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I’m looking forward to that game.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Maybe, but even then, I’m not sure the head would be pulled out of the sand. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the biggest problem is the boys club mentality. That needs to go, and it starts with outside administrators coming into the join and cleaning it out.

Hopefully something comes out of Tuesday’s board meeting, but I’m not holding my breath.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Not a bad shout – Haas has been unbelievably good.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Wow, they are some not so great stats for Cleary – thanks for sharing BA… Just makes me even happier with the effort of the Red V.

Croft has improved a lot, you’re right. It’s the only reason I can’t find room for Papa, despite the fact they just need to find a way to play him. What a situation to have.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

In a must-win game, they were atrocious Paul. It’s the lack of effort that gets you…

It worries me how close the Dragons are to the spoon. The St George Leagues club will be burnt to the ground if we end up there – lots of angry supporters at the moment, and Dragons fans, as we know, are a fickle bunch at the best of times.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

You reckon Dufty’s wasn’t a shoulder charge Emcie?

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Yeah James, that’s the biggest problem for mine. Mary is going to be there for at least another 12 months, but the effort in defence on Friday suggests there are some seriously deep issues.

Bennett has a knack for doing that, but I reckon everyone outside of the Cowboys could see Lowe has talent… Maybe he just needed a freshen up.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

That’s fair… Just feels like with the Boyd/Milford swap, they might have a chance to make something of the season now, but let’s see what happens in the next few weeks.

Agree – confidence (especially with the new structure) might put them on the right path.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Yeah – how good is he…

There are a couple of young guys coming through on both sides of the border who are going to set the comp alight in a couple of years. Hynes, Bradman Best out of Newcastle, Ronald Mulitalo (who is a Queenslander but played for Cronulla on the weekend) and I was also impressed by Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow in the 18s Origin match.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Hey Nat,

I wasn’t comparing Pap to a 2017 Billy, but a young Billy with a lot to learn. He is great, but let’s see that constant improvement before we write him into that upper echelon.

Could never work out what happened to Lowe in NQ. He was great when he first came onto the scene.

I don’t watch much 9 so missed that from Locky. Interesting he has said that, but it pretty much makes sense.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Jee I love Cam Murray WB. Such a good footy player, punching above his weight every week.

Lowe though… The Cowboys must be kicking themselves.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Fair point re Johnson.

Friend is so important for the Roosters. Massive news regarding his arm injury.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

I had Penrith fifth before the season started… They are starting to show why.

I think it’d be something of a surprise if it’s not two out of Melbourne/Roosters/Rabbits in the big one.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

The bottom line is that Brisbane are a dangerous side on their day. I’ve seen some pretty severe improvement from them over the last month or two… Sure, question it, but I wouldn’t want to play them in September.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

As I said, the Lowe stuff baffles me.

Canterbury will be a really enjoyable side to watch in a couple of years… But whether that’s under Dean Pay or not, I don’t know.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

They do, but they still need to get on a bit of a run after Origin here to build some momentum.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 18

Thanks James,

Would agree that there are more better options than last summer…

As I’ve mentioned – Wade is the best of the lot if we don’t go the AR. I hadn’t thought about using him with the ball, but that’s an option.

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

Thanks Noah!

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

Agree Ryan – it’s just taking the strain off the big four quicks, and if you get a good pitch for bowling, then it works… It’s when you get drier tracks, or batting-friendly tracks, where it doesn’t work and Head becomes cannon fodder with the ball.

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

I’d say at a guess UK will be fit by Aug 1.

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

Yeah, I wouldn’t mind seeing Tremain included, but just don’t think there is room for him.

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

Ha, that’s fair. I love it honestly.

First female NRL referee is ready to realise her dream

Yes… How have you missed it every other time I’ve mentioned it Rell?

First female NRL referee is ready to realise her dream

Yep, that’s fair enough.

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

Yeah, hence I reckon they’ll take 17… 16 says either no Holland, drop one of the batsmen, or go with four quicks and leave Pattinson/Siddle out?

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?