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Like most Victorians !

The hate for the Sydney Roosters is real – and unwarranted

I’m afraid I can only see Connor Watson playing as a 6 or back up 9, and probably more suitable as a 14. No chance of him playing as an 80 minute 13. You need to be a tough defender for a start . Have a look at all the good 13’s now, who have some linking ability, but mostly they need to be tough defenders and metre eaters in the middle third. Look at the likes of Jurbo, Murray, Radley, Fisher-Harris, Finucane, Yeo, Taumololo, Carrigan, Nathan Brown & Tapine. Watson wouldn’t last 40 minutes mixing it with these types.

Is Connor Watson cut out to be a lock forward?

Seems to be the aim of all early movement announcements !

Penrith want compensation for a fourth-choice half with six games to his name

As exciting as watching chess ! But with more stoppages.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

It was a good Grand Final with defense dominating and keeping the scores close to the end . The two best Super League teams made the GF and there was little between them. Both defended well for 80 minutes. St Helens got the very lucky break in the 80 th minute to grab the win, but I think they were marginally the better team throughout, with only great Wigan defence keeping them out . For the Saints, backrower James Bentley was their best doing a million tackles and a bunch of hit ups ( Looks very much like another John Bateman type !! You see that , Sticky ? ) . Five eighth Jonny Lomax was always looking dangerous and the back three of Coote, Grace & Makinson were key set starters at the back. For the unlucky Wigan Warriors , Bevan French was very good under a heap of pressure all match and didn’t deserve that 80 th minute ball bouncing disaster. Backrower Willie Isa , and halves Tommy Leuluai and Jackson Hastings tried hard all match.

Graham gets fairytale in Super League grand final

Keith “Chicka” Outten was one of my favourite players of that era. A tough half / five eighth who played in the Balmain Tigers 1969 Grand Final win before moving to Norths in 1972 – 74 where he played 52 games for the Bears.

The forgotten players: North Sydney Bears

Terry Lamb ?

Burton to join Barrett's Bulldogs from 2022

I have seen enough souvalis, to expect he will be very good NRL player. I can forgive those 5 missed field goals as just one of those nights. In his first 3 (and only full 80 minute ) NRL matches he won 2 man of match awards ( remember he blitzed the Sharks in his first NRL match which was the last round of 2019) . He is a strong defender, a good ball runner and gives 100% when given the opportunity. Would you prefer Burton or May in your team ?

Burton to join Barrett's Bulldogs from 2022

For what its worth, my quick analysis of draw, indicates the 2020 top dogs have been rewarded with pretty tough 2021 draws . The Panthers play twice : Dogs, Storm, Sea Eagles, Broncos, Sharks , Rabbitohs, Roosters, Eels & Tigers. The Storm play twice : Broncos, Eels, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Roosters, Sharks, Titans & Warriors. Whereas the Knights look to have won the lottery with them playing twice : Broncos, Dogs, Cowboys, Sharks, Tigers, Titans & Warriors !!

Return of mid-year Origin, Magic Round and regional games all confirmed in NRL 2021 draw

May is a pretty clever player with the ball, which I think Cleary likes. But he is too slow for mine , especially if playing in the backs. I see him best as a forward interchange at a pinch, only. He probably fits into the cap better than the money that would be needed to keep Burton.

Burton to join Barrett's Bulldogs from 2022

Hi Crispy ! The Chiefs are looking OK at 9-1. But still a bit of a query with their Defence for mine. Maholmes and the Offence just keep them in front or just getting them out of jail late at times. Your Seahawks seem to be in cliffhangers every week. Doesn’t seem to much in any of the scores each week ? Seems your Defence might be an issue too ?

Burton to join Barrett's Bulldogs from 2022

Many hoping for some early cashing in opportunities, by announcing their new buys more than a year ahead of time.

Burton to join Barrett's Bulldogs from 2022

Yeah Nat ! Burton just looks like a natural footballer to me. You could play him in any position. Seems he prefers the halves but he is big enough and strong enough to play in the centres or the backrow now. He has good defence and good hands and runs the ball well. He needs now more experience & game time. He should get that at the Dogs.

Burton to join Barrett's Bulldogs from 2022

A great coup for the Bulldogs. I can’t help but feel the Panthers have missed an opportunity to have been playing Burton all season in some capacity or other ( 5/8, centre or fullback ?). He is a too good a young talent to let go without really ever trying him out. I know you can’t keep them all with the salary cap, but I reckon they might regret this one getting away in years to come.

Burton to join Barrett's Bulldogs from 2022

And John O’Neill and Bob Moses in the same era !

The forgotten players: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

QLD forwards lifted markedly after halftime in Adelaide and wrested away all momentum that NSW might have had earlier in the game. NSW weren’t ” stupid & lazy”, but they couldn’t get back any control of the game, whilst coming off their own line for most of that half. They missed a couple of crucial tackles in the backs and Tupou threw a desperate offload / intercept, all of which gifted QLD three tries to take the match.

How the worst Queensland side ever won the 2020 State of Origin series

I have been a Chiefs fan for a few decades now, and finally had my first taste of Super Bowl success last season, their first SB win in 50 years. The emergence of Patrick Mahomes and a great Offensive team, got the job done last season. There has always been a query over their Defensive capabilities. Last season they coped well enough , but the query is still there , and they are still conceding more points than a top “dynasty aspirant” should. Mahomes has already dragged them back from the brink a few times this season, including yesterdays “come from behind on the bell win” over a very good Raiders outfit. That now takes them now to 9-1 and nearly assures them of the AFC West title, but they really need to get more resilient in defence if they are to go back to back this season.

Why are the Chiefs flying under the radar?

Or the loss of Cam Murray in his first tackle of game 1 ! That impacted a lot of the planned forward play of the Blues for the series.

How the worst Queensland side ever won the 2020 State of Origin series

Who says you learn nothing here at the Roar !

Celebrating and commiserating the career of Aku Uate

Yep ! He was a fine player in his prime at the Knights, but come around 2015, he was only a shadow of his former self. He had to be let go by the Knights to try to find some form elsewhere. He really failed to do that at Manly and most recently at Huddersfield in the Super League. It is not an unusual story where a once great footy player loses the spark and cannot go out in a blaze of glory / on top , like the romantic stories might wish to deliver. That is just professional sport.

Celebrating and commiserating the career of Aku Uate

For me the quality of English Rugby League has been declining since the full Kangaroo tours were scrapped. Without the regular visit of the best RL teams to the local neighbourhoods of Halifax , Dewsbury, Featherstone, Oldham , etc , where is the interest in RL going to be generated , when up against the EPL and 3 or 4 other professional football leagues ? Gone are the 30 match tours that saw packed grounds midweek throughout the North of England along with the 3 Test matches at Wembly & Headingly . Whether the International RL can ever resurrect the Kangaroo Tour of England ( and France) again , even in some cut down version in today’s busy NRL / SOO schedule, I am not sure. But unless the quality of the game is on show in England, I can only see RL declining there, and becoming more talent show for hungry NRL scouts and a transit lounge for former NRL twilighters .

Here's how to save rugby league in England

For me QLD won the series in Adelaide. They turned a 0-10 halftime deficit into unlikely win with a big 2nd half forwards performance and a well judged kicking game by Munster in particular to maintain pressure on the Blues all that 2nd half. The result of that pressure yielded two missed tackles by Wighton & Gutherson & a dumb off load by Tupou each error resulting in the three QLD tries in the 2nd half, and with the Suncorp game still to come, QLD were sitting pretty to take the series. The NSW pack lifted for game 2 and Munster was gone early which gave the NSW halves a chance to dominate and square the series. But Bennett laughing away in the dressing rooms after their game 2 loss, was always a fair warning that NSW would be in trouble in the decider at Suncorp. Come Game 3 , the NSW pack was again dominated , this time for 80 minutes. And any hope of NSW getting home against these odds was over with Teddy’s loss after 20 minutes. You can blame Freddy’s selections for not covering the loss of a match winner , or for picking the wrong batch of forwards to implement his planned forward strategy to win the decider, but at the end of the day Suncorp was always going to be a monster mission for NSW , and it was Adelaide where the real damage was done.

How the worst Queensland side ever won the 2020 State of Origin series

But still , if you wanted a number 9 at your club for the next 5 – 10 years , there is surely no debate who you would select from the current number 9’s available.

All hail the new kings of Melbourne

Just give em that stare, Yards !

Anthony Seibold is on the way to Newcastle

But Grant will be much more important to the Storm structure ! B Smith is an impact player who will limited to half a game.

All hail the new kings of Melbourne