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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 Test match world XI

Alright…

Hobbs
Sutcliffe
Bradman
Smith
S.Waugh
Pietersen
Gilchrist
Warne
Lillee
Alderman
McGrath

Scrap the all-rounder. Pietersen/Waugh/Smith can all send down some overs if you happen to need it. Alderman taking a wicket every 47.7 balls in Ashes cricket is deserving of a spot.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Fair shout Geoff. Had to be selective though with only ten games out of… what is it, 201?

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

Tell me which close games the Storm were in that they won and belong on a list like this?

Maybe take it the other way round – the Storm are that bloody good that for it to be a neutrally considered good game, they have to lose, because that’s what’ll make it close and entertaining.

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

It was all downhill from there, but if memory serves me correctly, Jimmy G was excellent that night.

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

Which game you starting off with?

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

It seriously was a good blog that one… Mainly because of who was in charge am I right? 😛

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

That was a bloody cracker of a game.

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

Linking the 1992 and 1993 grand finals is just not called for. At all. Like, ever.

This match on the other hand… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx5jbPnJsxo

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

That was also a cracking game. Probably should have made it in hindsight.

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

Yeah, fair point actually.

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

That was a cracker of a game though Nat. I would have included it if the result was the other way, and opening was a result of chronological order.

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

Could be a good 15-20 hours of Rugby League content here + plus all the games I couldn’t include!

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

That gave even me goosebumps as a Dragons fan. Partly because it was a thrilling match (and the 2nd grand final I actually worked on for The Roar) and partly because it brings back those same memories from 2010 when you were hugging and high fiving random strangers in the stand after a premiership victory.

But seriously, the last ten minutes of that game were just outstanding, and for it to come down to the last play made it all the more outstanding.

Top stuff David!

When the porch lights turned off

Coen Hess is so talented. Hope he can consistently get back to his best.

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

Agree re quality, but I don’t want to judge it until more games have been played. On one foot you could actually argue the opposite. Thursday night at Homebush against an out of town team in a game the crowd would have struggled to get into due to the dropped ball and handling errors. Normally, crowd noise would be minimal anyway.

Taumalolo is a freak.

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

I’ve heard some bad over exaggerations over the years, but this takes the cake.

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

G’day Paul,

Yep – to me, it looks like a lot of teams aren’t quite prepared to play footy, although it always takes a few weeks to get the cobwebs out, so let’s wait and see.

Absolutely – and to make sure the NRL survives this, let’s say lengthy, interruption, it needs to think outside the square as much as possible and explore every idea on or off the table.

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

Probably. They will get better at it as time rolls along.

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

Suspending things right now will do nothing. There is still way too much not being done by the government. If you suspend now, it won’t be a “few weeks.”

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

Cheers Tom,

I’ll never toe anyone’s party line. I just call it as I see it, which is what I have done here. You’re right though – it does feel like 9 and fox are a little bit, but that is because they need a sport to broadcast. The moment the NRL gets suspended is the moment it all gets very messy for them.

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

As I said – doesnt matter where the games are being played now, but lowering costs must be priority.

I wonder how many times Smith would have called from an offsite booth. I suspect few.

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

Cheers mate,

The Bulldogs handling was abysmal…

In fact, last night’s game was ordinary all the way round. I won’t completely judge or write off the closed stadium product until we get a full round in, but I suspect weird is going to be the answer.

Rugby league's pandemic world: No crowds, forward planning and Canterbury errors

Bazza’s tips weren’t added till Friday, so you probably just read the same edition as 99% of people.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 2

They’ll get up…

Also, David’s tipped Cronulla to beat Melbourne here. How come I cop all the heat?

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 2