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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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Hello and welcome back to another episodeof one of the greatest podcasts going around the on the ball potty, andwe are back again to talk about the NFL this week and our around seventeenreviews, round eighteen preview, also bit of state of origin chat. I'mjust off the back of an hour and a half afl episode, so forgiveme if my brains a little bit fatigued, but I will try and be onmy best game because I've been looking forward to this one for a fewdays now. I've done some a bit of research and some new interesting topicstoday, some good discussion points. So yes, stay tuned, as wewill get into that in a little bit. But we will start off by reviewinground seventeen and the state of origin. That happened last night for me recordingthis, and we'll also just discuss some of the headlines going around inthe sport right now. So first of all, raiders versus a seagulls,the rags, one thirty to sixteen. I didn't see this coming, tobe honest. I know without turbo the manly are a different team and withoutDC that's obviously huge as well, but the last time they did that theybeat the cowboys by forty points and I think I talked about it in lengthon the show that I thought they would we've been pretty comfortably but raiders putup a good showing and they didn't look great, but with backup halves andSam Williams and Matt Frawley, I think they did pretty serviceably and to geta win over a top six team, especially in the NROL at this pointwhere the top six are very, very dominant, any win over them isvery 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 tonext year, they're still going a very, very good team on paper, notthat DIS similar to the team that, you know, made the grand finaltwo years ago. said, they'll be looking to pick up so somemomentum going into next year and there's a few players they're pushing for international claimsin the what in the World Cup at the end of the year? Soyeah, 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 canget 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. Therabitos one hundred and forty six to eighteen. The cowboys started pretty well and Iwas actually struck with a dilemma whether to go the movies with my brotheror not. And the cowboys started well and I was like on, I'mgoing to go to the movies and miss game of the year. Did goto the movies. Then the rabbitos smashed them from that on, so Imade the right call. But the first stuff was pretty entertaining, back andforth game. The rabbitos did look like they were just waiting and waiting tocrack that defense, but the cowboys will holding on. Well, you dohave to say the RABBITOS are seriously they do benefit a lot in the originperiod because a lot of the other top teams lose a key players, andobviously the Trell and Gaguy are very important, but they're still that pretty much therewith their full harves, most of their outside backs and all that stuff. So yeah, they made that very apparent with a dominant display. Iknow there was some controversy over a Sim into one of the cowboys players andthen apparently it happened about ten minutes later the exact same thing. And theyhave gone very soft on the head highs. I do think they've gone too farthe 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 tooextreme. It magic round, but I do have to say it's taken alot of the head highs out of the game. We now really only seeone every two or three games and you know, bro On me, Iprobably 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 everynow and then, because it seems like it's impossible to go to the binnow, as we saw in state of origin last night, where teams arejust 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'regoing to be a dangerous team in finals. But quickly, shout out to JasonTamlolo, there's been a bit of talk about the way he's been deployedby 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 andbe 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 outto get a consistent eighty minutes from him and arguably that takes his impact awayfrom the game. I however, I think that suits pain guy, butTamla is 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 think eighty minutes his impact was lost and I think Todd Payton's been quotedand saying that. You know, he's doing this for the long term aswell. He's not going to have a long career if he plays eighty minutesevery 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. Hebroke the line straight up the middle round about fifty meters, produced a flickpass offload and then they went and scored from that. So I was avery good try. There were some great celebrations on shore. I Know BlakeTaffy scored a try and he jumped into the rowing boat and that made forsome good entertainment. And then that moved us into Saturday. Obviously only thefour games on the weekend. Bulldogs US is a roosters. Roosters just oneby six points, which was pretty surprising and maybe shows that the roosters area fair way off that. Those are the five teams in the top sixand there maybe closer to the likes of the sharks, of the dragons andstuff like that. But the bulldogs, you have to say to them thelast three or four weeks, maybe the last six even I've been pretty competitive. And they've done this the last few years really, where they're hita decent patch of form and the end of the season and obviously you wantto see them start winning, but it's an exciting time to be a bulldogsfan. They keep signing players. They've signed that dufty are. The prettymuch got a new whole spine rolling in next year with a lot of stateof 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 tacticof running backwards. Absolutely no idea why this was a talking point. He'swell 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 myopinion. 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, isthe game for his team will then he should be free to do it withoutcriticism. I'm sure he won't do it again, which is annoying because youknow, it's fun to see players innovating in the game and also I actuallyhave seen a lot of players do similar sort of thing. Maybe not runbackwards and run around in circles, but I've definitely seen Benjie Marshall run pastthe 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 abig 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, butthey didn't quite do that. So yeah, their place. Sam Walker, bitof a law could really feeling that that. That moved us into theSunday 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 rudeto the sharks. They're probably a little bit underrated, but look, they'rejust a boring team. At any time...

...the sharks winning game, it's neverreally entertaining. Other warriors probably deserved to win, but they just couldn't breakthe sharks defense in the final twenty. So yeah, that was disappointing.I was going for the warriors heavily. They seem to be look resource hasgot 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 hardlygot the ball on creative plays. Seemed to just be like where's reesepolsh fromthe last tackle and at times he over forced his hand, which is goingto happen for a young kid, and that's why I think the likes ofNickorema needs to step up. I know they don't really have another half ofthe 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 andwhile she needs to sort of be a luxury play, maybe gets the ballonce a once a set, sort of, and you know, he's a bitmore unpredictable, and then Nicorema controls the game rather than me the otherway 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 totry up the middle of the picture as well, which always could seefrom Roger. Really sad that Roger Won't be able to play another game backin New Zealand. Obviously the latest covid outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne now havebasically well, they have officially canceled the Warriors Return Home, which is shatteringfor both the New Zealand public and also the warriors players. Sucks that hewon't get as send off in New Zealand, but I guess they'll see in placeroad being in next year. Quick, quick shout out to Braden Hamling.You, Eli for that. Duane, the Rock Johnson celebration easily the frontrunner for best celebration of the month. I have to say they should makethis a yearly thing. This month of tries. I'll say to myfamily maybe they should do it just a weekend like not. Doesn't have tobe on magic round. It could be if you want, but maybe adifferent round. And then every try celebration when charity and the the person whocomes 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'tthink it's like disrespectful or anything. People would all in doing it in goodtaste. It's through good cause. So yeah, it's and it just addsa bit more entertainment, especially in, you know, like a rab thosegame where it's a bit of a blowout. It's interesting to see what celebrations aregoing to come up with. I'm sure the kids at homer loving itright. Then moving on to state of origin, last night Queensland unfortunately pickedmy mighty New South Wales Blues Two thousand and eighteen. And Look, Iactually knew this was going to happen and it's pretty disappointing. Although we wonthe series, it just would have been so nice to get a clean sweepafter so many years of being dominated. Would have been a bit of alike, you know, we would have been putting our flag back down interms of like. We are still a really, really good team and we'renot going to be dominated for the rest of time. So yeah, thatwas a little bit disappointing, but anyway we still won the series. Can'treally argue with that. Well played to Queensland. They looked a lot lotbetter 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 WalesTeam Selection, I think they did pretty well. People are bagging out Mosesand white and but I think they did well. I don't think Adam Reynoldsor someone would have done much more. I think the second half they couldhave gone to Latrelle a bit more use for me, easily the best playerof the series, the most dangerous with ball in hand, and he hardlytouched in the second half. For really, they just didn't go twim but yetthey sort of seemed to calm, to des goes influence a little bit. Turbo wasn't as impactful. So yeah, Queensland really well defended. New SouthWales defended really well as while they defended three or four sets at atime on their line. I do think the REF was a bit of aweek ref. I think someone should have been Sim mend I'm not really toomuch of a complainer. Like everyone's mad...

...about how many set restarts. Idon't really care because it was going both ways. But when there's that manypenalties, someone should get simmin because like that's the point of the brulely gavesomeone a warning, which you don't have to do anymore unless origin rule ofdifferent, which I don't think they are. And yet turbo on the waally LouisMetal Player, the series. He was good at game one, butI have to say for me Latrelle was in the top three players and ateach match and I don't think turbo was. So I think Latreille was seriously unluckythere. I was pretty disappointed when they gave it to turbo because Ithink latroll deserved it. But yeah, that's origin for another year. Lastnight to show the passion is still their people were maybe hinting it. Youknow, origins dead. When Queensland Lose, origins dead, all this rubbish youself I was going to dominate for years. Last night showed they're stillpassionate it. There was a little lot of Archie Barchi Queens and it's stillreally 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 teamsand New Castle and Canberra moved up into the hubs. Melbourne are still inMelbourne for now. Not sure if they're evacuating this morning because we've had afew cases really disappointing news. It's look, it's getting pretty frustrating for everyone involvedand there's not much we can do. I was really looking forming looking forwardto going to the storm versus the nights on the weekend, though it'sgoing to be really good game. Various slim chance of that going ahead itnow, at least with fans, but I yeah, look, it's whatwe've got to do to keep the game going. Shawn Johnson said we shouldgo to New Zealand. That would be really cool. I just think logisticallyit'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 justthe better play and hopefully it's not for too long. Hopefully it's onlyfor two or three weeks or something and you stuff, whales can sort theirstuff out. But yeah, I guess it's got to be done. Feelbad for the players, feel worse for the staff and stuff, because youknow they're not on the big bucks that the players are and they're still makingthe same sacrifices. So shout out to those kind of people, the administratorsin the staff, but also to the players. I do understand they arehuman 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 canget back to our home grounds, get back into the hubs. And thefinal point of discussion is the Tigers documentary premiering on Fox League next Monday nightand 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 likenever seen before TV in the rugby league world. Bit late to this wholedocumentary trend, I have to say, but Australia is usually kind of lateto that stuff. So yeah, well done to the Tigers for allowing thataccess. 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 tocop. I can already see now. We lose to the broncos. OnSunday, we watch episode one of the documentary and Monday night on twitter isjust about abusing tigers, saying why would you waste your money on a badteam like the Tigers? But Hey, it'll make interesting viewing. I thinkit's probably more like I think we've seen with maths and stuff on TV thatI'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, verygood. That generally is the case. I know that happened the AFL onewhere 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 belowthe 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 toogreat for me. The seaguls lost last week. I think it's there andeight a six point buff or something like that, and I don't see theseagulls making the difference in the short time that's left in the season. AndI stopped the sharks and nights around our the night seven, the sharks eightlast week and this week I'm stopping them around, but them still for sishingjust ahead of the Tigers, at Titans and the dragons. I think theWarriors, tigers and the cowboys are just a bit too inconsistent and they don'treally have that lethal edge to finish teams off. But I've got the sharksin at seventh. They just see him to rack up wins. They liketo 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, youknow, if they come up against a roosters or a manly or even aparamatter 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 meatand potatoes of my episode, today I'll be discussing the top at ten freeagents moving into next year and I'll also be discussing my the ten best transfersfor 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 halfwaybecause it's interesting because you know, after origin, this is where we sortof not start to look to next year, but a lot of the teams downthe bottom of the ladder start to look at how they can improve fornext year. I think they're still time. I think you can actually sign upto August this year, midseason top up. So maybe these players arerelevant 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 wingerif you played for a good club or a center, whichever she plays.He's a big, tall player. Struggle which with injury this year. Notsure if he's going to play in the back end for the nights. NariTuala only twenty two years old. I think he's a pretty, pretty serviceablecenter 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 toand Laughton now, you know, rotating through that back row. So itlooks like Siri's time at manly could be up. But there was a perioda couple of 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 still doa pretty serviceable role for the next few years. Mitch Kenny, YoungHooker at pen ruth. Not Going to get much game time at penrith.If Chorus, how stays, then Corus as still got a few years aheadof him. So He's played a lot of games this year, so theymight 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. Sowell, you know, well renowned took us. So if you know MitchKenny could you know get some more game time there. Ray Stone is alsosomeone else who we haven't seen too much of. Him really sort of beenin and out of that paramount of bench. He's dealt with a few injuries andsuspensions and stuff, but when, whenever I've watched him, I thoughthe'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 hecould be a dangerous play out, whether it be off the bench orstarting. He seems to bring a lot of energy and passion to the game. All right, now time for my top ten. Of Wait Ages intothis pretty heavily because, well, to me anyway. I know it's alittle 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 goingto get them in their prime. You're not signing them for the rest oftheir 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 notgoing to sign at twenty nine year old for a six year contract. SoI have wighed that into it. I've also weighed in just waiting a lotof stuff really, so let's get into it. Number ten. I've gottyrone mate, twenty five years old. I can play any position really andthat's what makes him an interesting prospect.

He is a natural half, you'dhave to say, but he's played hook crews, played center, he's playedback row. He's spent a few years of that pen rith in that penrith elite system. Now he's obviously been there since a junior but like he'sbeen 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 spotin that team, is he? So unless they same as a center inthe future and when Burton Lee's he's going to play centers. I think hecould be an interesting gamble for a team and it is exactly that. It'sa gamble. We haven't really seen him start week in week out. Whenhe started in the origin Prost in the origin period when Lui and clue wentthere, he didn't dominate, but he's got the talent and he could bean 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 inthe middle. He could plays a fourteen. He could very well and truly doit like a coin of Watson squ roll. Now and nine, I'vegot Billy Smith. Actually I didn't realize this, but he played his firstgame 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 havean eighteen or nineteen at the time. He kind of burst onto the sceneat the roosters and he was a really exciting prospect. I remember every timehe played he really impressed me and I think he scored a try last weekon his return. So he's going to be someone to watch for the restof the year, especially now it's while he's out for the season. Smithis all but locked up one of those center spots. Actually that could belike 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 thinkhe would demand much wages and I think he has a bright future in thegame, especially right now, whether it doesn't seem to be too many centersgoing around, a lot of the centers playing in the origin arena and internationalgame an actually centers. So I'd be surprised if someone didn't snap him uppretty quick, especially a player coming out of the roosters. Number eight Igot. Tex Hoy's only twenty one. He had big raps last year butI have to say he has not lit the world on fire. And it'sa game built for fullback. So if you come into the competition and youdon't really have an impact on games as a fullback, you're probably not thegreatest player like. That's pretty savage for me to say, but he's onlytwenty one and he's a skillful player, so I would be surprised if someonedidn't take a risk on him, even if it's just for development. NextI 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'splayed some of his best footy at the titans. They've really found his rolesa 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 wantUS 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 bitmore creativity out of that lock position, he could be the perfect candidate.Number six I got deal Walker, twenty six years old. Bit of aresurgence issue in his career a lot. At the start of the season hewasn't having much impact of fullback. He looks really out of place, butsince his return from injuries, had a couple games at half back. He'scome in and in the middle forward position off the bench and he has beenelectric. So he shows he's shown that he still has a lot to givein 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. NextI've got Ash Taylor, twenty six years old. Interesting to see whatthe titans do here. They do really like town of board and you wouldthink they're going to stick with Jamal Fogg it at halfback for a few yearsto come, but they haven't resigned Ash Taylor yet and they have signed alot 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'sfuture. He's at the titans and I...

...think he's an interesting player. Ithink a big club like the roosters or something. I know they've got SamWalker coming in. They don't and they've got luke curry, so maybe there'snot a spot for him there. But a team like the roosters where therest of the team's pretty set up, but they just could use a bitof an icing on the cake. So yeah, he's an interesting play,a bit of a gamble. Would probably need a fairly decent salary, whichis 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 thinkmany 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 seasonand a half of first grade. He's only recently starting to show the abilitythat he has. He's always had higher wraps, but his defense, especiallyin the centers, came into question in on a lot of occasions. Buthe'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 topgrades and the broncos are basically shown their faith in him. They've picked himover psycho. They basically told Walsh that he's free to go. He's notgoing 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 factthat 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 numberthirty, I would happily jump on him. Or even if I was a lowerclub, because I don't think he's going to demand much money unless hetears up the back half of this year and he's only nineteen. So Ithink testing you was a very, very interesting prospect. Number three I've gotDang I. Guy is he's is thirty, but I think he's playing some ofthe best footy of his career. I think the issue has been really, really good for the RABBITOS. He was still pretty good for Queensland andorigin and if he can go another three or four years, I think hecould 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 thinkDangaga 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 freeagents 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 playless 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'sgoing to give you. He's going to give you an eight out of tenperformance every week. He's going to run a hundred and twenty meters. It'sgoing 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 qualityplayer out of the storm? Everyone always wants them and it's going to beinteresting 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 fewmonths, but he's only twenty three. He's played state of origin. IsArguably one of the best tacklers in the game. He just seeds to adda little bit more offensive work rate. You'd have to say he doesn't domany 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, chargingout the middle of the ground making a linebreak or anything. But you neverreally see James who are getting onto the end of the flat ball bursting througha hole, that sort of thing. So that's maybe something he could lookedout on his game. But someone with a perfect tackling technique, only twentythree already played origin. He's been coached by Wayne Bennett, one of thegreatest coaches of all time. I would be snapping Jaden's Sou are right nowand I think he's wage would have taken a serious hit after his recent missionfrom 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 linkedto the dragons, I think it is. So it'll be interesting to see wherehe ends up, same as the rest of the ten on that listten best transfers so far. Obviously there's not been too many, so fleshingout of top ten was a bit of a stretch. Now ten and nineI've got tigers players, so you could say this is biased, but thetoo wigan boys, Gildart and Hastings. They're really surprised packages, as mostSuper League signings are for NRL clubs, but I'd assume they're not on abig salary packet and I think they can add some much needed class to thistigers outfit. Hastings, whether he plays in middle forward roll, whether heplays Hooker, whether he actually does play in the halves, I think he'sgoing 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 doesfor the team. Is a very, very good on field leader as welland give it arts an exciting young center and which is a position the Tigersreally really need to address. So I'm really, really interested to see howthose 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 ofthe 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 wedon'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'snumber seven, I've got Matt Dufty. I think this would be higher andother people's lists lists, but not the biggest fan of Matt dufty. Isa good player but I don't think he's going to like change the team assuch, but he's definitely an upgrade of what the currently got and his paceis enough to make him a weapon at any time in the game and Ithink 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 wouldhave this higher, but yeah, I just think it's a little bitoverrate. It's going to be interesting to see how he goes. I thinkthere's enough talent around him for him to do well, but it's going tobe 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 ofa kicking game. So now it's going to be interesting to see whether hecan be a bit more creative and, you know, help a young sideout. So it's going to be interesting, interesting to see one that actually slipthrough the cracks. I only saw this the other day. Peter Hikuto the cowboys. For me that's my number five. I think Peter Huwho's a seriously underrated player. He had a ridiculous amount of try involvements lastyear. Tries and tries Tois for the warriors. This year's miss basically thewhole year. I think he did his knee in round one, but he'sstill got a fair few years left in. I think he's only two and twentyseven and I'm think that's the solid pick up from the cowboys. Asstute signing, I'd have to say number four. I've got Xavier Coats andif 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 hadsuch success with at all outside backs, whether it be Vunevalu, whether itbe 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 tallas he's an athlete, really can jump and, you know, jump onanyone's head pretty much. So yeah, she's going to give them another dimensionnext 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 signingand 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. ButI think Kirk cable was a very, very good player. We've seen itin the origin arena's filled in at center...

...and he's been very, very goodat that and I think he's a very, very solid player, which is whatthe Broncos need right now. I think they've got enough flare and classand youth and their team and I think they just need some solidity to fillout 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 forthe Sharky is. It's a big risk. He's on sounds like he's on somegood money after really only starring for two months for the storm, buthe was so impressive in those in there a few rounds and any player comingfrom the storm you could you sort of trust there like it's signing players fromthe storms are tough on because often they leave the storm and they flop becausethey're not in that environment anymore. But for them to be the storm thatlong 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 agood addition. He's going to play six, you'd imagine, so it's going tobe interested to see how he kicks and stuff like that. We haven'tseen 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 muchhe is getting paid but I think burdens someone you could set your team upfor the next ten years. I think he's an incredible player. He's gota damaging boot, he's got a good running game and, although he's faulteda few times when given a halves birth and for the Penrith Panthers, Ithink, you know, that can be put down to a lack of experienceand 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 Ithink in the long run we're going to look back at this signing andsay, Geez, that was smart from Trent Barrett, and what a playerMatt Burns become, because I really think this kid is going to be anabsolute 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 thematchups. I actually haven't done my tips. I'm going to be doingthem live for you, which is a bit nerve racking, but we'll seehow we go. I'm going to rub through the LINEUPS and just quickly touchon the major changes to the teams and stuff like that. So titans versusthe EELS. The only real massive change you is read Martey returns. Obviouslyall the Games are in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and I think there's one intowns Willso won't really read out the venues because most of them are neutralgames. This is the one get, one of the few games at homeor this is tough. By the way. Shout it to the NROL. Notsure 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 therefrom work. Anyway. That's just my opinion. Got To back in theEELS. Tightens are too inconsistent for me to tip and the eels usually bethe 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 originplayers are playing. So yeah, I won't really touch on that for everygame 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, butDC will play shuster's returning in the back row, dill walk has been pushedto fourteen. For the dragons, Germaine to new a Brown makes his debutafter coming on loan. Tyrell Sloane will play second game at full back afterstarring and his debut as dufty serves his suspension. This is tough onun becausemanly without turbot are a different beast, but I do think that they willbounce back. They're a good team. I've seen them do it without turbobefore 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 toughone. If it was in camera and...

...maybe lean towards the raiders, butI think the sharks are actually in pretty decent form at the moment. They'vehad a good four or five weeks, despite losing to the Broncos in themiddle of that. But I'm going to back them in here. They didn'treally have anyone involved in origin, so I'm going to say the Sharkis getup, cowboys, roosters. Fell Holmes is likely going to be out.He looked to a baby done an AC joint injury. If I don't ajump to conclusions. For the cowboys, so I'll assume drink water goes tofull back and then Dejan as se moves to five eight last week, asthey did last week. And then for the Roosters, CSA Tuck Yaho isout with I think it's a hamstring issue. I'm going to go to the roostershere. Just think look, they're they've been winning dirty recently, butI think they're the cowboys have really lost form. So going to be tippingthe roosters there. Storm Vesus nights. The one major return or change isthat 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 firstof a triple head I think, on Sunday to WHO Harris and Chad Townsendhave been named in the reserve. So that's going to be an interesting oneto watch. For the Warriors, I think that changes a lot if theyare named Tom Josh Caren and Kane Evans replaced Ben Murdoch, Thessila and JackMercy. Jan Edwards returns for the panthers and Jerome Lewis See owd his firstgame in clubland with his injury. Look, I know the panthers are under manthey don't have either half, and the warriors, when you least expectthat, they do get up. However, they are and really, really badform. They've lost seven of their last eight or something. I couldsee 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. Tigershave a couple debut on's, junior parga and to he simpkins. Don't knowmuch about either of them really power guy was a bit of a bit ofa throbber in his young days at the warriors, played Twenti S, suffereda couple of injuries, found himself at the winning manly seagulls and the Tigerspicked him up halfway through. This year he's playing center. So look theluckily for these guys there's not really any pressure. It can't do much worsethan the guys playing already to Simpkins is a big middle forward, I believefrom the WHO came from North Queensland Audom do. He's been moved back tosix 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 sayinghe's a center, but for me he's too good to be in the sennywhen I'm touching the ball more than he does out in the centers. Everyonesipping the Bronco those. I'm actually going to back in the tigs like weare due for a dub and I know everyone thinks the Tigers Shit, butwe actually get a win every now and then and I'm going to back usin to dub up going into the documentary. Life's good. I think our seasonsactually not been as bad as everyone saying and I think everyone was overratingUS coming into it. I've tipped us to come thirteen. I think we'resitting 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 inrab those for the bulldogs. The only real thing of note is that JadenOckham ball is returning. He's in the reserves right now so he might playby not you got to tip the Bunnies, unfortunately for the doggies. So it'sgoing 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, butobviously the blues to win the series, as we like to say. Goodluck to oil teams for the weekend. Hopefully you'll stay safe wherever you arelistening around the world or watching around the world. Feel free to get aroundthe potty and stuff. Always love hearing from you, guys, and letme know what your thoughts about the weekend...

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

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