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To be fair, breathing if fairly important! People don’t last very long without it.

The five changes Brad Fittler must make for NSW to win Game 2

Yeah I have seen a few people comment that they have never seen Townsend win a game when the chips are down and my thoughts are, “well you haven’t watched many Sharks games have you?”.

I really like the way he has learned his trade and developed over time. He’s a very composed player nowadays but you’re probably right that it would be a lot of pressure given we lost Game 1.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 13

Hi Rene, I posted an application form to you so you can join the Chad Townsend for Blues Halfback Appreciation Society and haven’t received your completed and signed form (in triplicate) yet. Scott told me you want Mitch Pearce at halfback rather than Chad. Say it ain’t so!

Eight talking points from NRL Round 13

Hi Scott

I was thinking the same about the Titans. They seemed more fluent without Ash Taylor. Hopefully he gets his head and heart in the right space, though.

Of the performances on the weekend, I was most impressed with the Raiders. Their defence has been phenomenal this year and they have kept a few sides to zero. But to do it with a few players backing up was impressive.

Storm just keep doing their thing. It amazes me how they always manage to find great new players to fill key roles.

Just on the Tigers, they have played two games at Bankwest Stadium and lost 51 to 6 and 28 to nil, so effectively they’re down 79 to 6 at Bankwest. That ain’t a good start.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 13

Hi Mary Alphabet, I refer to this line: “Cleary is a good player, but is he that much better than, say, Chad Townsend, whose name is never mentioned for Origin”.

I have lately been pushing for Chad Townsend to be the Blues halfback. Does this mean I can add you to the Chad Townsend for Blues Halfback Fan Club?

So far we only have 1 advocate (me), and to be honest Renegade has been awfully quiet since I raised the option last week. He hasn’t gotten on board yet, which is rather disappointing TBH.

So can I count you in? If you get on board it means we can double the club’s membership by a massive 100%.

How the NSW Blues can win Origin 2

The Green Machine are really exciting to watch. A couple of their tries last night were sensational.

No Ponga? No Klemmer? No problem for Newcastle

I thought the same this morning Forty Twenty.

Would be great to see the Knights have success as:

(1) they have had a tough time of it lately with consecutive wooden spoons;
(2) they are truly a great rugby league town and support their team no matter how poorly they’re going;
(3) I like a lot of their players, esp. the Pong and Nathan Brown is a good fella;
(4) rugby league loves a redemption story and the script of Mitchell Pearce punted by his beloved Roosters, enduring the pain of watching them win a premiership without him, then to follow up with his own Premiership the following year. Now that’s what I call a rugby league redemption story!

No Ponga? No Klemmer? No problem for Newcastle

Also, the Broncos don’t seem to be getting as many televised Friday night games as they did in the past. This is pure discrimination against a club of battlers.

No Ponga? No Klemmer? No problem for Newcastle

Hey Papi

I know this is a disturbing thought and I don’t want to give you nightmares, but I think Insider may be secretly in love with you. He follows you around on this site like a devoted puppy.

The three things that cost NSW victory

To be fair, Reynolds had a small fracture in his back that he played through. Apparently he got it early in the Parra game. It no doubt affected his performance.

The three things that cost NSW victory

I agree Papi, but he’s not the first one. You could ague that guys like Bob Lindner, Brent Tate, Billy Moore, Gary Larson and others were better at Origin than club level. Bob Lindner especially had a lot of blinders when he played for Qld, and whilst I always rated him highly as a player, he generally didn’t bring the same consistency to club level.

Is 2019 set up for one last Pearce Origin redemption attempt?

I know I’m out on a limb here, but I don’t know why nobody mentions Chad Townsend. People mention guys like Brooks and Moses, but the Towny is more consistent than them.

We need a guy who can steer a side around. Chad can.
We need a guy who has a good kicking game. Chad does.
We need a guy with a good passing game. Chad does.
We need a guy who can grab a game by the scruff of the neck and win it. Chad has shown at club level that he can.
Also a guy who can turn things around when the chips are down. Chad has shown over the past 2 years he can.
He can also kick for goal.
Also, he interviews well and isn’t a d..head.

I’m on the Chad bandwagon for Origin. Get on it before it’s too late.

Is 2019 set up for one last Pearce Origin redemption attempt?

Unlike the two above, Cody probably knows the difference between your and you’re. Also, unlike the two armchair critics above, Cody has actually achieved something of merit, whether he chooses to sing or not.

New South Wales Blues player ratings: Game 1

Brilliant!

State of Origin 1 preview: Queensland Maroons vs NSW Blues

Max, your post just gave Wazza an embolism

We still get excited about Origin but for how much longer?

Isn’t Wendell Sailor the greatest winger of all time? I mean, that’s what he keeps telling everyone!

Six talking points from NRL Round 12

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is getting a lot of love on ABC Grandstand and has been interviewed by Moorey a couple of times. Apparently he said in the pre-season that he was looking forward to moving to Canberra for a while as it’s warmer than Auckland. I wonder if he still thinks the weather is warmer in Canberra!

Six talking points from NRL Round 12

I dunno about the merits of not talking about the Blues or talking about the Blues. What I do know is as the years go by, Kevin Walters looks more and more like Joe Pesci. Someone should tell Kevvie to go home and get his shine box.

Yer a wizard, Kevvie: How Queensland made $5500 disappear

You’re probably right MC. I just saved to 3 characters!

We should ban footy player acronyms, IMHO

Lol

Wayne Bennett lied to us, signed James Roberts and then got pants'd by the Eels on Friday night

As a Rabbitohs supporter I’m not disappointed in Cody at all.

Cody wasn’t pushing a political agenda. He was asked a question in an interview and answered honestly and respectfully.

His quoted words in the Sydney Morning Herald interview were, “I’m not pushing my views on anyone, it’s just how me and my family have grown up and how I feel. I’ve already voiced my opinion, and I want to reiterate it’s just my opinion.”

He is making a personal decision based on his belief that the anthem is not representative of he and his family – he is not pushing an agenda or inciting hatred against non-indigenous Australians. He isn’t denigrating Australia or Australians. He isn’t saying we should change the anthem or change the flag. He’s simply saying that the anthem does not represent him, and he’s not alone in feeling that way, especially amongst indigenous Australians.

There’s nothing “radical” about any of that.

Two Aussies won't sing the national anthem. Let's find out why

Nah, it should be seventh Burgess after Julie, as she was important in the creation of the first four Burgi.

Adam Reynolds cleared of fracture, likely to be fit for Origin

My main concern with Cleary is that last year he was the junior partner to Maloney. It was very much Jimmy’s side. I was expecting the same to happen this year, with Keary running the show and Cleary being the junior partner.

If Walker is pivot, this puts added pressure on Cleary to be the guy who directs the team around. Is he up for it based on current form? Am not so sure. That’s where the Walker Reynolds combo can work.

Adam Reynolds cleared of fracture, likely to be fit for Origin

I agree Jimmmmmmmmy, I think this a misunderstood aspect. A lot of players benefit from being in camp, being amongst the best players in the game, plus experiencing the intensity of Origin.

I’d rather have Souths players experience that as in most cases they’ll go to another level as players.

Adam Reynolds cleared of fracture, likely to be fit for Origin

Gee, Insider does goes on about Souths a bit too much. It is quite funny sometimes and even I get a kick out of it occasionally, as he has a tiny bit of wit, but it’s so incessant that I think perhaps a Souths player may have “cut his grass” in the past, and he hasn’t been able to forget (or forgive). But there could be another explanation, I suppose…

Is Ivan Cleary actually a good coach?