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I was born in the St-George hospital on 1/5/55.

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I’d prefer to see penalties converted punishing infringers by scoring points against them. If they don’t kick a strong defence will never be penalised as they will be happy to continuously repel the attack of a team that doesn’t kick. It was to please wingers like you that tries were changed to four points. They wanted to encourage teams to not waste time kicking for goal but they should’ve just paused the game clock and kept tries at three points as it had been since 1908.

Seven talking points from NRL Round 3

Yes players will adjust to the new speed and exploiting a tiring defence is not a bad thing but there is still the preference to go for the try rather than kick for goal. This is the same reason tries were changed to four points, to encourage teams to not waste time kicking for goal. This means a strong defence will never be penalised as they will be happy to continuously repel an attack as it saves points. The proof of this is the inevitable bomb on the last tackle. The bomb should be discouraged by rule changes as I have offered before as it is a lucky dip reward for failure to score in the first five.

The six-again rule is a game changer for the best

You say the single referee blows fewer penalties, meaning less stoppages but where do you stop. I don’t want to see penalties ignored for the sake of more tries. It’s the same reason they made tries worth four points. Teams don’t stop to kick for goal so they can score more tries but now it’s restart the tackle count and score more tries due to a tiring defence. The worst thing is the bash, barge and bomb instead of creative attack.

The six-again rule is a game changer for the best

The two referees affected the result of last year’s grand final so it should be just one ref with two touch judges. Although some may disagree with some rulings of a single referee they don’t change their mind mid play and make bizarre rulings except in 1955.

The six-again rule is a game changer for the best

As a Dragons fan watching with one eye I noticed one tackle in progress with Smith on his knees near a tackled Raider on his back under a Storm player. Smith couldn’t help himself and leaned over and laid his hands on the Raider but quickly realised he could be penalised and jumped up and resumed play. It was only one moment in the game and I wasn’t keeping count.

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

It was a stuff up from the two referees that lead the Raiders to run it on the last tackle when they were in a good position to kick a match winning field goal. Did Easts’ belief extend to the referees?

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

Saying Rugby League is a hard body contact sport doesn’t imply Australian Rules is not. You can’t tackle around the legs or push in the back and there is a lot of running and chasing involving greater endurance. If there were more cricket playing countries it might go global.

Why I’m worried about the quality of NRL journalism

Attendance in the AFL is it’s strong point but I prefer to watch on TV these days as I don’t get out much. I don’t watch Basketball but I watch a bit of Netball where Australia are World Champions like in RL.

Why I’m worried about the quality of NRL journalism

SOO may have been started by the VFL but it was desired by Queenslanders from the start of the QRL because Queenslanders had to go to Sydney to get a chance to play for Australia by first playing for NSW. Qlueensland took regular beatings from NSW full of Queenslanders. The best AF can do is pick an All Australian team that only performs on paper.

Why I’m worried about the quality of NRL journalism

Why does the NRL rate so high when it is so low in the participation list? It is because it is a hard body contact sport with tackling allowed below the arms and it is played by elite athletes and despite having some big flaws many viewers like the contest and the battle for points determining table position. Rugby League’s growth potential is high in the Australian Football states of Australia whereas Aussie Rules was played in NSW before RL and doesn’t have anywhere to expand to. There is also RL played in PNG, NZ, Tonga. Samoa, Fiji & The Cook Islands but Aussie Rules have Nauru and Gaelic Football.

Why I’m worried about the quality of NRL journalism

Yes I was aware that you can’t watch all AFL games live but I did not take this into consideration in my amateurish analysis. More people watch AFL games live too. You are probably correct about teams in Adelaide and Perth but the number of registered players is not the only measure of interest. There are plenty of people who play rugby union and watch rugby league although I am just extrapolating on the small sample I have known. There is also touch footy and oztag that are based on rugby league and throw in State of Origin and Internationals that Australian Football can’t reproduce unless Western Australia succeeds.

Why I’m worried about the quality of NRL journalism

The Blue Bags and the Blue Berries played a scoreless drew on Sunday 28th March 1982 at Henson Park with a crowd of 6,716 and referee Barry Goldsworthy. I was at the SCG when Newtown beat Saints 1-0 on Saturday 12th May 1973 with referee Keith Page and a crowd of 16,684. Ken Wilson kicked the field goal and Newtown were coached by Jack Gibson whose teams always had a strong defence. As a Saints fan it was frustrating to watch.

How rugby league devolved into a defence-orientated quagmire

The forwards may be bigger and hit harder but they don’t wear their opponents down like John Raper did with his low tackling. When players collide they each lose energy but when a low tackle is performed the runners legs are brought together and the tackler uses little energy as they’re pushing the legs together and the attacker becomes a lever and crashes to the ground losing energy as the earth is a heat sink. That is why Raper’s jersey was dirty but he still looked fresh while his opponents looked very tired and sore.

How rugby league devolved into a defence-orientated quagmire

I’ve replied to this but it must’ve been moder8ed, Could it be my use of the word that describes the phrase slow winger? It was Oxy(gen) Maroon.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

I remember Tutty being out but I wasn’t aware of the others missing. Leo Nosworthy was a 2nd cousin of my mother a St-George fan of the 30s. I worked at ANU with Johhny Hawke’s son who told me the Australian selectors promised Hawke he would be be the Australian captain for the tests against England but they were over ruled by Souths who put the young Clive Churchill in charge. According to Bob Bugden Churchill helped St-George win in 1956 as he thought Balmain half Brian Staunton was still feeling the effects of being knocked out by a Clive Churchill high tackle. It’s funny how some players could get away with it.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

Yes I lived in Hurstville a short walk through Rockdale and across Carlton station into Kogarah where I queued for a good seat in the Jubilee Oval grandstand. I don’t agree that adding illawarra changes nothing but they were on the Illawarra line and could get players to get on a train to attend training at Kogarah.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

I was looking for some reason to explain why he was so slow. A slow winger is an oxymoron but maybe they had salary cap constraints that forced them to choose a position to ignore. It’s hard to understand.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

He had a great battle with Steve Morris that year. He caught and tackled Morris in the grand final and there weren’t many that could do that. Steve Morris was quick and was especially destructive against Souths.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

I’ve had that happen on a few occasions. When discussing the final series of 1955 it was known as Souths fairy tale run due to their long run of must win games. St-George lost the preliminary final to Souths with a 14-2 2nd half penalty count in Souths favour. Ken Kearney the St-George captain coach (53-55 & 57-62) and hooker asked what one penalty was for and Col Pearce said “to show you who is boss”. Recently Alan Clarkson talked of him and Col Pearce as Souths fans and going to watch and cheer for Souths together. This is history and we should be free to discuss it.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

Given the previous results between the two it was the Storm who were underdogs and their 2nd half was one hell of a comeback. I have a soft spot for Balmain and was very disappointed in 89 but my son was crying and had to go to school and endure all the Raiders fans celebrations. He loves to see the Raiders lose and was happy last year.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

And that was as the St-George-Illawarra Dragons. Our step up to the national rugby league competition as the Illawarra line leaving from platform 23 of central station. Saints are thing of the past.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

It’s a euphemism and I’m sure I’ve seen funnier things even on a football field. The funniest thing was in a Saints v Manly game at the SCG in the late 60s. I was in the Noble/Bradman stand directly behind the posts. Saints won a scrum in their own half, the ball went to 5/8 Tony Branson who dummied and stepped through the Manly defence. The Manly scrum was slow to break leaving Branson racing towards the fullback Mark Willoughby who was standing on the quarter line centre field waiting. As Branson neared Willoughby with no one else in the vicinity he threw a dummy to no one but Willoughby fell for it and ran towards the invisible support player.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

Yes Souths had 9 players in a game on the 1970 Kangaroo tour and were favourites but I wasn’t surprised to see them get beaten in the grand final. Souths were minor premiers on 36 points and Balmain were 2nd on 34 points well clear of Saints and Manly on 28 points. Souths won the major semi 14-13 but Balmain showed with a little improvement they were a good chance. Souths were unable to score a try and never looked like winning the grand final. I was too young to bet.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

The funniest thing was watching Canterbury drop the ball off the kick off in the 94 grand final. They looked like losers from the first few seconds if my memory serves me right,

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

I’m a bitter twisted malcontent with delusions of grandeur in the Lee Harvey Oswald mould but there has to be an explanation for the try that was awarded to Canterbury. An obstruction like that is hard to miss and I can’t explain it but it wasn’t just my red and white eyes that saw it that way. The Dragons may have signed with the ARL but they didn’t get as much as the two bulldogs who signed with ARL clubs. Arthurson and Quayle were throwing money around in the hope of saving rugby league but it was the Super League clubs that came through unscathed and the ARL clubs that folded or merged or merged and then folded. I would’ve liked to see Cronulla and Canterbury merge although I did see the need for the St-George-Illawarra joint venture in the National Rugby League.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time