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Topic: NRL 2018 Season Thread
fpot
Posts: 26308
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Some pretty good upsets so far this year, Tigers beating the two top teams in the first two weeks was glorious. Maybe the Knights won't get the wooden spoon this year!

Manly absolutely pummeling the Eels atm.

Blues to win the Origin 4-0.
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paveway
Posts: 21510
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Damn i totally didn't even think about creating this thread this year.

This is going to be a very interesting year i think, the tigers look f***ing legit so far. Melbourne have been brought down a notch which isn't a bad thing, they will still be competitive but brody croft is not cooper cronk. Everyone wrote the broncos off for friday night and for the whole season if you listen to fox sports after the game last week and they f***ing beat the cowboys and despite how close it was how close it was in the end the broncos were the better team for most of that game, they worked the cowboys big forward forward pack really well.

Even the warriors are looking like being alright the dragons look good too, though last year they were top of the table after 7 rounds and then didn't make the 8 lol.

Blues to go in favourites and lose
fpot
Posts: 26312
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

I am still feeling the heartbreak from game 2. In my mind the Blues had won and I was all happy and content and then... well you know what happened. Then I spent heaps on a f***ing overpriced ticket for game 3 which was just an awful experience (if the Blues won it would have been a bargain!).

Knights just won which is good! Pearce is great at club level so I'm happy to see him in red and blue.
sLaps_Forehead
Posts: 7831
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Only way is up for Parramatta
paveway
Posts: 21511
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

state of origin is a little while away yet fpot, just relax
Sir Redhat
Posts: 2195
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Poor para
https://i.imgur.com/aLz9r6o.jpg
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21513
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

lols parra
Sir Redhat
Posts: 2198
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

https://i.redd.it/z3r42mx9fti01.jpg

Walked past this the other day. Not sure when it went up but it must have been relatively recently.
paveway
Posts: 21514
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

should have had him in maroon's jersey
fpot
Posts: 26318
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

That's right he's back isn't he.
paveway
Posts: 21516
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

got the whole crew back this year
fpot
Posts: 26323
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Minus Cronk and Thurston of course.
sLaps_Forehead
Posts: 7835
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
In breaking news:

Bennet now loves Golden Point.
paveway
Posts: 21517
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Fpot, chill with the state of origin stuff.

I wiuld have been happy to see a 7 - 7 score after that game. The broncos looked better for most of that game and deserved to win though.

Nikorima probably won't be the long term half back unless he picks his act up. He was pretty bad last night as far as being the controlling half for the broncos, milford was doing a better job when he got involved.
Spook
Posts: 41037
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
refs have admitted they f***ed it up.
paveway
Posts: 21518
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I think that is piss weak of them to do that, the markers were standing next to each other regardless.

There have been far bigger f*** ups with reffing and the refs come out and stick to their guns.
paveway
Posts: 21526
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Lol rooters
fpot
Posts: 26369
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Go the Knights!@!@!@!
smart
Posts: 3058
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Canberra are fkn horrible :/
fpot
Posts: 26388
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Permission to talk about Origin?
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21539
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Go!

NSW to win 😎
infi
Posts: 24067
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

i give up on this season.

/ragequit
fpot
Posts: 26392
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Cam Smith is retiring from rep football effective immediately, apparently. A true legend of the game and a certainty for future immortal status.

On the other hand, yay. Plus that means I was at his last ever game.
deadlyf
Posts: 4079
Location: Queensland

NSW 3-0

Cam Smith takes mercy on NSW
fpot
Posts: 26420
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Hopefully Gaigai and Hunt can be injured as well.
Spook
Posts: 41096
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
wondering at what froth level fpot is this year round. If nsw cant win this year, they should retire from SOO and we'll play against tasmania or western australia or ireland.
infi
Posts: 24074
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Qld can always play against the Samoans.
fpot
Posts: 26421
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

wondering at what froth level fpot is this year round. If nsw cant win this year, they should retire from SOO and we'll play against tasmania or western australia or ireland.
Maximum froth.
Spook
Posts: 41097
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
MAXIMUM FROTH
fpot
Posts: 26422
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

The froth has froth right now.
fpot
Posts: 26423
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Honestly really great to see NSW win so convincingly but the same f***ing thing happened last year so f*** thinking too much of it.

However I feel NSW seemed nervous at the beginning as favourites often do. Securing the win should give them free reign to win the second game but again I thought the same f***ing thing last year.

It was a good game. The absence of grubby players made for a clean attritional match with the occasional streak of brilliance which is what Origin should be. A well worn talking point but the absence of Smith, Thurston, Cronk and Slater was so f***ing noticeable. Slater should be back for the second match but the brains of the Queensland dynasty are gone.

Only controversial moment to me was when the NSW dropout was reversed to a 20m tap. Seemed the ball was clearly propelled out of bounds by NSW. I forget what the score was at the time but from memory it was a pivotal moment.

Glad to see the crowd was big. Reports of lacklustre ticket sales scare me because I'm an unabashed fanboi of Origin and would hate to see it die just because QLD were great and NSW were s*** for so long. A NSW series victory would go a long way in regards to the longevity of Origin I reckon. Here's hoping it happens!
Spook
Posts: 41098
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
there was a lot of free tickets in melbourne. still nearly 90,000.
taggs
Posts: 6556
Location:

One or two shocker calls (dat forward pass lol) but NSW deserved to win. Too many line breaks and easy metres by their backs, we had some stand out individual performances in defence but as a defensive unit overall not good enough to deserve the win. Backs need to work hard on that for game 2.

Best origin game in ages, really entertaining and a great competition.
paveway
Posts: 21531
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

There will be a few changes to the qld side for game 2, gillett should be back before game 2, they may put matt scott back in even though he was suspended they were apparently not going to pick him but i think that experiment didn't work out. They need some more experience in the forwards they are all young.

I'd like to see ponga in the team somewhere tbh, he is single handedly keeping the knights in the game at the moment.
fpot
Posts: 26449
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

In like 15 hours or so NSW will be State of Origin champions and I cannot wait.
fpot
Posts: 26451
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

In a profound state of panic right now. Please let the Blues win.
Spook
Posts: 41115
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
froth it up bro.

qld smashed the blues in defense all nite, but that still wasnt enough.
Chancre
Posts: 46
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Forward passes and double movements to win game 1, and a penalty try that would never be given in a regular match to win game 2 (although that was deffo a professional foul). Must be a blues dynasty with 2 games in a row.

(I was thinking, "don't give NSW fans the salty tears", but hey, it's only fair to give a little back. Enjoy the win)
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21541
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Lols, salty?
fpot
Posts: 26452
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

lol f*** off c*** Blues won fair and square.

Beyond maximum froth.
infi
Posts: 24085
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

QLD couldn't score while NSW had 1 in the bin? They deserved to lose.
funky
Posts: 1933
Location: Canada
Yeah agreed infi, some poor decision making when had the ball with the man advantage. Ben Hunt was pretty atrocious all night. QLD played didn't really play badly but couldn't get the win, deserved NSW win. I thought it was a good game to watch really!

God I love the look of Ponga though, 20 years old, makes 26 tackles defending in the middle playing as lock, has made like 80 tackles in his NRL career before this game, looked exciting every time he got involved in attack, was great to see.
paveway
Posts: 21543
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

That was a frustrating game, qld were better all night better than they were in game one. But ben hunt was s*** when they needed him to do basic s***. Nsw weren't carving up like game one, was damian cook even on the field? Tedesco was alright but no where near as potent. Was cleary even on the field?

They had at least 2 cracks at their line when they were down to 12 men and ben hunt kicks it and gives them a 7 tackle reset.

I hate blaming 1 guy because it happens all the time when it wasn't one guys fault but holy s***, how many times do the team need to get ben hunt down the opposition end so he can do his job?
fpot
Posts: 26457
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Ben 'Mitchell Pearce' Hunt.
E.T.
Posts: 5173
Location: Queensland

Ben 'Mitchell Pearce' Hunt


Yep, maybe. Dead rubber in game 3. Give DTE a go.
paveway
Posts: 21544
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Haha or ben c*** one of the guys at work walked around all day saying

Pretty sure DCE isn't going to be selected while there is any other player that can put a number 7 jersey on lol

Ash Taylor is probabaly the long term number 7
fpot
Posts: 26466
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

I was at the game. Seems NSW were s***. Oh well series is ours.
paveway
Posts: 21547
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

They didn't play any worse than game 2

Just didn't get any dumb penalty tries
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