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Nah… Better coaches coach better… The game would be safer with less interchanges, forwards with bigger minutes will be less explosive, more fatigue etc… four big units on the bench is becoming old fashioned and it’s catching teams out…
Maybe Gus wasn’t as daft as people thought buying up every utility that comes on the market…

Is it time to get rid of the 18th man in rugby league and just have a five-man bench instead?

Rugby League under V’landys… Something happens once and we change the whole fabric of the game… Again… It’s a very immature approach…

I can’t think of another sport that so readily just changes the rules, and in ways that have huge further impacts… Sometimes mid season! Even AFL shows more maturity.

Down in the Blues: Send off or not? Madge's muddles - Origin I wash up

Yup… I get that it needs funding… But it’s starting to lose me…

Round 14 Team Lists: Five Origin stars out of action, Sailor gets recall, Edwards a chance at Panthers

haha… this site is getting worse for ads… I have asked my GP for Ritalin to calm my eyes down… Almost unreadable on the phone now…

Round 14 Team Lists: Five Origin stars out of action, Sailor gets recall, Edwards a chance at Panthers

Agreed, a bit silly… Billy is all class. But it is a bit of a nothing story hey?

The kid went in hard and fast and got it wrong. I don’t think he wanted to hit Walsh in the head, but did want to rattle him hard, as any Blues tactic would include.

But when you get it wrong in 2024 you are in trouble because you are held accountable for your actions. I go for Queensland, thought it was a sendoff, but hoped it wouldn’t be, because I still review these incidents in terms of malice and intent. I am a dinosaur. Feel for the big young unit to be honest.

'Toughest thing': Suaalii's send-off regret, Madge arcs up at Thurston's 'target' claim, Myles' f-bomb sledge revealed

Maybe because he is not a professional boxer?

'Toughest thing': Suaalii's send-off regret, Madge arcs up at Thurston's 'target' claim, Myles' f-bomb sledge revealed

Very saddened to hear this… Smashing lad, full of heart to the end, as he was as a player… Lovely family and great mates supporting him… RIP Rob

Prince Williams leads tributes after Rob Burrow loses brave battle with motor neurone disease

Bateman is one of my favourite players. Each to their own 😊

NRL News: Two players stood down under no-fault policy, Seibold walks out of contract talks, Panthers pounce on Tiger

Sooo sideways! Ciraldo must be shaking his head.

Raiders reduced to 11 but rally to run down Dogs to celebrate Ricky's contract extension in style

Totally agree (apart from the three Captains Challenges)

Let’s check facts if we have to, foot on the line, close 40/20s, though even that is not totally accurate. Everything else is on the ref.
Video intervention is killing the spectacle. It’s a game. It’s a drama. It’s entertainment. It’s passion.

People who want black and white interpretations are deluded and will never be happy. Refs are paid for opinions, on the run, under pressure and fatigue. The refs in the bunker have a harder job. They are expected to be 100% accurate by us all, even as we are seeing the incident differently from our mates, to others on The Roar, or to Gus, and Coops, and Andrew Moore… It’s delusional…

And… After watching something really minor on repeat for a couple of minutes, that is unclear and always will be, then we accept several ‘six again’ calls, clear forward passes, offsides etc, because we know deep down, it’s a live collision sport and there are potential infractions EVERY PLAY!

We all get incensed with the ref but more and more I’m happy to cop the vagaries of that over the discussions about the bunker. And, last point, when I started watching the game before all this misery, the touchies were far more involved and genuinely assisted the ref. I’d be happy for them to do their job, keep the bunker for in/out line calls, and end the milking behaviour of big tough hombres.

The NRL shouldn't follow the EPL and get rid of video refs - they should recognise that the Bunker is the Wizard of Oz

Dead right BG… I’m from Wigan and live in Melbourne. 20 years ago down here NRL was never mentioned and no one respected it. Now… I go to the game with Chilean mates, ex RU Poms, Indian descent buddies… At work everyone follows the Storm progress.

Bellamy has done more to make the game national than just about anyone. It’s not easy to do what he has led, with Ponissi and others. Look at Gold Coast… The Rams…

Someone said it the other day. Ever hear Craig go on about the refs? All class.

'What am I going to do if I'm not doing this?': No slowing down as Bellamy signs on for 23rd year with Storm

Spot on BG. His legacy into the future will be twofold.

1. He developed some of the greatest players of his era

2. He quietly gave NRL mainstream status in Victoria.

Unfortunately he will always be remembered by some for the salary cap story too. 😔

'What am I going to do if I'm not doing this?': No slowing down as Bellamy signs on for 23rd year with Storm

Totally agree. Playing a team who many have as favourites for the comp, with two very inexperienced kids in key positions, in the teaming rain, I thought they were good. Forwards were great, especially RCG who was magnificent.

Arthurs is obviously a very good bloke and coach. NRL is like The Squid Game. There always seems to be a requirement to try and end someone’s career in the commentary… Yet parasites such as Hoops sail on year after year…?

It’s a ladder and to have a top requires a bottom… Eels were in a gf recently. It’s not like how the Tigers have been…

Arthur pressure mounts as Parra fail to make domination count against battling Broncos

Haha… We will agree to disagree. It’s a silly subject really…

But, it’s obviously horses for courses. Storm wouldn’t swap Bellamy. Panthers wouldn’t swap Cleary… There are others. But I love Bennett. Great dancer!

'What am I going to do if I'm not doing this?': No slowing down as Bellamy signs on for 23rd year with Storm

Klein has been blowing people’s minds for many years. Both sets of supporters blow up about him every game! he is the Roger Irrelevant of refereeing.

https://viz.fandom.com/wiki/Roger_Irrelevant

Seriously though, if a ref was going to ‘fix’ a game they wouldn’t be making these crazy exotic calls to do it… The real danger of match fixing in the NRL is the six agains… no one knows why, no one reviews them, and lets be honest, you could probably award one almost every tackle. Total lack of transparency and accountability for mine.

NRL News: Latrell returns a changed man - Hornby, 'Our game is finished' fumes Fatty at Bunker after 'awful' penalty

Too afraid? 😂
He loves his job… He loves his colleagues… his team… he is loved… and doing a great job. If anything, it just makes him more impressive to my mind. A big ego might want to chase glory all over. Bellamy loves his life. Thank goodness.

Just watched little videos of Tui and Harry today. Two smashing young blokes and no doubt influenced by a high calibre bloke like Craig.

Robinson isn’t a one trick pony. He went great at Catalans… Belting coach too.

'What am I going to do if I'm not doing this?': No slowing down as Bellamy signs on for 23rd year with Storm

I used to love him as a player too… Very tough… He can certainly coach, Big Shaun…

Steve McNamara can save South Sydney – but if they appoint Bennett, Parra should swoop

Spot on about the Dream Team of Ikin and Kent, and getting more none ‘Legends of Our Great Game’. It has gone seriously downhill. Braith and the whole carry on reminds me of the commentators on The Hunger Games.

No one can touch Andrew Moore and Luke Lewis on ABC. Just brilliant. Drop Matt Elliot in too… Pity there are no pictures!

I miss Sterlo too…

Who else vomits when any kid who breaks a tackle, catches a high ball, or says something cheeky post match is labelled ‘a SOOG’ (Superstar of our Game) Spare me Michael Ennis!

Full of himself, prickly and easy to rile. Is there any point to NRL360 without Paul Kent?

Everyone has their own ‘most despicable’ and ‘Hoops’ gets all six Dally M points for me, every week… Smarmy Sidekick Bully vibe… That knowing smile he rolls out when contradicted…

Full of himself, prickly and easy to rile. Is there any point to NRL360 without Paul Kent?

Feel for JD. Let down by players and the club for me. I dislike mid season sackings. It always highlights bad management above.
Awful watching him chased around the carpark… Just rotten treatment.
Wade Graham nailed it on 360. Leaking the outcome to Buzz R before the end of the meeting speaks to the calibre of the people involved…

'Success hasn't been forthcoming': Souths sack Demetriou after fractured board eventually decides time's up

I’ve mentioned it before TB. I’m trying not to bag the refs this year. Some interesting calls tonight but it’s split second stuff, under pressure, under fatigue. No one else is perfect… Blowing up about the Big Nas nudge is absolutely ridiculous… Nearly half a ton of muscle in that melee! Barest nudge. Pathetic form from Roosters. Really poor leadership

'Both were really clear': Roosters in a rage over ref's contentious calls as Storm win on the back of two dubious tries

Feel your pain Panthers. I know we all love to despise you lot these days… but fair play, you have developed your talent… Extraordinary effort that just keeps continuing…
I go for the Storm. I know everyone despises us still too… We also had a good run. 😊 I know we are inherently evil… Wrestling… Chicken Wing… Cap Cheats… Leg Pulling… Ref Whisperers… yada yada… But we developed almost all of our players too. We don’t have a big nursery, but the best lads we have had, we developed, many of them cast offs from other systems… Its good for the league, but it is quite not right.
The Dogs team that should have beaten us on the weekend were chocked full with stars from other systems… probably six from your crowd alone? Mind you, I am pleased for the Doggies supporters who have held strong through tough years.
I’m bamboozled as to why each club has to have a minimum spend as well as a cap? Fair play, a cap slows Uncle Nick from his spending sprees… but why should a rubbish team be paid as much as a Panthers or Broncos team, stacked full of talent? Just weird… I might well be missing something.

The Fish that broke the Panthers’ back: Dynasty in danger with JFH the biggest blow in long list of star departures

Dead right Josh. Could have been on the wing and bust his ankle badly by a freak accident, just like Coates… There are some unusual human beings that frequent this site. Revolting comments.

'We go again': Papenhuyzen responds after horrific injury as star goes under knife on fractured ankle

Thank you TB. There are some people here, and some so called Storm fans amongst them, that should be ashamed of themselves for blaming a freak, tragic injury on Craig Bellamy here. I am disgusted by them and heartbroken for this young lad…
Got to find a scapegoat these days… horrible direction that society has headed towards…

'We go again': Papenhuyzen responds after horrific injury as star goes under knife on fractured ankle

Thanks Mike, great article

The brains behind the Broncos? How Lee Briers is bringing the best out of Reynolds, Walsh and Haas

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