players rarely ever get suspended.

NRL Round 23 teams: Still no Cordner for Roosters, Foran returns for Bulldogs

Souths got that wrong 100%. Tom was legless there for a bit and the Bunnies look to have put 2 competition points ahead of player welfare in this instance. At the end of the day they lost on both counts.

Reluctant Tom Burgess has to be forced for a HIA after referee stops game

The problem boys is that there IS no replacement for Adam Reynolds. Connor Tracey showed plenty of promise but was kept in Canterbury Cup and NSW ISP for too long waiting for a chance to play consistent footy in first grade. He eventually gave up and has now signed with the Sharks for 2020. Other than that Dean Hawkins is still a long way off and has not looked half as promising as Connor Tracey.

Keep in mind Adam Reynolds suffered a small stress fracture in his spine following knees in the back and he probably shouldn’t be playing at all. IMO if Reynolds is significantly less than 100% fit he should be rested and Connor Tracey should be promoted in his place.

Added to that John Sutton looked VERY tired last week and from the looks of it retirement can’t come quickly enough.

Where it's all gone wrong for Souths and how they fix it for finals

And I forgot to mention Adam Reynolds playing with a dodgy back following a small stress fracture in his spine after being on the wrong end of knees in the back! It certainly explains his lack of form and confidence and inconsistency with his kicking game and conversions

Where it's all gone wrong for Souths and how they fix it for finals

Show me? I’m not Jerry McGuire Nat! You may not use the word logic much, as a QLDer I don’t expect you to, but with your reliance on the Courier Mail for the QLD spin on things your research is often lacking as well. Or are you prepared to back these views up with links to the arguments that you are referencing? Remember Nat, it’s OK to have an opinion without supporting references as long as it is your own.

“the next two highest contributors… who also post supporting links”

Note, I’m not claiming to be one of the highest contributors on this forum (especially whilecI am being heavily moderated) just simply one of those with the highest instances of posting supporting references and links.

“I would hazard a guess…”

Just a guess mate. A casual observation. If YOU doubt that then prove me wrong.

“Who are the next two highest contributors who also use supporting references?”

Like I said, prove me wrong by naming profiles that routinely post supporting links to reference their comments, and writers and editors don’t count! Tick tock Nat. Get to work. 😉

NRL make classy gesture to deserving person, outrage ensues

Careful DPS! The Knights could be circling Mary and if he leaves the Dragons then where would they be? 😉

BREAKING: Brown to part ways with Newcastle

I think Nick Politis already knows Robinson’s price and can offer him a squad that is filled with million dollar players and no worries about salary cap audits to spoil the party. Why would he move and risk having success handed to him on a platter? It’s the same reasoning that keeps Bellamy in Melbourne.

The Newcastle Knights should ask Trent Robinson to name his price

A tough honest player who deserves respect and who has always proven to be several classes above teammate Josh McGuire. I wish the big fella a speedy recovery and although it would be a shame if he didn’t get to finish his career playing out the final 3 games of the season he has to think of his own health and his family and the long life ahead of him. All the best champ and good luck for the future.

Retiring Cowboy Matt Scott suffers stroke

Souths are already in trouble if both Mark Nicholls and Dean Britt are in the 17. IMO Bennett should replace them with Tom Amone and Bayley Sironen. However, I would bring Connor Tracey onto the bench over Sironen as cover for the busted Reynolds and the shell-shocked Cody Walker. Either of whom could fall apart at any moment of the game and Tracey can cover Cook to give him a break as well.

NRL Round 23 teams: Still no Cordner for Roosters, Foran returns for Bulldogs

Better, stronger, faster: Kalyn Ponga is the Six Million Dollar Man… so Ponga is playing on one good leg with one eye and one arm? No wonder the Knights are in trouble.

Better, stronger, faster: Kalyn Ponga is the Six Million Dollar Man

To quote Han Solo; “Never tell me the odds!”

BREAKING: Brown to part ways with Newcastle

Sounds more like he was given the chance to jump ship or be pushed overboard.

BREAKING: Brown to part ways with Newcastle

Just as long as the Knights keep their gauntlets away from Jason Demetriou!

BREAKING: Brown to part ways with Newcastle

They are still missing their first choice FB in AJ who has disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle of injuries and Adam Reynolds is playing busted with a bad back that is severely impacting his running, his kicking and his performance in general. At some point, if Reynolds is a long way off 100%, Bennett needs to bite the bullet and bring in Connor Tracey and give Reynolds a chance to rest and recover.

Further killing the Rabbitohs chances with their horror run of injuries and suspensions are injuries to Braidon Burns and Sam Burgess that may have ended Burns’s season and could keep Big Sam out for an extended period.

To top it all off Damien Cook looks flat after battling on without a break since Origin. If Souths lose against the Broncos Cook needs to be rested against the Warriors along with Adam Reynolds and Connor Tracey needs to be given an opportunity to spark something ahead of him leaving Souths to return to the Sharks in 2020.

I would also bring Tom Amone into the side instead of either Britt ot Nicholls. At this point Souths major concern should be improving their defence and trying to limit sides to 12 points or less, increase second phase play, or play off the back of offloads to increase uncertainty, and they need to get their completion rate up and eliminate the errors and ill-discipline from their game.

All easier said than done.

Wayne Bennett bemoans South Sydney's slide

It’s a combination of factors but at the end of the day it’s the luck of the draw. A major factor in premiership success is having a full strength side and a team’s best players available. Depth is also very important and the Raiders and the Roosters have been able to survive the loss of personnel without completely dropping the ball like Souths.

I wouldn’t write Souths off just yet with AJ not far off a return and Souths now with their backs to the wall. A top 4 finish still looks shaky at this point but if Souths get their defence right and their completions up then they are still a threat and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Where it's all gone wrong for Souths and how they fix it for finals

Of course they aren’t. Souths are missing their starting FB, Sam Burgess is in and out of the side like teabag being jiggled in a cup, they are playing a backrower at centre because Braidon Burns has hamstrings as soft as fairy floss and they are missing one big forward because Georgie Porgie stuck in his thumb to pull out a plumb and came out with a Falafel. Added to that Damien Cook is out of petrol and Cody Walker is still in therapy after Origin.

And to top it all off they are depending on a slothful coach who is as animated as a shop window mannequin, who left school before Harold Holt disappeared, and who still gets St George and the English test side confused!

Where it's all gone wrong for Souths and how they fix it for finals

ARE the Broncos going to make the top 8 though Stuart? They have 4 teams breathing down their neck and their last 3 games are against the Rabbitohs, the Eels and the Bulldogs who pulled the Bunnies pants down so potentially 3 tough games in a row and they have to win them ALL! Probability of a top 8 finish, highly doubtful.

Parra matter, the Panthers lose their puff and the Broncos are going to make the eight

Ah, political satire jimmmy. My favourite! I haven’t laughed so much at a “political joke” since Joh Bjelke-Petersen was premier of QLD.

Holy Moses! Why Mitchell is now the real deal

Toaster: “I just love the smell of burnt hare in the morning dagnabbit!”

Cue the banjo music from “Deliverance” as Milton celebrates cootism in the nation’s capital.

Holy Moses! Why Mitchell is now the real deal

Ah, political satire. My favourite! I haven’t laughed so much at a “political joke” since Joh Bjelke-Petersen was premier of QLD. Remember that time old Joh failed in his attempt to have QLD secede from the Commonwealth of Australia?

Crazy old Joh had an army of jailed protest marchers arrested as political dissidents and press-ganged into working in chain gangs along the NSW/QLD border where they were forced into using jackhammers day and night in a futile attempt to cut QLD free of the rest of the Australian mainland. Unfortunately, the attempt failed and the State of Origin series is an annual reminder of just how close we came to raising the national IQ in one fell swoop. 😉

Holy Moses! Why Mitchell is now the real deal

I don’t often agee with Paul Kent but he got it right in his crystal clear evaluation of tbe Storm’s cheating tactics and he got it right again in this story…

Tackling the Smith, Storm issues

As soon as the NRL identifies and cracks down on one fouling method the coaches, with the help of their jujitsu coaches, moved it along the spectrum.

What a sad state the game is in.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/blog-with-kenty-tackling-the-smith-storm-issues/news-story/334f6ec484ffc2df6dd7026e144af351

Are cracks appearing in the Melbourne Storm?

A fair call by BA jimmmy? Clearly he isn’t talking about the Rabbitohs then. Milton is anything but fair then. The lime green toaster has a penchant for toasting Bunnies jimmmy. Not for fried chicken or smoked eel. Just toasted Bunnies! Pity he can’t be objective like me in his assessment of the Pride of the League and the greatest club to have graced this competition and been showered in Glory, Glory!

Holy Moses! Why Mitchell is now the real deal

Speaking from experience I see Nat. Fortunately, I like to cover my bases and every angle and research my arguments… where needed. I would hazard a guess that I post more supporting references for my arguments than the next two highest contributors combined who also post supporting links. Nat, THAT’s Checkmate once again! Thanks for playing. 😉

NRL make classy gesture to deserving person, outrage ensues

If Benny Elias wasn’t this kid’s uncle the former players in commentary positions today wouldn’t be working overtime to pump hot air into this myth. They have done the same thing for most of Mitchell Pearce’s career and for the same reason, to honour and show respect for Wayne “the NRL commissioner” Pearce.

Mitchell “the myth” Moses folds like a deck chair or a house of cards under pressure just like Cody “MIA” Walker. They are both players that only show up when their team is on top and has the ascendancy and they are rolling through the ruck and over the advantage line. Wait and see, this year will be no different for both players.

Holy Moses! Why Mitchell is now the real deal

What Souths did with Sam Burgess’s last trip to the judiciary was what the Storm receive without having to make the effort and that is to get the grading of the charge downgraded.

I heard Bennett interviewed about it and he was 100% correct. Souths were just asking for consistency in the grading of charges and when you look at first Nelson Asofa-Solomona’s blatant and deliberate crusher tackle and then Cam Smith’s “ear pin, temple crusher” you would realise that you have NO argument. Especially as BOTH players got off scott free.

THAT has been the other side of the coin with Sam Burgess btw, that he is targeted by referees and over policed. Remember tje “bumper bar” hitup where Sam was suspended for a couple of weeks for raising his forearm into Josh Morris’s throat? The one where JMoz jumped a metre into the air at the last second to put himself in the firing line to win the penalty and possession? Now think about how many times JWH and Nelson Asofa-Solomona have been placed on report and suspended for that. And I’ll throw in Kamikamica as well who is as guilty of that as anyone.

As usual your arguments are just a smoke screen and another clear attempt to get under my skin.

Are cracks appearing in the Melbourne Storm?