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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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I think a lot more needs to be done with the Minor Premiership than just money. The Minor Premiership needs to be given so much more in regards to meaning and prestige, for finishing first to mean so much more than 100k and a home final.

Imagine being the best team in the comp, to finish first, dominate in the finals but only to lose the Grand Final. As a club, no one would remember what you accomplished unless you went on to win the big one.

The NRL's minor premiership prize money is insufficient

Perhaps the big stadium rule shouldn’t apply to the first week of the finals – meaning games played at suburban grounds. Other options are, with the exception of the first week of finals, is to scrap the Friday night game for the semis and prelims and also stage the games during the day (even though these options wouldn’t be good for TV ratings).

The smaller NRL crowds confirm the AFL is the superior code? Rubbish!

Without Widdop the Dragons will struggle… but I wouldn’t be writing them off. If their forward pack can produce another big performance, now is the time for Ben Hunt to earn his million dollar salary.

2018 NRL finals series: Week 2 preview

Haha fair enough!

A bandwagoner's guide to the 2018 NRL finals

I find myself agreeing with all of your ratings!

A bandwagoner's guide to the 2018 NRL finals

Haha I know I saw… tough crowd alright!!

A bandwagoner's guide to the 2018 NRL finals

Could be the year where both grand finalists come from outside the 8. If Broncos and Warriors stay 7th and 8th, I believe they’ll stay on opposite sides of the finals draw.

Maloney has well over 100 missed tackles and his bad habits have rubbed off on his teammates that’s for sure!! I’ve personally put a red line through Penrith.

A bandwagoner's guide to the 2018 NRL finals

Broncos are the most supported team in the comp and Souths are the most supported Sydney team, so that would garner the most interest as far as the GF is concerned.

I share your view on the Sharks. Much respect and admiration for Luke Lewis, but Gallen, Fifita and Chad Townsend’s hairstyle irritate me to no end!!

A bandwagoner's guide to the 2018 NRL finals

They’d be playing a qualifying final, which I believe are on Saturdays. Elimination finals are Friday night and Sunday arvo…. from memory but I could be wrong

A bandwagoner's guide to the 2018 NRL finals

Hi Barry,

Had a good laugh with your Souths assessment lol

I’m also a supporter of a team in the bottom 8, and I’m also hoping the Warriors can do well. They really earned my respect with their post game tributes to retiring players and they even gave retiring ref Matt Cecchin a post game tribute. I think much to everyone’s surprise, considering the basket case they were last year, is the culture of respect and professionalism they’ve built this year, it’s quite admirable. I think they’ll finish 8th so I’m not really confident that they’ll make an impact in the finals though.

If not the Warriors, I might back the Red V, purely because I feel sorry for Ben Hunt and really hope he can rewrite his legacy. But the way he and the Dragons are going, It’s unlikely as well.

A bandwagoner's guide to the 2018 NRL finals

Hi Carl,

You have to analyse his game management in the second half where he kept kicking for touch trying to protect the Broncos 4-point lead instead of continuing to attack. Then came his spear tackle on Linnett with minutes to go, gifting the Cowboys field position and saw him suspended for the beginning of 2016. Then he was the player who had the ball stripped from him by Feldt, handing the Cowboys possession for that famous final set which led to Feldt scoring in the corner. Then, he writes himself into Grand Final folklore by dropping the kickoff to golden point and essentially handing the Cowboys the premiership.

Sounds like a horror performance to me! I feel bad for him and I hope he is able to lift and rewrite his legacy, even if it isn’t this year.

A bandwagoner's guide to the 2018 NRL finals

When it comes to pure elegance, nobody was more elegant than Mark Waugh, as stated by Bradman himself. I could watch Mark Waugh bat for hours and hours. It’s a bloody outrage he was left out of the elegance list when he’s clearly at the top!!

What type of batsman are you?

Just as bad as the Bulldogs choosing Shirwin and Anasta over him. The very next year he wins a Dally M and guides the Cows to a grand final.

JT a Bronco? Bennett admits it was a mistake to miss out

That’s quite a perspective lol

JT a Bronco? Bennett admits it was a mistake to miss out

Blame the ill-discipline of the Titans. Only themselves to blame

Gold Coast Titans vs Melbourne Storm: NRL live scores, blog

Standard Gold Coast implosion

Gold Coast Titans vs Melbourne Storm: NRL live scores, blog

Could be another big upset from a bottom 8 team, disrupting the finals equations. Titans 1 of only 4 teams to beat them last year

Gold Coast Titans vs Melbourne Storm: NRL live scores, blog

1300 Smiles/DairyFarmers/Stocklands stadium is sold out. Atmosphere will be huge for JT’s last game. Hope the Cows get up for arguably the greatest of all time.

Last chance for Cowboys and Eels to avoid wooden spoon

Hi Ethan,

I follow every club on twitter and the clubs always post the work they do and players do in the community, but it’s never anything that will be shared by the mainstream media. But to your point, the NRL could share club reports on their community work to build on the image of the game as a whole.

JT tributes a rare 'feel good' story in rugby league

Hi Paul,

I guess in JT’s case, announcing this will be his last season well over a year ago, wouldn’t make sense for teams to give him a tribute early in the season if they were scheduled to play the Cowboys twice. It all depends on when a player announces his retirement.

I’m also not suggesting it should be a rule or an expectation for teams to show their respects with a tribute to a retiring player. It’s a clubs prerogative whether they wish to do so or not. The Warriors have lead from the front with their tributes, as they feel respect for players, and referees, who have done so much for the game is important.

Sharks promoted the game as JT’s last in Sydney and for a club who has developed a fierce rivalry (knocking each other out of the finals several times over the past few years), Sharks fans showed up wearing those cardboard JT headgears.

As far as I’m aware, the Broncos didn’t pay their respects with a post game tribute for JT, doesn’t mean they don’t respect JT, they simply preferred to pay their attentions to Thaiday’s 300th.

Again, I’m not suggesting it should be a rule or an expectation, it’s not a necessity, I’d just encourage clubs to recognize retiring greats as it’s a great image for the game and their club.

JT tributes a rare 'feel good' story in rugby league

No Torres Strait Islander players allowed by your logic

Maori team set for NRL All Stars fixture in 2019

So you’re saying that Indigenous and Maori players aren’t stars? Need a few white players in there for the concept to be called ‘All Stars’?

Maori team set for NRL All Stars fixture in 2019

Love this!! This is how the All Stars concept should have been from the beginning.

Maori team set for NRL All Stars fixture in 2019

He’s shown glimpses of his best in the past few weeks, but his talents are wasted on the wing or centre

Why the Eels are right to offer Jarryd Hayne one more year

Good one Barry haha

After months in title contention, Dragons finally regain their mojo