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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    ^Fractured eye socket they're saying, 5-7 weeks on the sideline. This won't help Scott's cause when he fronts the judiciary, I can see them making an example of him...
    Just 2 weeks on an early plea.

    That's ridiculous.

    Wayne Bennett thinks the NRL is biased against Brisbane.
    I'm sure they are biased towards Melbourne.

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    The Eagles have knocked off both the Bronkettes & Storm my year is all good now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746 View Post
    The Eagles have knocked off both the Bronkettes & Storm my year is all good now.
    Yeah. Probably the only 2 opponents where I'd barrack for the Sea Canaries.

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    Manly defends NRL over Curtis Scott suspension for breaking Dylan Walker's eye socket


    Highlights of the game ... lowlight is @ the 2 min mark

    Manly has come to the unlikely defence of the NRL following widespread criticism that Melbourne centre
    Curtis Scott's two-match ban for striking was too lenient.
    Scott, a New South Wales State of Origin hopeful, on Monday pleaded guilty,
    accepting the NRL match review committee's suspension for punching Sea Eagles centre Dylan Walker on Saturday night.

    Walker has been ruled out for six weeks with a fractured eye socket when Scott connected with one of his punches.

    Some critics argued Scott should have been sidelined for a similar time period.

    After engaging in a running verbal battle with Walker all night, Scott lashed out at the Sea Eagles' serial niggler and was sent off.
    He was given a grade-three striking charge, but the angst over what was regarded as an inadequate ban was heightened
    because it was whittled down from three weeks to two weeks due to NRL rules.

    Under the laws of the game, the number of fine points a player incurs is reduced for every minute off the field.

    Because Scott was sent off with 28 minutes to go, his penalty dropped from three weeks to two.

    Manly defends NRL over Curtis Scott suspension for breaking Dylan Walker's eye socket - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    On a different note ...

    Sea Eagles star Dylan Walker's sister charged with manslaughter



    Jade Walker is accused of killing Gilbert Caetano in Sydney's south on the weekend.

    Mr Cateano was found unsconscious at a home in Brighton Le-Sands and despite efforts to revive him, he died at the scene.
    Ms Walker was arrested at the home and charged with manslaughter and one count of entering a dwelling with intent.

    Police described the incident as domestic violence related.

    Sea Eagles star Dylan Walker's sister charged with manslaughter - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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    Craig Bellamy lined up to replace axed Wayne Bennett

    BOMBSHELL reports claim legendary NRL coach Wayne Bennett is set to be axed with Brisbane offering the richest ever coaching contract to his rival.
    BRISBANE is reportedly set to offer Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy the richest coaching contract ever seen in the NRL.
    Bombshell reports claim Bennett is set to be forced out at the end of the 2018 season with the club resigned to having to cough up to pay out the final year of the Super Coach’s contract in 2019.
    The Daily Telegraph reports Brisbane is set to table Bellamy a four-year deal which would dwarf the deal he is on with the Storm.
    Bellamy’s contract negotiations reportedly stalled in April with the Storm mentor declaring he was unsure if he wanted to continue full time coaching beyond this season.
    Fox Sports reported on Tuesday night the Broncos have been in discussions with Bellamy for more than a month — and are set to offer a four-year deal worth more than $5 million.
    However, Fox Sports says it remains unclear if the Broncos are hoping to pinch Bellamy for the 2019 season — or for the 2020 season when Bennett’s contract concludes in 2019.

    NRL 2018: Wayne Bennett, Craig Bellamy, Brisbane Broncos bombshell

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    I really don't like mid season contract changes (player or coach). I think its disruptive to the competition.

    I think they shouldn't be allowed to negotiate moves to another club until after their team's year is finished.

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    ^Absolutely and positively could not agree more.

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    Bennett is a f--king grub,couldn't happen to a nicer k--t.

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    Cowboys convincing defeat Manly 26-12

    Jason Taumalolo returning to devastating form, but the biggest news coming from the game was about the late shot on Thurston by Gosiewski.

    The Cowboys skipper has had a gutful of the late shots.
    "It shits me. It's not part of our team or the way we go about our business," Thurston said.
    "What is it going to take? Me getting a broken rib and being out for three or four weeks before they really clamp down on it?
    "There's a difference where you take it into the line trying to create space and you get whacked while you're at the line.
    "I can take that but when I've passed the ball and I'm relaxed....it's not only halfbacks... any player that's relaxed and gets a late hit can be very damaging."
    Thurston was asked if the NRL judiciary should start suspending players for much longer, or whether the on-field referees needed to act in the moment.
    "Are you part of the game's committee?" Thurston said, looking straight at coach Paul Green.
    Green and Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary are the two coaches on the NRL's competition committee that offer advice and guidance on rule changes.
    "They've spoken about using the sin bin for foul play," Green said. "When the bloke who passes the ball is relaxed and usually he's hit when he can't see it coming - from the side or from behind.
    "They are the dangerous ones, and they're the ones we've got to stamp out or someone will get seriously injured."

    It was the only downside to the Cowboys celebrations as Green praised his powerhouse lock Jason Taumalolo for his an 80-minute performance which featured 25 runs for 234 metres, 11 tackle busts and 103 post-contact metres.

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    ^Fair enough to, that was a late hard hit that could have gone very wrong. Sam Kasiano got him with a similar shot last week so it's no surprise he's got the shits, he's a tough little fucker but getting smashed like that when you're not expecting it is why it's called a dog shot. Kasiano got a 1 week holiday, if they want to get it out of the game they've got to start handing out way longer stints on the sidelines (as they did when they wanted the spear-tackle gone).

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    ^ ^^

    My job as a Prop was to run at faces* ... but never late, nor dirty.

    Any player with the ball is fair game, but Thursten got hit 'late' and that's not on.

    'Protecting' the play maker ... nope ... 'fair play', tackling a player with the ball ... YES

    Sin Bin the buggers (offenders).



    * I never got the rest of the lesson which went like this ...

    David, your job as a Prop was to run at faces* during the softening up period, but, when
    the game opens up ... run at 'spaces'.

    tis the only difference between me and Arte Beetson
    (and his offload, mobility etc)

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    Yep, sin bin in the only answer.


    Manly forward Jack Gosiewski has been hit with a grade-1 shoulder charge by the NRL match review committee for his controversial hit on Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston.


    The back-rower is facing a one-match ban if he submits an early guilty plea or two games if he unsuccessfully challenges the charge at the judiciary.


    It is highly likely the Sea Eagles will accept the charge given Gosiewski suffered a broken arm late in the match and will be sidelined for a lengthy stretch anyway.
    So basically he wont be punished at all because he'd be out anyway.

    Sin bin punishes the team in the game that the offence occurred because they have to play with 12. A suspension doesn't really punish the team much at all, because they can replace the offender while he is suspended.

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    NRL overhauls sin-bin rules mid-season after series of cheap late hits on game's playmakers

    Late hits, high and crusher tackles, shoulder charges, diving at the legs of kickers and other cheap shots will now be met with
    time off the field after the Australian Rugby League Commission endorsed changes to the game's sin-bin rules.

    From this weekend, referees will be given discretion to sit players down for serious instances of foul play, even if their victims
    are able to continue playing the game.

    The adjustment comes after a number of unsavoury incidents in recent weeks, including Canberra forward Charlie Gubb diving a
    t the legs of Panther Nathan Cleary after he kicked the ball, and Manly forward Jack Gosiewski's late shot on Cowboys playmaker
    Johnathan Thurston.

    After that match a noticeably angry Thurston lashed out.

    "It shitts me," he said. "It's not part of our team, not how we go about our business … What's it going to take?
    A broken rib and be out for three-four weeks before they really stamp down on it?"

    Both Gubb and Gosiewski were suspended for one and two matches respectively, but the implementation of these new rules will
    give an immediate advantage to the opposition team.

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg says the mid-season changes were not the result of external pressure.
    "I just thought it was the right decision to make and it was very strongly supported by the people sitting around the competition
    committee," he said.

    Greenberg also addressed the continued criticism of refereeing across the competition this season.
    There has been an alarming number of penalties blown already in 2018.

    "There has been a tendency I think for the referees to continue to nit-pick, so we have to be really careful that we find the
    balance," he said.
    "I don't want referees looking for penalties, what I want referees to do is police those areas that we have tasked them to do, and
    allow the game to flow.

    "They are not going to be perfect but that's the strong directive that will continue to come."

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    Clubs to get salary cap relief for injured rep stars

    The ARL Commission also backed a proposal that will allow clubs to cover for players who suffer a long-term injury while
    participating in a representative match.

    Clubs can now sign a replacement player and access a salary cap exemption of up to $350,000 dollars.
    The rule will come in to effect immediately.

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    How the fuck did the Bulldogs get them selves into this fiasco.

    https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/ki...fdb55879c6ef90

    CANTERBURY has reportedly made a dramatic move to end the career of superstar recruit Kieran Foran.


    The injured playmaker joined the Bulldogs ahead of the 2018 season on a three-year deal reportedly worth $1 million per-year — but his form slump has mirrored the club’s disastrous 2018 campaign.


    With star forward Aaron Woods and Moses Mbye already out the door — perhaps even in the next two weeks — the club has reached a new low point with its attempt to push Foran into retirement.


    The former premiership winner with the Sea Eagles will celebrate his 28th birthday next week on June 21 — and he may be celebrating as a retired footballer, according to Wide World of Sports.


    The report claims the Bulldogs have applied to the NRL to have Foran’s salary exempt from the cap if it is ruled that his retirement is a medical necessity.


    NRL salary cap rules will allow Foran’s significant salary to be removed from the cap for the remainder of his deal until the end of 2020 — if it is proven his retirement is purely prompted by his ongoing injuries.
    The Kiwi international has missed the past two games for the Dogs with a toe injury, but he has reportedly also been trying to manage an ongoing neck injury and will miss another month of football.


    Foran’s premature retirement would allow the Bulldogs to have some salary cap freedom for 2019 season.


    With the club in the middle of a painful salary cap crunch, Canterbury has pulled the same move Parramatta made when Anthony Watmough was given the all clear to retire for medical reasons while continuing to receive his full salary — paid outside the salary cap.


    The Bulldogs have already accepted that star twins Brett Morris and Josh Morris will be forced to find a new home at the end of the season, while Woods is reportedly set to make a move to Cronulla before the June 30 recruitment deadline.


    Moses Mbye, who has been one of the Bulldogs’ few players to find red-hot form this season, has already signed with the Wests Tigers on a four-year-deal beginning in 2019.


    The Tigers are reportedly still negotiating with the Bulldogs over a deal that would allow Mbye to also move to the Tigers before June 30.


    Mbye has previously declared it is not his preference to desert his teammates in the middle of the season, but will make the move if the Dogs and Tigers can strike a deal in the next two weeks.
    The Dogs No. 1 signed a four-year Tigers deal from 2019 but had not ruled out the possibility of a move to the joint venture before the June 30 deadline. However, Mbye said he felt duty bound to provide a fitting finish to his stint for a club that handed him his NRL debut five seasons ago.


    Mbye, 24, was forced out of the Bulldogs due to the club’s ongoing salary cap woes.


    Asked about a mid-season switch, Mbye told Fox Sports’ Queenslanders Only: “It’s the NRL, anything can happen but I am at the Dogs this week. “I am looking forward to finishing the year with the boys.


    “I think it is important how you leave a club as well.


    “I want to go out without burning any bridges or upsetting anyone. I think the boys deserve that.” Moving out of Belmore would be tempting for Mbye after Canterbury lost their 10th game of the year last round to relegate them to 15th on the ladder, equal on wins with dead last Parramatta.


    And the Tigers are in need of a full-time fullback.


    “At the moment the plan is to play fullback but I have only had very brief conversations with (Tigers coach) Ivan (Cleary),” Mbye said of his Tigers role. “Obviously I still have commitments at the Bulldogs and we haven’t really gone into that (at the Tigers).” The Bulldogs host Gold Coast on Saturday before the representative round, ensuring any switch to the Tigers would need to happen before Canterbury’s June 30 trip to Newcastle.

    The whole salary cap implementation should be overhauled.
    They need to:
    1) Stop cheaters like Bulldogs, Storm & Eels before they win a competition over the cap.
    2) Prevent long term club players from being pushed out purely for salary cap reasons.

    Maybe have a rule that any player with more than 10 years service to club is excluded from the salary cap.
    I know this will probably benefit teams like Broncos & Storm more than it will my Tigers (but that could also change as more clubs would try to keep players long term)

    Yes, NRL is a business, but without fans its nothing.
    (most) Fans have club loyalty, and a lot of the players do as well.
    Loyalty should be rewarded.

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    ^ The Dog were more whimper then bark over the week-end. Sad to see that to a previously strong Club.

    Both the Morris Twins were out.

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    Watched the Canberra game and there was something there which showed me maybe they have turned the corner.
    The return of their Pommy Import from injury played a part. Hooker?

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    Craig Bellamy opts for the challenge of reshaping Melbourne Storm rather
    than a Brisbane Broncos move


    Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has put to bed weeks of speculation surrounding his future, signing
    a contract extension that will keep him with the Storm until 2021.

    The protracted negotiations with Melbourne chief executive David Donaghy eventually bore fruit with the
    club locking the 58-year-old into a three-year deal valued at $1.7 million per year.

    This will extend Bellamy's tenure with the club to 19 seasons.

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    ^ The news will be bitterly received in Brisbane, where Bellamy was headhunted as the man to replace his former
    tutor Wayne Bennett at the helm of the Brisbane Broncos.

    The Broncos will now have to cast a wider net in their search for Bennett's successor, with Souths coach
    Anthony Seibold emerging as a likely candidate.

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    HUGE week-end of Footy ...


    Women's State of Origin, Friday, 7.30pm at North Sydney Oval


    Papua New Guinea v Fiji, Saturday 4pm at Campbelltown Stadium


    Samoa v Tonga, Saturday 7.10pm at Campbelltown Stadium


    England v New Zealand, Sunday 6am (AEST) at Mile High Stadium, Denver (Yes, not a typo ... Denver !)


    NSW Residents v Queensland residents, 4.10pm Sunday at ANZ Stadium



    and the biggie ...

    State of Origin II, New South Wales v Queensland, Sunday, 7.40pm at ANZ Stadium

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    So I received an email from WatchNRL:

    There’s a smorgasbord of rugby league this weekend on Watch NRL, despite the clubs taking a sickie. On Friday night, there’s a slice of history and bragging rights on the line when NSW take on QLD in the inaugural Holden Women’s State of Origin. Saturday, we feast on two Pacific Island internationals, then on Sunday, the main course; the Holden State of Origin game 2.
    but both the App and their websites don't have any links in the "Upcoming Matches" for any of the games except SoO2.

    I hope they get their act together before tomorrow's WSoO...

    Also the email is full of errors like this one..
    WOMEN’S STATE OF ORIGIN Thursday, June 23, 4:00pm AEST
    So when is it, Thursday, Friday 7.30, or June 23 (Saturday)?

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    ^Yeah they're not good at anything out of thd ordinary. SOO 1 wasn't on their program guide, I had friends messaging me minutes before the game started who were seriously worried!. The games you mentioned above will all be on, but because they're all Ch9 games there'll be no pre-game shows. They'll all come on just before the starting whistle.

    Edit: The women's Origin game is Friday. Check ch9 tv guide or your sportsbook for start times.

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    I sent them an email and received this reply:
    Thanks for getting back to us.


    We apologise for the typos in the email.


    In regards to Pacific Test games and Womens State of Origin they will be shown the the Channel page via https://www.watchnrl.com/fox-league at the below times to view the games


    - Women’s State of Origin Friday, June 22, 7:30pm (AEST) | VOD can be found in Specials tab under Shows


    - PAPUA NEW GUINEA v FIJI Saturday, June 23, 4:00pm (AEST) | VOD can be found in Specials tab under Shows


    - TONGA v SAMOA Saturday, June 23, 7:10pm (AEST) | VOD can be found in Specials tab under Shows


    If you need any assistance with the times please let us know.


    Thank you
    Watch Care Team

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Women's State of Origin, Friday, 7.30pm at North Sydney Oval
    Is anyone planning to watch this?

    TBH ... I don't give a toss about Woman's RL/RU/AFL

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Is anyone planning to watch this?
    Besides immediate family of the players, my guess would be no.

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    TBH ... I don't give a toss about Woman's RL/RU/AFL
    Yep, all women's sport is shit. Except beach volleyball, obviously.

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    ^ Cheeky

    Actually, for some strange reason, I can watch woman's golf.

    Maybe it's their consistent smooth swing ... something I'd like to emulate.

    Netball and Beach Volleyball are givens.

    Tennis ... if they don't grunt or squeal.

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    On a different note, the Soccer World Cup, Australia vs Denmark is kicking off soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Is anyone planning to watch this?

    TBH ... I don't give a toss about Woman's RL/RU/AFL
    Ok David, credit where credit's due. A few of us watched the game yesterday and it wasn't just the beer that made it entertaining, it really was a good game!. We were caught off guard at how good those girls are, they do everything the men do (except Squirrel grip) and their skills took us by surprise. It was a good, clean, fast game, that went down to the wire. I wouldn't gamble on the sport, but most definitely would watch it again.

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    That *pop!* sound was the sound of some NRL fans heads exploding...


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