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Member Since 02 Jun 2008
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In Topic: TotalRL NRL Tipping Competiton 2015 Round 12 - Letsby Avenue

Yesterday, 07:35 PM

Poll - Raiders v Broncos



1 away win

262 points

In Topic: NZ Competitions

24 May 2015 - 03:42 PM

Investing stuff kiwis.

What is the strength of the junior league set up over there? The reason I ask is that all the NRL teams seem to have a constant supply of kiwi kids to help stock their NYC side. I constantly hear of their scouting missions to unearth the next SBW or Manu Vatuvei. Either the junior scene is really strong with plenty to select from or the playing standard is extremely high (or both)?

In Topic: State of Origin Game 1 (Spoilers)

23 May 2015 - 05:56 AM

Michael Jennings has been a liability in Test matches for most of his career, he has had a couple of great games but often he passes the ball over the sideline or goes himself when he has an overlap.

His blistering acceleration is not enough for his other short comings IMO

I'd have Dean Whare before Jennings every day of the week. He beats him in all areas with the exception of outright speed, although Whare is no slouch either.

In Topic: An Englishman’s view of Origin

22 May 2015 - 10:09 PM

I would agree that there is no player these days - except Thurston, Inglis, Smith, Slater - who can pull of the magic 79th-minute play on demand like Lewis, Johns or Langer or others in the past but I think that is because defence has improved faster than attack over the last 25 years.

Possibly so Fd, but I think there is a lot more negative coaching in Origin in recent years as well.

It looks to me like Daley has picked a team on the same basis as last year. A big pack to try and stifle the Queenslanders, tall wingers for an ariel contest (as they are unlikely to get quality ball through the backline) and a halfback who is good defensively but never runs the ball at the line.

Unfortunately for Laurie, this year he does not have the individual brilliance of Jarryd Hayne to dig them out of a hole and he can't rely on Cooper Cronk breaking his arm early in game one again.

I heard an interview with Mal Meninga the other day where he stated he wanted his team to play footy this year. I personally hope Queensland cut loose and force NSW into looking at creativity as an option.

In Topic: An Englishman’s view of Origin

22 May 2015 - 09:44 PM

Needs to bring back the Biff

Would be great but that ship has sailed now.

It would be interesting to see how the refs would deal with an all in brawl though. Surely they wouldn't sin bin say 12 players if the first scrum erupted?