SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13: Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs leaves the field during the NRL Charity Shield match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sharks have Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook in their sights

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Cronulla have earmarked Damien Cook as a potential long-term replacement for retiring hooker Michael Ennis.

The Sharks missed out out on the signature of unwanted Tigers veteran Robbie Farah, who will join South Sydney next season. The Rabbitohs will soon trumpet the acquisition after the Tigers agreed to foot about $750,000 of the contract money owed to Farah for next season. That move is likely to trigger a merry-go-round in the hooking ranks during the off season that will have ramifications for a number of players and clubs.

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Cameron McInnes, who has been in and out of first grade this season, is poised to be released by the Rabbitohs and is tipped to end up at St George Illawarra. The Dragons are expected to finally get their man after McInnes previously reneged on an agreement to join the Red V. Long-time Dragons hooker Mitch Rein is without a home after failing to come to terms on an extension and will need to dramatically drop his asking price to remain in the NRL.

Cronulla already have two promising dummy halves coming through their junior ranks and have signed Manaia Cherrington from Wests Tigers. However, they are short a top-liner to fit into an established spine already containing James Maloney, Chad Townsend and Ben Barba.

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  1. Why on earth would the Dragons want to sign Cameron McInnes? Surely it’s not because he’s cheaper than Mitch Rein.
    Anyone, or any business, with a modicum of self-respect doesn’t deal with people who have previously F-ed them over.

  2. I would like to see Cook stay at Souths instead of signing Farrah. Farrah is not going to get any better, Cook is.

    • problem is todd greenberg weak as piss ever since his come in letting parammatta play for points judiciary system shoulder charges he has stuffed everything up d.clemmer throws a full bottle of water at souths kicker having a shot at goal no suspension g.burgess throws an empty bottle at rooster players foot 2 weeks suspension misses 2 finals matches. etc etc grenberg is a joke talks the talk but does nothing.

  3. cooks better than farah , another mess up by rabbits but on the other hand wouldnt be my priority signing either ..believe that

  4. Cook would be an astute signing. It will strenthen the Sharks roster. He is a future star, his wuick out of dummy half and supplies quality ball. He helped the Doggies in 2015 make it to the grand final. But with a busted Trent Hodgkinson we did well to hold out the Rabbitiohs to the dying stages, when we were smacked.

    • The Knights aren’t interested in Rein. It will be Mullen in hooker rotating with possibly Kostjasyn or Levi. Rein will probably end up in Super League.

    • Broncos bring in the most amount of money….of course there’s bias regardless of whatever any offical may say

    • the nrl need broncos in the finals not gold coast thats why you saw a massive penalty count against titans and dubious refs and bunker decisions against titans. they had no chance.

  5. Did I just see Roberts kick another player on the ground and not one ref said anything?? It’s getting hard to watch the one sided ref decisions

    • Roberts needs to be sacked. Some junior kid got a 15 yr ban for kicking someone injured on the ground. What Roberts did is much the same (kicking a player defenceless on the ground). He needs a year or 2 out of the game to sort out himself.

      He’s a crap player too, he’s just fast.

    • If you accidentally kick someone you 2 weeks suspension. If you kick the air it’s on report and a penalty to the other team. But if you deliberately kick someone(and wear a different coloured jersey) it’s play on and you even get a Try for your troubles.

  6. We can say it’s bad refereeing all we want, but it’s pretty obvious that’s it’s blatant cheating.
    This will be confirmed when Sutton gets a 10/10 rating from Archer and the most finals games to ref.
    Sutton is a muppet.

  7. I really can’t believe what I just seen. That was an absolute disgrace. Only good thing will be that Roberts the drunk surely will be wiped out for the rest of the season.

      • Is that a serious question Tnutt? Anyone who gets up and then kicks someone on the ground needs to sit out a few games

      • He deliberately kicked him in the back. Should get 6 weeks imo. Kasiano got two and he wasn’t looking at the player just lashed out. Stop being so bias and admit it. I would be ashamed if I was Broncos supporter tonight.

      • @ Tnutt

        Because Roberts is a fu%kwit – hopefully that answers your question.
        The game doesn’t need people or players like him – it brings down the brand and reputation.

  8. Titans got some woefully bad decisions… The kick from Roberts was bad enough but one of Oates tries was of a blatantly forward bat on from Boyd…. Wow how’s does Neil Henry avoid a fine….

  9. Horrible refereeing ar Suncorp, wouldve been nice to see Titans go on to the Semis. And how messed up was McQueen, what a beast

  10. The bunker reversed the knock on decision by the ref which was clearly a Broncos knock on…this game is ruined by dumb decision makers!! That was not a fair game!! There were 2 refs but one of the referee took the other ones whistle imo

  11. wouldnt it be convenient for the NRL (& tv ratings) if a 5-8th ranking team won the comp? Call me a cynic…

    My sympathies, Titans fans.

  12. What about the bunker reversing a decision to favour the Broncos when it wasn’t even clear if Titans had knocked on yet when refs make a blatant error on Oates putting himself in a dangerous position they just sit back and do nothing. The reffing is worst now than it ever has been. Sack the lot of em.

    • Both those calls were a disgrace. I thought the rule was bunker can’t get involved with on field decisions unless it related to a reportable incident.

      I have a bit of a soft spot for the Broncos but tonight was just blatant favouritism by the refs.

      • That’s true they are only supposed to if its reportable as in Roberts kicking a player would be a great time to come in. I seen the ref looking at Roberts as he kicked him and then say he didn’t see it when questioned by Titans players. Sack them all !

      • The Bunker just picks and chooses when they want to overturn a decision. Sometimes there are 100% blatant ones and they don’t get involved, then other times they overturn 50/50 decisions.
        Apparently they are “allowed” to review decisions when there is a scrum. Allowed? Either do it for all of them or NONE of them ffs!
        Just more discretion for the refs to cheat.

  13. The task force needs to leave Manly alone and head to the refs cause I think we know who’s really rigging the games now.

  14. Hollow victory for the Broncos….. Really one sided decisions…. Hope they get tossed next week…. Roberts should get weeks kicking a man in the back while he is on the ground….. Yeah all class

  15. Words can’t even describe how pissed I am. Going into this match, I told myself that I wouldn’t care if we get beaten, as long as it’s a fair game and we put up a fight….
    It’s a bit hard to put up a fight when the refs are against you.
    I hope you broncos supporters are proud though, gee how great it must feel to support a cheating club. The club, NRL, and referees should hang their heads in shame.

    • I don’t even care about the Titans and I’m angry so I can only imagine how you feel mate.
      Titans still done really well this year. No one gave them a chance and they got f’d over with DCE. They put together a team of players no one else wanted(except Hayne) and played well above expectations all season. They will be a force next year with the combinations they’ve created, plus Elgey fit.

  16. absolutely the worst ref in the game how can this fool ref 1st grade??it was obvious the ref nudged the donkeys thru its an nrl disgrace of fraudulent refereeing to let the donkeys win!!!and im a rabbitoh fan the refereeing disgusted me tonite the try was a bs call?roberts kicks a defenceless titan player on the ground ??forward passes and head highs does not warrant the bunker ffs!!!!absolute fraud nrl your as bad as john elias that lebo jail-bird from the past.the nrl make me sick your a fugging big fraudulent joke especially after tonite”s game blind freddy and sterlo know it was a fraudulent game tonite to let the donkeys thru shame on you nrl…. …

  17. The idiots who run this game need to go starting with Todd turdberg what a disgrace start by getting rid of the bunker and that suffient evidence stuff

  18. Happy the Titans are out but what a crap way to get knocked out of the finals.
    The refs in that game either need to be fired for incompetence or investigated for match fixing as the donkeys were well and truely gifted that one.

  19. I’m a diehard Broncos fan and have been since day one. Straight off the bat I will say that I thought the first Broncos try was a try, no doubt, I called it as soon as I saw the ball kicked out. Now, I have to agree with a lot of the comments tonight, the refs were woeful. Hard to fathom some of the decisions out there tonight and a couple of those went against the Broncos as well. In saying that, screw the Titans, I’ll take the win and look forward to next week.

  20. All I can saw is wow, Titans were rubbed out of that game by the refs. There is no way in hell that was a penalty try, maybe a penalty or a scrum but come on really? As for the James Roberts kick, that grub act will surely mean that his season is over. Plenty of other dumb decisions blatantly show that the NRL has an agenda when it comes to different teams. I feel as though justice will be done next week, doesn’t matter if we play Storm or Cowboys.

    As a Broncos fan I’m happy with the result but as a rugby league fan I’m filthy.

  21. My thoughts and I would like to think unbiased impression of the game.

    1. Despite the overall poor officiating of the game Brisbane were mostly the better team. You cannot leak 40 points and claim that refs “stole” the game.
    2. The penalty try was 100% correct. Other than the old fashioned “striking at the play the ball”, nowhere in the history of the game have you been able to kick at the ball whilst in another players hands, regardless of the situation. If that foul was not committed it was a 100% chance the try would have been scored, therefore penalty try. I don’t see how this can be in dispute. Even Neil Henry said it was the right call.
    3. The Corey Oats penalty was very very harsh. I don’t see how a defender can be penalised when a catcher jumps over his back.
    4. The shot on Ash Taylor was completely fine. It was not late or high.
    5. Roberts should be sitting out next week. I have not seen a replay of Parkers incident but it looked ordinary as well.
    6. I was at the game live and without a doubt the Taylor injury was the turning point. When you sit up in the stands and can see the bigger picture of the game, I really noticed how well Taylor was controlling the game. When he went off the Titans fell apart.

    • Agree with most of these. Unfortunately penalty try is correct by the rule book, it’s confusing to supporters because you always see players stop a Try with their feet. Difference is they place their feet in front of the ball instead of kicking at it.
      And I don’t think anyone is arguing that the hit on Ash Taylor was illegal.
      Point 1 is questionable because it’s easy to leak 40 points when every call goes against you and it’s impossible to maintain momentum, especially in a high scoring game. Broncos leaked about 30 and they had more possession(thanks to refs).

      There’s also:
      -Hayne forward pass
      -Boyd obstruction which wasn’t even sent upstairs. Boyd definitely gained advantage due to his teammate being in between him and the defender. He takes an extra 3 steps due to it, which causes the outside defenders to plant their feet, then he delivers the Try assist past those defenders.
      -Video overturning a 50/50 call to favour Broncos when not clear what happened, and ignoring blatant calls which should have been overturned.

      There’s probably more that’s just off the top of my head. But the main thing is the fact that none of them went in the Titans favour, and just how blatant they are. Eg. the Roberts kick. Ryan James tried to tell the ref numerous times when he went to sent it upstairs. Ref ignored him, went upstairs and didn’t check the Roberts kick, awarded the Try, then told the Titans “oops I didn’t see it”. So suss.
      The Bunker definitely seen it anyway and chose to ignore it, and to make things worse, you can see on the replay that Sutton was looking directly at it and even reacted to it. So he’s lying, which makes the whole thing even more questionable.

    • Even just in 3 of the calls mentioned in our posts it’s about 14-18 points illegally scored. Then you have the other calls that didn’t lead to Tries, but changed momentum.
      It’s impossible to say Broncos definitely would have won.

  22. To me the game turned when the bunker overturned the Broncos knock on only to over turn the decision which saw the Broncos score in the next set. Did anyone notice the other ref??

      • Just because his team didn’t make the top 8 doesn’t mean he can’t have an opinion on the game and I for one totally agree with his comments… the Broncos scored off a bad ruling by the bunker.
        But then I’m a dragons fan and my team wasn’t in the 8 either.

      • When was the Broncos last premiership? Lol.

        Why can’t ben hunt catch a bomb? Lol.

        When will the Broncos win their next premiership? Not this year lol!

        Come up with something relevant or intelligent mate come on.

    • Eagleski, 100% agree that was the turning point and I knew Titans has no chance from then. Even the Alex Glen try was off a forward pass, although that can be forgiven it today’s game

  23. To Answer your questions finnmanly1

    When was the Broncos last premiership? Who knows or cares.

    Why can’t ben hunt catch a bomb? Because he is overrated and useless. Made to look good by milf.

    When will the Broncos win their next premiership? If the refs keep blatantly cheating to hand them the win it will be this year. If the refs actually ref the game fairly they will be out next week regardless of who their opponent is.

    Come up with something relevant or intelligent mate come on.

  24. Considering Brisbane have one of the largest supporter bases I would suggest plenty of people care. Ben Hunt dropped the bomb for the same reason Hayne did last night and every single player in the game drops a ball at some point. They are human and make mistakes.

    The refs are poor but anyone who suggests the refs are actually cheating is an idiot. It is incompetence not cheating. despite this, it is a very rare occurrence that a worse team wins a game.

    Some of the bias on display is insane.

    • Getting things wrong regularly is incompetence, when it’s against only one team reeks of cheating or at the very least favouritism. I don’t have a problem with the penalty try as its what the rule states, although the rule isn’t meant for that situation. Also the hit on Taylor was fine.

      Other than that, most calls by the refs went against titans and then lead to trys. The Roberts incident can’t be called incompetent either, it was seen, then reviewed, raised by players and captain and all the refs then chose to ignore it

  25. Notice how Ryan James didn’t have a whinge to the media about copping a headbutt from Parker?
    Parker’s high horse is getting weary, he might need to get off it. What a hypocrite.

  26. titans2012

    With 100%. I had a looong rant on the Roberts article:

    http://www.zerotackle.com/roberts-faces-one-week-ban-for-kicking-23702/

    Worst officiating I’ve seen in 45 years following the game (and I’ve seen a lot go against my team Souths believe me).

    Can anyone answer WHY the referees should be discussing the game margin, “it’s 12 points now”? Is this proof that they change their interpretations based on the score line? Surely not!

    Or does it have something to do with why the Broncos almost exclusively play on Friday nights for TV ratings?

  27. Um, Isn’t this a story on Damien Cook??? Looks more like people crying about Greenberg, The bunker, Roberts, Kasiano, James, Titans, Broncos, Bulldogs, even Manly get a mention… Hahaha wtf.

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