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He actually did ok at the Cutters, took them to the finals in their first year. If yup knew the environment of coaching a reserve grade side, you would appreciate how hard it is. They usually don’t know their team until late in the week, players are usually working to get by, and the team is playing second fiddle to NRL side

Why Mary and his little lambs have got to go

What makes him a successful coach? He hasn’t done any coaching at all, apart from assistant coach at an underperforming Dragons side.

Why Mary and his little lambs have got to go

Smith started in 2002, I think Slater in 03 and Cronk on 04. They were relative unknowns when Bellamy arrived

Why we can't call Bellamy rugby league's greatest ever coach

No, Widdop definitely got better as soon as he stepped out of the shadow of the big 3. It’s quite obvious

Why we can't call Bellamy rugby league's greatest ever coach

I actually love watching Smith play and it’s interesting you rate him behind Johns. Smith owns top pointscorer, most appearances, has won as many premierships, more Origins and Tests, and been more consistent over a longer period. For me, Smith is number one

Why all the hate for Cameron Smith?

Gareth Widdop, but he would be the only one

Why we can't call Bellamy rugby league's greatest ever coach

Does the author realise Smith, Slater and Cronk were unknown prospects when they arrived and thrived under Bellamy? Or the way he consistently turns average players into great players. He is definitely the best of all time. Bennett was, but hasn’t won a comp in a while and won’t be winning anything at Souths. Have a look at the ladder and tell me who is the best coach

Why we can't call Bellamy rugby league's greatest ever coach

Bulldogs are financially stable, and have plenty of fans. Manly and the Sharks would get the chop before the Bulldogs

The five expansion clubs that could replace the Titans

Is this a poor attempt at humour? Another poorly thought out expansion article highlighting the authors limited knowledge of rugby league. The Bears will never be back. There is nowhere for them to play and there is an entire generation of fans who were born after the Bears got the
the boot. Bringing them back will not achieve anything. I do like the idea of adding Perth and Adelaide to make it a national game, but not Darwin, and not at the expense of a big club like the Bulldogs. I could live with Manly getting the chop as they don’t contribute much to the game, have low crowds and membership numbers and their ground is an eyesore. Given the struggles of the Warriors, why would NZ get behind a second team?

The five expansion clubs that could replace the Titans

Walters has already said he doesn’t want the job and Meninga coached the Raiders in the late 90s with limited success. I don’t think he’s actually that great a coach.

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

1. Boyd signed to a long term deal when he’s been in decline for years
2. Persist with McCullough due to his popularity, when there are better hookers at club
3. No game managers. Milford never has been an organiser, neither has Nikorima. Got rid of Nikorima and stuck with rookie playmakers.
4. Signed a rookie coach instead of sticking with 7 time premiership winner. Bennett would have had this side at least in the 8

What's going wrong with the Broncos?

The fact you didn’t mention 97 highlights your level of rugby league knowledge

Eight reasons the 2018 grand final was the best in a decade

2018 was one of the least excited grand finals of the last decade. That is just one flaw on this article, and there are many others. In the decade 2009-2018 there were better deciders in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Eight reasons the 2018 grand final was the best in a decade

This article is very well written. The redemption story doesn’t hold up and he just happened to be a small part of a winning side. He was still ordinary but NSW now has a much better side than QLD so his shortcomings aren’t as noticable. If all NSW halves were fit, Pearce wouldn’t even be mentioned

Why Origin 3 wasn’t Mitchell Pearce’s redemption

Watched the first 25 overs of Aus innings and England openers bowled brilliantly, consistently hitting a good line and length. Had a look at score card this morning to see a typical Glenn Maxwell innings a quick 20 then out.

Clinical England boss Australia in World Cup semi-final

Those other players didn’t play 18 mediocre games before Wednesday night. Please think before you reply with such rookie mistakes

One pass has made all the difference to Mitchell Pearce's Origin legacy

I was just going off what others said. To be honest I didn’t start watching the game until 10pm as had to work and 9 doesn’t have streaming rights so had to wait until I could watch on Kayo. You’re probably right all the work was done by Turbo, Fergy and Tedesco for that try. Pearce played exactly as I expected him to play. Bland

How do you rate Mitchell Pearce's Origin 3 performance?

What? One pass doesn’t make years of mediocrity disappear. Even on Wednesday night he was fairly average outside of that one pass. He came in for game 3 and went ok, but nothing special. Don’t try and turn it into some sort of redemption story which it isn’t. If Keary was fit, Pearce wouldn’t play at all, or even be discussed this series.

One pass has made all the difference to Mitchell Pearce's Origin legacy

Outside of setting up the final try, I thought he was classic Mitchell Pearce. Average, not great, not poor

How do you rate Mitchell Pearce's Origin 3 performance?

Premier franchise tournament…of backyard cricket. T20 cricket is a game of limited skill and that’s why he’s great at that but struggles to dominate longer formats

It's time for Glenn Maxwell to step up

He’s won a world cup, as have many other players over the years not really sure why you mentioned that, and MVP in hit and giggle cricket isn’t much

It's time for Glenn Maxwell to step up

Glenn Maxwell is 32 the time to stand up was a long time ago. He is very average but gets hyped after an occasional good performance

It's time for Glenn Maxwell to step up

Thompson was a fantastic clubman and I’d pick him any day over Thaiday who wasn’t that good, just had great players around him.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter T

Lance Thompson is comfortably better than Sam Thaiday, but doesn’t even get an honorable mention. Interesting

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter T

You are correct that Brisbane would never accept a team that has been relocated. Why do you suggest Perth or the central coast would? No new market should have to support a relocated team so that the next best move is culling. Remove both Manly and the Sharks and add in a team in Perth and Adelaide making the game truly national

NRL expansion: What the NRL should do