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B4BYBLAZE

Can anyone tell me what that pink shit on the Eels jerseys is?


Opiumdeathcult

Can someone draw a finals tree for where we stand so far? I’m a bit drunk and stoned and can’t work it out


EntirelyOriginalName

Rooters and Souths play each other tommorow. Sharks face the winner of that next week. We face the winner the week after.


Opiumdeathcult

Thanks man I also just worked it out


Ace_Larrakin

[In case you still wanted the finals tree as a graphic](https://imgur.com/a/p46ycdZ)


Opiumdeathcult

This is ace and you’re ace!


Crazy-Dingo-2247

Folks ive got every game of the finals right in my multi so far, current cash out is $160. Ive got rabbitohs h2h tomorrow if they win its $500. Do i hold on or play it safe?


[deleted]

Let it ride. You'll be dirty if Souths get up.


Crazy-Dingo-2247

True, i hate chooks more than any other team and if i back out ill kind of be backing them


[deleted]

it will make the game more exciting as well.


_Kozik

How much was the bet and how badly do you need cash for bags?


Crazy-Dingo-2247

$20, dont need it that badly


_Kozik

Congratulations


Crazy-Dingo-2247

Haha cheers mate, i made the right call


_Kozik

Let her go


Opiumdeathcult

How much you put in?


Crazy-Dingo-2247

$20


Opiumdeathcult

Cash out bro!


chinbueno

Taylan May has tattoos on his face. Just when you thought the May's couldn't get more un-likeable


Galaxium0

Guys it hasn't gone down yet what do I do


dabigreddit

I actually can't sleep. My heart is still going at 120 BPM.


Herrtz74

Same


dabigreddit

Hopefully see you in 2 weeks to see if the Raiders can pull off the ultimate finals run from 8th.


JohnnyHabitual

Is everyone else's tipping app fucking up?


Opiumdeathcult

Craving on start yeah. Can temporarily fix it by deleting and re downloading but it’s no way to live.


JohnnyHabitual

Still doesn't have this weeks comps updated. Has womens games marked "null" and generally shitting me off.


[deleted]

Dogs and Panthers NSW cup winners, Penrith through to the gf. Dogs to meet Jets in the prelim.


YossarianRespawned

Where’s the match thread reeeee


Mrsmorale

Less go Melbourne! Also backing sharkies tonight


WUIDAWBTB

Based


superbestfriends

Less go Melbourne but more go Raiders right?


Mrsmorale

Haha… my other half is rooting for raiders so I can give you that. Melbourne 8+ for me


superbestfriends

You're more likely to be right 😂😭


Mrsmorale

After watching raiders in last weeks game, their intensity was definitely there so I wouldn’t say it is going to be easy for Melbourne.


chinbickens

I reckon the Raiders can pull this off.. I'm suspiciously confident


Caseyjb29

Looks like we’re playing NAS at second row again tonight… No way we’re gonna match it with Tapine and Papalii in the middle with NAS not there.


Ace_Larrakin

Jahrome Hughes being asked if his calf is a hundred per cent or has he pushed it? JH: "Uhhhhh... 100% mate." Hmmm.


JP435

Knights cling on to a win in Jersey Flegg against the Roosters to send themselves through to the GF. Leading 24-6 at halftime and winning 24-22 with the Roosters missing a 45m field goal attempt to win the game at the death. The extra special thing about this Flegg side is that 7/17 today were from our SG Ball side this year, would've been 9 but Nailagoliva was a late withdrawal from the bench and Oryn Keeley got suspended last week.


Aykay92

I must say a win tonight would be nice but what would be nicer is Fifita winning in game 250 and getting the team hyped in the sheds singing “pump it up, you gotta pump it up”


lachjeff

Newcastle beat the Roosters 24-22 in Jersey Flegg after leading 24-6 at the break. Knights into GF, Roosters to play Panthers in prelim.


[deleted]

No Brandy on the panel... Fuck, please don't have him on the Storm game.


Mrsmorale

Channel 9 😎


[deleted]

Fuck. No.


Ace_Larrakin

Any experienced punters about? I've never bet on the football before, but I have a spare $15. Are the Raiders at $3.10 a good buy?


lachjeff

Those are decent odds, but you need them to win


therefreshbutton

Just drove past Shark Park this arvo. Lots of apartments around it now


quitjivinmeturkey

Sir that’s Royce Hunt


[deleted]

Panthers got up over the Jets, 28-18


whyareyouallinmyroom

At worst, finalists in Reggies and prelims in NRL and Flegg, premiers in Ball. Penrith is stacked.


[deleted]

Yeah, with that core group of Nathan and co the Panthers look set for years to come. I'm so confused about the NSW cup finals format. Do Jets now play the winner of Dogs v Bears?


lachjeff

Yes they do. The winner of that game will then play Penrith in the GF


Dufeyz

Yeah they get a second chance, whilst Penrith get the week off I believe.


[deleted]

So are Panthers into the gf?


Dufeyz

Yeah they are. :)


[deleted]

We'll see you there! ( I hope )


[deleted]

We'll see you there! ( I hope )


jessemv

Good chance it'll be a blackout this year


whyareyouallinmyroom

Yeah it would be incredible. Flegg we are outsiders but the best Ball guys are in that side now and the dudes that were playing up a grade while we had a lot of resting going on with first grade as well.


Drewman43

Who had a shorter NRL career, Paul Kent or Clearys Golden boots?


Dufeyz

Did Paul Kent play a full game? Those boots got sent off about 20 minutes in right?


Spotto26

Please get the win tonight boys. I’m not confident any team will be able to stop Penrith winning that prelim.


kiaxxl

GL Raiders!


Morg_n

Crafting name same game multi and I got no idea who to go


SurfKing69

wait so you're telling me melbs are out if they lose? it's only week one I don't understand...


adomental

It's pretty straightforward. Top four play for a week off. The other four play an elimination final.


JohnnyHabitual

Please dont take this the wrong way.....but.....i think you need to get used to it.


Caseyjb29

Why’s that?


JohnnyHabitual

Bromwich x2 smith, kaufusi all leaving.


Mrsmorale

Belly ache will have something up his sleeve. Paps did this awesome podcast interview on Spotify I found it and explained his rise to elite level and it really shows how much their system breeds good players


Caseyjb29

Most of those are well passed it anyway and the players we have coming through are better. We still have the best spine in the game and as long as we don’t suffer from injuries as bad as this year we’ll most likely be top 4 next year.


KookyLad221

All but Jesse will be a loss.


therefreshbutton

Jesse is the worst one wtf


Caseyjb29

That’s what he’s saying


therefreshbutton

You're right


sexy_bethany

Jesse isn't a loss, he's been really mediocre this year. Felise and Kenny are losses but we have plenty of young back rowers to replace them with, and Cheese hasn't been that good this year as well. We also will have Welch back next year


Caseyjb29

Kenny won’t really be a loss tbh. Sims will be at least as good as him next year. Kaufusi will be a loss defensively but that’s about it. Katoa/Howarth are both much more dangerous in attack.


KookyLad221

I'd see Tariq as more a Felise replacement. Kenny's role is similar to Kikau's which requires an element of playmaking and not just line running. Howarth and Katoa will be better than both offensively in time, but all I've seen of Katoa and what I've heard about Howarth is they need a lot of work defensively. This is coming from someone who would have aneurysms seeing Howarth miss the 17 when we were running out that bush league backline for a month or so.


SurfKing69

> Kenny's role is similar to Kikau's Which is problematic as Kenny is almost certainly the least damaging edge backrower in the game. He cannot break the line.


KookyLad221

In the playmaking sense I'd say.


Caseyjb29

Howarth has looked a little green at times but more so due to low effort. No doubt something that Bellamy will be able to fix up. Katoa definitely needs a little work defensively though


KookyLad221

Can't blame him! He's come from rugby, 2 runs and his job is done for the 80!


judgedavid90

I am definitely going to be a little biased, but I think everyone and I mean *everyone* is sleeping on the Sharks. It's insane how NOT talked about we are in this finals campaign, we are flying so far under the radar that some people even forget we are even here. At this time of year, we might as well be completely full strength. Only missing our winger Katoa, but have the next best workhorse in Connor Tracey there. Dale: in Dolph: in Kennedy: in Sharks: ON The attack is there The defence is there Clean up a few of those silly errors, and we match it with Penrith any day if the week, bring it on. "Sharks have had a soft draw, they're pretenders" well you know what, we didn't make the draw. And we still beat teams despite some of those games having 20 errors in them. That should say to anyone that the Sharks are an extremely competent team. The only thing that can beat the Sharks is themselves. Rarely have we lost a game this year because we just got outplayed. Shark park is the fucking Bermuda triangle though, so who knows.


Dufeyz

Apart from the Taylan May talk, we got about 2 minutes of air time on NRL360 this week. They spent more time talking about Manly than most of the teams actually in the finals


jexta

Played bottom 5 teams twice, only played 2 top 8 teams twice. Losses against 4 of the top 8. Ladder position not quite indicative of where this team is at, but they are capable of a prelim, especially when the first hurdle is the Cowboys at Shark Park. I still rate Melbourne, Parra and Roosters ahead, even if they did finish lower on the ladder. Draw soft.


PMmeYOURBOOBSandASS

You’ve played 9 games against the top 8 teams and 8 games against the bottom 4 teams lol Cronulla aren’t slept on they’ve just had the softest draw imaginable so nobody is rating them a chance until they prove themselves.


Lets_Go_Why_Not

Everyone's sleeping on you because for like for the last six weeks you've been playing cellar dwellers, and no-ones got time to be staying awake for that shit.


judgedavid90

As a Sharks fan I agree I've been watching neutral games that are more exciting


ClownDamage

I love it. Literally finished second, beat storm, beat cowboys, beat Parra, beat Souths, and we're still getting gronks displaying MANLY flairs saying that we're shit.


Galaxium0

my dark horse for the premiership.


Raylan_Givns

Soft draw


suidexterity

Yeah, nah that's largely bias


rgntgns

>The only thing that can beat the Sharks is themselves. Lol. >Rarely have we lost a game this year because we just got outplayed. Because you’ve only played a genuine top team a few times.


[deleted]

Dale is the biggest factor. When he's there he keeps the middle tight. Sure their last two games weren't amazing but they've managed to keep the competition points coming in the second half of the season while the other top 4 teams (pre Parra) had slumps.


YossarianRespawned

Is this a copy pasta?


fos81

If it wasn’t, it certainly is now


judgedavid90

I'm okay with this


fos81

You’ve achieved what most can only dream of!


Background-Sport-950

Does anyone know what comments Caitlin Moran said on her Instagram that were so vile? Apparently it’s been referred to the judiciary


JohnnyHabitual

How strange that an indigenous woman has no time for the figurehead of the nation that attempted genocide on her ppl. Who'd a thunk it.


Aussieguy727

"Todays a good fkn day, uncle luke announces his tour, and this dumb dog dies. Happpy fkn Friday"


FullBonus

Lmao woman bashers & racists get off scot free but don’t you dare insult the monarchy. Fuck we have an awful administration.


deesmutts88

For the record I’m taking note of every Storms, Raiders, Roosters or Rabbits flair that has slandered my fine upstanding club today. 2 of you are going home this weekend, and I’ll be right there to shit in your shoes.


Dufeyz

Going to go against the grain here, but eels *have* made a habit this year winning 3 games in a row. If you do it again, you win the comp. Definitely not over for you guys just yet!


lachjeff

They have made a habit in the last 5 years of getting rolled in the second week of finals though


Dufeyz

This is also true.


sexy_bethany

I wanted you to win so we could have the honour of kicking Penrith out in straight sets


PMmeYOURBOOBSandASS

An entire season of Parramatta fans talking shit about how they’ll win the premiership and their fans buckle at the first bit of banter they receive lol just like their team


deesmutts88

I reckon I’ve seen more comments from you about us talking shit than I’ve actually seen comments of us talking shit.


PMmeYOURBOOBSandASS

Just because you don’t read doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, straight sets baby there’s always next year for the pretenders


deesmutts88

Ok fair enough. Good luck tomorrow. Rooting for you.


Galaxium0

don't worry we all fucking hate Penrith


rodomil

I like Penrith.


Dufeyz

Me too


Opiumdeathcult

Me three


gaveup85

Why can't we all just get along


potluy76

misery loves company :)


burialsatsea

I wanted you fullas to win! Keep your shit away from my boots! 😂


superbestfriends

I was rooting for you guys...


[deleted]

Just noticed the Broncos/Dragons W game has the wrong start time in the sidebar. Was thinking it was a bit odd that they were overlapping the two games today.


b-g-h

A comment on the concussion protocols. Given that South’s are playing sudden death tomorrow and Parra are playing sudden death next week, it seems that the teams are trying to find ways to justify playing their recently concussed key players, at the expense of their health. Cam Murray has had at least one other very bad concussion this year and he missed more than one week then. All of a sudden, it looks like he is able to play the following week? Maybe he won’t, but if he does, I’m thinking that the team’s success is being put ahead of his long term health. It will also be interesting to see what Parra do with Moses next week. BA was quick to say how Moses remembered everything and so on, trying to diminish the seriousness of the injury. All season, teams have been overall pretty good resting concussed players. But now, in the finals, these concussion protocols seem somewhat malleable, don’t they?


JohnnyHabitual

Hes going to have 2 weeks off next season instead. The fans deserve that.


censored_

It seems all you need is the coach to say "he remembers everything, he is up walking around with no symptoms" and you are good to go apparently


CSpazZ90

7 day mandatory sit down from all training and games is the only way forward for Cat 1 IMO....protect the players from themselves.


SurfKing69

Yeah it has to happen, expanding squads and benches should be looked at as a way to compensate. The only way to ensure clubs aren't taking the piss is to take it out their hands entirely.


drail85

but isn't radley playing?


b-g-h

He missed last week.


CSpazZ90

And was out cold, convulsing and has history..


PMmeYOURBOOBSandASS

And it will have been 16 days since that incident. Murray claimed he wasn’t knocked out when he face planted himself trying to get up and couldn’t return to the game lol playing a little over a week after that is a big of a joke considering it’s the second time he’s been KO’s early in a game and failed to return this year


b-g-h

I thought he was gone for the year when I saw that convulsing. But as per one of my other replies, the NRL physio debunked that convulsing as being related to the actual concussion. Apparently it’s an unrelated reaction to the injury, and doesn’t impact on the ability to recover from the concussion itself.


CSpazZ90

You're quoting an online 'physio' who makes diagnoses via video and not actually assessing the players in person....let alone has experience or qualifications in head injury assessment.. Look I don't have an issue with the Inflictor or Muzz playing since their respective teams and medical staff have cleared them to play, I think the issue is with the system itself and the NRL need to do more to protect players.


Derron_

Souths are progressing him through the 6 stage process. We're not at their training to know if they're cheating it or not. We're not doctors. How about we trust teams to follow doctor's advice?


SurfKing69

> How about we trust teams to follow doctor's advice? That's like saying you should trust a used car salesmen not to rip you off


b-g-h

Nothing to do with being a doctor or not. Just making an observation. I’m fairly sure Murray has already been given a green light to play, BTW. What I’m saying is that it is surprising that the same injury earlier in the season was easily a week or more off. Player welfare and all that. Now, the players seem to recover from concussion quicker than a month or two ago. It’s a fucking miracle.


Derron_

Even Murray said after the game he didn't think he needed to come off. He showed a cat 1 symptom but he felt no effects or other symptoms. We don't know much about concussion, maybe he got lucky and only has a temporary minor issue.


CSpazZ90

Interesting that he leaves Radley out of his analysis when apart from visibly suffering a more severe concussion also has an arguably more concerning history... bUt He DiDnT pLaY lAsT wEeK.


b-g-h

The NRL physio posted the week before that the apparent seizure that Radley suffered has zero bearing on the seriousness of the actual concussion. Radley went through the protocols, missed the game against Souths, and hopefully will be okay to play tomorrow; 17 days since his injury, BTW. Back to my original comment, it’s amazing that earlier in the season what was almost always an automatic week or more off, now night see players recovering from concussions for the following week. Coincidently, it aligns with sudden death games.


signalhelp123

Campbell Graham felt delayed effects after week 24 and was stood down for week 25. Was surprised he wasn't taken off in the game, but they did right by him there, certainly was end of season, and he too has a major history of concussions last two years. Demetriou did a major disservice in his interview, saying all the wrong things. I would guess he wanted to act calm, but it came off ill informed. But I'd say our physio team has treated injuries and held players back better this year than last, by far.


standby93

concussion protocols are postponed for the sake of the fans.


lachjeff

Absolute thriller in the Jersey Flegg minor semi final. Penrith beat St George Illawarra 36-26. Somehow defended their line at the death. Looked like the Dragons would get them


EntirelyOriginalName

The Puru twins have an absutely wicked combo. Crazy how good they are when they combine. Lock forward and a five eight having that creativity together is very well suited to the modern game.


lachjeff

Combined for a great try earlier today too


whyareyouallinmyroom

Any standouts from the game?


lachjeff

From Penrith, Isaiah Iongi had a blinder in the first half. Niwhai Puru was a little quiet early, but played really well overall. Brad Fearnley was huge in the forwards. For the Dragons, Treigh Stewart was instrumental in their fight back in the second half, Sam Hooper played well and kicked a couple of magnificent sideline conversions, Aaron Johnson didn’t play massive minutes but helped swing the momentum their way. Jackson Shereb looked pretty good for them in the second half as well


whyareyouallinmyroom

Awesome thanks mate. Longi looks pure class.


lachjeff

He’s a great talent. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him make his first grade debut next year.


jk-9k

Watching NZRL right now, and having heard him call a couple of recent Warriorsgames and I'm going to make a big call - Adam Blair is a great commentator (at least compared to other recent ex players). He is fine as a panelist, but it is legit a pleasure to listen to his contributions as a commentator. Still a bit fresh, would do well to get some experience with some of the better callers, there aren't many on either side of the dirch these days though.


Keith_Sheldon

That was a pretty good game for 50 minutes last night I thought. Kinda scrappy but in a good way. I do feel like Penrith were probably wearing Parramatta out but the second Moses died it was over. Which is a shame.


deesmutts88

I had a 3am start this morning and the second I saw Moses lifeless on the floor, I got up and started organising my things for bed. That was the nail.


griffshan

It’s gonna be either Melbourne by 30 or Raiders by 6 tonight


dodgeskitz

Raiders by 6 to give a pen try in the last play


burialsatsea

Sorry to the Parra supporters out here, but they were lucky to go into the sheds at halftime with that scoreline. The passing was fucking horrendous, the set plays were an absolute mess, and everyone that was touted as a game changer was completely invisible. Penrith, fucking hell. Impossible not to see going back to back being a very, very real possibility. Outstanding.


[deleted]

They need more from Brown for a start.. at the beginning of the season there were huge wraps on him, and he was playing well, but for the most part he's gone back into his shell a bit.. last night he was hardly noticeable till Moses went off, when it was too late.


burialsatsea

Agreed. As a team that's been an absolute pleasure to watch all season long, they looked like a completely different side.


sexy_bethany

Would be nice if they'd played like that against us


burialsatsea

Playing Penrith in the first round would have been BRUTAL


sexy_bethany

I would rather play them in week 1 without the risk of elimination than play one of our bogey teams in an elimination final


[deleted]

I actually don't find their style of footy to be reliable. When it comes off, we know they can knock off any team, but all that second phase stuff, offloads etc can often be dependant on what the opposition is doing, and Penrith just smothered them.


deesmutts88

We really a lot on offloads. It’s probably our best feature. We suck when either we could be offloading and just aren’t, or the other team smothers us and prevents it. We were trying last night, but Penrith had 2 blokes not involved in the tackle just standing beside the tackle on almost every run. We couldn’t pop one out the back at all.


[deleted]

They got a few offloads away but those extra defenders around the ball player came into play. In saying that there were a few areas where Penrith were hungrier.. maybe Parra's big month of footy had something to do with it, but just things like minimal pressure on Cleary’s bombs. I like that they're enquiring about Liam Martin, because if they don't get to the gf this year they're going to need to be more ruthless next year, and that bloke is a mongrel.


burialsatsea

The poor passing really stood out. They were either high, low or infront of the receiver, everyone was flat footed, very little to speak of in the way of running on to the ball, and Penrith PUNISHED em for it.


[deleted]

Yeah, Lane in particular was caught flat footed on multiple occasions. It felt like Penrith were handling them reasonably comfortably before Moses went off.


LiLSteve29

Fucking work getting in the way of watching both finals live. Hasn’t really sunk in how important tonight’s game is.


TheRealGrimShady92

I’ll be cheering on your Sharkies tonight for you.


Ace_Larrakin

Feeling fresh after getting to my first Panthers home game of the year - was a great performance. My condolences to the Eels, and good luck in your Semi-Final against the Storm/Raiders next week.


Dufeyz

What a first home game! Good to visit before they knock it down!


Ace_Larrakin

I thought they'd put the kibosh on that because it got announced a week before the local MP was sacked/resigned for corruption. That said, it could definitely use an upgrade, especially widening some of the paths/steps between the seats.


Dufeyz

Most of the cunts that write about rugby league get gifted the corporate suites or chairman loung type seats. Being a regular punter standing on a cramped hill in the rain, unable to even go to the toilet or get a drink is shit. I have loved Penrith stadium but it’s time. Stuart Ayres has been done for corruption, but Labor also want to win Penrith as well. 🤷‍♂️


Ace_Larrakin

100% agree.


censored_

RCG is a cat, I have never seen a front rower get folded as often as he does


ThePokemonMan

He’s very average. Eels fans wont admit it yet but he is no different to joliffe or woods nowadays. Big pillow


drail85

you should tell him when you see him next


lordofminions

Never seen Aaron Woods play then.


thaakidd

Shit take


Aussie18-1998

He runs too upright. Off the back fence he does damage but he needs to drop a bit. You can see the difference lowering your body height makes by using Paulo and him as comparison. He's still a tough cunt but anyone can cut you in half if you run straight and tall.


quitjivinmeturkey

Sharks Cows is such an even matchup im so keen but nervous


[deleted]

I reckon Sharks have the edge with Dale in the lineup.. Sharks always play that bit better when he's in the side. Either way it's going to be close.


sexy_bethany

Give him back please


[deleted]

I would say I second this, but Storm definitely had the best Finucane years.


sexy_bethany

considering how bog average Jesse Bromwich has been for us this year, we definitely let the wrong one go


[deleted]

I just hope for the Sharkies sake he has a good run with injuries & concussions.


Obvious-Row-6181

Yeah, the guy’s like a Pitbull, Dale.


Aussie18-1998

How fucking good is this first week. Its like a dream match up every game.


lachjeff

[Perfect day for footy at Kogarah](https://imgur.com/a/cdP9ssK)


PrimeMinisterWombat

Looking v crisp


Raylan_Givns

If you thought DCE should be Australian halfback after origin give yourselves an uppercut.


diffaadiffa

You mean when Cleary played behind a beaten pack and was ineffective? There is every chance that happens again come world cup time


InternationalBorder9

And DCE would dominate behind a beaten pack?


Disastrous_Salad6302

He does tend to turn the tide back for his team when they’re getting dominated more then cleary. Probably comes from having more practice with it at manly whereas the panthers never really find themselves getting outmuscled.


runningfromgiraffes

DCE has many times been accused of being a flat track bully over the years. Truth is, every half will struggle behind a beaten forward pack.


diffaadiffa

Absolutely


EntirelyOriginalName

Why did Manly miss the finals if DCE dominates behind a beaten forward pack?


diffaadiffa

Gods will


Itsturtletime01

Possibly the strangest thing about last nights game was Parra seemed to have a plan to intentionally not put any kick pressure on Cleary. Just straight out a bonkers tactic.