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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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Really only came here to check AJ was staying true to form and tipping the Raiders to beat Penrith… 😂

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 7

I just want to see consistency… When Jaydn Su’a gets sin binned twice in two weeks but Nelson Asofa-Solomona somehow avoids it for taking a bloke’s head off… Need I say more?

Experts Roar: Should the sin bin be used more, less or the same?

Titans vs Broncos doesn’t have the Dragons in it though! 😂

NRLW 2021: Existing teams dominant as semi-finals approach

If you’re not cheering for Kezie on GF day I’ll be disappointed mate.

NRLW 2021: Existing teams dominant as semi-finals approach

Broncos – Dragons GF on the way… At least we might win something this year 😂

NRLW 2021: Existing teams dominant as semi-finals approach

Well it wasn’t me Baz, that much I know for sure.

Hope you’re well mate!

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 1

Weird not being here this year!

Some cracking games coming up this weekend, but as always, Dragons to win. That’s all I’ll offer 😂

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 1

Compare the pair:

Latrell Mitchell – sends Joey Manu into next week. Grade 2.

Tyrell Fuimaono – performs a hip drop tackle. Grade 3.

The judiciary is confusing. Not to say I don’t think Fuimaono’s tackle wasn’t punishable – it was… But Grade 3 was excessive for the type of contact it was.

There was a similar tackle in Monday night’s trial between Canterbury and Newcastle, but because the player tackled got up and continued playing, it wasn’t penalised, yet alone charged and suspended.

Work that one out for me.

Five matches is all it costs a repeat offender who smashes an opponent’s knee

What this shows more than anything is that the Dragons haven’t learnt.

In 2019, we signed Paul McGregor to a new deal despite there being no interest in his services from elsewhere and him not proving anything to suggest the new deal was a good call… We all know how that ended.

I’m not saying Griffin’s situation is exactly the same – he of course had the option. But to invoke it before the season start’s after a 12th placed finish last year is one of the craziest decisions the club has made… There is, once again no interest for his services from elsewhere and all the young guys at the club are locked into deals, so it’s not as if they were all about to pack up and leave because there is no coach.

This move makes no sense and no one will convince me otherwise.

What Griffin extension says about Dragons' intentions and why it actually makes sense

The way I see this year… It’s a win-win.

Either, Griffin can coach all the youngsters and we make the 8… Or Griffin can’t coach, we finish bottom 4 and he is sacked by the end of the year.

'We just want to see you give your all': How fans of St George Illawarra Dragons think

TPJ could be one of the more interesting guys to follow this year… He was erratic at the Broncos, but seemed to find his feet in a structured system at the Panthers.

That to me says this all comes down to how much he respects Gould and Barrett… I reckon Gould is the key to him playing well… And by well, I mean consistently doing the little things right and not just making three big runs and a big hit per game.

Million Dollar Man: Can Tevita Pangai Jr finally put it all together at the Bulldogs?

Can see Penrith just falling away a touch this year – back-to-back grand finals is enough to take it out of anyone, and I reckon their antics post GF might just have a few teams fired up to face them.

Not only that, but don’t discredit how big the losses of Kurt Capewell & Paul Momirovski are… Two great defensive players on the edge. Penrith’s game was built on defence.

NRL 2022 Radar: Carefree Panthers perfectly placed to pounce on back-to-back premierships

Unfortunately not mate re articles. Unable to with new job.

Managed to avoid COVID so far on my end… Not confident it’ll stay that way though.

NRL 2022 Radar: Knights need higher quantity of Ponga quality to avoid mid-table mediocrity

Comments yes definitely! Hope you’re well Paul.

NRL 2022 Radar: Knights need higher quantity of Ponga quality to avoid mid-table mediocrity

The Dragons are a real interesting one this year – the way I see it, it’s a win-win. We either make the finals, or have a new coach for 2023 when it’s confirmed Griffin is no good.

I’m not so sure Sullivan will start… Griffin seems to have a liking for Amone, and Sullivan’s ability to play hooker could see him at 14. I really don’t want Mbye to be there, and given Sullivan has a new three-year deal, can’t see Mbye starting ahead of either Sullivan or Amone frankly.

Don’t hate Bird at lock… Not sure what it means for JBD though. Ramsay will start on the wing, but he better perform very strongly… Both Feagai brothers will push for first grade this year.

As for the hype… Sloan is special. He will. Sullivan will if he plays.

NRL 2022 Radar: Knights need higher quantity of Ponga quality to avoid mid-table mediocrity

Just be lurking in the comments!

NRL 2022 Radar: Knights need higher quantity of Ponga quality to avoid mid-table mediocrity

Pearce is a massive loss, but I reckon Sasagi is the guy who will be there by the end of the year. Unreal talent if he can stay fit… Think the Knights will be a fairly middling team as they were last year though.

NRL 2022 Radar: Knights need higher quantity of Ponga quality to avoid mid-table mediocrity

Really tricky one isn’t it – hard to ask players who have been vaccinated to bubble for a third year, but it’s also tough to put the season on the line by not doing it…

Whatever the case the game can’t become like the EPL which seems to have more games postponed than going ahead at times.

It's time for V'landys to return the whole NRL to the bubble

I’ve never made it to a game in Canberra, but have certainly got our Round 22 trip down there this year marked in my calendar.

'I stand with Sticky': What it's like to be a Canberra Raiders fan

He should have picked a better team. 😂

Stuck in neutral: Reasons to support – or boo – the Panthers and Souths in the NRL grand final

Here is what I know…

I have a loud, obnoxious, biased mate who supports South Sydney. If they win, he will be crowing about it all summer and I’ll be wishing for a long extension of lockdown.

I don’t know anyone who supports Penrith.

Up the Penny Panthers.

Stuck in neutral: Reasons to support – or boo – the Panthers and Souths in the NRL grand final

Okay, yes, you’re right. “They have pushed the Storm harder than any other team who hasn’t managed to win in the last six months” 😂

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Finals Week 1

Don’t thank us yet! Still have the finals to come.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 25

It’s not – the men’s players are fulltime athletes. The women’s players can not reasonably be expected to forgo their work as semi-professional athletes to live in a bubble for 2 months.

'They are now stranded': NRLW players slam lack of communication as season delayed again

Don’t wish that! His ego will be unbearable when he can actually start tipping the Raiders by 56 with some level of confidence 😂

Chook lotto, effort to spare and more NRL Round 22 talking points

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