LIVE Round 23 Discussion

Browny

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I hate how teams can just professionally foul when up by 4 in the last minute to defend a leave. That has to be the 4th time I’ve seen it this season.

Not sure how you can fix it except to bin on every penalty in this circumstance
 

Jedhead

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I think Manly got more than the rub of the green there. Klein is fast becoming a cancer on our game. He dead set ruined what could have otherwise been a red hot cracker of a game with some of his bogus penalties and sheer inconsistency.

When are the journos going to recognise how the majority of the league supporters are rapidly switching off from this once great game.

I know Weidler mentioned the drastic fall in tv viewers, but there needs to be more of an uproar in the media to alert the NRL that their ship is holed and sinking.
 
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Tom

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Klein is probably the only ref that isn't corrupt, he's just plain incompetent.
 

Alec

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Especially when they’re two of the least supported sides. At least if the broncos and the dogs or eels were dominating you’d see 45k+ crowds in Brisbane and 35k+ in Sydney weekly.
According to the NRL.com poll, the Poosters are more supported than us now!
 

Foordy

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Don Furner whinging about Addin Fonua-Blake.

apparently after the game, he waved to the Canberra fans and gestured they should have a cry
 

Dexter

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I'm at a loss as to what the commentators want. Whingeing about too many penalties in todays game instead of blaming the players.
Sure there were a couple of contentious penalties but mostly the players were pushing non stop to gain an advantage.
Not one commentator has explained which penalties they want let go instead they just broadly state " too many penalties, they're ruining the game" .
I'd also like every commentator to declare if they have paid positions with any clubs like the shock jocks after the cash for comments drama.
Ennis was banging on today but clearly has a conflict because he works for the raiders.
There are so many agendas in this game especially among the journos .
 

Tom

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I'm at a loss as to what the commentators want. Whingeing about too many penalties in todays game instead of blaming the players.
Sure there were a couple of contentious penalties but mostly the players were pushing non stop to gain an advantage.
Not one commentator has explained which penalties they want let go instead they just broadly state " too many penalties, they're ruining the game" .
I'd also like every commentator to declare if they have paid positions with any clubs like the shock jocks after the cash for comments drama.
Ennis was banging on today but clearly has a conflict because he works for the raiders.
There are so many agendas in this game especially among the journos .
Brett Finch is the worst, surely. He has been offended frequently recently because anyone would dare question the Storm.
 

Harry Sack

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I'm at a loss as to what the commentators want. Whingeing about too many penalties in todays game instead of blaming the players.
Sure there were a couple of contentious penalties but mostly the players were pushing non stop to gain an advantage.
Not one commentator has explained which penalties they want let go instead they just broadly state " too many penalties, they're ruining the game" .
I'd also like every commentator to declare if they have paid positions with any clubs like the shock jocks after the cash for comments drama.
Ennis was banging on today but clearly has a conflict because he works for the raiders.
There are so many agendas in this game especially among the journos .
I think it may have been the Raiders V Manly game but I was watching the coverage on 9 and one of the sideline commentators said "The referee's are aware of the high penalty count in the first half and have said they are going to try to keep the whistle away in the second"

Words to that effect anyway. I mean what the actual ****? If there's a penalty just fucking blow it!! I wonder how different the top 8 would look if they did
 

Dexter

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Yep, its BS. I really would like to know which penalties they would not blow.
Souffs the other night clearly were playing the ball off the mark so our markers would be wrong footed when Cook took off.
Just a tactic they have come up with that the refs are happy to let go.
 
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Foordy

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I think it may have been the Raiders V Manly game but I was watching the coverage on 9 and one of the sideline commentators said "The referee's are aware of the high penalty count in the first half and have said they are going to try to keep the whistle away in the second"

Words to that effect anyway. I mean what the actual ****? If there's a penalty just fucking blow it!! I wonder how different the top 8 would look if they did
we saw it during the high penalty counts to start last season ... the Storm were not only brought back to the pack when the refs pinged them for breaking the rules, but they went straight to the middle of the pack.

I'm still of the belief that if the refs had have stayed course, instead of buckling to media pressure, the players would have learned quick that if they wanted to keep pushing the rules then they would be penalised out of the match and possibly the season ... if that happened we would have had an actual flowing game, not the "fake" flowing games we get now
 

Big Pete

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That's a common misconception. Melbourne were actually winning a lot of those penalty counts, but the frustrating stop start nature prevented them from playing their style of footy. Wests conceded 18 penalty to 8 in their Round 2 victory against Melbourne and in Cronulla it was 10-6 Melbourne's way at half-time before the game descended into a farce.

A lot of the penalties against Melbourne that night were for dissent, including the sin-bin against Smith. By that point, Cronulla had actively put Melbourne off their game with their grubby tactics and got rewarded for it.
 

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