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Horsburgh seems to have a lot of mistakes in him. I’d take James over him any day.

NRL Round 25 teams: Mass restings for Rabbitohs and Eels, but Panthers stay at full strength

Maybe Dezzie has confidence that they only need a win this week and a big one next week and then they’ll get their rest.

NRL Round 25 teams: Mass restings for Rabbitohs and Eels, but Panthers stay at full strength

Only Fergo and Opacic would have been considered part of Parra’s starting 13 at the start of the year with Lane on the bench. The rest of the side are bench players at best… Though thats tough on will smith who’s better than a bench player.

NRL Round 25 teams: Mass restings for Rabbitohs and Eels, but Panthers stay at full strength

I haven’t seen enough Canberra games this year but the ones I have watched Ryan James has hardly put a foot wrong. I can’t understand him not getting more game time. He proved he’s capable when at the dogs. Any Canberra fans shed some more light on this?

NRL Round 25 teams: Mass restings for Rabbitohs and Eels, but Panthers stay at full strength

As much as I love to see the Sharks in pain. The decision was an absolute shocker. Not even close to a 50/50. He had no business calling held. But he’s not the only referee to do it. Almost all the referees now days call held as soon as the ball runner is driven backwards. Im not talking about the ones where players are lifted off their feet. Stock standard solid defence where forward momentum is only halted for a split second before being driven backwards should never have a held call. If ball runners want to hit the line upright they run the risk of being driven backwards by better defenders. It’s as simple as that. But referees these days feel the need to over adjudicate the game.

Don’t get me started on attacking players without the ball getting involved in halting defensive efforts near the line or sideline. There are no provisions in the Rugby League rule book that allow for anything remotely resembling a maul. It’s plain and simple obstructing the defence.

'I didn't sleep': Cecchin reveals the one decision that's convinced him to quit again

Will go down as one of the greatest ever bowlers. Has to be in the conversation at the very top of the all time quicks debate.

Can I just say a big thank you to the editors. It should be considered journalistic blasphemy to copy a tweet from social media then go and print the exact same words used in the tweet again in the next paragraph. We don’t need to read the same thing twice (three times if it’s used in the tittle).

'All time great': Cummins' tribute as Steyn calls end to incredible 18-year career

When was the last time you were at a Rugby League game? When is the crowd et al not spewing abuse over the fence when something like this happens? At least it wasn’t full beer cans being thrown. What sanitised world do you want to live in where bench players can’t give an opposition player a gob full after a clear dog shot?

UPDATE: Roosters issued breach notice over several Friday night incidents

There was a need because he was stood down from The Eels v Storm game. When have we ever had referees stood down and an explanation given after the round was completed unless it was as a results of screwups in a Sunday game?
By doing so, they get to fine Robbo and say “See! no need for you to mouth off at us as we will handle it.” My people are a protected species unless it is from me.

NRL's unsavoury execution of Mitchell and officials, how Eels sprung surprise: Talking Points

Really? Code of Conduct? This is Rugby League. How many hard men have warned opposition players that they are going to get square over the years after one of their players copped a dog shot. I would be more disappointed if they didn’t say something.

UPDATE: Roosters issued breach notice over several Friday night incidents

I disagree. There absolutely was a need to say something before the round was over. The correct decision was made to sack Perenara from the Eels/Storm game. How do you do that while staying silent? Agree on the comments about Mitchel but that’s a separate issue.

NRL's unsavoury execution of Mitchell and officials, how Eels sprung surprise: Talking Points

Exactly, it wasn’t so much a poor performance by the Storm but an excellent one by the Eels. Several attempts by the Storm would have been tries to most teams most weeks. But the Eels scrambled. Also oh so close near misses on the line to Waqa Blake and Mitchel Moses after kicks could have seen this scoreline blow out by another 12.

NRL's unsavoury execution of Mitchell and officials, how Eels sprung surprise: Talking Points

Dave I’m not defending the tackle but to answer your question on what does someone have to do to get a grade 3? I’d suggest it would have to start with the attacking players body height not dropping so low his knee is nearly on the ground. The same shoulder contact on an upright player and I think it would have been grade 3.

UPDATE: Trell's monster ban, bunker ref sacked, Manu's op and Robinson investigated

If you’re a scientist without grants/funding you’re not doing science. It’s not about salaries about the funding for the projects.

NRL presents united front on jabs, but behind the scenes it's going to get prickly

Mat, you’ll never see the same people alarming about the reef and its bleaching posting pictures of the same reefs they sold us bleaching pictures of for a reason. That’s because the reefs recover quite quickly after events. They’ll also not talk about the Mid-Holocene period which was hotter than today and 2000 years after the current incarnation of the reef began yet the reef survived and thrived through this period.

NRL presents united front on jabs, but behind the scenes it's going to get prickly

These people are a very few of the majority that represents all Australians. They’re probably even fewer as a percentage of Parliament than is reflected in the actual population. They grab headlines though which is disappointing. Some of them are probably doing it just for the headlines or just to represent a small proportion of the community for votes. What isn’t under represented in Parliament is the number of politicians that say they have the answer to fix these things. The same politicians that surround themselves with activists and “scientists” that say they have the answers at a government level to solve this problem. Does anyone remember Professor Tim Flannery and his scientists that told us Sydney would run out of water and the dams would never refill. How many times do predictions like these fail miserably and not get brought up the next time we go into a drought cycle? Yet when the next “scientists” come along at the end of an El Nino phase they repeat similar sentiments. Only for a strong La Nina to come along and fill the dams, the media and politicians trot out a different set of scientists to blame the water on climate change. The alarmism and the over hyping of this is enough to turn enough people away from making real steps in combating climate change with ridiculous predictions.

NRL presents united front on jabs, but behind the scenes it's going to get prickly

There’s a difference between believing the science of Climate Change and believing that the majority of the claimed remedies are the answer. 99% of these activists and politicians, haven’t got the first clue on how to most effectively address emissions.

NRL presents united front on jabs, but behind the scenes it's going to get prickly

I agree @ No one in particular. But there’s good reason to hold a healthy dose of skepticism. After all it Is required if you’re true to science. I remember being in primary and early high school and being fed alarmist articles, and videos on the threat of the Crown of Thorn Starfish to the GBR. All there to increase funding to marine scientists to “Save the Reef”. Next it was urban and farming run-off going to kill the reef. Now, I can’t remember how many times a huge percentage of the GBR has died due to coral bleaching because of climate change. There’s a new article or news piece on it every couple of years. Without alarmist propaganda their funding dries up and any academic in that field that does a peer review and disagrees is run out of town. Google Peter Ridd.

NRL presents united front on jabs, but behind the scenes it's going to get prickly

The problem with science in 2021 is that it is highly politicised. I really liked your article Mary and agree. The two things that should never mix are politics and science.

NRL presents united front on jabs, but behind the scenes it's going to get prickly

One of two teams to beat Melbourne and only lost by 1 to the Panthers and they don’t deserve a shot in September? I think a top 6 is much fairer but the MP need to have a significant leg up from there.

How far can Newcastle go in the finals?

I’m not sure how much John’s involvement has had but Moses is far better than he was at West’s. His kicking game is one of the best in the comp. Short and long. His running/passing game is very good in the first half of a season. But seems to get suffocated by the better teams as they hit form late in the season and gets a bit gun shy taking on the line. Maybe as the bruises mount in a season he gets a bit soft?
One thing that he’s improved out of sight is his defence. Possibly worst in the comp when he went to Parra, bar maybe James Maloney at the time. His first year and a couple of games in his second year he was terrible. Since then he’s been fantastic defensively. Maybe thats part of what I said above about being shy to take on the line late in the season against the better teams. Defence improvements have to go to Arther and not Johns probably.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

On the face of it. I can’t imagine many young up and coming half backs. You know the ones like Mitchell Moses was when he was coming through the grades with wraps on them. I can’t see any of them wanting to head to Canberra right now. I had Canberra as a top 5 team at the start of the year and on paper they definitely should have achieved that. Who has Ricky mentored in the halves thats actually gone on to be a great half? To add to that, the way Canberra have handled the exit of two players this season and there’s absolutely nothing attractive about a half going to Canberra apart from an overs contract.

Greatness awaits the halfback who embarks on the hero’s journey to Canberra

I was a religious Footy Show fan right up until Sterling left. I used to love his analysis showing how teams broke down defences. The show became more of a circus than anything League and I stopped watching about 4 weeks later.

You could literally teach Ricky Ponting the game of a Rugby League tomorrow and he’d be a better commentator than most these days.

'Eats at the NRL product': Sterlo was right to call full-time at Nine

Moses is no Cleary or even a DCE, Hughes and pretty soon will probably be overtaken by Walker and others. But he’s still very good. He needs to have Dylan a brown step up a lot further than what he has so far and he needs some strike outside him. Gutho needs to be a ball playing option for the halves, not the dominant ball player in the side like he tries to be.

Eels' lowest ebb: 'As far away from winning a premiership as they've ever been'

Watching Parramatta over the past 3 seasons, it was painfully hard to see why they weren’t real tittle contenders. I for one thought they were in a Premiership window early last year. I am happy to admit I was wrong. Maybe I am wrong now too? But this is what I see now:
1. They’re a very well coached team. This can be seen in their early to mid season success. They’ve been together largely for a while now. It’s like they start near their peak in the first half of the season but never get to a peak that can compete with the big guns.
2. Mitchel Moses may have one of the best kicking games in the comp but as the season wears on, he goes into his shell a lot with his running and passing game. This may be due to getting hit by 2nd Rowers and getting a bit soft after the soreness sets in over a season. Comparing Moses’ first 10 rounds to his last 10 rounds in any season will show a stark contrast in running game.
3. No strike centres. Tom Opacic was an excellent buy. He is defensively exactly what they need in defence but is fairly pedestrian in attack. Was good early on but once defences could read Parra’s set plays easily they have him covered at the line. Waqa Blake is just terrible. A completely defensive liability that I feel Fergo copped a lot of the blame for. In attack he rarely passes the ball and ever rarer does he do something that sets up his outside man. Opposition coaches must just be telling their defensive lines to prepare for him to hit it up and make the tackle. He needs to go. Parramatta were so much better when Marata Niukore was covering Waqa in the centres.
3. They need a gun bench middle. Not only did they get that at a bargain price with the Isiaih Papali’i signing, they also got the best edge back rower at the club at the same time. When Ryan Matterson got Injured and they played him on an edge they realised how good he really is. When Matto came back it forced Shaun Lane to the bench. If Parramatta are going to persist with Papali’i on an edge they have to move Lane on and replace him with a gun middle. They need to clone Papali’i to come off the bench into the middle rotation because Parra loses a lot currently when RCG, Paulo or Brown come off the field. I hate saying that because Lane has served the club well without being a superstar.
4. Not one of the clubs big dollar players deserves an upgrade. Too late for Moses who’s already re-signed. Gutherson is a fantastic full back but he is not a million dollar player. Paying him more than what he is on currently will mean they’ll have to let players they don’t want to go. On his best day he’s worth the 700+k he’s on but is no where near the Turbo/Teddy money. Dylan Brown’s reported 700k is certainly overs on current form and was paid on potential which he isn’t repaying. Reed Mahoney and Papali’i are the only two players looking at significant upgrades. Parramatta need to move Waqa Blake on and find a Joey Manu for the centres. I doubt they can find a way to move Waqa and say Lane on, and pick up a Manu and TKO to replace them with. Which is what they need because when they get in good ball teams have them covered with ball in hand and their tries come a lot from kicks.

Eels' lowest ebb: 'As far away from winning a premiership as they've ever been'

Perfect example to Opacic for Parramatta. They got him on the cheap and has fantastic decision making in defence for a centre. Runs the right lines for his playmakers and passes the ball when he needs to. None of that can be said of his bigger dollar opposite in Waqa Blake. If Parra could get another Opacic on the same dollars to replace Waqa and use the cash elsewhere they’d be mad not to.

Money ballers: These 23 off contract stars are the value buys in NRL player market

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