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Episode · 11 months ago

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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Hello and welcome back to another episode of one of the greatest podcasts going around the on the ball potty, and we are back again to talk about the NFL this week and our around seventeen reviews, round eighteen preview, also bit of state of origin chat. I'm just off the back of an hour and a half afl episode, so forgive me if my brains a little bit fatigued, but I will try and be on my best game because I've been looking forward to this one for a few days now. I've done some a bit of research and some new interesting topics today, some good discussion points. So yes, stay tuned, as we will get into that in a little bit. But we will start off by reviewing round seventeen and the state of origin. That happened last night for me recording this, and we'll also just discuss some of the headlines going around in the sport right now. So first of all, raiders versus a seagulls, the rags, one thirty to sixteen. I didn't see this coming, to be honest. I know without turbo the manly are a different team and without DC that's obviously huge as well, but the last time they did that they beat the cowboys by forty points and I think I talked about it in length on the show that I thought they would we've been pretty comfortably but raiders put up a good showing and they didn't look great, but with backup halves and Sam Williams and Matt Frawley, I think they did pretty serviceably and to get a win over a top six team, especially in the NROL at this point where the top six are very, very dominant, any win over them is very good and I guess theoretically keeps them alive in the race for seventh. To Day they're very outside chances and they're well and truly not in my picture, but I'm sure that's what they're thinking of. Also, looking ahead to next year, they're still going a very, very good team on paper, not that DIS similar to the team that, you know, made the grand final two years ago. said, they'll be looking to pick up so some momentum going into next year and there's a few players they're pushing for international claims in the what in the World Cup at the end of the year? So yeah, they've sew it a lot to play for and that's a very, very good win. I think there's about seven rounds left and if they can get that momentum going they could be a dangerous team in the next few weeks. That let us into the rabbitos versus the cowboys on Friday night. The rabitos one hundred and forty six to eighteen. The cowboys started pretty well and I was actually struck with a dilemma whether to go the movies with my brother or not. And the cowboys started well and I was like on, I'm going to go to the movies and miss game of the year. Did go to the movies. Then the rabbitos smashed them from that on, so I made the right call. But the first stuff was pretty entertaining, back and forth game. The rabbitos did look like they were just waiting and waiting to crack that defense, but the cowboys will holding on. Well, you do have to say the RABBITOS are seriously they do benefit a lot in the origin period because a lot of the other top teams lose a key players, and obviously the Trell and Gaguy are very important, but they're still that pretty much there with their full harves, most of their outside backs and all that stuff. So yeah, they made that very apparent with a dominant display. I know there was some controversy over a Sim into one of the cowboys players and then apparently it happened about ten minutes later the exact same thing. And they have gone very soft on the head highs. I do think they've gone too far the other way again, like I think the people were complaining too much. I think there's room for it in the game. Obviously it was too extreme. It magic round, but I do have to say it's taken a lot of the head highs out of the game. We now really only see one every two or three games and you know, bro On me, I probably should be Simmin but I do understand why they've taken a few steps back, but I would like to see a...

...few players go to the bin every now and then, because it seems like it's impossible to go to the bin now, as we saw in state of origin last night, where teams are just giving away six penalties at a time and nothing was happening. But Yeah, fair by of the rabbits. Too good and they still look like they're going to be a dangerous team in finals. But quickly, shout out to Jason Tamlolo, there's been a bit of talk about the way he's been deployed by Tom Payton. The only played fifteen minutes, which actually don't mind. I think it's pretty stupid to expect a middle forward to play eighty minutes and be impactful the whole eighty. I was seeing it with the likes of, you know, a Panguy Jr. They've made him play on an edge out to get a consistent eighty minutes from him and arguably that takes his impact away from the game. I however, I think that suits pain guy, but Tamla is a different case. I think playing fifty to sixty minutes in the middle is where he belongs and I think that's a good amount of time. I think eighty minutes his impact was lost and I think Todd Payton's been quoted and saying that. You know, he's doing this for the long term as well. He's not going to have a long career if he plays eighty minutes every week in the middle. So and he was back to his damaging best. He had a hundred and thirty two meters in the first thirty minutes, two big line breaks, one set up a contender for try of the year, to be honest. That he, you know, broke about. He broke the line straight up the middle round about fifty meters, produced a flick pass offload and then they went and scored from that. So I was a very good try. There were some great celebrations on shore. I Know Blake Taffy scored a try and he jumped into the rowing boat and that made for some good entertainment. And then that moved us into Saturday. Obviously only the four games on the weekend. Bulldogs US is a roosters. Roosters just one by six points, which was pretty surprising and maybe shows that the roosters are a fair way off that. Those are the five teams in the top six and there maybe closer to the likes of the sharks, of the dragons and stuff like that. But the bulldogs, you have to say to them the last three or four weeks, maybe the last six even I've been pretty com petitive. And they've done this the last few years really, where they're hit a decent patch of form and the end of the season and obviously you want to see them start winning, but it's an exciting time to be a bulldogs fan. They keep signing players. They've signed that dufty are. The pretty much got a new whole spine rolling in next year with a lot of state of origin players coming out of cars, coming, burdens coming, NADE's coming, which we'll talk about in a segment in a little bit. So yeah, I guess it's not all doom and gloom for the bulldogs. Obviously, the main talking point from this game ridiculously with Sam Walker's last twenty two tactic of running backwards. Absolutely no idea why this was a talking point. He's well within his rights to do that. Who Cares? People saying it's disrespectful. Not sure how it's in the rules like so offensive to anyone in my opinion. People saying it's a dumb play. I actually think it's a smart play. And if you think it's a done play, well then who cares, unless you're a roosters fan. If you think he's risking it, is the game for his team will then he should be free to do it without criticism. I'm sure he won't do it again, which is annoying because you know, it's fun to see players innovating in the game and also I actually have seen a lot of players do similar 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 out of the sideline three or four times in his career, so remember people bagging that out. So not really sure why it's a big issue to me. It was a very smart play and I actually thought, Queens I, we're going to do it in origin last night, but they didn't quite do that. So yeah, their place. Sam Walker, bit of a law could really feeling that that. That moved us into the Sunday game, which I thought was going to be game of the week. Sort of disappointed a little bit. Could maybe argue that the sharks one, twenty, two twelve against the warriors, and I don't want to be rude to the sharks. They're probably a little bit underrated, but look, they're just a boring team. At any time...

...the sharks winning game, it's never really entertaining. Other warriors probably deserved to win, but they just couldn't break the sharks defense in the final twenty. So yeah, that was disappointing. I was going for the warriors heavily. They seem to be look resource has got great player, one of the best talents I've ever seen in my life, but they seem to be going too fine into him code. Nicarama hardly got the ball on creative plays. Seemed to just be like where's reesepolsh from the last tackle and at times he over forced his hand, which is going to happen for a young kid, and that's why I think the likes of Nickorema needs to step up. I know they don't really have another half of the moment. I think Chad towns and might be coming back this week. But yeah, I think Nikoama definitely needs to get more involved this weekend and while she needs to sort of be a luxury play, maybe gets the ball once a once a set, sort of, and you know, he's a bit more unpredictable, and then Nicorema controls the game rather than me the other way around. Thought Roger was really good with his touches off the wing, got involved in the right moments and yeah, I thought I think he's called to try up the middle of the picture as well, which always could see from Roger. Really sad that Roger Won't be able to play another game back in New Zealand. Obviously the latest covid outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne now have basically well, they have officially canceled the Warriors Return Home, which is shattering for both the New Zealand public and also the warriors players. Sucks that he won't get as send off in New Zealand, but I guess they'll see in place road being in next year. Quick, quick shout out to Braden Hamling. You, Eli for that. Duane, the Rock Johnson celebration easily the front runner for best celebration of the month. I have to say they should make this a yearly thing. This month of tries. I'll say to my family maybe they should do it just a weekend like not. Doesn't have to be on magic round. It could be if you want, but maybe a different round. And then every try celebration when charity and the the person who comes up with the best celebration can maybe win Fiftyzeros to the charity that choice, something like that. I think it's a pretty cool idea. I don't think it's like disrespectful or anything. People would all in doing it in good taste. It's through good cause. So yeah, it's and it just adds a bit more entertainment, especially in, you know, like a rab those game where it's a bit of a blowout. It's interesting to see what celebrations are going to come up with. I'm sure the kids at homer loving it right. Then moving on to state of origin, last night Queensland unfortunately picked my mighty New South Wales Blues Two thousand and eighteen. And Look, I actually knew this was going to happen and it's pretty disappointing. Although we won the series, it just would have been so nice to get a clean sweep after so many years of being dominated. Would have been a bit of a like, you know, we would have been putting our flag back down in terms of like. We are still a really, really good team and we're not going to be dominated for the rest of time. So yeah, that was a little bit disappointing, but anyway we still won the series. Can't really argue with that. Well played to Queensland. They looked a lot lot better last week last night and I guess, well, I'm to Paul Green, first win in the origin arena. In terms of the New South Wales Team Selection, I think they did pretty well. People are bagging out Moses and white and but I think they did well. I don't think Adam Reynolds or someone would have done much more. I think the second half they could have gone to Latrelle a bit more use for me, easily the best player of the series, the most dangerous with ball in hand, and he hardly touched in the second half. For really, they just didn't go twim but yet they sort of seemed to calm, to des goes influence a little bit. Turbo wasn't as impactful. So yeah, Queensland really well defended. New South Wales defended really well as while they defended three or four sets at a time on their line. I do think the REF was a bit of a week ref. I think someone should have been Sim mend I'm not really too much of a complainer. Like everyone's mad...

...about how many set restarts. I don't really care because it was going both ways. But when there's that many penalties, someone should get simmin because like that's the point of the brulely gave someone a warning, which you don't have to do anymore unless origin rule of different, which I don't think they are. And yet turbo on the waally Louis Metal Player, the series. He was good at game one, but I have to say for me Latrelle was in the top three players and at each match and I don't think turbo was. So I think Latreille was seriously unlucky there. I was pretty disappointed when they gave it to turbo because I think latroll deserved it. But yeah, that's origin for another year. Last night to show the passion is still their people were maybe hinting it. You know, origins dead. When Queensland Lose, origins dead, all this rubbish you self I was going to dominate for years. Last night showed they're still passionate it. There was a little lot of Archie Barchi Queens and it's still really good team and it's still one of the greatest rather reis in world sport. Next up we've got the Queensland hub situation. Obviously all the Sydney teams and New Castle and Canberra moved up into the hubs. Melbourne are still in Melbourne for now. Not sure if they're evacuating this morning because we've had a few cases really disappointing news. It's look, it's getting pretty frustrating for everyone involved and there's not much we can do. I was really looking forming looking forward to going to the storm versus the nights on the weekend, though it's going to be really good game. Various slim chance of that going ahead it now, at least with fans, but I yeah, look, it's what we've got to do to keep the game going. Shawn Johnson said we should go to New Zealand. That would be really cool. I just think logistically it's a little bit harder than just going up the road to Bruce Southeast Queensland. Worked last year for a few teams, so I think it is probably just the better play and hopefully it's not for too long. Hopefully it's only for two or three weeks or something and you stuff, whales can sort their 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 know they're not on the big bucks that the players are and they're still making the same sacrifices. So shout out to those kind of people, the administrators in the staff, 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 too long, as you know. That way we can get back to our home grounds, get back into the hubs. And the final point of discussion is the Tigers documentary premiering on Fox League next Monday night and Geez, I'm scared as a tigers fan. It's going to be really, really interesting. I think the trail looks very exciting. It looks like never seen before TV in the rugby league world. Bit late to this whole documentary trend, I have to say, but Australia is usually kind of late to that stuff. So yeah, well done to the Tigers for allowing that access. I think it's going to be really, really compelling viewing for all. I have to say, I'm ready for the slander that we're going to cop. I can already see now. We lose to the broncos. On Sunday, we watch episode one of the documentary and Monday night on twitter is just about abusing tigers, saying why would you waste your money on a bad team like the Tigers? But Hey, it'll make interesting viewing. I think it's probably more like I think we've seen with maths and stuff on TV that I'm fortunately sometimes negative drama is more interesting than positive drama. So yeah, I'm sure they made the documentary in hopes that the Tigers broke their finals drought, but it's kind of gone sour. But we'll see how they go. I think my prediction is that madge comes out of it looking very, very good. That generally is the case. I know that happened the AFL one where most of the coaches came out of looking like very, very good leaders. But yeah, it's going to be really, really interesting to see. Moving into my top eight predictions, I've made a couple changes from last week. I've lifted the eels up at two fourth. I had them five below the seagels last week, but I've lifted them back above them this week. I've seen they're too good and the buffer...

...and points right now is just too great for me. The seaguls lost last week. I think it's there and eight a six point buff or something like that, and I don't see the seagulls making the difference in the short time that's left in the season. And I stopped the sharks and nights around our the night seven, the sharks eight last week and this week I'm stopping them around, but them still for sishing just ahead of the Tigers, at Titans and the dragons. I think the Warriors, tigers and the cowboys are just a bit too inconsistent and they don't really have that lethal edge to finish teams off. But I've got the sharks in at seventh. They just see him to rack up wins. They like to win ugly, but they get the two points and then the nights. I think they're going to be a bit of a dangerous side if, you know, if they come up against a roosters or a manly or even a paramatter and finals, I think they could, you know, cause some damage. I'm excited to see how they go in the rest of the season. But that is my top eight. All right, moving into the main meat and potatoes of my episode, today I'll be discussing the top at ten free agents moving into next year and I'll also be discussing my the ten best transfers for me so far. So this is premature. There's obviously a lot of the 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 we sort of not start to look to next year, but a lot of the teams down the bottom of the ladder start to look at how they can improve for next year. I think they're still time. I think you can actually sign up to August this year, midseason top up. So maybe these players are relevant for the big clubs as well. So honorable mentions go to Edric Lee. Still think he has the potential to be a very, very good winger if you played for a good club or a center, whichever she plays. He's a big, tall player. Struggle which with injury this year. Not sure if he's going to play in the back end for the nights. Nari Tuala only twenty two years old. I think he's a pretty, pretty serviceable center for the nights. Doesn't get much traction, but things are sold. Player curtisyranen sort of lost his position and manly I started the season injured. Duster seems to have taken his role. Then they've got all the Kawi to and Laughton now, you know, rotating through that back row. So it looks like Siri's time at manly could be up. But there was a period a couple of years ago where he wasn't too far off the New South Wales selection and he's not the youngest player now, but I think you would still do a pretty serviceable role for the next few years. Mitch Kenny, Young Hooker at pen ruth. Not Going to get much game time at penrith. If Chorus, how stays, then Corus as still got a few years ahead of him. So He's played a lot of games this year, so they might be interested in keeping him as a backup. But the you know, there's teams like the bulldogs and stuff who don't really have a hooker. So well, you know, well renowned took us. So if you know Mitch Kenny could you know get some more game time there. Ray Stone is also someone else who we haven't seen too much of. Him really sort of been in and out of that paramount of bench. He's dealt with a few injuries and suspensions and stuff, but when, whenever I've watched him, I thought he's been a really impactful player off the bench. He's not too young. I think he's twenty four. But yeah, I think at the right club he could be a dangerous play out, whether it be off the bench or starting. He seems to bring a lot of energy and passion to the game. All right, now time for my top ten. Of Wait Ages into this pretty heavily because, well, to me anyway. I know it's a little bit different because if you're signing them on a two year contract or something, it doesn't matter for the twenty one or twenty seven, you still going to get them in their prime. You're not signing them for the rest of their career. But I have waited that into it because you know you can sign a twenty three year old for a six year contract, where you're not going to sign at twenty nine year old for a six year contract. So I have wighed that into it. I've also weighed in just waiting a lot of stuff really, so let's get into it. Number ten. I've got tyrone mate, twenty five years old. I can play any position really and that's what makes him an interesting prospect.

He is a natural half, you'd have to say, but he's played hook crews, played center, he's played back row. He's spent a few years of that pen rith in that pen rith elite system. Now he's obviously been there since a junior but like he's been there since they've become elite. So He's obviously been very well trained, but he's not going to get he's not really going to get the starting spot in that team, is he? So unless they same as a center in the future and when Burton Lee's he's going to play centers. I think he could be an interesting gamble for a team and it is exactly that. It's a gamble. We haven't really seen him start week in week out. When he started in the origin Prost in the origin period when Lui and clue went there, he didn't dominate, but he's got the talent and he could be an interesting pick up if a team want to take a risk on a play, especially now with the trend in, you know, small players playing in the middle. He could plays a fourteen. He could very well and truly do it like a coin of Watson squ roll. Now and nine, I've got Billy Smith. Actually I didn't realize this, but he played his first game last week and ages as I think he's done a couple knees and stuff. He's only twenty one, but I remember. I think he might have an eighteen or nineteen at the time. He kind of burst onto the scene at the roosters and he was a really exciting prospect. I remember every time he played he really impressed me and I think he scored a try last week on his return. So he's going to be someone to watch for the rest of the year, especially now it's while he's out for the season. Smith is all but locked up one of those center spots. Actually that could be like as it could be Josh Morrison Joey Marney, but with injuries and stuff, he's going to more than likely get a fair few cracks at it. So he's going to be one to watch. I think he could be a very, very interesting player for a lower club to pick. I don't think he would demand much wages and I think he has a bright future in the game, especially right now, whether it doesn't seem to be too many centers going around, a lot of the centers playing in the origin arena and international game an actually centers. So I'd be surprised if someone didn't snap him up pretty quick, especially a player coming out of the roosters. Number eight I got. Tex Hoy's only twenty one. He had big raps last year but I have to say he has not lit the world on fire. And it's a game built for fullback. So if you come into the competition and you don't really have an impact on games as a fullback, you're probably not the greatest player like. That's pretty savage for me to say, but he's only twenty one and he's a skillful player, so I would be surprised if someone didn't take a risk on him, even if it's just for development. Next I got tyre and peach. On the other end of the age scale. He's twenty nine but I do think in the last two or three years he's played some of his best footy at the titans. They've really found his roles a bit of a lock middle forward, but he doesn't seem needed there anymore. They've signed Isaactually you who's likely going to play lock and they probably want US shore up their defense a little bit. So maybe they question his defense, but if he could go to a bigger club who just needs a bit more creativity out of that lock position, he could be the perfect candidate. Number six I got deal Walker, twenty six years old. Bit of a resurgence issue in his career a lot. At the start of the season he wasn't having much impact of fullback. He looks really out of place, but since his return from injuries, had a couple games at half back. He's come in and in the middle forward position off the bench and he has been electric. So he shows he's shown that he still has a lot to give in his NRL career and I think a lot of clubs would be very, very happy to add him to the books. Only twenty six years old. Next I've got Ash Taylor, twenty six years old. Interesting to see what the titans do here. They do really like town of board and you would think they're going to stick with Jamal Fogg it at halfback for a few years to come, but they haven't resigned Ash Taylor yet and they have signed a lot of players. I'm not sure how much salary cap they have to spend. Maybe they see the future is Brimson at six and Jaden Campbell at fullback, which would be an interesting move. But it doesn't look like as Taylor's future. He's at the titans and I...

...think he's an interesting player. I think a big club like the roosters or something. I know they've got Sam Walker coming in. They don't and they've got luke curry, so maybe there's not a spot for him there. But a team like the roosters where the rest of the team's pretty set up, but they just could use a bit of an icing on the cake. So yeah, he's an interesting play, a bit of a gamble. Would probably need a fairly decent salary, which is an ideal for a gamble, but I think he's an interesting prospect. Number for this would definitely be a pot of an opinion. I don't think many people would share this with me, but I've got testing new in it. Number for only nineteen years old, he's already played pretty much a season and a half of first grade. He's only recently starting to show the ability that he has. He's always had higher wraps, but his defense, especially in the centers, came into question in on a lot of occasions. But he's played full back the last three or four games and he's looked really, really good. He's shown of creative ability ever since his debut and the top grades and the broncos are basically shown their faith in him. They've picked him over psycho. They basically told Walsh that he's free to go. He's not going to get a game in first grade, and this was all with testing. Knew in the background and I know there's obviously other factors behind it, but the obviously shows the level that they rate test new I and the fact that they haven't resigned is very interesting because maybe they don't write him that much. Maybe I've just contradicted myself, but if I was a big club, maybe with the room, you know, for a development spot in that number thirty, I would happily jump on him. Or even if I was a lower club, because I don't think he's going to demand much money unless he tears up the back half of this year and he's only nineteen. So I think testing you was a very, very interesting prospect. Number three I've got Dang I. Guy is he's is thirty, but I think he's playing some of the best footy of his career. I think the issue has been really, really good for the RABBITOS. He was still pretty good for Queensland and origin and if he can go another three or four years, I think he could be a really, really solid player for a team that wants him. As I mentioned before, centers is a very in demand position right now. You know, the centers are always changing year after year. So I think Dangaga would be a very, very good pick up by any club. Really. Number two I've got DAL PHINU can, one of the most talked about free agents currently. I think he'd be number one for a lot of people, but he's ages put him at number two for me. He's twenty nine. He's a middle forward, so you could argue that they're going to play less for a shorter amount of time than like an outside back, but yeah, he's just a very, very good play. You know it. He's going to give you. He's going to give you an eight out of ten performance every week. He's going to run a hundred and twenty meters. It's going to make thirty s tackles a it's just a real workman. And Yeah, there's a really much else to say for Delphin who can anyone who's quality player out of the storm? Everyone always wants them and it's going to be interesting to see where he ends up. Number One, I've got jade sewer. Probably a rogue opinion, but I really do write this guy highly. I know he's falling out of favor at the rabbit o's in the last few months, but he's only twenty three. He's played state of origin. Is Arguably one of the best tacklers in the game. He just seeds to add a little bit more offensive work rate. You'd have to say he doesn't do many damaging runs. He's a back roller, so he's not really you know, he's not going to be charging up the middle of the game, charging out the middle of the ground making a linebreak or anything. But you never really see James who are getting onto the end of the flat ball bursting through a hole, that sort of thing. So that's maybe something he could looked out on his game. But someone with a perfect tackling technique, only twenty three already played origin. He's been coached by Wayne Bennett, one of the greatest coaches of all time. I would be snapping Jaden's Sou are right now and I think he's wage would have taken a serious hit after his recent mission from the RABBITO's team. So here's my...

...number one free agent at the moment. So I'm going to be interested to see where he goes. Obviously linked to the dragons, I think it is. So it'll be interesting to see where he ends up, same as the rest of the ten on that list ten best transfers so far. Obviously there's not been too many, so fleshing out of top ten was a bit of a stretch. Now ten and nine I've got tigers players, so you could say this is biased, but the too wigan boys, Gildart and Hastings. They're really surprised packages, as most Super League signings are for NRL clubs, but I'd assume they're not on a big salary packet and I think they can add some much needed class to this tigers outfit. Hastings, whether he plays in middle forward roll, whether he plays Hooker, whether he actually does play in the halves, I think he's going to add something to the Tigers. He's going to, you know, get the fans buzzing a little bit and I'm interested to see what he does for the team. Is a very, very good on field leader as well and give it arts an exciting young center and which is a position the Tigers really really need to address. So I'm really, really interested to see how those two go next year. Number eight I've got brentonnade into the dogs. He's sort of a forgotten man at penrith. I thought he was a really, really influential player in their season last year and he seemed like one of the most damaging centers in the game on the offensive side of the ball. So I think the bulldogs have done pretty well to nab him. Obviously we don't know the salary so it's hard to judge them in terms of value, but yeah, I can see him being a pretty solid contributor to the Doggi's number seven, I've got Matt Dufty. I think this would be higher and other people's lists lists, but not the biggest fan of Matt dufty. Is a good player but I don't think he's going to like change the team as such, but he's definitely an upgrade of what the currently got and his pace is enough to make him a weapon at any time in the game and I think it's going to be a solid addition to the doggies backline. Six, I've got Adam Reynolds, similar to duft. I think a lot of people would have this higher, but yeah, I just think it's a little bit overrate. It's going to be interesting to see how he goes. I think there's enough talent around him for him to do well, but it's going to be interesting to see how he goes isolated from that rabbit O's set up. Obviously the rabbiters have surrounded him with a lot of talent his whole career, so he's sort of just have to be a game manager with a bit of a kicking game. So now it's going to be interesting to see whether he can be a bit more creative and, you know, help a young side out. So it's going to be interesting, interesting to see one that actually slip through the cracks. I only saw this the other day. Peter Hiku to the cowboys. For me that's my number five. I think Peter Hu who's a seriously underrated player. He had a ridiculous amount of try involvements last year. Tries and tries Tois for the warriors. This year's miss basically the whole year. I think he did his knee in round one, but he's still got a fair few years left in. I think he's only two and twenty seven and I'm think that's the solid pick up from the cowboys. As stute signing, I'd have to say number four. I've got Xavier Coats and if this wasn't the Melbourne storm signing it might be a little bit lower, but I can just seem absolutely calming en up for the storm. They've had such success with at all outside backs, whether it be Vunevalu, whether it be out of car, whether it be English, whether it be for out, and I can just see him dominating already. He's fast, he's tall as he's an athlete, really can jump and, you know, jump on anyone's head pretty much. So yeah, she's going to give them another dimension next year which is pretty scary. Numbers three, I've got kurtcape will, the Brisbane Ronco's other major signing so far. I think he's a pretty stute signing and although back row it's an arguable position to sign a good player, because you know, sometimes back rowers don't have much impact on games. But I think Kirk cable was a very, very good player. We've seen it in the origin arena's filled in at center...

...and he's been very, very good at that and I think he's a very, very solid player, which is what the Broncos need right now. I think they've got enough flare and class and youth and their team and I think they just need some solidity to fill out the rest of the positions and they can hopefully nurture the upcoming talent. Number two I've got Niko hines. It's going to be an interesting one for the Sharky is. It's a big risk. He's on sounds like he's on some good money after really only starring for two months for the storm, but he was so impressive in those in there a few rounds and any player coming from the storm you could you sort of trust there like it's signing players from the storms are tough on because often they leave the storm and they flop because they're not in that environment anymore. But for them to be the storm that long there obviously a very good character and they're obviously a very good player. So there's definitely upsides to signing him and I think he's going to be a good addition. He's going to play six, you'd imagine, so it's going to be interested to see how he kicks and stuff like that. We haven't seen too much of that, but I'd be excited if I'm a Sharky's Fan. I think he brings a bit of class which they lack right now. Maybe a bit harsh, but and the number one I've got Matt Burn. I think this is an absolute steal from Trent Barret. Not sure how much he is getting paid but I think burdens someone you could set your team up for the next ten years. I think he's an incredible player. He's got a damaging boot, he's got a good running game and, although he's faulted a few times when given a halves birth and for the Penrith Panthers, I think, you know, that can be put down to a lack of experience and I think when he's given the reins to a team all by himself, it might take a 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, Geez, that was smart from Trent Barrett, and what a player Matt Burns become, because I really think this kid is going to be an absolute freak. So that's my ten best transfers so far in this well, it's not even the NR offseason, but so far this nurl season all right. Next up we have the team lists. Just going to quickly run through the matchups. I actually haven't done my tips. I'm going to be doing them live for you, which is a bit nerve racking, but we'll see how we go. I'm going to rub through the LINEUPS and just quickly touch on the major changes to the teams and stuff like that. So titans versus the EELS. The only real massive change you is read Martey returns. Obviously all the Games are in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and I think there's one in towns Willso won't really read out the venues because most of them are neutral games. This is the one get, one of the few games at home or this is tough. By the way. Shout it to the NROL. Not sure why this is the six o'clock game when you put the Times. EELS is the primetime game. Give the gold coast folk time to get there from work. Anyway. That's just my opinion. Got To back in the EELS. Tightens are too inconsistent for me to tip and the eels usually be the team to expect them to beat. So yeah, I'll go the EELS. Not sure if most is playing, not sure if any of the origin players are playing. So yeah, I won't really touch on that for every game because we're not sure what's happening there, but I'll go the EELS. mainly. Rest of the dragons turbos pretty much guaranteed to be rested, but DC will play shuster's returning in the back row, dill walk has been pushed to fourteen. For the dragons, Germaine to new a Brown makes his debut after coming on loan. Tyrell Sloane will play second game at full back after starring and his debut as dufty serves his suspension. This is tough onun because manly without turbot are a different beast, but I do think that they will bounce back. They're a good team. I've seen them do it without turbo before and I think having DC even without turbot, makes a big difference. So I'm going to back and manly here. Just don't trust the dragons really. Raiders versus sharks. No big team news here. This is a tough one. If it was in camera and...

...maybe lean towards the raiders, but I think the sharks are actually in pretty decent form at the moment. They've had a good four or five weeks, despite losing to the Broncos in the middle of that. But I'm going to back them in here. They didn't really have anyone involved in origin, so I'm going to say the Sharkis get up, cowboys, roosters. Fell Holmes is likely going to be out. He looked to a baby done an AC joint injury. If I don't a jump to conclusions. For the cowboys, so I'll assume drink water goes to full back and then Dejan as se moves to five eight last week, as they did last week. And then for the Roosters, CSA Tuck Yaho is out with I think it's a hamstring issue. I'm going to go to the roosters here. Just think look, they're they've been winning dirty recently, but I think they're the cowboys have really lost form. So going to be tipping the roosters there. Storm Vesus nights. The one major return or change is that Frazil is back for the nights, which is a big in. However, I don't think that changes the result. You can't too against storm or Penrith, can you at the moment too good warriors versus panthers, the first of a triple head I think, on Sunday to WHO Harris and Chad Townsend have been named in the reserve. So that's going to be an interesting one to watch. For the Warriors, I think that changes a lot if they are named Tom Josh Caren and Kane Evans replaced Ben Murdoch, Thessila and Jack Mercy. Jan Edwards returns for the panthers and Jerome Lewis See owd his first game in clubland with his injury. Look, I know the panthers are under man they don't have either half, and the warriors, when you least expect that, they do get up. However, they are and really, really bad form. They've lost seven of their last eight or something. I could see them winning this, but I'm going to have to tip pen Rath. As I mentioned before, you can't tip against the top four at the moment. It's really boring, but it's too hard to ignore broadcast tigers. Tigers have a couple debut on's, junior parga and to he simpkins. Don't know much about either of them really power guy was a bit of a bit of a throbber in his young days at the warriors, played Twenti S, suffered a couple of injuries, found himself at the winning manly seagulls and the Tigers picked him up halfway through. This year he's playing center. So look the luckily for these guys there's not really any pressure. It can't do much worse than the guys playing already to Simpkins is a big middle forward, I believe from the WHO came from North Queensland Audom do. He's been moved back to six and buyers being placed on the bench, which I think is a good term. I think long term do he's six. I know people are saying he's a center, but for me he's too good to be in the senny when I'm touching the ball more than he does out in the centers. Everyone sipping the Bronco those. I'm actually going to back in the tigs like we are due for a dub and I know everyone thinks the Tigers Shit, but we actually get a win every now and then and I'm going to back us in to dub up going into the documentary. Life's good. I think our seasons actually not been as bad as everyone saying and I think everyone was overrating US coming into it. I've tipped us to come thirteen. I think we're sitting in thirteen. It's been poor. Some of the showings have been disgraceful, but we do win some games, so I'm going to back us in rab those for the bulldogs. The only real thing of note is that Jaden Ockham ball is returning. He's in the reserves right now so he might play by not you got to tip the Bunnies, unfortunately for the doggies. So it's going to be an interesting around. A footy tripleheader on a Sunday. Don't mind that at all. Those Thursday night footy, as you've probably noticed. And Yeah, well done to Queensland last night. Got Up, but obviously the blues to win the series, as we like to say. Good luck to oil teams for the weekend. Hopefully you'll stay safe wherever you are listening around the world or watching around the world. Feel free to get around the potty and stuff. Always love hearing from you, guys, and let me know what your thoughts about the weekend...

...and go the tigs really hopefully everyone enjoys the documentary on Monday night. Don't roast the Tigers, please. We roast ourselves enough and yet good luck to all your teams and enjoy the footy. Cheers,.

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