General NRL 2018 Round 12 - General Discussion

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Pretty boring game really. Sad to see once great teams start to slide...
 
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AusWarriorsFan

Tin ass :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:.

Nailed that prediction...
Hehe thank you sir, I do ok with my predictions, but that one was rather easy, not so much due to the eveness via the lack of Manly players, but the consistency of the Raiders to make everything as hard and close as possible lol.

Heres a really out there prediction for you, the Storm will win this game, I know, crazy, but I can just feel it ;-p
 
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BiggerD

BiggerD

Jahrome Hughes is Quality


Yay he is from Wellington.. where I am originally from ;)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jahrome_Hughes

Jahrome Hughes (born 8 October 1994) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League (NRL). He plays at fullback. He previously played for the Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Hughes is of Māori descent and played junior rugby league for the Harbour City Eagles. In 2008, Hughes moved to the Gold Coast, where he played for the Tugun Seahawks and Currumbin Eagles, and attended Palm Beach Currumbin State High School. Hughes played for the Sydney Roosters SG Ball Cup team before being signed by the Gold Coast Titans in 2012.[3] He played for the Titans' NYC team from 2012 to 2014.

Nice try Feldt... still reckon the Cows will win
 
Sup42

Sup42

The Cows look like a park footy side when they are in possesion.

The players are bluging. Playing as individuals, standing flat and still when the ball is being moved across feild/

One out hit ups.

Dreadful.
 
Ever Hopeful

Ever Hopeful

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Yep another scrappy game. In all honesty, what are others take on the health of the NRL in 2018? I'm still loving it because of how uncertain results are in the NRL, but:

  • We have seen a lot of laborious rugby league this season. Has there been a single team (bar maybe St George) that hasn't looked woeful at some point? In previous seasons the top four tend to be consistently good all season.
  • Is this the least superstars (in their prime) we have seen in the games history? When Thurston, Smith, Inglis, Slater retire who is left? Who do we have in the game that is a potential immortal? Ponga is great but it is his first real year (Ben Barba anyone). Taumalolo is amazing. Addo-Carr is exciting, but a luxury item rather than the out and out heart of a team.
  • Is Origin going to be showcasing the best of the best? For me there will be a number of players that would have never got near Origin teams of the past.
I'm not sure that the NRL is in the greatest shape at the moment.
 
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Sup42

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If I was a Cows fan....watching Thurston with a four on two overlap stand still and wait for someone to tackle him with the ball.....I would wonder why he is playing like a match fixer....that was bizarre.
 
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Worried2Death

Worried2Death

Yep another scrappy game. In all honesty, what are others take on the health of the NRL in 2018? I'm still loving it because of how uncertain results are in the NRL, but:

  • We have seen a lot of laborious rugby league this season. Has there been a single team (bar maybe St George) that hasn't looked woeful at some point? In previous seasons the top four tend to be consistently good all season.
  • Is this the least superstars (in their prime) we have seen in the games history? When Thurston, Smith, Inglis, Slater retire who is left? Who do we have in the game that is a potential immortal? Ponga is great but it is his first real year (Ben Barba anyone). Taumalolo is amazing. Addo-Carr is exciting, but a luxury item rather than the out and out heart of a team.
  • Is Origin going to be showcasing the best of the best? For me there will be a number of players that would have never got near Origin teams of the past.
I'm not sure that the NRL is in the greatest shape at the moment.

It's a tough one, the cap has spread the talent so evenly there are no real standout teams any more. More close games, less champagne RL. Manly used to buy premierships and they were great to watch, not so much now they're on a beer diet.
 
Ever Hopeful

Ever Hopeful

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It's a tough one, the cap has spread the talent so evenly there are no real standout teams any more. More close games, less champagne RL.

I thought about that too, but the cap has been around for many, many years without making teams look this beige. It also doesn't stop superstars coming through.

But yes, even games do tend to be more of an arm wrestle. Unfortunately some of these games are being hampered by a lack of skill and execution that I haven't seen so widespread before.
 
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Worried2Death

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I thought about that too, but the cap has been around for many, many years without making teams look this beige. It also doesn't stop superstars coming through.

But yes, even games do tend to be more of an arm wrestle
I think we might be seeing the cap take full effect only fairly recently, previously it was rorted all over the place to keep elite teams together, ie. Storm. NRL have done a pretty good job enforcing it, and it seems to be working in our favour this year.
Two pretty dour games tonight with tight finishes. Complete your sets and least mistakes wins, onto the next game. Maybe the cap's just too low to entice the SBW and Radradra type gamebreakers these days.
 
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Tedster

Tedster

Cowboys were one of my other teams, always will love that moment in the grand final when they won - priceless. Watching a bit of the game last nite you have to wonder whats happened to them, really think thurston should maybe have retired last year - champion player but may have played on one more year too long.
 
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MurrayTD

MurrayTD

Hindsight is 20/20. Thurston a once in a generation player, 1 year too long, absolutely. And sadly you would think at the expense of what looks like another once in a generation player in Ponga?. I would be pissed if I were a Cowboys supporter, whoever made that decision to not throw the bank and retain Ponga has effectively sealed their fate in the short term.

Cant see Townsville getting a brand spanking new stadium now, momentum dead and buried for the Cowboys in the short to mid term future you would think.
 
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gREVUS

gREVUS

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North Queensland coach getting ready for his departure ticket..
i wonder how many other people took unders to allow JT to play one more year? I know that the other JT is on 1 mill a year as a prop but he isnt out there 80 mins a game and seems less effective this year as well. So between them thats a lot of the cap tied up in just 2 players.
 
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Trugoy

Trugoy

Yep another scrappy game. In all honesty, what are others take on the health of the NRL in 2018? I'm still loving it because of how uncertain results are in the NRL, but:

  • We have seen a lot of laborious rugby league this season. Has there been a single team (bar maybe St George) that hasn't looked woeful at some point? In previous seasons the top four tend to be consistently good all season.
  • Is this the least superstars (in their prime) we have seen in the games history? When Thurston, Smith, Inglis, Slater retire who is left? Who do we have in the game that is a potential immortal? Ponga is great but it is his first real year (Ben Barba anyone). Taumalolo is amazing. Addo-Carr is exciting, but a luxury item rather than the out and out heart of a team.
  • Is Origin going to be showcasing the best of the best? For me there will be a number of players that would have never got near Origin teams of the past.
I'm not sure that the NRL is in the greatest shape at the moment.
Didn’t watch much of last nights game, but this seasons 10 metre out penalty-a-thon followed by the obligatory warning then sin bin is so predictable and getting boring as hell.
 

Juju

Hindsight is 20/20. Thurston a once in a generation player, 1 year too long, absolutely. And sadly you would think at the expense of what looks like another once in a generation player in Ponga?. I would be pissed if I were a Cowboys supporter, whoever made that decision to not throw the bank and retain Ponga has effectively sealed their fate in the short term.

Cant see Townsville getting a brand spanking new stadium now, momentum dead and buried for the Cowboys in the short to mid term future you would think.
The Stadium is being constructed right now!
 
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AusWarriorsFan

This is my local Stadium and Club. I should be there watchin live, uggggh. Nip next door afterwards for some beersies and a pizza at the club with some locals.

Would love to see Titans, Warriors, Panthers to close out the Roosters and close the gap on Dragons. Then Knights to get a gap on the Sharks and Doggies to keep Wests out of it.

Looking out to Gossy and Brisbane waters, it looks a peach today.
 
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