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2021 NRL Round 18 | Rugby League

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

I return to chat rubbish about all things Rugby League. I give my take on the games biggest headlines, analyse the recent action and preview the upcoming round. As well as ranking both the remaining free agents and evaluating the completed transfers. 

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Alara welcome back to another episodeof one of the greatest podcast going around the on the ball potty, and weare back again to talk about the nl this week and our around seventeenreview lash around eighteen preview, also a bit of state of origin chart andjust off the back of a hour and a half a fl episode. So forgive me if my brainis a little bit fatigued, but i will try and be on my best game, becausei've been looking forward to this one for a few days now, i've done some a bit of research and somenew interesting topics today. Some good discussion points, so i get stay tunedas we get into that in a little bit, but we will start off by reviewingaround seventeen and the state of origin. That happened last night for me. Recording this and we'll also justdiscuss some of the headlines going around in the sport right now, so,first of all rates versus the seagulls, the rates onered and thirty to sixteen.No, i didn't see this coming. To be honest, i know without turbo the manlyare a different team and without dc that's obviously you just well but thelast time they did that they beat the cowboys by forty points, and i think italked about it in length on the show that i thought that would we've beenpretty comfortable but raiders put up a good showing and but they didn't look great, but withback up habs and sam williams and matt fully. I think they did prettyserviceably and to get a win over a top six team, especially in the narl at this point where the top sics arevery, very dominant and he win over them is very good and i guess too,radically keeps them alive in the race for seventh today they're very outsidechances in there well and truly, not in my picture, but i'm sure that's whatthey're thinking of also looking ahead to next, you they're still going a very,very good team on paper, not that the similar to the team that you know madethe grand final two years ago. So they'll be looking to pick up so somemomentum going into next year and there's a few players there pushing forinternational claims in the what in the world cup at the end of the year. So iyeah they've tout a lot to play for and that's a very, very good win. I thinkthere's about seven rounds left and if they can get that momentum going, theycould be a dangerous team in the next few weeks. Are that let us into therabiosa the cowboys on friday night? The rabos one, forty six to eighteen, the cowboys darned pretty well and iwas actually struck with a dialate whether to go to the movies with mybrother or not, and the cowboy started well- and i was like: oh no, i'm goingto go to the movies and mis game the year. I did go to the movies, then therabbit os smashed them from that on. So i made the right call, but the firstoff was pretty entertaining back and forth game. The rabbito did look likethey were just waiting and waiting to crack that defense, but the cowboyswere holding on. Well, you do have to say the rabbit os are seriously. They do benefit a lot in the originperiod, because a lot of the other top teams losing key players and obviouslythe trail and gaga are very important but they're still pretty much therewith their full harves most their outside backs and all that stuff. Soyeah they made that very apparent with a dominant display. I know there wassome controversy over simbing one of the cowboys players and then apparentlyit happened about ten minutes later. The exact same thing and they have gonevery soft on the head highs. I do think they've gone too far. The other wayagain like i think the people were complaining too much. I think, there'sroom for it in the game. Obviously it was too extreme and magic round, but ido have to say it's taken. A lot of the head highs out of the game. We nowreally only see one every two or three games and you know b ton me i probablyshould be simmin, but i do understand why they've taken a fewsteps back, but i would like to see a...

...few players go to the ben every now andthen because it seems like it's impossible to go to the bin. Now, as wesaw in state of origin last night, where tens were just giving away sixpenalties at a time and nothing was happening but yeah fair by to therabbits too good and they still like they're, going to be a dangerous teamin finals a but quickly chat out to jason tamalo, there's been a bit oftalk about the ways being deployed by top patan. You only played fiftyminutes, which i actually don't mind. I think it's pretty stupid to expect amiddle forward to play eighty minutes and be impact for the whole eighty. Iwe've seen it with the likes of you know: a panga junior they've made himplay on an edge out to get a consistent eighty minutes from him, and arguablythat takes his impact away from the game. How i think that suits pango buttonlos a different case. I think playing fifty to sixty minutes in themiddle is where he belongs and i think that's a good amount of time. I thinkeighty minutes his impact was lost and i think tod payton's being quoted insaying that you know he's doing this for the long term. Ass well he's notgoing to have a long career if he plays eighty minutes every week in the middleso and he was back to his damaging best. He had a hundred and thirty two metersin the first thirty minutes, two big line breaks one set up a contender fortry of the year to be honest that he, you know you broke about. He broke theline straight up the middle round about fifty meters for just a flick, pass offload and then they went and scored from that. So i was a very good try. Therewas some great celebrations on show. I know blake taffy score to try and hejumped into the wrong boat and that made for some good entertainment and then that moved us into saturdayobvious tainly, the four games on the weekend, bordages us and roostersroosted, just one by six points, which was pretty surprising and maybe showsthat the rooters are fair way off, that those are the five teams in the top sixand there may be closer to the likes of the sharks and the dragons and stufflike that. But the bulldogs, you have to say to them the last three or fourweeks, maybe the last six, even they've been pretty competitive and they'vedone this, the last few years, really where they hit a decent patior in theend of the season and obviously you want to see themstart winning. But it's an exciting time to be a bulldog fan. They keepsigning players, they've sone that dufty now they've pretty much got a newwhole spine rolling in next year, with a lot of state of origin players coming, i'm out of cars coming burdens comingnaden coming, which will talk about in a segment in a little bit so yeah. Iguess it's donald dooman gloom for the bull dogs. Obviously the main talkingpoint from this game ridiculously was sam walkers last twenty second tacticof running backwards. Absolutely no idea why this was a talking point iswell within his rights to do that. Who cares people saying it's disrespectful,not sure how it's in the rules like it's not offensive to anyone. Inmy opinion, people saying it's a dumb play. I actually think it's a smartplay and if you think it's a dumb play well, then who cares unless you're aroosters fan? If you think he's risking it is the game for his team will thenhe should be afraid to do it without criticism. I'm sure you won't do itagain, which is annoying because you know it's fun, to see playersinnovating in the game and also i actually have seen a lot of players dosimilar sort of thing, maybe not run backwards and run around in circles,but i've definitely seen benjie marshall run past the touch line or outof the side line three or four times in his career. So i don't remember peoplebagging that out so not really sure why it's a big issue to me was a very smartplay and i actually thought queen son we're going to do it inorigin last night, but they didn't quite do that so yeah they play samwalkup bit of alara could really feel that that moved us into the sunday game,which i thought was going to be gaming. The week sort of disappointed a little bit couldmaybe argue that other sharks, one twenty to twelve against the worries,and i don't want to be rude to the sharks. They're, probably a little bitunderrated, but look they're, just a...

...boring team at any time the shockswinning game. It's never really entertaining other warriors probablydeserved to win, but they just couldn't break the shocks defense in the finaltwenty, so yeah that was disappointing. I was going for the warries heavily,they seem to be look race, falsies, go great player,one of the best talents that iver seen in my life, but they seem to be goingtoo fine to introduire ma hardly got the ball on creative plays seem to justbe like where's re walsh. On the last tackle, and at times he over forced hishand, which is going to happen for a young kid, and that's why i think thelikes of nicaria needs to step up. I know they don't really have anotherhalf of the moment. I think chad towns and might be coming back this week, butyeah. I think nicaria definitely needs to get more involved this weekend andwhile she eeds to sort of be a luxury play, maybe gets the more once once aset sort of, and you know he's a bit more unpredictable and then nicariacontrols the game rather than being the other way round. Thought roger wasreally good. With his touches off the wing got involved inthe right moments and yeah. I thought i think he's going to try up the middleof the pitch as well. Just always could see from roger really sad that rogerwon't be able to play another game back in new zeal and obviously the latestcoved outbreaks in sydnean melbourne now of basically well. They haveofficially canceled the warriors return home, which is shattering for both thenew zealand public and also the warriors players sucks that he won'tget a send off in new zealand. But i guess they'll see in place robina nextyear, quick shout out to braden ham when you la for that doing the rockjohnson celebration easily the front runner for best celebration of themonth. I have to say they should make this a yearly thing a this month oftries i'll, say to my family. Maybe they should do it just a weekend likenot doesn't have to be on magic ground. It could be if you want l, but maybe adifferent round, and then every try celebration when charity and the theperson who comes up with the best celebration can maybe win fiftythousand dollars to the charity. That choice song like that. I think it's apretty cool idea. I don't think it's like disrespectful or anything peopleat all in doing it in good taste. It's tough good cause, so yeah it's and itjust adds a bit more entertainment, especially you know like a rabinowitz bit of ablow out, it's interesting to see what celebrations are going to come up with.I'm sure the kids at home are loving, it right, they're, moving on to a stateof origin. Last night queensland, unfortunately pipped my mighty newsouth well bow two thousand and eighteen and look. I actually knew thiswas going to happen and it's pretty disappointing. Although we won theseries, it just would have been so nice to get a clean sweep after so manyyears of being dominated would have been a bit of a like. You know we would have beenputting our flag back down in terms of like we are still a really really goodteam and we're not going to be dominated for the rest of the time soyeah. That was a little bit disappointing, but anyway we still wantthe series can't really argue with that well played to queens, and they lookeda lot lot better. Last week last night and i guess, while i'm to pull greenfirst when in the origin arena in terms of the new south wells teamselection, i think they did pretty well. People are bagamoyo and what, but ithink they did well. I don't think adam renald til, someone would have donemuch more. I think the second aff they could have gone to the trail a bit more.It was for me easily the best play of the series, the most dangerous bornhand, and he hardly touched in the second off. Really they just didn't goto whim but yeah. They sort of seem to come todesko's influence a little bit. Turbo wasn't as impactful so yeah queens, anreally well defended new south wells defended really well as while theydefended three or four sets at a time on their line. I do think the ref was abit of a weak rap. I think sollen should have been simmon, i'm not reallytoo much of a complainer like...

...everyone's mad about how many setrestarts. I don't really care because it was going both ways, but whenthere's that many penalties, someone should get simin because, like that's,the point of the rule gave someone a warning which you don't have to do anymore. Unless origin rules are different, which i don't think they are and yetturbo on the wally lewis mental play the series. He was good a game one, buti have to say for me: latrell was in the top three players and each match,and i didn't think turbo was so. I think the tre was seriously unluckythere. I was pretty disappointed when they gave it to turbo, because i thinkthe trol deserved it, but yeah that's origin for another year last light theshow the passion is still there. People were may be hinting it. You know origandead when queensland louise origins dead. All this rubbish you sat well wasgoing to dominate few years last night showed there's still passion in it.There was a little lot of archibau queens and is still really good teamand it's still one of the greatest rabais in world sport. Next out, we'vegot the queenslan hub situation. Obviously all the sydney teams and newcastle and camera are moved up into the hubs. Melbourne are still in melbournefor now, not sure if they're evacuating this morning, because we've had a fewcases really disappointing news. It's look. It's getting pretty frustratingfor everyone involved, but there's not much we can do. I was really convoyinglooking forward to going to the storm. This is the nights on the weekend toits going to be a really good game, very slim, chance of that going aheadnow, at least with fans. But i yeah look at what we've got to do to keepthe game going. Sean johnson said we should go to new zealand. That would bereally cool. I just think. Logistically it's a little bit harder than justgoing up the road to bruce south as queensland at work last year for a fewteams. So i think it is probably just the better play- and hopefully it's notfor too long. Hopefully it's on ye for two or three weeks or something and youself. Well s can sort this stuff out, but yeah. I guess it's got to be done,feel bad for the players feel worse for the staff and stuff, because you knowthen, on the big bucks that the players are and they're still making the samesacrifices so shout out to those kind of people, the administrators and thestaff, but also to the players. I do understand they are human and they are,some of them are leaving their families behind so yeah. Hopefully it's not toolong. As you know, that way we can get back to our home grounds, get back intothe hubs and the final point of discussion is the tiger's documentarypremiering on fox league next monday, night and gees. I am scared, as atigers fan, it's going to be really really interesting. I think the trailerlooks very exciting. It looks like never seen before tv in the regulaeworld bit late to this whole documentary trend, i have to say, butaustralia is usually kind of late to that stuff, so yeah well on to thetigers for allowing that access. I think it's going to be really reallycompelling viewing for all. I have to say i'm ready for the slander thatwe're going to cop, i can already see now we lose to the broncos. On sundaywe watch episode. One of the documentary and monday night on twitteris just about abusing tiger saying. Why would you waste your money on about tamlike for tigers, but he o i'll make interesting viewing? I think it'sprobably more, like i think, we've seen with maths andstuff on tv that i fortunately sometimes negative drama is moreinteresting than positive drama, so yeah, i'm sure they made thedocumentary and hopes that the tigers broke their final drought, but it'skind of gone sou, but we'll see how they go. I think my prediction is thatmadge comes out of it, looking very, very good. That, generally is the case.I know that happened, the a fl one where most of the coaches came out oflooking like very, very good leaders, but oh yeah. It's going to be reallyreally interesting to see. Moving into my top ac predictions, i've had acouple changes from last week. I've lifted the eels up into fourth had andfifth below the sea was last week, but i've lifted them back above them thisweek. I just seen they're too good, and...

...the buffering points right now is justtoo great. For me, the sea was lost last week. I think it's down and eightsix point buff or something like that, and i don't see the seagulls making thedifference in the short time that's left in the season, and i stopped thesharks and nights around the night, seven shacks ate last week, and thisweek i'm sopping them around, but on still finishing just ahead ofthe tigers it tightens and the dragons. I think the warriors tigers and cowboysare just a bit too inconsistent and they don't really have that lethal edgeto finish chams off, but i've got the sharks in it. Seventh, they just seemto rack up, wins they like to win ugly, but they get the two points in the thenights. I think they're going to be a bit of a dangerous side. If you know ifthey come against the roosters or a manly or even a paramatta and finals, ithink they could. You know, call some damage som excited to see how they goin the rest of the season, but that is my top ape all right. Moving into themain meat and potatoes of my episode today i'll be discussing the top at tenfree agents a moving into next year and i'll also be discussing my the tempesttransfers for me so far. So this is premature. There's obviously a lot ofthe transfer window to go, but i thought i would just address it halfway,because it's interesting because you know after origin. This is where wesort of not start to look to next year, but a lot of the teams down the bottomof the ladder start to look at how they can improve or next year. I thinkthey're still time. I think you can actually sign up to august this yearmid season top up. So maybe these players are relevant for the big clubsas well, so honorable mansions go to edric lestill, thinking has the potential to be a very, very good winger if you paidfor a good club or a center. Whichever position he plays is a big tall playerstruggle with with injury this year, not sure if he's going to play in theback end for the night, nari taala, only twenty two years old, i think he'sa pretty pretty serviceable center for the nights doesn't get much attraction,but things this old play occur to serena sort of lost his position atmanly i started the season. Injured, shuster seems to have taken his rolethere and they've got alakai and water. Now you know rotating through that backrow, so it looks like serios time at manley could be up, but there was aperiod a couple years ago where he wasn't too far off the new south walesselection and he's not the youngest player now. But i think you would stilldo a pretty serviceable role for the next few years. Mitch kenny younghooker penrith not going to get much game time at penrith. He chorus ourstays then and corossol what a few years ahead of him. So he's played alot of games this year, so they might be interested in keeping him as a backup, but the you know, there's teams like the bodos and stuff who don'treally have a hook as so. Well, you know well renowned talker, soif you know mitch kenny could you know get some more game time there? Racestone is also someone else who we haven't. Seen too much of him reallysort of been in and out of that paramour bench he's dealt with a fewinjuries and suspensions and stuff. But when i went over i've watched him, ithought his been a really impactful player of the bench he's not too young.I think he's twenty four but yeah, i think of the right club. He could be adangerous play out, whether it be off the bench or starting. You seems tobring a lot of energy and passion to the game all right now time for my top ten i'veweighed ages into this pretty heavily because well to me anyway. I know it'sa little bit different, because if you're signing them on a two contractor something it doesn't matter, if they're, twenty one or twenty sevenyou're still going to get them in their prime you're, not signing them for therest of their career, but i have waited that into it, because you know you cansign a twenty three year old for a six year contract where you're not going tosign a twenty nine year old for a six year contract. So i have weighed thatinto it. I've also wait in just waiting a lot of stuff really so,let's get into it number ten i've got tyran. May twenty five years old, i canplay any position really and that's what makes him an interesting prospect.A he is. A natural half, you'd have to...

...say, but he's played, hookes playedcenter is played back row. I spent a few years at that penrith in thatpenrith elite system. Now he's obviously been there since a junior,but like he's been there since i've become elite, so he's obviously beingvery well trained, but he's not going to get he's not really going to get astarting spot in that team. Is he so unless they see him as the center inthe future and when burton leaves he's going to play centers? I think he couldbe an interesting gamble for a team, and it is exactly that it's a game, butwe haven't really seen him start week in week out when he started in theorgan prose in the origin period. When luis and clue went there, he didn'tdominate, but he's got the talent and he could be aninteresting pick up if a team want to take a risk on a player, especially nowwith the trend in you know, small players playing in the middle. He couldplays a fourteen and could very well and truly do it. Like a colloway s,role, numberin, i've got billy smith. Actually i didn't realize this, but heplayed his first game last week in ages, as think he's done, a couple knees andstuff he's only twenty one, but i remember you might have been eighteenor nineteen at the time you kind of burst on to the scene that the roostersand i was a really exciting prospect. I every time he played he reallyimpressed me and i think he's scared to try last week on his return. So he'sgoing to be someone to watch for the rest of the year, especially now it'swhile he's after the season smith is all but locked up, one of those senaps.Actually, that could be like, as it could be, josh morris and joe many, buti with injuries and stuff he's got to more than likely get a fair few cracksat it. So he's going to be one to watch, i think he could be a very, veryinteresting player for a lower club to pick. I don't think he would demandmuch wages and i think he has this bright futurein the game, especially right now whether it doesn't seem to be too manycenters going around a lot of the senters playing in the origin, arenaand international game in actually centers. So i'll, be surprised if sondidn't stop him up pretty quick, especially a player coming out of theroosters number eight. I got tex holes only twenty one. He had big wraps lastyear, but i have to say he has not lit the world on fire an ad. It's a gamebuilt for full back. So if you come into the competition- and you don'treally have an impact on games as a full backyou're- probably not the greatest player- like that's pretty savage forme to say- but he's only twenty one and is a skilful playoff. So i would besurprised if someone didn't take a risk on him, even if it's just thedevelopment. Next i got tyr and peachy on the other end of the age scale he'stwenty nine, but i do think in the last two or three years he's played some ofhis best foot at the titans. They've really found his roles a bit of a lockmiddle forward, but he doesn't seem needed there. Any morethey've signed izaac ly you who's likely going to play lock and theyprobably want to show up their defense a little bit. So maybe they questionhis defense, but if he could go to a bigger club who just needs a bit morecreativity out of that lock position, he could be the perfect candidatenumber six. I got deal walk art twenty six years old bit of a resurgency shearin his career. A lot at the side of the season, he wasn't having much impact tofool back. He looked really out of place, but since his return frominjuries had a couple games at half back is coming in the middle forwardposition off the bench and he's been electric, so he shows he's shown thathe still has a lot to give in his and rol career, and i think a lot of clubswould be very, very happy to add him to the book. So only twenty six years oldnext i've got ash taylor, twenty six years old, interested to see what thetitans do here. They do really like tana board and you would think they'regoing to stick with your ma fogerty at half back for a few years to come, butthey haven't. Resin nash tailor yet and they have signed a lot of players, i'mnot sure how much salary cap they have to spend. Maybe they see the future isbrimpson at six and jadin campbell at fullback, which hou be an interestingmove, but it doesn't look like ash...

...tails futures at the titans and, ithink, is an interesting player. I think a big club like the roosters orsomething i know they've got sam walker coming in. They don't and they've gotluke kiri, so maybe there's not a spot for oom there, but a team like theroosters, where the rest of the team is pretty set up, for they just could usea bit of an icing on the cake. So yeah he's an interesting player. Abit of a gamble would probably need a fairly decent salary, which is an idealfor a gamble, but i think is an interesting prospect. Number four. Thiswould definitely be a pot of an opinion. I think many people would share thiswith me, but i've got testing new in it number four. Only nineteen years oldand he's already played pretty much a season and a half of first grade isonly recently starting to show the ability that he has he's always hadhigh raps by his defense, especially in the centers, came into question on alot of occasions, but he's played full back the last three or four games andis really really good. He's shown of creative ability eversince his debut and the top grades and the broncoes are basically shown theirfaith in him. They picked him over psycho. They basically told walsh thathe is free to go he's not going to get a game in first grade, and this was allwith testing you in the background- and i know, there's obviously other factorsbehind it, but that obviously shows the level that they rate tessi new and the fact that they am in resin isvery interesting, because maybe they don't ride him that much baby. I'vejust contradicted myself, but if i was a big club baby with the room, you knowfor developing spot in that number thirty. I would happily jump on him oreven if i was a lower club, because i don't think he's going to demand muchmoney unless he tears up the back half of this year and he's only nineteen. Soi think tessie is a very, very interesting prospect. Number three gotdan gaga is his. He is thirty, but i think he's playing some of the bestforty of his cree. I think this sue has been really really good for the rabbitos. He was still pretty good for queensland and origin, and if he can goanother three or four years, i think he could be really really sold player for a team that wants him, as imentioned before, centers is a very in demand position right now. You know thecenters are always changing year after year. So i think dan gage would be avery, very good pick up by any club really now, but to bat delfour one ofthe most talked about free agents. Currently, i think he had be number onefor a lot of people, but his age as put him in number two for me, he's twentynine. He is a middle forward, so you could argue that they're going to playless for a shorter amount of time and like an ouncer back, but i yeah it'sjust a very, very good play. You know ady's going to give you he's going togive you an aid out of ten performance every week he's going to run a hundredand twenty meters it's going to make thirty tackles. It's just a realworkman and yeah there's not really much else to say for delphin nukaanyone who's quality player out of the storm.Everyone always wants him and it's going to be interesting to see where heends up number one. I've got jane sewer, probably a rogue opinion, but i reallydo rate this guy highly. I know he's falling out a favorite the rabbit thosein the last few months, but he's only twenty three he's played state oforigin is a gable one of the best tacklers in the game. He just seed at alittle bit more offensive work rate. You'd have to sayhe doesn't do many damaging runs he's a back roller. So he's not really. You know he's not going to be chargingup the middle of the gay charging on the middle of the ground, making a linebreak or anything, but you never really see jane so are getting on to the endof the flat ball bursting through a whole. That sort of thing, so that's,maybe something he can look down on his game. But someone with a perfecttackling technique. Only twenty three already played origin he's been coachedby way and bennett, one of the greatest coaches of all time. I would besnapping jaen so up right now and i think his wage would have taken aserious hit after his recent mission...

...from the rab notes team. So here's mynumber one free agent at the moment, so i'm going to be interested to see wherehe goes obviously linked to the dragons. Ithink it is so i'll be interesting to see where he ends up same as the restof the ten on that list. Tembes transfers so far, obviously, there's not been too many,so flashing out a top ten was a bit of a stretch. Now, ten o nine i've gottigers players. So you could say this is biased, but the two wigan boys,gildart and hastings- are they really surprise packages as most super leaguesignings are for nro clubs, but i'd assume they're, not on a big salarypacket, and i think they can add so much needed class to this tigers outfit hastings whether he plays a middle forward roll, whether he plays hooker,whether he actually does play in the harves. I think he's going to addsomething to the tigers is going to. You know, get the fans buzzing a littlebit and i'm interested to see what he does for. The team is a very, very goodon field leader as well and giars an exciting young center, which is aposition. The tigers really really need to address. So i'm really reallyinterested to see how those two go. Next year, number eight i've gotbrenton aden to the dogs, he's sort of a forgotten man at penrith. I thoughthe was a really really influential player in their season last year andyou seem like one of the most damaging centers in the game on the offensiveside of the ball. So i think the bogs i have done pretty well to nab him.Obviously we don't know the salary, so it's hard to judge them in terms ofvalue, but oh yeah. I can see him being a pretty solid contributor to the dogs.Number seven. I've got mat dufty. I think this would be higher in otherpeople's lists. Lest, but not the biggest fan of mat dafter is agood player, but i don't think he's going to like change the team as such,but it's definitely enough grade of what the currently got and his pace isenough to make him a weapon at any time in the game, and i think it's going tobe a solid addition to the dog, his back line, six o by adam reynolds,similar to dufty. I think a lot of people would have this higher but yeah. I just think it's a little bitoverrated. It's going to be interesting to see how he goes. I think there'senough talent around him for him to do well, but it's going to be interestingto see how it goes isolated from that rabbit, o set up. Obviously, the rabbitos have surrounded him with a lot of talent. His whole career, so he's sortof just had to be a game manager with a bit of a kicking game. So now it's going to be interesting tosee whether he can be a bit more creative and you know, help a young side out. Soit's going to be intente sting to see one that actually slipped through. Thecracks only saw this the other day, peter hike to the cowboys. For me,that's my number five. I think peter hookers is seriously underrate. Aplayoff y had a ridiculous amount of try. Involvements last year, tries andtries to us for the warriors this year is miss basically the whole year. Ithink you did his knee in round one, but he's still got a fair few yearsleft in my things, only twenty six twenty seven and i think that's thesold pick up from the cowboys. The stout signing i'd, have to say numberfor i've got zavier coats, and if this wasn't the welment storm signing, itmight be a little bit lower. But i can just see him absolutely carving it upfor the storm they've had such success with tall outside backs, whether it be vinvela, whether it be out of car,whether it be english, whether it be full out- and i can just see himdominating already he's fast he's tall, as is an athlete really can jump andyou know jump on anyone's head pretty much so yeah. He she's going to givethem another dimension next year, which is pretty scary. Number three i've gotkirk cape wall, the brisband run cos other major signing so far. I thinkhe's a pretty strut signing and, although back row, it's an arguableposition to sign a good player because you know sometimes back rows. Don'thave much impact on games, but i think kirk cable is a very, very good playout. We've seen it in the origin,...

...arenes filled in at sante, and he'sbeen very, very good at that and, i think, he's a very, very sole player,which is what the brocade did right now. I think they've got enough flair andclass and youth in their team, and i think they just need some solidity tofill out the rest of the positions and they can hopefully nurture the upcomingtalent number two i've got neco hinds, it's going to be an interesting one forthe sharkey. It's a big risk he's on sounds like he's on some good money,after really only staring for two months for the storm, but he was soimpressive in those in those few rounds and any playercoming from the storm. You sort of trust there like it's signing. Playersfrom the storms are tough on because often they leave the storm and theyflop, because they're not in that environment anymore, but for them to bethe storm that long they're, obviously a very good character and they're.Obviously, a very good player, so there's definitely upsides to signinghim and i think he's going to be a good edition and he's going to play six. Youimagine so it's going to be a chestin to see how he kicks and stuff like that.We haven't seen too much of that, but i'll be excited. If i'm a shark is fan,i think he brings a bit of class which they like right now, maybe a bit harsh butand then number one i've got mat burden. I think this is an absolute steel fromtramp are not sure how much he's getting paid, but i think, burdenssomeone. You could set your team up for the next ten years. I think he's anincredible player he's got a damaging. Boot he's got a good running game and,although he's faltered a few times when given a harve's birth and for thepenrith panthers, i think you know that can be put down to a lack of experienceand i think when it's given the reins to a team all by himself, it might takea few weeks to adjust a few years. Maybe, but i think in the long run,we're going to look back at this signing and say jeez that was smartfrom trump out and while playing mat burns become because i really thinkthis kid is going to be an absolute freak. So that's my tempest transfersso far in this world. It's not even the nor off season, but so far they set inour old season all right. Next up we have the teamlists just going to quickly run through the match. Ups, i actually haven't donemy tips, i'm going to be doing them live for you, which is a bit of nerveracket that we'll see how i go. So i'm going to go rub through the lineups andjust quickly touch on the major changes to the teams and stuff like that, sotitans versus the eels, the only real massive change hers read: marny returns.Obviously all the games are in the goal, coast brisben and i think, there's onein towns also. I won't really read out the venues because most of them areneutral games. This is the one get one of the few games at home. This is tough by the way shout it to the nerol, notsure why this is the six o'clock game. When you put the tines zeals is a primetime game. Give the goal cost folk time to get there from work anyway. That'sjust my opinion. Go back in the eels. Tines are too inconsistent for me totip, and the els usually be the team. You expect them to beat so ye'll go theeels not sure, if bosts playing, not sure if any of the origin players areplaying. So i yeah- i won't really touch on that for every game, becausewe're not sure what's happening there, but i'll go the eels manly rest of thedragons turbos, pretty much guaranteed to be rested, but dc will playschuster's returning in the back row, dil walk as being pushed to fourteenfor the dragons germain to new. A brown makes his debut after coming on lone tyrell. Slone will playsecond game at full back after staring in his debut, as dafty serves hissuspension. This is a tough one, because manlywithout tober are a different beast, but i do think that they will bounceback they're a good team. I've seen them do it without turbo before and ithink, having dc even without turbo makes a big difference. So i'm going toback and manly hear just don't trust the dragons really radis messer sharks,no big team news here. This is a tough...

...one. If it was in cameron, maybe thelean towards the raiders, but i think the sharks are actually in a prettydecent form. At the moment, they've had a good, four or five weeks to spitelosing to the broncos in the middle of that. But when i back them in here,they didn't really have anyone involved in orig and some going to say the sharkis get up. Cowboys roosters, val homes is likelygoing to be out. He looked to him, maybe done an ac joint injury. If donand jump to conclusions for the cowboys so i'll assume drink water goes to fallback and then de jan, as moves to five eight last week as they did last weekand then for the roosters ses takiyah is out with, i think it's a hamstringissue, i'm going to go with the roosters here. Just think: look they'vebeen winning dirty recently, but i think they're. The cowboys have reallylost form so going to be tipping the roosters there sol messes nights theone major return or changes that frazil is back for the night, which is a bigin. However, i don't think that change the result you can't tip against stormor penrith can ye at the moment too good warriors versus panthers, thefirst of a triple head, i think, on sunday to ho harris and chad towns and havebeen named in the reserve. So that's going to be an interesting one to watchfor the warriors. I think that changes a lot if they are named tom josh, karenand kane evans replaced ben murdock, masian jack merche john edwards returnsfor the panthers and jerome lewis. Sad, his first game in clubland with hisinjury look, i know the panthers are under man, they don't have either halfand the worries when you least expect it they do get up. However, they areand really really bad form there for seven of their last aid or something icould see them winning this, but i'm going to have to tip penrith, as imentioned before, you can't tip against the top war. At the moment, it's reallyboring, but it's too hard to ignore broncos times tigers have a couple:debutans, junior, parga and tee simkins, don't know much about either of them.Really powa was a bit of a bit of a throbber in his young days atthe warriers played nis suffered a couple. Injuries found himself at thewinner, manly sea goals, and the tigers picked him up half way through thisyear, he's playing center. So look luckily, for these guys there's notreally any pressure. I can't do much worse than the guys playing already toe sinkins is a big middle forward. I believe m who came from northqueensland. Adam joys been moved back to six m bis. Being placed on the bench,which i think is a good term, i think long term do is a six. I know peopleare saying is a center, but for me it's too good to be in the send you when i'mtouching the ball more than it does out in the sentence. Everyone's seving, thebroncos, i'm actually going a back in the tags like we are due for a dub, andi know everyone thinks a tigers, a shit. We actually get a win every now andthen and i'm going to back us in to double going into the documentary livesgood. I think our seasons actually not been as bad as ever on saying, and ithink everyone was overrating us coming into it. I tipped us to come thirteen.I think we're sitting in thirteen. It's been poor. Some of the shows have beendisgraceful, but we do win some games. So i'm going to back us in ramdas forof the bardo the only real thing of notices that jadan okemo is returninghe's in the reserves right now, so you might play it by not. You got to takethe buddies, unfortunately, for the dog es, so it's going to be an interestinground of footy triple header on a sunday, don't mind that at all nothursday night footy as you've probably noticed and yeah well done toacquaintance and last night i got up, but obviously the blues to in theseries, as we like to say, good luck to oil teams for the weekend.Hopefully you will stay safe wherever you are listening around the world orwatching around the world feel afraid to get around the potty and stuffalways love hearing from you guys- and let me know it your thoughtsa about theweekend and go the tigs really.

Hopefully, everyone enjoys thedocumentary on monday night. Don't roast the tigers, please we roastourselves enough and yet good luck to all your teams and enjoy the fortychees t.

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