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Sport is life. Growing up, I tried many different sports from Rugby League to Cricket to Tenpin Bowling etc I'm very competitive by nature and a very passionate sports enthusiast @Hayward_AdamK

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It depends on the quality and quantity of talent. AFL has 18 teams and the gap from the top teams from the bottom teams is way too big. How long has it been since the Lions made the fianls? They consistently finish in the bottom 4 every season. Same with the Suns and Carlton.

Parra went from 4th to last. Cows went from a GF to 13th. Rabbitohs went from 2 years out of the finals to premiership contenders. The comp is so close year after year, I think they could sustain 2 more teams.

NRL CEO balks at adding fourth Queensland team

The work does need to be done… so do the work!! Bring in people to specifically focus on expansion. It’s been all talk and no action ever since the Titans came into the comp in 2007. There’s markets in Perth, Adelaide, NSW Central Coast and Ipswich/Logan (West Brisbane) who are all viable options for a rugby league team.

NRL CEO balks at adding fourth Queensland team

Jack Bird would be their best option. I’m sure the Broncos could use the money to buy a decent half. Ben Barba seems he’d be happy to stay in Townsville, closer to family.

Valentine Holmes' exit will be the straw that breaks the Sharks' back

NRL should give clubs a salary cap exemption to chase some of Rugby Union’s best talent!

Why the NRL should be hoping Valentine Holmes' NFL bid fails

That’s not the point Matt. The game will always go on, but no code wants to lose their star plays.

Why the NRL should be hoping Valentine Holmes' NFL bid fails

It’s actually a really good idea, probably unrealistic though. NRL clubs should be able to recruit players who don’t make it in other codes such as the NFL, and have their salaries exempt from the salary cap in order to increase participation and develop more players in order to expand the game.

Why the NRL should be hoping Valentine Holmes' NFL bid fails

Well I don’t just make things up. I get my info from media reports, who quoted the talent scouts at the time. I do try my best not to be foolish when I write something haha
I don’t think there was any doubt that Hayne was going to be cut, but he did quit, regardless of how anyoe wants to spin it. As far as Holmes is concerned, if those scouts weren’t impressed with his training session when he was over there in 2016, I don’t think Holmes would have considered giving the NFL a crack.

Why the NRL should be hoping Valentine Holmes' NFL bid fails

T20 form should NEVER be considered when it comes to test cricket. I’d like to see Maxwell play more Shield games, make more hundred and show more consistency in the longer format.

Glenn Maxwell is not the solution for Australia’s Test batting woes

I will never understand peoples thought process in regards to thinking Maxwell would make a decent test batsman.

Sure, he’ll have his moments, maybe score a rare hundred once every 10-15 tests, but I would never expect consistancy or reliability from him.

Glenn Maxwell is not the solution for Australia’s Test batting woes

Here’s my take on the Cowboys attacking structures. In 2016 and 2017, the Cowboys lead the comp in set completions, because they played a low risk style of football, and for that reason, I think they were close to last in ‘tries scored from their own half’ for the past few years. They relied heavily on one-out hitups coming out of their own end and dominating the middle-third. This playing style suited the likes of Linnett and Winterstein, who lacked speed but were powerful ball runners and their contribution to the teams go forward (backing up the forwards) was invaluable. Their high completions rates also resulted in a higher ‘penalties received’ rate then most other clubs and they were able to capitalize, with most ‘tries scored from inside the oppositions 20’ than all other clubs during those seasons. Add Thurston’s impeccable kicking game and the Cowboys game plan was simple, dominate the middle third, dominate field position and dominate possession. That pressure was simply too much for most opposition teams and that’s why they reached a prelim (in ’16) and a GF (in ’17). I think their key player over this time was easily Taumalolo.

In 2018, their middle-third didn’t aim up on both sides of the ball. Scott went from averaging 130m per game in 2016 to an average of well under 100m for the first half of the season. Bolton, Cooper, Hess were all down on meterage by a lot in 2018 and they weren’t getting great service from dummy half (Granville had an off year), therefore they couldn’t achieve their game plan that worked so well in 2016-17 and their structures became too predicable. Opposition teams figured out how to combat their structures and they had no plan B. They do need a change. Not drastic changes, but perhaps subtle variations to their attacking style and more attacking options if plan A doesn’t work. They have the spark and the speed at their disposal in 2019, they need to evolve and take advantage of it.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

I see where you’re coming from but one of the biggest criticisms of Greens coaching this year is exactly that, he backed of the experience of players who did the job in the past and they failed to aim up when perhaps that youthful exuberance was needed to spark the rest of the team

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Ethan Lowe missed 63 tackles in 2015, missed 54 tackles in 2016 but then his missed tackle count inexplicably doubled in 2017, missing 104 tackles. 2018 he was missing almost 2 tackles per game and that was from limited game time as a bench forward. Add the error count and his numbers clearly show his fall from grace. Give Mitch Dunn and Shane Wright a chance to show what they can bring to the team

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

I’m not sure if that’s true, otherwise they would have kept Linnett. You just have to look at what the likes of Ponga and Addo-Carr bring to their clubs. IMO I would go with MacDonald (centre) and Gela-Mosby (wing) as their left edge.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Barba will bring what Matty Bowen brought to the side. As long as Green doesn’t stick with his usual structure of restricting his fullback to the left side in attack and allow him to pop up anywhere where he sees an opportunity (like how Matty Bowen played), I think he’ll compliment the Cowboys new halves pairing nicely, more so than Holmes would to be honest.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

G’day Elijah, good article. Not sure how they’ll use Baptiste, but he will put pressure on Granville to perform. The problem Green has had over the past 2 seasons, is he’s had no backup specialist hooker so even if he wanted to drop Granville for poor form and he was out of form for a lot of 2018, he couldn’t because he had no backup option as Chudleigh broke down twice with 2 ACL injuries.

I support the idea that they need a genuine utility on the bench. Hampton, I think is an excellent option and as I’ve mentioned before, he was mismanaged and poorly used in 2018 and his confidence was shot because of it. He’s more than capable to play 20 minutes at dummy half and has proven it.

But lets say Ben Barba goes down 10 minutes into a game. That would require a backline reshuffle rather than a straight swap with a utility such as Hampton or Martin on the bench. Morgan goes to fullback, do you play Baptiste (a specialist hooker) in the halves? Maybe Feldt drops back to fullback. Do you play Baptiste in the outside backs? Best choice would be Morgan to shift, but the logical option would be to have Asiata on the bench who can slot straight into the halves and that’s where Morgan’s utility value can come into play if they use Baptiste on the bench. And let’s face it. Asiata brings so much more to the team than Ethan Lowe. I’m surprised you left him out. I think Lowe will spend most of the year playing for the Pride and will only be used if players go down with injuries.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Right…

Pressure on Green to return the Cowboys to the finals

Hmm… I have to agree with Ethan Z. Super League or not, the NSW jersey was three-quarters navy blue and State of Origin is State of Origin whether it was the Super League year or not. 1995 didn’t include Super League players and its regarded as one of the most memorable series of all time so by dismissing the 1997 jersey counter argument because it was the “Super League” year only cheapens your own silly argument because State of Origin was ARL.

And believe me, plenty of businesses like your local corner store or bakery may get in trouble in regards to how they went about making money, but the NRL and NSWRL will not.

The new NSW jersey is a cash grab, pure and simple

What is so bad about business making money? If clubs don’t make money, there’s no club. If the NRL don’t make money, there’s no game.

The new NSW jersey is a cash grab, pure and simple

I don’t think this is really an issue unless you’re a purist who believes the rich history of NSW’ sky blue origin jersey shouldn’t be messed with. But the reality is, the NRL and State of Origin is a business, and the purpose of business is to make money, merchandise included.

If you look at the bright side (or in this case, the dark side), at least the jersey is still blue, because it would be weird if the ‘Blues’ ran around in a different colour.

The new NSW jersey is a cash grab, pure and simple

Despite the activation of the third-year of his contract (which would only be activated pending results) is to ensure Garth isn’t distracted with his own future and can focus on qualifying the Titans for the finals. Owner Daryl Kelly said he expects a return to the finals for the first time since 2016, and if the Titans finish at the bottom of the ladder again, I don’t think Garth will survive.

Titans back Brennan beyond 2019 NRL season

Superspud that’s a fair point. Look at the Raiders for example, how many games over the past 2 seasons did they lose by 6 points or less, many of those games lost in the final minutes which have ultimately cost them finals spots. We wouldn’t be having this conversation if the Dragons beat the Dogs to leapfrog the Cowboys into the finals and I think pre season training, roster management and team selections could have been very different

Pressure on Green to return the Cowboys to the finals

I always feel the teams that generate the most interest in the opening month of the comp are the bottom teams, with a sense of hope of improvement. I think a lot of eyes will be on the Knights, Cowboys, Raiders and Titans especially, as they’re the teams that could force their way into the 8

The matches you must watch in 2019

And just like that… Titans owners have activated Garth Brennan’s 3rd year on his contract (which would only get activated based on results) so he’s “not distracted with his own future” which will allow him to focus on getting the team to the finals. However owner Darryl Kelly expects finals football in 2019. So despite Kelly’s guarantee to Brennan that he will be coach in 2020, I still don’t think they’ll accept another bottom of the table finish.

No more excuses for the Gold Coast Titans

Spot on Cadfael, which is why if Ivan fails, the board need to grow some balls and sack Gould.

If Ivan Cleary fails, Phil Gould must be sacked

They have so much attacking potency for 2019. Even if their defence is still a bit shoddy, they might win a few games purely from their ability to outscore the opposition. I can see them winning a few games 34-30 etc but I don’t think it’s enough to win the comp though… defence is all about attitude and commitment. That will be the challenge for them.

No more excuses for the Gold Coast Titans