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NRL Round 6 Review | Rugby League - Episode 122

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Another episode of the podcast means another weekly wrap up of the NRL. We chat about all the biggest topics in Rugby League this week and highlight the biggest performances over the weekend. We also rank the rule changes so far, discuss the suspension inconsistencies and make our predictions for Round 7.

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Welcome back to the other ball podcasts, episode a hundred and twenty two of the show, and were once again here to discuss another round of the NRAL rugby league is up and firing as always. Round six gone now, so we're actually a fairly fairly significant way through the year. That's about a quarter of the way and obviously given buyers. So yeah, it's just about a quarter of the way there, which is pretty exciting. We're starting to really see which teams are look in the goods which teams are going to struggle this year. We're also now seeing a lot of the rule changes coming to effect. We're also seeing some new interpretations of suspensions, penalties, stuff like that. So there's a lot of talking points today, so we're going to cover as many as we can. We will be doing our normal winners and losers, but we will also be discussing the concussions such sub inconsistencies with the match review panel. Will also be just ranking the two thousand and twenty one rule changes as of now, and yet many more talking points to come throughout the episode. So if you're excited, make sure you listen to the whole thing. And yet off we go, or winners. Will start with the Melbourne storm. I think they had an incredible victory over the roosters. I tipped them to beat the roosters, as most did, but it was a bit of a danger game. For the most games in Melbourne. You know, you wouldn't have against them really, which is why most people were tipping them. But the roosters look like they were ready to really take it to Melbourne and it was pretty cage first half. A lot of drop balls, a lot of errors in the play the ball, but it was also due to the intensity of the defense, I thought. I thought both teams are really trying to hit each other really hard. Wasn't as fast as origin but it almost had that vibe to it where it wasn't necessarily the cleanest game because, yeah, there was just a lot of intensity. Every every ball, every run was met with a stern, solid shot from the defense. But the game really change. But Harry grant came on for the mighty Melbourne storm. As a tigers fan I know just how good he is, but it's scary to think he was off the back of a pretty lack last pack this year. So this year our last year. So this year it's going to be absolutely ridiculous what he can get up to, especially with blocks like care monster and papenhow's and to his left and right. I think he's like. I'll be honest, I reckon he I don't know if they will pick him, but based on talent and ability alone or the performances this year, I reckon he would rightfully where the Australian Number Nine Jersey come the end of the year. I think he will leave two thousand and twenty one season as the game's best hooker. In my opinion, he was probably the best hook of last year, but Cameron Smith. I don't think Damn Cook was that good last year, but I understand that it's his Jersey to lose. Yet basically, the world just got to see yet again for those who maybe forgot how good he was. It was a nice reminder for people like me who've watched it for weeks after weeks, last year's kind of a kick in the teeth. Yes, I know we didn't think we're going to keep him after the last season, but it did hurt to think that that caliber of player was playing in the Tigers colors at one point. But fair play to him. He seems like a good bloke. He said he loves the tags, so definitely got nothing against him there and I'm glad he's absolutely killing it. Interesting to see what they do in the upcoming rounds. He's come off the bench the last two weeks. Will Brandon Smith continue to play a little bit of Hook Hooker each match or will he just go back to his middle forward role and Harry grant will play the fullred and eighty at Hooker? Will wait and find out that. But yet they both worked really well together on the Friday night and huge him for the storm. They completely outclassed affairly lack last rooster's team.

They did suffer a Sim into Victor Radley, which we will talk about in the losers section. But yeah, huge signs for the storm and my preseason prettytion of them finishing my premiership as mindor premiers. And I don't think I said they'll make the grand final, but I'd probably not better against them in terms of that either. But yet minor premiership still looking pretty good for the storm, even though the panthers are undefeated. So yeah, great win by the storm. Next time I got learned Newcastle Nights. They had a pretty good win over the sharkies. They'd been in a bit of a bad stretch of form. There fairly few injuries. They was to the Tigers, they lost to the titans, people were starting to hop off the night's train. Thought they were completely ruled out of finals. But they bounce back with a nice win over the sharks. Yes, the sharks were in a lot of controversy given the John Morris sacking last week, but a lot of people thought that would actually gallanize them and it would give them extra ducee to get up for this match. But the nights were too good. On the day. Klem ponger just showed why he is held in such high red guard. There are a few doubt as a Klem ponger and he basically just silence. The more I think. He don't know exactly, but from watching I'm pretty sure. I had two tries and two triess. You scored the seal, I believe, and this was all playing with gastro pretty much so yet incredible performance, showing how much he means that team. I believe that he means more than Mitchell peers, but that's a debate for another day. And yet, basically almost back to full strength. Of the other nights. I think Chris Randall's injured, but he was, you know, not really in the starting team anyway. But Mitchell pierces out and that's about it. I think. I'm all hearts out, but once again, not too much of a difference. They're from and best is back, Kurtman's back, the Siffeedi boys about clemmer's back, Watson's back. So it's been pretty ran the last two years that they've almost been full strength, but this is about as close as they will get Mitchell Pierce. So yes, that seems like a big out on paper, bit compared to all the other outs they've dealt with over the last eighteen months, they're actually in a strong spot right now and I believe they have the easiest schedule. In preseason they were viewed as having the easiest schedule based on two thousand and twenty performances, so I know they are shared. Your rankings would change now now that teams like the dragons and stuff are seen as it a lot harder task. But yet looking kind of Nice for the nights. They look like they could well and truly still make finals after a nice win over the sharkies. Next I've got manly, probably the biggest winners coming out of the weekend. Everyone had written the moth. They were being viewed as bottom feeder like the cowboys, bulldogs and broncos. But I don't actually know what direction Mudgi is from manly. I'm going to just say it's west because it's country, but I don't know if it's an awful south yet. So you can slew me in the comments or my knowledge New South Wales geography, even though I was born in New South Wales, Country New South Wales as well. But they won't thirty six neil. It's genuinely one of the most fascinating things about n rl at the moment the difference between with man the difference in manly's performances with or without Tom trauboivitch. You think he just is a good fullback, but he just adds so much more to them. It's not just him alone, though. It's definitely a psychological thing with a lot of other players, I think, which is understand aboards a huge boost having your best player in the side, but it's just ridiculous how much of a difference there is. But yeah, good for manly. Fans to finally see their team have a huge win. Titans disappointing. Will touch on them in a little bit, but yeah, manly big winners and they have the Tigers this week, which they would be viewing is a very willable game and they're actually going to start favorites in that, which is something manly haven't been able to say too many times this year. So yet interesting signs from the mainly seagulls. Paramounta eels also had another good week. There are quite a few teams but had a good week this week. paramatter convincingly beat the raiders. I didn't actually manage to catch his game as it was Saturday night...

I was out watching the other code of football, but they won thirty five to ten. Absolutely stormed over the raiders in their home territory. Ricky steward went on a bit of a tear in post match, saying some of these players don't want to wear the Jersey. But enough talk about the raiders. The eels absolutely sensational. I've mentioned that they are a bit of a flat track bully. They beat the teams below them convincingly and they struggle against the teams above them. But now they've racked up rings against storm and the Raiders in camera. So two very impressive wins and all of a sudden I still look I'm not going to hype up powermount of fans and then you know, the upper cut them. But, like I still think they're a fair way away from the likes of Penrith, storm in and Rabbito's internal maybe other Rabbitos, but penrith in the storm in terms of premiership favorites. If I had to open up a bookmake king business myself and set odds, I would have them a fair way off those two teams. But yeah, wins against their raids in camera and the storm, maybe those that gap should start to close. In my opinion. Anyway, I'm so yet very impressive from the paramount of eels away from home. And then, finally, I'm going to touch on my tigers. Yes, they didn't win, but I'm sorry, I think they're not getting enough credit this week. Yes, they had an absolutely shocking performance last weekend in Tommy redonacas is memorium latch, I guess where. They got pounded by the cowboys. But to come back be within a beestick of beating their rabitos pretty much couldn't have gone closer to winning. Really never really seen that before where a game came down to if it goes one way, they win, if it goes the other way, they win. I guess that's probably happen with a trying the last play, but you know what I mean, a try going either way. I've never seen that before. The two field got the two point field goal was brought under the microscope out of Reynolds. Obviously slider one from about forty five on an angle. First Time it's they think. Clearly did it, yes, against the broncos, but this is really the first time it's kind of being done and it's changed the result of the game. Team as such. The panthers one was kind of just to put them ahead, but yeah, I thought the Tigers for a very Balan Valiant Lee, I'd say. People would have the Rabbitos is third favorite right now the premiership race, behind the storm and panthers. So for the Tigers to be within a be stick of beating a team at that level, I think it's pretty impressive after losing to the cowboys, so I'm pretty proud as a tigers fan. I watched the replay when I got home from the footy managed to escape the score. Yes, it was pretty shattering and it was a little bit disappointing in some of the antics of stuff, like latrelle Mitchell, was very frustrating and disappointing it. At the same time I was pretty proud of the boys. I think there were a lot of impressive performances from our players, so I'm happy for the Tigers. Hopefully they can start getting some wins on the ball, though, because it is a results driven industry. So yet while onto the Tigers, but hopefully some wins in the near future or losers. Will start with the dragons. Now this is probably stiff because they had have had such a start, great start to the year, but I mean in the sense that they've come back to the pack. People were starting to make me think they're as good as that top six, top for whatever you want to call it, teams. But this loss to the warriors at home on Sunday Arbo just showed they are still a mid table team, and I don't mean that the derogatory way, but they are still at the same level. As you know, the titans, the the warriors themselves, other teams of that Ilk. So yes, it's been a great start of the year, but I think dragons fans and and rl fans not need to not get ahead of themselves. With the dragons, they are still a team that's come off to three really poor years. So yet good win from the warriors, but a little bit of a full crash back down to Earth, if you know what I mean, for the dragons. So I'm great start to the year, but they need to just remember they're not a top six, top for type team and they're going to be pushing...

...for eight spot at the very best. But while onto their start, they still it was a pretty good match actually. So well into the warriors as well. Next lose of the raiders mentioned the eels in the winners raiders probably the most disappointing performance of the week, you have to say. They went in his favorites. I think me and my whole family tip them, but they came out as very disappointing losers. And them in the roosters. They are starting to distance themself in a bad way from that top for the EELS. Pants a storm and Rabitos look like they're forming a bit of a breakaway and the raiders and roosters look almost closer to the likes of the titans than those top for yes, the raiders and the roosters are pretty well known slow starters. We saw it last year with both. Well, the roosters didn't really get hot for finals, but the raiders got hot for finals, so they could well and truly do that again. I not say they're not going to make finals or anything like that, but pretty disappointing for the eels to come into our home building and beat them by twenty five points. That's a that's a that's a flogging. There's no way, no other way of putting it. And the week before they got fairly comfortably beaten by pen Ereth as well. So that's disappointing. From the raiders, they're starting to look like a bit of an eagles team so far this year, where they just beat the teams they're expected to and struggle against the top five top six team. So they need to sort that out as they've got probably the deepest squad in the competition, you'd have to say, with Tom Starling being the backup hooker. How are we're and I are and Corey Harse were playing reserve grade like that. I don't think many other teams can boast that kind of depth. But it doesn't matter if you have depths, if the seventeen you pick on the day aren't putting up performances, that is good enough really. So they need to really lift their act. And then the titans is my final loser in terms of teams specifically on the end of that manly, absolute clinic. But that's not good enough in the Tians. They want to be a top eight team this year. If you're going to be a top eight team, you can't lose a game thirty six to nail against a team who've only had, I think, one win for the season. So, yeah, that's not good enough. For The Times. Whole Brook talked about it in the press conference, saying he's team maybe got a little bit ahead of themselves started to count their chickens before they hatched. Yeah, that's right. Is it eggs before they that chickens before they act, because they hatch from the eggs? That's right. But yet that's that's a good thing that he said that. It shows that they're, you know, they're not completely out of touch. They know what's gone wrong. So that's a good thing. But Yeah, little this inconsistency, even the times, it's getting a little bit worrying. They got pumped by the raiders and they pump a team and they lose to this eagle. So yet they needed sort that out. If they want to be a top eighteen, they need to get a little bit more consistent, otherwise teams like the dragons and sharks might steal their spots. But moving on to the main talking points of round six, the biggest two are probably the concussion sub and suspensions. I'll start the concussion subs. I don't have any specific examples here, but there's just a blatant exploitation of the concussion sub going on right now to two aspects. A, there's a lot of players going off for a concussion sub and I say that with quotation marks. They're not imitation. I guess imitation marks, but they're not bloody concussion subs are. I think it was the bulldogs. I think I know what the bulldogs training looks like and he's in my head. I think they went off with an injury. They are holding their hand and they went off as a concussion. SOBBI's head had nothing to do with anything, but that's just not picking out the bulldogs. Every team has been doing that, so I don't know how you can stop that, but I guess if every every team's doing it's not that badance if they're playing field. But it does like why have that rule if people are just going to brattantly, blatantly break it? And then the second part is that players the what if the can tout concussion test that the trainers do is clearly not good enough. The amount of times you see...

...a player get kode and then they stand up past the test and then a set later they get called off by the independent doctor. And yes, that's better than than playing the rest of the eighty minutes, but still it's not a great look when, like a lock on Lewis, he gets koded, stumbles to his feet and then plays another set. So everyone in the crowd knows, all the commentators know, all the coaches know, everyone who's seen that footage knows that he's needs to be concussion tested in the room. So something's got to be fixed there because that's not a good look. As also talks that. I don't know if anything eventuated from it, but people were saying cleary was dazed in the match against the broncos didn't get concussion tested. So they've got to remain vigilant in assessing those sort of situations, making sure rules are being broken for the best players and crucial moments and stuff like that, because at the end of the day is head injuries. I listened to the bloke and of our podcast and I can't lie, I didn't rate their take on it. FID She was basically saying that Harry Grant, I think he was supposedly knocked out. I can't remember it exactly, but they were saying, how could you have played so well if yous can cust? Like I'm sorry, that's just probably the worst logic of ever heard. For example, my makeup can cuss. Didn't feel the effects for a week later, so has absolutely no bearing on the you know, the next hour, two hours, whatever. So that's probably the worst take ever. So I didn't completely agree with it. Kemp he had something interesting to say, saying that he would trade off a little bit of long term health to stay out there on that field, and that's not necessarily something that has to do with this rule like that has more they would change the rules if they're going to take that approach. Not necessarily. You can't just pick and choose when to do it, but that's an interesting point. I guess maybe they should ask the players if everyone else, if everyone holds that view. But yeah's not a great look when someone's getting knocked out and standing up and going again, and then the suspended players in the inconsistencies with a match review panel and referees is a very interesting topic. At the moment the judiciary is actually going on as I am speaking and I don't think there's been any updates. Paull Momrovsky has accepted three weeks, I know that much, and I believe the Victor Rad the case is in front of the judge right now. But the four ones I'll look out is pall more on Aroski three weeks, the trail Mitchell four weeks, Victor Adley three weeks and Jack Heatherington three weeks, but he got five because of his track record, but we'll just look at it. Three hundred four, three and three. So paull Moroscui's high tackle, I think was on Tom did and I was pretty outraged by it when I first saw I can't believe it wasn't a penalty. I can believe it wasn't as Simin or send off, but no penalty. There there. I think that's the downfall of having one ref. Very hard for one ref to see everything that goes on. Still don't really understand why two refs got taken away, but anyway. So that was pretty bad that that wasn't even a penalty and he's going to get three weeks. Tom Dean, I don't think got can cast anything, so that's a good thing. But yeah, pretty pretty bad that that didn't get pulled up. I when I first saw it I thought Simbin for sure. The people were saying send off. Shout out to I think it was braith and aster in commentary was pretty outrage Byton. I appreciate it when commentators pick out stuff like that. Next we'll go with Victor Radley. Similar shot. I don't think it had as much impact as Mamrerovsky's, but it was a bit looser, you'd have to say. On Cameron, Monster Got Him Sin Bind, which I yeah, I agree with Simbin for a high tackle like that, but I don't know if I think he should get three weeks. I think she'd maybe get to I think you should maybe get one less than my more off sky, because Mamrerovsky was on a play who was kicking, so you couldn't protect himself and it had a little bit more force, where Radley's was more off balance. It it was more just like hand. Yes, it was a bad challenge. Deserved to Simbin, but I'm not sure if he deserves three weeks for it. So when you're just...

...comparing those two, I thought Momroskis was worse than Heatherington's. HEATHERINGTON's, I think three weeks is fair, similar to the Momorovsky one, but he got sent off and look, I think that is an issue that, sadly, some of these not less on. Everyone knows who Jack Heatherington is now, but some of these lower quality players who have reputations, they seem to get picked on a lot, or just the less important players, where someone like a Latrell Mitchell, yes, Latrell Mitchell gets picked on a hundred percent by the media, but in terms of the referees they're probably less likely it is simen someone like him, because that's going to have a bigger impact on a game. So yeah, I thought Jack Heathington gets send off. I know that tackle historically is a sent off, but I'll be honest, I think a send off for a high shot, unless it's like really, really bad, is pretty stiff. And I'm normally on the aggressive, progressive side of things, but I think my moral sky rather in Heatherington. All should have probably caught the same in game, in game decision or penalty, which I believe should have been a sem, and I think they all should have got sin Bin and then Radley one less, one less week from suspension. So that's my take on it. Let me know yours in the comments below. Be Yeah, Latreill Mitchell, look, I don't even know what's going on there. How he's been fined for trying to kick Luke Garner in the head with his studs is it's disgusting. Like I'm not even competent. I don't remember exactly how much time he got, but John Hop away to kick Keith Galloway in the head and he got like months, like and just because Latrelle's one of the game's biggest players, he only got fine. People like bradfitless spoken and said he shouldn't have even got fine because he hardly touched it. To me, I don't agree. With that policy. Had the intent to try and kick him in the head and I think, yeah, it's tough because there's a lot of times people have intend you don't actually see there try to do it, but he was blatantly trying to kick him in the head with his studs. In my opinion, should have been a should be like a two or three weeks expansion. Same goes for when Lou I kicked Nikorema in the back of the head last year. I think they should actually borderline be more punished than high tackles because they're actually not a part of the game. Yes, they may have less impact, but they're not needed. where the high tackles, the least they're trying to tackle the person and then his fore arm. For David Aflome, I agree. Without getting four weeks, I think that's a good call for the match review panel. Fact that wasn't a penalty or that we got nothing from it in the game is pretty shit. And then he's knee slide. I actually don't I'm all. I'm like, really, I'm a bit of a hawk I when it comes to the Nice Lides on on try attempts, but I didn't think he was at as bad because it was towards the leg area, but also dog acts. I got the fine for that. But yeah, in my opinion he should have been facing up to seven to eight weeks, or I can maybe four for each, in my humble opinion, because both the reason I reckon they should get more than the high tackles is neither of them had anything to do with the ball or the game. He was saying. The noful Luma one was a contested footy. He took two extra steps, extended his arm out and hit him in the head. But yet more to the point with this one, the one that disappointed me was the fact that the Tigers got no compensation in the game, and that's genuinely generally an issue when it comes to this suspension stuff. Now the following four teams that get to play their abdos get benefited, yet we're the ones that should have been benefit. So that's really annoying and I think if they have the ability to see though those shots on technology, he should get sent off. I think you should have got sent off with an aful Luma one, personally, because that's just a really bad, challenging soccer you actually get sent off for any contact to the head with forum or elbow. So I know it's a different sport and everyone's going to say, oh well, soccer soft and stuff like that, but that just shows the kind of extent that elbow to head injuries and forum to head injuries...

...are taken in other sports. So, yeah, my opinion that should have been sent off and he should have copped about eight weeks. But yeah, that's other than do with him as a person. I know a lot of the media outlets will now attack him for being a Grub and stuff like that. He is a bit of a Grub. He gets wildline fever. Great bloke off the field, but yeah, that's really disappointing the fact that the highest didn't get compensated in any way for it and the fact that he didn't get charged for the Luke garn a hit. It is actually just come in as I'm recording at the rather he's has gotten off suspension. It's gone from three weeks two a fine and yeah, that's pretty extreme. I just said he should get two weeks, but I'll be honest, I'm not even against it. Looking at the footage again, I think it's deserving of a simbin and yeah, I just don't think it had that much false part. It was a lazy, Dangerous Challenge. But yeah, I just don't think it I'd that much false pign it because it was kind of just his wrist. But yeah, I'm actually okay with that, to be honest. But yet once again shows the inconsistency that he's just weird, that he was facing three weeks and gets off completely. That's bizarre. But Anyway, the Mitchell one is now in the jiujudiciary or moving on to my predicted top eight, let me know in the comments, by the way, what you think about the suspensions. Moving on to the predicted top eight, I'm actually going to make no changes to last week's eight. Actually, I'm making one change. I'm lifting the Penner of panthers from third to second. I just think Latreille Mitchell missing for a month. I think the panthers have an easier schedule as well. They're already undefeated. I just don't see them finishing outside the top two, whereas the rabbit as might be a little bit more inconsistent. So I'm putting the rurose third, Panthers Second, I've still got storm on top EELS and fourth raders, fifth roosters, Seeth, I'll still at the time, and seventh, which I'm unsure about, but I'm keeping them there because I think they're better than the teams below them. And I've keeping the drowns at eight. But I'll shout out the teams who are beating down the next the nights, who they would probably wear a long way off by eight last week. But I think they've showed that without Mitchell Peters, they can still be a good team. They're right there. The warriors are right there after a good win over the dragons, and soon they get to go back home, which, I'll be honest, historically they've not made it a great home advantage, but I reckon the way the war is run now. There are a lot more structured, there are a lot more logical rational I think they can turn that into a fortress. And then the sharks as well. Tiger see was a little bit further off and I'm not writing them out of finals yet either. Writing the bulldogs, Broncos and cowboys off, sorry, but I just don't think you have it in you this shit or right the sheet. This week for my list segment, I'm going to be ranking the two thousand and twenty one rule changes. I'll be honest, some of them are very irrelevant. I didn't even know they were thing. But yeah, I'll give them a rating out of ten. Actually, I won't rank but writing out of ten as to whether I like it or not, and I'll let you know whether I'd keep it or change it or right. Number one injured players having to leave the field if they've stopped the play. I swear this hasn't happened since round one. I actually like the rule. It's probably a little bit harsh, but I do like it because it does play like it's obvious. What I got brought in and stopped. Tries to stop people going down, wasting time and laying their defense to set up, and it does exactly that. I think it should be pulay used more heavily and yet I just think they've gone a little bit softer than the last week. But in terms of the rule itself, I'll give it a nine out of ten. But because they're not policing it like it can't be that higher the temper I'll keep it at nine out of ten. They need a police at heavier next referee trial. No trying to the bunker. I think this is something that hasn't been talked in about enough. I think this has been a great inclusion to the game and they've been so fast with their bunker calls. A lot of them don't even like you. We don't even see them looking at them. And you think back to even as late as last year we were waiting around...

...three four minutes for a bunk of call. And now yeah, calls like the West Tigers and routers one took a bit longer, but that's understandable. It's a huge call and it's pretty hard to see really. So I think that's a probably a town of ten. I think it's been awesome. Only bad thing is you kind of celebrate when you think you've scored in might not be a tribe it. That's the same as R and soccer and I think pete would just see to cop that. It happens in Kreek as well. Break. They say break when there's a scrum, which I did not know. You're not allowed a league the scrumb till they say break. I guess it's a good rule. Salts people leaving the scrum too early. I'll just give it a five out of ten. Completely average. Haven't even noticed it. The captain's challenge. If you get an inconclusive decision, sticks with the Umpire School, you retain your challenge. Look once again, has not much impact on the game, but it's a good it's a good rule, so I'll give it a town ten. Why not? The Big One, though? The Big One why I've done the segment today, the two point field goal. It's probably splits rugby league crowds down the fence. I am a little bit concerned that now in the last two rounds I've seen how effective the two point field goal can be, the more teams will go for it more often and we could get to the stage where it's a bit of a rugby union situation and teams can just win without scoring tries. I've actually long been a big advocate of kicking fulfield goal. Of never understood why teams don't just shoot every single time just before halftime. I think it's an absolute easy chance to get a one point and I've always thought if the defense is very strong you're not feeling your fifth play option, why you don't just bang over a field goal? Yes, forty meters is a long way out. Yes, there's not many kickers who can do it. Yes, you're very skillful if you can do it, but I am a little bit worried that teams will start to do it too many times, because three of these is the exact same as a converted tribe, which is pretty insane to think when there's people like Adam Reynolds who can probably do it at seventy eighty percent. So that's a little bit concerning. But overall I think it's been a cool rule. Yeah, like it really. It's a similar kind of vibe to the forty twenty, which I think is a great rule. And yet I'll have to say I think I feel like teens who are get dominated should do it more, to be honest, like a bulldog or something. You're only getting to the halfway line for your fifth tackle play. Why not have a pop? But yeah, I guess it's a big risk if you give them seven tackles, but I'm going to give it a eight out of ten. I wouldn't change it. Interest to see how it goes for the rest of the year. However, handover for incorrect play the ball once again. Didn't even know that was a thing. Haven't seen it happen yet we'll give it at five out of ten. Six again for off side. It's arguably made the game too fast, but I'm not going to complain. I'll give it a seven out of ten. I'd probably keep it, but it's not that effective. And then play the ball for touch kick. I actually don't write this rule. I think it should be changed. I understand why it is. It's to stop teams like the Melbourne storm and the Roosters who are up with twenty minutes ago, to just kick for touch every time so their defense is always set up. But they didn't really think about the flip side. When a team is getting beaten down, you can kick from your own forty line into the corner under that's a forty twenty Yearnin. I mean say you're past forty men alone, you kick for the corner, get a scrum, you can reset and then you're back to fifty ball game rather than always being dominated. So I don't think they thought about that. So I'll give it a three out of ten. I would like it to be changed. I don't think it's very good rule. And yes, because we've seen it recently, they still take their time to do the play the ball because everyone wants to rest, so why not just bring back the scrum? Ultimately, because of that, it hasn't had too much impact act. But if they start doing quick play the balls, then the team we just keeping the touches kind of dogs. So yeah, and that moves us on to our game picks for the week. Once again not doing the players of the week or rookie of the week because it's just not that interesting, is it? I'm actually very excited...

...for some of the list segments coming up. I'd with did some brainstorming before. I'm going to be doing commentators rankings, coaches rankings and our old top hundred, like they do with the NFL top hundred, old ranked by top hundred and NRL players, and I'm also going to start doing drafts. So if there was a draft in two thousand and eighteen, which player would have gone to where and start? So that's going to be interesting concept. But onto the game picks now. Shut better the week. This week was actually really hard. I don't think there's many short bets in terms of I think there's a lot of games I could say there's a seventy to eighty percent chance the team will win, but there's not many where. I'm like ninety five plus, you know. So I'm glad with the storm to beat the warriors, which is an interesting one because the warriors are good team. Everyone always underrates them. They like to play be the underdog and beat the favorite. But a Zact a clash in Melbourne. PAP and housings out so interesting that I've gone from them. But Harry Grant is playing insane right now. Yes, it's only been for one or two games, but still. The warriors are almost at full strength, barring like Chanelle Harris to bed and at in fill blake, so not really full strength. But Melbourne, in Melbourne, I just think they will be too good for them. Even if it's not a Thumb Ping. If I had to put money on a team, I would probably put them on them. I think the biggest favorites in terms of the bookmakers are actually pain ruth. I'll pen ruth and the storm of both dollarge twelve, so it's not outrageous for me. But a lot of the other good teams are playing mid table side, so they could lose. But this game has happened since two thousand and nine. The storm of only lost twice, so I just yeah, I'm liking them to be the warriors this week. Upset of the week. I'm actually getting around. My team here usually very cynical on the tigers and peasimistic, so it's weird for me to be saying this, but I don't think. Similar to what I was saying before, I don't think many of the upsets are that likely. Their chance, like I'd say they are twenty to thirty percent chance. But the one that I think it's the most likeliest, it's, at a word, the most likely, is the West Tigers to beat manly. Manly a huge favorite, which I get after last week's clinic, but tigers also played pretty body well against a better team than the titans. But the SEAGULLS are a dollar fifty four tigers are two dolls fifty. At banquest, I have to say I don't know the actual stats, but I feel like tigers don't play well at Banquest, even though it's supposedly one of our home grounds. But the Tigers are Jew for a win. I think they've played. They played well last week. Yes, they played bad the week before, but they haven't won since the night's game. They're only have one win all year. And yes, the Tigers are haven't been a great team in the last decade or so, but one thing they really do is come last bottom, second, last, third, last. We usually in and around twelve, eleven, ten. So I think will be similar this year and we will get a fair amount of win so I think we'red you for a win, and why not against a manly team who are up until last week, have been struggling. We played great against the RABBITOS. As I mentioned before. We generally generally are weak against weak teams, which is a weird concept. But yeah, I just think we might catch mainly a little bit off guard. They might be a little bit cocky coming out of last week's thumping. The Tigers will be raring to go after not getting the points against the Rabbitos the manly. Manly still have a halfback at hooker and my opinion, their Ford packs not great, even compared to ours. I think the matchup will be determined in the halves. I think both of them can play well on their day can play poorly off their day. So I think that would probably decide it. But for me, I'd seen the Tigers are a good chance. I'm not sure if I'm tipping the Tigs, but I think they are good chance to beat manly this Sunday on Antac Day. Now, looking at the game, spreads are like I like the Rabbitos at once again, I never know the terminology for this. I need to work it out, but I'm going to just say mass. As always, rabbit has minor six point five. Against the titans. They're at all forty five, so they're a strong favorite.

So for them to win by just over a try, I thinks fairly likely. Yes, they are without Latrell Mitchell, which I think will be a huge loss. Times will be looking for a bounce back when it's at home as well, and the rabbit has probably ar due for a loss. So there's a everything stucked up against the rabbits. But if they're going to win, they're probably going to win by more than seven points, basically. Next up at the bulldogs, interesting one. Are Plus Sixteen Point Five. Up Against the sharks at Jubilee State next strata jubilee. The sharks are dollar fifteen, which is very short odds for a team that just lost to the nights. But blogs haven't won yet. I don't believe that. Yeah, they haven't only scored points in two weeks. I think. So it sounds weird that I'm getting around them, but I reckon they'll be competitive this week. I think the sharks is a team they might not beat, but can you know they can wrestle with them for a long time. I think they could have easily won that game on Sunday, but HEATHERINGTON getting sent off ultimately started there down for yes, they kind of play better after we got sent off, but I think they might have won a few stayed on the park. So for them to have a plus sixteen point five buffer, I think they could get up there with the spread against the Sharky's raiders at minus nine point five. Against the cowboys, it's in towns will raisers are in Baud form once again. Stacked up against me there, but I think the raiders will bounce back. They've I don't know, I'n't actually seen their team this week so I don't know what changes they're made, but I'm expecting them to bounce back. And I don't actually think the cowboys have been that good in the last two weeks. I think I've they've just come up against the Tigers, were crap and the bulldogs had twelve players. So I think they might get a bit of a reality check this week against the raiders and lose by more than ten points. Tigers at plus five, point five. Already mentioned my reasons there. And then the roosters at minus for. I just think whenever you tip a team and the spread is less than a try, I think I always like those situations really because there's only a limited amount of games that the margin is less than a try. So yeah, roosts at minus for in the ends a day clash against the dragons. I like that. So that is it for episode a hundred and twenty two of the podcast. Might be doing an NRL fantasy episode this week. Let me know if you're keen for that. May Be Interested in doing, you know, a bit more fantasy content on here because I can't lie or off the PODCAST. I'm doing nurl fantasy and AFL super go to ninety percent of my time, so maybe as well make content about it because I'm passionate about it. But yet subscribe and tune into the honor ball social media's if you are keen for that and want to see it. But until then it's been fun. It's been enjoyable. It's been interesting talking about the biggest isssues in the game right now. Let me know your opinions down below and I guess I'll see you next week for the NROL if you're not joining us for the AFL content and yet enjoy the footy on the weekend. Cheers.

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