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Yeah that’s definitely a worry

Also a worry if we have a back three of Taaffe, JAC and Wilson. Who does the kick returns and tough carries out of our own end

Having said that I thought Taaffe went pretty well last night

Trial Takeaways: Pap's back with spectacular try as drug ban centre's return the Xerri on top of Dogs win

I’m in a diminishing minority but I still think Burton’s best position is 6

He needs to be allowed to come into the game when he sees his moment and focus on running. Not getting the team around the park

I saw a Burto 2023 highlights package on facebook the other day. Every good thing he did, started with him running at the line

Interested to see who starts in the other centre spot. Probably too soon for Xerri. I think Kiraz might get the nod but I think he’s a better winger…

Trial Takeaways: Pap's back with spectacular try as drug ban centre's return the Xerri on top of Dogs win

Knight worries me

He makes simple errors and then has this shocked look on his face

I think Curran at 13 and Salmon on the bench, covering back row and edges as required

Trial Takeaways: Pap's back with spectacular try as drug ban centre's return the Xerri on top of Dogs win

It’s the middle third that worries me most

King and Knight look the likely props, but they don’t have the size or power for today’s game. It’s good to have mobile props in your rotation, but not two as starters. They both work hard but get bullied by other packs on both sides of the ball

So I enjoyed Hughes and Faamausili’s performances last night. Hopefully Chris Patolo can get a decent run with injuries too…

Trial Takeaways: Pap's back with spectacular try as drug ban centre's return the Xerri on top of Dogs win

Good call. I think 40 minutes on an edge might be more his thing than 55 in the middle

Tevita Farnham ... Pangai comes out of short-lived retirement for another crack at NRL

I remember that game

There was a big thing about him vs Taumalolo

TPJ made it personal, played with huge effort on effort and showed us all what he’s capable of… and unfortunately hasn’t quite done it again

Tevita Farnham ... Pangai comes out of short-lived retirement for another crack at NRL

Good luck to him, the game’s better with him in it than not

But what happened to I hate rugby league, I only played it because I was forced to and I hate people telling me what to do?

If he went all in on the field like he does with the journos he’d be a world beater 😂

Tevita Farnham ... Pangai comes out of short-lived retirement for another crack at NRL

Can’t read too much into trial form… but we’re going to win the comp !!!

I thought Hughes and Faamausili offered a bit of sorely needed size and power in the middle. I was listening to Kiraz on a podcast talk about Hughes ‘training the house down’. Whatever, everyone does at this time of year, but he does look like he’s traded puppy fat for muscle

I liked how Sexton and Hutchison played both sides of the field and took the ball to the line. Hopefully that frees up Burton to focus on his running game instead of running the team

No shortage of outside backs looking sharp. Skelton is probably down the pecking order but loved how he busted the first tackle pretty much every kick return

I’ve got a lot of time for Bailey Hayward watching him in reggies last year. Looked really sharp when he came on and could be a handy bench utility

Hopefully Joash Papalii gets a start sometime. He’s a potential start. Would hate to see him move in to get an opportunity

Only a trial and only against an under strength Storm team, but hopefully some signs that there will be a significant improvement from last year

Or it’s ‘Fool me February Form’ that sparks false hope at this time of year 😂 😂 😂

Trial Takeaways: Pap's back with spectacular try as drug ban centre's return the Xerri on top of Dogs win

“I think our approach is what we’re known for, the way in which we play,”

I guess it’s all Bazball all of the time, but I wonder if there’s any reflection that the batsman most likely to get them there, scored at a relatively sedate 55 runs per 100

It seems that rather than reflect on Crawley’s contribution, Stokes would rather complain about his dismissal…

'The technology has gone wrong': Stokes laments DRS in England defeat amid LBW drama

That can’t be true. He’s a NSWman 😛

'I thought I was done and dusted': Tears flow after emotional Marsh wins surprise AB Medal as Ash snares women's top gong

Yeah

Despite his brilliant 91 I’m not sure it’s proven that Smith is an opener. I definitely think he can become one. But why risk it when he’s 34 years old and the in form batsman among Warner’s potential replacements was an opener? It’s a bit bizarre

The obvious answer is to squeeze Green into the team. I’m far, far, far less convinced of Green as a test 4 than I am of Smith as a test opener

Now our batting lineup looks very brittle. Marnus is badly out of form, Green looks uncomfortable and there’s pressure on Head and Marsh to score every innings, which I’m not sure is the best way to get the best out of them

'I thought I was done and dusted': Tears flow after emotional Marsh wins surprise AB Medal as Ash snares women's top gong

Warner retired. The selectors picked Green over Bancroft. It’s pretty simple

I’d have picked Bancroft over Green or Renshaw. But Smith before all of them

Not sure there’s too much advantage for NSW in batting selection at the moment. There’s Smith, but his 9,600 test runs probably help him get the nod more than the colour of his state cap. After him there’s Khawaja and Labs (Qld), Head (SA), Green and Marsh (WA). It seems next in line are Renshaw, Harris and Bancroft (in whatever order you choose) from Qld, Vic and WA

Yep, that selection panel of Bailey, McDonald and Dodemaide are really looking after their NSW compatriots 😂 😂 😂

'I thought I was done and dusted': Tears flow after emotional Marsh wins surprise AB Medal as Ash snares women's top gong

Over Smith? Seriously?

Forget Smith’s 91… the 9,500-odd runs he’s scored previously probably count more than Bancroft’s two great Shield seasons

It’s Green that took Bancroft’s spot, not Smith…

'I thought I was done and dusted': Tears flow after emotional Marsh wins surprise AB Medal as Ash snares women's top gong

Yeah, good call about Paine. He was charged with restoring the culture of the Australian team from the win at all costs stuff that led to sandpapergate. He did a fine job at the time. He seems to be intent on destroying whatever legacy he made for himself

‘Why are you barracking against your team?’ Old keepers up in arms over Gilly cheering Windies and Cummins too nice

I think it’s poor form from Paine and Healy
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It was amazing cricket from the Windies and particular Joseph, in his second test and with a busted toe
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Australia got beat fair and square. I’d rather see our skipper acknowledge that and the opponents than act surly. It was that sort of attitude that led to the toxic environment that in turn led to sandpapergate
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Seeing the responses from players like Lara and Hooper was really moving. Gilchrist and Lara was a nice moment. Gilchrist wasn’t celebrating a West Iindies win, he was celebrating with a friend / colleague
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How often do we decry the lack of sportsmanship in the professional era? It’s a shame we can’t enjoy those moments when they occur without taking potshots at the participants

‘Why are you barracking against your team?’ Old keepers up in arms over Gilly cheering Windies and Cummins too nice

I want to see Australia win, but would prefer to see them fight to win. Losing one close fought test over a summer is better than winnng all five in a cake walk

I was barracking for them in the second test run chase, but was excited to see Joseph take his 7th to end the innings. It was brilliant, entertaining test match cricket

I enjoyed the Pakistan series for the same reason. They looked shot after the first test but fought back strongly. I was also at day one at the SCG and the fightback by the tailenders was gripping cricket

Australians have traditionally respected opponents who have served it back to us

It's not un-Australian to cheer against Australia - in fact, in our favourite sports, it is the best option

Great article Paul. Couldn’t agree more

I went to the first day of the Sydney test. It was an intriguing, absorbing day of cricket. Wickets fell regularly but runs were scored at four an over

Except it was played at a snails pace. Runners from both teams were out on the field every other over

Endless onfield conferences

Play stopped for ages every time there’s a DRS review

Later in the day the Australian team were crowding the 11 and setting the field back from Jamal. Every time the strike rotated, three Australian fielders were retrieving or removing helmets. Even overs from the spinners were interminable

Despite playing an extra half hour, they were still about 13 overs behind schedule… and that was bowling spinners for a session

It was really substandard and a lot of people were talking about it in the crowd

Tickets aren’t cheap either. I paid over $150 for me and my 13 year old in the concourse. To get short changed on content sticks in the craw

Players allowed to go at snail’s pace with over rates but fans’ complaints fall on deaf ears at ICC

I was at the ground yesterday and the over rated stuck out like a sore thumb

In between every over runners are coming out for batting or bowling teams. Drinks, gloves, messages… it’s completely out of control

DRS reviews don’t help

In the last session, every time the batsmen scored a single, two Aussie fielders were swapping caps for helmets or vice versa… that was when they were trying to pick up the over rate

Cummins cleans up again but Pakistan recover from collapse with wagging tail frustrating Aussies

Good result… where he should be…

Halves market tightens further as Cowboys lock down star playmaker for five more years

Ah damn

On his day he was as good as anyone and his barnstorming try against the blues and subsequent passionate celebration are a worthy testament to his onfield ability

Condolences to his family and friends

NRL world in shock as Maroons legend Carl Webb loses MND battle at just 42

The ‘Phins consistency slipped when the inevitable injuries started stacking up

They look much better for depth for 24

Pressure Points: The Hammer excelled in the Dolphins’ first year, but consistency is the key to kicking on in 2024

Why would you expect Bennett to do better? I thought coaches don’t matter…

Pressure Points: The Hammer excelled in the Dolphins’ first year, but consistency is the key to kicking on in 2024

TBH I’d sort of forgotten about him and was thinking more between BHU, Finucane, Rudolf, Hazleton

Fonua-Blake finds new home as Sydney club gets million-dollar Christmas present

I thought BHU was going to be better than he’s turned out so far. He’s almost 29 so maybe not head of improvement left. Probably a great 3rd or 4th rotation prop but not a starter

Rudolf as well. He was a bit of a late bloomer but I thought he’d be better, particularly with the game moving towards more mobile props

Like most, I like Hazleton but again probably a 3 or 4 in the rotation player. Haven’t seen a heap of Colquhuon

Yeah, Kaufusi hasn’t been great

Having said all that I’d give my left one for any of those blokes to be in the blue and white.

That’s left ear lobe. What did you think I meant? 😂 😂

Fonua-Blake finds new home as Sydney club gets million-dollar Christmas present

Great signing for the Sharks. He definitely fills a bit of a weak spot in their roster

Interesting to see how the Sharks big men respond in 2024. Who’ll be left without a chair when the music stops…?

Fonua-Blake finds new home as Sydney club gets million-dollar Christmas present

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