NRL 2021 Grand Final

Big Pete

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PENRITH PANTHERS
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
1. Dylan EDWARDS
2. Stephen CRICHTON
3. Paul MOMIROVSKI
4. Matt BURTON
5. Brian TO'O
6. Jarome LUAI
7. Nathan CLEARY
8. Moses LEOTA
9. Api KOROISAU
10. James FISHER-HARRIS
11. Viliame KIKAU
12. Kurt CAPEWELL
13. Isaah YEO

14. Tyrone MAY
15. Scott SORENSEN
16. Spencer LENIU
17. Liam MARTIN

18. Brent NADEN
19. Mitch KENNY
20. J'maine HOPGOOD
21. Charlie STAINES​
1. Blake TAAFFE
2. Alex JOHNSTON
3. Dane GAGAI
4. Campbell GRAHAM
5. Jaxson PAULO
6. Cody WALKER
7. Adam REYNOLDS
8. Mark NICHOLLS
9. Damien COOK
10. Tevita TATOLA
11. Keaon KOLOAMATANGI
12. Jaydn SU'A
13. Cameron MURRAY

14. Benji MARSHALL
15. Jacob HOST
16. Thomas BURGESS
17. Jai ARROW

18. Taane MILNE
19. Patrick MAGO
20. Braidon BURNS
21. Jed CARTWRIGHT
Ivan CLEARY​
Wayne BENNETT
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Date: 3rd of October 2021
Kick Off: 6:30pm​
Referee: Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges: Dave Munro & Todd Smith
Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins
 

Big Pete

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Team Changes

Penrith Panthers

IN: Moses Leota
OUT: Tevita Pangai Jr.

South Sydney
No Changes

Extended Squad Changes

Penrith Panthers

IN: Charlie Staines, Mitch Kenny
OUT: Izack Tago

South Sydney
No Changes
 

Foordy

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Annesley whinging about the game having an "unhealthy obsession" with match officials"

he says:

“There is too much of an unhealthy focus around what referees do,” he said.

“This game should be about the players and the best team winning the competition, whoever that might be. We generally have an unhealthy obsession in rugby league about match officials.

“We announced the referee today as we always do because everyone needs to know who the match officials are.

“But after that we should be focusing on the 34 players who are going to take the field and the two coaches who are going to guide their teams through that 80 minutes.

“That’s where games are won and lost, not by who has got the whistle and the enforcement of the rules.

“Teams have got 80 minutes to try to win a game of football. While every decision a referee makes has an impact on the game, the players have got the ability in their own hands to turn the outcome of the game.”


Annesley put the onus on players and trainers to do the right thing.

“Referees are not doctors,” he said.

“We saw the incident a year or two ago with Nene Macdonald who had a serious leg fracture and the referees didn’t stop the game.

“It was a massive controversy over why the referees didn’t stop the game. If trainers request the game to be stopped, they are going to stop it.

“It’s not the referee’s job to determine whether it’s a legitimate stoppage or not.

“It’s not something the referees can take a risk with in trying to second guess whether the players are seriously injured or not.”
 

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Perhaps if referees simply applied the rules evenly and fairly there wouldn't be such a focus on the selected officials. It's because refs 'control, manipulate and orchestrate' results with such unevenness that fan's interest are raised to such heights.

We don't think about traffic lights when they function correctly but when they don't ???
 

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I just hope the game goes ahead now we have some covid infections to deal with.
Maybe they should consider bringing it forward to Friday night.
 

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I just hope the game goes ahead now we have some covid infections to deal with.
Maybe they should consider bringing it forward to Friday night.
Only issue is the extreme weather event due to hit us over the next couple of days.
 

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Perhaps if referees simply applied the rules evenly and fairly there wouldn't be such a focus on the selected officials. It's because refs 'control, manipulate and orchestrate' results with such unevenness that fan's interest are raised to such heights.

We don't think about traffic lights when they function correctly but when they don't ???

Such simple logic, it’s mind boggling the guy in charge of it all can’t figure it out.
 

Foordy

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the war in the media has started (not sure what took so long ... maybe they had to run out of Bennett/Broncos stories first)

anyway:

South lodged a formal complaint about the Panthers trainer being on the field so match in the Prelim. was on the field 13 times when on permitted 3 per half (unless there is a stoppage/ injury)

the Panthers CEO has called Souths childish


Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher says:

“It is childish stuff if that’s all Souths have got to worry about,” Fletcher said.

“If they are worried about that (Knowles’ activities), then hopefully it’s a distraction, because they won’t get under our skin.

“Souths were whinging about the blockers before our last game and that is a standard thing. Every team in the NRL does the same thing (with blockers).

“If Souths want to worry about the rules, that’s their problem. We have our eyes on the prize and that’s all we care about.

“They can try and get under our skin but we have experienced people and we are focused on winning the premiership.

“If they are trying to unsettle us, they might have to think of something else.”


Wayne Bennett says:

“I’ve got no comment. It’s got nothing to do with me,” he said.

“Ring our chief executive.”


Fletcher again:

“Hayden is one of the most experienced trainers in the game,” he said.

“He has been involved in State of Origin for NSW and done it for us.

“Out football manager Matt Cameron has reminded Hayden of his duties so we won’t be over-stepping the mark. There won’t be any dramas from our end.

“He is very well-respected in the industry and we won’t be getting involved in a slanging match with South Sydney over one of our employees.

“Is it such a big deal? Like most people watching a game, all I’m worried about are the players and the scoreboard.

“Hayden knows his role. He has been around a long time and he does what he can to help the team. How many times has Allan Langer (Broncos assistant) gone on the field as a trainer?

“We respect the fact that rules are rules and we will abide by them for the grand final.”


p.s. you have to laugh that in a war of words between GF opponents they still manage to drop us into the conversation :rofl
 

Big Pete

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It reminds me of a report I was reading the other day circa 2005/06 about the Roosters getting a caution for having Ronnie Palmer out on the field for 40+ minutes.

It's amazing the go-to is always Alfie when Ronnie is just as if not moreso prevelant.

I wonder how many people know the name Trent Touma?
 
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It reminds me of a report I was reading the other day circa 2005/06 about the Roosters getting a caution for having Ronnie Palmer out on the field for 40+ minutes.

It's amazing the go-to is always Alfie when Ronnie is just as if not moreso prevelant.

I wonder how many people know the name Trent Touma?

Roosters/Blues trainer/Head of performance that got hit in the head, one minute into the GF?

He's off to the Rabbits next year.
 

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Crowd capacity has been reduced to 75%.

There have been two allocations for tickets. One to the general public and one that was for the fans of each club. The first 75% of tickets purchased in each allocation will be allowed to attend the GF. The rest of the tickets will be refunded.

So the crowd is going to be under 40k.
 

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“If Souths want to worry about the rules, that’s their problem. We have our eyes on the prize and that’s all we care about."
Are you serious? If South's want to worry about the rules? Shouldn't everybody?
They should be sanctioned just for this comment!
 

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Today's Badel article is about how 3 former Broncos, now playing for Souths (Arrow, Gagai, Su'A) are thankful for being sacked.

although two of whom played for other clubs before linking with Souths

Arrow was even released by Bennett
 

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Today's Badel article is about how 3 former Broncos, now playing for Souths (Arrow, Gagai, Su'A) are thankful for being sacked.

although two of whom played for other clubs before linking with Souths

Arrow was even released by Bennett
So pityful. Once we start winning again I wonder how much quicker he’ll be getting on the winning bandwagon?
 

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Today's Badel article is about how 3 former Broncos, now playing for Souths (Arrow, Gagai, Su'A) are thankful for being sacked.

although two of whom played for other clubs before linking with Souths

Arrow was even released by Bennett
Is there a single quote or is it just dribbling Pete
 

Foordy

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Is there a single quote or is it just dribbling Pete

there is plenty of dribble, but he's an expert at getting the quotes he wants, we have no idea the question he asked to get these but here they are:

Jaydn Su'A says:

“I was heartbroken, I was pretty distraught,” Su’A said of his Broncos axing.

“All my family are here and I was at the club since I was 14. No one likes hearing they’re not wanted.

“It might have had something to do with the salary cap and they needed the money for someone else.

“Everyone knows Wayne and I have a good relationship. He gave me a call one night. I was driving home from training and he asked what was going on. Next thing I knew I was putting on a South Sydney jersey.

“I was upset but I’m very grateful and thankful it happened. If it didn’t happen, I might not have been able to play Origin or heading to an NRL grand final.

“It’s funny how it works. I’ve moved past that, it’s in the past. I’m looking at the positives.”


Dane Gagai says:

“I was playing for Redcliffe Dolphins and playing good footy but struggling to make weight,” Gagai said.

“That was the problem. Anthony Griffin wanted me to be heavier and I just struggled to put on the weight. I was struggling to perform under that type of pressure.

“Once they let me go, I went back to Queensland Cup and I thought I knew I could play NRL again and then I had a meeting with Wayne.

“The first time I met him I felt comfortable and I said ‘if I sign with Newcastle, do I have to worry about how heavy I am? He looked at me and said ‘Gags, I don’t give a shit what you weigh, as long as you turn up to training on time, put in the effort and play well, I couldn’t care what you weigh’.

“He shows you so much respect as a coach and you don’t want to break that respect that he gives to you. You don’t want to break his trust. He lets you be your own man and be an adult.

“I guess it was a blessing in the end.”


Jai Arrow says:

“I remember the meeting pretty vividly,” Arrow said.

“It was pretty daunting going in as a 22-year-old kid telling Wayne you are going to leave the club.

“The Broncos had offered me another two years and there was no guarantee I was going to be playing week in, week out. The Titans offered me three years and pretty much told me they wanted me in the team week in, week out, so for myself it was a no-brainer and I remember telling Wayne that.

“He said ‘there’s a better opportunity for you down there and I understand you taking it’. But he said ‘one day I want to get you back’ and it’s funny how things work out.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to come to such a proud club. It has panned out pretty well.”
 

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