CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors celebrates kicking a second field goal to win the round three NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium on March 24, 2018 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Tigers robbed

The hot topic of the week is undoubtedly the record number of penalties, something I touched on earlierUnfortunately for the Tigers they were robbed by a dodgy marker call with NRL publicly acknowledging it was a mistake. This glaring blunder should temper the ref’s propensity to blow the whistle (especially in extra time), but you can’t help but feel for the Tigers who almost ground out another remarkable win.

Marvellous Moses

Coach Dean Pay made an early off-season call suggesting Mybe would be shifted to the back. While The Bulldogs have been inconsistent, Moses Mybe’ running game is a revelation making him look like one of the most dangerous players in the NRL.

Born-Again Warriors

For the first time in the history of the club, the Warriors have started the season with three wins on the trot. Usually renowned for their flamboyant attack, it was there goal line defence, particularly that of captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. In the past, the Warriors have gambled on plays like an online casino but that seems have changed in 2018. In the dying minutes, off-loads were traded for disciplined play as the Warriors rumbled up the field to slot, not one but two match-winning field goals.

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Sea Eagles slump

After handing the Eels there worst ever defeat the Sea Eagles turned up at ANZ Stadium on autopilot and were handed a drubbing. For the Rabbitohs, the Burgess trio took the game by the scruff of the neck, while some of their lesser-known speedsters cantered over.
Consistency is crucial in the NRL and if the Sea Eagles want to challenge the top four they will need to find some quick.

Widdop-Hunt run riot

The Widdop-Hunt combo is looking like the final piece of the puzzle for a Dragons team with enormous potential.Widdop looks to have found a new lease of life with an international calibre half inside him. Hunt himself seems to be relishing a change of scenery and enjoying playing behind one of the most mobile high energy forward packs around.

Eels anything but electric

The Eels managed to shore up last weeks leaky defence, but coach Brad Arthur has bigger problems. Attack, or lack of it. The departure of Semi Radradra has left a huge hole with the Eels offence lacking any kind of spark. Jarryd Hayne has been  The return of Clint Gutherson couldn’t come quicker!

Star half hit with injury

With an Origin berth within his sights, young Nathan Cleary was unfortunately cut down by a knee injury that will see him ruled out for 10 weeks. Penrith will be scratching their heads to find a replacement without a ready-made back up in their ranks. Freddy Fittler may well be in the same boat.

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Pearce dethroned in Knights loss

The most hyped game of the round was, unfortunately, a one-sided affair with the Roosters running rampant over the Knights. Surely a reality check for the new Newcastle.
Script B had Cronk outpointing his opposite, with that narrative playing out as Pearce looked flustered against his old club. The real story here though was the emergence of Luke Keary as a real blues contender, especially considering a left edge Cordner-Mitchell combo could well figure in NSW planning.


    • Bruh I got egg on my face from some of my off season comments. Early days yet but damn are they looking fire!

      • couldn’t blame ya, i just had a feeling this year things would turn round, but yeah still early days but the signs are good!

  1. Manly slump? my ass it was…
    It was a good old Thrashing the Rabbitohs were far superior in attack and in defence.
    Pouring rain yet the Rabbitohs threw the ball around and made the Silvertails look like an English 2nd division side.

  2. The Broncos’ attack this season has been bad. That’s not a criticism of Milford or Nikorima but rather a criticism of Bennett and Walters’ attacking tactics. Blind Freddie can see those two players are not traditional halves and need offloads from the Broncos’ forwards to create the second phase play and breaks in the opposition’s defensive line for them to run at and through. Despite that Milford and Nikorima are evidently being forced to play traditional halves roles when they are just not those sort of players. It’s also not helping the Broncos that Bennett keeps selecting the likes of Gillett, Glenn and Thaiday who are failing to meaningfully contribute to the Broncos’ go forward. Add that to the fact that Glenn and Gillet have collectively have missed an average of 10 tackles per match so far and it’s easy to see why the Broncos are struggling to score and defend. Gotta play to players’ strengths and try and hide their weaknesses.

  3. Thoroughly enjoyed the Dragon’s performance versus the woeful Titans. The go forward of the likes of De Bellin, Vaughan, Sims, Frizell, Graham was brilliant to watch. That allowed Widdop and Hunt to pick and chose when they inject themselves and run at the opposition. Dufty’s support play was also very impressive.

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