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That’s an old school home run right there. Politically correct and all THAT is the post of the week and deserves a.. THAT’s Gold!

Eight talking points from NRL Round 14

Much as I am disappointed for the kid it might be a blessing in disguise both ways. At 19 years old Haas has been progressed too far too fast already. It is ridiculous to expect a 19 year old to play in the front row in the NRL and endure the rigours of a full season in the NRL when most front rowers don’t mature until their mid or late twenties. It is unconscionable then to expect a kid to compete at the most elite level in Origin in a position where getting bashed for 80 mins is par for the course and the speed of the game and the pressure is relentless and the physical toll is more than a young body should be exposed to.

IMO Haas did a decent job in game 1, not great but he didn’t let anyone down either. He had a limited opportunity but was still clearly way out of his depth. Give the kid time and he could be great. Rush him into Origin and he could be the next Jarrod Mullen. Time, patience and natural development is the key.

Payne Haas ruled out of Origin 2

Tough break for the kid (no pun intended). Also for QLD and the Titans, he will be missed by both. Arrow is as straight as they come and a real workhorse.

Maroons' Arrow to miss Origin series after injury

When am I not. Banter is as old as the game itself and much more fun than a mutual admiration society.

But in this case, I’m just stating the obvious. Sydney IS the greatest city in Australia with the best fishing! 😉

By 2023, Sydney will be extremely lucky with its many football stadiums

Not just Piggins, Farmer, QLDer Matt also left out one of my childhood heroes “The Phantom”, “The Sneak”, Denis Pittard who should have snuck into the starting side but didn’t get a mention! Beyond representing NSW (5) and Australia (2) he also picked up a Rothmans Medal (the precursor to the Dally M’s) TWICE (1969 and 1971). That something Pickup couldn’t… pick up!

Oh Matt, I’m wounded that you put TB’s “Berries” back ahead of one of the greatest Rabbitohs players in the history of the club. Now that’s Terry Fahey, Bob Grant, Ziggy Niszczot, Les Davidson, George Piggins and Denis Pittard that you have slighted. Please tell me you didn’t leave out Bob McCarthy and Ron Coote as well (because I can’t remember). If you leave out “Captain Courageous” John Sattler from the S’s there will be a Bunny revolt that will make the cane toad plague in QLD pale in comparison! 😉

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter P

Well, someone has overdosed on their cranky pills. Still, ever the optimist at heart… “it’s barely cracking half full” I would have said it was half empty.

Could it be that perhaps there are just more things to see and do in Sydney? The beaches, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, the largest and most populous city in the country… but Brisbane have Suncorp Stadium and a river that floods every couple of years. Variety? That’s in QLD! LOL

Oh, and the GF will still stay in Sydney regardless. I mean it’s not as if the Broncos are much hope of reaching the Grand Final much less lifting the trophy, so what’s the point, right?

By 2023, Sydney will be extremely lucky with its many football stadiums

the NSW border… NSW? That’s in QLD! I’ve been brainwashed! LOL

McGuire escaping suspension shows the NRL doesn't care what you think

“the Knight’s extensive experience as a big game patsy”

Funny yet true. Still, a scapegoat won’t save Fittler if he sabotages the side just to throw a patsy under the bus. “Patsy Pearce” didn’t save Daley from the guillotine and it won’t save “Freddie Flintstone” either.

Pearce provides Fittler with much-needed experience, much-needed scapegoat

“Me (Munster) and Moose (McGuire) have a connection there. He did get me but I wasn’t going to put it on report.”

That’s QLDer for “we need him for Origin so I will look the other way (assuming I still have eyes left to see out of)”. But if it was Paul Gallen? Yet one more example of QLD’s “win at ALL costs” mentality and biased double standards. Remember, Cam Smith running in to advise Munster not to dob in another QLDer for biting so they wouldn’t be rubbed out for Origin? The concern for sportsmanship and fair play is touching both north and south of the QLD border.

McGuire escaping suspension shows the NRL doesn't care what you think

The deliberate targeting of Paul Gallen by the QLD side of a decade of Origin…

#playtheballnottheman

Typical maroon tinted glasses. Stop it Nat. You’re making a spectacle of yourself! LOL

McGuire escaping suspension shows the NRL doesn't care what you think

Sorry. I have never been able to love the Raiders. From the moment I first saw those awful fluoro-lime green jerseys, that are more effective than hi-vis vests, I have felt like I was on a small boat out on the ocean being tossed in a storm. When they were the second team (following Bennett and the Broncos) to jump ship to Super League I lost my lunch overboard. But I’m still on board and waiting to give Papa Smurf a shove towards Davy Jones’ Locker and the Fool’s Gold he was chasing following John Ribot the News Limited Siren into the murky depths of betrayal.

Canberra: A footy love story

I thought Milton would have “toasted” this topic by now. Yet not one word when usually there are pages.

Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: Thursday night forecast

But ALWAYS Rabbitohs and Blues Nat. THAT never changes. Banter, now THAT’s a gift that leeps on giving! 😉

Paul Kent accuses South Sydney of more lies following Dane Gagai rumours

So I’m confused. Is Paul Kent upset because he is a former footballer who wasn’t good enough to make first grade and had to fall back on being a journo because it was the only way he could get into a dressing room? Or is he frustrated because he is a journo who always gets beaten to a scoop and has to talk about other people’s stories? Or perhaps a bit of both?

Anyway, the chips on both his shoulders are clearly so big he must have every seagull from the northern beaches following him everywhere he goes.

Paul Kent accuses South Sydney of more lies following Dane Gagai rumours

So did I until he starting coaching the Rabbitohs. Some might call that ironic and some might call it karma. Either way, I’m on board with Bennett until the time comes to push him overboard.

Paul Kent accuses South Sydney of more lies following Dane Gagai rumours

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” – George Orwell

Orwell was talking about QLDers and referring to a big Blue boot stamping on cane toads – forever! LOL

#Blue Dawn!

McGuire escaping suspension shows the NRL doesn't care what you think

The analogy was useful and apt. So are these two URLs.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drachmi_Greek_Democratic_Movement_Five_Stars

It’s making a comeback!

Here, use this instead of your abacus Pythagoras.

https://www.easycalculation.com/currency-converter/currency-AUD-GRD.html

An Origin 2 trade week would make the NRL a better place

Welcome to State of Origin and the “Play School” system of justice that is blind to QLD indiscretions at this time of the year and favours one side only. Justice? Well, “That’s in QLD”.

McGuire escaping suspension shows the NRL doesn't care what you think

You can’t fool me “Woody”, Woodchook.

Get rid of Cook? Your old heart would stop beating if you ever read a report that Cook was signing with the Roosters. Typical Steggles sour grapes. About Cam Murray, well your just butthurt that Murray got selected for Origin before Victor Radley… just as I predicted.

Turning emotional outbursts into calm, rational selections for the NSW Blues

Oh, THAT old caveat? 😉 Fair enough Ryan. Guilty as charged. Sometimes I have the attention span of a 4 year old which is still preferable to Insider/AE47 who has the intellect and the comprehension of one. LOL

Turning emotional outbursts into calm, rational selections for the NSW Blues

No CPB, that’s isn’t optimism, that sounds like Prozac! 😉

The Roar's NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 14

Nat, I bet you open the champagne if the Broncos are up at halftime. Am I right? You must waste an awful lot of champagne Nat. The trick is delayed gratification and only celebrating when the job is done. Blues fans know better than to celebrate a 4 point win against a team with only 12 men on the field up against 14 (including “Alfie” Langer).

I understand though, it’s the shock. Deep in your little cast iron hearts you secretly had resigned yourselves to a series loss with no Cam Smith, Slater, Cronk or JT to get your cane toads over the line. Well, ride the wave Nat if you wish. It will only end with a Blue “dumper” that will leave you all dazed until you all wake up to a new “Blue Dawn”. 😉

Go the Blues!!
#Blue Dawn

Turning emotional outbursts into calm, rational selections for the NSW Blues

You’re “on the money” once again Insider/AE47. Unfortunately, that money is as worthless as the Greek drachma, currently paying 209.30 GRD to $1 AUD.

Keep setting em’ up and I’ll keep knocking em’ down. LOL

Bunnies blast report Origin star wants out of Redfern

Wayne Bennett and Dane Gagai held a one-on-one meeting at Redfern on Wednesday morning with the Queensland Origin star reaffirming his commitment to South Sydney.

There is no question the Maroons flyer sees himself more as a centre than a winger, but Gagai has denied he wants out of the Rabbitohs.

After clearing the air with Bennett, Gagai then trained with the Rabbitohs on the right wing in a new right-edge partnership with James Roberts.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/rabbitohs/bunnies-blast-report-origin-star-wants-out-of-redfern/news-story/7e1e5e707190f43d8b25a6718ff3a700

An Origin 2 trade week would make the NRL a better place

The good news of Dane Gagai’s imminent departure from the Rabbitohs to free up cap room for Latrell Mitchell has run out off runway and failed to take wing.

Gagai must have frozen in the death stare of Papa Smurf’s beady little eyes!

Bunnies blast report Origin star wants out of Redfern

Wayne Bennett and Dane Gagai held a one-on-one meeting at Redfern on Wednesday morning with the Queensland Origin star reaffirming his commitment to South Sydney.

There is no question the Maroons flyer sees himself more as a centre than a winger, but Gagai has denied he wants out of the Rabbitohs.

After clearing the air with Bennett, Gagai then trained with the Rabbitohs on the right wing in a new right-edge partnership with James Roberts.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/rabbitohs/bunnies-blast-report-origin-star-wants-out-of-redfern/news-story/7e1e5e707190f43d8b25a6718ff3a700

Finally, a right edge combination that can actually work for Souths IF both Roberts and Gagai give 100%! I would still rather see them outside Cody Walker though.

The Roar's NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 14

“the return of Peats helped”

Absolutely! Everything starts, or finishes, at dummy half. Get it wrong there and there is a domino effect. Just think of Michael Lichaa (Bulldogs).

Look at the top 2 sides, Cam Smith (Storm), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs). Enough said. Oh, and Nathan Peats is a South Sydney junior! 😉

Eight talking points from NRL Round 13