LIVE Round 1 Discussion

Broncoman

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That game sucked.

I'm sure Bellamy is setting a record for the number of f-bombs dropped in a single post-match meeting. Melbourne were very ordinary against a mediocre Dragons outfit and never looked like creating anything.

St George did well to hang in there in spite of their ineptitude but that call against de Belin proved a bridge too far. While we're on the subject - de Belin and Rein were awful. For Rein, that isn't anything new, he's just a bench hooker who's been able to forge a decent career at a mediocre club. However, I thought de Belin could be a smokey for Origin if he hit the ground running. One game in and he looks more suitable to the residents format.
Well said about Rein. He has never impressed me I personally never understood why people were calling him a potential NSW player. After Farah I would take Peats, Cook and Ennis ahead of him.
 

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Yeah I think the de Belin call was wrong, watched it back a few times, he was facing his own in goal when he lost it, impossible for him to have knocked it forward into a Storm player from where he was.

Oh well.
Alright, caught a replay myself and it was how I remembered it.



What's happened is, de Belin has gone for the hit and spin, Kaufusi has knocked the ball loose and in trying to regather the ball by using his wrist and his body he's promoted it into Kaufusi's arm, constituting a knock on.

Normally I'd let it go but the idea of it being impossible intrigued me.
 

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Yeah. There were some shocking calls. Mostly in Melbourne's favour.

The first two high ball penalties annoyed me too. One each way. The first was when Slater pushed the blocker out the way (into the guy jumping for the ball). Not sure if the penalty was for pushing or contact with the legs. Either way I don't agree with it even if it was right. If you are blatantly blocking you are fair game for a shove in my opinion.
The second was a penalty when St George legitimately contested the highball and got penalised. There was barely contact and the Melbourne player fell over.

There was one point at St George's line where Melbourne were ALL offside and nothing was called (except for one guy in the crowd).
 

Big Pete

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NRL.com's Team of the Week

1. James Tedesco
2. Corey Oates
3. Jack Bird
4. Tim Simona
5. Marika Koroibete
6. Mitchell Moses
7. Adam Reynolds
8. Adam Blair
9. Nathan Peats
10. James Graham
11. Paul Carter
12. Ethan Lowe
13. Shaun Fensom

14. Greg Bird
15. Simon Mannering
16. Aidan Sezer
17. Zeb Taia

Not a bad effort, in fact, Blair's inclusion seems to be the most bewildering addition. I thought Blair was solid on Thursday, but would have had Tolman there myself - he and Graham were enormous on Friday.
 

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Seems about right, Blair catches the eye because of his flashy off-loads. If it was based on actual work load and impressive stats, Sam Burgess in his first game back, 19 runs for 162m gained in 53 minutes with 22 tackles / 0 missed tackles.
 

broncos4life

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Seems about right, Blair catches the eye because of his flashy off-loads. If it was based on actual work load and impressive stats, Sam Burgess in his first game back, 19 runs for 162m gained in 53 minutes with 22 tackles / 0 missed tackles.
I'm sure it's based on both. With the way the game is these days, 'flashy offloads' are just as important as workloads. Second phase play is enormous and a good offload (not just the throw it and hope) can change a game.
 

Big Pete

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Blair wasn't even the best prop for the Broncos.

Aiden Tolman 25 runs (164m), 43 Tackles (1 Missed) and in general was directing the Dogs attack (with Graham).
 

Big Pete

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To be fair, Graham and Tolman is the Bulldogs equivalent of Thaiday and Blair.

Can be hard to tell them apart from a distance. :laugh:
 

Unbreakable

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Alright, caught a replay myself and it was how I remembered it.



What's happened is, de Belin has gone for the hit and spin, Kaufusi has knocked the ball loose and in trying to regather the ball by using his wrist and his body he's promoted it into Kaufusi's arm, constituting a knock on.

Normally I'd let it go but the idea of it being impossible intrigued me.
NRL 360 tonight, Paul Kent - "It defies physics, how is he able to knock the ball forward if he's facing his own in-goal and drops it"

Or something along those lines. :lol: Great minds think alike.
 

Big Pete

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Paul Kent on the same show - I've never seen a better ball-playing fullback, nobody has revolutionised the game like him - not even Locky compares.

Maybe he should use his brain for once and not shoot off from the mouth.
 

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Paul Kent on the same show - I've never seen a better ball-playing fullback, nobody has revolutionised the game like him - not even Locky compares.

Maybe he should use his brain for once and not shoot off from the mouth.
I must've turned it off before that, who was that in reference to? Slater?
 

Big Pete

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The one and only.

I was actually going to make a thread about it since Kenty says silly things like that all the time. You just happened to beat me to the punch.
 

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Yeah. There were some shocking calls. Mostly in Melbourne's favour.

The first two high ball penalties annoyed me too. One each way. The first was when Slater pushed the blocker out the way (into the guy jumping for the ball). Not sure if the penalty was for pushing or contact with the legs. Either way I don't agree with it even if it was right. If you are blatantly blocking you are fair game for a shove in my opinion.
The second was a penalty when St George legitimately contested the highball and got penalised. There was barely contact and the Melbourne player fell over.

There was one point at St George's line where Melbourne were ALL offside and nothing was called (except for one guy in the crowd).
Melbourne fans are just too fair for their own good. I went to the game on Monday night (purely because I needed a live game fix) and as a complete neutral, even I found it a snorefest. The crowd is almost non-existent for 12000+ people. The MC/ground announcer just doesn't do anything. The mascot has a very loud cowbell which the crowd get behind but he does it like once a half. It was so boring! Even the 'passionate' Storm fans in my section were less noisy than me and WAY more fair.
 

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