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Hi Birdy ! Yes, I guess you need to have a mix of good players & coaches as well as some losers, just for the contrast ! 😛

All Black coaches give Storm boost as Ryles hails lessons from 'world class' Eddie after his role in World Cup fiasco

Not sure about all this hype around Jason Ryles ? I think he was always overrated as a player, and now he is being heralded as a likely great RL coach ? His record as an assistant coach at the Chooks and the Wallabies certainly leaves a lot to be desired, if results count for anything anymore ? I certainly wouldn’t be rushing to sign him for the Panthers .

All Black coaches give Storm boost as Ryles hails lessons from 'world class' Eddie after his role in World Cup fiasco

Jimmmy , as I rarely make an error , occasionally I just let my head go, to see how mortals handle footy disappointment . Luckily, I have a few recent wins to fall back on, if I get this one badly wrong ! 😛

Predicting the 2024 NRL season - Panthers' era over, Dragons to get spoon, Cowboys rising - and the stars under most pressure

Such is life in 2024 !

Broncos brawlers get their first slice of Vegas luck after breach notices served but bans unlikely

Yep ! As they have done all post season, the Chiefs lifted late when the opposition was fading. The Niners missed their chances when they were fit and firing early, but come the 4th Q and OT the Chiefs were rolling well , led by Mahomes & Kelce.

'We're not done': Mahomes alone as NFL's top gun, promises 'dynasty' has seasons to run as Taylor Swift chugs celebration beers

The Manly starting side is of top 4 quality , as long as Turbo sees out the season. Still a major query on their pack against the big guns, but their backline and attacking ability is first rate. I think Brooks will prove to be a good buy. But still query Schuster’s commitment if moving to the pack ?

'We’re hoping to put on a 2021-like display': Manly stars looking to go back to the future under Seibold

Hi Tom ! My thoughts on your predictions :

Premiers : Panthers, again
Spoon : Tigers, again
Team on the Rise : Knights
Team on the Slide: Sharks
State of Origin : NSW 3-0
Coach under pressure : Robbo
First coach Fired : None
Dally M Medal : K Ponga
Player Under Pressure: C Munster
Best Buy: Herbie Farnworth
Worst Buy: Jaxson Paulo
Big Improver : Shawn Blore
Drop in Form : Victor Radley

Predicting the 2024 NRL season - Panthers' era over, Dragons to get spoon, Cowboys rising - and the stars under most pressure

I couldn’t care less about the result. Just hoping there are no serious injuries to come out of the match.

Hangover alert with Cleary hellbent on perfect Panthers claiming missing trophy - as injured star eyes early comeback

Pat : ” Hey runt , how about getting a man’s tattoo next time ! ”
Reyno : ” Hey Pat, how about standing in front of Leota again !”
Just good clean fun ! 😛

Broncos brawlers get their first slice of Vegas luck after breach notices served but bans unlikely

I thought both the Chiefs kickers ( Butger & Townsend) kept their team in it with faultless goal kicking and long punting , when the team was really struggling !

'We're not done': Mahomes alone as NFL's top gun, promises 'dynasty' has seasons to run as Taylor Swift chugs celebration beers

The 49ers have a great team and will be tough to toss in the SB. For the Chiefs to upset them, they will need to restrict McCaffrey’s rushing & get through to Purdy to pressure him and his passing game so as to limit the effectiveness of Aiyuk . Samuel & Kittle. Perhaps the Chiefs are best equipped defensively to provide these restrictions, but it will be a difficult task for Spagnuolo and his big defensive guns to pull off.

How the San Francisco 49ers have struck gold en route to the Super Bowl

Elite honesty?
It’s admitting you vote Greens ! 😛

Manu tells Roosters he's leaving for lucrative rugby deal - but club lock down replacement

Or Shute Shield ! 😂

Manu tells Roosters he's leaving for lucrative rugby deal - but club lock down replacement

Jack like body contact over fancy moments !

NRL Round 1 predicted teams: South Sydney Rabbitohs - If Latrell fires and Wighton fits in, Bunnies can go all the way

Latrelle prefers to save himself for attack in the other half of the field. Hit ups are for dummies only ! 😛

NRL Round 1 predicted teams: South Sydney Rabbitohs - If Latrell fires and Wighton fits in, Bunnies can go all the way

Yep ! Their back 5 offer little to start sets out of defence. Wighton might improve things a little, but they could do with a To’o or Turuva or Tago types to eat up some metres. Leaves a lot of work for their pack stars like Murray & Cook and their middle third boys have failed to dominate consistently in recent years. Maybe injuries haven’t helped ?

NRL Round 1 predicted teams: South Sydney Rabbitohs - If Latrell fires and Wighton fits in, Bunnies can go all the way

Yep ! I’m sure he will thrive touching the ball just three times a game in Rugby ! 😛

Manu tells Roosters he's leaving for lucrative rugby deal - but club lock down replacement

Yep ! Seems they need to review their medical advisors ! He could have had that op back in September and he might have been back in March !

Double blow for Bunnies star out SIX months on sidelines after surgery blow and another leaving for Super League

Totally useless inside his own half !

Parra v the salary cap: The Eels have kept their stars, but has it thrown the whole team out of kilter?

Not a lot . The kiwi captain and front row Fish & Leota. Maybe Peachey ?

All Stars teams CONFIRMED: Walker OUT and in race for Sin City, other key stars locked in, Titans young gun gets call-up

Missing the Panther boys who will be over in England for the World Club Challenge !

All Stars teams CONFIRMED: Walker OUT and in race for Sin City, other key stars locked in, Titans young gun gets call-up

The real disappointment for Eels fans in recent years must have been the lack of quality coming through their juniors system. Parramatta used have one of the strongest juniors bases back in the days of Kenny, Ella & Grothe. These days it seems the juniors being developed for the NRL are few and far between and certainly of lesser quality. They definitely need a new and full set of outside backs and better depth in their pack. There must be some juniors to develop here ?

Parra v the salary cap: The Eels have kept their stars, but has it thrown the whole team out of kilter?

Yep. A good article describing the variance of having a good season or an average season , based on the availability of a team’s star player throughout the year. Club fans must be jumpy all season hoping their star stays fit or out of trouble, to give their team a chance at October celebrations.

Why 'if' is the most dangerous word in the NRL: Latrell, Ryan, Tom and the hope that kills you

Yep ! But for missing some wide receivers that can actually catch the ball, they would have won more matches and missed all those road trips ! They dropped more passes than any team in the NFL this year ? Butter fingers dominated , and only the brilliance of Mahomes, the tough running of Pacheco, and a strong D, dragged them through to another SB. Maybe the receivers were all too distracted by Taylor in the crowd ? Seems Kelce might have been, too !

How the Chiefs have conquered their way to the Super Bowl mountain top - yet again!

Well he certainly needed to do something as he was far from impressive last season. I will be surprised to see him in the starting 17 this season , unless the weight loss turns around his form dramatically.

Niu-look Tesi: Dolphins flyer sheds plenty of kilos to shape up for squeeze for positions out wide

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