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Scott has penned over 3000 articles and is one of The Roar's longest-serving writers, covering a wide range of sports. When he isn't writing about sport, you'll find him umpiring at the cricket, or on the hill at Kogarah supporting the Dragons.

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The Roosters defence has normally been so good. I wouldn’t be too worried about it coming good.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

Dragons vs Storm. *Shudders*

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

I’ve written about Gutho a few times this year. He is just phenomenal.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

Help! What do I write about for my Friday column? I don’t want to sit through that game haha.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

Don’t mind the call for coach of the year to Holbrook actually…

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

The Panthers bandwagon will be as big as the Canberra one was last year. They are the feel good story, particularly with all the local juniors they have at the club. I reckon if they can get over that lack of finals experience, they are the best team.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

Because otherwise we get rubbish like Thursday night’s try… Where, you know, Paulo didn’t close to scoring.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

I normally don’t like Ricky’s dummy spits, but you can’t knock the guy for speaking his mind.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

Think you’re right re Canberra.

I don’t think it’s unfair at all. Their senior players never stood up, their recruitment was horrific, and they have ended up letting in almost 100 more points than the next team.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

Probably Towensend’s the other week was more savage than Su’A’s last night, but yeah, he went at the high part of the body. If the defender slips slightly, the defender has to wear the consequences.

That is the rule.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

That’s just it. It’s not rocket science. Don’t tackle high, and there is no chance of that happening!

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

Well this is interesting. If you ask Roosters fans on this site, I am incredibly biased against their club…

Which one is it?

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

Townsend’s reminded me of the famous John Hopoate one. Seriously, Townsend and Sua’s hits weren’t in the same ballpark as each other.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

That trend of dropping the footy has been following Souths around like a bad smell for more than 12 months… I’m not sure what the fix is.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

Yeah, I’m happy with the bunker being used there. It takes 30 seconds and we get the right result.

What annoys me is commentators who whinge and bemoan the bunker being used for tries that are obvious once you slow it down (because of course they are) but then come out of the woodwork to criticise when they don’t use the bunker but get the decision wrong.

It has to be one or the other. You can’t have both, but unfortunately, certain media types do it with everything. Six again? It was a great rule for a couple of weeks. One referee? It worked for a month before they started calling for it to be scrapped again.

Do we see a trend here? The NRL can never ever get it right…

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

I’m not sure Mitchell would have… The Dogs defence is the one thing which keeps them in games a majority of the time.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

That’s not a bad idea. Get a consistent process in place and explain what it is properly so fans and players know what to expect.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

Yeah, you’re probably right regarding the consistency of the rule. I guess what I was getting at is that it’s not as if it’s the first time it’s happened, a player being put in the bin for a foul play which takes an opposition player out of the game, or at the very least, off for a HIA check.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

They had a couple of good weeks, but it looks like they just peaked at the right time against woeful Manly and Parra outfits.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

Yeah, I’m not sure any of those sides (eels and the rest of the bottom 4) can win the comp…

I did mention the Souths try briefly, but it wasn’t the focus of the article.

And yeah, I’m a bit confused on that one as well.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

Spot on TB. As I noted in the article, it’s the defenders responsibility to stay clear of the head. End of story.

South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin

That would just sum up the way the club has been managed for years.

Seven talking points from NRL Round 17

Yes, they can, but good god they are inconsistent. I would hate to be a Tigers fan in all honesty.

Seven talking points from NRL Round 17

Fringe maybe, but guys like Lee, Hunt… They have been better this year and locked their spots down.

To’A has the potential to be better than the lot of them though, so they have to lock him up.

Seven talking points from NRL Round 17

Unless they have to meet in the prelims again of course.

Seven talking points from NRL Round 17