NRL 2020



  • They dubbed over crowd noise which was ok... Except for the bit where the "crowd" cheered an Eels try.

    In Brisbane.



  • Roosters giving away the slowest play the balls of the weekend so far.

    Cowboys towelled up the Titans



  • @mariner4life said in NRL 2020:

    Also, have you seen the Warriors team? That forward pack would get towelled up at state league level. Nailed on for the spoon. Shit coach. Shit squad. No home games.

    Well well well...



  • @KiwiMurph said in NRL 2020:

    @mariner4life said in NRL 2020:

    Also, have you seen the Warriors team? That forward pack would get towelled up at state league level. Nailed on for the spoon. Shit coach. Shit squad. No home games.

    Well well well...

    Pleasantly surprising. Warriors seem to suit playing in empty stadia



  • Fucking hell. 44 of 46 completed sets. 44 In a row.

    A horrible Dragons team without any direction on offence. But that is the first time a team has had that many completed sets in a row.

    Fuck yes boys. Fuck yes!



  • @raznomore said in NRL 2020:

    Fucking hell. 44 of 46 completed sets. 44 In a row.

    A horrible Dragons team without any direction on offence. But that is the first time a team has had that many completed sets in a row.

    Fuck yes boys. Fuck yes!

    As long as we play every game in front of cardboard cutouts 👌



  • that crowd noise is f**kin stupid. solid warriors against a shit dragons. that should be the benchmark now - committed, 100% completion through the first 75min, that is the foundation block upon which future warrior sides should be built.



  • Oh good. Warriors get aaaaabsolutely written off so I don't bother to get up even though it's live sport and a NZ team.

    They win.

    I'm such an idiot, how could I not know?



  • So, the time I can’t actually watch the Warriors they decide to be decent, typical.



  • @Nepia said in NRL 2020:

    So, the time I can’t actually watch the Warriors they decide to be decent, typical.

    Don't watch next week either please



  • @canefan said in NRL 2020:

    @Nepia said in NRL 2020:

    So, the time I can’t actually watch the Warriors they decide to be decent, typical.

    Don't watch next week either please

    As long as they’re not on Ch9 and only on Fox then this will be likely.



  • @westcoastie I didn’t actually mind the fake ambiance. I’ll go as far as saying that it helped me enjoy the game more



  • @Nepia it was better than decent. It wasn’t a cricket score but it was as close to perfect as a team can get



  • Someone told me the Warriors won a game they had zero chance of winning.

    Where’s that bandwagon, I might just jump on it.



  • @westcoastie I actually don’t mind it. Add in the histrionics from the commentary team and it’s almost back to normal.

    Warriors defence was 2002-esque. Fantastic effort and discipline too. I actually screamed at the TV when Murchie lost it with only minutes to go.



  • @raznomore said in NRL 2020:

    @Nepia it was better than decent. It wasn’t a cricket score but it was as close to perfect as a team can get

    No handling errors until 6 minutes from time? A clean sheet? Clinical. Now there's a word that is rarely associated with the Warriors



  • Where’s @Sneakdefreak ? Still partying in his bubble aye 😎

    @canefan it was a phenomenal effort considering errors and penalties have riddled our game for the best part of the last two seasons.



  • I am fine with the fake crowd effect - as soon as the game started it fades into the background and we get even more shots of the actual game.

    Holy shit Warriors - seems they've unearthed a couple of very solid prospects - but the Dragons were beyond shit-house!



  • @Paekakboyz that young back rower Katoa looks a great prospect



  • Caught the extended highlights of Tigers and Sharks, and thought Benji played awesome. Not bad for a 35yo.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in NRL 2020:

    @Paekakboyz that young back rower Katoa looks a great prospect

    He does.
    Probably means someone else will pick him up in a year or two when he has a small dip in form, and then go on to be a superstar because Warriors.



  • The Knights v Panthers yesterday was a cracker. The Knights lost 2 players in the first quarter, one of which was their halfback, and you thought they were done. Penrith got it to 14-0, had heaps of ball and all the field position, and it looked like a big win was coming. Somehow the Knights got on the board just before half time, and would have been pretty happy at 14-6.

    The 2nd half i kept expecting the Panthers to take control as the Knights tired, and especially having 2 young guys on debut playing big minutes, but they hung in there and hung in there, and with a decent goalkicker, should have won.

    Golden point was a shitfight, and the Knights should have won it but for the ball not going to the unmarked winger (he was way too flat). Ended up a draw. Game of the weekend easily.





  • @taniwharugby I was tempted to photoshop a warriors jersey on David Bain and submit it.



  • NRL getting a lot of praise in AFL media circles for the way they have handled the return and pretty much everything associated with it ,

    That doesnt happen often



  • @kiwiinmelb said in NRL 2020:

    NRL getting a lot of praise in AFL media circles for the way they have handled the return and pretty much everything associated with it ,

    That doesnt happen often

    Indeed. I’m sure rugby won’t praise it though....



  • I should watch the Warriors tomorrow. But i just know that last week was an aberration, and they will stink the joint out, get flogged (by a desperately limited Penrith) and i would get more pissed than usual.



  • @mariner4life said in NRL 2020:

    I should watch the Warriors tomorrow. But i just know that last week was an aberration, and they will stink the joint out, get flogged (by a desperately limited Penrith) and i would get more pissed than usual.

    Luckily for me it's on Fox and they haven't confirmed whether they're playing the Aotearoa Super Rugby yet so if I do watch it will be delayed and I'll likely already know the score.



  • @Nepia look what the Warriors have done to us!



  • @mariner4life said in NRL 2020:

    I should watch the Warriors tomorrow. But i just know that last week was an aberration, and they will stink the joint out, get flogged (by a desperately limited Penrith) and i would get more pissed than usual.

    I didnt see the game so dont have an opinion on it.

    But someone ( I think it was Brandy Alexander ) on one of the fox shows said , it was fantastic, but if you were nitpicking , with the amount of possession they had , you would think the elite sides would probably have piled a lot more points on a hapless dragons side who are struggling



  • If you want to watch a ine-sided butt fucking, turn on the Roosters absolutely towelling the Broncos.

    Brisbane have a couple of blokes who would be in contention for the worst players in the comp, in Darius Boyd and Anthony Milford.

    Another disaster of a roster left behind by Wayne Bennett



  • Broncos looking like a mediocre Qld Cup side.





  • i really like the rule tweaks made. Th 6-again call is excellent, and having one ref definitely seems to bring more flow to the game (he even played advantage last night!).

    There will be some lopsided games this year though. not every team is built for this pace. And there is nowhere to hide. You can't slow down the ruck. You can't keep giving away penalties. There are so few opportunities to reset.

    Possession is everything. And footspeed through the middle. Those look to be the keys. The game is definitely better for these rule changes.



  • @mariner4life Increasing the pace of the game might make for a better spectacle. What genius came up with that idea?



  • @antipodean said in NRL 2020:

    @mariner4life Increasing the pace of the game might make for a better spectacle. What genius came up with that idea?

    pithy

    But this bloke V'Landys has come in and just smashed everything. First game up and running. Better broadcast deal in the midst of a recession. Made the product a better spectacle. And he's done it in 2 months. All while keeping racing going in NSW.

    By all accounts he's a total fluffybunny, but he's an effective fluffybunny (insert sex joke)

    Now we wait for the coaches to adapt and fuck everything up again. Fatigue and chaos are the things coaches hate the most. So you arrive at where AFL and rugby are.

    What quick changes could you make to rugby that would speed it up?



  • Also, just seen the replay of Radley's elbow injury. That's a bit of a shit act by Milford actually. I get that it's tacklers that the "chicken wing" law is aimed at, but this was no different

    If Milford didn't do that, or miss tackles, you wouldn't even know he was playing.



  • I'm sure Vlandys is effective. As I understand it, it's a record deal in headline only. $1.8 for five seasons (2018-2022) is worth more than $2.3 for the last three and another four.

    Everyone complained about the slowdown in the tackle and the stupidity of the two refs. Maybe it took someone like V'landys to make the simpletons running the game understand that.

    Rugby is more difficult because it involves a contest. But not increasing the bench would be a good start, as would speeding up the time taken to restart the game.



  • @mariner4life said in NRL 2020:

    Th 6-again call is excellent,

    What's the 6 again call @mariner4life Google? I've only watched the Warriors and not sure it came up?



  • @Nepia said in NRL 2020:

    @mariner4life said in NRL 2020:

    Th 6-again call is excellent,

    What's the 6 again call @mariner4life Google? I've only watched the Warriors and not sure it came up?

    basically, ruck infringements (mainly laying on too long) instead of being a penalty, is just 6-again. No stoppage. No kick for touch. No chance for a team to hit the reset button on its defence. Just play on. It's allowing teams to get on a role, and to get long passages of possession if the other team doesn't keep the ruck quick.

    Main outcome is the big boys in the middle are getting tired. And therefore you can either kill them through the middle with quick guys, or their defense has to compress to cover the middle, and you have the option of hitting them wide.

    Thus far it's been brilliant


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