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Agree with everything except two points – it turned out to be an 85 minute performance not 80 and Danile Tupou did waver…twice to let the Storm back into the match.
Great game last night. Absolute thriller at the end. I’ve never witnessed a match with so many clutch moments in the last 6 mins. Also I think at 22-12 with 10 to go the Roosters would have gotten comfortable and that was one of the best comebacks I’ve seen the Storm do and against such a quality opponent. Also have to admit I switched off Kayo in disgust at the Keary drop goal and switched to the Roar blog to comment only to find comments congratulating Pappy on a drop goal…switched back to Kayo to see them tossing the coin so did a quick rewind to see Paps magic moment…so actually missed one of the great moments of that game. Lesson learnt – it ain’t over till the final whistle!

The NRL benchmark hasn't changed in 2020

All away teams to win so lots of upsets.
Roosters, Dragons, Cowboys, Sharks, Broncos, Panthers, Knights and Rabbits.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 8

Munster has been their form player since the restart. Just looking at the individual matchups you’d go Roosters pretty much across the park. I do think the Storm bench might be a shade better but not enough to make up for the rest.

Storm and Roosters to clash in Broncos heartland

Yeah, thats fair comment…probably the prepare for the worst but hope for the best type.

Storm and Roosters to clash in Broncos heartland

Definitely would hate to see the Cheese go..great character and love watching him play. Also gives a 100% every time he steps on the field and pumps up the players around him. That actually make him well suited to the bench role he plays now but as he showed for NZ and Maori he is a very good 9 and has indicated he would like to take over once Smith leaves. Going to be hard to get him to play 13 although that position suits him pretty well with the new rules.

The five players the Bulldogs should target for 2021

He’ll be up against Ryley Jacks and not Munster so he should be fine.

Storm and Roosters to clash in Broncos heartland

First time I’ve looked at a Storm match and thinking the opposition can win by a very big margin and if the Storm win it will be just be by a few

Storm and Roosters to clash in Broncos heartland

Foxx is not so good under the high ball. If all these years at Melbourne can’t teach him that skill than he just hasn’t got it.

The five players the Bulldogs should target for 2021

If the Storm retain Harry Grant as first choice hooker I think the Dogs should try and get Brandon Smith….suits the Dogs to a tee!

The five players the Bulldogs should target for 2021

When he is on he is a very good player. The problem is those were getting too few and far between. He’s also can be very aggressive but doesn’t use it appropriately. 2017 was his best year when they won the comp, after that I think it all got to his head. I think his time was up at the Storm. I was happy to see him go to the Raiders as I thought being out of the Sydney bubble would be good for him and also Ricky wouldn’t take any c.rap.

NRL Round 8 teams: Friend back for Roosters, Broncos drop Oates

I think he is one of those players that need a lot of work put into him. Its going to be interesting to see how he handles being demoted because one of the reasons I was happy he got released was he does have attitude. Not the work hard to get back in attitude but the rumors’ start about him wanting to leave the club when he gets demoted.

NRL Round 8 teams: Friend back for Roosters, Broncos drop Oates

I watched his passing game closely over the last few weeks, always on the money and right in front of his runners or halves. As the first pass in an attacking move it puts them on the front foot right from the get go. If GOAT wants to play next year he should move to the halves…did all right there last weekend but then again was against the Warriors so wasn’t tested. I’d like to see them try that against a better team like this week against the Roosters.

It’s time for ‘the Taumalolo’ to be tabled to Grant

I had no doubt Grant was going to be a massive success. I had mentioned this story previously but I live midway between Tigers territory and Eels territory and always talking league with a couple of Tigers fans. When the swap was announced they were adamant the Storm were getting the better side of the deal as Momirovski had played PMs 13 last year and they hadn’t even heard of Harry Grant. I told them by mid year they would be hoping he’d be contracted permanently. Sure enough that’s exactly where they’re at now. With the new rules the 9 is the new king and Harry Grant is one heckuva 9.

It’s time for ‘the Taumalolo’ to be tabled to Grant

Can’t fault Pay because of what he’s had to work with. At least the Bulldogs are giving effort in their games which is more than can be said from some other teams with far better talent. Look at the Dogs roster, who are the ‘stars’ of this team. Foran who’s hardly on the park, Hopoate who puts in a solid performance every week and DWZ and Josh Jackson?. You’re getting leftovers from other clubs to fill positions. Lewis was great at half but he has missed crucial tackles at times…odd given he is a great front on defender but his lapses cost which is why he’s been replaced. Get Pay another decent spine player preferably a hooker and one or two other class players and then judge. See what the inclusion of Harry Grant has done for the Tigers, Koroisau for the Panthers. The 9 was a key spine position but now with the new rules I think it is the most important position on a team.

Should Dean or the players Pay?

I think in that Eels game the ex-Panther Waqa Blake had a point to prove. Crighton would have learnt a lot from that game.

Penrith's junior brigade finally hit the big time as premiership push beckons

They have been impressive. I still think the first game win against the Roosters was the most impressive they’ve been.That win showed they could match it at a high level for 80 mins. Some of the games since than were okish including last nights but snagging the Ws is what matters at this stage. Koroisau I feel is one of the most important buys of the season. He makes a huge difference to their attack as he is a constant threat and unpredictable and provides great service to his halves. They also seem to have depth across the park including the halves with Burton on standby and not having a place for Brent Naden who I rate quite highly. Still a long way to go in the season though but for me they’ve already passed a few big game tests.

Penrith's junior brigade finally hit the big time as premiership push beckons

At least we get to see him in action but really bummed for Brenko…he’s been great since he started.

NRL Round 7 teams: Big ins for Storm, Manly cruelled by injury

I’m going to pick a few upsets this round –
Rabbits – first upset as the bunnies start looking like contenders.
Storm – No idea how the Warriors will turn up, this could be an upset or a thrashing. Storm close.
Dragons-I know, I know…this would be wishful thinking even for die hard Dragons fans but I did say I’d be picking upsets this round.
Knights-I just can’t pick Cowboys at the moment 13+.
Broncos-I think they will put together a decent game and beat the Titans easily.
Raiders-Another upset pick. Raiders to find their round 3 form.
Sharks-Another minor upset. I think Turbo is a huge loss for Manly. He is in pretty much everything good they’ve done so far.
Doggies! for the final upset of the round. Tigers losing 3 starters is not going to help them and the Dogs are due with the way they’ve been playing.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 7

Not to mention the players continuously throwing their hands up and appealing to the ref every 2nd PTB.

Does the new rule lead to a better game?

Thanks Nat. Just reading your comments on the Moses issue and that is a lot to add to the story.

The sacking of Stephen Kearney absolutely stinks

I agree with you Adam. After the first round I thought it was a good rule but now am on the fence again. I think the refs have much more influence without the scrutiny with the 6 again calls as its done during run of play so can’t be questioned. That however may leave a team continuously getting pinged until they figure out what the refs interpretations are. The inconsistency in the rulings is also a factor. Also I believe it removes the ebb/flow or changing of momentum in a game resulting in closer games. I know there are some who believe the refs game manage this aspect but really with the power they have now they can game manage close results much more effectively and without the scrutiny by simple giving more 6 agains to the losing team and giving them more ‘wrestle’ in the ruck without pinging them. The big scores are basically one team just getting so fatigued they’re pretty much done and the longer the game goes the worse it gets for them.

Does the new rule lead to a better game?

I agree that the rule has definitely reduced the wrestling but I think the teams are adapting to the penalty part as it is not actually redundant. You can still give away a penalty in the ruck that won’t allow a 6 again. I think the bin has to come into play a lot more though to remove that completely.

Does the new rule lead to a better game?

Absolutely Jimmy, and this is why bringing it in after the start of the season made no sense to me. This is a big change to the way the game is played. If offseason training, teams and rosters, had been built to play a certain way this change makes a big difference to them. Just an example, in the old rules I was leaning towards Brandon Smith being the long term Storm hooker but under the new rules I think Harry Grant would be better. Both great players but the rules would suit one of them better. I also think the stacking of big men in the Storm side would need a rethink. I think that is why B.Smith has been starting instead of NAS. Some teams are going to find it harder than others to adapt. That said good to see Parra/Panthers/Knights and even Tigs doing well.

Does the new rule lead to a better game?

I don’t know about this. I think the ref involvement has much more bearing on the game than before. Its just that the decisions are being made on the run during the play of the ball with the six again call there is no questioning or scrutiny…maybe not a bad thing but than how does a team know what they’re doing wrong until half time or after the game? Whats obvious is refs are reffing the 6 again differently and from a viewers point of view there doesn’t seem to be consistency with the calls.

Does the new rule lead to a better game?

Absolutely agree on this. The timing absolutely shows how tone deaf they were. 2/4 since the restart isn’t such a bad start either and absolutely no consideration for the players or how they would feel. Basically not reading the room at all with this decision. They should have let him play out the season.

The sacking of Stephen Kearney absolutely stinks