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Galah

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Biggest inconsistency for me is the Kangaroo Court.

Keary incident is prime example, hair pull whatever no drama for me .... but the swinging arm was blatant.

We saw Big Sammeh get pinged for a hair pull, which I thought was BS, and Turps get done for a swinging arm that wasn’t on the same level as Kearys getting two weeks.

The carry-on points thing is a joke. Just a convenient way to bend the rules.

At the end of the day, I actually want Keary to play. I think Rugby League is built on toughness and as long as it’s being played in good spirit, as in the boys aren’t being dogs, then let them go as hard as they want. But it’s these inconsistencies man.

Second biggest inconsistency is the reffing. I used to be a referee so I get the notion that you got to make split second decisions and back yourself. But these guys are getting paid big bucks and frankly they’re not very good. Its a simple game being needlessly complicated, look towards Rugby Union to see what happens if you take that road.

Also the two refs on the field is weird, especially when they’re going against each other as we saw in the Bronx eels game. Use your touchies for the defensive 10M, stand near the ruck. Keep it simple Rugby League.
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Fucking, how do these cunts get such a free ride .
They also wanted to keep Pearce and only lost him because he spat.
It gets glossed over because everyone laughs and calls them rorters etc
but how can they keep this squad together with so little scrutiny.
The tier shit doesn't even make sense when you have bottom feeder managers in the comp who encourage behaviour like what we're seeing with Matterson. There's no way someone like LM would be comfortable on 350k (apparently that's what he's on under their cap lol) when the Dogs are publicly saying they will throw over a mil at him. If that situation happened at any other club it'd be all over the news that he was trying to get a release.
- Merged

When Cronk retires they will have 1 mill to buy whoever.
Even the rorters are saying they're going to use that cash to upgrade blokes, but who knows. They'll probably end up with Ponga and flick Teddy when he starts to move into his 30s and lose speed. They show their players absolutely no loyalty.
 
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I bleed Maroon

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Fucking, how do these cunts get such a free ride .
They also wanted to keep Pearce and only lost him because he spat.
It gets glossed over because everyone laughs and calls them rorters etc
but how can they keep this squad together with so little scrutiny.
Nepotism, that's how.
 
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Big Pete

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I thought Melbourne copped the rough end of the pineapple all finals series. Canberra got away with two blatant professional fouls in their win, Parramatta got away with one and there were several calls in the first half that went the Roosters way.

They can't use the officials as an excuse, but the record should acknowledge that contrary to popular belief they cop some ordinary calls and in big games.
 

Tom

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I thought Melbourne copped the rough end of the pineapple all finals series. Canberra got away with two blatant professional fouls in their win, Parramatta got away with one and there were several calls in the first half that went the Roosters way.

They can't use the officials as an excuse, but the record should acknowledge that contrary to popular belief they cop some ordinary calls and in big games.
And it's about time too.
 

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I thought Melbourne copped the rough end of the pineapple all finals series. Canberra got away with two blatant professional fouls in their win, Parramatta got away with one and there were several calls in the first half that went the Roosters way.

They can't use the officials as an excuse, but the record should acknowledge that contrary to popular belief they cop some ordinary calls and in big games.
The NRL were as blatantly pushing for a Rabbits v Roosters GF, as long as one of those sides got in ata least, the N(SW)RL are happy.
 

Super Freak

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Sadly for the Canberra fans, their balloon is in for a quick deflation next weekend. Rorters are winning in a canter and the entire Rugby League world proceeds to cease giving a shit about yet another season.
I don't know. Perhaps Raiders are in with a good chance.

The concerning thing for Roosters is that despite the week off, they looked tired in the second half. There were quite a few cracks in their defence and if Melbourne straightened the attack more often and got a couple more passes away, we're looking at a very different result.
 

CaptainHook

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It's funny how both codes cop the same amount of criticism.

AFL social media was a real eye opener.
Haha yeah mate.

Full disclosure... I don't follow AFL but rusted-on Aussie Rules fans going through the motions during their preliminary finals week were very funny to read.

What was your favourite conspiracy theory?

The one about how the AFL wants Collingwood to win because it would mean an all-Melbourne Grand Final...

Or the one about how the AFL wants GWS to win because it needs the Giants to be a force to win hearts and minds in Sydney?

Back over on our side of the fence and more broadly speaking, I'd like to address some of the various hobby horses we've been riding into the ground.

In all seriousness, is there any proof that the Roosters are rorting the cap?

Or that Melbourne get preferential treatment?

Or that the NRL just wants Sydney teams in the decider?

I don't see it. Since players' salaries are not made public, plus we know journos can embellish a bit, as well as players and their managers have come out and said some of the figures that are being reported are off by hundreds of thousands of dollars... I don't know.

Surely the NRL aren't dumb enough to go through another salary cap scandal? Even they aren't that stupid.

As for the Storm, I get the fact that a lot of fans thought that the commemorations for Cameron Smith's 400 game were a bit over the top. That's a fair point.

Aside from that, it looks to me like the NRL and the Storm have had an antagonistic relationship over the years.

Regarding the teams who contest the Grand Finals, how does this little theory explain 2015 (all-Queensland teams) or 2017 (first time two out of town teams have met that don't involve Brisbane)?

Try to think of the NRL like Netflix.

"We don't care what you're watching, just as long as you are watching."
 

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