AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 29: Andrew Fifita of the Sharks looks on during the round 16 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Cronulla Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium on June 29, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Following their recent struggles, the Cronulla Sharks have become a target for plenty of social media fun, and sometimes not so fun.

Everyone has that one side they love to beat more than any other, and lately it looks as though the Sharks are giving the traditional ‘hated’ sides such as Manly and the Broncos a run for their money.

There are those few ‘fans’ who claim to have two teams, while family ties can sometimes lead to a soft spot for a side or two other than your club, but ultimately NRL fans are very traditional in their love for only their side.

Beating any side is fun but as previously mentioned, we all have that one side we look forward to beating just that little bit extra than the rest.

Be it for whatever reason, a rivalry with friends, a traditional club rivalry, a historic loss, a detested player, there are those just those clubs who get under our skin.

Being a Sharks fan the obvious options are the Dragons and the Sea Eagles.

The Dragons have long seen us as little brother and have traditionally beaten us on the big occasions, while Manly have those hotly disputed Grand Finals and a history of having all the money in the world while the Sharks struggled financially.

Recently there has been no greater rivalry for our club than Melbourne.

The Grand Final win of 2016 will always be extra special having beaten the old rival, but the Storm got theirs back this season by knocking us out us a game short of the decider.

The Bunnies and Roosters have arguably the game’s most fierce rivalry. It stems back to the very birth of rugby league and only broke for those few seasons Souths were left out of the competition.

No game creates more interest for neutral fans than the battle of the Sydney sides.

Manly vs Parra seems to be another rivalry that is hard to top. Fans have a serious disliking of each other. Every year I post a season preview for both sides and without doubt fans of the other side almost race each other to rubbish the other.

Newer rivalries such as the Broncos/Titans don’t seem to have the depth of longer term rivalries, which makes sense, but the Cowboys/Broncos games seem to produce absolute magic on and off the field.

Then there are sides such as the Storm who seem to draw the ire of every non-Melbourne fan.

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Their history of pushing the limits on and off the field seems to get under the skin of everyday NRL fans and die-hards alike.

Below we have outlined five of the teams who seem to cop the most across social media. Please let us know in the comments who is the side you either love to beat the most, or simply detest.

Broncos

The Brisbane side are very easy, and fun, to dislike. Given their apparent favouritism by referees (#PenaltyBroncos) combined with their playing on Friday Night seemingly every week, it makes sense.

Obviously the Broncos aren’t given anything special on field and the Friday night games are purely commercial decisions, it doesn’t stop the dislike.

Brisbane have the run of their town and all of the advantages that come as a result.

They have the game’s biggest fan base, a huge player catchment and sponsors lining up to put their companies on the famous jersey.

Throw in Wayne Bennett and you have a side who have had plenty of success while not exactly endearing themselves to other fans.

They wouldn’t have it any other way.

HULL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Wayne Bennett Head Coach of England Rugby League team during a Captain’s run at KCOM Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Hull, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Sea Eagles

The original side people clamoured to hate. Manly fans openly hold up signs saying they hate us too, knowing full well that their side is hardly the most popular outside of the Northern beaches.

They’ve long been a side who have had it all. Money, players, success. There have been times they’ve seemingly been kissed on the crotch by officials both on and off the field.

Then there is the fact they pretty much sunk the North Sydney Bears. Of course there is far more to it than that but on the surface it looks as though Manly sent the traditional side to NSW Cup purgatory.

Dally Cherry Evans for all his wonderful talent is not seen in a great light by many fans. His turning his back on the Titans after signing a mega money contract ensures his status as enemy number one on the holiday strip.

The Turbo brothers are largely liked, while Joel Thompson is arguably the game’s most likeable player, but even they seem like slightly less good blokes when they put on the maroon of the Manly club.

There are few trips I look forward to less than visiting Brookvale Oval and for good reason.

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They seem to love the hatred, which just makes you hate them that little bit more.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 11: Dale Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles looks on during the round 22 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Lottoland on August 11, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Roosters

Another traditional target of dislike are the big money Roosters. Seen as a side who can run their own race due to ‘Uncle Nick’ being so well hooked up, the tri-colours are easy to dislike.

The way their fans celebrated the Bunnies being removed from the club will mean they’re never seen in a positive light by many fans.

The fact that they seem to be able to buy any player at any time without any salary cap pressure has many fans taking to social media. I’m not suggesting they’re doing anything untoward, but I’d like their accountants number come tax time.

They won the 2018 title and will add arguably the game’s best young forward in Angus Crichton just 12 months after adding the names Cronk and Tedesco. That annoys people, rightfully or wrongly.

Success can cause anger from outside and no team has more recent success than the Roosters.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 16: James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk of the Roosters celebrate at full time following the round two NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium on March 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Sharks

The most recent side to draw the ire of opposition fans is the Sharks.

The 2012/13/14 era of the club will go down as a horror run for the club off the field and few fans outside of the Shire want to forgive the club.

Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita are hardly amongst the better liked players due to their on field play and off field actions.

The 2016 title seemed to awake the dislike from many fans who always saw the Sharks are no threat.

Continued errors off the field by club and players alike have lead to the Sharks being seen in a negative light.

Throw in fans who seem to have grown a collective voice since October 2nd, 2016, and there aren’t too many opposition fans willing to fight for the embattled club.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Paul Gallen of the Sharks looks dejected during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Storm

For mine, the undisputed king of the hated clubs is the purple from the Melbourne Storm.

Cam Smith is arguably the best player of our generation, possibly ever, and anyone who says they wouldn’t want him at their club is kidding themselves. But name a more widely disliked player.

The salary cap issues the club had during the era of multiple books will have many never forgiving the club for ruining multiple seasons.

Throw in the fact they literally introduced the grapple tackle and you have the game’s most disliked club.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 21: Cameron Smith of the Storm leads his team onto the field during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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  1. Sharks by a mile. They’ve overtaken all the others with Gallen and Flanagan totally ruining the culture with their arrogance. Throw in the likes of Fifita, Ennis, Dugan and co and their easily the most hated club.

  2. I hate Souffs Sydney the bunch of rabbits with as much passion as I hate Brisbane. Souffs are trying hard to keep up with the Joneses and copy the Roosters success to the letter, yet their fans will never admit it. They purchased the 2014 grand final with many imports yet claim players as local juniors. It is common knowledge that the NSWRL gave a large chunk of our local junior district to Soufffths in the 1950’s and their stupid fans try to make out that their team is full of local juniorsπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜‚.

    They have many players who debut for their club after coming from country regions, but when the Roosters do it they claim we are trying to buy a premiership. The Roosters are the best in the League for bringing unknown young talent from country regions to the club and develop these players in their development program from nobodies to absolute superstars. Latrell Mitchell, Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend, Joseph Manu, Isaac Liu, Mitch Aubusson, Dylan Napa are just a handful of talent that came through the Roosters development program from country regions who won a premiership with us. Souffths stole a huge part of our junior district so the Roosters tried to get it back in the 1990’s but failed. So we develop country players and Souffs fans hate thatπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜‚Souffths have been trying hard to follow the Roosters success at this program but they fail big time. Even if the Rooster’s lost this years grand final, just defeating Souffths and denying them a grand final birth was the highlight of this season.πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

    As for Brisbane they are just a joke having a one team in Queenslands capital city. A city that should have three teams playing out of there compared to the population and number of teams competing from Sydney.πŸ’ͺπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”πŸ“

    • The pure irony of a chooks supporter saying bunnies import to win GF, seriously you are more one eyed then a QLD supporter

      • 1 Greg Inglis Import from Melbourne
        2 Alex Johnston
        3 Dylan Walker
        4 Kirisome Auva’a Import from Cronulla/Melbourne
        5 Lote Tuqiri Import from Brisbane/Union
        6 Luke Keary import from Kellyville/Gold Coast
        7 Adam Reynolds
        8 George Burgess import from England
        21 Apisai Koroisau imported from Canterbury juniors
        10 Dave Tyrrell import from Brisbane
        11 Ben Te’o Import from Brisbane
        12 John Sutton (c) played with Roosters local junior team of the 1950’s the Coogee Randwick Wombats
        13 Sam Burgess Import from England

        Interchange
        14 Jason Clark played his junior footy with Coogee Randwick Wombats, a team stolen from the Roosters juniors in 1950’s
        15 Kyle Turner import from NSW country region Coonabarabran
        16 Chris McQueen import from Brisbane
        17 Thomas Burgess import from England

        Olive, that 2014 team looks like it is packed with imports to me. So stop fooling yourself, Souffths like all teams buy premierships. Its just that the Roosters premiership winning team this year produced 10 players who made their debut for the Chooks and Taukeiaho 1 game for Warriors and JWH 6 games for Manly made their names being coached in the Roosters system as young men. Oh I almost forgot the Roosters 2013 premiership winning team 11 players came through their junior development program and made their debuts at the Roosters also. That’s 21 from 34 players over two premiership winning seasons that debuted at the Chooks. πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘

        • Of those imports in the two premiership winning teams These players were looking for a chance which the Roosters provided

          1. Ferguson nobody wanted due to off field desecrations
          2. Jennings Penrith sacked him
          3. O’Donnell came back from England for one last season in his old age
          4. Moa a NRL rookie who came back from England wanting a shot at first grade.
          5. Tetevano nobody wanted him after off field discretions.

          so the only players who the Roosters chased and brought to the club for those two premierships which paid off was

          6. Sony Bill Williams
          7. Cooper Cronk Cronk wanted out of Melbourne and wanted a good team to finish off his career
          8. James Tedesco
          9. James Maloney
          10. Luke Keary Souffths sacked him, Thanks Russell Crowe.
          11 Daniel Mortimer Parra released him

          Hardley what you would call trying to buy a premiership when Souths purchased

        • I never said bunnies didn’t import their players, you can re-read my post again it was like 3 line mate.

          And putting in sentences like β€œno body wanted him” and β€œa rookie coming back from the super league” still makes them
          A flipping import, ignorance is bliss and your at the top of the tree from your posts. honestly I don’t have a issues with the chooks or what ever team wants to buy β€œimports” to win a comp. the NRL is built on success teama I’m winning over losing. Ask any player, coach or CEO that doesn’t get the results a particular team wanted. Every single team has imports, It’s a business. Show me a team that has all home grown talent and never looks outside it’s fedder clubs?

          Just the fact that you are so one eyed and think your perfect club never does anything wrong it’s what annoys people on ZT

        • Olive sounds like Popeye has hit you round the head to many times after eating his spinach. πŸ₯Š In your 3 line attack on me, accusing me of being worse than a one eyed Queenslander and insinuating that Souths did not import players prompted my reply to show that Souths 2014 team had as many if not more than the winning Roosters of 2013 and 2014 teams.

          I have always stated that ALL teams buy competitions but Souffs fans are the one eyed fans on here that won’t admit it. They claim to have a team full of home grown locals. Which we all know as total rubbish.

          By the way Olive, What have the Roosters done wrong❓❔❓❔❓❔ Don’t tell me your another one of those lets attack the Roosters with the tall poppy Syndrome. Its facts that people want to read and facts present the truth. I speak facts. If people don’t like that on ZT like yourself then join the fellow clowns 🀑🀑🀑 like angry seabird47 and his clown mate Nero Reagean on RoarπŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

      • eagle85 your another bloke who seems to know as much as Soufffs supporters know. That’s a LITTLE BIT about everything and A LOT about nothingπŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

        Boyd Cordner came down from Taree to the Roosters as a 16yr old boy. Fairdinkum eagleboys85 do you really think I make things up to impress people❓❓❔❓❔❓. I only speak facts. Just a bit of advise that was given to me as a child mate. If you don’t know what your talking about then don’t say anything.

        The Facts are here if you care to read themπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyd_Cordner

        • Once again boyd came from old bar pirates in Newcastle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ import mate. Juts because he played his NYC at the chooks he’s still a Newcastle β€œold bar” JNR he was not born and raised in bondi or a Fedder club. You make and change the rules to suit yourself

        • Olive you have just proved your idiocy to all on ZT.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜† Old Bar you silly silly person is not in Newcastle its 2 hours north of Newcastle if you do the speed limits on the four lane High way. πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘ In Fact it is exactly 176 kms One more time for the dummies, Olive. Its part of the Taree municipality.

          Like I stated elsewhere on ZT in the 1950’s the NSWRL gave to Soufffths a large chunk of the Roosters junior area and the Roosters fought hard to get it back in the 1990’s but failed. Due to one of the people on the board was Terry Parker The Soufffs Sydney big boss of the day. So the Roosters develop many players from NSW country regions with great success seen as though the Rugby League Hierarchy has left the Sydney Roosters with the smallest local junior pool in the entire competition. 🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑

        • So Olive It doesn’t matter if players developed into premiership winning rep stars are born in the tribal district of Easts or born in Timbucktoo. If they come to the Roosters from anywhere on Earth and have played under the coaching of our lower grade coaches to be trained up to become NRL players then they don’t become Brisbane Souffths, Saints, Parra, Manly or any other NRL clubs player that was developed by them. They become players developed by the Roosters.

          That Fact my dear lady is why the NRL love the Roosters, because they have very little junior district BUT they develop COUNTRY players. Yes the Roosters are spreading the NRL gospel by promoting various areas around Australia by developing a country town junior hero and making them a superstar putting their Town on the Map. Which therefore inspires others to want to come to the Roosters and learn their trade with our fabulous junior DEVELOPMENT program.

          By they way we put Taree on the MAP with Latrell Mitchell who was inspired by Cordner who came from the same district at Old Bar which is especially for you OLIVE 18.2kms East on the ocean from TareeπŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ€‘

    • How many times Woodduck do i have to explain Easts lack of junior committement.

      I played with both both clubs in the 70’s , as you know , cause i have told you this before, Easts never invested in junior league, the clubs around Coogee , the A grade teams especially had no teams to play against, THEY requested to come over to the Souths competition.

      Your take on juniors for Easts is flawed, big time, your clubs hero’s are players you bought from other clubs, re- Fittler, Beetson, sure you have a few players like Hastings who i played with in my junior days, and was my best mate, are legitimate juniors , but are a rare example.

      2014 saw 6 juniors from Souths take the field, your manipulation of the fugures is quite amusing, no way Easts will ever be able to boast that, but your insane logic that Easts develop players from other clubs and from the country is quite scary in the fact that you actually believe this.

      There is not one person , other than fellow Easts supporters, who honestly believe anything you say, Polites is only guilty of being able to manipulate the system where he cannot be caught, that is, or will be his legacy.

      Clubs wanted in the past for juniors who have been nurtured from nappy grade or close to that, to be able to have those players salary cap free, this way to promote loyalty, but of course Easts with Polites would have none of that, this is why Easts should have been relocated years ago, with out EASTS we would not be seeing this problem with loyalty.

      Your stupid interpretation on development players that you call juniors is embarassing and an insult to everyone’s intelligence on this site, for you to believe that others will believe your views is boarding on insane.

      Easts and you woodduck will never have anyone’s respect, which is quite disburbing, but it is what it is.

      • Like I stated elsewhere on ZT in the 1950’s the NSWRL gave to Soufffths a large chunk of the Roosters junior area and the Roosters fought hard to get it back in the 1990’s but failed. Due to one of the people on the board was Terry Parker The Soufffs Sydney big boss of the day. So the Roosters develop many players from NSW country regions with great success seen as though the Rugby League Hierarchy has left the Sydney Roosters with the smallest local junior pool in the entire competition.

        Tell me Penz0 players are not developed by Souffths or any other NRL club as 5yr olds or ten year olds, Stop believing your own myths They are coached by there own local coach. Your stupid interpretation on development players that you call juniors is embarassing and an insult to everyone’s intelligence on this site, for you to believe that others will believe your views is boarding on insane.

        Development starts at an older age and only if they show potential. The Roosters have coached many players as 16 and 17 year old’s who went onto stardom and did not come from other NRL clubs. Who do you think developed
        1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Joseph Manu, 3. Jake Friend, 4. Boyd Cordner, 5. Mitch Aubusson, 6. Anthony Minichiello and his 7. brother, 8. Luke Ricketson, 9. Victor Radley, 10. Peter Cusack, 11. Bryan Fletcher, 12. Natt Butcher who captained our premiership winning 2016 Holden cup team, 13. Andrew Lomu, 14. Chris Flannery, 15. Simon Bonetti, 16 Shannon Hegarty All these players won premierships at the Roosters and learnt their trade at the Roosters and played for no other clubs before they arraved at the Roosters to be developed into premiership winning players.

        Souffffs and you Penz0 will never have anyone’s respect on ZT, which is quite disturbing, but it is what it is. I did notice Penz0 that you did play your own trumpet about you and Horrie Hastings. Mate admit it you were not good enough to graduate into the Roosters under 23’s side and you have had a personal vendetta against the Roosters ever since claiming they don’t look after their own very tiny junior league because they skipped you. Get over it mate, let it go. πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ΆπŸ‘πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘

        • Penso and WoodChook, as an impartial (non Bunnies / non Rooster) supporter, I’ve found your posts really interesting.
          You both make some good points, and included a lot of NRL history. I must also admit, I’ve found the rivalry a good read too.
          Well done.

        • πŸ‘Good man eelsalmighty, tis the season to be jolly. AND blessed are the peace makers. Look the Roosters and Souffths should merge. If they drop the green and the rabbit but keep Sydney. We could be a powerhouse called the Sydney Roosters.πŸ’ͺπŸ˜†πŸ‘
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      • pENZ0, I love how you try to twist things around making out that Soufffths had six juniors in that grand final side and how your club looks after Your (with a big chunk of Easts territory added) juniors. Mate we had one Junior in our side and Souffths had five at best in 2014.

        With the scale in size in land district how large compared to Easts juniors land and population district is, the Sydney Roosters having one player is on par to you blokes with 5 is what good mathematicians would call an equal amount of mass.πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜†. Penz0 you really need to stop carrying on like a sook and just admit Hastings was a better half than you so the Chooks went with him. Don’t forget to let everybody out here on ZT that YOU are and Sydney Rooster JuniorπŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜†, anda very sour one at that.πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ΆπŸ‘

        • Nice try woodduck, no I wasn’t a halfback, me fullback , come lock to occasional prop, I played in both junior comps, so did Hastings, in fact we formed our own team in the souths comp Zetland, where Kevin actually lived and his parents still do I believe, just a few houses from the pub, Kevin was actually a Souths supporter in his early days, but let me explain to you the difference between what Souths did for their juniors to what Easts did.

          Souths used to supply all equipment socks , jersey, shorts , rego and twice a year we would meet the Souths first grade team at Botany pool for a BBQ , that always sticks in my mind , Easts only supplied a Jersey, thats it, nothing else, no meeting their first grade team or anything, they had quite a healthy junior league in the 70,s, Paddo woolarhra, Bondi united, Clovelly plus other clubs that i cannot quite remember, where are they now? Remember when Easts only had two teams in your comp recently and Easts wanted to pull the funding from them only to cop backlash from supporters that made them rethink that decision, that was clever.

          The boundries you talk about may have happened but not for the reason you are saying, Easts never invested in their junior league, never, hence why the A grade clubs and Terry Page’s Googee hotel asked to play in the Souths comp so they could get a game, Easts never promoted their junior league and your take on country players being developed by your club and then being called juniors is disgusting and again this is why Easts should have been relocated years ago, they killed loyaly in the game, you know it and everyone on this site knows it, most if not all clubs bring in country players but they don’t call them juniors like Easts do, grow up woodduck and except the fact that your team will never get the respect from other supporters, so tell me woodduck , just where are those junior clubs in the 70’s, thats way past the boundry change of the 50’s hey.

        • Penz0 You know as well as I know that the junior Boundaries changed and therefore you don’t have to be Einstein to know what junior teams are Easts playing now under Souffths. so stop playing innocent

          I have never called country players local juniors BUT the Roosters have done a heap better job at developing players than Souffths ever have in all their history. What I have stated is that the Roosters have a magnificent development program that is proven with a multitude of players that debut at the club and went on to win Premierships, including many players who went onto win comps with other teams like Paul Dunn, Rod Silva and Terry Matterson who by the way is a local junior, just to name a few.

          See Penz0 you get all hooked up on developed players if they are born in the tribal district or not. The Roosters do not have much to work with as you know there is a large, lets say like for like community and a massive business minded intelligent community that looks upon sport as time wasting on the way to making millions of dollars through their business ventures. One of the main reasons why the Chooks are excellent at keeping under the cap. To put it simple there are previous Prime Ministers and Movie stars to multi millionaires living in the district which was a lot different in the 1930’s.

          So the Sydney Roosters are a very smart business organisation hence the name Sydney. Anyone who lives in greater Sydney can call Sydney their team while South Sydney is tribal and is confided to a portion of Sydney. Hence the Roosters develop players from all over the World including NZ like Tuivasa-$hreck , Kenny-Dowall Joseph Manu, Frank-Paul Nuuausala etc. etc…….

          Penz0 who care if they were not born in Sydney, If they come through the Roosters development program then they are not local juniors but they are ROOSTERS. Ask Tuivasa-$hreck, Cordner, Friend, Kenny-Dowall and far far too many to list where they as 16 year old boys learnt their trade and what they think of the Roosters, they ALL will tell you that they have a very special place in their hearts for the Roosters as they grew up into manhood and were taught how to be successful NRL PLAYERS.

          Penz0 mate your stuck in the 1970’s, Get your Skyhooks album and give it the Frisbee treatment and catch up with the times. Rugby League and its tribalism is non existent, Its a massive business these days and Souffths have been left behind with silly fans like you thinking it is all about a locally home grown team. Its not, its about finding the best talent bringing them to your club as kids and turning them into NRL players that can win your team a comp.

          Your comment that the Roosters killed off loyalty in Rugby League is just that. Full on silliness. If you want to blame anyone or anything you should point the finger at all the rebellious “$uper League” teams for that. It just shows everybody how mindless you are and that your dislike for the Sydney Roosters blocks your thinking. Again Penz0 Stop living in the 1970’s otherwise this modern Business called Rugby League will be “A Horror Movie’ right there on your TV for youπŸ†πŸ“πŸ†πŸ“πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘

        • And Penz0 is that an Italian name A Roman⁉…Were you born and bred in South Sydney and what of your ancestry❓❔❓❔❓ Did they follow Souffffths before you❓❔❓❔❓❔❓. Is there any Roosters amongst you here todayβ“β”β“β”β“β”πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£

        • Has I said woodduck , every club brings in country players they just don’t carry on about it like you do cause they also bring in local juniors, most clubs if not all could easily complie a list of players they bought from the country.

          You carry on about modern history how rugby league and its tribalism is dead, are you for real , that’s what makes this game tick, fans being tribal that is how it works, just because your little part of Sydney has no more genuine aussie loving league fans doesn’t make your club smarter just more distant from your original roots and even now with what you said makes more sense for you club to be relocated , Perth would be ideal, the further away the better, and your club has the hide to call itself Sydney, PLEASE, at least Souths are proud of where they are from and have NEVER had a name change unlike Easts who are now on their third name.

          Our game is built on juniors , every game is built on juniors without them there is no future, Easts should have been relocated years ago, have I mentioned that yet?, so they can invest in juniors but they chose the short cheap road of bringing in the best country kids and stealing other clubs juniors, no matter how much spin you put on it woodduck you won’t convince to many of your clubs moral attitude , they basically could not give a rats about whats good for league just look after themselves, that’s what everyone is dirty about and super league did not kill off loyalty Easts did, when it was proposed years ago that salary cap relief be afforded to clubs who nurture juniors, Polites did a big song and dance about how unfair that would be to Easts so it got knocked back, had Easts been relocated loyalty would not be an issue.

          So woodduck where are those teams from the 70’s , StMarys cathedral, who myself , Hastings , Terry murphy and Joe Squdrito played for, Marcellin college, and the others i mentioned, can’t blame the so called 50’s relocation on them not being here hey!!

        • I carry on as you call it, because you claim the Roosters do not develop players when I have proven to you time and time again that they have developed heaps of players that won premierships in 2002, 2013 and 2018. I won’t write the massive list of over 20 players they developed in those three premiership winning seasons. and about 28 of them had their NRL debut from the Roosters.

          Now you say the Roosters don’t care about their Juniors but everybody knows your full of porky pies mate. Why do you think they tried to get them back off Souffths if they did not care. In a new dawn for the Eastern Suburbs District Junior Rugby League, the long dormant Paddington Colts club has announced it will be fielding teams in most junior league grades in the 2016 season. After spending its previous last few years in the 1990s affiliated with the Rabbitohs, the Colts have announced they will be returning to the fold and allying themselves with their traditional senior partners, the Roosters. Known as only β€˜the Colts’ during their time estranged from the Roosters, the newly formed junior club will once again display proudly the Paddington suburban name, having returned home as a Roosters junior club. Rugby League legends Brad Fittler and Bryan Fletcher will coach and mentor young Colts players, while Roosters assistant coach Andrew Johns will also impart his knowledge upon young Rugby League aspirants in Sydney’s east.
          Sydney Roosters officials and legendary players are hopeful the resurrection of Paddo Colts will spark a renewal of junior Rugby League in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Other areas on which the game had prominany junior league teams are currently under analysis for potential resurrection. Areas which may field future junior Rugby League teams in the East of Sydney include Rose Bay, Woolloomooloo, Waverley, Bondi Junction and North-Eastern Randwick and Coogee. Wait there’s more πŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘‡

        • And the boarders that we changed to take a heap of Roosters juniors clubs then read these

          factshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Roosters_Juniors

          πŸ“πŸ†πŸ‡πŸ₯„

        • As for your boundaries my soufffths fanatic the boundary changes Eastern Suburbs junior territory, comprising suburbs with junior league clubs rich in talent and numbers in the Randwick and Coogee areas, was given to South Sydney. The Roosters expressed disappointment at losing some of its junior clubs, but the NSWRL would not waver. Eastern Suburbs at this time then made unsuccessful attempts to regain the suburbs on the same grounds used to hand the southern parts of Coogee and Randwick from Easts to Souths, that of providing an β€˜even competition’. The NSWRL, controlled at the time by a Board with a ruling faction of representatives from South Sydney (Terry Parker), Balmain (Keith Barnes), Canterbury (Peter Moore) and Manly (Ken Arthurson), refused to redraw the boundaries

        • As for your boundaries my soufffths mate, the boundary changes Eastern Suburbs junior territory, comprising suburbs with junior league clubs rich in talent and numbers in the Randwick and Coogee areas, was given to South Sydney. The Roosters expressed disappointment at losing some of its junior clubs, but the NSWRL would not waver. Eastern Suburbs at this time then made unsuccessful attempts to regain the suburbs on the same grounds used to hand the southern parts of Coogee and Randwick from Easts to Souths, that of providing an β€˜even competition’. The NSWRL refused to redraw the boundaries

        • and you know why ❓❓❓❓❓❓because souffs big boss was on the NSWRL Board that knocked it back. See we would have had one of our rich in talet clubs back like the Coogee Randwick Wombats that is really an Easts team playing in the Soufffths juniors because of that faulty descioin not to return it back to its rightful owner Easts. All these players played at one time for them
          Scott Wilson (1988–99)
          Craig Wing (1998-09 South Sydney Rabbitohs & Sydney Roosters)
          Ryan Cross (1998-06 Sydney Roosters)
          Todd Byrne (2001-07 Sydney Roosters & New Zealand Warriors)
          Michael Berne (2002 South Sydney Rabbitohs)
          Reni Maitua (2003-13 Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla, Parramatta)
          John Sutton (2004- South Sydney Rabbitohs)
          Chris Enahoro (2004-05 South Sydney Rabbitohs)
          Ryan Shortland (2007-08 Melbourne Storm & New Zealand Warriors)
          Peter Betham (2008- NSW Waratahs)[2]
          Jason Clark (2009- South Sydney Rabbitohs)
          Blake Ayshford (2009- Wests Tigers, Cronulla Sharks & New Zealand Warriors).[3]
          Nathan Ross (2015- Newcastle Knights).[4]
          Campbell Graham (2017 South Sydney Rabbitohs)
          Matthew Bowman (2002 NSW Waratahs)

          πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£ So peinz0 claim your juniors that we know are ours like Cambell Graham, Jason ClarkπŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘ πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I can’t stop laughing at you. I won’t type any more so called Souffths juniors right now or I will fall of my chair and hurt myselfπŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

        • OH Peienz0 you always have a dig at the highly respectable Rooster Nick Politis. But the corruption of that choice not to return our juniors was due to Terry Parker the Souffffths boss being on the board that made sure Easts would not get their juniors rich in talent returned.πŸ’ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ‘‡ What have you got to say about thatπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

        • So Penz0 stop making up AND believing your own stories. The Roosters tried everything to have the stolen generations returned to them but the League Hierarchy of the day said go develop players from else were we gave them to Souffffffffths. Hence the Roosters magnifiscent development program of country talent. So we are survivors and guess what Pensi0 we have survived many more years in the big league than you guys.

          You see when the League gave you blokes theπŸ‘’ boot and kicked you out of the comp they did the right thing, but clowns🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑🀑like Nero reaagen his disciples and yourself walked the streets in protest for a couple of years to get back into first grade and collect back to back spoonsπŸ‡πŸ₯„πŸ‡πŸ₯„πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ‘’πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ‘’πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ‡πŸ₯„πŸ‡πŸ₯„πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£ Now all you clowns think you develop heaps of home grown talent that you stole from East’s, nearly all of Newtown juniors and when Gleb got booted out you guys stole half of their juniors. You know what Penz0 I thought you was an Italian but know I’m convinced your a German taking over people occupied land🀚😎 Hail Parker

        • Wow what a complete load of garbage that was, Easts never put in for junior league, thats why clubs went to Souths, and the players you say are not actually Souths juniors came throught their system regardless of whether they should have been Easts juniors, stop twisting the fact that EASTS never ever cared about their junior committement and isn’t it unusaul that players outside of Easts are coming in to assist the colts , Fittler, Johns, only Fletcher is a junior, but it is good to see junior clubs coming back to the Easts comp , about time, but just remember that i experienced first hand the difference between what Easts did for juniors compared to Souths, Souths were so professional in those days and cared about the junior league hence why I committed to the souths comp and why YOUR clubs came over to play, I can only express opinion on what i experienced in those days , and that of most players in that era, so woodduck get off your high horse and if you played the game , which i doubt you did, maybe your opinion would be worth something, it would be interesting to guage the opinions of other people on this site as to where their opinion is on this debate, do they believe that Easts do enough for juniors and league itself?

        • Penso I’m sick of reading your garbage about the roosters lack of juniors.

          How are all Souths juniors turning out for you? 1 premiership in 43 years is a joke. hahaha and the majority of your 2014 was bought.

          As a fan I want the BEST players on my team.

        • Firstly, I’ve found this debate really interesting, so well done Penso and WoodChook.
          Given areas were redistributed from the Roosters to the Bunnies on the basis of population, which seems reasonable, you’d think, all things being equal, some of these areas should be redistributed back, assuming the population warrants it.
          That said, I’d also assume (hope) the NSWRL is trying to achieve the best outcome for the sport, so if the Bunnies are doing more for these grassroots clubs than what they think the Roosters would do, then leaving the status quo makes sense, from a big picture perspective.
          I would think this debate, re boundaries, is more about (future) supporters/membership than the actually talent pool of these clubs. By that, once these juniors reach 14/15 they (those with talent/potential) become known to all clubs, and will (rightly so, for their potential careers) go to any club offering to invest in them.
          Penso, your comments highlight how little a club has to do to potentially promote itself/the sport. Clearly just getting the opportunity to meet some FG players, and a bit more support has a lasting, and very beneficial effect. I think all clubs/the NRL could learn a lot from that.
          I’m not taking either side, because I’m still not sure who’s copped the raw end of pineapple (historically), and I guess that just highlights why there is just a strong rivalry between the 2 clubs (both clubs seem to have a fair case),

        • Penz0 I’ve played more games of footy than you’ve had hot dinnersπŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚and I have witnessed more footy with the naked eye than you’ve had sleepsπŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚And who said you have to be born and bred in the district to help the juniors. Souffffths NRL team did not learn one thing from employing a man outside of Souffffths district in Seibold who is a QueenslanderπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚soon as he got the opportunity he went back home, and now you bunch of rabbit brains have gone out an employed another bloke who is not a Soufffs local junior but a QUEENSLANDER AGAIN πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£to try to get your NRL local juniors a rep jersey and a comp. See Pens0 this is your entire problem. You accuse the Roosters of a crime yet your crim is the exact same What you accuse us of in the Juniors you go out and do it in the seniors.

          Penz0 please don’t be a clown🀑 and keep me laughing my old head off its shoulders. πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚ We bring in immortals and international rep players and NRL premiership winning players to assist our juniors Fittler, Johns and Fletcher Minicheilo, Rickettson and co as well as Adrian Lam before he went to England recently who had a lot to do with Radley being so successful. and motivate our juniors and bring heaps of interest into the district to entice the young kids and you jump on them. What the Roosters are doing is by far greater than what you described in the 1970’s when you were a junior “twice a year we would meet Souths first grade team at Botany pool for a BBQ , that always sticks in my mind”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

          Mate our juniors get that, a few times a week when they go to trainingπŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

  3. As a Manly fan my 2 most despised teams were the eels and broncos. I have never forgiven the Broncos for their deceptive behaviour during the super league war. And the eels has been a long term rivalry as the clubs joined the comp together. But I just feel sorry for the blue and golds now after 30 plus years of sub standard performance the hatred has almost gone. Cmon eels wake up so we can really start to hate you again. Currently its the bulldogs I love seeing in pain after how they tried to destroy us by pinching our coach and all his staff just a few days after our 2011 premiership. I hope you digs suffer in 2019 and beyond. And for mine the Storm have taken over from Broncos as the most deceptive team now and most hated outside of Sydney due to all the favouritism the NRL show the- all in the name of a National comp, tv rights and more money. There is no way the storm could be that successful and competitive for so long if they were treated the same as most Sydney teams.

    • Every Manly supporter hates the Eels, yet we don’t even make it into the top 5.
      Most Eels supporters, myself included, hate Manly, and you’re in second.
      Just a thought.

      • Just means theres a lot of you with a lot of hate. Maybe if you guys focussed more on winning and being successful, you wouldnt need to hate as much. Just a thought.

        • Thats ok mate we love it that way. I’ll give you a membership form for Xmas. You never know, you may actually like it on the dark side.

        • ManWar78, so you’re Santa?
          I heard he started giving Manly memberships to the naughty kids instead of coal, as it’s more environmentally friendly, but just as dirty.

        • Haha yes that’s why I was offering it to you. You fit the naughty and dirty profile…. and we need the members!

  4. Dragons first, daylight second for me. The old jokes about their end of season chokes, usually after an early season flyer, are now the stuff of legends. Their fans are always chest thumping in April, calling for the coaches head by August and completely all in hiding by September. Beating them is a highlight of a sharks fan’s season.

      • Served them so well didn’t it? Top 4 finish and one game from a GF for the sharks says heaps champ. Don’t talk about what’s embarrassing after the mergers were the April favorites yet again. That’s getting monotonous. Maybe this year the fans will finally get their wish with the coach axed as the inevitable choke happens.

        • And that top 4 finish is going to be the sharks best season for many years to come, they will be lucky to scape in the 8 this year..

          By the way I couldent care less about the dragons but you said beating the dragons is the highlight of a sharks fans year?, they beat you TWICE hahahahaha that is embarrassing

        • Oh I think we might revisit that finals prediction at end of season shall we? Remember that the season goes through until October though and doesn’t end in April.

        • We are going to go back to back this year while your stain will be lucky to beat the dragons again haha

          There is a lot More to come out about your stain of a club

        • Nah. All done and dusted champ. Nothing more to see here folks so move along. On the other hand, maybe this is the year that the chooks will finally get that genuine audit done and then we’ll all have a lot more to talk about other than what happens in the shire.

        • A few weeks ago you said flannigan wouldn’t be going anywhere, what happened there? Hahaha

          It’s your pitiful excuse of a team that cheated the cap not the roosters

        • bbbj What Shire❓❔❓❔❓❔❓❔, There are different “Shires” throughout all of Australia. In all my born days I have never seen a shire called ‘The Shire” If your talking about the “Bogan Shire” then click on here http://bogan.nsw.gov.au/ that way you might learn how to spell and describe your πŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘‰”SHIRE”

  5. Goosters favoritism is one of the key reasons why nobody takes the game seriously anymore. 2 sets of rules. Storm, broncos and goosters get no hard-line cap enforcement yet everyone else gets investigated/audits regularly. Hard to take a code seriously when favoritism is so blatant and other codes like NFL, Fifa, NBA and NHL are so easily watched these days. Hence why players ‘try their hand’ at other sports and kids play anything but league.

    • Typical Souffths fanπŸ‡ you rabbit. You blokes are the highest Sydney team using TPA’s to attract your players but still cant accept the Facts.πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜†

      • SSTID, “Storm, broncos and goosters get no hard-line cap enforcement”. Big call.
        I thought the Storm got a pretty severe “pineappling”, just quietly. I’d also add that they were a club representing the biggest potential target market for the NRL.

        • Don’t take to much notice to SSTID, he’s one of Reagan’s DisciplesπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ They are into conspiracy theories with a hidden agenda to “lets attack the Roosters Cap”

          When it fails they pack up their toys and go home to sulk. Now SSTID is threatening to pack up and go to one of these garbage sports NFL, Fifa, NBA and NHL and falsely claiming players are leaving in droves to go to those sports because of favouritism to a few clubs.

    • sstid The chooks storm and brisbane have been pinched a total of 18 times for salary cap breaches. the chooks have been nicked 4 times.The same amount of times as manly warriors and cowboys combined. favortisim?

  6. As a Parra supporter hating manly is in my blood but to be honest I find myself hating the storm, donkeys, chickens and gummies more. Storm cheated us out of a GF win, donkeys get everything their way, the chickens obviously cheat and get away with it because uncle Nick controls the game and the gummy sharks are just a pack of low life grubs.

    • Come on Kev you blokes must hate us that much you buy our premiership winning players, Jennings now Ferguson, come on mate when is it ever going to stopβ”β“β”β“β”β“β”β“πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

    • I’d hate Manly too if I wasn’t a Manly supporter. Born in Manly Hospital so stuck with it. Love the Wests Magpies Roy Masters coached days and the Parramatta games. I still remember Manly bought Ray Higgs from Parra. There was even a Scanlens football card with Ray in a Manly football jumper and he never played a game for us. A chronic back injury. Those days were gold. Netown and the pre season Amco Cup.

  7. Living in a small Queensland town and supporting Manly is no easy task when 99% of the population are Broncos lovers so for me it`s them

  8. Melbourne- for all their crowing of professionalism, no other team has damaged the game more. Systemic cap rorts robbed all teams of a fair competition for years and robbed Manly and Parramatta of premierships. Add to that the pioneering of wrestling, grapple tackles etc has lead all teams down the gutter. Then there’s Cameron Smith’s smug arrogance. I also find their fans at matches a nasty combination of venomous hostility (I think it’s some tribal VFL type culture) combined with an apparent ignorance of the rules.

    • The MELBOURNE STORM have the best fans.

      We just have more passion for our club than most fans

      And more hate for all the other clubs and players!

      • 50% of your fans are bandwagon followers, who did they follow before 1997? Haha and the other 50% of your fans the number 1 sport is afl.

        • Yes but that 50% that follows AFL first MELBOURNE STORM second still bring more loyalty, passion to our club and the NRL (I’m a part of this 50%) the rest of you are traitors.
          I have lived in QLD for 20 yrs and most of the NRL fans follow all 3 clubs and have a soft spot for storm because of the Queenslanders in the side
          that is wrong.
          Just pick a side and hate everyone else.
          For you Roosters fans how about supporting your club for the whole season not just the finals (when they make it) sick of seeing empty stadiums.

          And lastly for all the Queenslanders & New South Welshman’s you all go on about the NRL is the greatest game in Australia, act on it because I’m sick to death hearing about it but I don’t see the support or loyalty.

        • β€œI have lived in QLD for 20 yrs and most of the NRL fans follow all 3”

          I have lived in Brisbane my whole life I support the roosters because when I was a kid there was broncos team, I’m not a bandwagon gafl supporter like you.

          I bet you never mentioned your gafl while living in Queensland?

        • Just wondering how it makes me a bandwagon fan as I have only supported this great club in the NRL.
          And yes I have stated AFL is supreme over the NRL since I have lived in Queensland

        • Let me explain it because your combined mental ability is in question here. Each week Souths play a team and the Rorters play a team. For you two dummies that’s Souths and the Rorters opponent. Two teams. Same again the following week, but when Souths play the Rorters I enjoy Souths twice as much.

          Now go and spend 15 mins thinking of something nasty and vile to say because the nurse will be around soon to spoon feed you, change your hospital nappy and turn out the lights.

        • Chalky that was very nasty and vile to say to an old bloke like me. πŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘‰So what you just explained to me is over the coarse of a full season you follow 15 teams. Well guess what Chalky❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓ this season NONE of your 15 teams won the compπŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜†. Chalky mate you just proved beyond any doubt that you are the biggest loser on here.

          Now go and spend 15 mins thinking of something nasty and vile to sayπŸ†πŸ“πŸ†πŸ“18-19

        • Bacht2back19 he probably has glasses also following 15 teams from his lounge chairπŸ‡πŸ©πŸ΄πŸ¦…πŸ…πŸ˜»πŸ’ΊπŸ“Ί

        • you Are embarrassing yourself chalky.

          This article is about teams that you love to HATE, so that mean teams that you DONT LIKE,

          And you said β€œI have two teams, Souths, and anyone playing the Rorters.” so that means you hate Souths and any team playing the roosters ahaha

          You rabbit fans really are a 6 pack short of a carton.

  9. I’m surprised the Dogs didn’t make the list. Looks like people only hate us when we are one of the best teams in the comp

  10. Spot on – nobody cares about you when you are down and out – its the tall poppy syndrome that operates where we hate those that are successful – I’m sure there were plenty who hated the success that the Raiders had in the late 1980s and 1990s but now that they are mediocre no one gives a toss about them – same for the Bulldogs and Manly when they had their success. When the Storm and Sharks come back to the pack – which is possible – nobody will care about them either. Personally I hate the Broncos for all the advantages they get as one team in a city of millions. The Storm are hated by most but I love top watch them play in the hope that we can get a win over them. They’ve had a few grubs play for them but they also get respect for being so good for so long. But In terms of pure hatred I think the Sharks win the gong. The Raiders rivalry with the Sharks has been pretty intense in recent years due to Sharks players such as Ennis rubbing opposition supporters up the wrong way.

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