Just noticed that Premier Sports are showing live coverage of the Holden Cup U20s Finals series starting on Friday morning at 8am. Tigers v Bunnies on Friday and then Knights v Dragons and Roosters v Warriors on Saturday morning.
Broncos v Eels was also going to be shown, but it's now being played at the same time as the Roosters v Panthers NRL game, so Premier presumably aren't showing it.
That 40/20 rule with the 'quick' restart is pointless. Hardly anyone ever manages to actually get a quick restart out of it, and as Phil Gould said in commentary, what exactly was wrong with having a scrum? But blaming a ball boy for throwing the ball to the player instead of placing the ball on the ground is just a joke.
I think all the AFL teams in Melbourne play their games out of 2 grounds, which I believe are pretty central, which gives them an advantage. In Sydney, I thought the SFS was a good ground for RL, but there's no trains out that way. As LRL says, ANZ is just too big for most of the games they play there. The suburban grounds I saw left a fair bit to be desired.
I also think the NRL are also still too much tied down by the TV contract. Monday night games are a good example. TV loves them but the crowds are generally poor. The AFL tried Sunday night games this year for TV, and after a 'disappointing' crowd of 40,000 they canned them. Even if the NRL wanted to change time slots, they can't.