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2021 NRL Round 17 | Rugby League

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Back with some regular weekly On The Ball content. This week's NRL episode touches on all the headlines in the rugby league world such as the Dragons COVID breach, the record margins and the rampaging Storm. 

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Welcome back to the on the board podcast. This is another episode of the greatest podcast there's ever been. I don't know I've said the last couple weeks when I fill on it. So today we're are doing a rugby league episode. Not going to be the usual structure of of reviewing the Round Sixteen Games and pretty doing the round seventeen. will preview the round seventeen ones but won't be looking specifically too many of the round sixteen. Will just be discussing the general topics of the footy world. Really it's unfortunately there might be a few negative topics. I don't like talking too much about footy in the negative light. I like focusing on the positives, but sometimes some things to have to be addressed and obviously one of the main touring points right now as the dragons covid breach. Obviously there was a house party at Paul Vaughn's. If you're a rugby league fan you would have heard of it. If you're not, well there, there you go. So there's thirteen players, including Paul Warne, involved. Twelve of the had all have a one match suspension and a paying pretty big fines ranging from k all the way out to K and important, like majorly. Paul Vaughn is had the eight hundred K contracts terminated immediately. He's had a previous strike with another scandal. I think he's might have had two previous ones actually. So they've seen in this and they've gone that's too many chances. I think they might have also seen as an opportunity to maybe get rid of a over price contract. But still the merit was there and yeah, they're just absolutely idiots for doing it. Really disrespectful. The thing is, I was saying this to my parents. If it was last year when Sydney wasn't really in lockdown, like when they were sort of out of it but the players were still in it because of the bubble, I would kind of maybe feel a little bit of sympathy its thinking like well, if the general public's allowed to do it, why? I understand why they might be frustrated that they can't do stuff like that, but the fact that Cindy's in a genuine lockdown, the general public can't do this. Yet these privilege blokes think they like they're invincible and they're not going to get in trouble for this. It's just ridiculous. And Paul Vaughn had a covid breach, I'm pretty sure at the end of last season as well. So yeah, just shows that they don't really care. They're just arrogant and think the law applies to them as much as it does to other people. So, yeah, pretty disgusting actor. I have to say well done to the NRO. I do think the punishments are definitely heavy enough. A lot of these situations they often go a bit light. You know, the police only find them a thousand dollars, which I understand because and they treat them like normal people. So it was good to the NL came over the top and whack them with some big punishments because, yeah, it's pretty just really selfish act, just really just speck. Well, there's Ray Hadley went on a bit of a runt last line and are all three hundred and sixty. You made some good points there, and drew voss also went on a ran on his radio...

...show, so if you want to go listen to those, they make some really good points about just how disrespectful it is and yeah, it's just I would there's one of the dragons players has come out and anonymously said like he's just really disappointed annoyed everyone else, and there's been the way people are writing about it, as if that's like a scandalous thing to say. But, like, I would be completely completely in the same light. Like they're, I think they're coming seventh right now, right in that hunt for the top eight, and they're showing glimpses this year of being a really good team. And these suspensions are over the next three weeks. So you could argue that, well, we're not sure how they'll go in the next three weeks, but if they lose these next three games they're probably out of finals contention and you could put it massively down to this. So I completely understand why every other player and all the coaching stuff and all the fans would be pissed off. So not only did they bring the game into you know, into danger of not going ahead, but, and it's they've also dragged it through a negative light in the media, which is never a good thing, but they've also genuinely damage their clubs chances of doing well this shit. So yeah, just really really selfish stuff, really disrespectful. It's all been said before in the media. So I want to crap on about it too much. But yeah, proud of the NL for actually do given these guys a big smack with some big penalties. I don't know where I stand on the suspensions being across three weeks. I've heard some people say the dogs have to pay theirs in one week. So why don't these guys get it? I know it would be good to see them or almost the same week and they just get absolutely punished. But in hinds like if we look at it in four weeks and they've been effective negatively over the next three weeks and they actually lose their next three games, I'd actually rather that punishment because that'll genuinely alter their season. Where if they all miss one week, they could the club could sort of just treat it like a buyer week and just go, yeah, we're not going to get the two points here, but then we can really have an assault the next week's where I feel like it's three weeks expension might actually affect them more than just if they all missed the same week. So and I also do you understand that it's like thirteen players as only thirty players and a roster. So yeah, I can't of agree with it. Maybe across the two weeks would have been better, but yeah, not. I'm not against that. Another talking point is that my talking points are sort of all just randomly ordered. They're not really got anything to do with each other. But I just want to quickly touch on the Melton Storm. On Thursday night they beat the roosters forty six nil without Nelson as off, Solomona Ryan, Paper House and Harrod grant all right now. It's looked like a two horse race all season. I've had them on top of my ladder and I think I predicted them to win and I still am confident in that. But it's almost looking like a one horse race now. Panthers in the last four or five weeks. I do I still think when cleary comes back and origins over there still might get hot again and get back up to that form. But at the moment it's looking very hard for anyone to beat this storm team.

They can genuinely have close to six or seven of their best seventeen out. They don't look like they're missing anyone. Yeah, it's just day like this rise to change pretty good. They're coming sixth and they're a genuine top for chance still. And Yeah, the Melton storms made them look like a Beta team. Everyone was bagging out the Tigers the other week, but yeah, they're basically doing it to any team they come up against right now. So yeah, huge congrats. You've got to go to Craig Bellamy. I remember at the start of two thousand and twenty when these new rules came in, everyone was like the this is the end of Craig Bellamy, storm of stuff. But yeah, he's really changed the way he coaches, in the way the MELDONE storm play and they've become one of the most exciting teams to watch and their success is definitely well, it's sort of increased if anything. So yeah, well done to Craig Bellamy, just further stamping his claims to being the best coach of all time and will onto the playing squad. They're killing it. Something else that happened on the weekend. The raiders got pumped by The Times forty four, two six in Canberra as well. Camera actually favorites going into it, which surprised me. I tipped the titans and I actually said in my predictions last week that that's like my upset of the week and I had them the line and everything. Yeah, I just think there's not been a lot of press on it because there's been a lot of other things. Talking points has been origin. Now this is dragons covid breach and my dad believes, because a lot of his friends with a lot of the people in the media, that he doesn't get much to tension. But I do think Ricky Stewart's time is up in Canberra. I just think it all seems to have gotten a little bit stale there. They've had a couple good genera lot generations, but they've had a couple good teams. Now know they made the top a I think like two, two thousand and sixteen with that Blake Austin led side and then the last couple of years they went within a beest Dick of winning a premiership. That are really good side. John Bateman, George Williams, Jack Wins in was in great form and Josh Propolis. He was one of the best players in the camp. But for me now just looks like it's got a little bit stale. Not sure if it's all his fault or if it's the player's fault, but at this point I think Cambra do need to change because at the start of the year. I was very patient with Stewart because I thought last year they started slow and they came good, so I was just assuming that was going to happen this year. But it's around sixteen now and you could argue they've actually gotten worse since the first month the competition, which is hard to believe that's happened at this stage. They don't actually have too many injuries. They've got Chans out, but apart from that they're almost full strength and I know George Williams left in the middle of the year and left a whole in the salary cap, but a from that they're still got a very, very good team on paper and they're playing like a bottom full side. Just in my lot of predictions before, which I will read out in this second but yeah, I had them finishing at for fourteen after being a top four team pretty much for two years in a row. So for me Ricky Stewart's got to go and there's a lot of...

...heat on Michael McGuire and some other coaches, but for me Ricky Stewart's the one in the firing line right now and I just think I think everyone would benefit from it, obviously not him, because you would be unemployed. But I just think camera need to change, they need to freshen up. They're still got some good players there. So if they brought in a good coach straightaway, then you new, a few quick signings or something like that, they could pretty quickly get straight back into that top four hunt. But in the coming seasons. But I just think right now, yeah, they're Ricky Stewart and this current playing group. Something's not right, something's gone wrong and I think change needs to happen. And unfortunately it's easy to change one coach than one seven thirty players. So for me, Ricky Stewart has to go. And Yeah, it's sad because I really enjoyed that the last couple years of the CAMBERRERATERS team. They were really exciting to him to watch. Other fans got behind the whole city of Canberra got behind them, Ricky Shure, it's a legend of the city and of the team. But unfortunately for me a change has to happen and it's got to happen soon. Will at least before the end of the before the start of the season next season. For me, something else that occurred on Sunday afternoon. Actually I was Saturday night. What I'm getting confused other nights, but on an absolute clinic over the cowboys, thirty eight Neil and this was the first time Mitchell, pierce, Klein, ponger and Jake Clifford all played together. So this is really what the nights are capable of. We've been expecting it really since the start of the Adam Adam O'Brien era at the in the hunter and we haven't seen it on too many occasions that have shown a few bright spots here or there, had a couple really good halves, but they've never really put together an eighty minute performance like this and all of a sudden there contender, not for the premiership, but like they're genuine chance of top eight. And you know there's some teams who are inconsistent in that top six right now, such as the roosters, and you wouldn't want to face the nights. I wouldn't say the strike power. They've got their Ford packs of ments. So the nights are definitely going to be one to watch, especially on if they get through this origin period unharmed and they come out of it with pierce, Pong and Clifford off the back of the Sifeedie Boys, Clema, Brad and best comes back from injury. All of a sudden what's been a pretty poor season for the night starts to look like a pretty exciting one coming into September. So yet huge warning shot from the nights. The cowboys have been great form. They to hideous and lead up to that game with their coach going to isolation and all sorts. But yet really, really good win for the nights, especially of keeping them to kneel. FRAZEL's also coming back, I think in the coming weeks. So yeah, big result for the nights and looking forward to see what they can produce in the future. But sadly the last three things I've mentioned have been big margins and that's something I'm going to address today. I know the NRL is often a bit of like an alarmist culture as soon as there's one bad round of footy or we're very introspective, I would say,...

...is it as a collective? I think AFL and other sports really appreciate their game and I think sometimes we're a little bit critical of the game. Over critical actually, whether there are be the rafts, the commentate is the players, just the product in general. But right now there is something wrong with the game and that a hundred percent needs to be addressed, and I think that comes in the form of the rule changes. I know Wayne Bennett's come out and said that, not like pinporting any teams or anything, but he's basically said there's just the reason the gaps, the margins is so big is it's just the some of the lower teams than the competition of just made some really, really poor business decisions in terms of list management and stuff like that, and I completely agree with that and I'll talk about it in a little bit more detail a second. But there is something wrong with the game. It's a hundred percent correct. Even if we look at a game like the nights verse of the cowboys, these are too evenly base teams going into it. And if you want, I know I just was saying how great the nights were, but if you watch that game you would have thought was one verses sixteen, but realistically I think it was like twelve versus eleven or something like that. It's not just when I know and right now I think the storm and panthers are probably the two best teams I've ever seen in my lifetime and I know that sounds like some serious exaggeration, but that's true. They're just really incredible teams to watch so part. But it's not just them pumping teams. Every team's pumping teams. Even the Tigers, one of the least in most out of form teams in the competition, have produced a few wallopings. Even the bulldogs beat the dragons the other week like thirty Deneil or something. So there does need to be something addressed. If you don't believe me, the statistics are here to back me up. The amount of games with the margin of over twenty points per round has doubled from around two to two point five, from you know, like Twenty fifteen to two thousand and nineteen two, around four to five games around, so that's over half of the Games per round has a margin of over twenty points. So that's like four tries the margin, which is just not a close game at all, not an exciting product. And the average margin in these games in terms of points is essentially doubled. So it's gone from around ten to fifteen points per round, per round, to twenty to twenty five. So yeah, just really it's just not ideal, is it? We want to see close footy. Yes, it's exciting to see a team put on a lot of points, but when it's sixty six neil like it was on sun and Saturday, with me only vest the bulldogs, that's a fun for anyone to watch it, even at points. Well, I currently relate to it as a tags fan and I'm a die hard blues fans. I never want them to go easy on the Marones, but they were. But there was times in that origin series. I can't even deny it. I'm not saying origins broken or anything. This is just a one off series, but there were times in that game where I was like, well, this is just a bit boring, like it's not really a contest. So something else I'm also concerned about. The International Rugby League rules have genuinely been pretty conservative compared to the rugby...

...league. So I was doing some research before and I thought the rule changes hadn't come into play for International Rugby League. So I was going to be interested to see how the World Cup at the end of this year played compared to the NRO and whether the product was better or not. But they've actually adapted the rules of International Rugby League to the NRO rules. So there will be six agains and all that stuff and unfortunately I actually think that's gonna Make International Rugby League a lot less interesting. Might increase the interest in the games like, you know, some old versus feeg or whether it be New Zealand Ass Tong are, because I think they're similar level and they might be like, you know, thirty all games stuff like that, really high scoring. They might throw the footy around. However, I think the Games involving Australia are going to be absolute blowout. So I think Australia in general. Don't get me wrong, there's some talented players in those other sides, but the Australian team has a skill advantage. That's a shore and so say they're here, they're a little bit better than you know, New Zealand tongue, England and all these rules have done. We've seen it with the storm, the panthers, the EELS, all the good teams to share it just widenes that gap. So all of a sudden a team can't really grind out a tough win or a close competitive loss like they used to be able to win defense. Now, if you're the weak a team it's pretty hard for you to be competitive in the game. So I'm really worried about the World Cup. I think Australia might win a lot of games by a lot of points, and they've actually changed the system this shit. They used to have a system where all the tier one nations were in the same group to avoid like Australia playing, I don't know, Lebanon and the group stage and winning like seventy neal. But this year are they've actually changed that, so Australia will be playing some of the weaker nations. So that would be a little bit scary, I have to say, because we don't really want to see Australia winning like a hundred and twenty Neil. Also think Australia have a huge fitness advantage. That's not really something that they should be punished for. The obviously we want the better the fit of teams to win, but teams like Tomer and England might not be as fit or as athletic as Australian teams and if they have to defend a couple sets on their line that I think that they could really become exposed. Now think about how to fix this. A lot of people in the N R community just complain, complain, complaint, but no one really brings solutions to the table. And it's a very tough issue to tackle because these rules were brought in to fix problems at the time. However, they have unfortunately had unintended consequences, as a lot of things do when you change rules or even in like, you know, the economic world, you will change a policy or something and something unforeseen will happen. But you've still got to be able to make changes to fix those unforeseen consequences and we've been talking about it the last few months with my family and I think to the rules that should change. One I think they should bring back a scrum for kicking for touch. I think this allows the game to have more breaks.

Yes, people find it boring, especially in the last ten minutes, when a team on top kicks for touch, slows the game down set gets the defense set. However, I think, especially like the first sixty minutes, I think a lot of times both teams are pretty happy to have a break when the ball goes into touch. I think rarely you see one team rush to a scrum unless as like a minute left. So I think both teams wouldn't even mind this. I don't think it would really suit one team or another and it would just allow the game to stop. At the moment, you you can watch a passage of play if there's no tries. It can go like twenty minutes without stop. And these players their fit, they're great athletes, but it's not sustainable to play a sport as intense as rugby league without stoppages. So this needs to come into play. One thing it is is it also brings in a tactical element of game management, which I actually think is really good. Me being like a bit of a test cricket fan and a fan of strategic sports like that, I don't mind the element of time management. I think there's some things that they got rid of in terms of time management, like kicking it dead, that I think they need to stay out of the game because they are boring. But I think kicking for touch, I think it's a very fair way to slow the clock down. It also helps with the battle of possession. For example, let's look at the bulldog. So next year they'll have Matt Burton and Jake Avarrillo's also really good kicker. If they've been tied down to their end and they can produce a really, really big kick, which both of those guys are really capable of doing, and they can pin the opposition in their own three thousand to twenty meter line with a brilliant touch finder. I think they deserve the opportunity to catch their breath, get their defense set and see if the other team can break their set defense rather than them keeping touch and the game just going. Great Kick, but unfortunately that is coming back twice as fast. So I think that should be a rule that should change out and think will slow the game down much at all, especially when the balls and play, because it only occurs when the ball is out of play. I don't think it happens. I think it happens a lot less than people think and the ball goes over the touch line and then something else I want to see is this one's a pretty drastic change, but I want to see six a game calls reserved for only only if a penalty takes place in a team's like, for example, if I'm defending my line, my twenty meter, I'm mum defending my trial line. If there is a penalty committed by the Defensive Team in within twenty meters of the trial and they're defending. I think that's when there should be a set restart. I believe this was the initial intention of the set restart. I think a lot of teams, that's a lot of the stronger teams, what they were doing is they knew their defense was good, so when they were in a little bit of strife in their own twenty meter line, they would hold down a player for long allow themselves to set...

...their defense and that way they could slow the game down. The team would have to kick for touch and all of a sudden the day just kind of gone because they just back themselves to tackle for six tackles. So leaving the six again there stops that from happening. Means the team has to defend ten, twelve tackles at a time. However, when a team is, you know, thirty meters out from the opposition trial line, I don't think. I don't think a six again call is appropriate. I don't think it's necessary. I think it just allows teams to go up and back way too easy and it stops the bit of a grind that Rugby League can get into, which some people will say is boring, but every now and then you need that ten minutes. In a rugby league game you need tempo, you need or right. We're just going to grind it out for ten minutes, get to our fifth tackle kick, see if we can win the battle of position Field Asition, and then all of a sudden, ten minutes later, you know they're going into endline breaks. Throw on the footy. That's the way Ropa League has been for centuries. It's been a grind in the middle. It's never been the opposition has to tackle you eighteen times in the next minute because you get three set restarts that March you down the field. I know kicking for touch will so march you down the field. At least it allows the defense to get a little bit of a break. They still get punished with a loss of territory and an extra six sets. However, it doesn't completely eliminate that chance of defending back pretty much. And then so they might true propose rule change that, I think, would have a drastic effect on the game. I think it would lower the margins, lower the total points slightly. I think it wouldn't really hamper the product. If anything, would make it more exciting because teams would be have more energy because there's a few more stoppages. Therefore, this can be bigger hit's bigger impact, stuff like that. And however, I do have to agree with Wayne Bennett. I think right now we are unfortunately in a time where there's fire. Was Six really, really good teams and there's been some teams at the bottom of the ladder for a few years. Not that there's no teams that have Preni only perennially been bad, except for made my own team, the West Tigers, but that is through no fault except their own, and some pull like along the way. However, I do have to say there is an issue in the NRL and I'm not sure how you tackle this. To be honest. I think every sport kind of faces is it, but for the bulldogs and the Tigers and teams like that, they often get criticized for their bill inability to sign good players that really change the fortune of the club, and the issue is these players. That's of the players fault. It's not the their team's faults, on agents fault, which just the way sport is. So, for example, everyone is saying the Tigers should sign Dale Phinuken or something like that from the storm. Delphinuken is a great player. Think you would make a big impact and the Tigers wouldn't change the team drastically. However, he would be a huge stepping stone into the right direction for the side. However, the Tigers would have to pay Dale Phinu can almost nine hundred thousand...

...dollars, I believe, to tract in there a because the team is not winning us all and be there's just like like we're not offering much. Unfortunately, as a club we don't have great facilities all this stuff. So I've seen in recent years of bulldogs have probably had to overpay for Nick Cock truck, for Josh out a car and other players like that. And yes, I get slander for these mistakes, but to bring in someone like an Altam Reynold's, like a Dale pheno can, you have to pay close to a million dollars, which, unfortunately, these players are just not worth that much. And the good players like I know the Morris twins. They are on something like two hundred, three hundred thousand dolls in their last couple of years to play for the roosters. They were not that far off orange and selection. They'll playing for a team in a top four position should absolute legends of the game, but because they're playing in a winning team, they were happy to take a bit of a salary cut and unfortunately, if they wanted to go to the Tigers, all the boardogs, they probably would have asked for eight hundred nine hundred thousand dollars. So this is something that needs to be stopped. I'm not sure how you do it. That is above my pay grade. This is just a random idea I thought of. There's probably a lot of issues with it and it's sort of just eliminates the free market. But something I was thinking is there could be an independent panel that sets a reserve price for each player, that this doesn't have to be announced or anything. But what it can prevent is so say, I don't know, let's say Dale Phinw cans. The Independent Panel discusses that, Dale Phin, you can is worth six hundred thous and what this would set what I'm what I'm thinking my head and not sure if it would work or not, but this is just an idea because I don't want to criticize the game and not produce a solution. What could happen is you could make bracket where he can go for. So, let's say his reserve price is six hundred K. So a team can't pay less than four hundred and fifty and a team can't pay more than fifty K to pay this player. This would prevent someone making a fatal mistake that ruins their club for the next five years or something if they pay, wanted to pay, like one point two million dollars it all. It would also limit the advantage of great teams getting a way with paining these players like three hundred k. because right now, and this isn't cheating, this is one of the benefits of having a great club with a winning culture. But if you look at the storm and the panthers and the EELS and you look at their squad of thirty and compare it to the squads the bulldogs and the tiger if you kind of question how is that on the same salary cap, and it is because players are willing to accept a lot less to play for a good team. So that's just something I could think of. Something else this is, or the something else you could think about is compensation for player production. However, I don't think this is really that much of an issue. In the NL. I know the Tigers and produced a fair few players in the recent years and haven't been compensated for them when the big teams come in and pick them up. But unfortunately that's sort of just the...

...way that support works. Without the draft it's very hard to think of any sort of compensation idea because other the way other people do it is they compensate the opposition team with a pick or a play or something like that. So yeah, I'm not sure if that's really possible. That that's also it's another option, and this is sort of the inverse of this song, some kind of contradicting myself. But if we really really want to, well, I don't. I'll be honest. I don't think this is a really good idea. It's been discussed, but I don't actually think the NRL is that unequal. I think there's the top teams and bottom teams fluctuate pretty regularly. But you could also do a draft which would see at the talent dispurst evenly. But once again I don't think that is too much of an issue. So let me know what you think about some of my opinions. They're on how to fix the game. This these changes would be implemented in two thousand and twenty two. I'm not saying the game is in a shocking position. I think everyone is panicking a little bit with had a couple big blowouts and I think we've just got a couple really, really good teams this year who play a really, really exciting brand of Footye. So I think we've got to stay patient. But I just think a couple rule tweeks could go a long way to fixing it and I think yeah to in my opinion, if you change those two two rules, I think we would pretty quickly return to a great brand of Footye that everyone enjoys. So yeah, let me know what you think if I'm over simplifying the matter, if you've got any other suggestions to change rules or if you think the game should be left alone. Moving into my predicted top eight for the NRL, it's pretty similar to what it's been in a long for most of the season. I actually did it in a ladder predicted this year this week. There's only like seven or eight rounds left, so it didn't take it too long. I've still got the storm one in top see their way too good. Got The panthers in second still that they're going to be right in there. When cleary comes back from his few weeks off, I think there's going to be a very, very dangerous team again. I've got the rabbits coming in at third. Just think they've got a soft draw coming home and that just a very, very good side. The seagulls in fourth, hope, hope, assuming they're great injury free for the rest of the year. They're just ridiculous right now. They put away almost every team they come up against. Haven't seen them play too many of the top side since they've hit this running form. We saw them play the panthers early on in that their streak and I think that's about it. But will be interested to see how they go if they come up against some of the big dogs. Got The EELS dropping down to fifth, which is probably controversial, but they've got a tough run home. They play some of the big boys again and I just think that will hurt them in the long run. Got The roosters in it six. Still think they're better than the rest of the competition, but I think they're a little bit off that top five at the moment lacking a why I don't want to have a crack at SAM walk, but they're just lacking some experience and composure in that halves department and I think it's very noticeable times. I've got the nights in its seventh to now. I just think they're going to hit a nice running form on...

...the way home if they get through this origin week unharmed. I think they should. Yeah, I just see them coming over the bit of a wet sale. I've still got the sharkies in eighth to, despite a disappointing a loss to the broncos. Just on paper I think their teams one of the best of the teams in contention for that eight spot and also they've been a pretty good form of the last four or five weeks and they have a track record of making finals. I think they've been the last two or three series. So I've a bit more favor than them. The top teams I just have missing out. I've got the titans and dragons on two points less than the shark. He's finishing in nine and ten respectively. So based on that I think the dragon suspensions could seriously hurt them and the titans early season inconsistencies. And then four points back from the sharks. I've got the Warriors, tigers and cowboys all tied up, leaving the bottom three as the raiders, broncos and bulldogs. So let me know what you think about that. Let me know if there's any changes you would make and we will get into our round seventeen preview. Not Going to touch on an Arrow fantasy this week, even though hardly ever touched on it. I had a decent week this week's by week. So interesting to see how Everyn goes. Then come in the top twenty k at the moment, so okay with that. Doing a lot better that than on that than my afl super coach. But there's only four games this week to preview, so it will be pretty short. Manly versus the raiders. This was a bit of a rivalry a couple of years ago. I remember Dylan Walker. He did kick a goal after the signs something like that. There's some controversial penalty after the sign he kicked a goal and then he gotten the rates players and there was a bit of a scuffle. So who knows, could see some tempers flare. Dil Work is actually playing at number seven. DC Inter obviously out for orige and purposes. So Garrett goes to fullback, dilan Walker goes to the seven Ker and forwards captain at six. Going to be interesting to see how manly go they actually won the game him before origin one. When their players Miss, they pump the cowboys by like forty or something. So didn't see that one coming, but I'll be interesting to see if they can do it again this week. Raiders themselves are pretty affected by both injuries and origin. They've got PUPPA, Lee White and Simmonson and whitehead all missing out. Savior savage starts at fullback. Don't know much about him to be honest, but I saw that one, and Matt Frawley plays at number six. He doesn't get too many chances at the raiders, but we'll see how he goes. Is usually a pretty steady hand when he plays. Moving into the Rabbitos and cowboys, Ben Your Marshal, has been picked to start at the hooker position, which is interesting. He played a little bit of that for the Tigers last year, so they'll be interested to see how he goes. Taffy is playing fullback and the fullback for the cowboys is also deshawn, I see. Not sure how to pronounce that name, but some exciting young talent on show for both teams. The Rabbit Os they've got their usual halves, which is going to be a big factor. I'll get into my tips after I run through the team changes. The...

...bulldogs versus the Roosters, the bulldogs get their players back from their covid breach. Unfortunately, not sure how much that will impact this game, but it is a boost for them. Sam Walk has been picked, despite some calls for him to be rested for the rest of the season by some experts. Drew Hutchinson has been picked since his first game since he's punctured lung against Paramatta, and lockey lamb has been dropped to the bench. Sharks vs of the warriors. Rec Walsh Cody Nicoreema come back in through from injury. Matthew Lodge also makes his debut for the warriors, starting in the number ten position. And to WHO Harris and Chad tenzen are out. Sadly for Chad Townsend, he looks to be out for a significant number of weeks after only coming to the club last week. So yeah, little bit disappointing their the wars are building something, though, like the way the field good is obviously a very, very good list of manager so hopefully there's some more of the field good types out there that can sort out some of these poor clubs. But moving into my game picks full around, I've got manly beating the raiders by twenty six points, which is my shut better the week. That will also be the only one I'm interested in. At the line the handicap is thirteen and a half to the SEAGULLS. I could be over I could be underestimating the impact of no turbo and DC, but I just think I tip the cowboys. Actually last time when the manly seagulls well without turbo and they pump them by forty. So I'm going to try and learn from my lessons. And also the raids are pretty injury infected themselves. Got The rabbitos by twenty over. The cowboys just think they've still got their halves there. See a lot of good players, campell, Graham, Alex Johnston, stuff like that. They're Ford packs pretty much untouched, so I think they would be two strong cowboys. They were in decent form inner around magic round early in the season, but they look like they're wheels are starting to slow down a little bit and it looks like you know that todd pain and things not, not, not great for them. Bulldogs versus a roosters. I've got the roosters by eighteen. I could see this one being a little bit closer than people might think. In a normal round I would say the roosters by forty odd but I think roosters with no James to desk, I think that's a big impact on them. So I could see being a little bit close. bulldogs will be looking to respond from their absolute walloping last week, so they might be getting busy and they were actually in decent form before last week. So they'll be interesting to see. And then game the round, for sure. Sharks versus the warriors. Huge implications in terms of the battle for seventh and eighth position. The warriors lost by one point last week and the shark he's lost to the Broncos, so it's going to be a big week for both of them. Need to bounce back victory. I'm going to be tipping the Warriors, which is my upset of the week. I've only I've tipped them by one point because I think this is a real toss of the coin. I think the sharks before last week. We're one of the form teams in the...

...competition outside of, you know, around that top full spot. However, that last lost last week was really, really disappointing and the warriors the one that doesn't really stay down for too long. If they lose a game one week, they're very, very likely to bounce back for the win the next week. So I trust the warriors to bounce back. They've got some biggins and reest, Welsh Nicarema and Matthew Lodge. Yes, Harrison towns are out. Hurts, but I think the ends out way the outs there and I'm going to say the warriors pick up an upset Conrad. I guess it is net stratagy Bale, wherever that is. I always get confused with the Dragon Stadiums. Unfortunately. I think all these, all four of these Games, are in Sydney, so I don't think there's any crowds at anything, which is a bit of a shame. It would have like I know I was would have been a very expensive exercise, but it would have been cool if the NRAL came down to Melbourne for a couple weekends and played all the Games here. Would have throf that by anyway, and stand that is a very costly exercise. So let me know about my predictions. Let me know who you've gotten those four games or if you disagree with any of me my calls. I've been this episode. Yeah, enjoy the week. I'll be doing a n roll review, I guess, early next week and also bit of a preview before the origin series game three. I'll also be having an AFL episode up later in this week. Doing that tonight the boys, so watch out for that one. Will be hopefully, hopefully, putting up some clips as well as I get back into the rhythm of it in during your Uni exam holidays, Uni holidays. But yeah, thanks for joining me today. I hope you've enjoyed the episode. If you have, leavea like and all that good stuff. Otherwise, I'll catch you next time. Cheers.

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