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JWH has been accidentally finding ways to hit opponents in the head for most of his career. L. Mitchell has been able to find away to engage in the escalation of tension on the field most of his careers. Should there really be any problem with those pair getting some time outs in the bin?

Round 15 judiciary: Tuilagi hit with hefty ban for spear tackle, JWH, DWZ in strife, Riki charged for cheap shot

Interestingly the Cowboys cost themselves a chance of winning several games this year through poor execution, ball handling and defence. I wonder if Payten should have questioned the disparity in play the ball speed? Given Raiders were award a 7-0 advantage yet the Cowboys 3.73 was considerably slower Raiders 3.11. Slowing down the Cowboys certainly helps the bigger boys from Canberra I would think.

'Do you think we're trying to lose at home?' Stuart fumes as Cowboys' spine wreaks havoc on embarrassing Raiders

Ricky believes the losses come down to knit picking inconsistent officials? Let’s be honest and accept the errors cost the Raiders any chance of victory. His deflections of accountability is beyond belief at times.

'Do you think we're trying to lose at home?' Stuart fumes as Cowboys' spine wreaks havoc on embarrassing Raiders

Agree TB3 however it’s all easy for us in hindsight. Hammer probably thought if I keep going Kennedy will cut me down easy from behind. If I back off he’ll try to go high and put me out? I have know idea but Hammer made Kennedy slow down and make a different decision which lead to a poor miss. Hammer out foxed the hound. Maybe Kennedy had just seen 3 teammates miss Hammers fast moving legs a he came cruising down the field?

Hynes' Origin hopes cop a hit as Dolphins upset Sharks on the back of Hammer's try of the year contender

Drinkwater wouldn’t have stopped him?

Hynes' Origin hopes cop a hit as Dolphins upset Sharks on the back of Hammer's try of the year contender

Anyone and everyone in rugby league has been beaten or missed a tackle. Thing is not many can beat 6 and run 100m metres to score against the team leading the comp. Hammer has scored 8 Origin tries in 5 games? I’m happy to say the best defenders in the world have little chance if Hammer gets up and running.

Hynes' Origin hopes cop a hit as Dolphins upset Sharks on the back of Hammer's try of the year contender

So you believe Luai 27 has more game management than Ezra 21 even given the experience of those they are playing with in the last month of football? Reynolds, Walsh and Walters weren’t playing when Ezra lead the Broncos to victory over DCE and Brooks at Manly 3 weeks ago either.

The NRL team of the season so far: Some new faces taking over as the best players in each position

Ezra is 21 years old now. Do you recall Cleary having a dual premiership and Origin winner playing beside him at 21?

The NRL team of the season so far: Some new faces taking over as the best players in each position

It’s interesting you say that. Cleary gets all the credit for a couple of GF wins but the player that turned the game was the centre that made an intercept and picked up a poor pass that turned those games from a loss to a win. 2 x 12 point plays. Ezra was blowing holes in Cleary’s edge at will in the GF. Cleary dummies to the bloke who turned the game and stepped straight past Reynolds to win it. We won’t mention Ben Hunt’s winning try when the series was on the line in Origin I guess.

The NRL team of the season so far: Some new faces taking over as the best players in each position

If Hammer wasn’t so quick Dearden probably scores 4 tries in Origin 1. Support play and leading kick chase is a stat rarely talked about?

The NRL team of the season so far: Some new faces taking over as the best players in each position

I wonder if NAS, Munster, Hughes and Papi affects Harry Grant’s game ?

The NRL team of the season so far: Some new faces taking over as the best players in each position

Tommy has 44 tackle busts to Ezra’s 13. Tommy has 9 line breaks to Ezra’s 1? Tommy has double Ezra’s in off loads. Interesting that some of Burton stats have Tommy 8 making half the errors of Burton 16 and Luai 11? Tommy has conceded 2 penalties whilst Burton 11 and Luai 7. Cameron Smith was a smart defender, exceptional passer and brilliant reader of the game. But NSW would probably argue Cook and Farrar were better 9’s LOL.

The NRL team of the season so far: Some new faces taking over as the best players in each position

I’m hoping they create a EA (error assist) stat. Things like rubbish passes or hospital balls that directly contributed to errors. Maybe a DP ( dumb play) could also be added. Things like players ignoring teammates and going themselves when a pass would have been better with teammates in space?

The NRL team of the season so far: Some new faces taking over as the best players in each position

I remember players were sin binned in the 90’s for throwing the ball away? Now Annersley is somewhat saying we should be accepting players throwing the ball at other player’s heads. Young Harris- Tavita was warned about the rubbish. He was the instigator who hit Townsend in the head with the ball. The official attempted to keep things equal by sending the bloke on the receiving end IMO. That’s rubbish.

NRL News: Annesley admits another clanger, ref mic captures Gutho's blow-up, Galvin wants to 'get out' of Tigers

The Eels have won plenty of games milking penalties and winning decisions from officials on account of Mosses and Gutho advising officials. That’s also probably a big reason why they finish higher on the ladder than many but crumble in finals? Because milking penalties and intimidating officials is far harder in big games when the audience and stakes are higher.

NRL News: Annesley admits another clanger, ref mic captures Gutho's blow-up, Galvin wants to 'get out' of Tigers

You could also ask why Warriors, Cowboys, Titans and Knights rarely if ever make the top 4 whilst having good ( quality rep players) ? I’d suggest consistency and injuries are affected more with those travelling more. The Panthers would have been home after Origin the Cowboys would be getting home a day later. This happens every road trip. So going back home is probably the same as you visiting in travel coming to Townsville? That every week you’re travelling and spending a day less preparing. Eels have finished higher on the ladder but as you say aren’t really that good? Same with Rabbits, Manly, Sharks and Roosters considering their position coming into finals? The defy every stat so I concede coaching and maybe salary cap management is better than most.

NRL Round 14 Talking Points: An unbalanced draw, tired Cowboys, Wahs fix themselves

It always amusing to see how clueless some are to the distance from Townsville to Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It’s like going to Newcastle, Canberra and Melbourne all in one away trip. Panthers play 2 games outside the NQ regional areas LOL. Parramatta to Darwin is 3900km but the Dolphins had a massive advantage only travelling 3400km to take advantage of the away trip? LA to New York is short than Townsville to Sydney. It’s interesting the NBA and NFL realises this extremely unfair situation? I’m looking at the Panthers form and injuries after travelling to Townsville with 2 wins and 3 losses. Cleary, Edwards and now Martin picking up injuries.

NRL Round 14 Talking Points: An unbalanced draw, tired Cowboys, Wahs fix themselves

Williamson would have made a big difference as would Reynolds, Walters and Walsh. Starting spine are all sitting on the pine. The Sharks were well placed to take full advantage. Trindal is a pretty good in for Hynes.

NRL Round 14 Talking Points: An unbalanced draw, tired Cowboys, Wahs fix themselves

There are a myriad of issues around being better defensively. First off the list is respecting possession and that’s not about one out football. It’s smart, efficient ball movement. Passing, catching and protecting the ball into contact is such an underrated skill. You get dominated in tackles or make errors on tackles 1-3 you’re going to working overtime in defence. A quality dummy half and a back 3 that don’t make errors with strong carries are extremely helpful. Chad’s a consistent kick but he’s limited. Clifford’s boot is far more dangerous along with his ability running the ball and effective one on one defence. Payten would see a 10-16 point better team with Clifford replacing Townsend.

NRL Round 14 Talking Points: An unbalanced draw, tired Cowboys, Wahs fix themselves

Heat and humidity actually adds to physical fatigue and extends recovery time. Travel, sleeping and temperature fluctuations increase stress on your body. Sydney clubs have a distinct advantage. Origin is a physical and emotional extra. Some coaches ( Stuart, Robinson and Hasler) have actually favoured signing quality overseas players to limit the effect of Origin and win Premierships. The Cowboys are probably conceding 4-6 premierships points a season to Sydney clubs on these factors alone.

NRL Round 14 Talking Points: An unbalanced draw, tired Cowboys, Wahs fix themselves

There was zero reason to send Townsend.

‘That’s embarrassing’: Baffled players binned for softest incident as surging Warriors thump clueless Cowboys

Agree. Thing is why is the person getting hit in the head getting Binned?

‘That’s embarrassing’: Baffled players binned for softest incident as surging Warriors thump clueless Cowboys

Do you thinks Chads importance and experience has expired. I mean Dearden’s won a couple of Origins, been in and won finals games. Clifford has been in finals. Drinkwater, Dearden and Clifford have almost 300 games experience now?

‘That’s embarrassing’: Baffled players binned for softest incident as surging Warriors thump clueless Cowboys

Awful game. Return to the usual from the Cowboys. Maybe they warm up to long and go through the motions. Some of the sloppy passes and poor handling is park football stuff. Then again getting a second rower to play dummy half isn’t the best scenario. Pretty sure the Cowboys can get Qcup replacements during Origin period to cover injuries. So why not give them a go. The sin binning? I’m still trying to understand why Townsend got binned? The young 5/8 hit Townsend in the head with the football after the penalty. Does that mean if someone like Cleary, DCE, or JWH is lying on the ground you can get him sent to the bin if you throw the football at his head? The officiating is very hard to follow. Split markers, holding down, hands on the ball and extremely fast defensive lines leaving early seems the new excepted standard? Oh and a shoulder charge tackle penalty? You could call the one Holmes did almost every set of 6?

‘That’s embarrassing’: Baffled players binned for softest incident as surging Warriors thump clueless Cowboys

You’re seriously taking the P..s. “ He isn’t launching off his feet. He has his front foot forward as you are taught to tackle. “foot in the hoop” is a term used. It’s on the ground right as he makes contact.” Suallii is in the launch sequence driving into the launch. Obviously it’s a cause as much impact technique taught in your world. Suallii knees are straightened as he goes through with the launch. Suallii intentions are clear with the speed and angle he comes in at. Walsh doesn’t suddenly swerve and Suallii has not attempted to wrap the right arm or even looked to knock down the pass. His intention to hit Walsh is obvious.

It's rugby league, not the Thunderdome: You're a substandard human if you think Suaalii should've avoided send-off

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