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winslow_wong

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The NRL Lab needs a fact checker.

It was said during the broadcast that no team that finished minor premiers and lost the first week recovered to win the Grand Final.

Brisbane Broncos did it in 1998.
Who did they lose to? I remember them thrashing the roosters in the prelim, the rest is hazy.
 

Huge

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How absolutely wonderful! I hate Melbourne too but keeping Parra scoreless and scoring more than 30, well that's just spiffing ! Sooo glad to see Parra gorne! For me, Canberra and Souths in that order so next weekend I'm certain to get one into the grand final. Hope it's Canberra but I still love the old guy.
 

Dexter

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The NRL Lab needs a fact checker.

It was said during the broadcast that no team that finished minor premiers and lost the first week recovered to win the Grand Final.

Brisbane Broncos did it in 1998.
Were they referring to this system , perhaps., where the top 4 play each other. ?
 

Dexter

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If you watch it again, Murray has already committed to the outside option before Gagai slips over. If Gagai stays alive, Trbojevic would have had him covered back on the inside and Elliot had already made his decision.
Nailed it. I don't understand how you can think its bin worthy when you understand the game like this.
 

Big Pete

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Storm supporters have every right to be furious with the referees. Last week either Whitehead or Croker should have been marched and last night Jennings blatantly took Papenhuyzen out. I couldn't believe Maxwell allowed play to go on and presume he only did so because Melbourne were going to receive the ball regardless.

To add insult to injury, Smith got himself binned for an innocuous strike to the face. I don't blame the referees in that situation, but Mahoney shouldn't have been rewarded and I could only imagine the reception if the shoe had have been on the other foot.

I couldn't get over the individual brilliance of Addo-Carr and Vunivalu. The Storm were strong across the park, but the work of Addo-Carr and Vunivalu to convert half chances into points was unbelievable. That opening try of Addo-Carr's in particular was the highlight of the game. Melbourne were under all sorts of pressure bringing the ball out from their line before they went left and Addo-Carr summed the situation up perfectly.
 

Dexter

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Storm supporters have every right to be furious with the referees. Last week either Whitehead or Croker should have been marched and last night Jennings blatantly took Papenhuyzen out. I couldn't believe Maxwell allowed play to go on and presume he only did so because Melbourne were going to receive the ball regardless.
What about Sam taking out Parker in the 32nd minute 8 mtrs out chasing a kick .
He just barrelled him onto his back quite prepared to give the penalty but guess what. Not even a penalty.
Clear professional foul.
Maybe they should strive for consistency within the same game.
 
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Big Pete

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What about Sam taking out Parker in the 32nd minute 8 mtrs out chasing a kick .
He just barrelled him onto his back quite prepared to give the penalty but guess what. Not even a penalty.
Clear professional foul.
Maybe they should strive for consistency within the same game.
Fair point, and I think this thread has well and truly established the inconsistensies in refereeing.

Still, Jake deserved his punishment.
 

Dexter

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Fair point, and I think this thread has well and truly established the inconsistensies in refereeing.

Still, Jake deserved his punishment.
I'm all aboard the black and white train.
Pro foul is a pro foul. 10 in the bin be it a ruck infringement or whatever.
No warnings after 3 penalties, just gone.
I'm 100% sure the players will stop.
Annersley defended the decision and said the rules don't change for the semi finals. That may come back to haunt him.
 

Super Freak

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I found this interesting.

15 of the past 21 GF's when the NRL was formed has featured either a Melbourne or Roosters side, with one of them featuring both.

It's going to be 16 out of 22 next week.

1998:
1999: Melbourne
2000: Roosters
2001:
2002: Roosters
2003: Roosters
2004: Roosters
2005:
2006: Melbourne
2007: Melbourne
2008: Melbourne
2009: Melbourne
2010: Roosters
2011:
2012: Melbourne
2013: Roosters
2014:
2015:
2016: Melbourne
2017: Melbourne
2018: Melbourne & Roosters
2019: Melbourne or Roosters
 

Super Freak

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Just goes to show the salary cap works...
It is really.

14 of the current 16 clubs have featured in a GF since the NRL was formed in 1998. The only clubs that haven't are Raiders and Titans. Some clubs are just better managed than the others.
 

Sproj

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It is really.

14 of the current 16 clubs have featured in a GF since the NRL was formed in 1998. The only clubs that haven't are Raiders and Titans. Some clubs are just better managed than the others.
Except the two teams that most blatantly cheat/work around the cap benefit most.
 

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