NRL General Discussion Thread - 2019

Dexter

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Supposedly he brought up a Jared Warea-Hargreaves tackle and a Jack Gosiewski tackle from last year that were similar and only received a Grade 1.

During the off-season, I'm going to make a point of recording every example just to show what the precedent is.
I didn't think you could use precedent as a part of your defence
 
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Tom

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The NRL continues to allow Melbourne to run their own race – and rival clubs are far from impressed.

There has been a perception for years that the Storm get a very good run from the NRL and, in part, it’s understandable, because the NRL needs the Storm to succeed. But in the eyes of some it has gone too far.

Just last week they had a lunch to acknowledge a significant anniversary. ‘‘Join both the 1999 and 2009 grand final teams in celebrating their premiership anniversaries on July 26,’’ the blurb read.
‘‘Don’t miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with Storm greats and reminisce over past glory.’’
That’s right, a lunch to celebrate the 1999 premiership win – one of the great triumphs – and the 2009 title, which was stripped from the club because they systematically rorted the cap.

Remember that? Parramatta fans certainly do. It was Eels figures who raised this with me.
And then last week against the Sea Eagles, as part of the celebration, the Storm created a special jumper to mark the occasion, featuring the words ‘‘celebrating 1999 & 2009 grand finals’’. For all the league world to see.
The Storm salary cap scandal caused enormous anger in the game. Yet, the only person who really lost out was the so-called ‘‘Chief Rat’’ Brian Waldron, the Storm chief executive at the time. Not surprisingly, he wasn’t invited to the lunch, but he should have been because he has taken the fall for others in the whole mess.
If anyone thinks Waldron went rogue and acted on his own, they are delusional. We may never know the full story of what went on down there.
As for the lunch and the words on the jumper, the NRL continues to let Melbourne do what they want. No action will be taken.

‘‘The official premiership records make it clear what happened in 2007 and 2009,’’ an NRL spokesman said. ‘‘What Melbourne choose to acknowledge is a matter for Melbourne.’’
Melbourne’s history-making captain Cameron Smith was asked about the stripped titles on The Matty Johns Podcast this week.
‘‘Amongst the players ... they are ours,’’ he said. ‘‘We still have the memories. We all have the rings.’’
Those comments, the message on the jumpers and the lunch are a slap in the face to the NRL.
And this all comes after the governing body stumped up for a dinner for Smith and 30 of his nearest and dearest at a swanky Melbourne establishment to celebrate his 400th game.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/storm-brewing-as-melbourne-commemorate-salary-cap-tainted-premiership-20190803-p52dlu.html
 

Tom

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I'm surprised the NRL allowed them to wear a jersey celerating it, it's disgusting. Surely the NRL would have veto powers over such things.
 

Morkel

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I'm surprised the NRL allowed them to wear a jersey celerating it, it's disgusting. Surely the NRL would have veto powers over such things.
But Cameron Smith has veto powers over the NRL.
 

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Taylor may not play again in 2019 after being left out of Titans team

Michael Chammas
Thu 8 Aug 2019, 11:41 AM

After a week of soul-searching, Gold Coast have decided to leave Ash Taylor out of this week’s team to allow the halfback to continue his recovery away from the spotlight.

Taylor was on Tuesday named at five-eighth for the Titans’ clash with the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday, however NRL.com understands he won’t travel with the team for the match at Kogarah.

Club hierarchy gathered this week to discuss Taylor’s immediate future after a modest performance against the Roosters in his first game back in the NRL after an extended period away from rugby league.

It was determined by the coaching staff and club officials that it was best for Taylor and the Titans for the 24-year-old to be removed from the NRL team, potentially for the remainder of the season.

The fact the Titans were thrashed by the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Cricket Ground didn’t help Taylor’s cause, however there are concerns he may have been brought back prematurely.

It’s unclear whether Taylor will play in the Intrust Super Cup this weekend, or play another game at any level this season, with the club to assess the situation on a week-to-week basis.

Incoming Titans coach Justin Holbrook has coached Taylor in the past, but will no doubt be keeping a close eye on the situation as his time with St Helens in the Super League draws to a close.

"I actually had him in the Junior Kangaroos and he was an outstanding young player,” Holbrook told NRL.com last week.

"He got man of the match in the game against the Junior Kiwis when I had him. I know he's an outstanding young talent. I haven't spoken to him yet but that's something I will worry about before I get there."

Taylor is contracted with the Titans until the end of 2021, with the club still hopeful he can rediscover the type of form that saw him earn a lucrative extension just 18 months ago.

The former Broncos junior is still training with the Titans, despite being told he won’t play this weekend.

The Titans, who have not officially announced Taylor won't be playing in the NRL side this weekend, don’t have a recognised playmaker in their 21-man-squad, however they could play AJ Brimson, Bryce Cartwright or Tyrone Peachey at five-eighth in his absence.

Source: https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/08/08/taylor-may-not-play-again-in-2019-after-being-left-out-of-titans-team/
 

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The hell is going on with him? Can't even play a game? He has to be one of the biggest busts in Rugby League history.
 

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Unfairness of Michael Gordon fine highlights NRL inconsistency
Phil Rothfield, sports editor-at-large, The Sunday Telegraph
August 10, 2019 8:00pm

This is the NRL’s idea of justice.
In 14 seasons and 257 NRL games Michael Gordon has never been suspended.

In nine seasons and 177 NRL games Sam Burgess has faced 15 foul play charges.

In round 19 against the Broncos, Gordon walked off the field too slowly after being sin-binned. The NRL has handed down a $2000 fine for this “crime”.

Last weekend Burgess belted Cronulla fullback Matt Moylan so hard he suffered concussion so severe the Sharks star will miss two games. Burgess was fined $1900.

Now work that out.

The Gold Coast Titans veteran is an absolute ornament to the game while Burgess has a rap sheet that includes genital grabbing, shoulder charges, elbows, high tackles, crushers, chicken wings and cannon balls.

The fact Burgess escaped suspension is a disgrace.

It is why the match-review committee and the judiciary will be overhauled in the off-season.

As for Gordon, he is only the second player to be fined for taking too long to leave the field.

Earlier this year Manly Sea Eagles front-rower Addin Fonua-Blake was pinched and fined $2000.

The sin bin rule states: “A player must leave the field of play via the most direct route to the dressing room in an expeditious manner. The player must run not walk.”

source: Courier Mail
 

Foordy

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that is a perfect example of the ineptitude of the NRL and why they are the most amateurish governing body in professional sport world wide...

the only conclusion that can be drawn from these two cases is that the NRL believe that walking off the field too slowly is worse than trying to take someones head off
 

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that is a perfect example of the ineptitude of the NRL and why they are the most amateurish governing body in professional sport world wide...

the only conclusion that can be drawn from these two cases is that the NRL believe that walking off the field too slowly is worse than trying to take someones head off
Remember when Cameron Smith got binned last year? He literally took 4-5 minutes to get off the field, we’re all good here says the NRL.
 

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Remember when Cameron Smith got binned last year? He literally took 4-5 minutes to get off the field, we’re all good here says the NRL.
He actually got to the sideline and stood there refusing to leave the field.
 
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He actually got to the sideline and stood there refusing to leave the field.
I think that was because Storm were making a change at that time and he was standing there waiting for the player to get in position before he exited the field.

The NRL needed to do something about it and now they have. And now the media are complaining.
 

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