Lounge Room Lizard

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    NRL 2018 - Round 23 Match Thread

    How useless are the Eels in attack? Melbourne didnt even have 13 fit players left and had half the team playing in different roles as normal and yet the Eels couldnt score a legit try despite being helped by the Match Officials. The amount of forward passes, laying on and offsides was seemingly ignored. A try gifted to them even though it was out and still the Eels looked like the team struggling due to injuries and players playing out of position. They deserve the Wooden Spoon for being so useless. Manly are in real trouble and tacke away the T-Brothers and they are no better than a NSW Cup team. I think they will do well to survive in 5 years time the way things are and I cant see things changing much no matter who is coach. Too many problems behind the scene.
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    Super League Structure Sorted Within Next Fortnight

    The problem is the people making the decisions only care or see things from where they stand. Yes SL and Certain Clubs are worth alot to the game. And yes the game needs to look after these to the best it can. BUT it also has to be careful that it doesnt ignore or look to damage other areas of the game. The game needs the likes of Leigh, Halifax, Featherstone, York, London Skolars, London Broncos, Coventry Bears, Batley etc as much as it needs SL Clubs like Salford, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Leeds, Wigan etc. The game cant afford to ignore and potentially lose Clubs and possibly another couple of thousand of fans just for the benefit of a dozen clubs. The Clubs outside of SL also need to understand that SL is where the game gets most of its money and interest from via Crowds, TV/Media, Sponsorship etc. Clubs need to be thinking of how they can grow themselves and not be so reliant on money from TV or a Money man. I wonder how many Clubs actually have a business plan and where they see themselves in 5 years and how they aim to get there. The Sport since 1895 has made decisions with little thought on whats best for the Sport. Too many decisions have been made with short term thinking and no real plan on where the game and Clubs want to be in 5, 10 or 20 years time. The Clubs and RL has failed in many cases to see beyond the 80 minutes played and thats why it is in the state it is because of that. I want to hear that Elstone and Rimmer have been busy talking to Clubs, Fans, Media, Sponsors etc this past month or so. I would hope that they have a Framework that takes in to consideration the needs and wants of everybody from who they have spoken. I would hope that would form the basis of any discussion Elstone and Rimmer for me should be working on together where they want the first the Pro game to be in 5, 10 and 20 years and how the Sport is going to achieve that best. A Structure is worked out whats good for the game as a whole, rather than a certain section. I would also hope that the Structure has a plan for all Clubs to have the Chance to end up in SL whether they are in SL, Championship, League 1 or dont yet exist. I also hope that once we have a structure and plan set out for the Pro Game that we then see a plan on how we can keep growing the Womens game, Physical Disability, Juniors, Amateur (Both in and outside the "Heartlands). Sadly I dont hold out much hope of any of the above happening. The game and clubs will keep on drifting aimlessly around looking for the perfect solution that doesnt exist.....
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    Derek Beaumont statement Re Leighs future........

    The Leigh club led by DB has been poorly run from the beginning and it has been clear to most. Sadly it's the Leigh fans that suffer. Why did Leigh sign players without clauses in if they got relegated and also failed to make the top 4 or gain promotion? Who decided that Jukes stay ashead coach for so long after it was clear he was out his depth for where Leigh had.aimed for? Who was responsible for bringing in KC who was so poor at Saints and inexperienced? Why was DB involved in the coaching at times? Why should LSV contact Leigh about 2 dates in Feb und March 2019? Can Leigh not arrange away games on them dates like when other clubs groundshare? I think Leigh and fans are better off without the drama queen. Hopefully they can enjoy some stability, honesty and get some respect back. Money men are often short term successes but leave a trail of lies and disaster behind that puts clubs in real danger. Hopefully somebody can step in so Leigh don't go under.
  4. Not a bad effort from the Part time team in defence. Once again Fax struggle in attack and is probably why they will not win in the 8s. Not sure Toronto are good enough to go up. For all the money they are spending they have struggled the last 2 games against part time teams. They did not impress today. Can see London sneaking past them for a SL spot.
  5. 9 of the Fax 19 are from the Town. Would be great to have Toronto able to do the same in a few years time. Toronto are big favourites, but Fax will not allow Toronto to simply turn up and win.
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    New Wigan Coach(es)

    For me how Wigan are operating the past 12 to 18 months is a wierd way of trying to be the best club in Europe. They allow an experienced Coach and a number of experienced players who have been successful, to walk away. They replace them, with respect,with mainly inexperienced players who are not of the same quality or experience. Employ an experienced Coach for 1 year, to be replaced by somebody who has no experience of coaching Rugby League at that level. It just comes across as a wierd way to run a Club with the money and prestege that Wigan enjoy. It seems a big gamble on a number of fronts.
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    Slater to retire for good at end of season

    You obviously have not watched many games involving Slater in the past 2 years. By far the best and most consistent Fullback in this time.
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    Slater to retire for good at end of season

    The best Fullback ever in the history of the game for me. Has probably changed the role of the Fullback, the most in history,with how he adapted the role in Defence and attack and how everybody has followed since. Has Billy pushed the limits at times with how he has played? Yes but thats probably why he has been so good and kept ahead of some quality fullbacks. His record across the NRL and Rep Scene speaks for itself. He will not be moving to Super League and can see him combining Media with staying and being involved with Coaching at Melbourne - possibly at Queensland like he has done in the past when injured. He has 2 young Kids, a stable and many sponsorship deals that it would make no sense to move outside of Australia. Its a shame that a few on Social Media are happy to bag a legend of the game and fail to appreciate the quality of such players.
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    PANTHERS SACK ANTHONY GRIFFIN

    Gould is a Egomaniac and Griffin refused to accept the way Gould wanted to do things. The timing is a strange one considering the Panthers are in the Top 5 and still in with a good chance of a Top 4 finish. I think they should have waited until the end of the season. 7 years now with Gould at the Panthers and he seems to want to do everything and stick his nose in to everything. I cant see that being beneficial for the Coaches or the Players. I think Gould is in fear of losing Nathan Cleary and is going after Ivan Cleary to keep him. But It was Gould who sacked Ivan Cleary and I think Ivan should stay well away from Gould and the Panthers. Gould cant help sticking his nose in to the coaching scene at Penrith. 3 Coaches now sacked and what has Gould achieved and who questions his role at the Panthers? A Coach must be crazy to work under Gould considering his reputation and record. Gould wants to be boss and control everything. Gould should just appoint himself as boss.
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    Shock as Penrith sack coach

    Gould is a Egomaniac and Griffin refused to accept the way Gould wanted to do things. The timing is a strange one considering the Panthers are in the Top 5 and still in with a good chance of a Top 4 finish. I think they should have waited until the end of the season I think Gould is in fear of losing Nathan Cleary and is going after Ivan Cleary to keep him. But It was Gould who sacked Ivan Cleary and I think Ivan should stay well away from Gould and the Panthers. Gould cant help sticking his nose in to the coaching scene at Penrith. 3 Coaches now sacked and what has Gould achieved and who questions his role at the Panthers?
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    Odsal - Carter and Hudgell interest

    I dont think that is so clear cut. That depends if a Club is in a position to keep the Stadium in a good condition or not. The cost of renovations etc is not cheap. How many clubs could afford to rebuild a stand? Also it depends on whether the cost of renting is lower than the cost of owning a Stadium. Also some details like how much a Club can use the Stadium, how much if any from the Bar Takings and Hospitality a club can make etc. I
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    The code wars in Australia - NRL outlook justified?

    The NRL also do not help Clubs when they plan the fixture list. Putting Sydney games on a Thursday Night like Parra v Canterbury, Penrith v Cronulla, St.George v Parra, Parra v Souths, Penrith v Wests, Canterbury v Roosters will see low crowds turn up. I would not want to try and get from say Redfearn/Bondi/Kogarah/Cronulla areas to Parramatta or Penrith (And the other way round) on a Thursday at Rush hour time! Yet the NRL have Scheduled a number of games this season on a Thursday and expect fans to make the trip.These games for meshould be played on a Weekend for me and games v Teams outside Sydney should be played for me on a Thursday. But I guess the NRL are only thinking about the TV Companies and not Fans. I would also say getting to the MCG in Melbourne from many areas of the City is far easier and stress free than trying to get to the ANZ from many areas of Sydney.The area around ANZ is not really an area where Wests, Canterbury, Souths have historically drawn fans from and for many is a pain to get to and why many dont bother to go but watch at home on TV.
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    NRL - Run to the finals

    The Storm aand Roosters as expected really have come good and the attack with both seems to have improved to complement the defence. My money is on them being in the GF. I think they both are the two form teams and they have both strength in depth and the quality that others dont seem to have. They have a number of key players across the park and if one or two are off they have others that can still get them to spark and win in someway. I think Origin has hurt the Dragons big style more mentally than physically. I think they dont have the mental toughness to now beat the rivals in the top 4 especially if they fall behind in a game. They were not at the races for the Panthers and Roosters games recently for example. They are not consistant enough to challenge for a GF spot for me Souths have also dropped off performance wise recently, but are still winning games. They should have lost against the Eels but somehow won. The next two games are massive against Storm and Roosters. They need to really step up and show they can match if not beat them both over 80 minutes. Not sure they can. Cronulla could be the dark horses for a GF but they seem to be a bit hot and cold at times. I dont think in the backs and halves they have the quality and consistancy that the Roosters and Storm have. And I could not understand at the weekend why Gallen took the ball for a hit up when they had to score with a minute on the clock. They just at times fail to read the situation to win importnt games. They are a tough team to beat but sometimes they seem to beat themselves by playing dumb. Panthers and Broncos are hard to call and inconsistant. Panthers against the Sea Eagles a prime example. Both teams I think lack strength in depth and rely on a couple of players to get them to spark and win. If they are off, then the whole team seems to struggle. Broncos have a great pack but question marks about the Halves and backs. The Coaching issues around the next coach probably doesnt help at times.
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    Manly Fans - Where are you?

    Said it on the main forum but Brookvale is falling apart and shouldnt be used for NRL games. The Club itself for the past couple of years is a disaster that runs from one crisis to another. Then the team itself is probably the worst Manly squad in over 30 plus years. Add to the fact that the Club like many in the Sydney area just seem to do nothing to bring in new fans. Not a real surprise they got 6K for this game for me. I can see them being bought out and moving to Perth and playing the odd game in Gosford.