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Not sure if this will be unpopular, but I absolutely loathe the zero tackle restart. Several reasons:

  1. It doesn’t do what it’s meant to. The idea was to encourage attacking play by introducing effectively a penalty for ‘negative’ kicking dead, but in fact all it does is make teams more conservative in attack.
  2. It’s palpably unfair. Drop a ball just short of the try line, the oppo gets a normal set starting with a scrum on 10m. Drop the same ball over the line, zero tackle set 20m out. If you put a lot of pressure on a team and end up having a video ref multiply reviewing grounding, you really don’t deserve to see all that pressure evaporate if you didn’t quite ground the ball.
  3. It’s obvious why it’s never criticised: because it creates more attacking opportunities and thus more excitement. Who cares if it’s unfair, if it means more sets ending in attacking positions rather than in midfield? In which case, why not just start all sets on 20m and zero tackles? Or half way?

The annoying thing is there’s an incredibly obvious fix out there that no-one discusses. If the idea of the rule change was to stop defensive kicking, just make it so it only applies to kicks from outside the 20m or 30m line. That way you take kicks dead on purpose out of the game but don’t penalise genuine attacking kicks.

I guess in theory a team leading narrowly in the final minutes that gets close to the opposition line would just kick dead. But they do anyway - just to the touchline. That’s a slightly higher degree of difficulty kick than just booting it through the in-goal… but it’s hardly a major element of the game.

agreed, but maybe just make it that (similar to a kick out on the full), the defending team gets the ball back from wherever it was kicked dead with a minimum of 20m. so if you belt it dead from 50 out the other team gets it at halfway

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good to see!

although maybe it would have been better to play an out of state/country team like melbourne, nz, cowboys or something there

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During the time of the build the NSW Gov will be spending $200 Billion on Education and Health. There is no reason that a government can not spend money on health and education as well as improve infrastructure, such as stadiums, at the same time. Yes ANZ stadium could potentially last for a lot longer but the problem is it was poorly designed, not structurally but in other areas.

pretty much this ^

its a crappy cavernous oval white elephant

instead they want to turn it into a fantastic rectangular stadium where you dont notice if there are 25k people there or 50k people because everyone has a fantastic vantage point regardless.

hosting the olympics usually screws up infrastructure for a while cause no one uses these specific venues after its built. look at how much we’ve had to change anz since 1999 (used to be 110k)

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not quite sure why everyones trashing the deal

other posts dont exactly offer much substance, just smack talk

sounds good to me, he’s done great things for salford i’m sure he can offer the titans more support, stability and international reach in england

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Hopefully the new membership prices reflect that there are less games to go to. Do not include reciprocal rights with other Homebush based clubs in that, as you could buy ANZ membership and have access to a load of additional events.
This disrespects their current supporter base. In 2020 we might be taking 5 games to WA to grow the supporter base. The NRL and now clubs seem to have no interest in having crowds at games, it is all about the television revenue which will not exist in 5 years

huh, that sucks. i kinda wanna still watch NRL without having to go to the game in 5 years time 😦

Why is that Harvey??

I think a lot of games will be only available via online streaming. Another 10-15 years and i think TV might be obscelete to the game.

so then the NRL could just charge $10 a month to stream and still put in ads which they get from the advertisers themselves. no middle man in channel 9 could mean even more money for the NRL

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picked the tigers of the NFL

jags fan through and through!

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Hopefully the new membership prices reflect that there are less games to go to. Do not include reciprocal rights with other Homebush based clubs in that, as you could buy ANZ membership and have access to a load of additional events.
This disrespects their current supporter base. In 2020 we might be taking 5 games to WA to grow the supporter base. The NRL and now clubs seem to have no interest in having crowds at games, it is all about the television revenue which will not exist in 5 years

huh, that sucks. i kinda wanna still watch NRL without having to go to the game in 5 years time 😦

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The rookies outweigh the long term players at the club.
A bad season had a silver lining.

By long term I mean players that have been there more than 5 years.
Lawrence, Nofo, Sue, Brooks…… ?

brooks (excluding his one game in 2013) started in 2014. 2017 was his 4th season.

and noffa started in 2013, making 2017 his 5th season

neither have played more than 5 years

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That backline is the worst defensive backline in the comp……not one of those players knows how to defend Teddy included.
If I was Parra, my game plan would be edge runners and numbers down short side esp Nofo side (bloke cannot stay on his man for life or death).
Hate to say this but Parra will romp this in.

nah id run em all day at kevvie

noffa isnt that bad, hes just been defending outside bad centers the last couple of years (mostly kevin). its better to rush in and force a pass if they’re just going to run inside you and past the center

more passes equals more chance of error. running it is a higher % play