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Recruitment & List Analyst at Wests Tigers, previously Performance Analytics Consultant - Melbourne Storm....WARNING! I dont get splinters when I sit down, and if you disagree with my view that's OK, just keep talking to me.

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Jacko,
On the surface I get it that everyone has noticed the Warriors have lost their 1 ans 2 halfbacks, but they have not taken into account that Brian Smith and Peter O’Sullivan are 2 of the most astute thinkers in the game and would be very conscious of their situation.
Noted they have recruited Adam Keighran from the Panthers who may be considered as their goal kicker and 6 with Green playing 7. RTS is also an option at 6 with Perham at 1.
Whatever, I guarantee they will have a competitive solution, it’s what they do.

Dark horses: Which of these four sides will surge in 2019?

Hi Footy Fan,
Loved your comment mate.
Supercoach and Fantasy is fun but the scoring is flawed in the REAL world and any type of points cap system would have similar flaws for varied reasons.
Here’s just one. The on field General is and should be the highest rated player, but it is impossible to score his most important contributions – communication, organising and his last tackle option.
Players that are workaholics and play big minutes score well, but are not necessarily the best players.
My personal opinion is that analytics along with a clever panel could deliver a workable solution that would be approved by the administrators and the fans, but it would be a gutsy move. Dont hold your breath!

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Hi Rob,
Allow me to answer your questions:
* Its is a huge advantage to have Rep Class players
* Origin is the highest rated class of RL in the world in my system, greater than International games.
* Semi v O’Neil is like comparing Phar Lap v Raddish.
* Sam Burgess is the best English forward in my system ever. I ask people I rate who would they prefer out of Sam Burgess, SBW or Taumalolo and most say Sam. Interesting no Aussies.
* Again the tiny Dallas Johnson does not come close to Taumalolo. Different stratosphere.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

I expect Cook to be the most expensive player on Supercoach.
It is true that coaches will work him out, and that was underlined when NZ played Australia, but he is not just a DH runner, and I don’t see the Burgiiis going anywhere so he will continue to get a great platform.
The more interesting question is who will play 9 for Qland?
If Friend can replicate his GF game he is a moral.

Cooked Cook, McInnes Masterchef: Why Cook’s Origin jersey should be given to crafty Cameron

Big Daddy,
Wayne did put a great list together, but to be fair, the Broncos have almost 40% of the Emerging Queenslanders on their books which is a farcical situation and needs to be addressed urgently by the QRL.

Broncos sack Bennett, sign Seibold

As a sports lover it is never appetizing to see a club legend sacked.
Everyone has a view who is too blame, but it is fair to say all parties are responsible in some way.
I will reflect on Wayne as one of the best club coaches I have ever studied, second only to Craig Bellamy.
My view is that Wayne hung in at the Broncos because of his obvious love for the club, and because he knew he had a top 30 list that can win the Premiership in 2019. He knows better than anyone how good Payne Haas and David Fifita is and that they could give him his 8th P’ship.
The Rabbitohs are an ageing list with poor depth after their top 13.
This will test “Long Neck”

Broncos sack Bennett, sign Seibold

Yush,
It is IMPOSSIBLE to comment on any recruit unless you know the salary; it is totally relevant.
The term “best” can only be measured on their on field returns and how much they cost their club.
If we actually knew all the salaries you could publish many great stories on 80k to 100k players who played a heap on NRL. These “money ballers” are what really helps a team win a comp.

Ranking the best NRL signings ahead of the 2019 season

Terry,
Cam is a long way down the pecking order at the Broncos – regardless who coaches them next year.
Aside from Milford, Nikorima has increased his value substantially after his last 4 internationals for NZ under Coach Michael Maquire. He played and looked like a Keary clone using his pace to create an overlap.
They have also recruited Sean O’Sullivan who is a genuine organiser with a beautiful pass and tactical short kicking game, and Thomas Dearden is in their top 30 and is the best young half in Qland.
The list goes on as the Broncos have almost 40% of the Emerging young guns signed in QLand. Good is you follow the Broncos, but bad for the game that a single club can dominate like this.

Could Cullen fix the Broncos' halves problem?

Peter,
It is a statistical fact that the home team is favoured by the ref, regardless of the sport. Some grounds are weighted heavier than others.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Hey (Fly) Sleiman,
Tommy Makinson has only played in 3 Test Matches although when you read this it will probably be 4, but don’t let facts get in the way of a good yarn.

Instead of asking "who's Tommy Makinson", first ask "what's the Golden Boot"?

Hi Joe, Excellent article mate.
Based on the ridiculous changed rules the RLIF MUST change the name of the award from Golden Boot to International Player of the Year.
Don’t hold your breath for that to happen so the NRL, who unofficially have the responsibility to run the game, should create another award that accurately reflects who is THE “best rugby league player in the world”.
The RLIF have backed themselves into a corner and created unnecessary embracement. They need to change the name of the award immediately as based on their strict wording Makinson is a worthy winner, although I would have gone for his hooker Josh Hodgson, who was not even on the short list.
Hodgson’s Raiders team mate Elliot Whitehead made the sort list even though his last 2 games yielded:
• Test 1 missed 8 tackles, made 16 runs for 101 metres at an average gain per run of only 6.31m.
• Test 2 made 14 runs for only 79m (avg. gain 5.64m), missed 3 tackles, and conceded a handling error.
I have seen all of Makinson’s rep matches and he has no doubt had a wonderful rep season under Wayne Bennett, but at age 27, weighing only 93 kilos and 180cm, he may struggle week in and week out in the NRL. He is not Ryan Hall and Jermaine McGillvary, Dominic Manfredi and Tom Johnstone also have solid claims as the countries best winger.

Instead of asking "who's Tommy Makinson", first ask "what's the Golden Boot"?

Jackso
If you need me to tell you what Tedesco did v Tonga and NZ then you need to book yourself into spec savers. There is no comparison between the 2 players.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Jacko,
The biggest problem for NZ on this tour has been the video ref. He has changed the outcome in game 2 with a crazy penalty try and again in G3 with a dropped ball awarded a try.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Peter,
Love to see England with Widdop and a fit Sam play Aust.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Renegade,
I am sure you are correct Rene, but NZ will always be fav against England on a neutral ground according to the market (the fans), at least while Maguire is coach.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

terrence
Thats a fair comment mate.
The fact is they have a new coach now and they just defeated Australia, something England cannot do.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Peter
They need to change the name and call it Recent Rep Award

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Nat
Are u talking about teams or players?

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Walter,
No mate, I dont ever allow things like that influence me, I cannot afford to do that.
A couple of things:
* A winger is simply not as influential to the result in a game as a player in the middle, especially a spine player.
* I don’t even rate Markinson as Englands best winger, let alone best player, and let alone best world player.
* Tedesco would be worth about 700k more than him on the open market.
* Josh Hodgson and Sam Burgess are vastly better players than him.
They have devalued the award, good luck to Tommy, seems a good bloke.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

waiter,
You must be related. This is an embarrassment to the game.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Paul,
The award now MUST only be known as the best rep player, but even then Markinson is a million miles away from Tedesco.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Elijah,
The only people who will disagree with you are the sponsors of the NRL.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Beetlejuice,
Guessing what the exact criteria the RLIF will use and how much they weight the NZ win over Aust will be crucial, but if Eng win this weekend they should finish 2nd, but based on some of the ratings we have seen come out recently who knows.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

STOP PRESS:
England and St Helens star Tommy Makinson HAS WON the 27th Rugby League Golden Boot award.
Good luck to Tommy, a winger, but all this has done is to make a joke of the award and further decay it’s credibility.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Elijah,
The domestic schedule is so grueling a the TV ratings is what funds the game. I cant see that chagrining soon.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?