PRE-GAME Finals Week 1 - Eels vs Broncos

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NRL - Finals Week 1
Sunday, 15 September 2019

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1. Clint Gutherson
2. Maika Sivo
3. Michael Jennings
4. Waqa Blake
5. Blake Ferguson
6. Dylan Brown
7. Mitchell Moses
8. Kane Evans
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Junior Paulo
11. Shaun Lane
12. Manu Ma'u
13. Nathan Brown

14. Brad Takairangi
15. Daniel Alvaro
16. Ray Stone
17. Marata Niukore

18. Tepai Moeroa
19. Will Smith
20. Peni Terepo
21. Josh Hoffman
1. Anthony Milford
5. Jamayne Isaako
3. Kotoni Staggs
4. Alex Glenn
2. Corey Oates
6. Darius Boyd
7. Jake Turpin
8. Matthew Lodge
9. Andrew McCullough
10. Payne Haas
11. David Fifita
12. Matt Gillett
13. Joe Ofahengaue

14. James Segeyaro
15. Thomas Flegler
16. Gehamat Shibasaki
17. Patty Carrigan

18. Rhys Kennedy
19. Izaia Perese
20. Shaun Fensom
21. Cory Paix
Coach: Brad ArthurCoach: Anthony Seibold
Referees: Ben Cummins, Grant Atkins
Sideline Officials: Nick Beashel, David Munro
Video Referees: Steve Chiddy, Bryan Norrie
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Kickoff: 4:05pm
Broadcast:
Foxleague; Kayo; Channel 9
 
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We can still finish 7th if the Sharks and Tigs are stripped of points I guess.
I'd be shocked if it isn't a draw. Not only are they fairly even matched teams but they have absolutely no incentive to win. The scores will be even at some stage and both teams will absolutely shut down, revert to one out runs and kicking for touch.
 

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I'd be shocked if it isn't a draw. Not only are they fairly even matched teams but they have absolutely no incentive to win. The scores will be even at some stage and both teams will absolutely shut down, revert to one out runs and kicking for touch.
What are the odds of a draw happening? How many have there been in the history of the competition? If they collude to produce a particular result they should be stripped of points.
 

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What are the odds of a draw happening? How many have there been in the history of the competition? If they collude to produce a particular result they should be stripped of points.
There is generally zero incentive for a draw but when both teams will progress by just staying even, what's the incentive to take a risk and go above on the scoreboard?

The only real incentive is to go ahead to make sure the other team doesn't score in the last second and send you packing.

Either way, I'm calling a draw. Good luck proving collusion unless they're dumb enough to email each other... Which they might be given NRL clubs are run by footballers usually.
 

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It will be incredibly interesting what the public reaction is if it’s a draw... a lot of commentators having a giggle about it. I think it will be a PR disaster for the sport, but then again it’s the WWE
 

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If it goes to golden point you can guarantee a draw, in fact I'd wager that neither team will even attempt a field goal. It's not worth the risk of giving the other team a 7 tackle set when all you need to make the finals is the draw.
 

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There is generally zero incentive for a draw but when both teams will progress by just staying even, what's the incentive to take a risk and go above on the scoreboard?

The only real incentive is to go ahead to make sure the other team doesn't score in the last second and send you packing.

Either way, I'm calling a draw. Good luck proving collusion unless they're dumb enough to email each other... Which they might be given NRL clubs are run by footballers usually.
I suppose it doesn't matter too much cause no one in the bottom half of the 8 is winning the comp, but it's a disgrace if it's allowed to happen without repercussions. You could easily infer it by them playing completely differently, such as them trundling to the line and turning it over on the 5th, not going for FGs, not taking shots at penalty or intentionally missing shots at penalty, etc.
 

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I suppose it doesn't matter too much cause no one in the bottom half of the 8 is winning the comp, but it's a disgrace if it's allowed to happen without repercussions. You could easily infer it by them playing completely differently, such as them trundling to the line and turning it over on the 5th, not going for FGs, not taking shots at penalty or intentionally missing shots at penalty, etc.
The right thing to do is to reschedule the game so there isn't an oppurtunity for conspiracy theories but the NRL are amateurs at every level, so it's no surprise what's transpired.
 

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I'd be shocked if it isn't a draw. Not only are they fairly even matched teams but they have absolutely no incentive to win. The scores will be even at some stage and both teams will absolutely shut down, revert to one out runs and kicking for touch.
They have plenty of incentive to win.

Which team do you think they would rather play? An injury and suspension ravaged Manly or a high flying Eels at their home ground?
 

Super Freak

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People are getting way paranoid.

There isn't going to be any colluding. **** me dead, there have been a plenty of opportunities over the decades of Rugby League for colluding and it hasn't happened. It's not going to start now.
 

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I want to be positive but, if he names turpin @ 7 we're gone. And seibold needs to bring someone in with a clue about attacking footy.
 

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You know what! If we were to put milf back at 6 and sos at 7 with (gulp) Darius back to fullback we would look soooooo much better. Darius is actually doing more harm at 6 then he was at 1
 

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