Brooks and Brown to debut against St. George

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Re: Brooks and Brown to debut against St. George

Post by Fraze23 » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 6:35 pm

The Dragons are not happy that the Wests Tigers have been given a salary cap exemption, allowing Luke Brooks to play against St George this weekend.

The Wests Tigers yesterday wrote to NRL Salary Cap Auditor Ian Schubert asking for permission to breach the second tier salary cap by allowing the talented pair to play against St George-Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

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The St George Illawarra Dragons have requested a meeting with the NRL to discuss the application of the Salary Cap rules after receiving notification from the NRL of their endorsement of a salary cap breach at another Club on Thursday.

The NRL formally advised the Club of their endorsement of the Wests Tigers application to breach their Second-Tier salary cap by playing two NYC players in the NRL Round 24 clash against the Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park on Saturday.

The NRL advised that this is not the first breach by the Wests Tigers and the reasons given were due to their “extremely high injury toll” and “less than anticipated success rate in the competition”.

NRL Salary Cap Auditor Ian Schubert informally phoned Dragons CEO Peter Doust on Wednesday to discuss the merits of flexibility within the salary cap rules before making reference to a specific example in relation to the Wests Tigers ahead of this weekend.

“The Dragons have for a number of years been an advocate for ‘flexibility’ with respect to certain rules of the salary cap and their interpretation and are pleased that the Management of the NRL are prepared to consider this in the move forward sense," said Doust.

"However, we believe that any such ‘discretion’ applied by the NRL needs to be appropriately and widely considered.

“It was not until the end of the telephone conversation that this specific issue relating to the Wests Tigers seeking to play an additional player this weekend was raised.

“We ourselves as a Club have been faced with similar circumstances throughout this year and have followed the rules of the salary cap and I will certainly be sharing these examples.

"I am also aware of other Clubs who have also faced similar circumstances and have also complied with the rules as setout by the NRL."

The Dragons have sought the meeting to seek further information surrounding this process as the Club believes the application of such discretion has been ill conceived.

“This circumstance, from the information with which we have been provided and from what we can see, is an issue of roster management, not injury management and the fact that both teams are not in contention for the Finals should not be a consideration.

“We have eight NRL Players on the sidelines ourselves and from where we sit, the decision reached doesn’t seem to be a very equitable.

"We have expressed our disappointment to the NRL, asked for more specifics and believe the specifics should be assessed more fully.

“It is clearly too late in relation to this weekend as they have already made their determination to allow the Wests Tigers to breach the Salary Cap rules, but I would still have asked for a meeting even if it didn’t impact our Club this weekend as we definitely want clarity and definition for the future.

"I think any Club CEO would be interested in understanding what all this means … we may even need to adjust our strategies in relation to recruitment and roster management moving forward off the back of a determinations such as this."


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Post by Demonborger » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 6:37 pm

Lol @ doust and the crybabies at St George.

Ayshford was injured in the Roosters game and so has played his last game for us. So we get another injury exemption, so we put Benchy at centre allowing us to bring in Brooks.

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Robbie Farah (hand), Rd 25
Eddy Pettybourne (ankle). rd 25
Blake Ayshford (eye), season
Aaron Woods (knee), season
Chris Lawrence (ankle), season
Joel Reddy (groin), season
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Post by crusader » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 6:45 pm

Oust Doust

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Post by innsaneink » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 6:52 pm

Id be inclined to start Brooks from the bench, until the sting goes out of the game somewhat

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Post by Love the WestsTigers » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 6:52 pm

They choose to have their "once a on-fire" player Jamie SourHead play lower grades and block our young guns out and not get NRL FG exposure...
The extremes some clubs would go to to avoid the Wooden Spoon..
I could be wrong but if we were playing Eels this week with the same situation they would have just accepted it unlike the girls of St Georgia


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Post by Gotta-love-the-tiges » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 7:33 pm

No need to worry about the sting, Innsaneink
Have you watched Brooks play?
He is the sting we have been waiting for.

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Post by Demonborger » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 7:37 pm

Brooks has a great kicking game and a good football brain. His body is a Johns like build but he is young and a few preseasons away from a solid first grade ready body. Moses i think has more attacking spark but a much lighter frame, and it will take him a bit longer to grow into a first grade body.

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Post by cunno » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 7:38 pm

Well done Schuey nice to see the NRL back Wests Tigers during a difficult time. Good luck to the young blokes.

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Post by tig_prmz » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 7:45 pm

good stuff. good luck to both these guys. well deserved for both of them.
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1. lolo 2. noffa 3. suli 4. milne 5. fonua
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Post by LaT » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 8:53 pm

Doust saying he would have called a meeting even if we weren't playing Dragons, is a bloody joke.

He never said boo when Panthers got an exemption to play Moylan.

He is just blustering, wanting to be noticed.
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Post by Knuckles » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 9:04 pm

Doust wants to see flexibility in the salary cap provided its not to the detriment of his team. So in other words, it would be Ok and well received for flexibility to be shown towards the Brooks situation ... Provided we are not playing St.George Illawarra when it happens. Also he claims the teams being out of semi finals contention should not be considered ..... What rubbish ..... The game has no relevance whatsoever in terms of finishing position on the ladder ..... The right spirit would be to give some kids a go, remember the sense of occasion and play to entertain the fans ..... From BOTH clubs.

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Post by tigermaniac » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 9:27 pm

Doust worry about your own losers you tosser. I would love nothing more than to have Brooks score on full time and win us the game. Now wouldn't that be a CHOKE on that you CHOKERS moment.

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Post by Eye Of Da Tiger » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 10:07 pm

Can't wait .

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Post by jirskyr » Thu 22 Aug, 2013 10:48 pm

Give them Timmy Moltzen in compensation.

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Post by bigcat » Fri 23 Aug, 2013 12:26 am

I think Brooks will come off the bench and push benji to the centres and Thompson into the forwards.

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Post by Tigerpete » Fri 23 Aug, 2013 1:11 am

I agree bigcat. I think he'll start from the bench too. Come on after 20 mins.

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Post by Winnipeg » Fri 23 Aug, 2013 1:36 am

Anasta said on telly tonight he thinks he'll be 5/8 and brooks half, with Benji going into the centres

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Post by Winnipeg » Fri 23 Aug, 2013 1:40 am

Oh yeah also I worry more about how brown will go than brooks. Big step up for a junior prop

Mind you brown will probably only see limited minutes I guess

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