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Episode · 9 months ago

2021 NRL Dally M & End of Season Awards & Semi-Finals Preview | Rugby League

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The Dally M Awards are almost upon us so in preparation for that I run through who I believe should win each award handed out on the night. The episode also includes an in-depth look at the first week of finals and a look ahead to the upcoming Semi-Final weekend. 

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Welcome back to another episode of the underball podcast. The Best Potty gun round here for another nurl episode, and today we will be reviewing finals week one or an awesome week. It was for interesting games, all for their own reasons. We're going to take a bit more of a deep dive this week. Usually because, as you know, eight games, there's a lot going on. Some of the Games maybe aren't that important. I sort of just skim over the Games, have a Breaf, just brief discussion of what happened. But today I've, you know, doesn't research, got some stats, talked about what went wrong for teams and Oh yeah, so that's probably going to take a bit longer today, but there is only four games, so I might even out. So yeah, that that should be good. Diving into a bit more into that and then I also going to do this till next week. But the Dali m awards reportedly doesn't mean announced, as we all know well, and Rl fans do, Dalm awards one of the all time worst run events ever. Not to always compare us to AFL, but the brownlows are very official event and run very, very well and we still don't really know the date. The source. I saw today said it's over two days, over the twenty and the twenty seven. So I'm not sure what they're going to be doing differently. I don't know if they're maybe going to spend a bit more time on the Daly m plate vote count, which I wouldn't hate, because I do think sometimes it sort of just goes a bit quick and they just read like the top ten people who matter, which I think is a bit stiff. I reckon you know, the players who get vote should be credited. If you're not what I mean, even if you only get one for the season. But so I'm going to touch on that because I don't know what awards are being mentioned next Monday on the twenty. I'm recording this on the Monday, so week before that, but I just thought just in case they go through a lot of awards, I may as well do my dalling m episode today and then obviously going to preview the I guess a semi finals. Aren't they to semi finals this upcoming week? But firstly into the final, first week of finals. We bit of a weird one really. I said last week they weren't going to be many upsets. There was one and it was pretty close. So in that sense I wasn't too far off. But the game I think everyone was most excited for probably turned out to be the biggest FIZZER. The store mursts the seagulls on Friday night. I don't know, I just had I said on the podcast I think the storm will win, but I don't think would be by much. Like I think I maybe said fifteen to twenty points somewhere in there. But on Friday and leading up I just had this sneaking suspicion. I know this sounds like I'm just saying this and you know, bit of confirmation bias probably makes me feel a bit better about it, but I did have a feeling like it wouldn't shock me if the storm blow manly out. They'd all had a week off. Everyone was sort of starting to write them off. I think Michael Lenn has had them third knees power rankings, which I just think was ridiculous. I will give myself credit. I've had them number one of my power rankings all season. Haven't wave it on that one. But and yeah, there's a lot of people backing in panthers for the Premiership. A lot of people backing in manly and I just thought this is the kind of situation where Melbourne put on a real performance and short sort of just show everyone who's boss yet again. So, and that's exactly what happened. The storm had sixty one percent possession and completed ninety percent. So those two combined really hard to beat them. Pretty much you need to get storm on a day where they maybe are a little bit less discipline than usual, but that's a very, very rare and they've just got too much skill to when they have sixty one percent possession, you're not going to beat them really unless you...

...have one of the luckiest performances ever. And then, yeah, ninety percent completion. That's obviously something they thought of. If they just have more ball than the opposition, even if the opposition has likes turbo one stuff. They just back themselves to be good enough to win the game, which makes sense. The storm had five line breaks thirty six tackled breaks, which are both pretty incredible consider manly hardly had any. I think they had zero line breaks in general, and the storm had six hundred and fifty meters more than manly, which is pretty incredible. Manly had nine hours, nine penalties, so unlike the storm and the were very ill disciplined. The nine errors is not actually outrageous in isolation, but I think the storm on they had like five. So you compare it to some of the other games and it doesn't sound ridiculous. But when you put those two together, eighteen turnovers, I guess you could say, yeah, you're not really helping a chance. It's also something interesting. I know that they only use five interchanges and I haven't never checked the stat of my life, but I don't know that if manly have always been doing this. But I thought that was a pretty weird, just weird thing to be doing. I know some of their bench is in that experienced and the likes of all the Kauwa to and schooster can play eighty minutes, but I just thought that was pretty bizarre to only be using five interchanges. It seems like it's somewhat of a disadvantage, especially when you're up against such a good Ford pack like Melbourne's. Another thing. Obviously you got to address it. Turbo didn't have the normally impact that he has, but I'm not going to I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people who come out and say he's crapping all this stuff or his day jared Hayne. But he's still a great play out. Don't get me wrong. Would not shock me if he comes out and puts on a clinic this week. But something I do have to question is toop only had twenty touches and this is the first time he's had less than thirty touches since round seven. So I hole ten less touches and that's pretty significant and I don't know, I don't know if I'm over analyzing this. I think the first fifteen minutes he was really up for the fight, like really wanted to put on a show. I think he got met with some physicality, some rough tactics really from Melbourn, I think a fleas CAFUCI has, he solft and does came out and, you know, nothing illegal, but they would definitely pushing the boundaries of what's allowed in tackles. And I'm not saying he's soft or anything, but after that first fifteen and I know he had wasn't having as much success, so maybe mainly thought that's not working, let's go do something else. But when you've been tearing up the competition as much as turbo has. I just think he's earned the right and manly should have enough faith in him to just keep going for the whole eighty minutes, or maybe for at least sixty minutes, or just do it here and they're not just go fifteen minutes. If it doesn't work, we pull out for the rest of the game. Because, yeah, I don't know if it was a tactable thing or turbo just didn't want the ball. I didn't notice his positioning was a lot worse than the second half of it did almost seem like he was a bit rattled and he didn't really want the ball in the second half, which it could it be true. I could be overanalyzing it, as I mentioned, but for me touches is I know you're going to get more touches the more effective you are, but touches is something that you can control. You can't control how many means you get, necessarily sometimes the defense is just going to be really on to you. You can't control how many line breaks you get because, yeah, as I mentioned, the defense might be too good, but you control how many times you get the ball, and I just found that really bizarre and that's what I was disappointed in from turbo. I think he only had like eight touches or something in the second half. So yeah, that was really disappointing. From me. I didn't care that he had it off game. He was Dun off game. He was against the best defense in the competition, but the fact that he didn't really go searching it didn't I think he had a run five meters out with tender go and that was sort of something we hadn't seen since the first fifteen minutes and that sort of bark this thinking. But yeah, I think that was a bit disappointing from Turbo. But don't get me wrong, gun player always was duefer an less effective game...

...and I think he might be back this week, but just thought I'd mention that. I thought that was a bit disappointing. Morgan Harper also had a real shock. He's had a great season but it's started from go one really, word one really he sort of was that fault for that first try Cherry Evans, not with the greatest pass but just went straight through his hands. And can't remember some of the others, but I think I had three hours all up. Only had like sixty meters. He just wasn't his usual self. I was attending to on the Saturday morning. I watched the bloke in a bar block and a bar and hello sport did a live reaction to it and kemp of bloke in a barmb mentioned that someone like him, who's like a very passionate, energetic player and ways they sometimes maybe try and lift another gear for finals when they don't really need to because they're already at that level on a regular basis. So that he was saying maybe he was trying too hard, which I definitely could see that being true. Someone like Morgan Harpery hasn't really made a name for themselves on the mainstream stage yet maybe wanted, you know, to put his name in bright lights. But he just wasn't playing his best footie and the calls for Moses slow to come in. I think they would just be ridiculously drastic. This is the team that people were saying could win the premiership on Friday morning before they got towed up here. So I don't think he make changes to the lineup. Personally. On the storm side of things, however, Welch, papenhouse and a monster all massive, the three best players on the park from Melbourne papenhow's and looks pretty much straight back to his best. He's just terms of speed are almost on sooppable and makes you understand why everyone was saying maybe he's better than teddy in the first month of the competition when it was the tiniest gap all the quiet, he pushed out a little bit too much. Cherry Evans didn't really slide and have announced and just went bang and within a second he was through that gap. And Yeah, he made Cherry Evans of Foosh a couple times. Monster was really good. He's can game was good. Sort of thought this would be a bit of a bounce back game from months. He's not had these best season but he's the best big game player on the competition and Welch, I think, showed that he's the best prop in the game him in the big games. Obviously pain hasts would have something to say about that, but in clubland we don't really seem in the big game, so hard to say. But yeah, well, which was immense. I thaklumilumi probably the only negative to come out of Friday night. I think he was playing because George Gent on, no, sorry, was playing because out of car was injured and George Jennings was on the other side and they weren't playing Dean Eremya, but he had a real shocker. I don't car should be fit by the PRELIMB, but if he's not they'll be a big call for Bellamy to make whether he brings in near Amia because, yeah, Lumi Lumi was really suspect under the High Ball and you would guess that they're going to play pain rith in that prelimit. You don't want money your back three being dodgy under a high ball with Nathan cleary kicking spiral bombs at you. So yeah, that was probably the only negative for the storm, but I'm sure at a car will be back by then, so that should be all good. Into the sad first Saturday game. This was a game I highlighted as a potential upset. I thought the Times had the best chance of upsetting their high seed if their opponent out of the four underdogs this weekend. Didn't end up being right, but was very close. Came down to the final play. The game game of the year for me. I've I think I've said it a couple times this year on the podcast, but honestly, what more could you want from a game of rugby league than what happened in this I don't think there's much more that you can tick off. There was twenty five errors, so you could argue it's not a good game just purely based off that fact, but if you watch it are you wouldn't know that was the case. It was just back and forth all day, lead changes. Every time the titans scored, the roosters would just bounce back. Some of the stats I found pretty impressive. The Times tackled at ninety one point seven percent tackle efficiency,...

...which is just immense, especially against such a talented team like the roosters. Daniel Tupo, Jameses go, matticval, you all had at least a hundred and seventy meters out of the backfield and they were a massive reason why the roosters ended up getting up. The roosters had a costly are in the in their intima line when Matt could bally dropped it straight into Wallas's hands, who sort of just had to dive over the trial on. For me, I was obviously going for the titans, as I like the times and I usually do go for underdogs. But for me after the game I was sort of like, well, maybe it's justice at the roosters got through there, because I know it's still part of the game drugby league, but at the end of the day, if they lost and that was like the final try, The Times scored, that you could vally just giving them the ball, that would have been pretty crazy. The roosters forwards will also massive for them. SEC attacky Aho injured himself after just being on the field for two minutes, SAM walk only played nine minutes and Fletcher Baker only played eight minutes. So yeah, some of the minutes in that forward like were impressive or a hard rays. I'd like a hundred ninety meters or something Toupernour and crime. We're huge on the edges Isaactually, who was also massive, playing against his future club, which was a bit interesting. But yeah, the roosts for it's been great all year and we're once again on the Titan side of things. However, Jaden Campbell absolute star. I was just talking to my dad when we're watching this game and like, honestly, this is probably the best rookie class I've ever seen. Like I'm sure you could go back through the archives and find a better one. But just on their first year alone. I've never seen a group of players coming and have such impact on their clubs. Will talk about it in a bit more depth in the Dalian rookie of the Year award that we're going to do later in the episode. But, like Jane Campbell, not saying a JE BRIMSON's a bad player. Obviously is an origin representative. But yeah, Jadeen Campbell's just seemed to add an absolute spark to this team that they were lacking. Sam Walker as really impressively filled a hole in that rooster's line up, steering them around for Seventeen Games at halfback. Reese Walsh feeling the shoes are Roger Two of us a check you'd have hardly noticed there was a change there. He was that good. Josh Schuster's being immense for manly. You toor Kamanu and Dane Laurie for the Tigers will awesome in a struggling team. So yeah, that. Honestly, I don't think there's been a better rookie class and jade and Campbell, if you'd played more games, could definitely be in the running for that rookie of the year award because he it has been huge ever since he has been given an opportunity for the times and I think, I don't think it's confirmed, but I definitely think if they can get Campbell at one Brinson at six next year and they get Brimston firing, I think that's going to be a lethal combination. And then other players that I thought were really good for the Times, Brian Kelly and Patrick Herbert, I thought played really, really well on the senters. Both had over ten meters a carry, big bodies and they definitely made the most of that. Obviously, herb it was part of the unfortunate ending. I'll be honest. Live I was actually yelling just go yourself, and I still think if you just held on to the ball and just kept trucking, I think you might have got there. But in the end you went for the Miracle Flick Pass. It's a tough one because it's one where you sort of commit to yourself and then you go or, crap, I'm not skill school, flick it out the back. But I know everyone on replay saying that he should have given it to fe feeder and I think he should have given it to feed it if he went early but after you'd sort of committed to running, it was pretty hard because he would have had to like go back inside and sort of predict for feed as angle. But yeah, I don't think it can be too harsh. I think everyone's being too harsh on her but I understand Thompson yelled at him and that's just passion and I'm sure they, you know, had a beer after the game and everything was fine. But yeah, I think you can't really overanalyze a situation like that...

...because, yeah, it's probably the most precious situation you can do and there was maybe about four or five options he could have done and unfortunately the one he picked just didn't work. So yeah, that I felt bad for Herbert after a really good game. And then in the Ford's most fought away Kad Jared Wallace and Tina for Silm a while hour. We were immense. Honestly, Fot away, cur and Tina are so good, whileas was like legit, playing like a ball playing lock at times. He was so agile and his ball playing was impressive. They all had over one hundred and thirty meters. Those three guys, Tino and more also had thirty three tackles more didn't Mrs Single Tackle Pot awake was also huge in the last ten just when they need a lift. Obviously there's a little bit of controversy surrounding the field goal with the blockers and stuff. I when I listen to the NRL briefing with Gray Mountain as lead today and it's sort of clears it up. It sounds like the rule will be changed in the offseason. But they they weren't breaking the law. It's hard to argue. I just think Mitt. Yeah, it's tough. It's a tough one because miss rain he did can't run the direct line because warrior Hargraves is there. Sadly, they've been letting them do it all year and for quite a few years now actually. So yeah, I think it's something that will be addressed in the offseason but for now, unfortunately, I don't think tides have much of a case. I think it happens for the rest of the finals. I'll tell it give you the hint now, based somewhat I heard that briefing. I think players will run into the block and hit the deck and make the refmaker call. That's just what I think will happen because journalists asked that and an as lie said that would be a completely different situation and if they are yet deemed it to be in the way, it would be a penalty. So yeah, if that happens, don't say I didn't tell you that. More just into the Saturday night game, panthers versus Rabbitos low scoring game, typical finals. Only three tries worse scored and I know like Paul Kent has ruled the panthers out and I think that's a bit extreme. They've definitely made things harder for themself. It look like after Friday night that a penrith Melbourne ground finals almost a block. But the rabbit has got the job done and fair played away and Bennett arguably one of the best wins of his career. They will right up against it their best player not in the team and yeah, it's just huge from the rabbit as they all just put in a hundred percent. It wasn't the greatest viewing, especially after the rooster's titans game, but yeah, penrith just look really tired. I don't know if the conditions played apart. Obviously more humid and hot up in north Queensland that it is in Sydney and even southeast Queensland, but both teams playing the same condition, so you can't really use that argument. But they yeah, they just look tired. I think Jerome Lui. Obviously it's easy to bash on a player after they've lost and not so much when they've been winning. But I do think since origin Jerome Law has been pretty quiet. He was awesome at the start of the year but now, yeah, I don't know. I looked at the starts for the game. He had seven runs forty nine meters, only kicked it twice. Like you just didn't have much impact on the game. And Yeah, I think I like, I know clear he's the best kicker in the game and he's also the best half back in the game, but I still think you need that balance to be a potent offense. And like if you get Lui fire and because right now the defense is basically no, they're going to give to cleary and the only time really lou I gets the balls when clearly gives it to him. So I do think they could maybe get that balance a little bit more, even in the forwards. Kick out and Yo really, really good. I'm not the biggest fan of kick out usually, but I thought he played really well on the weekend and Isaaih Yo good as always. On the South side of things, Blake Taft did a very, very good job at full back. Had A couple mistakes, but all in all, three...

...young men only playing like his fifth game or something, whatever it was. Yeah, super stuff on the big stage. You would have known it was his fifth game. For me, Campbell Graham was man of the match. Yeah, I just he just seemed to be making the big tackles when it counted. He was obviously playing up against that dangerous penrith left edge and yet he was just snuffing at all opportunity. Lui Burton to Oh they didn't have much impact on the game and I think Campbell Graham had a huge saying that. I think for me this is a bit of a breaking out like I know he's been in the origin camp and stuff like that, but for me this is a bit of a breakout game for him. I've alwaice seen his skill but I've never quite seen him like really dominated game and I thought defensively he was the best player in the park. For sales. I also thought Cody Walker had his best big match performance. I mentioned in last week's podcast. This is like the final chance I'll give walk. If he performs badly on another big stage, I'll officially never say he's a great player. But yeah, he was really good, I thought, especially early when the game was on the line. I know I was on the line the whole eighty minutes, but I thought he was really, really good and yeah, that's something he hasn't been able to do in previous big game, so that's huge for him and the rabbitos moving forward. Tom Bird just had two hundred and twelve meters off the bench, which is absolutely insane for a forward in a finals match against one of the best forward packs in the COMP so fair play to Tommy. Burgess Dry Ara had a massive impact off the bench as well. I think he's sort of given them that edge and that forward packed they've been missing the last couple of years. They've sort of like depth in the forwards recently and yet him and Burd just coming off the bench is just dynamic and he really gets under the skin of the opposition, as he was doing, and the bunnies were more disciplines the the panthers at the end of the day, which is important. Obviously the big headlines coming out of this one the press conference beef. If you actually watch the press conference, I don't think it was that like hectic. What I'van clear he was saying was true, saying that like it's a bit weird that you can't say stuff about the referees after a game but if you say during the week you don't get fined, which is also which is interesting. He said he is admitted to doing it before, but he said that needs to be looked at, which I think like their point. And Yeah, I've been clearly just has this way of speaking. He's very measured about things, so you sort of he's very persuasive, you'd have to say for people to get behind his point. But yeah, he was also talking about he doesn't think coaches should be allowed to call up refs and have like direct contact with them because like thinks it's a little bit like in intimidating or whatever and he reckons maybe that played. He was saying his players we're getting told stuff about maybe blocking for cleary that during the game that they've never been told before. So yeah, I get like it's an interesting point. I didn't really know there was as much dialog between the clubs and the REF as there was the refs. It makes sense and I was saying maybe they shouldn't but like, I talked to my dad and he's like, Noah, they deserve the chance to talk about some interpretations, and that is true. But yeah, I don't know. It's an interesting one and the cleary wasn't really like blaming Wayne Benny. He was genuinely just talking about the issue in general, where benish sort of fired some shots at Ivan cleary, saying used to work there, he's got mates there. They probably get the benefit of calls and stuff. Way Benett's a like. It was pretty funny press conference. If you haven't watched it, go watch them. It's pretty like it's a bit of soap opera stuff from the press conference. But that moved us into the final game. Eels nights on the Sunday. Wasn't came for. This one ended up being a decent game, high scoring than I was expecting. Eels Twenty Eight, two nights twenty. Controversial penalty try at the end, but ultimately I don't think it had that much...

...bearing on the result. I think the heels always going to get over the line once again. Go Watch the NRL referees briefing if you want to hear the judgment on that penalty try. Gray mandlessly talked about it pretty well. Mitch Moses played really well. I've been critical of him in the past. I think he's a bit of a flat track bully, but, and I know their nights aren't the greatest opposition, but he ran the ball a lot, which is something he sometimes forgets. That is one of his greatest skills next to his kicking game. He's just awesome running's really fast and he's got great elusiveness and I think it was the try scored when he just ran straight, or maybe assisted a truck car, but he went ran straight between scie feeding and Clema and yeah the like. There was this ten week period for the Tigers where he played really, really well and that's what he was doing, like he was taking the game on running and I think sometimes he steers away from that too much and it was good to see him doing that again. He played awesome. Ponger really played well. I questioned his abilities last week. I said he has had a great season. Still stand by that, but think he had his best performance of the year. Some beautiful cutout passes that one think toil's last try, absolute rocket, took the defense completely out of the equation. He's unstoppable at times and I think you was they were making a conscious effort to give him more ball and in better positions. Mitchell piers played really poorly, though, and I don't think he's helped his case for staying at the nights next year. I know he's signed up, so it's not really their choice, but I definitely think if a club comes in for an offer, even if they have to pay a little bit of his cellar, I think they'll take it because, yeah, unfortunate. Like it's a tough one because I think they've built this squad to be in a premiership window. However, the coach timing and the squad timing hasn't really met lined up well. So I think then for not going to like rebuild, but I think they've got to aim again for maybe in four years or something because, yeah, right now they're still fair way off. But you know, they've signed Gaguy there linked to Tarik Sims. Will see how that goes. Don't know if that will happen, but yeah, the rest of the team still pretty young. I think clemma leaves this year's off contract. They're still got the siffeedie boys, which Barnett, Connor Watson's been like. So yeah, it wouldn't shock me if they've and they've obviously brought in Clifford. So wouldn't shock me if they do like a mini, not a rebuild, but a mini like stagnation to try and launch again for maybe a two thousand and twenty five premiership, because although their squads really, really good right now, just with the coaching situation, I don't think they're really going to be in the conversation anytime soon. So I wouldn't I think peer should leave. Personally, on the power side of the ball, will pennessini absolute freak. Every time I've watched him I've been so impressed. He's so good defensively and then that flick pass to Furgo. I don't even know how he got it out. Honestly, I swear he's armed in Moveles, just all wrist and he somehow flung in it. And Yeah, the camera was even like where did that go? But only nineteen years old. Looks like he's twenty five. But I reckon he's just going to be not, maybe not as good as Josh Morris, but like he gives me that kind of Vibe, like he's just going to be a dependable, reliable center for so many years to come. Isaiah probably he had a hundred ninety four meters in fifty six minutes off the bench. Seventy one post contact meters. I was shocked he came off the bench, to be honest, because I actually hadn't checked the team list and then once I saw what he did off the bench, I was like yeah, fair, fair play, Brad Arthur. I have to say I've I'm not sure about Brad Arthur's coach, but he made some good calls here. Ray Stone playing hooker was his next good call. Obviously didn't have like a dynamic running game or anything, but he made fifty tackles in fifty four minutes. Honestly, I think he's still a free agent for next year. If I was the tigs tigers fan talking, I'd go sign them up because he plays with passion, plays with soul and yeah, he's a really,...

...really good defender, which is rare to see these days. Also on the night side. Sorry, and Nary toil and him will hunt played pretty well out of the back. But that moves us on to just the headlines. I've just got one today before we move into the Daly m porch, and also got to do the power rankings. They moved the storm Preland today and I'm pumped about this. I couldn't believe that there was going to be an NL prelimb and afel grand find a clashing. I know the AFL moved their grand final into our preland time slot, but I think logic has prevailed in the NL has brought the storm preland forward. I'm sure it actually I don't even know. I who will hurt the ratings actually, because they were probably going to lose ratings tod AFL. I think any NRL fan who doesn't think this is a good moves a bit of an idiot and a bit like. I don't want to be attacking because I know everyone has their opinions, but I think you're a bit stubborn if you think this is a bad move. Ultimately, I think. I know there in competition, but I think fans, I have an interest in AFL. I live in Melbourne so I would like to watch the grand final, but I'll also like to watch the storm prelimb. So I'm grateful for this and I think there's a lot of people in my position who they might not be afl fans but they certainly have an interest in watching their biggest game of the year. So I'm grateful they've done it. For people who say it's like an inferior move, it's a backward step. For Peter the land, he's a yeah, as I mentioned, I just think AFL and and I rella out their throats a little at each other's throat's a little bit too much at times and I think there's enough people in Australia to have to big winter codes and I can't see why they can't do well harmoniously together. Man. anyways, that's another chat for another day, but very glad the NRL did that. Common Sense did prevail. Power rankings. Huge change in this one, and this is really controversial. Obviously I got the storm one pretty selfexplinentally put on a clinic looking short things for the grand final. Now this is weird, but this is how the draw has ended up. I've actually changed my order and it's seem me put manly at number two. I know it sounds stupid because they got pumped by Melbourne, but anything can happen in the grand final. You've just got to be there. You've got to buy a ticket to win the lot tree, as they say. So you've got you got to be there and I just think with the seagulls draw, I think they're next to the storm. I think they're the second most likely team to make the grand final. I honestly do. I know the Rabbito's just beat Penrith, so arguably they should be the number two, but I just think the fashion they did it, it was really tough, it was really hard as gritty defense, but I don't think it like impressed me in terms of like attacking flare or whatever. And I think the manly could be the Rabbit Os. So I've got manly second, rabbitos third because of that factor, and then I got penrith fourth. Sadly, I don't think they're the fourth best team the COMP don't get me wrong, but I just think their drawn. Now if they go on to win the premiership here, it's going to be one of the best wins ever because that's going to be huge. Coming up against wall power amount is not going to be easy this week and then trying to beat the storm the week after. It's going to be really tough. Five and clear his men, and then I've got the roosters in at fifth. I know they're on the easier part of the draw, but I still think beating manly, the titans, manly and Rabbito's, I still think winning all those three games for this injury riddle squad will be really tough. And then I got power in at six. They have to beat Panthers and stall and backtoback weeks. Really tough. I'm all right, Dai, m awards time. I'm going to go through all the awards, starting with rookie of the year. I think Sam mark is locked, locked and loaded baby. Seventeen Games starting halfback for the roosters. However, this is not about what I think will happen, it's what I believe should happen. Who I think the rookie of the year is now? Look, I've found this one weird. I didn't think Sam Walk was the best player, but ultimately a lot of recency bias in that he...

...hasn't been playing halfback the last six weeks and I thought it was reese Welsh. Personally, however, I've looked at some stats. Reese Welsh's play a lot less games and I thought as well. So I think Walker should get it just ahead of Walsh and then chust should be third. But I think it should be really close. However, because it's done on Daly m votes, it wouldn't be surprised it's if it's a whitewash, because shust to probably will struggle to pick up votes in manly and Riese Walsh is playing a team that loo lost a lot of games. So I think Walker could cruise to that. One captain of the year I've given it to James Tedesco. I just think the way he's led his team through really tough times. At points he probably didn't even know some of the blokes he was playing with. And I will say about Ted he has become a bit of a winer, as a lot of captains do. But yeah, ultimately this is a tough award because we don't really know what a captain's like, but I just think the way he's we can week out he leads by example. He is one of those captains he's not, like, you know, the loudest Talker, but he leads by example. Always plays nine or ten out of ten each week and yeah, I think he's a huge reason why the roosters made finals, are and are still in the competition. Coach of the year its pretty much copying pace one I just said. I've got Trent Robinson in there. I just think what he to come fifth and look at the outs he's had any squad this year and the cap space they have pretty impressive and I don't think many other coaches could do it. You can always argue Craig Bellamy gets daim coach the year, but for me this I think it's ten Robinson. And there's a lot of people saying des has lat but for me there's no doubt that their improvement has stemmed from turbo. And I know it's not solely turbo because a lot of the other players have improved, but just the fact that they were so bad without turbo and so good with him makes me not think that Desi should win this award. Try The I've given it to manly's last try of the game against the cowboys. I know this could be recency bias, but I honestly think that's the best dry I've ever seen. Turbo's individual one in the same game could be a contender, but I just think Ruben Garrick running back, eighty minute last play, nothing to play for and they score one of the great length of the field tries overseen. I think it deserves it. Tackle of the year. I know it's a bit weird them gone through these awards, but I'm doing it baby. I went back and watch the tackles. Not many you stand out contenders like last year's Josh pupae Ankle Tapper. I'll give it to Zavier coats. He made this chase down tackle at Sun Corp on Danga Guy Ran Gag. I had about a ten in a head start, ran fifteen meters tackle him over the sideline. Really, really good tackle actually. But yes, I think I think the actual tackles the here. For me it wasn't a tackle by a being Haloom Luky. Someone chased Riese Welsh down and they like grabbed his coll and tried to sling him over the boundary the sideline and they like flung him into the trial line. He scored. But for me that was the funniest because you like chase down Riese. Well, she's his pasty kid and everything, but anyway, Peter fillingles headline moment of the year. This is a tough one because I tried to look back at the history and see the kind of things they give it to. For me, the things that have probably made the most headlines is the magic round blitz. That happened obviously like fourteen simbin and send off combined, I think. I think that's the most of all time and the media just went absolutely crazy that week. I don't think I've ever seen as much nurl stuff on social media in my life. And then obviously the Latrell thing. They were huge moments got the media talking the most, I think, from the year, but I don't know if they give them to negative things, because to me that sounds a bit weird. So I'm going...

...to say the Blues Win in Game One. I don't think anyone saw it coming. The bruis blues with a favorite as usual, but the Marones one fairly convincingly last year and yeah, the blues just pumped him. I forget what the score was. It was like forty six to four, fifty two four, fifty two, hundred twenty six, something like that, something in that ballpark. But yeah, I was one of the most convincing origin wins I've ever seen. No one was really expecting it in north Queensland as well. Yeah, I just think that is the headline over the year for me, if they stay away from the somewhat negative stuff. I know the magic round blitz isn't really negative, but most of the headlines were negative. All Right, Daly M team of the year and then I'll say my player at the year at the end because obviously my Daly am team that you will give it away. Bull Back I've got obviously Tommy TURBOT. Wing I've got Brian Totter. Thing's being immense and yes, he's obviously been injured, but still think he deserves it. Went other wing, I've got Daniel Tupo. They're both in the top ten, I think, maybe top five, average pose contact meters a game and I think that's one of the most important stats because that's sort of just shows, like I know, meeters before contact is important as well, like if you're you know, get three meters before contact in for after, you're not as good as a player getting eight before. But I think everyone, like you, know what I mean. It's not so much skill getting to the contact if you're working through it. Getting seven meters attackle after being hit. I think that's really impressive. So I've got those two their Justin Olm and Ryan Burn, my centers. Think the manly boys are pretty stiff here. Remi Smith stiff, probably some others I'm for getting. Joey Marney also stiff. But I just think Justin Olm has been the best center for me. Him and out of cars, just freakish combination. He's crazy defender as well, so good at assisting und O car. And Yeah, Maddie Burton. Surprise of the year, you'd have to say being Daly am center of the year. But yeah, I think it's been that good so fast. He's so damaging. Yeah, I think he's a gun and I think even at center he's done preferred position. He can win this award. Five. Eight, I've got cody Walker. I think five. It's a real weak point of the NRO white right now. I thought about drome lay because he's first ten weeks were awesome, but ultimately I think cody Walker's run home has been too good and I think clear at halfback. Not much of a discussion. Their dromes use will get a lot of votes because Melbourne win a lot and he's been really, really, really good this year. But yeah, ultimately it's got to be clear he doesn't it. Prop I've got pain Hass and he bronchos when he probably gets three votes and any broncos loss he probably pushes full one vote. But yeah, ultimately I think he's the best problem the game by some bit. Hooker. I've got Brandon Smith. You'll pick up a lot of votes, as I mentioned. For drame Hughes, same thing, but also believe he's been the best hooker in the game. Probably another spot like five eight, where I don't think the competition has been that dominant this year. And Hooker, obviously Harry Grant on the bench. Damian Cook Been Poor. Chorus has been hit and miss like that probably sounds to be harsh. It's been good but not outstanding. In the other prop of got for Noora Blake. I can remember what metric I used. It was either post contact or just meters in general, and he was in like the top five for that, which I did. Didn't know and I didn't actually, you know, he played like Sixteen Games, so I put him in there like maybe I haven't watched him enough to be putting him in there, but I just remember last year for manly. He was so damaging in some games and to think if he's in like the top five for that start, I can only imagine what he was doing with the itest like he was probably tearing games up. David fo feed is my first second row up. How many tries he scored? One thousand seven hundred and eighteen like that's crazy from a back rower tackle bus machine and I know he's sort...

...of been used weirdly some people who question whether he's worth the money, but ultimately his performance alone gets him in this team. And then second other second Rolls Isaa Paperli. Maybe hasn't had the finished to the season. That why I just said he played awesome on the weekend but he hasn't been playing back row. He hasn't been playing back row recently. So you could argue delives have to be back roll but for me, like first fifteen weeks he was awesome. He's probably by the year by some margin. Lock I've got Cam Mauri. Just snubbed Isa Yo, but I've got Murray in there thing. He's been immense for the Rabbitos yeah, just a gun. Glad they've stopped trying him on the edge because he is a middle forward, absolute beasts defending and he's also so fast and so good on his feet. He's just, yeah, perfect lock. And then interchange. This was a really tough one. Harry Grant. I've tried to make it so they played a minimum of twelve games that position. Nicko hins haven't played enough games. Are Grant hadn't played enough games. Are the other candidates to find a u took Aman, who he's been pretty good, but I went with Tom Styling. I just think when he comes on for the raiders. I've sort of hyped him up the last couple episodes if you've been listening, but I think when he comes on for the raids they become a better team. And Yeah, he's just a really, really damaging hooker. Loves running out of the dummy half position. Yet gun tackle up. Yeah, I just love Tommy Styling and he's my interchange player of the year and that moves I was into the finals week to preview. Not Too much to talk about this week because I'm recording it on a Monday. No teamless out at such. SEEAGULS roosters. Both Games are in Macai, interestingly. I don't hate it, though, get around it. SEEAGUL's roosters. Sam verrel's could potentially be banned for one to two weeks. I would be huge out. I think you should be suspended pretty badly. Hit Brian Kelly in the head. Should have been simbind but anyways, I think I think you'll be rubbed out. I wonder what they're going to do, whether they play rally a hooker or been marsh key. Might be a bit of both. Might they might do like Brandon Smith sort of thing, like the inverse. Actually, they might start rather or Hook Lock Marsh Kid Hooker and then, after like twenty minutes, put Marsh get on the bench because he hasn't been playing much footy, rather in a hook or they might do them cheese thing. I don't know, but that's definitely their main options. Look, I think the roosters will make it tight. I don't think the roosters will get blown our. But yeah, I've just got a back manly, I know last week was a real stinker for them, but I think they will want to prove the critics wrong. Obviously, the three games on the weekend. We're all pretty close. So a lot of the negative energies being put towards manly's weight and I just overly does. It was a poor performance, but I think Turbo bounces back, I think Cherryman's bounces back and all the other players who weren't happy with their performance. I think manly win it. I know it's a boring call, but other lines ten and a half. I'm probably going to back manly at the line as well. Actually, I think it might be like three tries in it. Don't think it will be a huge margin, but yeah, manly by like sixteen for me. Panthers versus the EELS. This is tough because the eels are defending really well and the panthers are not attacking well. So for me it's going to be a close game. I don't think Oh, they scored twenty eight points, but it was against to night. I don't think powers attack is good enough to break the panthers defense. Personally, the Rabbit Oh struggle to do it and they're much better attacking team then the EEL. So for me the panthers definitely win. I'm sure I've just given them the kiss...

...of death saying definitely, but I'm probably going to take the eels of the line, the lines of eleven and a half and the panthers favor. But yeah, I think I'll back and into be a close game. I think the eels go on. Defense is one of the best in the competition and yes, the panthers are likely going to come out wanting revenge after last week's pall performance. But yeah, I think I'll be close, as most finals games are. I don't think pants as will score many points. I foresee like a maybe a twenty six. Now that's too many points for paramotter. I think maybe Penrith win two thousand two twelve, something like that, and then I'll guess the seagulls rooster school and I'll back in manly to score to win thirty to sixteen yet. So they're my final tips. Let me know yours in the comments below. Being another huge episode of the on the ball podcast and I roll addition, stay tuned this week for more NFL and AFL content and obviously clips of this and other content that I've done recently in NRL. I'm about to sneeze. I'm trying to rush to this one. Maybe also some EPL content coming, but yes, stay tuned for more. Get around us on social media. Get around some in the comments. Like the video, like the Potty, whatever you doing, thanks for listening and we'll catch you next week. By.

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