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That’s fair. I think I was more trying to get across that the injury toll is mounting, and next week will be a struggle against Souths. Start putting a couple of losses together ahead of what is a really tough second half of the season, fixture-wise, and all of a sudden the top eight is going to become a question again.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

Melbourne were bloody impressive.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

Thanks mate. Yeah, break is badly needed. Been a hectic five or so months to kick-off 2019. Of course, wouldn’t have it any other way…

Jee that second half was really tough to call. I wanted to just shut my laptop, go grab a beer and forget about it for the most part, and labelling it a trainwreck really isn’t far off the mark.

While there is an element to what he is saying at halftime (and what you reckon is probably on the money regarding that), his interchange rotations on Saturday defied belief.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

Cheers mate.

Manly are really working hard. Becoming a dark horse if they can stop copping injuries for mine.

Wighton is a good shout…

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

The oval ground argument is definitely a cause for concern, but the NRL will take the risk at some point I think, although, with places like Hindmarsh or NIB, there are rectangular options that are slightly smaller (and so possibly more appropriate) in those cities. NZ might be the best bet with the eye to expansion over there.

If I hadn’t had to take next week off for other reasons, I would have been up there this weekend I reckon.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

34 and a half – I reckon that’s pretty good. Today was the most risky day of the lot.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

It’s gonna be a real mess by the time Saturday night rolls around.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

Rellum – I thought given there were eight games, it held up pretty well. Of course, doesn’t look great now, but it could have been so much worse. Surface and quality of ground has to be a key consideration obviously if the NRL have it again.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

Average per game doesn’t really help though because it’s combining the crowd across three games for the weekend. I think the new additions column is extremely important because it shows how many are rolling in early and hanging around. Those Friday night numbers are really positive for mine.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

I still think the Roosters are a long way in front… Just reckon Souths and Melbourne have proven they won’t have it all their own way in the last fortnight.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

Not far away… Hasler has been brilliant for them.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

Probably not a bad shout re the Sharks. Don’t want to talk them up too much yet though.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

That’s a fair point. I reckon AAMI Park would be a goer, but then, maybe a bit small and also you’d need to pick a non-AFL weekend.

Hindmarsh Stadium if you went to Adelaide. NIB if you went to Perth. Reckon places in NZ might be a goer as well.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

UPDATE:

Sunday figures are now available in the above table.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

*Starts contacting other writers to see who else wants to fill in.*

Eight talking points from NRL Round 9

Nope – he is returning through the A tour.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Cricket World Cup

G’day Paul,

It’s not actually being live scored. Only updated on CA Twitter and on CA website in the form of a scorecard every now and again, which is about as frustrating as it gets.

Twitter feed here – https://twitter.com/cricketcomau
Scorecard here – https://www.cricket.com.au/news/full-scorecard-australia-xi-new-zealand-xi-world-cup-warm-up-match-live/2019-05-08

WATCH: Warner out for a duck in disastrous return to top order

Yeah, I’m looking forward to it. Think it’s a good trial run for the NRL to see if the concept works in Australia. If it does work and they don’t put it in an ‘expansion’ area next year, that’s when I’d have a problem with it.

If I didn’t have other commitments in Brisbane seven days later, I would have gone up for this weekend.

Stop the sooking and enjoy the weekend in Brisbane

That’s the last thing on Cricket Australia’s mind is to disrupt the NRL season. They are doing it out of necessity, thanks to the BCCI. The last thing they want to do is play home cricket in March.

Day-night Perth Test, March ODI series confirmed as CA reveal next summer's fixtures

Probably agree with that.

Day-night Perth Test, March ODI series confirmed as CA reveal next summer's fixtures

With only nine days between the end of the tri-series and the start of the World T20, I’d say that’s off the table.

Day-night Perth Test, March ODI series confirmed as CA reveal next summer's fixtures

Yeah, it’s madness. Reckon they should just use the Women’s Ashes format every summer against whoever they are playing. 3xODI, 3xT20, 1xTest and do it on total points.

Day-night Perth Test, March ODI series confirmed as CA reveal next summer's fixtures

Yeah, Day Night Perth Test would make perfect sense for England/SA, and maybe even Pakistan given time zones. Not really NZ.

Men have 6 T20s (3 vs SL, 3 vs Pakistan), women have 6 also (3 vs SL and 3 in that tri-series), with the tri-series adding another couple of matches between England and India.

Day-night Perth Test, March ODI series confirmed as CA reveal next summer's fixtures

You’d really, really hope so.

Day-night Perth Test, March ODI series confirmed as CA reveal next summer's fixtures

Yeah, but I guess that’s early in the morning, rather than late at night. Like, a 6am start is probably better than a 2:30am finish.

Day-night Perth Test, March ODI series confirmed as CA reveal next summer's fixtures