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From The Couch: Round 16

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From The Couch: Round 16

Gus Was Right: Phil Gould was bang on the money post-Origin II when he lambasted a selfish culture within the Blues camp. He didn’t name names but anyone who knows anyone about league knows he was talking about the skipper, his vice and a number of other senior players. Where he did not go was […]

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The 2016 Willie M Medal: Round 15

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The 2016 Willie M Medal: Round 15

The 2016 Willie M Medal: Round 15 Another incompetent performance from Daniel Tupou has catapulted the former Origin winger to the equal lead of the 2016 Willie M Medal. It is astonishing to believe he could ever have represented considering how poor his entire game. South Sydney v Parramatta 3-Dane Nielsen (Sou) 2-Sam Burgess (Sou) […]

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From The Couch: Round 14

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From The Couch: Round 14

  Melbourne Will Win the 2016 Premiership: The Melbourne Storm have been the defensive benchmark all season, they have posted 34-plus four times, they have kept opponents to six points or fewer in five of the last six games, they have the game’s best coach and they have three of the best dozen players in […]

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From The Couch: Round 13

Filed in From The Couch, NRL by on June 5, 2016 4 Comments
From The Couch: Round 13

State Of Origin I Wrap: State Of Origin I could not have been more predictable. The game was low-scoring. Once again the Blues went conservative. Once again the Maroons did just enough. The Bunker was required only once but managed to screw up twice. The refereeing was wildly inconsistent. The match was lauded by those […]

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From The Couch: Round 12

Filed in From The Couch, NRL by on May 30, 2016 6 Comments
From The Couch: Round 12

Origin I Preview: In what has been the most boring leadup to an Origin in memory thanks to two coaches who seem to be out of their depth and also great friends, anticipation for Origin I is at an all-time low. The biggest shock is that NSW are favourites. They don’t deserve to be. The […]

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From The Couch: Round 11

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From The Couch: Round 11

Blues Selection Analysis: Let’s start with the positives. It was fantastic to see Adam Reynolds named for his Origin debut. He arguably should have been selected the last two series and he has certainly been the most consistent half available since 2014. His pairing with James Maloney provides NSW with a strong kicking game and […]

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The 2016 Willie M Medal: Round 11

Filed in From The Couch, NRL by on May 23, 2016 0 Comments
The 2016 Willie M Medal: Round 11

The 2016 Willie M Medal: Round 11 A roughie has hit the front in the Willie M Medal with Gareth Widdop surging to the lead in one of the shocks of the season. He is no chance of losing his spot so is right in this. South Sydney v St George Illawarra 3-Gareth Widdop (Dra) […]

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From The Couch: Round 10

Filed in From The Couch, NRL by on May 16, 2016 4 Comments
From The Couch: Round 10

I Have A Dream: It seems that Jarryd Hayne has a new dream. Hayne’s dream of playing in the NFL has suddenly come to an end. In his mind – and his spin – he has “retired”. The more likely scenario is that new 49ers coach Chip Kelly was on the verge of cutting Hayne, […]

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From The Couch: Round 7

Filed in From The Couch, NRL by on April 18, 2016 9 Comments
From The Couch: Round 7

Vale, Penalty Try: In another decision made unilaterally by the refereeing fraternity, the penalty try has been laid to rest, next to the send off with the sin bin not far behind it. Chris Lawrence should have been awarded the most obvious penalty try in Rugby League history on Sunday when held back by Richie […]

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From The Couch: Round 6

Filed in From The Couch, NRL by on April 11, 2016 7 Comments
From The Couch: Round 6

Diving is a Scourge on the Game: There is nothing I enjoy seeing more on a Rugby League field than diving. Long-time readers may recall a scathing article I penned about a Ray Cashmere dive in Canberra nearly a decade back. It has been something that has riled me ever since. And now the latest […]

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