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Auckland based Kiwi with a particular interest in League, Rugby Cricket & sports media generally.

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To win a premiership and then a GF Lattrell needs to be your nice to have not your need to have. He can win you games sure, but at the moment he’s too flakey to win you a season (like Reynolds did for Brisbane). They will hope Wighton can get him to harden up.

Smart Signings: Latrell and Wighton could be great together - but Souths are far from the finished article

Everyone criticised Gus Gould for saying last year that the South’s stars had issues putting runs on the board (and to be fair that did conveniently divert attention from the Bulldogs woes), but another article picking over the entrails of another underwhelming South’s season proves him right. Souths can’t solely rely on the vagaries of talent and motivation coinciding and need to find a Plan B based around grit, determination and a singular focus on winning (not distracted by niggly rubbish Mitchell and Walker can’t currently stop getting drawn into). I assume South’s know that and are hoping that Wighton can sort out their culture issues. The way he played in some of those Origin games (particularly the losing ones), and post his announced departure from Canberra, showed a mental strength Souths could do with. However, relegating him to a centre role and the last two weeks court revelations hardly inspire confidence that rather than make Souths better, Souths will make him worse.

Smart Signings: Latrell and Wighton could be great together - but Souths are far from the finished article

Maybe there is a difference between coach of a limited rep series and getting through an entire season. It seems like he relies on a few leading players uses them to drive the teams cultural DNA. While I suspect its always going to be a bit easier with the Kiwis (the underdog, allowing players to back to their Kiwi vibe), the big problem with the Blues has been getting buy in to a ‘Blues’ culture with the same consistency as Qld. Maybe his NRL coaching not as relevant as his Kiwi experience.

Madge-ic: Kiwis 'shock the rugby league world' as Maguire masterclass hands Kangaroos record defeat

I don’t really understand the point this article is making – a CEO of a corporate has a duty to promote that – the US is a big sports market, but a few game in Vegas is hardly a worldwide expansion and is not being done at the expense of ARL. I’m sure he hasn’t mentioned ARL. To the extent there is Aust. Govt. presence in the US that seems pretty minimal. A politician will turn up to any Aust. Industry initiative, cause again that is there job . There is a difference in PNG where they are obviously pushing NRL in the Pacific because that is what the Pacific is interested in and its a genius way to spend less for soft-power influence to counter China’s billions.

A code war to the death: Why must one national sports global expansion come at the expense of another?

Bottom line is that despite the cards NZ had a chance to win the game but we couldn’t. We played a tactically naive game, spending too much time at our own end and with the ball, kicking for the corners, our line out struggled, and didn’t kick our goals in the pressure moments (x2) despite having 3 test match kickers on the field. We also have a poor disciplinary record and have not defended as well as the other top teams for years. None of this is new stuff, the team has had this issue for a while, and none of its new at the world cup. They are always TMO and ref heavy. It goes without saying high tackles are not going to get less policed in any contact sport so no point in doing anything other than planning for the strictest interpretations on that. Does any of this reffing make for an entertaining game…of course not. Who wants to see the ref as the center of every play, but that is RWC game and we didn’t have the composure to ice the chances we had to win that game. SA held their nerve and did. Good on them, that is the difference between a great tournament team and a great rugby team.

The World Cup Wrap: France 2023 got a final befitting the host nation - imperfect, baffling and historic

..because that was what the card was for. It was not for a neck roll. There was no mention of a neck roll by the ref or TMO. The ref explained that (at length) twice. When it was issued and then when not turned red. That is why there is a query, as most people haven’t seen an accidental and incidental fall on the leg like that called as a penalty let alone a card. It wasn’t a hip drop as he was not by then engaged in a tackle or maul. He was just knocked on his arse by a SA clean out (which did seem to involve a shoulder to his head) and landed on the leg. Commentators might have assumed a neck roll but that was not what TMO saw.

The World Cup Wrap: France 2023 got a final befitting the host nation - imperfect, baffling and historic

Agree. Despite being down 14 ABs had chances to win (when by rights they shouldn’t have) but didn’t. Poor positional and goal kicking, ill-discipline, too many unforced errors and a lack of composure in set-piece (here strangely line outs). These were the flaws that have dogged the team for a while now and they popped up again. Look at the simple stuff, winning RWC usually involve goal kicking of the highest accuracy, but despite having at least 3 kickers on the field we couldn’t achieve that, so fair play to SA who stuck to their plan and had the composure to execute it.

WORLD VIEW: 'Disgrace'- strange slap for Boks coaches after 'beautifully ugly' 'shambles' of a World Cup final

I have some sympathy for this view (perhaps for obvious reasons). One does need to be careful not to limit the ability for different styles of play with fundamental rule changes, but that is not really what you are proposing. In the end you are just saying that there should be less option to protect the big boys from getting too tired (speed up game and less forwards). I agree. The stoppages on the weekend were NFL level. Obviously if both teams want a slow game, hard to stop, but we can’t have a situation where the tired side can stop the momentum by having a prop lie down everytime. The game just becomes a scrum penalty lottery.

Rugby’s descent into cynical play: Why neutral fans should back the All Blacks for the good of the game

Cheers. Always loves some maths, even if I’m not sure what the point of it is. Not a cheap shot at Aussie, but perhaps one at an Aussie. The article suggests that a whole bunch of Kiwis , who are in Aust. paying taxes and so are contributing as much as anyone and more than most (according to your Govt. they have higher work place participation than the average Aussie), might be made more of given they are there anyway. If more was made of them that would earn the Australian owned and operated competition more money more cheaply than options more favourable to NZ, like playing a SoO in NZ or having a second franchise, bot of which have been suggested by Australian pundits. But hey if you think suggesting a way to make more money for the NRL/Nine/ Fox by investing less in NZ is entitlement then all power to you cobber.

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

the other solution of course is to Cut the Cheese?

Chooks and Cheese not a recipe for success: Brandon shaded by Sandon when it comes to Roosters rakes

Gold 😂 A minister of foreign affairs in waiting in any future Pauline Hanson Govt perhaps?

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

Good to see the famed Aussie sense of humour alive and well in NZ’s East Island

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

Whatever! – We got one in the Sth Island and TWO in the North, all with remotes too!

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

Does that mean you are paying dummy half & ball playing skills money for defence and big runs product. If the prices for the first is far higher than for the latter you have an issue.

Chooks and Cheese not a recipe for success: Brandon shaded by Sandon when it comes to Roosters rakes

Agree with you, and that’s why the piece says to be wary of cameos, however the underling question the article asks is whether Sandson revealed the weakness the Storm felt he had. Is Brandon going to cut the mustard if the Roosters want a GF win as opposed to a courageous 5/6th place

Chooks and Cheese not a recipe for success: Brandon shaded by Sandon when it comes to Roosters rakes

No – they in fact opened it up for free so people could watch the Warriors on a big screen – Walker picked right – Mt Smart is where the Wah’s fan base is and they were well and truely repaid for years of dross.

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

Like the one suggested in the article?

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

😂 particularly when Wahs sucked, which was a lot

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

Whinging? Where’s the whinging. It’s a suggestion to strengthen the game and Australian median position cheaper than the NRLs current MORE kiwi favourable ideas. SoO in Auckland or another expansion team in NZ.

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

Completely agree, its about clicks. My point is that there is an untapped NSW based market for more you can get on the cheap.

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

Win the war not the battle. Eden park wins you bums on seats battle for a week. A win, A preliminary final spot is more likely at Mt Smart. It’s about winning the war.

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

Completely, agree. Cowboys who? My point is that is is easily solved with a bit more content which is easy and cheap to produce, and is intended for a captive crowd. Kiwis are mainly NSW based and its low hanging fruit.

Treating the Warriors as second-class citizens is dumb business by NRL and Australian-centric media

As others have said here, completely agree that LM is not anywhere near the best fullback. Don’t know why this isn’t said more often. He will be a liability for Souths as long as he’s there. They look lots better with Johnson back there. However don’t agree with the implication of your piece is that Souths is forcing a (very) round peg into a square hole. As others have said that is on LM. He went to Souths on that basis as he wanted the money and kudos. The hard part if not working out his best position, its managing his ego and the salary cap. I almost feel like it was a Bennet grenade. Pay too much for a 5th rate fullback and then leave it for someone else to resolve how to manage LM’s ego and the huge drag on South’s salary cap.

Latrell continues to be hung out to dry by South Sydney

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