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NRL - Round 1

Which game are you most interested in?   15 members have voted

  1. 1. Which game are you most interested in?

    • Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs
      10
    • Brisbane Broncos v Manly Sea Eagles
      0
    • Parramatta Eels v New Zealand Warriors
      1
    • Canterbury Bulldogs v North Queensland Cowboys
      1
    • Penrith Panthers v Canberra Raiders
      0
    • Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons
      2
    • Cronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans
      0
    • Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers
      1

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Aye - let's just enjoy what we have.

Personally I get a bit bored with some of the in-game presentation in Australia - I think they are pretty rubbish with replays and they do get into petty arguments like ours do.

Their pre-game stuff always impresses me though, although ours is getting better.

They can be a bit shy of showing replays, but I always feel Sky here go a bit overboard with the replays at times. The spider cam stuff gave an interesting view in todays match. They just need to find the best times in the game to show that angle.

As for the commentators, well you can read just as much criticism of the Channel 9 and Fox guys from Aussies as you do about Eddie & Stevo in this country. It's the same as all the people who always ask for The Footy Show to be screened here. In Australia the viewing figures have been going down for years, and it gets roundly criticised every week as being garbage.

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It'd be interesting to compare the enjoyment level of the two competitions if we swapped commentary teams.

That's a good point. The main Aussie commentary team is superb. There's a big difference watching games with Warren,sterling and Gould not to mention Johns and Fittler. Than the next best team the Aussie have never mind Eddie and Stevo.

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One other thing from the Roosters v Rabbits game, the 'I wonder what Sonny Bill is thinking right now' bits were downright cringeworthy. I've got no truck with the guy coming back to the game, good luck to him, but the build up they gave him was a bit over the top for a bloke that's not played the game in 5 years.

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One other thing from the Roosters v Rabbits game, the 'I wonder what Sonny Bill is thinking right now' bits were downright cringeworthy. I've got no truck with the guy coming back to the game, good luck to him, but the build up they gave him was a bit over the top for a bloke that's not played the game in 5 years.

Agreed. Didnt like the interview clips mid game, just thought it was a bit weird!

Also agree about the Spider Cam, think it does add an extra dimension to the coverage but they will take time to work out how and when to use it. They made me dizzy with a couple of early scrums but quickly worked out that it didnt work and as soon as the ball came out the scrum they cut to a standard camera. Think it will improve as the season goes on.

Glad to have the NRL back, should be a good season!

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My views on Reed centre more on his natural ability rather than his form - and I suspect that whatever his form McNamara has made his mind up to select him any way - in the same way that players have been selected for the current squad who've barely played at all...

He's not a creative centre in the mould of Lyon or Gidley or even somebody like Wigan's under-rated Goulding... and - one feted individual try aside (the year before last) in which he shrugged aside tackle after tackle - he doesn't excite me as a runner when in possession of the ball. He looks lethargic rather than lively and quick and lacks either Watkins' combination of agile footwork and speed or the rejected Atkins' force and directness. When I first saw him play, I said on here that he looked more like a hard-working second rower than a thoroughbred centre - and I stick with that. As a defensive centre he offers no more than Michael Shenton - a proven international player whom I hope has not been permanently discarded.

To win the World Cup, England will need more than a team of willing triers capable only of playing a conservative brand of football...

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Agreed. Didnt like the interview clips mid game, just thought it was a bit weird!

Also agree about the Spider Cam, think it does add an extra dimension to the coverage but they will take time to work out how and when to use it. They made me dizzy with a couple of early scrums but quickly worked out that it didnt work and as soon as the ball came out the scrum they cut to a standard camera. Think it will improve as the season goes on.

Glad to have the NRL back, should be a good season!

Yeah, I think the Spider Cam worked a lot better in todays game at Brisbane. In the Easts v Souths game they seemed to focus soley on the scrums, and on a couple of occasions early on lost the play when the ball came out, which is why they started to cut away quicker to the side shot. Today they followed a few actual sets which gave a different perspective and it did work a lot better. It'll probably be more helpful in after match analysis to show actual lines of attack etc. It would be perfect for Phil Clarke and his stats show.

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Yeah, I think the Spider Cam worked a lot better in todays game at Brisbane. In the Easts v Souths game they seemed to focus soley on the scrums, and on a couple of occasions early on lost the play when the ball came out, which is why they started to cut away quicker to the side shot. Today they followed a few actual sets which gave a different perspective and it did work a lot better. It'll probably be more helpful in after match analysis to show actual lines of attack etc. It would be perfect for Phil Clarke and his stats show.

Not seen todays game yet so dont know how it was used, but it was good to see them learn as the Souths/Roosters game went on, I was a bit concerned they were going to over use it to begin with but they adjusted as they went on. Will be a good addition once they fine tune when they use it!

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Not the best game but still some quality on show. The second Broncos try was a great try. I doubt I will watch any SL as if I am going to watch a couple of games would rather watch the better standards in the NRL. Also the commentators are much better than the Sky duo! Broncos need a major overhaul of not just players but coaching staff etc. Attack wise they are poor and defence is not much better. Hodges blows hot and cold as does Wallace and Prince. I will be surprised if they even make the top 8. Manly will be in the 8. Foran and Cherry Evans look good. Lyon, Matai and Stewart will score tries. I doubt they will be strong enough to beat Melbourne or the Roosters though when it matters

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just watching the second half of the Rabbits v Roosters game.. George Burgess is had a hell of a game.. If he can carry on improving, and Tom can get up there too, the future England front row is potentially going to be a handful!!

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One other thing from the Roosters v Rabbits game, the 'I wonder what Sonny Bill is thinking right now' bits were downright cringeworthy. I've got no truck with the guy coming back to the game, good luck to him, but the build up they gave him was a bit over the top for a bloke that's not played the game in 5 years.

beat me to it, I thought it was embarrassingly bad. Good game though, but I thought it followed the trend of the nrl and was as formulaic as expected, rl by numbers.

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The SBW voice over was a mistake.

The idea was flawed and the fact he sounded a bit slow going did not help.

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I'm not sure about Spider Taken 2 out now on blu-ray and dvd Cam.

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Parra beating NZW 18-4 so far. Good game but I'm knackered and have to get some sleep.

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Parra beating NZW 18-4 so far. Good game but I'm knackered and have to get some sleep.

Parra win 40-10 with Hayne getting three tries.

That is a bit of a wipeout for the Warriors.

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Well, damn. Not the start I wanted to see. Turner messed up there.

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Thats better. Not the best start by either team though. 3 sets, 2 tries, 1 kick out on the full. Nice work down the right though and we got a lucky bounce. Doggies 6-4

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Making metres for fun, even without Kas, Graham and Pritchard. 12 gone, Bulldogs 10 NQL 4

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CBY 12 -18 NQL

Poor quality game so far. Too many errors, too many penalties. For the Dogs Keating and Halatau have been awful. No Organisation by Keating and he's killing more ops than he makes. Dessie needs to get into them at HT. I hope this is Keatings last game this year too. Hodkinson should have the jersey.

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Don't they call it 'second season syndrome'? Although on tonights performance, it could stretch into the third season as well. Although to be fair, very few of the Brisbane side covered themselves in glory today, particularly that second half. Your comment about getting picked up by a SL club is a bit unfair, and he might not want to leave Australia anyway.

Wasn't at all meant as a dig at the lad.

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HT

CBY 12 -18 NQL

Poor quality game so far. Too many errors, too many penalties. For the Dogs Keating and Halatau have been awful. No Organisation by Keating and he's killing more ops than he makes. Dessie needs to get into them at HT. I hope this is Keatings last game this year too. Hodkinson should have the jersey.

Its the first real game of the Season, it will take time to settle and knock the rust off, the real contenders will emerge in a months time.

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Surely supermen (Peptide Boy to the rescue!) are supermen all the time?

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