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Lover of many sports with Rugby League my top choice. Long time Panthers fan. Also keen on Football, NFL, Horse Racing, Cricket & Boxing. No time for motor racing or tennis.

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That is an interesting idea. However, nothing will help the spine combination unless the NSW forwards can’t dominate the QLD pack. And they haven’t done that very often in recent decades. You need to win the middle to win the Origin. For all of the Payne Haas dominance at club level, he has never dominated the QLD pack. He needs to lift and bring a bunch more team mates with him. The loss of Tino and Gilbert for QLD, gives NSW a fighting chance this series.

NSW Blues 2024 State of Origin predicted team: Maguire set to overhaul squad in search of winning combination

Which NSW should have won, but for a terrible game from the fullback who is not in this particular proposed team list.

NSW Blues 2024 State of Origin predicted team: Maguire set to overhaul squad in search of winning combination

I believe that the Finucane case with concussions is quite different to the run of the mill examples in our game. As much as we all respect his toughness and long term success in the game, I believe his running style in both attack & defence has caused a major concussion problem, not only for himself, but for his opponents. Have a look at any vision of his running style, he always leans forward so that his head is often the first point of contact in any collision. He runs the same with the ball as he does when he sprints out of the line in defence. He has created havoc for himself and opponents over the years, with the Crichton clash a noted example. This “head first” style has finally caught up with him, and for his own health , it is great that he has finally hung up his boots.

Tackle it head on: Finucane and Lewis can teach the NRL why concussion rules have to change immediately

These premiership winning eras are still few and far between. Each one of them has coincided with the emergence of a group of generally local or developed players into a cohesive playing unit, and remaining together and focused. Take the Eels & Dogs in the 80’s their successful eras were based on the likes of squads like Sterling, Cronin, Kenny, Ella & Grothe, and the Mortimers , the Hughes’ , Lamb, Farrar, Folkes, etc. The Broncos era featured the now local legends like Langer, Walters’, Webke, Petro, Lazerus, Renouf, etc , and probably the longest recent era coincided with a long term quality group of Cam Smith, Slater, Cronk, Inglis, Munster . Now we have the Panthers era based on a group of locals or developed imports the likes of Cleary, Luai, Edwards, Fish, Leota , Martin & To’o who continue to perform despite the loss of so many good players in this “salary cap” era. Their era will end, and another Club will get a run when it gets the right combination of quality players together with a winning focus.

Paradox of parity: NRL craves a level playing field but fans love to hate a dynasty like Penrith’s undisputed reign

Yep ! He made Niu look like good first grader in Darwin.

Darwin theory dictates only the strongest survive - Arthur on the rocks at Eels after embarrassing capitulation

If they were half smart, they wouldn’t bash their bodies around like that each week in the NRL ! 😛

Sharks star stood down after positive test as police charge half for DUI with suspended licence

Yep ! Unfortunately, he often led with his head in tackles ! He has been a danger to himself and his opponents in recent times. It is not surprising he has pulled the plug now.

'There were no decisions to make': Skipper drops retirement bombshell after doctors' grave warnings

There are a few problems that the Knights need to deal with urgently:
1. Despite having 6 Origin players and 3 Internationals ( Ponga, Gagai, Best, Frizell, the Safiti twins, Leo Thompson, Pearce -Paul & Will Price) in their squad, their pack hasn’t dominated any other team this year and the only creativity has been all with Ponga.
2. The whole pack needs a good rollicking by the coach and fans. They are going nowhere until their pack can dominate teams, because they now don’t have Ponga to get them out of gaol.
3. Their halves (Hastings, Gamble & Cogger) have shown no creative chops at all this year. The last chance seems to be to give Will Pryce a shot in the halves ? But it will still all depend on the forwards getting dominant. And they really should, with the experience they have there ? But right now you wouldn’t feed any of them except for young guns Lucas & Thompson. The twins need to get serious and lift along with Elliot, Brayley & Frizell.

How Knights must change approach with KP gone - or find themselves back where they were when Joey retired

Only problem is he seems to cop a lot of leg injuries these days . Hammy, Achilies, etc. Maybe the body is nearly done with NRL ?

NRL News: Johnson drops huge hint on playing future, Manly confirm Schuster payout, Latrell ban is 'killing' him

I think you are a bit harsh on Hopgood. He gives 100% each match. Even in that disaster in Darwin where he got 59 minutes and topped the Eels tackle count with 37 ( missing 3 ) and made 10 runs. Even Dylan Brown missed 5 and Carty 4 . It was one of those poor nights for the Eels with the Dolphins running riot in the end.

Darwin theory dictates only the strongest survive - Arthur on the rocks at Eels after embarrassing capitulation

Strewth ! There really are raft of bad boy candidates out there at the Dogs ! But…….Danika Mason ?

Heroes versus villains: An NRL showdown of nice guys up against the nasty mongrels

I think the whole Eels pack apart from Hopgood, have been ordinary all season. They have a much lauded Origin front row who have done nothing all year. The hooker works hard but is hardly top class. Cartwright has his moments and Matterson & Lane are lazy. Their bench is below average. And then if you look at the backs you have Dylan Brown with class and a hobbling Gutho. The rest are NSW Cup class. And where are all the young local juniors that Parramatta used to produce like the Kennys , Ellas, & Grothes ? Not sure Arthur is to blame for all this or the senior management of the Club, but the buck must stop somewhere there ?

Darwin theory dictates only the strongest survive - Arthur on the rocks at Eels after embarrassing capitulation

I think all three of them might be in trouble, and I think Justin Holbrook may rightly have a big grin on his face as well !

Darwin theory dictates only the strongest survive - Arthur on the rocks at Eels after embarrassing capitulation

With Munster still not 100% and Grant seemingly down on creativity, it is Hughes who is keeping the Storm train together right now.

Five and a kick: Benji's Tigers lost to Penrith, but did they actually win in the long run?

Manly are big, but don’t put in like the Broncos. Take Jurbo out and they are in all sorts of strife. The winless Titans put 30 on them this week ?

This current Broncos forward pack is a long way from being the best they’ve ever had - is it the biggest?

But they are not only big today, but they run like gazelles as well ! The real key is get a couple of big front rowers who run like the wind for 60 minutes, do 35 tackles, and still get up quickly to play the ball each time. The perfect weapon for todays game.

This current Broncos forward pack is a long way from being the best they’ve ever had - is it the biggest?

Yep ! I think Willison is a beauty ! Got him in my SC team with Captain Pat. I would just like him to get more game time too. The Broncos are going to have an awesome pack over the next few years. Once Piakura and Haas are back they will easily be the biggest pack going around this year.

This current Broncos forward pack is a long way from being the best they’ve ever had - is it the biggest?

Its a tough one, jimmmy ! Drinky is still the Cows most dangerous attacking player, where much of their attacking moments include him. Its just that he is still a liability without the ball? How can you balance him out for the team’s benefit ? His defence and high ball security has not improved since his Storm days. Surely someone must be training him in Townsville ?

Five and a kick: Benji's Tigers lost to Penrith, but did they actually win in the long run?

I reckon the Wing / Centres are the toughest selections to get right in SC. Consistency is so tough except from the highest price players. And that’s before you take in the injuries or suspensions that seem to haunt this group ? And you really need to follow how various backlines operate. Some only play one side of the field (often the left) so your right winger never sees the ball especially if he has a centre inside who won’t pass the ball ! Anyway I guess it is just another first world problem ! 😛

NRL Power Rankings: Round 7 - Dolphins, Dragons finals bound? Knights a non-event, Parra on the precipice

Sam Hughes is your key prospect. Looking better each week. You just need a couple more of him. Kikau is your danger man. King , Curran, Hayward, Salmon and Morrin are all working hard but are still pretty small for a pack ? Preston will add more when he gets back. But the outside backs are going really well. Burton is firing right now. I guess there is still a query on your 7 ? Hutchison tries hard but offers little creativity.

NRL Power Rankings: Round 7 - Dolphins, Dragons finals bound? Knights a non-event, Parra on the precipice

And I think he might be ready to bring in his pommie half Will Pryce this week, probably with Cogger again ?

NRL Power Rankings: Round 7 - Dolphins, Dragons finals bound? Knights a non-event, Parra on the precipice

I thought the Tigers played very well and had the Panthers working overtime to finally get over the top of them late. It will hold them in good stead going forward. I am so impressed with Lachlan Galvin. For someone so young , he is cool under pressure, tough and a good defender. He is a star in the making. The pack held their own for a long time against the experienced Panthers pack. The battle between Api and Kenny was terrific. In the end Yeo & Edwards were the difference and got the premiers home late.

Five and a kick: Benji's Tigers lost to Penrith, but did they actually win in the long run?

Yep ! And what are they doing with their halves ??

NRL Power Rankings: Round 7 - Dolphins, Dragons finals bound? Knights a non-event, Parra on the precipice

I never had a great opinion of him as a coach till now. As he just seems to have great management skills to have that team ticking over so consistently, cohesively and obviously successfully for 4 years now, with no sign of squad unrest, and despite the loss of so many good players along the way.

NRL Round 7 Talking Points: With big wins come big losses, and which coach is the game’s biggest sook?

Egan is creative but won’t have the resilience for Origin. Same with Brayley. Robinson would tough it out and do the job. But I reckon its time for premiership winner Mitch Kenny. He is as fit as Edwards, tough as nails in defence who keeps the middles sawn up every week, and gives great dummy half service.

'Attitude and loyalty surpass strength and speed': The Blues need to 'out-Queensland' the Maroons to have Origin success

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