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2021 NRL Round 24 | Rugby League

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In another weekly episode of the NRL edition of the On The Ball podcast, I take a deep dive into the development of junior players in the NRL and which teams are the best at it. As always, I conduct an analysis of Round 23 and preview the exciting Round 24. 

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Welcome back to the other board PODCAST, another episode of the greatest show going round and we are back today totalk about some more N L Footy, another Rugby League episode for You.Today we will be reviewing round twenty three, previewing round twenty four and, moreinterestingly, this week we will be discussing the sort of the youth productionof each l club. So sort of looking at the NRL academy is howmany players each team produces, who were the major produces for the competition.So we got that to look forward to. So you have normal stuff today,getting straight into the round twenty three review. Thursday night we have thetimes versus a storm. The storm be the times by fourteen points. Iwas actually decent game. The Times led sixteen to twelve at halftime and theywere putting in a really, really good shift. Jaden Campbell at fullbacks reallyimpressive. I think he as much as Aj Brimson's an incredible player and hasbeen an origin teams in the past eighteen months. I think Jadeen Campbell's thefuture there. I think fullback such an important position and you need someone whois as involved as possible. Is is dangerous with all the touches and JadenCampbell sort of suits the mold of the other fullbacks in the competition, whereBrimson sort of actually think Brimston's more suited to the five eighth role where maybea halfback can dominate the game, like run the game, and then Brimstoncan sort of be a fifth tackle option guy. He can produce something everythree or four sets and some piece of magic linebreaking running, speed, goodfoot work at the line. I just don't think nowadays, the way thefull back position is evolved, I don't think Brimson has what it takes tobe a fullback, especially relative to Jaden Campbell, who looks absolutely electric withall his touches all. So yeah, that's going to be a really interestingone to see the nights the times deal with in the next, you know, six months, because I'm pretty sure Jen Campbell will see how the restof the year. I don't think Brimson's going to come back. So yeah, that's going to be a huge decision to make. I know Brimson grewup in the juniors playing in the halves, so I think that would make moresense. That was rumors of him like, for example, coming tothe Tigers to play six, I'm pretty sure. So I'm not sure ifhe has an interest in that, but to me, if I was attimes, that's the way I would go. I would play Campbell it's one,and Brimston at six, foggery at seven or someone else at seven.I just think, yeah, that's the best move for the team. Andultimately the store did really well to win. I know they only one by fourteenpoints, but they tied the record for the most consecutive wins in arow. I think it's nineteen of all time in the Rug National Rugby LeagueWall even dating back to one thousand nine hundred and eight. So that's prettyincredible. And the storm rest of players so pretty Olpha move from them,didn't even play their all, their full strength to side, and still inthe end managed to do it pretty comfortably, although the Times did give them abit of a scare. So yeah, well done to the Times. They'veactually managed to do pretty well and both games against the storm this year, so that's a bit of an interesting matchup for them. And Yeah,hopefully, if the times care that format vasily make top eight and they'll bea bit of a dangerous side. I'd have to say if you're getting within, you know, two or three tries of the storm when you play them, because I know there's a lot of teams that managing right that able tomanage that right now, and the storm just roll on really, as Imentioned, one of full strength and easily knocked off a team. So yeah, that moved us into Friday six o'clock game rights just as the SEAGULLS.And I have to say this is I think I mentioned in the preview lastweek, but this is turned into one of the better modern day rivalries forme. If we're thinking about ribberries,...

...sort of only started in the lastten to fifteen years, I think this is right up there. And Iwas doing some research and this is actually the fifth game in six years thathave been decided by less than two points. So they love a golden point,they love a field goal game and that's exactly what this one was.The raiders. They they've been playing well actually the last six weeks. Ithink it's sort of going on unnoticed. They've had a really tough draw andthey don't play pretty at all, but they play really physical and they managedto make every game they're in pretty close. So I know the manly didn't haveturbo, but manly, without turbo, have put on some pretty good showsthis year, obviously apart from the first month, but since then.So the raiders to almost get the W that was pretty impressive. Unfortunately,it's going to be a pretty costly loss. I think it might have seen theirhopes of finals disappear. But there's still a lot of stones that haveto be flipped, I guess, in terms of the story of the restof the season. They're a lot of pages have to be turned. Sothere's still got time to turn that around. They've just got to win out reallyfrom here. So that was a good thing from manly, just toget the job done. Then the panthers as the Rabbit Os. This isthe big game of the round. I was really excited for this one andit lift up to expectation. It was pretty pretty physical, pretty fast paced. was like finals footy really, and the panthers ended up being too goodfor the rabbitos. The rabbito started well and it looked like they would havethe potential to win the game in the first twenty minutes, but ultimately thepanciers were just too good for them. The rabbitos couldn't run the distance withthem and yeah, I think the panthers sort of showed sorry about that.I think the pants is really showed the difference in class that we've sort ofseen in the last eighteen months but maybe haven't been able to see in thelast six weeks. So the rabbitos are still going to be a good team. It's a loss. I've mentioned last week. Level loses this, theirtitle chances are gone. And Look, I think their rabbit has. Chanceswinning the premiership are very, very slim. Like if I had, if Ihad apart chart and I was breaking down the percentages of everyone winning,I think they would be less than five percent. But that's not any sland. I think right now to have the storm at about seventy percent. SoI don't think many teams would have much percentage in my patch up. Butyeah, I wouldn't say I lost as much respect as I thought I wasgoing to if they lost by thirteen points to the panthers here. The rabbitsback three just couldn't catch the ball really clearly putting up some spiral bombs.Men Saw. I know he got injured. So I don't really want to talkshit about him, but he can't catch thing. Johnston even looked shakyat times. The trail shirked a couple and they were, as they sortof iron the big games every time. Their lack of ability in the Fordpack sort of was the costs, like sort of was the end of them. And this is I have to say, like I don't like being too criticalof players because you know they're all just people like you and me.But the RABBITO's spine once again didn't step up in a big game. AndI just said the forwards lost the battle and you can suggest that's why theydidn't step up. But for me, Ford Pack, who's so highly talkedabout as this one, especially the harves Walker and Reynolds, I think cookdoes his best. I don't think he ever dominates the game from start togo, so you can't really expect him to turn a game and it's head. He will produce an odd run or hit here or there and then thetreill actually thought. The travels are right. But the for me, yeah,Reynalds kicking game is good. Ebous to kick that magical forty twenty,the best forty twenty of all time, but cody walk in particular. There'speople talks of him, people saying he's going to win the dally am,people saying he's the best player in the game, people playing should people sayingyou should play in New South Wales.

But he never stands up in thesebig games. And I know it's hard to dominate if your Ford packs notwinning, but if you're a player who's talked about in that the echelon,you have to be good enough, even when the tides against you too,able to turn a game, produce a linebreak the changes momentum and all thatsort of stuff. And Yeah, for me, once again he just wentabsolutely missing and it's sort of frustrating because, you I'm getting a little bit sickof the media just hyping him up every time he has a stretch ofgood games against Shit teams and then he shows us time and time again thathe's just a solid club player whenever he comes up against the big ten.That most just into Saturday. Goodwin by the panthers, though, moved usinto Saturday at Rockhampton. This was a pretty shit game. Obviously I'm atigers fan, which made it bad, but in just in general, theskills are really like. I know seventy points were scored, but I didn'tthink the sharks were even that good in the first half and then the Tigerswire just wore for in the second half in the sharks took advantage of that. The sharks back seven, which is too good, too fast. Idon't know what it is with the Tigers that something. Madge criticized it inthe press conference, so I was wondering if that was a coaching technique,which I was really worried about because it seems so stupid. But he criticizedit and that's the line speed if you actually watch the Tigers, unlike everyteam he's ever played rugby league, we don't actually like so the mark,let's says the thirty five meter line. When our first contact is made,it'll even be the thirty five metal Linar might be even a couple meters behindthat. We don't like meet the attack and that's why I think our defenseis so bad, is because we're not meeting them with momentum, so we'resort of catching them, but our momentums our weights on our heels, sothey've already run ten meters before we've touched them and then they easily get fiveto ten meters prose contact. So you're giving them fifteen to twenty meters ofplay. So you're just letting them walk out of their end and that's somethingI've noticed pretty much since the middle of the year and I'm really not surewhere it stems from. It's most notable in the so if you like setup at the scrum line on the right side and you do a switch playto the left, even if you're not like, we don't make you drawand pass. We just sort of ease off and you can just run andrun and run. And even if you don't like drawing past, get aman through a line. You'll easily make twenty meters doing that. So,yeah, the Tigers really have to sort that out. I think it's aconfidence thing. I think they think that as a team they're not going tomove up as a line, which doesn't make sense because you're with each otherevery training session, surely, and that's what surely you've done your whole nrlcareer. But yeah, that's something that needs to be fixed Cuz it reallymakes it hard to win games because you're letting them runs sixty to eighty metersa set. Then you're doing all the tackling because all the balls up yourend, and in the last couple games that's what's happened to us. Iknow we had a win over the cowboys or whatever, but we've done alot of tackling in the first twenty minutes and we've just been bugged by thetime, I guess, like the sixty minute. But the sharks were goodhere. Look back. Calf was really, really good. The youngster, helooks exciting. They've just got some really fast place the sharks soundly.More toloo had a really, really bad broken jawl, but he played reallywell. So he only Kultoa is always good on the wing, kind ofTracy. Any position you put him in. He just has a real hard crackand runs hard on to the ball, which it seems easy to do,but if you're a tigers fan you know that it's not as common asyou think. And Yeah, well done to the sharks. Given themselves areal chance in the finals. Hunt. I personally don't really want to seethe make finals. I don't think then the most interesting team. But yeah, if they wind from here out,...

...they'll probably get in and they deserveit. But yeah, the Tigers really disappointing. Don't want to talk toomuch about the Tigers because this is an NRL podcast on a tiger's podcast,but just so I'd give my opinion on the whole madge dilemma. For meI would keep him because we've sacked about three coaches now in the last sixor seven years and every time we've sacked one it hasn't really changed the wayour club is gone. So you know the saying like, if it's notbroken, don't fix it. Well, in this situation our method is broken, so fix it. So our solutions always been to just sack the coachwhen we feel like it's necessary, which right now it would be in thepast. But for me we're doing so poorly. I am happy just givehim another year and see how it goes. My brother reckons we should give himto the halfway mark next year. I'm happy with that. Or I'mhappy with them just to say you've got all of next year. I knowthe Tigers are criticized of blaming Ivan cleary, but the last of his horrible contractcity signed are all done now. So now just essentially had the fullsalary cap to build a square that he likes and yeah, if he can'tnot necessarily improve on the ladder, I think it's going to be another toughyear next year. But if we don't at least see it a direction thatthe club is going in, they're brought in sheens now to oversee the wholefootball club pretty much, and if we don't start to see a direction ora future then I think you can move them on. But for me nowI just don't think you get much from sacking him. I think you'd bringin a average coach to replace him and you're sort of stuck in the messyou are yet again. So do we also got injured in this one,which is really horrible news. Has Been The standout, I would say,of the Tigers season and he's, I think, is actually one of thebest five eights in the competition. I think it's really overlooked for being ina poor side, but it looks like he could be up out for upto seven months, which, thankfully it's happened at the perfect time of theseason for us. Seven months from now is pretty much round two or three. So if it's as bad as it can be, it's still not horrible, but it's just really bad. So one of his age, she's hada knee problems in the past not ideal, and also for him to miss outon a full preseason. It's going to be tough for him to findnext year, which really sucks for the Tigers. We do have Jackson hastenscoming in from England, along with all of a Guildart, so they're goingto be really interesting players to see, just even from, I would suggest, from a neutral point of view, I was like seeing people come fromthe Super League and seeing how they go to an adapt but I watched alot of Super League on the weekend and Hay stings has a reputation now andguild art looks like he's actually a pretty impressive player. So really excited forthem to come on a board. But YEF, for me matches, youjust got to stick thick with him. If anyone should go, probably JustinPasco. Just doesn't seem like he's great at his job. But yeah,I'll just let it marinate because of this point where you got to lose.That moved us into the bulldogs to night's I have to say this is oneof the all time worst super sad down line ups of there scene. Ithink five of the bottom six were in play or something like that. SoI wasn't that key going into it and I didn't really Miss Hound anything goodeither. I do mutch all this game, but the nights one by six pointsagainst the bulldogs and I can ball scored a great tribe. I didn'teven see it. To be honest. The night just aren't looking great.I keep thinking there's going to be a week that just clicks for them andthey're gonna turn into the show the potential that they have, but they justreally look scrappy. I still have them coming seventh, I'll be honest withyou, but I'll be honest, if they come up against the roosters oreven the EELS, I think they might get a bit of a weeping inround one. But hopefully they can find some form between now and then.Yeah, they just don't look good at all. But what onto the bulldogs, I guess, for almost upsetting a...

...finals team. Then the eels cowboys. Once again, didn't watch much of this. The eels were up theeels one. We knew they were going to win. They just do whatthey had to do. The cow really disappointing. Ever since the middle ofthe season they've had an awful run home. And Yeah, just just like itthe EELS. That didn't impress me. I'm not I wouldn't suggest to anyoneget back on their band wagon or anything like that. I think they'restill in a big spot of bother. Then Sunday afternoon footy. This wasone. Was it? Towns will? Sorry Not Tounsil to a WOMBA.Didn't know they even had a stadium there, but it was actually look like agood day of fun footy. Dragons roosters actually put in a bit ofa show, to be honest. The first sixty minutes was really, reallygood back and forth action. The dragons looked physical, fast, exactly likethey did the week before, I think was against the panthers. And thenonce again they got gassed out. So this is seriously an issue for thedragons. But the roosters just stormed home squat about four tries and fifteen minutesor something to close out the game. And Yeah, Teddy had an absoluteanother cracker. Some of the young guys for the dragons looked really, reallygood, so that's a promising sign for them. And yet good win forthe roosters. They look like they're going to be an interesting team in finals, to be honest, because we've pretty much every week they have about twoor three outs, so we're never like, I know, Luke care and stufflike that, Lindsay Collins, they're actually out for the year, butwe don't really know what they're going to be like when their full strength,without the players who are out for the season obviously. So yeah, Idon't know where put the roosters right now in terms like a power rankings orsomething. But and then that led to the game of the week for me, broncos versus the warriors. This is an awesome game, to be honest. Back and forth all day, ref controversy, which is like like,as much as we hate it, it's good fun to watch. With thehand of God, you could call it. Can Remember who was in Follard.I feel like it was you and a can in Zavier coats and something, and there was a ball. To me it was grounded by coats andthey somehow claim that they can put it down. I'm pretty sure that's whathappened, but it was something like that. The warriors got to try. Justwasn't a try. Even the Commentaris like what I heard the bunker refsay that a can ground of the ball and I was like what? Andthe rests, like the comments, didn't hear that part and then like fiveseconds later they saw the tri sign. They were like so confused. Butyeah, well, she ended up losing the game for the warriors. Ihate to put it all on one player, but when it comes down to kickingit's pretty easy to pin it on someone. Unfortunately for Reese Walt Ithink it keeps one from five or something like that. I think the warriorsscored one more try than the Broncos. Bronchstn't miss a kick if I'm notmistaken. Neil food was really good. I don't want to put too muchpressure on him. I just want him to enjoy his footy. He actuallylook like you had a lot of fun on Sunday. He was just runaround running players on the fifth chipping and chasing throwing balls to testing you.They look like they could be a good Combo for the future. But yeah, while onto, Milford probably played himself into a better contract for next year. So yeah, looking forward to see if Milford can keep that for himbecause I don't know about you, but my family was up on their feetwhere meal for got the ball on Sunday Day, which is what we loveto see from him. Moving to my top eight, my prediction is stayed. Actually it's changed a little bit this week and I'm not really sure why. I must have predicted the seagulls to lose to the raiders when I didmy ladder predictor. But I've the storm pants has rabbits one, two,three, and then I've got manly lea frogging the roosters to come forth.But the roost is in at fifth, the EELS in its sixth, thenights and seventh, and then I've got the titans in it eight. Andnow I actually have no one missing out on points difference. I've got everyonefull win back. So to me it's...

...a clear cut top eight. Ireally do need to look back on my top eight prediction. I'm interested.I listen to my tigers prediction. I think I was like one spot off. I think I said they're like twelve, that I think they're going to comelike thirteen. So well, actually, I don't know where they calm butyeah, looks like a good top eight. Manly storm round one.If it stays the way it is, that's going to be really exciting.Even Rooster's titans could pose a bit of a threat if the eels come sixthe eels diets about shop. I have to say that could be a bitof a student's first but who knows. Hopefully Klem Pink can tear them apartor that moves us into my middle section that I'm doing today. Sort ofgiven a break to the middle sex. Actually, sorry, I need tochat about these Super League rivalry round I've completely forgot that, but that wasactually a big part of my weekend. Watch two of the big games.Watched Wig investus St Helen's, which was up absolutely incredible. If you ownfoxtel or KO, please go watch that game. It is like actually nothinglike I've ever seen before. So I have to say to the Super Leagueit's a really good product. If you if you but as I said before, if you have K or something, I legit record tune in. AllI do is I check the scores and when there's a big game, Imaybe watch it on a Sunday morning or something, because you know, youdon't want to stay up till bloody's three am watching. I'm not that commitactually, that's why I did for the whole barby on point. Can butdon't recommend it. But Yeah, just I love it. The coverage isawesome, like the statistical analysis they at halftime, you know, they getup the video footage makes them really, really good and analytical points about theplayers and the way the Games going. Yaht see. The coverage is awesomeand also in general, the League do a great job of promoting a game. We're like, it's not the number one sport. Will it's not necessarilynumber one sport here, but you know it's not as dominant over there andfor me that's probably part of the reason. Like here we're a big sport,but we're so focused on what's wrong with the game, how we canbe better. But rather than that, we they just celebrate their game andthey they talk about it in such a positive light. They promote it sowell like they've got rivalry around. They are. They're the ones who createdthe magic round. If you didn't know that. They've got one coming upin two weeks at the Newcastle Soccer Ground, which should be really exciting. Theycan get a big crowd into that. But yeah, rivalry around was thisweek and wigin St Helen's arguably the biggest rivalry in English rugby league rightnow and it was crazy. Like there's this guy called Willie is Sare.I don't know much about it, never really heard of him. He wasan absolute lunatic blow tried to get sent off about three times and yeah,man man was an absolute cook up. Finally got simband about the fourth time. He should, like genuinely should have been sent off like some of thethings he was doing. I was like, what the Hell is going on?It was so physical. We can didn't show up, which was disappointing. But yeah, there was a lot of nl players on show and therewas some awesome English talents. I really recommend going and watching that one.Also Watch the last twenty minutes of the Hole Derby. That was an incrediblegame, back and forth the whole time. One stand was full of the wholeKr fans, all red and white. One the other three stands or fullof the whole off sea fans or what? Black and yeah, it'sjust a great spectacle. They're singing, there's chanting, which is such acool thing to see. How wish we could bring that to our game hereand there was a great finish to it really. So I don't want tospoil it, but yeah, I really recommend watching Wi and St Helen's andwhole versus whole. If you can, maybe just a highlights package or somethingon Youtube, but if you have watched it or you live in England andfollowed the Super League, let me know because I'm really interested to know more, really enjoying what is going on over there right now. I think there'sfive rounds and then there's final. So it's a really good time to getinto it and this is like I think...

...this is the closest season there's beena while the last few years. St Helen's is sort of just running inhome. So but yeah, that moves us into my academy section. Sowhat I'm going to do? I'm going to go through sixteen to one theacademy. So this is a bit of a tough one. So the wayI've done it. There's no real perfect way to do this, but theway I've done it. I didn't want it to take me six days becauseI do have a life as some sorts, although in lockdown. So for thelast five seasons. I've grabbed a team list from one round, sotwenty fifteen or two thousand and seventeen Toyoto Cup, and then two thousand andeighteen to two thousand and nineteen. I had the Jersey Flag for the NewSouth Wales Competition and I think it's like the hastings and daring coup or somethingin Queenslake Cup, but they're both. I under twenty on the twenty one. Same sort of bullpark. Twenty twenty got canceled in this shooting include becauseand they so what I've done is I just tallied up how many times aplayer from. So, for example, I'll give you an example, TerrelleFu ma own. It was in the Paramatt Toyota Cup team in two thousandand fifteen. He's played more than five an hour or games. So Ijust gave paramounter or score one and I pretty much just tallied up and thenwhenever a team was tied on the number, I split it by quality. Sothere are some teams who've only produced nine or ten and they're really highquality. There's others who produced twenty one and there's sort of all myths,but that's the general gist. There's definitely going to be some who slipped throughthe cracks. It's on a full proof method and but yeah, I wasjust interested to see because I'll seeing about the Tigers and what we've gone what'sgone wrong, and I feel like every other team they you know, bringingsome youngst off the bench or something wrong week, and they really exciting.They sort of tear up the game for five minutes and get fans really hypedup, sort of like the dragons with talent out our mown the other week. I'm one where the Tigers. I feel like I haven't had that ina while. So I was just wondering, are we producing enough plot talents?So that let me down this rabbit hole and starting in at sixteen.Speaking of rabbit holes, it's the Rabbit Os. They've only produced nine NR L players. And the another issue. Sorry I didn't mention that when Ifinished my introduction. It's sort of hard to know whether this means theteam of the best scouts, because they've picked up these juniors and put theminto their junior programs, or if this team's actually producing the talent. Youcan't really split the to both a good skills. So we're just going tocredit the teams where the credits do so. The rabbits are only nine players.Now this sort of makes sense. It's a really small section of Sydneythat they're given, sort of surrounded by an RL teams them in the roosters. They haven't produced many big players. Angers CRICHTON was one of their biggest, Caleb Graham, Adam DOE key on Colombe the tongue more recently. Butyet they're down the bottom only producing nine players. Manly were next in nine. However, they're produced a lot of quality, so they have not necessarilyseen the best of all their quality that they've seen a lot. Let goturbo's obviously the main one, and Nassi final. I know he's had hiswhole off field saga, but if he does get back on the field Ithink it can be a very good player. I don't really want to talk aboutpeople with ongoing court issues because I don't talk about a guilty person.But they've also got Jesse Ramy and Niko Hines, Brad Parker, all theQuatu so there's a lot of skill. They're just not much volume, whichmakes sense. Once again, manly, small area and number fourteen. Ihave the bulldogs. They had produced ten players and not many players of note. With a Gratish spect I don't that they had ten players with more thanfive games. Don't think any of them have played more than thirty games.So that's in the interesting one to note not producing many. They're out ofthe Canterbury area. The titans were in it thirteen. Now the titans hada lot of players that sort of jumped around. They might have started thetimes and the team might have come in and got them. Brian Kelly wasone that I was surprised at. Didn't...

...know he actually stemmed from the titansbecause, if you remember, he debuted through the manly system, Max Kingof the storm fame, Aj Brimson, Mo fil a, wake er,Fillip Sammy. So actually quite a bit of homegrown talent on the gold coast. The number twelve. I've got the warriors. The warriors. If wedid this from two thousand and ten to two thousand and twenty one the why'slegit might be first, but their production sort of slide down the last coupleof years. They've produced twelve players Bredi near Kurey of paramount of fame isone just avgas a probably Harris de Vita, Eliasak toler. So a lot ofthem coming through the warrior system. Number Eleven I have the raiders,and the raiders are a twelve team, a twelve player team as well.Not much talent coming out of the raiders system. I believe Panga I playedfor them at some point. Chot rich is from there. Then they've obviouslygot raid as young guns like cause brass if shields to MOCO and Lachlan Croakerof manly fame. That puts the storm in at ten. I was surprisedby this. Not sure if I was expect them to be higher lower.To be honest, I was interested to see where they'll be because they're greatscouts, but a lot of their players usually a bit older that they scout. That who sort of flopped it assisted somewhere and then they pick them upfrom reserve grade. So not surprised they're not too high. They had twelveplayers. Nicol Kluck Star was one who's been in their system, Jake Turbin, Jesse Arthur's Josh Ka to know a brown, which was interesting, HarryGrant, Bradon Trindle, which was interesting. Scottie drink water then this isn't apun, but it's so meant to be a joke. I'm a tigersfan, so don't get him mad. But the Tigers here in at ninththe Times are produced thirteen players. A lot of come through Keebra Park,but yeah, not much talent paper house and obviously, and then apart fromthat, there's not many guns. That to vet it to toller Tanny ofTenny, old PERSECA, and then the rest are like tigers, players likeJacob little to top mchayley and all that stuff. Race Stone from power.That was interesting. But yeah, not much quality there at all, whichis obviously something that the Tigers need to fix up because they used to beone of the great junior producers and that's probably why she's he's been brought backparamount of in at eight they have four team players. They've got some goodplayers in their midst read many deal Brown, bevern, French food may owner,Mus Smith. So they've got some good ones in their dragons. Inat seventh, the dragons have produced fifteen players, not much quality. ZachLomax, about dufty. That's about it really. Luciando Le Lure. Soyeah, a lot of players, not too much quality from the dragons,but I think their next proper junior is going to be really exciting. Cowboysare in. At sixth there produced fifteen players. They had a freaking gunteam in the Toyota Cup. Go back twenty fourteen to two thousand and sixteen. Look at their Toyota Cup teams. I don't really know what rent wrong. I know they had a really good nmrl team at the time, sothe players might have left thinking they had opportunities elsewhere. But they had reallykick out. Brandon Smith, Braden Ham, lnu Eli Cohen, Hess Klen Palmer. I know Jerome Hughes was in there somewhere. He he didn't counttowards this but I know he played for them at some point. They weresaid Jake Clifford, Corey Harsbro Dejan r see more recently. But yeah,that was a really interesting one. I didn't think, I know it's abig area, but I didn't think that would be too much talent. Forsome reason the nights and at fifth they had sixteen players, but not themost talent. I don't I know I keep saying that, but when weget to the big teams you understand what I mean are they had that siefeedytwins, Tom Starling and they are probably the main months of note. Rheading into the top for now of producers of talent in the NRL. Sharksa fourth, which I was very surprised at, I have to say,in the last especially under Shane Flanagan,...

...and recently, I guess they do. You know, two or three young guns get blood of the year andthey usually pretty good, but I didn't know that they would have this sortof volume. Add a car Jermaine Asako, kind of Tracy, the Brailey brothers, more Tarlo trendle, will Kennedy, Jesse Raymian, CAL flanning and soyeah, they've produced a lot of good players actually, and they're producedeighteen. So whoever's in charge of the junior symccronella absolutely killing. I thinkpeople should go have a look at what's happening there because I don't think.Look, I'm from Alban never lived in Sydney, but to me coronel isnot like the biggest area when you compared to like Brusbane or pen ruth,and I think it's a pretty awfluent area. So I didn't think there would bethat many like families, but I could be completely wrong. I'm justgoing of what I saw. Ud understand about the geography of Sydney. Paint, isn't it? Third, obviously a lot of their current team has comethrough their own system. So they were, I need they're going to be,at the top. They have twenty players. Brent NADE and Mostes,Leoda, Dylan Edwards, Nathan cleary, Duran Lewi, Corey wouldell, Calebacons, Brian Tyler. It's pretty much is their whole team right now,plus a few others who have not been good enough to make the team andlook seeked elsewhere for game time, Dan Lourie. So yeah, penrither init. Third, the broncos are in a second. Not really surprising there, towards the top. Obviously got probably the biggest NRRAL market in terms ofparticipation per team, if we're going to say that. So they have anaccess to a lot of good play. Still can't keep them walk up anyway. Ash Taylor, Joe Offer, Hang Gawy, Jane sewer, Gyarro,tweet to Panguy, Tony stags pain Hars, Jordan, ricky ten a boyd.So yeah, twenty players. Are some good players, not the mostquality, but a lot of them still got time to sprout, as thiswhole list does. And then this one shocked me the most. The roostersa number one and I thought the roosters would be really low on this list. Obviously a really small section of Sydney, not many families there. So andobviously eastern suburbs rugby union heavy. They produced twenty one players. SoI think a lot of this can come down to scouting, but that isstill a very good skill to have as a club. So yeah, Igained a lot of respect for the rist is doing this research. Their bestplayers were Latrelle Mitchell, joey man who, Connor Watson, Mamroski, Vic Radley, Sam varrel's sertility, supernewa Jackson Hastings. So yeah, they've produceda lot of players and a lot of them have gone on to play forthem, which is always good to see, and they're we're just a lot ofgood players. So yeah, rusus number one. So that's just alittle insight into the youth production of players in the NL. WHO which teamsare batting above their average? which teams a sort of stealing other teams players, pretty much. But I like it's still skill to scout players from othersystems and all that, but I just want to be interesting check that out. So yeah, well, Donto the Roosters, proncress pants, I guessthe main top three. They're interested to see if the Tigers can move upthat scale. As a fan in the next couple of years. Now timefor around twenty four, preview the penultimate round at the regular season. Atthis point, I'm going to be honest. Don't know about you guys, I'msick of the regular season. Just want to get into finals. Mightbecause I'm a tigers fan, but honestly I'm just happy with the top aright now. Are we just called off call of the day? But alljokes aside, I do think the season is a couple weeks too long.I think the gap between origin three and finals week one is too long becauseyou get time to pick up the momentum again and then it's sort of likeit's hard to maintain it into finals. For me it should be like twentytwo rounds. Origin finishes maybe around eighteen. You get a good month to reallybuild back into the season and then finals, Bang, you're pumped.So I don't know. That's just what I reckon. So Thursday night we'vegot the nights versus the titans. This is a huge game in terms ofthis season. If the titans los this,...

...they could be in danger of missingout and the night secure finals, I'm pretty sure. And if theTimes win this, I don't think it affects the nights too much, butit'll really boost in their chances. So the main INS anounced for Zel's inclomus suspended peaches playing six tailors out. There wasn't a reason there, sowe might have been dropped. My be injured Mo follt away canmit rain andfeel sat Philips ammu returned for the Titans and I'm actually tipping the titans thisweek. The favorites other nights the lines one and a half. So I'mactually going to take the nights. I'm actually taken the Times at the lineand head to head, I don't the times haven't been wing too much recently, but I think they've had a lot of honorable losses against a lot ofgood teams. And Yeah, what I saw on Thursday night against the storm, to me was a lot better than what the night's put up in thelast couple weeks. So I know the nights probably have the STAR POW tobeat the titans, but for me the titans all day. Six o'clock inMakai. warries versus raiders another really good game. Similar position on the ladder. Tough one to tip. I think I'm going to go the raiders theline, six and a half and the raiders favors. So I might gothe warriors the line, but I think we're going to go the raiders headto head. I know the warriors really good form, but the ray itis actually, as I mentioned in the review before, I actually think they'regoing under the radar a little bit. They obviously should be doing better thanthey are. Not Saying they're doing well, but they're being competitive in a lotof games and I think that's sort of being unnoticed because they're not gettingthe results. So I think if they bring that physicality that they have inthe last month to this game, I think they would be too strong forthe warries and I think the warriors were back down. I think they're thebiggest fan of a physical fight. They we've up the old Darby, theRoosh's dress, the Rabbitos, the to foundation clubs. I guess bell mainwould have something to say about that and I'm sure if you others, butyou know what I mean. Karen and that butcher injured. Lock on lambto play center. I didn't read the INS and outs for the Warriors Raiders, but at this time actually mentioned them. Shawn of Sullivan in for Harris toBeta, which is really weird. So how has to be to dropped? CHATANSA roomains of the team, except he has not won a game forthe warriors. Yeah, I didn't get that. Nikoam back on the bench, Matt Lodging for Jaman tournew Brown, Nicol Kluk Star on the bench again. Halls Bro Returns from his bulldogs loan to be on the bench. Sorryabout that. Ill lucky lamb to play center. Egan butcher played back row. Kim clomb a toungey our for two weeks suspension mentor season likely over,unfortunately. Jackson Pollo to replace him for the rest of the year. RABBITO'sline is twelve and a half. This is, I think the roost isthe most unpretty cool team of this at the moment, like I have noidea how good they are. I'm going to have to tip the RABBITOS,but I'm probably going to take the roosters out the line. I think twelveand a half pretty generous to a team that just got beaten comfortably by thepanthers. But I will be tipping the Rabbit Os. I think their formstoo good and the roosters like they've got a lot of players in their teamwho are pretty inexperienced. Some are playing out of position, so I thinkthe rabbits get the job done. Dragons has a cowboys Saturday afternoon in Rockhampton, which was an interesting grass. I'll say that much like probably should havebeen trimmed a little bit more before kickoff last week. But Tyrol Sloane toreplace Matt Dufty, like Laura Returns, Jen Sullivan to play nine, FreddyLustic, I believe, on the bench as a loan player for the dragons. Tamalolo felt into a longy return for the cowboys. HOMES MOVES TO CENTUP GRIFFIN NAME BACK on the bench from suspension. Dragon's favorites line story anda half. This is another tough one. This could be a great round ofFranky League. Actually, my initial law is to tip the dragons.Seeing those cowboys he in INS. I am tempted and they are Jew that'sall I'll say. The dragons of look decent the last couple weeks for aboutsixty minutes. I like that they're playing...

...the youth. I think the youthare the fute will obviously the future of the clubs and o'mous statement. However, cowboys do a lot of INS. I'm actually going to go the cowboys. Could be dumb because the dragon the also Jud but who cares at thispoint? And Seas Sharks Viss broncos. Sad Day. Second Game Tom inhim for the Sharky's gamble. Sadly ruled out for the year for the broncos. That's about all the news. They're shark's favorites. Lines five and ahalf. Got To tip the SHARKY's. Unfortunately, they're in the finals hunt, so I think they've got more to play for. Broncos are good onSunday, but I was they just scraped a victory really, and if itwasn't for reese's, what reese Welsh was kicking, they wouldn't have got thejob done. Storm versus eels, Primetime Saturday night. You got to tipthe storm lines twenty two and a half. The few team changes. Brandon SmithJustin old jerome WHO's return. Hines shifted to the bench. Interestingly,George Jennings out again, same injury. Dean eremia returns, furgo replaces Sevo. For the EELS, I actually don't think they got to win by thatmuch. I think the EELS will keep it tight, not like six pointsor anything, but I don't think they got to lose. About twenty twoand a half. I didn't think the game's going to be here like Idon't think we're ever going to think that he's going to win, but I'mgoing to go the storm still be comfortably but not quite twenty two and ahalf. Then Sunday we've got a double header at redcliffe which I'm really excitedfor. Well, actually I've just remember the second half of it. Notexcited for that, but did enjoy red cliff footie the other weekend. Seagulls. This is bulldogs. Turbos back, Brad Parker's back. There's about sixtyeight changes for the dogs. Not going to read them out the lines.Twenty nine and a half for manly. Got A tip manly head to head, but I'll probably take me. Bulldogs of the line. I know theirteens looking pretty atrocious right now, but we'll look that. I swear bulldogsdon't get blown out. Could be wrong. Manly could win by eighty, butyeah, obviously manly had to head. And then, sadly, the ultimate, the culmination of the round. Panthers Tigers at redcliff. Look,I'm a tigers fan and I'm not excited for this. We looked also lived. We look so bad on Saturday and the penzas look like they just hitform again. Fisher, Harrison toto return, just our luck. Dylan Edwards named. Don't mind that. Actually do. We out for the year? Mentionedthat before horrible news. Jock baton pick to play six. Happy withthat. It might be a tough game for him, but give the givethe young man a chance. Jacob little returns at night and Simpkin to thebench. Definitely enjoy having two hookers. I don't think either of them aregood enough or fit enough to play eighty minutes on their own. Yet sayfar back on the bench, really happy for him. was worried about hisinjury. When Josh Halla, why really dangerously, came late. The Mediand I forget there's a name for it. Is a cannibal tackle. I don'tknow what it sounded like. I just said Cannibal, but I meancannon ball. Say Far back on bench. Happy for that to Lunny Simpkins Waltersdropped, I think pretty stiff. I'm too lungy. Simms and Waltz'sdeserved horrible defense in the middle. On the weekend panthers the favorites. LinesTwenty eight and a half. I'm taking the tigs at the line. Notsure why. Don't see US getting a whipped. Could be mistaken because weare looking shit at the moment. I think the two wins against the bulldogsin the cowboys was very disguising of our actual form. The head toohead foryour life saving on it. I'm happy to jinx it because I'm a tigsfam put your life savings on it. The line. Might take the tagsof line. Honestly, I know twenty and a half. It's quite abig amount of points. Could see it being in a forty two. Actually, that's twenty eight and a half.

Could say being a thirtysand eight hundredand twelve. There you go. That's not twenty eight a half, butthat is the end of my round twenty four preview. I only got onemore regular season preview, which is really exciting. So pumped for finals.Wish they were this weekend, to be honest, but hopefully we get crowdsand four finals. But actually I'm pretty sure the whole season in Brisbane anyway. But yeah, that's all for today. Let me know in the comments ifyou've enjoyed the episode. Let me know anything, are you are feeling, if I've said anything shit. Let me know if I've said any good, anything good, let me know. Feel free to get around us onthe social media and say hi. And Yeah, that's it for another nurlepisode. Looking forward two more next week. AGO, the tigs.

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