Author: The81stMinute

Fans can blame wingers all they want but there’s serious danger signs for Rabbitohs pack

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Three weeks ago, the South Sydney Rabbitohs put on the performance of the season when they blew passed the Melbourne Storm. It had many, including yours truly, believing they were untouchable – that no team could come near them. That victory against the Storm was the perfect mix of speed, power […]

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“Footy overload” to blame for Dragons misery says de Belin

St George Illawarra’s State of Origin forward Jack de Belin admits the Dragons have a “hangover” post-Origin labeling recent months as a “footy overload”.   The Dragons were smashed by last place Parramatta last weekend 40-4 and now face the in-form Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.   “I’ve learnt a lot the past couple of […]

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Civoneciva predicting Broncos to bounce back against sore and sorry Souths

Brisbane Broncos legend Petero Civoneciva says the ongoing circus relating to coach Wayne Bennett is hurting the Broncos heading into the finals but believes his former side can cause an upset tomorrow night against South Sydney. According to Civoneciva, South Sydney’s blockbuster clash last weekend against the Sydney Roosters will take its toll against the […]

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Former Great Britain International says coaching media frenzy is good for the game

BY A.J NASH Former Newcastle Knights and Great Britain winger Brian Carney who now works for Sky Sports in the United Kingdom believes the constant speculation on NRL coaches is good for the game. Carney says it keeps rugby league in the spotlight – something the English game lacks up against football, cricket and even […]

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Saints to hang on: Predicting the top 8 and blockbusters to finish the season

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Will the Sydney Roosters claim another minor premiership? Can Wests Tigers fight their way into the finals? Are the Dragons gone? Let’s get out the crystal ball and have a look! Round 23 Big Games Rabbitohs 22 – Broncos 18 Wests Tigers 34 – Dragons 16 This will not please anyone […]

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RTS joins Ponga atop leaderboard as we explain the 2018 Arthur Beetson Medal

BY A.J NASH AND SCOTT DILLON Kiwi ace and Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has joined Kalyn Ponga atop the Arthur Beetson Medal leaderboard after 22 rounds of the 2018 season. Cronulla-Sutherland prop Andrew Fifita is still a major threat just 1 point further adrift. Daly Cherry-Evans is also a dark horse after snaring three votes […]

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Dragons don’t know who they are: Soward

Premiership-winning St George Illawarra five-eigth Jamie Soward says the Dragons are not having fun and have forgotten who they are as they continue to slide down the ladder. The Dragons were smashed by cellar dwellers Parramatta at the weekend and now face a resurgent Wests Tigers at Leichhardt. “Really disappointing against the Eels. The Origin […]

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WATCH: Five epic showdowns between Thurston’s Cowboys and the Broncos

BY STAFF WRITERS Forget Melbourne versus Manly or South Sydney versus Sydney – North Queensland up against big brothers Brisbane has been the biggest rivalry in rugby league in recent times. And we reckon that might have something to do with a little bloke named Johnathan Thurston. Thurston is a future Immortal and his battles […]

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Wigan confirm another English International is headed to the NRL

English club Wigan has confirmed their international utility John Bateman is headed for the NRL in 2019. Bateman will join countrymen Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead at the Canberra Raiders. “Bateman, who has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third year with a NRL side for an undisclosed fee, has also agreed […]

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