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While this is extremely disappointing, it is also something that is out...
Cut him loose.
Horrific defensive read, bad hands, and has caused the Club significant reputation and financial losses.
Would prefer to re-sign Tui for depth. I almost wrote him off early but he’s shown a fair bit of improvement and has a great attitude
Yeah yeah you just keep on blaming the refs, the betting companies, NRL corruption and whatever else then spinning into your vulgar tirades about it. Victim mentality as usual.
We’re a mediocre footy team in every aspect of the game and that’s what these results boil down to. Time for you to...
Has anyone considered the left field angle that possibly our team are currently less skilful, less intelligent and more unfit than our opposition which leads to these outcomes, including the penalty count
Of course they would. But the question here is whether they are, and when you take emotion out of the equation and assess the risk vs benefit and practicalities (especially in the era of live betting revenues skyrocketing) of it all you’d come to the answer that it’s a resounding no.
Mate with all due respect all you’re throwing out here are a bunch of low percentage hypotheticals. Tell me honestly how often you think a Dogs win is the worst result for the bookies? And even if so, how would you justify the reputational risk pertaining to an industry of that size?
Betting agencies don’t need to rig outcomes to generate eye watering profits. They just need bozos like you who’ve probably had a few bucks invested on the dogs over the past few years to keep turning up week after week. Not to mention the donkeys at Echuca you probably throw money at.
Have you ever stopped and thought firstly how complex/near impossible it would be to rig the outcome of rugby league fixtures?
Do you realise betting agencies would make far more $$ if we were to actually win these games?
Just take a few minutes to have a good think about the sheer...
Through intelligent cap management, something pretty foreign to our club.
Have a look at the Storm team for the past 10 years. Half of their top 17 each week are players on minimum wage or close to it.
Talent ID is obviously huge also and they do it better than every other club.
It sounds like you’ve marked a 20 year olds card in this position after just 4 games at halfback. I saw enough last week to know that he can develop into a very high quality half. He created space and passed when the time was right, he ran the ball when it was on, he kicked well (very sweet...
You’re absolutely spot on mate. Jake is showing a mouth-watering amount of promise at halfback and just keeps improving each week. His composure and decision making has improved out of sight in the space of a month. Needs to be persisted with at #7 beyond this season. Best talent we’ve had in a...
And the game has changed a lot since 15 years ago, particularly the physical attributes required to compete as a winger.
The average height across all wingers going around this weekend is 187.25cm. Not one is shorter than 6” and very few are shorter than 6”2’
Coaches don’t pick short wingers...
I was waiting for someone to mention To’o but fact is even To’o is 6ft and towers over Heleta.
Heleta’s height is a massive handicap in stepping up to first grade and is undoubtedly the reason he hasn’t seen a promotion despite being consistently strong in the lower ranks for a number of years.
His form certainly merits at least a look-in but unfortunately for Watson his height is a real issue.
He might get away with it in the lower grades without too many problems but the step up to first grade is huge as he’ll be marked up against superior physical specimens with great aerial...
Yes Scoobs you and me both have stuck solid by him. Sharp footy minds mate ;)
If we don’t land a big name hooker for next year then I’d be more than content with JMK steering us around the paddock as he did today.
We’d be mad not to persist with him at halfback whilst he’s showing this level of promise there at the age of just 20. He was outstanding and just keeps improving all aspects of his game.
He’s not at Papenhuyzens level in terms of raw talent but in my opinion he’s a very good first grader and has a bright future and can take his own game to another level, still only 23.
He’s been our best outside back this year by a country mile. Rock solid. We’ll see more of his attacking...
Alright Peter Mulholland tell us who you’ve got covering hooker for us next season considering B.Smith isn’t coming.
You need probably 4 who can competently cover the position in your top 30. Topine is on the books already and I’d be retaining JMK as an option also. Not retaining Katoa or...
Agreed. I think there’s a bit more to come from JMK. He’s been pretty decent when you consider he plays behind a pack that goes nowhere as you pointed out, and he’s been new to the position on a full time basis.
He’s currently our best option at hooker by a country mile and I’d be extending him...
This appointment simply wasn’t well thought through. Good luck building culture in footy team via an annual 10 day business trip and an hour or 2 Zoom consult once a fortnight outside of that. How much are we paying him?
We were a better team in 2012 with Barba in it. We won 6 more more regular season games than what we did in 2014 which is significant. And in 2012 we were basically absent of a halfback with Keating there playing essentially as a passenger. 2014 we had Hodkinson in his prime.
He won the Dally M...
Rubbish. There’s no way we make the GF in 2012 without Barba. He was that good.
Sharks also would still be on zero Premierships if not for Barba. He was in the Top 5 in the comp for both Try’s and Try Assists which is pretty much unheard of.
Would be lucky to have another 3-4 months of good footy left in him let alone 3-4 years.
He’s been very very ordinary for Cronulla and is 31 in a few months and coming off a serious Achilles injury. Pass.
You’ve copped a fair bit of heat for this post but the underlying premise of your post is a valid one.
There has undoubtedly been a vibe a good few fans of here that “2021 doesn’t matter, we’re all good for 2022 cos we’ve landed Burton”. He isn’t the saviour many think, but he can be a big...
I’m with you on that one Ted.
900k is your premium hooker who’s got the lot - robust defence, playmaking ability, vision, top kicking game, craft and guile.
B.Smith isn’t that hooker. He’s a bash’n’barge hooker with light sprinklings of the above qualities. 600-650k man IMO.
Yeah if I was in charge I would’ve sacked Okunbor too.
Highly paid grown men just had to go out to Port Mac for a few days and at least pretend to promote the game and the club but all they could manage was to fire up the Tinder account and chase hood rat school girls.
Reputation damage, $2M...
A bold prediction is something that is against the odds, but the individual fundamentally thinks it will happen. You thought the Panthers would finish 10th so you are a donkey. Assassin thought our worst case scenario was making first week of finals, so he is also a donkey.
Ps. no need for the...
Jesus, some very low IQ footy brains in the opening few pages of this thread.
To be fair though no one could’ve predicted that we’d be travelling this horrifically.
This absolutely should’ve been a year of progression, not severe regression.
I’ve found where a pleb’s at.
Deano had zero input in negotiating the figures mate, and had next to no input in recruitment at any level. Common knowledge. You must be feeding off the same insider as @ASSASSIN
Definitely been some dodgy investments recruitment-wise, that we can agree on!
Thank you for the civil discussion Maria. You’re one of the few of the Renouf fan club who will discuss him without getting yourself too worked up. This is why I consider you the Queen of the Kennel by a considerable...
Simply put - Elliot has a few more ‘runs on the board’ which is why he’s afforded a bit more patience with his form than what To’omaga gets. Personally, I would’ve had Elliott joining Renouf in the Mounties pack last weekend.
40 games is more opportunities than most have been afforded over the years. In fact approximately 60% of all players play less than 30 in their career, and trust me they aren’t all getting big minutes. It’s all about how you make the most of your opportunities, no matter how brief they may be...
I’m still waiting to see even a shred of evidence that this bloke has any clue how to coach.
All this talk about him being an attacking genius and we do nothing but hit the ball up 1 out for 5 tackles and poke a kick to the corner. We do this for 80 minutes straight, no matter the...
Not disputing that he didn’t make any wrong calls defensively, but he’s young and is playing in the worst defensive team in the comp, up against the best attacking team in the comp. Tough ask. He’s learning and I reckon he’s got the right attributes and attitude to be a very good asset for us...
I reckon it’s more so the other way round Maria. Renoufs been with the club for almost a decade, and has been afforded 40 first grade games. It’s fair to say that out of that 40 games he’s produced a pretty mixed bag.
Plain and simply - the club have invested a lot in Renouf and there hasn’t...