NRL - Round 1
Friday, 13th of March, 2020
Friday, 13th of March, 2020
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|1. Valentine Holmes|
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Justin O’Neill
4. Esan Marsters
5. Ben Hampton
6. Scott Drinkwater
7. Michael Morgan
8. John Asiata
9. Jake Granville
10. Jordan McLean
11. Gavin Cooper
12. Coen Hess
13. Jason Taumalolo
14. Reece Robson
15. Mitchell Dunn
16. Shane Wright
17. Francis Molo
18. Corey Jensen
19. Connelly Lemuelu
20. Tom Opacic
21. Jake Clifford
|1. Jack Bird|
2. Corey Oates
3. Kotoni Staggs
4. Darius Boyd
5. Jesse Arthars
6. Anthony Milford
7. Brodie Croft (c)
8. Tom Flegler
9. Jake Turpin
10. Payne Haas
11. David Fifita
12. Tevita Pangai Jr
13. Pat Carrigan (c)
14. Jamayne Isaako
15. Andrew McCullough
16. Rhys Kennedy
17. Jamil Hopoate
18. Xavier Coates
19. Herbie Farnworth
20. Tom Dearden
21. Ethan Bullemor.
|Coach: Paul Green||Coach: Anthony Seibold|
|Referees: Gerard Sutton, Gavin Badger|
Sideline Officials: Rickey McFarlane, Liam Kennedy
Video Referees: Jared Maxwell, Ben Galea
|Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium|
Kickoff: 7:05 pm
Broadcast: Channel 9; Foxleague; Kayo
I also miss the days when we would flog the cowboys every single time without a shadow of a doubt.Boy I miss the days I would have been confident going into a game like this against a bottom 8 side from last year.
Nowadays I'm not even confident that we won't get embarrassed and steamrolled.
Having said that, hoping for a positive start to the season. A win isn't essential, but I hope to see some good signs and developments and steps in the right direction which we can build on. We're not going to be world-beating contenders from day 1 but as long as we are building well.
At the end of the day no matter the result at least we're one week closer to no Darius in the team.
I'm not a fan of Morgan or Granville, both over rated, but their spine is still way ahead of ours AT THIS STAGE. I emphasise that because on potential ours is betterWe should win this. We have a better pack, a better backline, and our spine is roughly equal if not better (Granville and Morgan are shit, Drinkwater is untested, and Holmes is overhyped).
Feel the exact same way mate.This is the least enthused I've been in the immediate leadup to a season. It's like we already know we're in for another long one.
The Cows will do us over at their new ground.
You missed the looming coronavirus. Has the potential to cancel the season.Feel the exact same way mate.
Thought the 58-0 finals drubbing would bring on the change we have been desperate for in years and was excited for the bloodbath that would ensue to start moving forward.
Unfortunately the bloodbath was more like a paper cut and the only culling of the team was the forced retirement of Matt Gillett, Segeyaro and some half decent fringe forwards which would have come in handy right about now. Mago would have been handy for this one.
On paper our team is worse than last season. Granted I think Croft is a great addition and am backing him to the hilt, but when you consider what we paid for him and for what we lost in the off season, it is still very underwhelming. Doesn’t help that we now have to accommodate an injury plagued Kahu who will be lucky to even play NRL again. We should be thankful Lodge isn’t out for the season because if he was, I reckon we struggle to make the 8. We have zero depth and we will be lucky if we can even keep Jack Bird on the park. There is still way too much problems with our cap to even build our team for the future. This had better be the end of Boyd, Kahu and Macca for good after this year.
For us to have a good year this year with this current, we need a lot of things to go right as we just don’t have the mental toughness or defense to win consistently.
So far this off season we’ve had the following:
- Almost lost Lodge for the year
- Captain Alex Glenn hamstring injury
- Having to take Kahu back on decent coin just to do rehab
- Segeyaro gone for taking drugs
- Perese gone for selling drugs
- Ofahengaue suspended for first 2 games
- Boyd and Macca being guaranteed a spot in the 17 again
- Issako losing all confidence during the trials
Literally the only positives was signing Croft and even then that was a fucking haggle. Arthurs was a handy pick up but was a bargain basement signing. And Matt Gillett retiring when he knew he couldn’t play at a first grade level anymore *take a hint Darius*
I now have severely lowered my expectations because I already feel it is going to be more of the same again and the whole Darius circus will drag on yet a fucking gain. Already the ‘this is the fittest Darius has ever been’ and ‘Milford is looking the best he ever has’ articles ad nauseum have literally made me detest the season kicking off knowing that this time I am not falling for the bullshit media talk anymore and am going into this season dreading it already. The positivity was sucked dry last season and all the credits have been used up.
Granted I still won’t accept mediocrity nor will I spend my hard earned to attend any games this year unless I see actual progress after what the club put it’s fans through last year.