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Expert ladder predictions are offensive

Now that the storylines have been written, player recruits and transfers have been finalised, the pre-season trials are done and the banter has commenced, experts are publishing their ladder predictions for the 2020 season all over the interweb which has caused much debate, on-line blow-ups and in some cases offence.

If Justin Olam wasn’t a ball hog and passed to Addo-Carr in the finals second of their game against Penrith, they would have beaten them.

The Melbourne juggernaut can win the competition with their attack

I don’t have a house. I have a hut. Putting it on Melbourne.

Panthers beware: History shows that the front runners often fall short

Panthers will lose to the Storm in the GF again. Put your house on it!

Panthers beware: History shows that the front runners often fall short

2021 Failed HIA’s – Brian Seeny (NRL Physio) – 57% players making a tackle, 10% Accidental eg head clashes, 33% players running the ball. So if the percentage of the ball carriers comes down due to the high contact crackdown, meaning more lower tackles, therefore could it increase in concussions to defenders.

Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

2021 Failed HIA’s – Brian Seeny (NRL Physio) – 57% players making a tackle, 10% Accidental eg head clashes, 33% players running the ball. So if the percentage of the ball carriers comes down due to the high contact crackdown, meaning more lower tackles, therefore could it increase in concussions to defenders.

Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

Ethan, 2021 Failed HIA’s – Brian Seeny (NRL Physio) – 57% players making a tackle, 10% Accidental eg head clashes, 33% players running the ball. So if the percentage of the ball carriers comes down due to the high contact crackdown, meaning more lower tackles, therefore could it increase in concussions to defenders.

Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

2021 Failed HIA’s – Brian Seeny (NRL Physio) – 57% players making a tackle, 10% Accidental eg head clashes, 33% players running the ball. So if the percentage of the ball carriers comes down due to the high contact crackdown, meaning more lower tackles, therefore could it increase in concussions to defenders.

Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

I know. i’m dumb. Thanks for pointing it out.

2021 Failed HIA’s – Brian Seeny (NRL Physio) – 57% players making a tackle, 10% Accidental eg head clashes, 33% players running the ball. So if the percentage of the ball carriers comes down due to the crackdown, meaning more lower tackles, therefore an increase in concussions to the defender.

Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

2021 Failed HIA’s – Brian Seeny (NRL Physio)
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Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

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Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

My argument isn’t criticizing the head contact crackdown at all. I’m not sure if you have just misinterpreted, but I completely support the crackdown. Its about the speed of the game putting fatigued DEFENDERS more at risk of concussion and the need to tackle lower could further increase the risk of defenders getting their heads in the wrong positions making tackles because the game is too fast, but to also not get too carried away with incidents like Burr’s which was just unfortunate and will always happen.

Now I’m just your average couch coach, but in my opinion, the less fatigued the players are, the more likely they will get their tackling technique right, making the game safer for them and better focus on not making contact with opponents heads

Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

The point of the fatigue argument is defenders getting themselves concussed by getting their heads in the wrong place making tackles. The discussion is whether the current speed of the game is causing more fatigue, which is leading to more defenders getting themselves concussed.
At no point did I blame high shots on fatigue. Fatigue is no excuse for careless and reckless high contact such as the Fuimaono, Ese’Ese, Papalii and another example, Hetherington’s high shot on Val Holmes. They were all easy send offs, anyone would agree with that.

Why the crackdown on head contact could indirectly result in more concussions

I completely understand people’s dislike for Hadlee and the points raised here are valid. But I don’t think Fox Leagues decision to hire him is baffling at all, at least from a business perspective. To my understanding, he still draws huge ratings on radio and he drew the highest ratings for “One on One with Matty Johns” on wednesday nights. That’s why they offered him a contract. A lot of people are still tuning in to listen and watch the guy. It will be interesting to know if his NRL 360 appearance increased the ratings. If it did, than from that business perspective, hiring him was the right move.

Fox League's decision to hire Ray Hadley is baffling

Panthers vs Storm Grand Final. Storm to win again.

Eleven NRL teams are already gone in 2021

Imagine if Mike Tyson was stripped of his world titles and had his accomplishments wiped. It just wouldn’t ever happen. OJ Simpson will forever be in the NFL Hall of Fame. Point is, you can’t erase history and you can’t deny them of the accomplishments they already achieved. However, Hayne should NEVER be considered for the rugby league Hall of Fame or any other honours in future.

Jarryd Hayne may belong in prison, but removing him from the NRL’s record books solves nothing

I’ve always defended Madge, I still don’t believe he is the problem more so than the roster he has to work with, but to shift your best player from his preferred position at five-eighth to centre where he won’t get much of the ball and will have very little impact is the most perplexing selection decision I’ve seen since, I don’t know, maybe last week. Imagine being a Tigers supporter!

NRL Round 10 teams: Reynolds back for Souths, major changes for Tigers

If they lose to Newcastle, then yes. They’ve curdled.

Soured milk: Have the Raiders and Sticky reached spoilage?

Deserves 6 weeks

Does Dylan Brown deserve a lengthy stint on the sidelines?

Sydney crowds haven’t shown up for Sydney derbies on a weekly basis since the 80s. The commission is banking on the suburban stadium redevelopments to bring in the crowds which I think will definitely help as it has with Bankwest, but the conference itself isn’t a solution for decades of poor crowd numbers

Why are we so obsessed with crowds in rugby league?

You can’t sell it. The conference system is for Sydney and is only appealing for Sydney. The 3 Queensland clubs play each other twice anyway. Broncos play the Storm twice anyway. Been like that for years. So that is not a sell. Raiders and Knights lose out BIG TIME!

The way forward is a national reserve grade competition. Each NRL fields a club in both grades. The gap between Q-Cup and NSW Cup and the NRL has got too big and both state comps have failed miserably with junior development and preparing young players for NRL.

My club's not from Sydney: Sell me on NRL conferences

Zero conferences would be better than 2 or 3… and a national reserve grade comp is the way forward. The gap between Q-Cup and NSW Cup and the NRL has got too big and both state comps have failed miserably with junior development.

Would three NRL conferences be better than two?

Bennett should cap off his legacy in the game by building the new Brisbane team. A. Reynolds takes up Souths 1-year extension, then joins Bennett as his halfback at the new franchise

Will Bennett take Reynolds to the Broncos?

Forget a Sydney conference, Sydney needs less clubs in a saturated market. Relocate the Sharks to Perth #WestCoastSharks

Flying kites about a ‘Sydney conference’ makes the NRL look idiotic

New Brisbane team. New NZ team. Relocate the Sharks to Perth #WestCoastSharks. All basis covered.

An alternate and simple pathway to 18 teams that will work

Raiders or Knights to the Sydney conference. Sharks to be relocated to Perth #WestCoastSharks

Conference system reportedly back on the NRL's radar

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