Referee Ben Cummins awards a penalty during the round three NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Cronulla Sharks at Brookvale Oval on March 21, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.
Referee Ben Cummins awards a penalty during the round three NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Cronulla Sharks at Brookvale Oval on March 21, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

46. Anyone notice how penalty counts are very rarely one sided? Perhaps it has something to do with the coaches blasting referees literally every time this occurs?

47. Is it just me or does it seem like Brenko Lee has been the ‘next big superstar in the capital’ for almost a decade? Feels like it.

48. I’d like to see more coaches coaching from the sidelines. No real reason, it’s just fun. Anyone who sees the EPL managers running down the sideline in celebration will likely agree.

49. The NRL’s decision to stop buying back NRL grand final tickets for fans of teams that don’t make the decider is horrible. Fans of teams knocked out late last season had to rely on ebay and gumtree. Meanwhile fans of the Cowboys and Broncos missed out. Who does that advantage? I’m probably going to purchase tickets as it’s an experience, but it’s not that easy for interstate fans. Considering three out of the top four sides are not in NSW, it’s a strange policy.

50. Given that kicking games are so important in this day and age, I cannot believe the amount of NRL halves or number nines that can’t kick both long and short. I understand the role of a running half, but if you can’t control the game from the boot, you’re really up against it.

Bonus Thought: I love the free play idea that is part of the game in the Nines and the Super League. You see some crazy plays following mistakes. I’d love to see it introduced into the NRL, or at least the NSW Cup.

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