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In the huge lead up to the most anticipated grand final of the last 12 months, the Daily Telegraph has leveled a powerful accusation at the Pride of the League. Without linking the poorly argued article (because the piece can only be described as “clickbait” and I refuse to direct traffic to it), the summary is thus; Souths are using…
For most NRL fans, the Grand Final is a conflicted time. Most likely, your team is not in the big game, and unless you are lucky, the teams in contention don’t really interest you. So, as you crack your first beer and generously add salsa to your first corn chip, you need to ask yourself; which team do you want…
Grand Final day is almost upon us, and with the removal of 87.5% of the players from the competition, everyone can really focus in on the remaining 34 players and tell us what they really think. On the top of the list of targets are the “grubs”, and Josh Reynolds is easily the most popular. I’ve written about grubs before,…
It seems nearly every year nowadays we get a blockbuster all-Sydney preliminary final, and this year is no exception. Games simply do not come any bigger than the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters, and there is little doubt that the greatest rivalry in club rugby league will once again provide a magnificent spectacle. Teams Rabbitohs Falling one game short…

Grow up NRL

Grow up NRL!! Have you ever seen a good looking kid whose parents are still dressing him in clothes he has outgrown? It is ridiculous. Unfortunately, this is what is going on with the NRL at the moment. We have a wonderful product with athletes that have skill sets beyond what former greats would have ever imagined. We have players…
As penance for previously writing off both of these teams off I have been assigned the game preview for the Panthers v Bulldogs game. Before the finals series started I think I would have struggled to comprehend this match-up occurring, in fact I think it could be the least likely semi-final match-up I could have envisaged. But here we are…
We are now into the lose and you’re out stages of the finals. It will be in the back of all surviving teams' minds that two wins in the next two weeks means that they would be in a grand final. Last year’s grand finalists Manly have been hit by injury hard at the wrong time especially in the hooker…
It’s now sudden death for all teams left in the NRL Finals series. The Cowboys will travel away from their Townsville fortress this week to play a Roosters team who faltered last week to the Panthers by 1 point. Despite being up by a try with less than 10 minutes to go, Some Watene-Zelezniak magic and a Soward Field Goal…

Meeting Mark Tookey

Catching up with Mark Tookey Mark Tookey played 125 NRL games with three different clubs, but with 67 games for the Warriors it was here he developed a cult standing in the shaky isles. As a 16 year old trialing with another 120 kids for a spot with the South Queensland Crushers he kept making the cut, starting out in…
This article originally appeared here on the BWTF website, we liked it and got permission to reproduce it on RFS. I must apologise for the lack of blogs in recent times. I had visions of doing my blogs on a more regular basis, however, as our season fell apart, so did my enthusiasm to write. One of the things I…

Cowboys v Broncos Preview

It’s week 1 of the finals and this Saturday Night's blockbuster will see the North Queensland Cowboys take on the Brisbane Broncos in Queensland Derby III. The match will be played in Townsville with the Cowboys going in as favourites due to their comprehensive home form. However, the Broncos are not to be counted out here. As they look to…
The second and third placed sides kick off the finals on Friday night with a Manly home game at the fortress Brookvale Oval Allianz Stadium. As a Manly fan I am furious but this is nothing new and it makes sense for the big games to be played at big venues. Both of these sides enter the play-offs on the…
As we enter week one of the 2014 finals series, another chapter in perhaps the greatest coaching rivalry of the 21st century is preparing to be written. Des Hasler's defensive minded Bulldogs have somewhat limped into the finals series, while Craig Bellamy's Melbourne machine have eased their way into a top eight position off the back of some clinical performances.…
Last week I wrote about five measures and what the past 11 Grand Final winners proved about their relevance. This week I will look at all eight play-off teams and see what those five measures tell us about who is going to win the 2014 Grand Final. A quick refresher: Regular season rank – no team outside of the top…
Move over Burgess brothers – the Mata’utia boys are taking the NRL by storm, and this weekend loyalties will be divided when Knights pair Sione and Chanel take on Dragons sibling Peter. All three are tryscoring machines but online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has priced the youngest of the trio Sione at $2.15 to score the most tries, with Chanel at $2.30…
Over the next few weeks you are likely to be bombarded by phrases like “gaining momentum” and “making a statement” but what do these phrases really mean and do they really have all that much relevance in telling us who will win this year’s premiership? I thought I’d take a look at the last 11 premiers and see how they…
For all the perceived problems with the NRL, one cannot deny the excitement of round 26. Every season brings sudden-death games for teams who are striving to sneak into the eight. These teams almost always get knocked out in the first week of the finals, but for a week, the competition focuses on them. And, even if the premiership is…
Finals are nearly upon us and as we observe the tight race for the Top 8 it is time that the Renegade Writers compiled their “Team of the Season” for 2014. While there may be only two positions that are a whitewash, the voting was very wide open, leading to some very unique results. So, to begin the team of…
It’s a difficult thing to write a single song about Australian and New Zealand sport that doesn’t just sound like The Twelfth Man, or that strange Warnie musical. But, to write a whole album, and a great album – that seems impossible. Until now, I have never heard an album that so perfectly captures the emotional condition of the reserve…
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