LIVE Round 19 Discussion

Maddy1to9

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Ohh boy, Manly winning over Storm grubs have butterflies inside me. We will have a monumental task on our hands next Friday.
Hope silly TPJ escapes MRC and we get much needed cavalry (Gillet, Flagler & any of the half’s?) back.

Either way, we served back to Rotters at Suncorp. About time for the same effort against The Cheaters. Then we have the Souffs to serve back in R23.

Tackle them hard, bash them, kick better, chase hard & do whatever - want our boys to serve back to them Cheaters.

The confidence that all our youngsters get by beating Storm would be immense & it will ONLY go one way after the win - us beating every team we play against for the reminder of 2019.

We’re in top 8 (finally) & are here to stay. Go the Mighty Broncos!!!
 
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Big Pete

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Pretty disappointing end to the Panthers streak. They didn't embarrass themselves, but despite having all the territory, they were comprehensively beaten six tries to three.

Penrith really missed having Kikau. They kept aiming their play down his side of the field, but Canberra were able to handle it comfortably. It seems to me that Maloney is the dominant playmaker and Cleary will only come into the play if Maloney wants him to. It got to the point where Whare was so sick of not getting any good ball, he went searching for it in-field only to look completely lost.

It seems odd to me because To'o has been one of their best performers in recent weeks and that Croker-Simonsson combination can be pretty sketchy.

The play that sums the Raiders up at the moment is their propensity to strip the ball. They're the best exponents of the rule at the moment and they've turned a lot of games on the back of it. I'd have to see it again, but at 26-18, Bateman came up with a strip that actually may have been 1-1 with no other involvement.

Speaking of John Bateman, is there a better edge forward in the game at the moment? There's some quality players like Ryan Matterson, Curtis Sironen, Viliame Kikau etc. but Bateman just seems more assertive.
 

Jedhead

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Pretty disappointing end to the Panthers streak. They didn't embarrass themselves, but despite having all the territory, they were comprehensively beaten six tries to three.

Penrith really missed having Kikau. They kept aiming their play down his side of the field, but Canberra were able to handle it comfortably. It seems to me that Maloney is the dominant playmaker and Cleary will only come into the play if Maloney wants him to. It got to the point where Whare was so sick of not getting any good ball, he went searching for it in-field only to look completely lost.

It seems odd to me because To'o has been one of their best performers in recent weeks and that Croker-Simonsson combination can be pretty sketchy.

The play that sums the Raiders up at the moment is their propensity to strip the ball. They're the best exponents of the rule at the moment and they've turned a lot of games on the back of it. I'd have to see it again, but at 26-18, Bateman came up with a strip that actually may have been 1-1 with no other involvement.

Speaking of John Bateman, is there a better edge forward in the game at the moment? There's some quality players like Ryan Matterson, Curtis Sironen, Viliame Kikau etc. but Bateman just seems more assertive.
Eh..Dave Fifita says hello
 

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Big Pete

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In his press conference, Trent Robinson suggested the NRL should look a benefit of the doubt system for forward passes where the attacking team receives the advantage. Incidentally, the Sydney Roosters had a try denied in the third minute of the contest when James Tedesco was ruled to have thrown a forward pass to Cooper Cronk. Greg Alexander and Mark Gasnier were of the belief that it was backwards out of the hands.

I actually think this rule change would be popular in the NRL ranks. However as the stripping rule has shown, if you give the players an inch they'll take a mile and it will just create more confusion and frustration. Personally I thought Tedesco didn't turn his body enough and didn't have enough control on the pass to throw it backwards.

As it stands, the players are already being shown far too much leeway with passes. The only reason the fans are frustrated is because of the lack of consistensy and how many passes are let go. In particular they rarely call short passes forward, even when the receiver is in-front of the passer.

Also worth noting that Kearney mentioned in his press conference that Annesley admitted the referees missed two forward passes in lead up to tries. Annesley didn't address the Townsend try in his weekly media address which I thought was odd given how controversial it was.
 
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