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2021 NRL Season Review Pt.2 & Grand Final Week | Rugby League

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The final NRL episode of the year!!!! In this blockbuster, we run through the seasons of the top 8 teams handing out player awards for MVP, Most Improved and Best Young player. We review the Prelim finals and discuss what went right and wrong for the teams respectively. Finally, we preview the final game of Rugby League in 2021, revealing the deciding factors in this one for either team to come out victorious. 

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Welcome back to another episode of theon the Bald podcast in a bit of a different setting today, as I'm sureyou can tell if you're watching, if you're listening, I'm outside in frontof bamboo, probably looks a bit whack, but you got some feedback on one of thepodcast last week. That should may be try and spice up the background, notreally like going to go by a green screen or something. So this is youknow just in my house, and it looks, I think it looks pretty cool. So I mighttry and do some podcast out here. More often I used to do them, but have sincetransition to the room, my bedroom, but as looking like it's going to rain forthe next like ten days in Milton so it might not be able to get hit too much,but we're here today to talk about the NR l gram final massive week, arguablythe biggest week of any sporting code or Australia. Anyway, I know some codes,don't have finals but, like you know, fl grand final, wigs, huge and in ourreal grand final weeks huge. So what we're going to do, as usually we'regoing to look back on last week, ends we're going to chat about the two freelimbs were also gonna, have a little quick chat about the Dalian awards thatwere on Monday night and then I'm going to do the final. I did the bottom ateseason reviews a few weeks ago, and now I'm going to do the top eight seasonreviews and then we're going to finish with an Almighty grand final preview.So it's a pretty jam, packed episode, so stay tuned for all of it. So, first of up lastweekend we had south versus Manley was excited for this one and I feel like abit of a fool coming out of it. To be honest, if you listen to the lastweek's podcast, I was heavy on the manly seagulls and I can't lie as a fanof the hell of sport. PODCAST check it out. If you don't know what that is, Imay have been a little bit brainwashed about primally by those boys, but Lo, Ijust thought they were going to learn from their errors against Melbourne andthey didn't really. It was a very similar performance. They seemed tojust be forcing everything early in tackle counts. I think I mentioned itafter the Melbourne game, but like in the first ten fifteen minutes, you justgot to sort of earn your right to throw the foot around so yeah. That was alittle bit disappointed because I know it's the way they've been playing allyear, but I just thought after that melvals they might have adapted alittle more. But yes, sous one by twenty points. This is some stats from the game. Manlyhad seventeen errors, four penalties for set re starts, and one symbo likethat's. I don't know if a team's ever on with that many because, let's say so to seventeen errs,I know like some of them might be fifth tackle, so it doesn't really matterbecause you know they're getting the ball the next sebot. So let's say halfof them. That's an extra set to south, so that's an extra nine set fourpenalties that could be well. That is an extra four sets and then four setrestart. So that's about that's. Almost twenty extra sets for south just thereand they're also taking sets away from themselves by giving those away. Alsoone sin bin that was later on in the piece yeah just really disappointing,and I don't want to take away from south achievement of making the grandfinal but yeah. As someone who I was very strong and manly, I thought theywere even going to like win comfortably yeah. I thought it was reallydisappointing. I thought Cherry Ovens is really really bad. I have to behonest, I think in both finals games it looked like he was almost trying alittle bit too much yeah. He was just forcing too manyballs, and I know it's easy to say this when they lose and then when they win,we haul the you know herald these players like there, the best ever butyeah I just saw it had a really really poor game, and I also think I've neverreally noticed this, but he's actually a really bad defender like he gets awaywith it, because what he does. He just...

...springs out of the line and tries tojam the heart, the first receiver, but yeah on his goal line he's a realliability. I thought on the positive side or manly. I thought their bestplayers were rude and Garrick and dill Walker Thought Ruben. Garrick isprobably one of the only sensible players on the park like there are acouple times where they forced the ball out to a Malyon set on the wing, andyou know he had the sort of foot accute run back into themiddle UN, like Jason Sabe Dude on a couple occasions ended up over thetouch line, so I thought Garrick had a real good crack Don Walker. Also. Ithink it's had a really good finals campaign and I'm not sure what I thinkI mentioned it last week, but I'm not sure what his contract status is, butif he is indeed a free age- and I think he's surely going to have suitors fornext year, because I think that fourteen role suits and beautifullysorry if the microphones picking up some wind, but we are outside. Obviously what didn't help turbodropping the ball over the line, and then they also. I had that disload tryfor obstruction, those two triers. If they happen, obviously they didn't andlike they didn't get hard done by on the disallowed, try or anything. But ifthey did happen, they were early in the game. Who knows this could be adifferent game, but, yes, south were impressive. No one in the starting teamhad less than nineteen meters, which I don't think I've ever seen just a realteam performance. I didn't actually like. We were thinking about actually both these games really. Wewould like sort of thought about men and the matches in both of them andthey're actually hard to give out. Like I don't think anyone really stood outfor the winning teams, they were just a really good team performances. SomeoneI thought deserves to mention, can marry had a hundred and ninety fivemeters and Z Zero Miss Tackles, I think you had like thirty, six nei and oneineffective so yeah massive day or can Mary he's actually one of those he'sjust an honest, Shubin player like you, don't really notice the hard work heputs in and then you check the stat line and when you say that, as maybe some in some cases, you will be like,oh well, are they actually that could then? But it's like in stats, likemeters, you can't argue with it they're their hard yards, so yeah brilliantfrom him. I think something that was really interesting was the obviouslythe whole walk of Reynolds kicking situation turns out Reynolds had agrowin strain. I don't know how he played. To behonest, I don't really understand my logic was that maybe he had aninjection and that's why you couldn't kick in the first twenty because Ihadn't kicked in yet, but I don't quite get how injection to our growing helps.I guess it could be like pain, killing but yeah strange, so that will be oneto watch on the weekend. Whether Reynolds can keep, because I do thinkhe's kicking games pretty pivotal, especially in a game like the grandfinal, where there's not much to split the two teams. You know to the bestteams to the comp going out of so yeah. That was the first game. Then secondgame we had Melbourne versus penrith. This was one of the upsets of theseason. For me, I was actually looking before the game on Friday morning, actually before bothgames, and there was a betting market for the grand final result already likethirteen plus Tonta twelve and men and Melbourne thirteen plus on Nobu one totwelve, were both above three bucks. I was think I was telling my mom likeit's actually like. I thought was a fairly short thing that they weregetting up, so I was like it's actually genuinely, not a bad idea to put moneyon both of those and you're, getting pretty good odds for Melbourne, just towin the grand final so yeah. That was a real shock to me and my whole family. Ithink it was the Panther's best game since before the origin period that Ithink they've really struggled since about round eleven around twelve butyeah. They really hit their stride in this game and I was expecting a reallywell. It was a low scoring. It was ten to six or whatever it was, but yeah they were. I thought they werelike they were, throwing a lot more in offence in attack than what they werein the first two weeks of finals.

Melbourne had a lot of uncharacteristicturnovers and they also got a little bit unlucky with injury with ChristianWelch and cheese being rolled out of the contest in the first twenty minutes,but unfortunately that's just the way foot he goes and, as Belme said, whatsung the most was the fact that it was probably one of their worstperformances of the year, and I normally you'd just say: that's like a you know, disappointed coach straight after the game, but I trulythink it was. I just don't think they were playing very well at all. But Ihave to say: Penrith were the better team they deserve to go through. Melvin,definitely had their chances and bombed. Quite a few like, for example, GeorgeJennings. I don't know if this was actually talked about but like hedropped like he genuinely had an open passage to the trial, and I think itwas after about fifteen minutes pretty soon after that, clearage the clearykick try and he just dropped a chessman like a chest, a couch on his chest andyeah. I think that's like, like I'm not saying he costing the game or whatever,but that definitely changes the dynamic of the game, because you know theybounced back very quickly from that early tri on the panthers and then Ithink it's a different board game, but they were just doing stuff like thatwhich Melbourne don't usually do penros defense was awesome. I think theirfirst try was really impressive. I don't get one more teams like try stufflike that, not necessarily that general one. It was a perfect kick but yeah. Idon't know why teams aren't a little bit more creative when it comes to theking and game and in a l I definitely think, there's quite a few levels tounlock in the n kicking games for Melbourne. I think Justin Oleman,Durham he's with their two best players and probably not that far off the twobest players to be as we'll get into in their season review and a little bit.But Yeah Hues was just awesome, definitely outshone the rest of thespine. On the day, I was better than grant better the months to better thanpart better than plients when he came on and all and just gave a hundred andten percent, as always, and on penrose too and Don Edwards were terrific. Bothhad over two hundred plus meters Edwards is continuing this elite to runa form that I've never really seen him play to be honest and to similar againMary. As I mentioned you don't because it's so early in the tackle count, yousort of don't take notice but yeah. You just choose me and it's like he's anabsolute Freak Cape. While I thought was really good as well. I think he wasclose to their best player. I think if I too, give the three votes or the manhe masterson and it probably would have been Cape. Well, I think, when Belbinstarted to get on top around half time, I think he was one of the Penaflor thatstood up and sort of made a few big momentum changes likeyou know, a few lime breaks stuff like that and then someone else to be aPanga Junior. I only played sixteen minutes at thestart, but I think he really set the tone for the game. Like penrith of looktired, lethargic the last couple of weeks and yeah. He really brought thataggression that he obviously have had a bit of a tussle withChristian world. Curly played a big part in that set where they scoredtheir first try and yeah. He just got the boys up and about and yeah Imentioned he only played sixteen minutes, but I think he really set thetone for the panthers, so that was a great one by Penrith and a shame forMelbourne. The DALIM awards, having on Monday night, supposedly overtwo nights with pretty much every award, was given e on the second night, penrith dominated the team of the year.I was actually kind of surprised by that, because I would have thought theywould have taken votes off each other, but then they had six in the thirteen Tommy on the overall metalpretty comfortably, which is what we were expecting. I think the top fivewas pretty fair enough. I think probably the five best players in thecomp this year- Maybe Cherry Evans not but mainly one of that many games bythat many points it make sense that he was up there in the birding...

Roger Two of us. A Chit came sick. Hehad twenty one votes. He only played eleven games at full back. I know youcan get votes from being as well, but like like that was pretty rogue. I know. Noone really cares about the DALLIN's below about position to but yeah thatwas. I was like really shocked by that and it yeah like. I don't Aulae, noidea how he got twenty one boats I checked before when he won the Dallam.I think you got twenty eight votes, so yeah he's almost better that season.According to the experts, I think, like. I know for a fact that, likepeople like Gordon, tell us and block a roach pick the vote, so I don't reallytrust their opinions. To be honest, that I think it's one of thosesituations where you know the worries win a game and they're like don't ave astand out players so they're, like I don't know, e's just give it to Roger,not taking away from your music. It is a freaking nature and sad to see him gobut yeah. I don't know how he got. Twenty one votes, hues, doe and Kennedyrounded out the top ten on twenty votes; actually not the top ten. They wereseventh. The ninth us to pick up twenty roads in that Melbourne team, veryimpressive when you've got seven or eight international, caliber players,Adam DOE, obviously, and Kennedy playing and weak asides and welldefinitely stand out this year for their teams. I don't want to benegative on the Dalim awards, because I I liked that they tried somethingdifferent this year, but I like, I have to say it's just not good,and I know we don't have to always compare ourselves a sport to the a fl,but I think when it comes to the Brown low and the Dalim, I think the NL candefinitely learn a lot from the Brown low. I think the true nights thing wasa nice idea because, obviously the brown low they only give out that oneaward that night and then they have other they have other award nights for theother ones, and I reckon the Inro can definitely do something like that. Tobe honest in general, I think the whole three two one system is a bit outdated,like, as we are saw the Justin Allan situation like well. I know he ended up making theteam of her, but there's a lot of situations where the best players don'tmake the team of the year this year was a bit different, because the bestplayers were in the best team, so they picked up more votes but like yeah, the team of the year, the rookiede all that stuff, it shouldn't be done on three two ones like it. Just a poor,because, like realistically, if you're, the fourth best player in every gameyou play in, you could easily be the best center of the year, like that'svery impressive, to be the fourth best player in every game. But you wouldactually get zero vote so yeah. I think it's a flawed system. I think the NRshould take a leaf out of the American sport systems when it comes to you know,just picking nominees and then an MV at the end of the season. I think it makesa lot more sense and yeah. I just think the whole thingwhether it be the three to one, whether it be the way they actually do it, theway they actually do. The like, if you're going to do the threeto one yougot to go a brown low style. You got to read out each game like it's justridiculous, how they just like in terms of actual votes. They read out twomatches like what the hell is that and if you do the whole three to one thing.I know they had the scandal the other year but like the biggest part of thebrownlows like betting, like my mates down here in melon, they absolutelylove betting on the brownlows. So I think that's something the nildefinitely needs to address, because it wasn't like a disgraceful ben oranything. I just think it's something that the NL has always really reallybeen poor at the Dalian awards, and I know it's not the nil. I think it's the well, I think it's ned is limited andthen Fox yeah. So I don't know it's a bit weird, but I think they d o Allneed to take it back and sort of overhaul it, because I think whetheryou take a leaf out of the RL's book or the NFL or Mbas Book. I think there's alot of sports that do it a lot better than us, so that moves us into the top.Eight reviews no need to do a power...

...rankings or predicted top. Ah, becausewe are down to two teams, so we will get into our grand final preview in alittle bit, but first we need to go over the seasons. The chop aid, as wedid the bottom at the other week, go back and check that out. If you want tosee how I go, your team fared starting doing it, based on lighter orderstarting goal coast Golgos had a bit of a weird season. Very up and down peoplewere very high on them coming into the air, and I think maybe too high likepeople were saying top for and stuff which I thought was pretty ambitious,given how far behind they were last year, but they made some streetsignings in the off season and I think all of them played pretty well. I think all no, it's just a solid team. I thinktheir spine can definitely improve and I think the likes of Campbell at oneand Brinton at six next year and whether it be fordy or sixteen and nineI definitely and they're, also bringing in booth from delman. I don't know ifhe's going to start a book. I definitely think that's where theprogression will come for this titans team and definitely increases theirceiling, but this year I think they played pretty decently, as I mentionedup and down, but they gave a few big teams and frights such as the Rabbit Osin the storm a couple times and obviously finance week, one as well, soI think it was a decent season. I think whole Brook looks like he's a prettygood coach and they've got one of the best young Ford Packs going aroundthey've got great outside back. They just need to address the spine, which Ithink will improve next year, a rating out of town, giving them a six. Iactually predicted them to come seven, so my ratings are based on expectation, soyou could argue it should be below five because five s par, but a for me, thefact that they almost won a finals, game and yeah. I just think that I don't know. Ithink there was a lot more positive signs than maybe I was expecting like.I definitely think, there's a bright future in gold cos. I think Holbrooktook some steps this year they unearthed a gem in Jading Campbell,which I had no idea about in the preseason. So there were definitelysome things at the time to sign. I zacly you this. There were certainthings at the Times this year that shocked me in a good way, so yeah I'mgoing to give them a rating six out of ten MB, giving it to Tino for Sil MallaOui. If you watch my and I rail top twenty players of two thousand andtwenty one last week or the week before, I actually had Tino in my top twentyI'm a huge fan of this bloke, so he's also, my best young player argue likedebatable whether to give it to a feed or someone else, but yeah. I just thinkwhat this guy does week and week out. It's almost unrivalled in thecompetition like there might be some who are more impactful in attack, butwhat he brings for the duration of the game and also in defense. I think it'spretty unmatched, most improved player, I'll give it to Patrick Herbert. I know,probably a bit weird, giving an award to a guy that some say cost theirseason, but all all he came from the warriors, I saw some signs last year,the warriors I liked him. I thought he was just a really solid player who gavea hundred and ten percent, but I think it a better team of the Times.I think he really flourished and the big bodies they have in centers of B Kand Patrick Herbert. I think really works well for them, and they're reallygood strike weapons for the goal coast and then new castle nights. I'd, sayit's a disappointing year for Newcastle. This is pretty much exactly what theydid last year and I don't think, there's much science of progression. Ifanything, the signs of regression in the future yeah, it's just a I'll, be o Adam, OBrian, doesn't seem like a great coach. I think a lot more like, for example,let's compare seventh and eight new castle and Gold Coast. I think new casthave a better list, a better starting thirteen about er seventeen. Then theTimes do yet they pretty much finished the samespot on the ladder and the tins got closer to winning a game in final. So Ithink Holbordd, good coach so like it's...

...a bit harsh to compare him to a MoBrian, but I definitely think there are a lot of better coaches out there thanat a Mo Brian. Who could be getting a lot more out of this squad. I thinkKalen ponge had a bit of a down year. Did Him include in my top twentyplayers last week and part from origin and the odd game, the finals game heplayed well but yeah? I just don't think many of their players had a greatseason. I think bright like I know it's hard to be on broth and Bessie stillonly like twenty years old, but I don't think he had the greatest season. Ithink this sort of almost become over relying on a guy who's like really onlyplayed one year so and he's a center. So I don't know I think that needs tobe sorted out. Obviously the shining lights are probably the syfety brothersyou'd have to say, took even more steps forward after a brilliant two thousandand twenty, and he gets by most valuable player. Daniel Jacob also hada really good year most improved, even though I only paid half the season ofthe night, just a sort of freese new cowboys performances as well I'm givingto Jake Clifford. I thought he was a really average player at the back endof last year, thought he probably didn't have a future in the nil andwhat he showed this year he's like. Actually, a really exciting talent athalf back he's still going to be a world beater. Don't get me wrong, but Ithink he can definitely be a really good club player for a long time inthis competition and thank, I think it was a good signing by the night to behonest and then best young player. Theyactually don't have many young players which is sort of weird, but given it toa Ari Taala he's actually a free agent next year. So I don't know if he'sgoing to be returning to the nights but starting it set and then shifting towin he's, just a reliable player will give you a seven or eight seven out often every weekend. That's something the nights needed on a lot of occasions. Iknow they were sort of struck by entry. This year there were only very fewgames where pierce and Ponga played together. But for me it's a four out often just don't think they took the progression that we would have wantedto see from them. I pretty them to come sick so once again wasn't that far offbut yeah, I think with the whole and now there's debate with the MichelPierce will leave. I don't think it's going to because I think O'Brien saidhis staying, but yeah there's just a lot more question marks, there's more questions than answerscoming out of the season for that, so I'd have to say and O'Brian. If therewas a betting market for coaches to be sucked next year, I think obrian woulddefinitely be in the top three or two there. He is definitely on fraud. Watchthe moving into Parama had a final win this year didn't make the top for whichwas a bit of a shock. I predicted them actually pretty good them to come fit,so I didn't even be to come from top for so I guess it wasn't a shock butyeah just another paramount of a Il season, really the same sort of thing.Apart from that poor patch of foot, they were pretty decent against boseteams. Struggled in the big games, as usual, probably were hit by not being able toplay at bank west late in the season. I think they have one of the better homeground advantages there and yeah. Just wasn't a great year like they've got like all of their players are justdecent, but they don't have what it takes to win a premiere ship, and Idon't really see where that premiership win comes from with this squad. So yeah it's a bit of awkward situationreally like. I don't think the coach woman maybe does, but I don't thinkthis team is good enough to get with a premier ship, so you can't suck thecoach and but you don't want to revill, because also the teams doing decently,like you want a finals game so yeah, it's a really dicky situation atParamatta, you just deed that you may be need to world beaters to come in inthe skill positions. The Ford Packs, brilliant. The outside backs are goodenough. Atle Pedersen, I looks like an absolute gem in the centers, but yeahthere's I don't know it's tough. Maybe Dill Brown takes the next step nextyear. That's where the improvement...

...comes from. Moses looks like he'simproving. Even at I don't know what it is you now, twenty six, twenty seven.So that's a good sign. Gatho probably had a bit of a down year, but he playedreally well last year. So can't really blame him and money will be fit in nextyear, but I've just a bit worried that they don't have what it takes to win apremiere shit. But hopefully you do pomate fens m VP, I'm going to give itto Isa, poblete best and young player and going to give a Tisayic I'm goingto give it to Isa a publicly signing of the absolute beast like you came intothe warries at such sharing a age and was really exciting, but his careerdefinitely stagnated there and yeah fair pay, Te Brad after got the bestout of him and whether he played prop second rowoff the bench. He was always in the top three paramount of players. Pretty muchevery week offload best tackle, plus beast and our old fantasy base for thatmother, and he was definitely a bright spot inthis Paramoti side that probably wasn't forecasted heading into the season andthen my final team outside the top for the Sydney Bost is bit of a weird one,because obviously they were absolutely plagued by injury and retirement. Therewere quite a few matches where they had over two million dollars sitting out.So that's like a quarter of the Salary Cup. So there was seriously handicapped by that. I guess you'd haveto say so it's a bit tough! I actually predicted them to win the PREMI ship,which is a pit road, but I had them finishing third and I just thoughtMelbourne weren't going to get it done, whichturned out to be correct and then I a bit of a spoil, but I actually had themto beat south in the premiership in the grand final, so yeah, it's a bit of aweird one, because obviously they didn't match that expectation of me.But at the same time, a lot of it was sort of out of their hands. However,this is sort of something that is a little bit of a worry now for theroosters, because it's happened two years in embro and thet may be got to.You know, look at the way they're going about things. It could also just be afreak accident, but yes, so rating I'm going to just giveit a five out of ten. It's probably a bit harsh if you factor in the injuries,it's probably like a seven out of ten. If you don't factor in the injuries itprobably like a three out of ten, so a yeah, it's probably a bit harsh butI'll, give it a five MV James To des going out to boring,but like the most consistent player in the competition, maybe next to Nathancleary, the man would just give you a nine or ten out of ten every weekwithout fail, and he just so he's such a beast most improved, I'm actuallygiving it a dewy Hutcheson honor wile mention Jared Warrior hard graves. Ithink he was really good this year, but Hutcherson he's sort of been a bitof a journey. Man He's filled in vendres here or there, but with thecure injury, he really got his chance this year and played don't know howmany games at it would have been like eighteen, nineteen and there were quitea few games where he was actually the roosters best player and especiallytowards the end of the year, the regular season. I really started tostep up when they started to bench down, walk out for his health, and I don'tknow what they're I don't know what his plans. I don't know what his contractsituation is. But you know, if there's a club who has an injury, Prin half, Iguess the Rostislavl Cure, but yeah he would definitely be a service or willback up or even if a team needs to you know, they've got a gun team around himand they just need someone who's going to give us seven out of ten each weekhops and could be a man our best young playboy sand, Walker winner, the delianrookie, the asle elite season. From an eighteen year old, half back, which isvery rare to see in our competition- and he looks like he's going to be astar of the future- all right into the top four forth bad manly actuallypredict them to miss the eight in a ninth one of the harder teams topredict but...

...yeah. I guess I didn't really prettytell I trbovich to be the absolute frank tide was this year he wins the MV. Obviously, don't reallyneed to wait on that award most improved. I had Lockin croker, which isa back up half until this year and then obviously they've had issues in the hookingposition. APICAL left a couple years ago, and then obviously the issues offield with Minasi fine someone had to step up. There were talks of it beingdealing walk a pre season. They also had Karl Lawton come in from thewarriors, but lucky croker stepped in made the spot his and he was just areally good play for them. One of the more reliable man best young player,Josh Shuster. He is by honorable men. Actually it's abit of a stiff one. There obviously absolute freak, but I'm actually goingto even to Morgan Harper missed the first four games that they lost andthen came, and I think round six when they started or he might have bevencoming around five when they go their first wine or something like that. But he basically came into the team whenTommy came back- and maybe you can say that's why he had a good year, but Ithink all in all, despite a couple of poor finals, performances and then youhad a pretty body good season and he's only his bon on thousand nine hundredand ninety eight. So what's that making me is only twenty three twenty two ortwenty three so exciting future for Young Morgan, Harper I'll give them a rating and eight outof ten. I know their finals exit was a littlebit of a Sou and not getting pumped and also if we adjusted their expectationsbed year. They probably don't get that score, but to go from missing to gofrom missing finals in my preces and predictions to them losing in a losing in a prelim where I thought theywere going to win comfortably. That's a pretty large jump so I'll give them aneight out of ten. He their reliance on Tommy TURBOS, definitely concerned sonext thing you want to put them a seven, but at the end of the day, if he stayshealthy, you can't blame them for putting like well can't blame with himbeing my man team, but yeah weird season for manly, obviouslylook like they were going to be wooden spooners after the first month, looklike as he has la his job, might have even been in trouble and then Tommycame back and everything got bride are so fair play to manly into third IDsouth. Well, I don't know what I'm saying I had sous. This is the latterbut sous rent at third MV, Curry Walker. I don't know I feel like hurry. Walkeris a little bit under overrated. Sorry, but he's a very good player break thetrices record break the line breaker his record, so he can't really give itto anyone else, but him honorable mentioned to Tom Burges on camera, whoboth have brilliant campaigns most improved I've, given it to Tom Burgers, impressive vide Im proves at the age oflike twenty seven but think he took his game to another level. I was sort ofway suspect of this bird is boys. I thought George and Tom Sort of justrode off their last dame, but they, I think, Tom's like like a genuine elite front roller. Thenyou averaged, I don't have forgotten the start of my ed, but it's somethinglike a hundred and forty meters. I think it is average meters improved bylike fifteen this year, so per game so far play e Tommy Bird, just honorablementioned to Campbell brain. I think he took a huge couple strides this yearand if it wasn't for the whole full back at center situation in theNew South Wales team, he would be a short short thing in those lots.Beshone player I've Got Cam Mary. I know it's a bit of a cop out because heisn't that young but yeah he's just an absolute start: I'vegiven them a six out of ten, it's a tough one. I predicted them to make thegrand final but yeah I don't know. I just think it's atough one, because their off season business wasn't great, letting AdamReynolds go all that go fuff but...

...yeah to make the grand final and have areal crack out it. Yes, they like the regular season,wasn't great. It was a two fifty point two times they could ceded. Fiftypoints like there was a point there where theywere just leakin forty points every week, but to make it this far fair playto them. So I give them as six out of ten wasn't like, I predicted them tomake the final, but I think it might have been a little bit more of my heartthan my head. I'm hoping Melbourne didn't make it in so snuck in Penros in its seconds NB Nathan, cleary.Obviously, arguably the best play in the COMP. Obviously, human turbo streets a hadmost improved look. This was hard, I think, a lot of their players improveI'll, give to Brian too, though, he's just become a freaking date shot and itbasically like dad to Pon Auto car, been a fixture in the New South Walesteam for quite a while. But the way toto was playing Fred had no choice and he forced his way into that sideand, like he's just such a lovable guys, and he he plays the game in such goodspirit and he's just an absolute freak and whenever he was injured, you reallynoticed it. Honorable Mentions to billy kick outand deal and Edwards both two players, who I thought were extremely overratedcoming into this year and even at times this year, but I think in the home,stript they've been two major players in penrith sort of getting their acttogether in the last couple months and making it through the grand final bestyoung plow, probably a touchy subject, given the fact that he's leaving nextyear but I'll have to give it to mat burden. This guy is like. I genuinelythink it's going to be a superstar. I know it Solofra opinion but think isborn in two thousand, so same age is me so he's about twenty or twenty one. Ijust think bull dogs are getting an absolute still here. I've given them aneight out of ten, because I didn't think that would be crap this year, butI did predict a little bit and fall off from last year. I had them forth out ofto fourth on the regular season ladder and I didn't have the making the grandfinal so on both accounts. There they've proved me wrong. I think one of my maid prediction, likereasons to drop them below was I thought. Origin was going to reallyhurt them shit this year, and that actually was true, so I don't take thatback, but still they were just so dominant in other periods of the yearjust made up for that fact. So Yeah peneter attempt their play and thenfinally Melbourne Weed Sason from Melbourne. Regular season augural the best regularseason we've ever seen like they were so bud. I think most points scored ever they were just putting fifty on teamslike without fail at one point and they had their injuries, but they just hatewere so deep in every position that it just did not matter, and there werepoints where they were genuinely resting, three or four players a weekand they were still getting easy winds. It was looked like it was a going tobee a really pretty boring season. Actually I thought Meldon would justgoing to cruise home, but I got proven wrong on the weekend and I'm very happyto get proven wrong in this situation. Anvill give it to the cheese heading into the year. That wasobviously all that chat about the grants, cheese, hooker situation and I'll be honest. I think she's actuallyon the battle this year, like Harry, grant still a freak and he's going tobe the Queens ane hooker for a while to come. But I think the balls are rest inthe cheeses court now in terms of the future whether he wants to stay butyeah we'll have to wait and see on that, but yeah. He made himself undropt and what unexpendable expend war not like,he couldn't be dropped like he couldn't be, benched couldn't be dropped,absolute staff, most improved I've, given it to just and a Justin, so Iguess I'll singing just in hoges, but drame Hughes took his game to an evenfurther level this year. I think two thousand and nine ten to two thousandand twenty was a big jump and I think this year was even bigger, Argula, thesecond best half back in our game at...

...the moment, and he doesn't it in hisown unique style, which I really love to see he's not your traditional half back,who sort of just marshals troops and players like a bit of a quarterback buttakes the game on with this running. With this kicking game really works offthe back of his big forwards, and it's just a really exciting play can createsomething out of nothing. Honorable Mention is so just an almaneca, hinds,obviously hines. We haven't seen much of him before this year, but he andhimself what a six hundred K deal the shark for fire years, so that justshowed how good he was this year and I think, all them sort of announced. Ithink, over the Satan position ever since latrell moved to fallback thatwas sort of debate of WHO's the best center and I think all them, maybe JoeyMina has something to say, but I think alms stood out from the crowd this year.Personally, our best young player, even though he's the like he's, been ourcompetition for a few years now, I've given it to Ryan Papenhagen. There weretalks of whether he's better than Teddy early on in the year. A season was sortof harmed by injury, but he had a really good year rating I'd been givingthem a five out of ten. I pretty them to come. First, they came first, Ipretty to miss the grand final. They missed a gram final. So for me, it'sexactly part if you adjusted your expectations to how their season, whenit's probably below part, because them losing the prelims pretty shocking, butall all pretty solid season from Melbourne and they I'm sure, they're,absolutely guarded that they're in the not the like. You know, they're in theoffseason already at this stage of the year, but yeah like don't know where and theyalso resign cake belme for another four years. So I don't really know wherethis team ever stops being good. It's pretty scary prospect for other NR teamfans heading into the grand final preview. It's probably not going to betoo long because it is only one game but I've, given it a little bit morefurther analysis than a normal preview. That's IT ONE CORTAR! Now, when I'mrecording this, it could easily be moved to towns El, obviously due topandemic situation, stuff like that Penri, currently paying at all sixtyeight sous paying two dollars. Twenty five interesting actually like I I'll e,Il come out and say I'm teeping Penrith, but that might be a little bit further away than I was thinking. Ithought it would be pretty close, but I guess that's not that far away otherlines and three and a half penrice favor, so I'm taking pen with head tohead and at the line up I've sort of been a doubt of south all season and orfinal series, even though I pretty lie to make the grand final and pre season,but I thought I were going to get pump by manly thought they're going to getpump. I penrith around one week, one of the finals and there he is so at theend of the day, their play to them I'll be going for them a bit of Split familyin this house. In terms of who once been you marshal to win a premiershipor not. My Dad doesn't want to see it, but I do because I think he went hispremier ship for the Tigers so early on that, I think, like he's really he'sbeen toiling away his career for like fourteen years- and I know there weresome controversial moments like walking away from the Tigers and going to rugbyand stuff like that, but yeah. I think he's given so much tothis game and he's been the most exciting player for so many seasonsthat I think he deserves another premiership medal and I would love tosee it, I think, is one of the real nice guys in Rugby League, so yeah I'll be supporting souths alsowill be called to see Wan Bennie one over Ivan cleary after their littleSAGO, but yeah I've got a tip penrith, unfortunately, they've just been inMelbourne, so that sort of says it all. Really things going to be really lowscoring. Actually the only team changes are Pangu is out furled. Obviously thestory came out that he could have ma been selected and could have been agame time decision, but he let Spencean you play local juniore and yeah likewhat a Blow Panga is. He said: There's...

...a lot, you know worse things in lifethan missing on the grand final, so obviously he's just a really goodcharacter. I think for me the two big talkingpoints heading into this one. This is the both of these are fairly obvious,like they sound like captain obvious statements, but they're. Definitelyareas that are sometimes overlooked and for me the case to success our errors.I know it sounds stupid, but I went through every finals game this week,this season and the team of the least Arras winds, and I know that soundslike yeah- that that's one of one plus one is two, but I don't think some teams look at itlike that, and I think that's why it's going to be really low score and Ithink both of these teams are going to get a very similar message. We've seen it in Penros all three ofpenners finals game. So far we saw in south round finals week one game aswell we're sending a lot of this finalseries really where both teams just knuckled down it's just a tackle of tonand costly airs, really helped the other team March up because otherwisethere's not much between them. I think t is that's exactly what's going tohappen in this game and I think the winner will have less eras once again,so I think the message from aving very and way and Ben it will be very similarand that's just especially early on- don't give away errors, try and win thepossession battle. Try and win the field position battle both tend to havegreat kickers and Outan, Reynolds and Nathan, cleary, obviously AdamReynold's health. Yet to be known in terms of these kiking status, spot yeah,I think both tens will just back their for packs to win to win in the middle,so there's no manly or no Melbourne who are going to sling the ball around. Iknow both these teams can score on their day, but I think it's going to bea real low, scoring shoot out I'll, be surprised if there's more than fourtries, and for that reason I think errors are going to be really crucial. So for me, that's definitely an area towatch. Whoever has the most errors will lose this game and the others kick. IFusil, as I just mentioned. I think it's going to be really low, scoringreally tight, especially in that first half- and I think kick diffusa isdefinitely a huge part of that, because both these guys have brilliant kickinggames and we've seen it so far throughout this final series, and weactually saw it when these teams played in the first there actually might have been theirsecond encounter in the regular season. But when you can't diffuse kicks it'sreally troublesome for your own team, because you're giving the other teamsix tackles, basically in in that in your own twenty meter line so reallyhard to defend when you're dropping the ball twenty out and let the other teamare marched down and even if they do defend it, then all of a sudden you'reattacking off your own line and the game really changes. I think both ofthese teams struggled last weekend with kick diffuse also. I definitely thinkthe hardback will be working all week and trying to put up the most testingspiral bombs, and I assume the back threes will definitely be working ontheir catching skills, because it's definitely something that both theseteams have struggled out at times this year, for example, we've seen don ewers havea few issues with it and we saw pretty much the whole south back line have afew issues with over the regular season so yeah. I definitely think that'sgoing to be a huge factor of who can diffuse these terrifying bombs, thebest so I know they're both sort of obvious factors, but I think they'regoing to be huge keys to this game, and if we look on Monday morning who hasthe most arrows and who failed to diffuse the kicks the best, I thinkwell it'll be pretty easy to work out who won the game from those two stepsalone. So I'm really looking forward to it. It's been another brilliant seasonof n R. Forty, I'm really sad that there's no for you to come obviouslywere meant to have a World Cup this year. But that's being postponed,understandably, but looking forward to that already and it's you know,fourteen months away but yeah, I guess this will be. I might doan off season episode, maybe talk about some signings or whatever, but if wedon't- or I might do a super league...

...season review or something like that,but if we don't it's been an awesome time reviewing and doing the RLepisodes all year, I've really enjoyed it thanks to everyone, who's everlistened or watch any of the RL episodes. Hope it's a brilliant gamebetween these teams. I'll leave you with a final school prediction. I thinkpenrith will win. Sixteen to eight. I know I said: Listenfor triers actually will say: PENISCOLA three tries kick two out of threerabbit: Os Kek school one: Try and kick a penalty girl. That's my prediction life church, so I probably should leaveone I think of Penrith win a think. There gets it. To be honest, I thinkit's going to be low scoring. So I don't think like the stout lines aregoing to be outrageous, so I think they'll give it to him. His kickinggame. Will probably be excellent, I say you could be a smoky. There he'sbeen really really good. These last couple games, so yeah, I'm excited tosee who gets the chocolates hoe. It's a good game of Rugby League is always andyeah good luck depend with then south and their supporter bases, andhopefully I'll catch. You sometime soon cheers.

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