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iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT



Hahahahahahahaha last year I was apologising for only getting this up in mid-February.... How times change. At least the first game hasn't kicked off yet (as I nervously eye the clock next to me).

Anyhoo, this is the NRL (and international rugby league, etc) thread. Most of the people here are depressed Australians and New Zealadonians who need someone to lend a shoulder to cry on as loving Braith Anasta gets his heartbreaking field goal replayed for the millionth time and I don't give a gently caress Channel 9 I don't want to see that game in my YouTube feed it's loving depressing as poo poo

Um, sorry about that. Not sure what just happened. No repressed rage here at all.

Back on track - please post in here for live updates on games, news and views, the latest court reports and sentencing, and whatever heartwarming family adventures the players get up to throughout the year. We don't judge, except if you're a Roosters or Storm fan and in that case feel free to be called every obscenity under the sun (and possibly Manly if they actually become good at some point).

For the uninitiated who've wandered in, welcome! First, very curious what about the thread title drew you in? It's not exactly a beacon of an exciting and fun sport... Anyhoo, your terrible life choices aside, let's get down to what we're about and who we support (also known as OUR terrible life choices). Rugby League is a fast-moving, violent and very skillful sport played mostly in England and Australia (in the good states) which only lasts 80-odd minutes so doesn't allow you to get too blind-drunk during play. Unlike American sports there aren't ads in play, although they are plastered over literally every surface possible and also frequently dropped into conversation by the commentators. It's our trade-off. We'll explain more about how it all works in a bit.

Also we have a discord thingy now! It's at https://discord.gg/bqxDStt (if the link doesn't work let me know since copying and pasting is difficult to me).



Rugby League. The greatest game of all

OK, since the kickoff for the first game of the year is literally 3 hours away at this point I can't be hosed writing a coherent introductory paragraph here, while trying to fit in as many jokes about players being caught loving dogs. I'm not being paid for this, you know. I'm also going to copy/paste the rules section from last year because nobody reads it anyway and anyone who doesn't understand the rules can just ask us and we're very nice and promise not to insult you. Pinky swear.

RULES OF THE GAME
Like any sport, Rugby League has rules that govern how the game must go. Like all good sportsmen and women our fair-and-fabulous players always follow the rules, which I'll summarise below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvzUSmoY3sE

In this video, you'll see a few things being demonstrated. Rugby League works a lot like gridiron, but has 6 tackles rather than 4 downs. You also don't get a new set by advancing down the field, only by the other team touching the ball. Every time you get tackled you must play the ball, like in the video. At each tackle the defense must retreat 10m downfield, and the offence must be behind the spot of the tackle. You can also see in the video that the tacklers must give the tacklee some space to play the ball, and if they don't they'll be appropriately punished, as shown. Finally, you'll see the wonderful level of respect that the players have for the referees, who we value and love whether our team wins or loses. Respect is important!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3dRgjY3DT4



This is what our field looks like, although normally we'll get the excitement of more sponsors' markings on the field and sometimes the thrill of varying amounts of sand to make it feel like a day at the beach! Grass is just so boring when it's uniform, right?

To score points:

TRY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_RaDAHACD4

Tries are the main way teams score points. The idea is to touch the ball to the ground on or behind the goalline, for which you're rewarded 4 points. Whilst this sounds simple, it can sometimes be very complex and hard to discern, so we have a brilliant Bunker system that will be called upon in nearly every circumstance to decide whether the player involved has been good or bad, and reward them with a try if they deserve it! The Bunker is a state-of-the-art technology which is always correct and is routinely lauded in the media for its incredible accuracy and consistency.

CONVERSION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jjZuRTaBcI

As a bonus for scoring a try you are allowed to kick the ball through the posts, which will get you an additional two points. The kick is taken perpendicular to the point on the field you scored the try (you can take it back as far as you want), which rewards teams who use exciting and skillful play to score under the posts, rather than going for simple and low-effort tries in the corners.

PENALTY GOAL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHZ5QD07rus

Very similar to conversions, except awarded when a player commits an offence. As Rugby League players are always fair and honest gentlemen this is extremely rare.

FIELD GOALS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj5CUhVVgDg

The most skillful and exciting form of scoring points, requiring players to dropkick the bapppppll during ongoing play through the posts. As the degree of difficulty is so high, only the most talented proponents of the game dare attempt them, and only in the most extreme circumstances. Fittingly, for such an act of skill, the rewards are massive - one whole point!

POSITIONS

Each team in Rugby League consists of 13 specialised positions on the field, with 4 substitutes on the bench who, whilst equally talented, must wait to ply their trade. The team is seperated into backs and forwards, who each have general jobs to do on the field. Unlike gridiron, but like soccer, each player has the same ruleset - the positions are more to do with their basic tasks on the field.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTUSJbbzxsA
Look I couldn't find any Beau Knows videos about the other positions because I'm doing this on a Tuesday at 9:34pm after putting my kid to sleep so get off my loving back I'm not getting paid for this you loving jackels
alexa remind me to take that out tomorrow


THE NRL



The premier rugby league competition in the southern hemisphere, consisting of only the most skillful teams from Australia and New Zealand (last year and this year we are counting Tamworth and Terrigal as NZ because gently caress Covid). All of the teams have sordidstoried histories, which I'll get into in a minute, but you can rest assured that no matter who you root for you've got a great chance of both making the finals and competing for the big trophy at the end (except if you support Newcastle, Wests or New Zealand)! Most of the teams have won before (except New Zealand and lol Gold Coast), and because of the financial acumen of their stable boards and their wise and cunning coaching staff you can rest assured success is just over the horizon! To save time this year I'm just going to give a quick appraisal of the team based on whatever vague things I can remember about them last year and through the offseason. This should pretty quickly show exactly how terrible my memory is. Enjoy!

CLUBS

BRISBANE BRONCOS




Supporters: BlackShadow, BCR, GrunZicle, ili, Dirty Frank, Akileese, Airstream Driver, cpaf

New faces
Dale Copley (Titans), John Asiata (Cowboys), David Mead (Catalans)

2021 losses
Andrew McCullough (Dragons), David Fifita (Titans), Darius Boyd (retired), Matt Gillett (retired), Sean O'Sullivan (Warriors), Jack Bird (Dragons), Joe Ofahengaue (Wests Tigers), Jamil Hopoate, Jordan Kahu, Richie Kennar, Ilikena Vudogo, Issac Luke (released)

Has anyone stopped laughing about the greatest club in history (in their minds) totally making GBS threads the bed and coming in last? I certainly haven't, and as someone who lives in Brisbane myself I can't believe nobody has punched me in the face for publicly mocking everyone I see about it. The cherry on top was watching the family club completely descend into acrimonious infighting the second poo poo went sideways. So much fun. Their trial form has been terrible with glimpses of mediocrity so who knows if they'll rebound. The smart money says they've got the pedigree but here's hoping they keep being loving trash.

What's the year look like for their fans: They'll start out OK and be impossible to be around as they pretend last year was just a shared delusion, before (hopefully) making GBS threads the bed completely and turning into a remake of Lord of the Flies at Red Hill.

Last year: 16th

CANBERRA RAIDERS




Supporters: Burn Down Canberra, aejix, TheHeadSage's soft spot, garycoleisgod, BlindSite

New faces
Harry Rushton (Wigan), Ryan James (Titans), Caleb Aekins (Panthers), Albert Hopoate (Sea Eagles)

2021 losses
John Bateman (Wigan), Nick Cotric (Bulldogs), Michael Oldfield (Eels), Sebastian Kris (released)

Look, I'll probably be yelled at for this but I thought last year they missed their opportunity. They've been great for the last few years, but never could quite get the trophy. I'm worried they've peaked and will start sliding back to the form that had them as one of this thread's perennial failure groups. Maybe I'm wrong? They've still got a powerful team, but they're getting older and I don't know how long they can keep the pressure up on the usual success stories. Time will tell.

What's the year look like for their fans: They'll still win a tonne of games and probably be near the pointy end of the season, but they've got to have it in the backs of their minds that this could be the last chance in a while. That's got to be painful (but probably a lot less painful than us who support teams we definitely know won't do anything).

Last year: 5th


CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS




Supporters: Dumpstar, Hyperriker, 50% Of FlickingFire (the indecisive parts), Gobbledock, woofbro

New faces
Nick Cotric (Raiders), Corey Allan (Rabbitohs), Corey Waddell (Sea Eagles), Jack Hetherington (Panthers), Kyle Flanagan (Roosters), Matt Doorey (promoted from development contract)

2021 losses
Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles), Kerrod Holland (retired), Marcelo Montoya (Warriors), Aiden Tolman (Sharks), Sauaso Sue (Knights), Jack Cogger (Huddersfield), Tim Lafai, Isaiah Tass (released)

I don't think any of us have ever cheered for the Dogs as much as we did at the end of the year when we realised that they could jump over the lazy brown Broncos and give them the spoon. Yes, they're garbage (I mean, rebuilding), but at least they're not actively annoying. The only way is up for them and I don't have a clue how they did in preseason so I'm just going to assume they'll be down the bottom again, hopefully just above the Queensland teams.

What's the year look like for their fans: Do I give them the false hope or the realistic depression? Flip a coin, they're going to lose anyway.
Last year: 15th

CRONULLA SHARKS




Supporters: Lacklustre Hero, Big Steveo, elgarbo

New faces
Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs), Luke Metcalf (Sea Eagles)


2021 losses
Cameron King (retired), Jayson Bukuya (retired), Scott Sorensen (Panthers), Bryson Goodwin, Kayleb Milne

Now comfortably settled into their position of mid-table wannabes, the Sharks have become mostly annoying by having loving Scott Morrison at their games pretending he knows anything about what's going on and isn't actively disgusted at being near plebs. We get it, he's at the game. We don't need 100 loving shots of him whenever there's a break in play. Anyways, I'm going to play it safe and assume they'll be exactly the same middle-of-the-road losers as always since looking at their transfers doesn't inspire any confidence.

What's the year look like for their fans: At least they'll have a small amount to cheer about before being dragged back to the reality that they live in the loving Shire of all places. I guess if you're very white it's ok?
Last year: 8th

GOLD COAST TITANS




Supporters: oystertoadfish, Redeye Flight, Sojobo, Byolante

New faces
Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Storm), Herman Ese'ese (Knights), David Fifita (Broncos), Patrick Herbert (Warriors), Sam McIntyre (Tigers)

2021 losses
Jai Arrow (Rabbitohs), Shannon Boyd (retired), Ryan James (Raiders), Young Tonumaipea (rugby union), Bryce Cartwright (Eels), Keegan Hipgrave (Eels), Dale Copley (Broncos), Nathan Peats, Tyrone Roberts (released)

Holy poo poo, I don't know what's going on. Having come last in 2019 nobody was expecting anything from the glitter-strip, yet somehow they won their last 5 games, had a great recruitment drive, cut a heap of dead-weight and are looking very ominous as finals contenders. That, of course, relies on them not completely collapsing like they have done so many times before (and did in their last trial) but all things look rosy here. If I have to hear my wife cheering them as they win a grand final I will be very angry...

What's the year look like for their fans: Uncharacterisically optimistic. Let's see how long that lasts.
Last year: 9th

MANLY SEA-EAGLES




Supporters: The Deadly Hume, Crawfoot, Fanatic

New faces
Andrew Davey (Parramatta), Kieran Foran (Bulldogs), Christian Tuipulotu (Roosters), Jason Saab (Dragons), Josh Aloiai (Wests Tigers)

2021 losses
Joel Thompson (St Helens), Corey Waddell (Bulldogs), Addin Fonua-Blake (Warriors), Jade Anderson (released), Albert Hopoate (Raiders), Luke Metcalf (Sharks), Brendan Elliot, Danny Levi, Tony Williams (released)

The definition of a yo-yo club. The last few years are either rocks or diamonds, and last year they were a complete train wreck (only saved from hitting the bottom by the Broncos, Cowboys and Bulldogs heroically throwing themselves under their falling carcass). Going by their pattern they'll be good theis year, but it's hard to see how buying Kieran "80 minutes a season" Foran fits into that plan.

What's the year look like for their fans: They just got flogged in the last trial by the Tigers, so that's not exactly a good omen. Only one way to go, I guess.
Last year: 13th

MELBOURNE STORM




Supporters: piss explosion, Franko, I Love Sanchize, TheHeadSage, x1o

New faces
George Jennings (Eels), Reimis Smith (Bulldogs), Harry Grant (Tigers, loan deal over), Dean Ieremia (promoted from development squad)

2021 losses
Suliasi Vunivalu (rugby union), Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Titans), Paul Momirovski (Tigers, loan deal over), Albert Vete (Hull KR), Ricky Leutele (Huddersfield), Cameron Smith (retired), Sandor Earl (released)

Yet another loving premiership. When will they gently caress off and leave us all alone? At least Smith finally (yesterday) retired so another piece of the magic Queensland group is gone. Maybe that'll finally stop them dominating. At least we can all abuse them all year here as catharsis.

What's the year look like for their fans: Probably even more success but hopefully they somehow gently caress up and we can all laugh at them.
Last year: 2nd (Premiers)

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS




Supporters: bowmore, Mackay, fuckpot, LuckySevens

New faces
Bailey Hodgson (Castleford), Dominic Young (Huddersfield), Tyson Frizell (Dragons), Sauaso Sue (Bulldogs), Jack Johns (development deal - Rabbitohs), Brayden Musgrove

2021 losses
Aidan Guerra (retired), Tim Glasby (retired), Herman Ese'ese (Titans), Andrew McCullough (Broncos), Sione Mata'utia (St Helens), Mason Lino (Wakefield Trinity), Tautau Moga (Rabbitohs), Tyronne Roberts-Davis (released)

THEY MADE THE FINALS!!!! Who could have predicted this a few years ago when they were getting the spoon every year? We all wish them the best (until they start getting consistenly successful and we'll all get jealous and resentful). Big numbers in and out this year make it hard to know what's happening.

What's the year look like for their fans: They're probably still in dreamland from last year's successes so hopefully it continues.

Last year: 7th

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORSNORTH TAMWORTH BEARS!






Supporters: Jono C, Ewar Woowar, Smorgasbord, Vagabundo, Thel

New faces
Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington), Kane Evans (Eels), Euan Aitken (Dragons), Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly), Iliesa Ratuva (rugby union), Sean O'Sullivan (Broncos), Marcelo Montoya (Bulldogs), Bayley Sironen (Rabbitohs)

2021 losses
Adam Blair (retired), Gerard Beale (retired), Lachlan Burr (Cowboys), Isaiah Papali'i (Eels), Taane Milne (Rabbitohs), Patrick Herbert (Titans), Nathaniel Roache (Eels), Agnatius Paasi (St Helens), Adam Keighran (Roosters), Leivaha Pulu, King Vuniyayawa (released)

Look, considering the team spent the entire year in a different country to their families and support networks I think we can't judge them too harshly. It's impressive they did as well as they did. They hopefully will get to go home after round 4 this year so hopefully they'll be able to get back to normal (although that's not exactly a cheery thing for their fans, so maybe we should hope they learn what the word "consistent" means).


Just leaving this here for posterity

What's the year look like for their fans: I'm sure they're used to watching the games on TV, hopefully they'll get to see one in their country soon.
Last year: 10th

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS




Supporters: foolish fool, 50% of FlickingFire (the less-successful indecisive parts)

New faces
Lachlan Burr (Warriors), Kane Bradley (Tigers), Javid Bowen

2021 losses
Gavin Cooper (retired), Tom Opacic (Eels), John Asiata (Broncos), Tuki Simpkins (Tigers), Daniel Russell (released)

They seem to have settled into the 14th spot, taking it out two years in a row. They haven't really been active in the market this year so lol I think it may be a safe bet that they'll end up near there yet again. At least they weren't the worst Queensland team.

What's the year look like for their fans: More of the same, you'd think.
Last year: 14th

PARRAMATTA EELS




Supporters: Saul Goode, Danoss, spacegoat

New faces
Keegan Hipgrave, Bryce Cartwright (Titans), Michael Oldfield (Raiders), Nathaniel Roache (Warriors - development squad), Tom Opacic (Cowboys), Isaiah Papali'i (Warriors), Joey Lussick (Salford), Will Penisini (promoted from development squad)

2021 losses
Kane Evans (Warriors), David Gower (retired), Andrew Davey (Sea Eagles), George Jennings (Storm), Stefano Utoikamanu (Tigers), Jai Field (Wigan), Brad Takairangi (Hull KR), Daniel Alvaro (Dragons), Jaeman Salmon (Panthers), Peni Terepo (retired), Rhys Davies (released)

As someone from the Parramatta area I hate that they've become a pretty consistent top-4 team. They're very good across the park, but thankfully don't seem to have the killer instinct to win at the right end of the year. That might change, though - they're buying well and the core group is becoming very established and comfortable together.


What's the year look like for their fans: Lots of wins throughout the year but hopefully heartbreak when it matters.
Last year: 3rd

PENRITH PANTHERS




Supporters: Mootallica, Pig in the City

New faces
Robert Jennings (Wests Tigers), Matt Eisenhuth (Wests Tigers), Jaeman Salmon (Eels), Scott Sorensen (Sharks), Paul Momirovski (Wests Tigers)

2021 losses
Jack Hetherington (Bulldogs), Caleb Aekins (Raiders), James Tamou (Wests Tigers), Josh Mansour (Rabbitohs), Zane Tetevano (Leeds Rhinos), Daine Laurie (Wests Tigers), Dean Whare (Catalans), Dean Blore, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Pat Hollis, Brayden McGrady (released)

OK, 2019 proved to be an abberation and they're back to being excellent. They should be - they've got a young and strong team with a fuckton of ex-Tigers which normally guarantees success. They just got unlucky and ran into the Storm in the Grand Final, which historically doesn't end well. If they can just keep themselves healthy and a little more lucky they'll possibly win something big.

What's the year look like for their fans: I would be getting a place on the mantle ready.
Last year: 1st (Minor Premiers and Grand Finalists)

ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS


ditto the broncos jersey poo poo

Supporters: heladocasero, Gregorio

New faces
Poasa Faamausili (Roosters), Jack Bird (Broncos), Daniel Alvaro (Eels)

2021 losses
Tyson Frizell (Knights), Euan Aitken (Warriors), James Graham (St Helens), Jacob Host (Rabbitohs), Korbin Sims (Hull KR), Jason Saab (Sea Eagles), Joe Lovodua, Tristan Sailor (released)

Still kicking around in the bottom 5 teams with zero hope for improvement until they completely rebuild, which they don't seem to want to try. Barely anyone likes them and they used to win all the time so who gives a gently caress if they keep being punching bags for the rest of the league.

What's the year look like for their fans: They're just making up the numbers and nobody really cares.
Last year: 12th

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS




New faces
Jai Arrow (Titans), Jacob Host (Dragons), Josh Mansour (Panthers), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Taane Milne (Warriors), Tautau Moga (Knights)

2021 losses
Ethan Lowe (retired), James Roberts (Tigers), Bayley Sironen (Warriors), Jack Johns (Knights), Joseph Suaalii (Roosters), Corey Allan (Bulldogs), Tom Amone, Cory Denniss, Kurt Dillon, Ky Rodwell (released)

lol buying an over-the-hill Tigers superstar worked out so well last time, good luck

What's the year look like for their fans: Look, they're pretty good so they'll probably get lots to cheer about, but they love to big-note themselves and fellate their history all the time so they can gently caress right off.

Last year: 6th

SYDNEY ROOSTERS




Supporters: Ribbo, Apollodorus, Green Eggs and Sam

New faces
Adam Keighran (Warriors), Joseph Suaalii (Rabbitohs)

2021 losses
Mitchell Aubusson (retired), Kyle Flanagan (Bulldogs), Poasa Faamausili (Dragons), Ryan Hall (Hull KR), Christian Tuipulotu (Sea Eagles), Sonny Bill Williams (released)

They didn't make the Grand Final! Yay! Everybody celebrate!

They're still loving good and a bunch of cunts bad people we don't like so they'll probably be up the top again. It's only a matter of time :'(.


What's the year look like for their fans: Who gives a gently caress what happens to these fuckwits if it doesn't involve a woodchipper.
Last year: 4th

WESTS TIGERS




Supporters: iajanus, Contra Duck, Abalone Malone, Gorbash, emjayelle, MacDougall, Minisune

New faces
James Roberts (Rabbitohs), Stefano Utoikamanu (Eels), James Tamou (Panthers), Jock Madden, Jake Simpkin, Zac Cini (all promoted), Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos), Tuki Simpkins (Cowboys), Daine Laurie (Panthers), Tom Amone (Rabbitohs)

2021 losses
Chris Lawrence (retired), Chris McQueen (Huddersfield), Robert Jennings (Panthers), Matt Eisenhuth (Panthers), Harry Grant (Storm, loan period over), Sam McIntyre (Titans), Josh Aloiai (Sea Eagles), Josh Reynolds (Hull FC), Elijah Taylor (Salford Red Devils), Kane Bradley (Cowboys), Benji Marshall (Rabbitohs), Paul Momirovski (Panthers)

Oh well, we've finally gotten Lawrence, Marshall, Reynolds and Farah off the books, and are trying to actually build for the future. We've had a good offseason and everything seems sunny, so I assume in a couple of the days we'll be loving slaughtered by the Raiders and I'll be drunk and crying. The circle of life.

What's the year look like for their fans: Look I'm not giving any false hope this year, we're all loving doomed to failure.

Last year: 11th



ERRATA

NORTH SYDNEY OR POSSIBLY PERTH? BEARS



People who still brilliantly hold memberships: aejix, iajanus, quite a few other geniuses

yay bears we love you and miss you call soon?

And for our fans of equally awesome northern hemisphere football... here be the details (ps someone please send me a rundown of the teams etc and I'll put them in here)

As always, if you want your name attributed to your team please let me know. If I've hosed anything up, please let me know too (lol I'm guessing everything is broken but idk this is a rush job)

iajanus fucked around with this message at 05:39 on Mar 13, 2021

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Abalone Malone
Jul 26, 2002

...

whats the go with the Tigers jersey

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT


Abalone Malone posted:

whats the go with the Tigers jersey

a long time ago in a different universe there was a preseason tournament where the teams wore funny shirts

no i don't remember what it was called but lol that was our batshit crazy one

Abalone Malone
Jul 26, 2002

...

found it on wish.com
lets see if it's worth $35

Jono C
Mar 28, 2007

Adam is a wonderful example of how a player should go about his business in the NRL


iajanus posted:

a long time ago in a different universe there was a preseason tournament where the teams wore funny shirts

no i don't remember what it was called but lol that was our batshit crazy one

Was it the Nines (aka the preseason waste of time where players would try too hard and get injured for no good reason that wasn't the All Stars game)?

Thanks for doing the OP again.

Fanatic
Mar 9, 2006



Thanks for the OP.

Guess I have another season of busted hammies to look forward to

MiniSune
Sep 16, 2003

Smart like Dodo!

So far Melbourne looking...Melbourne

x1o
Aug 5, 2005

My focus is UNPARALLELED!


Status: Still a smug Storm supporter

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT


This was worth rushing home from Basketball for

Burn Down Canberra
Oct 27, 2005

GAME PLANS? We don't need no stinking game plans.



Nobody will yell at you for saying the raiders are bad. ive been saying they are bad now for decades. even when they are good.

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT


Note that I do plan on going back and updating the photos at some point soon, probably Monday. Got to work out the theme, though.

BlindSite
Feb 8, 2009

RIP Blindsite
He Never Scored


Raiders will be good this year. I'm expecting top 4 finish.

Vagabundo
Mar 20, 2007

Ya like Little Wayne?


Next season will be our season.

BlindSite
Feb 8, 2009

RIP Blindsite
He Never Scored


Broncos v Eels has my brain broken. I know the Broncos are going to be bashed by 30 points.

I know Brodie Croft isn't the answer at half back. I doubt Kevvy is the coach to lead us to the promise land. I think our forward rotation is all wrong. I think our free agent signings sucked.

But I'm also thinking "but maybe...".

Abalone Malone
Jul 26, 2002

...

BlindSite posted:

Broncos v Eels has my brain broken. I know the Broncos are going to be bashed by 30 points.

I know Brodie Croft isn't the answer at half back. I doubt Kevvy is the coach to lead us to the promise land. I think our forward rotation is all wrong. I think our free agent signings sucked.

But I'm also thinking "but maybe...".

Parra by 50

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008




Lipstick Apathy

BlindSite posted:

Broncos v Eels has my brain broken. I know the Broncos are going to be bashed by 30 points.

I know Brodie Croft isn't the answer at half back. I doubt Kevvy is the coach to lead us to the promise land. I think our forward rotation is all wrong. I think our free agent signings sucked.

But I'm also thinking "but maybe...".
but maybe you will miss out on the spoon?

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008




Lipstick Apathy

Speaking of spoons, Knights vs Dogs in an hour and 10 minutes, looking for Mitchell Pierce to get out on top (yes this was a dog fucker joke)

BlindSite
Feb 8, 2009

RIP Blindsite
He Never Scored


bowmore posted:

but maybe you will miss out on the spoon?

Cowbs or dragons for spoon this year.

Dragons seem especially woeful.

Budzilla
Oct 14, 2007

I do it because I love you.


Fanatic posted:

Guess I have another season of busted hammies to look forward to
Lodge has been taken off for his hammy. Good 20min for the Broncz.

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT


The part of me that lives in Brisbane hates what's happening

The part of me from Parramatta is laughing hysterically

Budzilla
Oct 14, 2007

I do it because I love you.


Cool. 3 Brisbane players taken off for injuries.

BlindSite
Feb 8, 2009

RIP Blindsite
He Never Scored


Eh I'll take losing by 8 when you get dudded on 2 tries and lose 3 players.

ili
Jul 26, 2003



BlindSite posted:

Eh I'll take losing by 8 when you get dudded on 2 tries and lose 3 players.

Same. I'm really happy with their effort mostly. Sometimes everything just goes against you but they put in the work and on a slightly different night would have earned a win from it. Hopefully Asiata and Coates are ok, Coates' one looked grim and Asiata just collapsed so hope it's nothing too serious.

BlindSite
Feb 8, 2009

RIP Blindsite
He Never Scored


ili posted:

Same. I'm really happy with their effort mostly. Sometimes everything just goes against you but they put in the work and on a slightly different night would have earned a win from it. Hopefully Asiata and Coates are ok, Coates' one looked grim and Asiata just collapsed so hope it's nothing too serious.

Big thing I noticed was the guys showing up for each other time and again. There was one tackle where mead got steam rolled, popped up and chased fergo down from behind. Looks like they're buying in at least.

If they keep the same fire we won't be in the cellar for long.

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT


Brisbane looked a lot more enthusiastic but if the injuries keep coming I worry for them

Abalone Malone
Jul 26, 2002

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iajanus posted:

Brisbane looked a lot more enthusiastic but if the injuries keep coming I worry for them

Broncos ran out of steam, a great start but their fitness let them down
Warrior vs Titans looked like a lack luster training session

I missed the other two games tonight.
are manly ok?

BlindSite
Feb 8, 2009

RIP Blindsite
He Never Scored


Abalone Malone posted:

Broncos ran out of steam, a great start but their fitness let them down
Warrior vs Titans looked like a lack luster training session

I missed the other two games tonight.
are manly ok?

Manly are a smokey for the spoon imo, they looked absolutely loving woeful. The Roosters are a good team but they had nothing for them.

Cowboys / Dragons / Sea Eagles / Dogs are my front runners for that honour atm.

Smorgasbord
Jun 18, 2004

Our review identified changes needed to be made and, in Stephen, we have a coach who has a reputation for demanding the highest standards.


I really hope this isn't the year that Taumalolo's contract turns from bargain to burden

edit: also another bad concussion for Jake Friend tonight, one thing I appreciate with the Roosters is they take that poo poo very seriously with standing players down.

Smorgasbord fucked around with this message at 12:08 on Mar 13, 2021

garycoleisgod
Sep 27, 2004
Boo

Yay the raiders beat the tigers, not sure that means anything but thats the kind of game the raiders have the habit of loving up, so congrats on meeting the base level of competency expected from professional athletes I guess. Sorry tigers bros.

After round 1 being nearly complete it's time for me to make my decision on which highly fancied team will not have a good year and I'm just going to say the eels cause why not?

But big lol at manly, people thought they might get better, lol.

Burn Down Canberra
Oct 27, 2005

GAME PLANS? We don't need no stinking game plans.



Joe Tapine is pretty good

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT


garycoleisgod posted:

Yay the raiders beat the tigers, not sure that means anything but thats the kind of game the raiders have the habit of loving up, so congrats on meeting the base level of competency expected from professional athletes I guess. Sorry tigers bros.

After round 1 being nearly complete it's time for me to make my decision on which highly fancied team will not have a good year and I'm just going to say the eels cause why not?

But big lol at manly, people thought they might get better, lol.

Manly have zero reasons to think they won't be a bottom team this year - they've thrown huge amounts of their cap at players who are perpetually injured and as they showed in round one and the trials their defence effectively doesn't exist. The only thing that'll keep them off the bottom of the ladder is trans like Brisbane and the cowboys desperately throwing themselves under the bus.

Burn Down Canberra
Oct 27, 2005

GAME PLANS? We don't need no stinking game plans.



Manly have problems and its mostly down to Des imo. He has responded poorly to the new rules. They will still no doubt beat the Raiders but they look in rough shape as we speak right now. They have been known to turn things around though. trbojevic isnt out for too long right ?

The broncos looked way better against the Eels.

The cowboys looked legit terrible against the Panthers and I think they put in the worst performance of the round. They didnt even look like scoring.

BlindSite
Feb 8, 2009

RIP Blindsite
He Never Scored


Is it just me or does the lack of 6s and 7s at the moment seem to be getting worse?

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008




Lipstick Apathy

BlindSite posted:

Is it just me or does the lack of 6s and 7s at the moment seem to be getting worse?
they are pretty rare which is why the good ones get the big bucks

garycoleisgod
Sep 27, 2004
Boo

I personally also blame it on the style of coaching and the way teams play football in recent years/decades.

Things like halves being left or right side of the field, rather than roaming where they want. Going through stock plays, like putting up a bomb on the last when attacking inside the 20 and not even looking to see what the defense is doing (so many times you see a massive overlap not used because the half just didn't look) or other inside the 20 plays, where if a team gets tackled near the sideline they will burn a play getting back to the centre of the field, cause they don't attack sideline to sideline anymore and they only know how to go from centrefield.

I grew up watching Raiders home games in the 90s and the thought that Stuart or Daley wouldn't change their plans based on how the defense is going, or that they would be confined to only one side of the field, or they couldn't go sideline to sideline makes my head explode, they would never do that poo poo.

Why yes, I am a grumpy old man, why do you ask?

iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT


bowmore posted:

they are pretty rare which is why the good ones get the big bucks

Also why the poo poo ones get the big bucks too

Vagabundo
Mar 20, 2007

Ya like Little Wayne?


https://twitter.com/jamie86/status/1373832885833138176

bowmore
Oct 6, 2008




Lipstick Apathy

Good

Wizard Master
Mar 25, 2008


From the Hayne Plane to Con Air 😂

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iajanus
Aug 17, 2004

#GOAT


Wait for him to either get off on appeal or just get zero punishment

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