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Big Pete

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A handful of ex-Broncos enjoyed a day out in the NSW Cup.

Copley, Nikorima and Collins all played a hand in Wyong's massive 42-0 victory over Wests. Copley with a hat-trick and Nikorima with an early double led the way for the team. Also worth noting that former Newcastle Knight and NSW Cup main-stay Josh Mantellato played in the centres for the Roos.

In other scores, the Warriors decimated Newcastle 52-24 with Manu Vatuvei among the try-scorers and a couple of Penrith players put their hands up in their commanding 28-6 win over the defending premiers Illawarra.
 

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A handful of ex-Broncos enjoyed a day out in the NSW Cup.

Copley, Nikorima and Collins all played a hand in Wyong's massive 42-0 victory over Wests. Copley with a hat-trick and Nikorima with an early double led the way for the team. Also worth noting that former Newcastle Knight and NSW Cup main-stay Josh Mantellato played in the centres for the Roos.

In other scores, the Warriors decimated Newcastle 52-24 with Manu Vatuvei among the try-scorers and a couple of Penrith players put their hands up in their commanding 28-6 win over the defending premiers Illawarra.
What were Lindsay's numbers?
 

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After Round 1, attacking powerhouse the Dragons are in first place on +32 points differential.

A new dynasty beckons!
 

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After Round 1, attacking powerhouse the Dragons are in first place on +32 points differential.

A new dynasty beckons!
Kek.

When your forwards outscore your backs you know it's an anomaly.

Credit to the Drags for sitting the Panfers on their arse but they'll miss the finals again this year
 

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The NRL has issued a warning letter to Canberra's Jordan Rapana after the winger made an abusive gesture in the direction of the referees during his side's golden point loss to the Cowboys on Saturday night.
Rapana raised both of his middle fingers towards the match officials after he was denied what would have been the match-winning try in extra-time against North Queensland.
The NRL has responded by issuing the New Zealand international with a concerning act notice for his actions in an emotion-charged loss to the 2015 premiers, who sealed the win with a miracle try to Gavin Cooper after he chased down a field goal attempt from Johnathan Thurston that ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar.
It is understood Rapana wasn't charged because there was quite some distance between him and the officials, making it impossible to deem his gesture was deliberately meant for the match officials.
The Raiders celebrated as if they had won the match when Rapana crossed in the opening half of extra time, however they were unaware the referees had called it back for a forward pass thrown by the winger in the lead-up.
Rapana's pass, which was deemed forward, put Elliott Whitehead into open space before the Englishman linked up with his winger to send him over the tryline – albeit unaware the whistle had already been blown.
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Rapana showed his displeasure with the decision by raising his two middle fingers towards the officials on a night he allowed his frustrations to get the better of him on numerous occasions.
"The referee's called it forward so you just have to live with it," Raiders make-shift centre Whitehead said.
Rapana gets a warning letter for flipping a double bird at the ref?
Hodgo must be spitting chips.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/canberra-raiders-jordan-rapana-issued-warning-notice-for-flipping-the-bird-to-referees-20170305-gur0wm.html
 

Nashy

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A letter? It's like the NRL go out of their way to make sure rules aren't enforced, and officials aren't respected. Fine him, suspend him, make an example.
 

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It's just another example of the NRL officials being hung out to dry. They've got one of the most thankless jobs in the game and when you allow players to disrespect the officials without issuing them a sufficient penalty it just makes life harder on them.

What do you guys make of the Jarryd Hayne situation? Apparently he was fined a five figure sum for hopping a plane to Sydney without Henry's permission. I know we're only one game into the season, but this Titans-Hayne marriage already seems doomed, especially with the speculation that Hayne maybe on his way to French Rugby in 2018. I remember @Dexter wasn't fond of Hayne's involvement in 2016 and I tend to agree as he seems out of sync with the rest of his team. The most disappointing thing about Jarryd's performance the other night was how often he was taking the soft option and looking to play for penalties. There were at least three separate occasions where he either stayed down, dived like a soccer player or just whinged at the referee instead of doing what needed to be done for his side.
 

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Titans made the right call. Hayne asked the wrong person. He asked one of the co-captains instead of the coach who calls the shots.. But that's just typical Hayne. He does what he wants.

I think Titans will be better off without him, to be honest.

When he came back, I noticed Taylor started to take less control of the team and it seemed he focused more on getting the ball to Hayne whenever Hayne wanted it instead of taking control and giving it to Hayne when he wanted Hayne to get it.

If this doesn't change, I can see it disrupting the Titans and hurting Taylor.
 

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Wonder if he would be charged if his name was Thurston or Smith.
Ask that question when you see Smith giving a ref the finger after a correct call. Thurston on the other hand, both him and Hayne have the absolute worst attitude I've seen in regards to what they say to the refs and they both get away with it.
 

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Going back to Saturday, it's safe to assume that Penrith won't be a defensive juggernaut this season. St George gave them a reality check and while I still expect to see them thereabouts with their current hooker and backrow formation I think most sides are going to have a field day running through them.

I was surprised by their brand of football. When they signed Tamou I assumed it was a sign that they'd play with more restraint and just try to run through teams with two of the Australian middle forwards. Instead they were trying to zip through and show off their skills by constantly changing angles and throwing crazy offloads. Somebody needed to remind them it was Round 1, not the Auckland 9s and they had to do the rough stuff first.

I've got to hand it to the Dragons, that was one of the best performances they've produced in a long time (I'd say since Round 12 2015). I think it took them several matches (as it turns out 7) to score that many points so to do it straight up is positive. Like last year, the Widdop/McCrone combination was an improvement over the Widdop/Marshall combination and the recruits MacDonald, Vaughan and McInnes all stood out for their new club.

In a lot of ways it was a dream start for St George and they didn't really have to work THAT hard. However after such a dour 2016, they deserve to lap it up.
 

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Queensland might be losing a lot of players over the next few years but if New South Wales decide to persist with Bryce Cartwright we might win another ten in a row. And those offloads to nobody? With the 1% efforts Queenslanders put in, they'll end up in our possession every single time. Man, he sucks.
 

Big Pete

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I can't see NSW picking Cartwright when they've got Frizell and Graham coming through.

Graham is basically everything Cartwright should be.

If Saturday is any indication, it wouldn't surprise me if Matterson receives a birth before Bryce. He produced a career best performance off the bench and appears to have found a home in the backrow.
 

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