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The arrogance of these Aussie tw*ts 

it’ll continue till we beat them in a series or two. I pray they don’t make the World Cup final. 

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14 minutes ago, Phil said:

The arrogance of these Aussie tw*ts 

it’ll continue till we beat them in a series or two. I pray they don’t make the World Cup final. 

Well who else is going to make the final ? They are nailed on getting  there ,they are arrogant though.

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It sets up a convenient future narrative for this pinhead hack too. If he doesn't make it at Catalans, there's another "Decline and fall of a star" article.

If he does do well, it'll be nothing to do with good coaching helping find his earlier form, but "Jeez, Super League must be easy".

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He was making some salient points around his career and ending up at Catalans though at the heart of the article  .It was a guy who was a regular Origin player who stood up at that level , and a premiership winner , and he’s now unwanted by a team that’s struggled badly and rebuilding , and seemingly by anyone else hence going to Catalans . Whether that’s derogatory or not I don’t know but it’s probably accurate 

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8 minutes ago, DavidM said:

He was making some salient points around his career and ending up at Catalans though at the heart of the article  .It was a guy who was a regular Origin player who stood up at that level , and a premiership winner , and he’s now unwanted by a team that’s struggled badly and rebuilding , and seemingly by anyone else hence going to Catalans . Whether that’s derogatory or not I don’t know but it’s probably accurate 

Exactly, he didn't want to leave the NRL he basically run out of options due to his really poor form. He is getting a fresh start in a competition that is a standard below the NRL (whether we like it or not). There's nothing in the article that isn't true. 

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I was particularly interested in this section.

"Napa averaged 50 minutes and 121 metres per match with the Roosters in 2015, before increasing his output to 56 minutes and 123 metres in 2016.

The platform he provided as a prop, combined with his streak of aggression, earned him a Maroons jumper for the opening game of the 2017 series.

And while his numbers in Roosters colours dropped in 2017 and 2018 – he recorded 47 minutes and 98 metres per game in 2017, before registering 41 minutes and 78 metres per match in 2018 – he continued to represent Queensland."

He has been poor for several years while still being selected for Queensland in 2017 and 2018.  All that tells me is that the standard of prop in State of Origin is miles below what it was in the 80's, 90's and 2010's.

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20 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

I was particularly interested in this section.

"Napa averaged 50 minutes and 121 metres per match with the Roosters in 2015, before increasing his output to 56 minutes and 123 metres in 2016.

The platform he provided as a prop, combined with his streak of aggression, earned him a Maroons jumper for the opening game of the 2017 series.

And while his numbers in Roosters colours dropped in 2017 and 2018 – he recorded 47 minutes and 98 metres per game in 2017, before registering 41 minutes and 78 metres per match in 2018 – he continued to represent Queensland."

He has been poor for several years while still being selected for Queensland in 2017 and 2018.  All that tells me is that the standard of prop in State of Origin is miles below what it was in the 80's, 90's and 2010's.

Also shows you what an amazing prop Thomas Burgess is. Regularly hitting 150+ metres. 

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He over-eggs it, but the bottom line is that until our clubs are better than theirs, and our national team can beat theirs - which we haven’t for a very long time, and we’re often very very far behind them - they’ve got bragging rights and can pretty much say what they like.  

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2 hours ago, Fevrover said:

Well who else is going to make the final ? They are nailed on getting  there ,they are arrogant though.

Well Australia have only won 2 of their past 4 tests and can't beat Tonga.

Since they lost their golden generation and a lot of NRL players started to play for NZ, Tonga  Samoa etc they may never again be the unbeatable team they have been for the past 30 years.

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2 hours ago, Dunbar said:

I was particularly interested in this section.

"Napa averaged 50 minutes and 121 metres per match with the Roosters in 2015, before increasing his output to 56 minutes and 123 metres in 2016.

The platform he provided as a prop, combined with his streak of aggression, earned him a Maroons jumper for the opening game of the 2017 series.

And while his numbers in Roosters colours dropped in 2017 and 2018 – he recorded 47 minutes and 98 metres per game in 2017, before registering 41 minutes and 78 metres per match in 2018 – he continued to represent Queensland."

He has been poor for several years while still being selected for Queensland in 2017 and 2018.  All that tells me is that the standard of prop in State of Origin is miles below what it was in the 80's, 90's and 2010's.

Tells me the coach rotated him along with the other props in the squad more regular, 

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4 hours ago, Futtocks said:

It sets up a convenient future narrative for this pinhead hack too. If he doesn't make it at Catalans, there's another "Decline and fall of a star" article.

If he does do well, it'll be nothing to do with good coaching helping find his earlier form, but "Jeez, Super League must be easy".

Or coming into a good culture at Catalan.

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8 hours ago, Dunbar said:

I was particularly interested in this section.

"Napa averaged 50 minutes and 121 metres per match with the Roosters in 2015, before increasing his output to 56 minutes and 123 metres in 2016.

The platform he provided as a prop, combined with his streak of aggression, earned him a Maroons jumper for the opening game of the 2017 series.

And while his numbers in Roosters colours dropped in 2017 and 2018 – he recorded 47 minutes and 98 metres per game in 2017, before registering 41 minutes and 78 metres per match in 2018 – he continued to represent Queensland."

He has been poor for several years while still being selected for Queensland in 2017 and 2018.  All that tells me is that the standard of prop in State of Origin is miles below what it was in the 80's, 90's and 2010's.

Given qld had to pick bang average props like Andrew Gee, Tony Hearn, Craig Greenhill etc throughout the 90s, I dunno how true that is... Qld kept persisting with Napa due to a lack of depth, maybe, but i think more due to us knowing what he CAN do and hoping the big stage would bring it out of him. By 2019 we'd realised it wasn't gonna happen.

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16 hours ago, Mr Frisky said:

Well Australia have only won 2 of their past 4 tests and can't beat Tonga.

Since they lost their golden generation and a lot of NRL players started to play for NZ, Tonga  Samoa etc they may never again be the unbeatable team they have been for the past 30 years.

We shall see eventually.

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Australia and NZ are pretty much nailed on to meet in a semi-final (unless Fiji repeats 2017 in the QF).

The 2022 Aus squad will be better than their 2017 counterparts but by no means unbeatable. NZ will miss RTS but now possess a spine with overall more depth and quality than 2017 and IMO have an edge on Australia in the pack. NZ should also have the benefit of a mid-season test in addition to any warmup matches they schedule to build team cohesion after not playing since 2019.

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