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Who mentioned stats? Injuries have definitely been a setback this year but other sides have had their share of injuries too and haven’t struggled as badly with their defensive systems. Cartwright adds zero

It’s the assistant coaches' turn on the merry-go-round

Cartwright’s contribution at Manly hardly sets him up for demand next year. I believe that he was responsible for their defence. That made him the director over the teams biggest failing

It’s the assistant coaches' turn on the merry-go-round

He played in the 2011 Manly SG Ball side

Fonua-Blake requests Manly release

I don’t remember either being established players at Manly… if you want to include juniors I guess you might as well throw in Keary

Fonua-Blake requests Manly release

Does Jack De Belin have that spot taken??

Fonua-Blake requests Manly release

“Leaving Sydney” might suggest Wollongong for sure. More likely Warriors I’d say though.. his wife has family in Auckland. Pity he couldn’t stick around at Manly but it is rare that players leaving over the last few years go on to anything better. JWH and Clint Gutherson being the exception

Fonua-Blake requests Manly release

Personally I have seen zero increases in accuracy of decisions compared to the old TMO. The huge cost needed to provide commensurate benefits. Plainly they have not been achieved… bin it.

I hate the Bunker

Totally agree with this summary. Sharks have surprised themselves with a top 8 spot and should exit in the first week of finals, the Knights have been too patchy all season, Parramatta have overachieved massively this season and will fall away badly from here on even if they cling on to fourth spot the quality of opposition in the finals will prove too much, Souths were looking great a couple of weeks back but may be carrying too many injuries to threaten. As for who will emerge on top at the GF, I like what I see from the Panthers and Raiders right now

And then there were four: NRL's contenders emerge as pretenders fall away

Sorry Des it isn’t going to happen. It’s best to be thinking about next year and how to avoid some of the inexcusable losses like last weeks ridiculous effort against an ordinary Tigers. Maybe even give some thought to John Cartwright’s role.. he is supposedly in charge of defence. Try asking him where it is

Des says Manly can still make finals

100% correct. Send offs were nowhere near as rare as today and suspensions were really lengthy.

Chad Townsend's punishment is manifestly inadequate

A massively underrated coach who was unfairly treated by more than one club. Interesting that Phil Gould chose to speak out about the Bulldogs today warning Barrett of the toxic culture he was walking into and suggesting he backflip on his deal. This is the same Phil Gould that shafted Griffin when he was over performing with a relatively young squad at the Panthers. Toxic is Gould’s middle name

Outside voice helps Griffin to Dragons job

The fact that he’s had a couple of bad concussions this year requiring time on the sideline makes me cut him some slack in his current/recent form. Having said that I’m pretty certain that there’s got to be a better centre pairing for Manly next year. Frankly I think they jumped the gun on Suli’s re-signing.. his work rate is nowhere near where it should be at this stage

Time to remove the dead wood: Who should your NRL club let go?

If Walker went back to the centres you could make an argument to keep him. He’s not a 5/8. Schuster looks pretty decent there with Cust a capable back up. Gosiewski mightn’t be on a lot of bucks but whatever he’s on should be saved

Time to remove the dead wood: Who should your NRL club let go?

It’s really a strange time to be discussing another team in Queensland when the three already there are struggling so badly

Brisbane's second NRL team will only succeed on passion

That’s a pretty low bar to cross for Fox.. 9 is tortuous

Nine lose simulcast rights for SBW return

Channel 9 have totally blown this seasons coverage. Poor Broncos fans having to watch their side get smashed in prime time so many times wouldn’t have been good for the soul. Some of the choices for Sunday arvo have likewise been less than inspirational featuring similarly underperforming sides.

Nine lose simulcast rights for SBW return

You’re absolutely right. The ratings must be atrocious. Somebody at 9 needs to be told that the 2020 Broncos aren’t prime time material… they’re not worthy of a post midnight slot among the infomercials

Tedesco puts Broncos on life support

Based on the form of the Broncos this year, can someone please explain the logic of Channel 9 giving it’s prime time game slots over to covering them? If the answer is that it’s to maximise audience by capturing SE Qld, then they need a gigantic rethink on that strategy. Surely even if that were the objective, the Titans must offer a better chance right now.

Tedesco puts Broncos on life support

Arthur has had this team now for years and yet this is his response?. This year they were provided with a gilt edged opportunity to achieve and yet again look to be short on ability when it matters. If it weren’t for the workload of Nathan Brown and the creativity of Gutherson they’d have barely made the eight. Arthur’s job seems to the only safe one in the NRL.. got to credit his survival instinct I guess.

Eels' hiding prompts premiership questions

The love parramatta have received from pundits this year has had me baffled entirely. To me their credentials as a top four side have been radically overstated. They’ve been pretty good most of the season but great? Certainly not.

Timing is everything as Parramatta's premiership campaign goes up in smoke

Manly might be prepared to take a punt on Foran’s fitness. Dessie loves the bloke and his combination with DCE is proven.. but only if the price was right. With an improving Cust as back up he could be an astute buy. Doubt he’ll be going anywhere but Belmore though Not sure where that leaves Blake Green

Where are some of the NRL's biggest names set to end up in 2021?

I couldn’t agree more.. but then again I have failed to understand all the love for Parramatta all year. Grossly overrated. Souths look like a side on the way up to me.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 16

A side with a wooden spoon still in the rear view mirror in plain sight

Milking claims come from losers: Eels

Jack Gosiewski to the centres???!!! Oh good lord Dessie have you been watching this guy?
The only good news is that evidently he’s on Trent Barrett’s wish list for the Dogs next year.. apologies to dogs fans but better you than us

NRL Round 16 teams: Huge ins for Storm, Cowboys regain Holmes

Holbrook has done quite a lot with very little this year. I look forward to seeing what he’ll be like with more talent to work with

Why 2021 will be the year of the Titans