OK, this ain't ever going to happen. The Aussies don't like P&R. But if in a parallel universe they did and there was an NRL2, what sort of teams do you think would be competing in it? What areas could possibly run a small NRL club that could potentially become a large one?
I've gone with a 16 team league for no particular reason other than NRL1 is, but here they are. Feel free to rip into it!
Adelaide Rams (SA)
Brisbane Bombers (QLD)
Central Coast (NSW)
Illawarra Steelers (NSW)
Ipswich Jets (QLD)
North Sydney Bears (NSW)
Northern Pride (Cairns, QLD)
PNG Hunters (Port Moresby, PNG)
Sunshine Coast (QLD)
Wellington Orcas (NZ)
West Coast Pirates (Perth, WA)
Speaking after the game at the KC Stadium, McDermott said, "I thought our supporters were outstanding at the KC Stadium last night. Their reception and appreciation for Richard Horne on his final game before retirement was exemplary and singing for Gareth Ellis, even after he had scored against us, shows what a special club we have. Contrast that with the abuse that Tom Briscoe received throughout the game and I think it shows the class of our supporters.
"Even when the momentum turned against us, they did everything they could to try and lift the side and it was bitterly disappointing that we could not get the win for them. It was interesting at the end that Hull did a lap of honour but were soon off the pitch in contrast to our own lap of thanks a fortnight ago after the heartbreaking loss to Saints. Some of our players didn't leave the field until nearly midnight which shows the special bond between our players and our fans."
Worst rule in rugby league. One foot over the line so you can hit the ball out. But inly if the ball's moving.
It's confusing. It's negative. It doesn't reward a great kick. Why the hell was it brought in? Everyone was happy when it went after 2002.