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2021 NRL Round 20 | Rugby League


I return this week to chat all things rugby league in round 20 of the NRL. I address the takeaways from Round 19, the biggest headlines in the world of rugby league and I also preview the exciting Round 20. In this weeks' talking point, I name my top 10 coaches of all time in the world of Australian rugby league.


Welcome back to the on the BAARD podcast. This is another episode of the Rugby League weekly show. Pretty much just coming off a super morning of Australian sport. There's been golds flying everywhere at the Olympics. I can't lie. I have become addicted. I don't think I've done an episode since the Olympic starters. I've probably got to mention that. But yeah, been watching pretty much every sport there is to have for sport. Nothing like me. It's an absolute dream. Two weeks the Olympics and this is really well, like, I was old enough in the last like two or three, but this is really the first one where a it's in a good time I think Beijing was a good time zone, but I was only like seven years old. But the last two have been poor time zone. So this is the first one where I'm really sinking my teeth into it because it's a perfect time zone for Australia and I'm old enough and you know I'm not at school or anything. So yeah, I've been really, really enjoying that and we're obviously out of lockdown down Victoria, which is good. Fortunately, New South Wales is not in as good of a state. So stay safe to everyone in New South Wales. But yeah, thought don't want to harp on too much about covid want to keep it positive. Be a super morning frustralian sport, rowing and swimming, golds going everywhere. Yeah, she's been a super couple days and hopefully you've all been enjoying it at home and continue to enjoy it for the rest of the two weeks. This week in the NRAL we're doing the usual, just chatting about the headlines of round nineteen and the days following pretty much, and then we'll be doing our top eight. will be also doing a segment today talking about the best coaches of all time. Obviously there's been some pretty big Craig Bellamy use which I'll touch on, but that made me think like is here the go coach? So we'll have a little bit of a chat about that, naming our top ten coaches of all time, and then that will lead us into a round twenty preview. So in full honesty here, I didn't watch too much and roll on the weekend. Nowhere there as much as I normally do. Obviously Watch the Tigers game. I watch the Thursday and Friday games because that was really before the Olympics gone to full swing. But in terms of the Saturday Vo Games, in the Sunday games, didn't watch much. Watched a little bit where I could here or there. So we'll go game by game, but I'll obviously be talking more about the ones I watched. Are the eels raiders. This is actually up there with game of the year for me. Or she really really good game that they did have a lot less set restarts, I felt, in some of the Games on the weekend, and that's all some small score. So it seems that there is a direct correlation between the number of set restarts and points scored, which is, you know, that's pretty logical. Like we could have guessed that, but I think we have seen some real evidence of that. So That's interesting to see. If you know, maybe the nral lowers their amount, will tells the refs to maybe easy it on set restarts, because that, you know, you don't really want like a seventy niels something in the final series. I know it shouldn't happen because you've got the eight best teams there, but you never know with the current situation the NFL. But yeah, the raid is really brought some heat. They're not the team of last year. They've lost their magic, they've lost that spark, but they brought physicality. They're still got a brilliant forward pack and yeah, for me it's one of the best Ford Packs in the competition. The spines not great, especially with the injuries they've had. And Yeah, on the weekend they were without white and they were basically playing their for string fullback in rapperer, who actually had a very, very good game. But yeah, the middles just really, really, really brought it to the eels Ford Pack, who would also like to claim themselves to be one of the best Ford Packs in the competition. There was just so many big hits the the raiders just went after the EELS and yeah, it was really good. The heels usually try and dominate physically in the middle over other teams. That's how they dominate most of the small teams and the weaker teams. But yeah, the raiders just thought will beat you at your own game and all of a sudden the eels look pretty fragile when the raiders were matching it to them in physicality.

But I was just awesome game. Every second hit was like, you know, get news and ours from me and my family in our living room. And Yeah, congratulations to Rickie shut really, at one point it look like he was at one bad loss away from getting sacked and now all of a sudden they're like it. They're still underp performing what they should be, but they now look like a bit of a smoky for a top eight position, and I'll talk about if I've got them there in a little bit by yeah, disappointing from the EELS. There is now some real concern about the EELS. Are Sort of been blown this trumpet, I'd say, for quite a few years now, but in particularly this year. I just think they are a long way off of premiership and for a team that is in their prime, most of them, if not aging, you would like them to be a little bit closer to premiership success and they look right now. I know we've got two awesome teams in the storm and the panthers, but even if you exclude those teams, they don't even look like the best of the rest, clearly. So, yeah, there's been some shots fired from fiel gool now sterlow's having a bit of a crack at the way they play. Yeah, it's just the way they play in the middles, running up the running up the middle of the pitch, obviously, and just looking for offloads. That's really there only go to and then when they get to fit tackle, it's basically just like, well, hopefully Moses can produce something with a kick. Gutho's a really good player but they don't use him creatively enough for me. We've seen it like if you just watch the warriors, you see how much they use reese Welsh in all these different patterns and yeah, they maybe are over reliant on reese Welsh, but I think paramount of should start doing something like that because, to be honest, Dell Brown, yeah, he made some couple good breaks in the last couple weeks, so maybe they should try and give him more ball in terms of running and less playmaking. But they'd probably need to get Gutho more involved. But yeah, it's just not really clicking. They need to get the back rolls involved more, get them running lines, because they've got some really, really good back rolls, and probably and Madison, and maybe just less focus on offloads, because that's really the only way they get up the field at the moment, which works against the teams that can't tackle like the Tigers, but against the storm and the panthers you're not going to get many offloads off and that didn't happen in this radius game and we saw them really struggling. I know they don't have their halfback, so you don't really want to kick a team while they're down because a lot of teams would struggle without their halfback, especially when he's one of your best players. But yeah, just doesn't look good right now in paramount of they probably, you'd have to say, out of the big six teams that we've been talking about for most of the season, you'd have to say right now they are the sixth best in terms of like if we did a power rankings, the roosters haven't looked great, but yeah, you'd probably have to say they're even above the eels right now. So yeah, it's disappointing for eels fans, I'm sure, as your team is great on paper and it looks like it should be a premiership contender. But just there's something not going right. And I do have to say of I have believed for a while the Brad Arthur might be a bit of an overrated coach. I'm not saying you should be sacked or anything, but if there aren't serious signs of progression, because the eels really haven't progressed in two or three seasons, if we really look at it just on a statistical point of view, on the ladder. So I yeah, there's got to be things addressed there because something's just not cooking. May whether it be tactical, whether it be personnel. But yet we'll see how they go for the rest of the year really before we make some big calls. Then that let us into the Friday early kickoff game, Rooster's versus the nights. I was excited for this one. I thought it might be a bit of a challenge. ROUTER's haven't been in great form nights. I've shown glimpses here or there, but once again we saw the nights without Mitchell Pierce just really, really struggle. The wind was huge and the nights just couldn't deal with it. I like Jack Clifford. I think he's got a big future. He's got a good like a big powerful boot, which is important in then roll right now. But yeah, he just wasn't playing smart footy. He just kept putting up bombs, putting up bombs in the wind would just like pretty much blow it back over his head. However, I have to say Phoenix crossland was not helping him out. I think Phoenix crossland there. You've got to have a better halfback than that,...

...especially when Mitchell Pierce is injury prone. And know they've had blake green and then Mitchell Pierce get injured and stuff. So this wasn't the half situation they were thinking of going to the season. But yet it's not really working with crossland and Clifford's having to do too much on his own. And then yet it's just not linking up right now. So the knights have got to start winning, and start winning soon if they're going to make the top eight. And Yeah, the roosters look decent. They're not playing like the roosters of old and that's because they've got Hutson and Walker in the house, which is a lot weaker than what it's been in the past. They don't really ever, that they have varrel's as well, who's a good young player but he's not freak. So yeah, the spines just not what it once was. The rest of the team's good. Unfortunately, part of me up. Fortunately for the Roosters, Billy Smith got injured, which just really hurts. The injury told that she's just been painful. But Oh yeah, they are. They're going to be there. They're going to be there in finals, are going to be in the top six, they're going to be a dangerous side to play. They've got star power, they've got big game experience. So yeah, the rousters just rolled the nights over pretty comfortably. That led us into the cowboys versus a storm. So I was watching this one alongside the opening ceremonies. I'm sure a lot of you were, and this is a really, really good game. The storm didn't look as dominant and s they have in previous weeks have been making. They made a couple of fair few mistakes, but the cowboys really took it to them and fair play to the cowboys. They've been they had a really, really good start to the season, good first ten rounds, and they went off the boil a little bit there. Obviously things didn't go their way. They traded, essentially traded Clifford for didn't and yeah, they haven't been going smoothly since then. But this was a really, really good effort and they were unlucky not to get the two points I thought. I thought they probably deserved it against the storm. So that was unlucky. But that was a good game and that moves us into the Saturday night, the Saturday afternoon. Sorry, Rabbito's warriors. Rabbits would just to go for the warriors, which turned out to be Roger too of us to check's last game, but I'll talk about that in a second. But yeah, the Rabbito is just too strong, putting up sixty points, and Wayne Bennet is very, very good at priming his team's for September. I think this year it looks a little bit like they're way off the top two, as every team does. But as we saw last year, you just primes them really well for September. You think they're an average side all year and then they just catch fire, so to put up sixty point. And I know the warriors haven't been in great form but they're still a decent team. And Yeah, anyone who can score sixty points as a dangerous team. Manly Tigers obviously was pretty disappointed with this one. Put me in about me. I can't lie, because I went into it thinking I think I've predicted actually, but pretty close to the school and I think I said something like fifty to twenty, fifty to twenty four. But we played really well in the first half. Had A really, really red hot crack and that, I can't lie. That enticed me. I went in with low expectations. At half time I thought we were real good sniff at winning this and stealing it from manly, but they just, yeah, turn on the jets in the second half. Yeah, there was just some real basic errors, like there are a couple. I think one of the TURBOS tries short side. I really lost my temper because there was like a situation where I think it was three guys on the short side from both sides. Then you just saw turbo sprint to the short side and for me that's just a clear sign, whether it be the fullback, whether it just be someone on there and accord in the defensive line, when you see their best player they go to play a run to the short side when nothing else is seemingly on, I think you should run someone else to the short side and knock them a four three, and pretty sure they scored from that. So yeah, there was just some little errors like that that were really disappointing. Offul Loma tried to do a miracle offload ten meters out from our line that led to a try. So yeah, there was just some little things like that that the Tigers tend to do a lot. I do have to say that josh allow I cannonball tackle really piss me off because there they're the kind of things...

...that look head highs are not good and we've got his protect concussions. But like, for me this is worse than a head high because, like he's freaking sorry, I'll try and not get too passionate, but say fathers out for the rest of the year. He's a fringe player in the team who was just starting to cement a starting not a starting spot, but a top seventeen spot, and he's the kind of player who, if this injury sets in back doesn't have a good preseason next year, next year doesn't have a great year, all of a sudden he can be out of a job and that could be purely due to this josh alloy tackle. And I know this happens a lot in sport. I know there's a lot of in accidental things and you look back and it's a bit of a sliding doors moment you go, oh, what hit, what he could have been but this is, for me, a blatant one where, even if he didn't intend to do it, by doing it, he showed a lack of care and every player, I know it's a sporting game, it's physical, but everyone who goes on that field has a duty of care to look after everyone on the field. You're not going to like. I know sometimes tempers boil over, but you're playing a sport, you're playing a game, you're not here to ruin careers and for me this kind of tackle is just the worst because, yeah, I just can't stand it, because he took him out for the not only for the whole game, but he took him out for the rest of the sea season and alloy I hardly got punished. You got put on report. He's going to miss a week, I think, and that's it. So, yeah, that really pissed me off, not only is a tigers fan but just as a person, because I just thought it was a really shitty thing to do. And Yeah, I'm sure, like I know foo him my own who came out and talked about this when he knocked out pup and house, and that he got all these abusive text and that you know it's not on and it's he felt really bad, but like to look. I think I high tackles a bit different because it's an error in judgment. But when two guys are holding someone up and you come steaming in late and dive at someone's knees sideways, I think you know there's a bit of intent there. If I'm going to be honest, and if you get a couple messages on Instagram, I didn't do that, and I'm not saying go, you know, threaten his family or something, but if someone messages on instagram say it's like you're a ship blow, you're that's a dog arc. I don't think players going to complain really because to me he showed intent and the yeah, that's just not on. He used to play at the club, so he probably knows say fast. Personally, yeah, I just thought was a real cat act and for me I think that sort of thing should get four to five weeks. Like you've really ruined someone season, potentially their career, and you're getting one week off. To me that's just not good enough. So yeah, anyway, that's why should be all over. I know or sound biased, but, like I genuinely do believe everything I've just said, whether it be tigers hat on or tiger's hat off. I so yeah, that was disappointing and that intertwined with Garnet getting injured and I believe M Kaylee and Tarmo might have been injured as well in the second half. I think we end up with no one on the bench. So yeah, ultimately I'm actually not that disappointed now that we're out of the game. Pass at twenty point. Lost too manly. I would have taken that if you gave it to me before the start of the game. It was sort of the way it folded that frustrated me a little bit as a Tigers Fan. Panthers bronchos. Panthers One and eighteen to twelve. Interestingly, they've had a bit of issues with the broncos. That's two close matches this year, both a sun called. But well, onto the broncos. They're not seeingly getting blown out as they were at the start of the year, so they've obviously made some progression. Progression when it comes to that stuff. Their defenses seem to have improved and not as leaky as they were. So good signs for Keviy waltzs, but ultimately panthers roll on. And you have to say the panthers form is a little bit worrying. They've suffered some injuries. Tops out for six weeks for shure. Harris down goes on a bit of a three weeek break to look after his wife who just gave birth or is about to give birth, and clear he's not back yet. Yo's out for a week, obviously due to foul place on like come by and panthers for that. But yeah, all of a sudden it's looking like they might be unfortunately not priming...

...for the right point of the season. In saying that, I'm sure clear it comes back and he just ticks back into the puzzle and it's a perfect puzzle picture. But yeah, we'll see how they go and at the end of the day they've got the two points. That's all that matters. Sunday afternoon, dragons titans. This is really disappointing. From the dragons. I thought this was going to be a good game, a real important game in terms of the fight for the seventh and eighth position. Both these teams are right in the hunt and probably two of the better teams in the hug, but the times were just way too good. I'm happy that the dragons lost. I want the dragons to lose all three of their games where they're affected by suspension, because if they wont all three our being pissed off. But yet tiens too good. Dragons really really disappointing. I heard for I didn't watch this game, but I hope for feed had a bit of a Field Day off the bench. And Yeah, there's been some mash changes to the dragons lineup this week, which will get through in a second. But yeah, ultimately really, really disappointing from Anthony Griffins man. And once again the dragons do what they do all the time. It's such a strange thing really. There's got to be an investigation into it. They just guns in the first ten weeks of the camp and fall away at the end and they look like they might be coughing up a what was seemingly looking like a pretty certain finals birth for them. And then we finished with the bulldog sharks. Once again, the bulldogs not not suffering from a blowout, which is good to see, as we saw the Broncos, as I mentioned earlier, but the shark is just too good. Kind of game. The sharkies died to win, who are also in the hunt for seventh and eighth and yet to score. Forty four point shows there in decent form. A right. Moving on to the headlines of the week, not just the results, Paul Vaughn is just announced he will be going to the bulldogs for a year. Look, I'll be honest, the bulldog salary cap has outrageous. Like I know they're clearing their whole squad and they had a lot of caps face going to this year, but it's incredible how many players have signed. I do think we need to calm down a little bit, though. It's a big step from people are saying like the top for contenders next year, and they've got a good team on paper, but it's going to be a huge step for them a they've never played as a team be they're coming into a team that is coming last or fifteen or wherever they're coming this year. So to jump from fifteen to top for it's pretty outrageous. So then we saw the titans last year. I think they came ten. Everyone was expecting them to come top for one. Not Everyone, but people were saying top for top six and they look like they might not even make finals after some pretty good signing. So yes, signings don't necessarily equal success and some of them, I think, are being a little bit over right, a rated, like the likes of Dufty, even this one, Vorn Pang, guys, pretty inconsistent, out of cash, just a winger at the end of the day, but it will be interesting to see that. I can't lie. They're going to be a very interesting side to watch, I'm sure. I'm sure their fans are very excited and I'm sure I would be as well if I was a bulldogs fan. So yeah, I fair. I Guess Fair enough to candy fans. Next on the agenda Craig Bellamy signed on for five years, which I did not see coming. I thought he maybe had one more year left. What I could foresee was that the second Brisbane team must be getting announce soon, just quietly. But what I could foresee was that months would leave and go to the new Queensland team when they open up, and then bell and me would leave after that and it would sort of be like the end of the generation but the end of an era. But yeah, it seems as though he's happy where he's in Melbourne and it looks like they're going to be title contenders for the next five years. I just can't see a world where Craig Bellamy team is not a title contender. He draws such like you know, they can get players for half the price of other players because they want to play under Craig Bellamy. They want to play at the Melbourne storm franchise. They produce success and they produce good players. So you know, it's a bit of an academy sort of thing. You know that you go there, you come out and learned the big bucks somewhere else. So yeah, very very smart signing from the storm. There's no one else better for the job, so you may as well throw everything you can add him.

And Yeah, we sh him all the success at the storm and hopefully they don't cheat Salary Cup again. Bit of a low blow, but what can I say? Next time we've got the World Cup Saga. The solution to this must be coming out very soon. They announced last week that they were going to decide next week. So it's this week, but at the time of recording, it seems is so strand New Zealand won't be going to the World Cup and everyone else will be. So that's going to be very, very interesting. They're saying it's due to covid reasons. A lot of people think it's just because the clubs don't want them to have a late preseason, but ultimately I think it's pretty rubbish, regardless of the reason. Just personally, selfishly is a fan. I want to watch a World Cup with Australian New Zealand and everyone, and there's been some alternatives round around that they could be a are in and digitous side go in place of Australian New Zealand, which I think would be sick. It would be cool to see the big players playing for their secondary nations, like Teddy Feetaly the other year. That which I think should happen a lot more than it does. However, I don't know. I can't see it not happening. I just seek Australian New Zealand will go. I can't see a rugby league. Well, I don't know. I've never seen anything like it in my lifetime. We're a major competition's gone on without certain countries. I know North Korea's on at the Olympics, but they're not necessarily a major player in the Olympics. But yet I've never seen that before and I'd be very, very shocked if it did happen. I just think it will go ahead as normal, but you never know. That said, the reports seem very, very serious. Doesn't sound like Australian New Zealand. I'm mucking around, but I would be interesting. There's people saying the tornament should just go on anyway. I do have to admit the pool would be very, very less like. I know a lot of rugby league fans right now in the middle of Rugby League season, and saying it would be sick. But if you, if I tell you in November that I don't know France applying Fiji, like you really going to watch it? I probably will because I'm a freaking rock by League nerd. But yeah, I just can't see the neutral watching it. I know it's in England's I don't think the time zones will be great anyway. But I do think Australia and New Zealand of some kind need to be there, whether it being indigenous or and Maury team, which I don't think will happen because they're not really countries and they're not like. They're not like. I don't want to be disrespectful when I say they're not countries. I know their cultures, but they're not like signed up the International Rock Billy Federation. Is My concern. But get they'll be cool to see. But yeah, if Youw Zealand, don't go. We were, me and my brother were talking about it yesterday, like Samoa's going to be stacked because hot like three quarters of the New Zealand team eligible for Samoa. But yeah, gonna see how that unfolds. Hopefully it just goes ahead as normal. To be honest, the dream would be Australia, don't go, New Zealand go. But that's not going to happen, just for fairness reasons. But yeah, and then finally, Roger, two of us to check, has decided to call it quits. I don't mean that in a negative way, but he's had enough the I think, Australian New Zealand of closing the bubble at the end of this week. So Roger and Lisa Nour mayle I have decided to go back to New Zealand and I completely understand it. There's some people saying he's soft his contracted. I think those people need to grow up. Really. This is a man who's lived away from home for two years and the whole warriors team. I don't think anyone can say anything bad about the warriors team. I think they can all do what they want. If they all wanted to go home, I don't think we could blame them really their flight away from home for two years. A lot of them haven't seen their families for two years and ultimately it's sad because Rogers just seems like a legendary bloke. I can't lie to. Seems like such a nice guy, such a talented football or, one of the best fullbacks I've ever seen, one of the best players I've ever seen, one of the Best New Zealanders I've ever seen. Unfortunately he's not going to get to the two hundred games, which I think he would have got two he was one hundred ninety five. That's five games left or six games left, so I think you would have notched up the two hundred games, but he obviously doesn't care about that, which just shows to the level of blow keys. Again, in those hundred ninety five games he's called fifty...

...eight tries. He had a win percentage of fifty one point two eight percent, which is pretty impressive. He won the Dahia medal in two thousand and eighteen. He won his position of the year three times. Think once winger, twice full back. He won the Rugby League Week Player of the year in two thousand and fifteen. He won the roosters premiership in two thousand and thirteen. Played Twenty Games in New Zealand, scoring for try fourteen tries. Came Second. Achieved second with the New Zealanders. The two thousand and Thirteen World Cup one the twenty fourteen for nations and he has signed them for the Auk on Blues next year in and in an attempt to make the two thousand and twenty three all blacks World Cup team. I'd love for him to go over there and kill it. Hopefully people don't follow in his footsteps. That's my only query. But ultimately I think it's good for the game if he goes over and kills the people go to Geez, rugby league plays a really talented let's go on Rugby League. But yeah, good luck to him. Hopefully cheese's dream of playing for the all backs is going to be bloody tough because those guys playing playing rubew in their whole lives, as a sure Roger do when he was younger. But yeah, good luck to Roger. I love you mate. Thanks for everything you've done for the game in Australia and New Zealand and the warriors. And yet good luck to you and your family in your future endeavors. Or are my new predict to top eight. Not Too many Channe in just this week. Last week it was the storm, panthers, Rabbitos, roosters, eels, see eagles, nights and dragons. This week I have the same top for in the storm panthers, rabbits and roosters. However, I've lifted the seagulls above the eels. The eels losing to the raiders. Obviously didn't predict that. So then losing that is dropping down to sick and yeah, that's not ideal for them. I think they need top for positioning if they're going to be any sort of threat. And then in seventh I've got the nights. are still there despite the disappointing loss on the weekend. I think they have an easier run home and I just think they're going to notch up enough wins piece could be back this weekend and that would go a long way in helping that. And then I've changed out the dragons for the titans, so big win for the titans on Sunday. That is lifted them into my top I think I'm actually close to my original top eight now. I think this might have been it. And then missing out on points differential, I've got the sharks and the dragons in a ninth and ten and then I've got the tigs missing out by two points in eleven. So Yeah, interesting. The race was seventh and eighth is so interesting. In the race for fourth position, I think it's going to be very interesting. I think the top three spots all but selling up. The panthers might drop below the Rabbitos now, but I don't think that will impact it too much. I guess the panthers would rather at home. Jeez. One of the qualifying final, I think the first round of finals are called. But Yeah, interesting. Who's going to make those elimination final spots? All Right, time for the best coaches of all time. Segment. Got To go through my top ten. So my criteria was a minimum of two hundred and fifty games. So I think Trent Robinson just missed that. I think he had like two hundred and forty games, but I had to just put a limit on it somewhere. I know that's a lot of games. It's like ten seasons, but to be the best you've got to have longevity on your side as well. So number ten I've got some of we all know very, very well. He's on the lower end of the game scale, but his premierships and his win percentage is just very impressive and it's feel good. Just a quick note. I haven't done their Rep coaching starts. They would have just taken a year. I didn't have that time, unfortunately. I was too busy watching Olympics and the kidding. But feel goold. Fifty nine points, twenty percent win rates very, very good. Anything in and around sixty or above sixty year in like an elite echelon. Two hundred and eighty games as coach, so around eleven and twelve seasons as coach. One thousand nine hundred and eighty eight Dalim coach of the year. He won one premiership with penrith and one with Canterbury. I think winning one at two different clubs rings a lot of value in my ratings. Obviously, winning two premierships anywhere's very impressive, but to do it at different clubs shows that you know,... didn't just flucor with a great bunch of players at one club. So He's one number ten, Brian Smith, and at number nine he has the lowest win percentage by a mile in at fifty. Actually know the someone else, but pretty much fifty point seven percent. So not the greatest win rate. And he had has six hundred and one games under the Bell, which is the main reason to be honesty. Then he had the third or fourth most game. So I just had to reward the longevity. That's so impressive. That's like twenty four seasons of being a head coach in the NRL. He also changed a lot about the game. I know he's famous for he in order to quell billy slides impact in the Games, he just told his halves to just kick it dead and they brought in the twenty meter restart to stop that. So yeah, well, I feel like I feel like I explain that poorly, but yeah, he changed the game. I don't it's not like the greatest invention or anything, but that's a sort of legacy he left. He changed rules, he changed the game and six hundred one games is, I think, the scoff at two time. Dallim coach the year, famous for choking in finals. Lost Four grand finals in his time. Lost a lot of finals series despite having great teams. But yeah, the longevity to Dallian coach of the thought I had to ward him there. Number eight I've got Kenneth Carney. Kenny. Never know how to pronounce that one, but fifty nine point two percent win rate, two hundred and eighty four games under the belt. And this Guy's famous for coaching the invincible Saint George side that went six premierships on the trot. He won five of them as captain coach, which I thought was very, very impressive, and anyone the sick there's a coach up to hang up the boots. Didn't really have much success elsewhere. I don't know if you coach else were. Actually I'm talking out of my ass there, but yeah, six premierships, six in a row. Like his base arguably stiffer, not to be higher, but I just thought because it was captain coach, it's a bit how should father. But in its seventh I've got the famous Clive Church will obviously famous for having the MVP on grand final. They named after him the medal, but he was also very good coach as well as player. Fifty six point nine percent win rate as a coach. Two hundred and sixty games under the bell, but more importantly, for premierships with the mighty South Sydney rabbits, and that's why he's in there. Bozo Fulton, the late Great Bozo Fulton, Bobby Fulton, in at number six. Sixty four point four percent win rate, which is one of the best we've got in here. I think it's a second best actually, four hundred and five games, so he's got a put a longevity tomb as well. One thousand nine hundred and eighty three and nineteen eighty one dam coach the year. Anyone to premierships with the manly team. Yeah, you just left a great legacy. I know I'm not going to talk about rep coaches for than but yet was also very famous representative coach. Knew how to get the best out of the Star started lineup, as he did a manly end in the Australian colors and yeah, just a true legend on the game on the field and on the sideline as well. In number five, the other lowest win percentage coach is Tim Sheen's. Might be a little bit biased as a tiger's fan, but for me it's more the legacy Tim Cheans is left. He changed the game with his innovative attacking style of Footie, the one the TI gags premiership in two thousand and five and, more importantly, he produced so many coaches himself, whether it be three assistant coaches or that rates team that he actually coach. They produced about six or seven first grade coaches from that team. So they talked about a lot in NFL the coaching tree, not so much in Australian sports, but if they have one for him that would be very, very impressive. Longevity on each side as well. Six hundred and sixty nine games, incredible. Three time Dallian coach of the year, four premierships, three with the camera, one of the mighty tigs and he's back in the game. While he's been he's not out of the game. He's been the Super League but he's back in the NRAL as director of football at the Tigers. I believe some people calling from to coach again I don't think you should. I think you should...

...just leave his coaching career behind him. But yeah, I think it'll be good for the Tigers. Number four, I've got Arthur Halloway. Can't lie. Don't know much about this guy's a back from the dinosall ages. With the greatest respect. I think you might have coached in the early tens and the the s. But sixty one percent win rate, three hundred game coach but, more importantly, eight premierships, which I just thought was a ridiculous he went for with Bal main tags as captain coach and then went on to win for with east as a pure coach. So yeah, I couldn't deny the eight premierships. That's just freakish. Number three arguably will probably the top two. A more famous in the modern era, but arguably one of the most iconic coaches with his fur jackets, John Jack Gibson. Sixty two point two percent and win rate three hundred and ninety four games, one time dallim coach of the year. He won five premierships, three with paramountter to with east. Yeah, just an incredible coach with the great legacy. Everyone always talks about him being like the super coach and yeah, he's one of the early coaches that really had an era of dominance. Really the the top two have sort of followed suit in that sense. But yet John Jack Gibson, Jack Gibson, John Gibson Now v known absolute legend of the game. Number two Craig Bellamy, and for me this win rate is arguably enough to put him in a number one. But for me they lack of premierships is not enough to put him up there. I know that sounds ridiculous talking about the storm with the like of premierships, but sixty nine point nine percent win rate, she's ridiculous. You win seven out of ten games, you win fourteen out of twenty. Yeah, I just can't dream of that win right with the tie. As a tigs fan, he's done had that win rate over, you know, Fifteen, sixteen year career, seven and eighteen, I cur and how long it is it someone around there four hundred ninety two games. So you'll notch up his five hundred in the final series this year, which will be fitting. Might be the grand final actually, depending how they go, which would be pretty pretty cool. Three time dallium coach of the year, he want a couple as well. They got robbed out. Obviously salary capside, which I think, like you know, makes you want to punish him on the all time list. But you can't do that. And he has won three legal premierships with the storm. So yeah, he might end the list of number one. I can't lie. But yeah, he's just incredible coach. But number one he's got longevity, he's got success, he's got everything to his name. I have to say he's opened up a lot in the past. I reckon he was a grumpy old man. Well, he's still arguably is, but I remember growing up here's just a Dickhead to jails, where now he seems to be a bit of he seems to have nicened up, a bit softened up. But Wayne Bennett the ultimate super coach for me. Eight hundred and seventy seven games, which is just ridiculous. It's obviously hanging up the boots of the end of this year. As the other blower can't lie that. Know, his name takes over as the RABBITOS head coach. We think it'll be his retirement. We never know with Wayne Bennett. With thought that before, but sixty two point four percent win rate. Eight hundred and seventy seven games, twenty fifteen dam coach the year. One thousand nine hundred and eighty seven dallim coach. They just shows his longevity. There two thousand dam coach of the year. Seven Premiership, six with Brisbane, one with St George. Just an incredible coach and you think for an old guy he would he would really have like a concertive coaching style, but he just likes the boys play. Is More of a man manager. I know it's a different sport, but he reminds me of a bit like cinnadeans Adan. As a coach. It's probably a bitch forward Awayne better, but you know he's good at our managing a team of stars. Everyone who talks about him just says how much they love him, they love playing for him and, although he's own to be a little bit scary at times, gives a good spray as as well. I'll be honest, I probably the Craig belly dirty, not talking about some of his stuff, but yeah, Wayne Benet for me the goat coach as of twenty of July. Two Thousand and twenty one a premiership with Bellamy this year. Who knows that could change my opinion. But yeah, Bellamy also famous for bringing in the wrestle... slow down, you know, the tags two thousand and five and teams like that change the game completely. But for me, what's been the most impressive thing with Craig belly? I know might be a bit of recency bias, but hey, we thought when they're the big three retired, that they would, you know, go back to being average, but he's blomb past that and be the way. They're adapted to these new rules and they just play amazing football to watch now. I remember for so long and they were the most boring team to watch. They would just execute set pieces like, you know, the inside outside. Everyone knows what I'm talking about, with Smith to Cronk to slate up up the middle of the field. They just did boring stuff like that. One Games, you know, twenty four to eight. So I always had tied defenses, when now they just go for it, scoring sixty points. I know their team hard. They ever concedes as well. But yeah, he's just promotes interesting football now, which I really, really enjoy. So That's why top ten coaching list got to be interesting to see. How About Ages in time? But now time for my around twenty preview. Roost's versus the heels is the Thursday night game. Sadly for Bilie Smith, he is out for the rest of the season. Can't catch a trip that he is such a good player. Buddy gets no luck. Joe Martine has been named on the wing, Adam cure and to play the centers, which is interesting. But you know the law and wing is because it Calvali's out as well, but at Morris obviously retired, and then, for paramount of the only changes near, Kory out for brass car right on the bench. I'm tipping the roosters. For me it's absolute flip of a coin. Tip without more with Moses. I tip the EELS. Without Him. I think it becomes a fifty game. I just think Arthur doesn't steer the team around as dominantly as Moses does, and I'm probably overwritting Moses a little bit, but yeah, I don't know. You just add something to them, I think a bit of a cocky swagger. So I've got the roosters by one, just because I think it's a Fi of a coin. Eat. The line is eels favorites by four and a half point. So I'll be taking the roosters at the line as well other tigers, host of out INS and outs, gunner and say farther out through injury and by replaces junior PALGA in the centers, who got dropped, which I'm quite surprised that. I would like to have seen him how to crack at it. I don't know. Images treatment of the young players is a little bit weird, I have to say. Like you dropped Cheeni after two games, trop powered after two games. But yeah, anyway, he seems to love Moses Mbi, a Mon Chee, cam and twilet all return to the bench blow to play in the back row, which will be interesting. I don't think he's been great this year. Sean floor, but we'll see how he goes. He's only young. Peter Hiku on the warrior side, returns from shoulder injury, is going to be captain and he's playing in five eight. I think pecus a brilliant footballer. Last year I thought he was really underrated in the center's going to be interesting to see how he goes at six. But they've got reese Welsh, you know, so probably can just take a back seat. But yeah, Roger Obviously going home. Chad town's heads out with another injury. To know, AH Brown's been recalled from the dragon so he's going to play. He replaces out in all blake, WHO's out. Matt Lodges Suspended. least an arm our leaves to the New Zealand. And Yeah, I host about for both teams. So it's going to be interesting to see who stands up. The line is tigers favorites. The lines five and a half. I'm tipping the Tigers by six. I just think the warriors that that's a lot of outs. They are due for a window, which worries me, but warriors me. But yeah, you never know. Broncos cowboys so much change. Like wig was suspended after that controversial Yo shot. The broncos are the favorite by two points. I'm going to tip the cowboys. I thought they were impressive last week against the storm. have him one in a while, the cowboys, but either have the broncos. The broncos are Jew for a win, which is scary. But yeah, I'll go the cowboys. Dragons, rabbits, Blake, Laurie Jack, Bird Jack to Bellen and Josh McGuire all out through their suspension to new a brown returns to the warriors. DUFTY got dropped for Tara Slome, which is huge use.

Corey Norman named at the centers after coming back from injury. They're stuck with Jaden Sullivan at six, which is quite fascinating. Can Maris been to spend expended for the RABBITOS for a crush up, which is brilliant because I just bought him in an n Rl fantasy. But anyway, tipping the rabbits by twenty four. So the line is a rabbits by twenty three and a half. So going the Rabbitos, but on the line as well. Interestingly, nights raiders. This is the Saturday thirty game. Brother and best is back in the centers. The nights are almost at full strength. TWIL is out to the wing, clemmers back and Pierce is named in the twenty one. So if pierce players, I do believe they're at full strength. I don't think there's anyone missing, so no excuses for them if pierce comes back. But I'm tipping under the assumption that Pierce isn't playing. White and Whitehead Return for the raiders begins there. I'm tipping the raiders by four I've thought they showed. showed a lot against the EELS. There become a bit of a gritty team now and I don't think the knights will be able to match them in that, in that aspect, unless Perc plays. If Perc players, I probably tip the nights just and also the fact that it's in Queensland makes me, I don't know, go the way raiders. For some reason. Are the lines three and a half in the raiders favor? Then the primetime Saturday game, look, I can't like. We've been looking forward to this match for ages and unfortunately a it's not either ground. It's got no crowd, there's a lot of injuries and neither team was great last week. But who cares, we're going to get right into it, aren't? We've been waiting for this one for a while. Likely grand final preview. Harry grants in the reserves. PAP and how's and is on the bench. Actually, I swear Harry Grahama be on the bench. I think he's in the reserves. Nelson the soft Soulo Mona got left out. Interestingly, BRIAN TO MRS six weeks with an ankle injury. Tyron may also misses with an MCL injury. Elliott, Yo miss is a week with concussion after that big shot from flegler fishure Harris is out, as I mentioned before, personal reasons to be a panguy junior still left out by the panthers. Interestingly, Maddie Burton's named it six. NADEN's named in the centers. The line is sixteen and a half of the storm direction. I'm actually back in the panthers in the line, but I'm backing storm by twelve in the head to heads. Looking forward to that one though. Bulldogs titans. Out of Elliott returns. For the Doggies, cal finding has been brought back from the dead to replace Lucky Lewis. They're just got a halfback carousel there. Luke Thompson's cot the three weeks expension. On the Titan side, Patrick Herbert's been suspended. Jamal foggerty is in the twenty one, but I wouldn't be surprised if they just given another week, given sex and played pretty decently. For The Times Line is twelve and a half in the times favor. I'll go the doggies at the line because they like a close game, but I will go times head to head by ten points. And then finally, on Sunday, shaky seagulls Shawn Johnson out with an injury. He's going to miss a month plus on the sidelines, which is huge in their campaign to come in the top eight. Morelin is in the number eighteen. Not sure if you'll play. On the Seagal side of things, searing and returns on the bench. Allough I was suspended for his cannon bull tackle, and the line is sixteen and a half in manly's favor. I'm going to back manly in twenty points. They're basically full strength, apart from ally, from what I can think of. And Yeah, I'll go mainly by twenty two sharks without Shawn Johnson. I think that's a huge loss, not only on the field but also little bit psychologically. So I've actually gone for a couple upsets this week. Actually, I tell a lie. I think I only went for one. I know rooster's are an upset and the cowboys is an upset, but there are a couple of the line which I think I was quite in disagreement with sports bet, but that'll be interesting to see. Looking forward to not sure how much I'll watch, depending on what events are on at the Olympics, but we'll definitely try and catch more of this week's action than I did last week. I'm sure I'll be watching the storm panthers, obviously the Tigers warriors will probably watch rooster's...

...eels, unless there's the good thing is the swimming finals are in the morning, so we can watch the NRAL. But pretty sure the swimming might be all wrapped up soon. But that's been another episode of the NROL weekly show on the on the BAARD podcast. Hope you've enjoyed it. I've really enjoyed it and yes, stay tuned for more content, as another AFL episode coming out and then we'll be back to what we are, back to our weekly episode. So yet if you have enjoyed this one, we'll catch you next time, same place, same time, same day. Probably not same day actually. I'm very considertent inconsistent. But good luck to your team on the weekend. Go the tigs and Chow.

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