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The Rabbitohs trainer doesn’t involve themselves in the game, handle the ball and prevent tries from being scored Nat. That’s a pretty significant difference don’t you think? I also can’t remember the Rabbitohs having a trainer on the field in the first 10 mins of a game that alone the first TWO mins! Explain that.

Big boys don't need trainers on the field with them

Still no more Broncos merchandise but I did see another “random Souths guy” in a Rabbitohs jersey and another guy in a NSW jersey. Face it Nat, the “Blue Dawn” has arrived and flood is only going to increase from here.

I’d be more than happy to cheer for the Souths Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp stadium as either visitors or joint residents. Until that happens I’ll join matth at Dolphin oval cheering on the Redcliffe Dolphins and the Bunnies wherever they play. 😉

Wayne Bennett at his frosty best with reporters over Sam Burgess questions

Souths can afford to go down two gears in 2020 and STILL beat the seagulls. 😂 😂 😂

Wayne Bennett at his frosty best with reporters over Sam Burgess questions

Papi reporting inside North Korea and in the short time I’ve been here I have seen only ONE person wearing Broncos merchandise. The timing couldn’t be better for a second Brisbane team. 😂 😂 😂

Wayne Bennett at his frosty best with reporters over Sam Burgess questions

The Knights can bounce back in 2020

No they can’t. Not with their current roster and a new rookie coach who is unproven in the NRL.

The Knights can bounce back in 2020

Even if it costs the Roosters a “Claytons premiership”?

'It's a joke': 'Archaic' trainer contact rule slammed

The Cowboys have also been dudded by the refs a number of times in the finals including against the Roosters. So I’m guessing it was a bit personal which is why JT didn’t back down.

If CH9 had seriously wanted to raise the issue though they would have gotten Sterlo to ask the question.

Clearly the Roosters are unaccustomed to being called out on their shady practices (like their salary cap rort, their preferential treatment by the referees, the MRC and the judiciary and their trainer intentionally handling the ball). The chooks have been used to thinking of CH9 being their “safe haven” with Gould, Fittler and Johns doing their best to make excuses for the chooks and present the club in the most favourable light.

So JT’s question must have come as quite a shock for Robinson who reacted like the rich boy at a private school whose father has paid for the new school wing. There was such an air of entitlement and privilege and an arrogant superiority to his acrimonious retort. Like I said, just like someone who got caught with their hand in the cookie jar and tried to blame the jar for getting caught.

Trent Robinson's awkward moment with JT post-match

Typical Roosters deflection and misdirection. The overreaction of a guilty conscience. Someone got caught with their hand in the cookie jar and tried to blame the jar for getting caught. 😂 😂 😂

Trent Robinson's awkward moment with JT post-match

“refs should not control top grade games any longer”

Great idea Paul. Kick refs to the kerb and replace them with robots! The age of artificial intelligence has arrived according to Elon Musk and Bill Gates so let’s run with it. At least there will be some semblance of intelligence on the field by the tin can with the whistle. Hey toaster! Is your cousin the kettle still looking for a job? 😂 😂 😂

I’ve already patented the idea and copyrighted the name “RefBot”. Now if we can just find a North Korean programmer to give it an aversion to chickens then we’re good to go! 😉 👍

We have to be honest about refs

It WASN’T a falcon. He got his hands up and intentionally handled (i.e. knocked down) the ball. He saw that Whitehead was the ONLY player in the vicinity and the ball was going deep into the Roosters territory with Whitehead as the only chaser. It was deliberate. That’s why he laughed.

Early controversy as Roosters TRAINER cops a falcon... that might have saved a try

Well that was inevitable for a short heavyweight who was between 178 cm – 180 cm tall. He beat most boxers who were much taller. So what’s your point?

Battle of the codes locked in: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen set to fight

“but the old adage of a good big man vs a good little man comes to play”

You do realise that there was the same height difference between former world heavyweight champ Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson? And look how that fight ended. 😉

Battle of the codes locked in: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen set to fight

“Will come down to who has the thicker skull.”

Not if Gallen can slip Hall’s punches. If he has enough head movement coming forward to make Hall miss he will monster big Barry on the inside. Remembering the Junior Paulo fight though Gal was prepared to cop a few to land a few. That’s not a tactic that will get him too far in this fight if Hall can connect on as regular basis. As CM inferred they are both pub fighters and it will probably deteriorate as the fight wears on to a hug and hold dancing contest with an occasional broadside fired at range.

Battle of the codes locked in: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen set to fight

This David and Goliath clash has the feel of the 1997 GF about it and the Knights won that one in a thriller over Manly. Miracles CAN happen. Mind you, the Knights were juiced up to the eyeballs on peptides so that helped. 😂

2019 NRL grand final: Your ultimate preview to the big game

“Roosters have beaten the Raiders twice this season”

And the Rabbitohs beat the Roosters twice but look what happened when they played a third time and Souths were understrength. As the super ad sats, past results are no guarantee of future success.

The Raiders need to get off to a fast start and stick with the Roosters for the first 40 mins then it’s anyone’s game.

2019 NRL grand final: Your ultimate preview to the big game

Agreed it’s not for purists CM. Personally, I’m far more interested in the Joshua vs Ruiz rematch. What’s your take on that one and also on the proposed Fury vs Wilder rematch (and do you agree with the draw in the first fight)?

Those questions are open to all boxing fans btw.

Battle of the codes locked in: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen set to fight

If he was smart he would. As he isn’t, well he’s already failed that first test.

Battle of the codes locked in: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen set to fight

Irony only confuses our southern neighbours the Mexicans and AFL supporters in general Rellum. I think the tight shorts must be cutting of the blood supply to their brains. Remember, this is a sport that gives a consolation point for missing a goal so athletically speaking the bar isn’t set too high. 😂 😂 😂

Battle of the codes locked in: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen set to fight

“You don’t think a 14cm height difference may matter?”

Did it matter to Andy Ruiz? Anthony Joshua gave up his height and reach advantage and didn’t fight tall and sit behind his jab. If a professional world champion boxer can make that error what chance does Barry Hall have after he has lost his conditioning and been out of contact sport for 7 years?

Battle of the codes locked in: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen set to fight

But when was Hall’s last professional fight? Recent experience in the ring is a massive factor in Gallen’s favour provided he can do a Tyson and get inside Hall’s jab and negate his reach advantage. If Gallen can close the distance and fight inside, Game Over!

Battle of the codes locked in: Barry Hall and Paul Gallen set to fight

Split decision… Josh McGuire & Adam Blair. Dual medalists. 😉 👍

Everything you didn't know about the Dally Ms

I will concede that Bryson “Noddy” Goodwin played his best football for the Rabbitohs at the end of his previous stint with the Rabbitohs only to have that interrupted by injury. However, Goodwin is too slow and lacks the speed, agility and the ability to make the correct defensive reads to defend in the centres. I remember last time he played their “Jimmy the Jet” burned him for speed and Goodwin looked like “Noddy” the garden gnome just standing there flat footed.

In my mind there is very little benefit in bringing Goodwin back to the club other than as depth and experience as a second string back up.

Keep an eye out for 20 year old former Titan Jaxson Paulo. At 192 cm and 101 Kgs and still growing he is a winger that has far more potential going forward for the Rabbitohs than Goodwin.

Old outside backs rately work out in a game that is getting faster and more athletically and aerobically demanding each year. Not unless they are a class above the rest with extensive Origin and Test rep experience like Justin Hodges, Brett Morris and Josh Morris who are still competitive at the back-end of their careers.

South Sydney's premiership window is still open, but it needs a good clean

Technically, Arthur’s achievement in taking the Eels from 16th and the wooden spoon in 2018 to 5th in 2019 is a slightly greater achievement than Hasler taking the Sea Eagles from 15th to 6th. However, while Arthur is responsible for the Eel’s 14th wooden spoon Hasler inherited a rabble from Trent Barrett and totally reorganised the coaching and support staff at Manly.

In my mind Des Hasler should be a lock in for “Coach of the Year” although Raiders fans would have a fair argument for Ricky Stuart as CotY, especially if the Raiders lift the premiership trophy on Sunday.

Everything you didn't know about the Dally Ms

Did Edrick Lee play this year? Seriously? 😂

Everything you didn't know about the Dally Ms

“Geoff Robinson was cross-examined for a squirrel grip while consuming 13 beers”

In Geoff’s defence though Dane after 13 beers he probably thought the nuts were complimentary. 😂 😂 😂

Everything you didn't know about the Dally Ms