Round seven selections

Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs – Thursday night – Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Note the change of venue, with Campbelltown Stadium taking sick leave after a heavy workload and a typically hideous Sydney winter. The Rabbitohs have found some form with two comfortable victories in a row. Dominant as they were, those wins were against two of the weaker teams this season. Meanwhile, the Panthers were impressive against competition heavyweights, and Nathan Cleary shone brightly with one of those performances that reminded us he will soon become one of the most important players in the game.

Verdict – Panthers by 4

Result – Panthers 20 defeated Rabbitohs 12

Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors – Friday night – Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Another venue change here, with the Storm upping stumps and heading for the exits before they close the Victorian borders. They were good but not great against the Panthers, but I'm leaping to the conclusion that's fair form this year, and the Storm don't lose two in a row very often. The return of Hughes and Addo-Carr can only help. Former Storm Assistant Coach Stephen Kearney isn't getting a lot of love at the Warriors...from management at least. It sounds like the players haven't taken the news of his sudden departure well, and not surprising given the tumultuous season and circumstances they've been dealing with. They could win this for him, or lose horribly. As we all know, the Warriors are like a box of chocolates.

Verdict – Storm by 14

Result – Storm 50 defeated Warriors 6

Sydney Roosters vs St George Illawarra Dragons – Friday night – Bankwest Stadium

Tedesco has concussion protocols to pass, but he's been named at fullback for now. Clearly the Chooks are a more formidable outfit with him there, but his absence didn't slow them down against the Broncos a few weeks ago. Brett Morris slots in at the back if required. The Dragons situation bears some resemblance to the Rabbitohs - they've won two games in a row against easier opponents. It's a positive for Dragons fans, but this is a level beyond them.

Verdict – Roosters by 16

Result – Roosters 26 defeated Dragons 12

North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights – Saturday afternoon – Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Cowboys Coach Paul Green is (apparently) the latest clipboard holder with a tenuous grip on their position. It seems a little harsh, given the squad he's working with at the moment. The pressure will also be on the senior figures in the Cowboys pack (McGuire, Taumalolo, Cooper) to match motors with this Knights pack. I'm sure they'll try, and I'm sure having some fans in the stand will help, but I doubt they can. Bradman Best is ruled out for the Knights following a COVID-19 protocol error, and is replaced by a former Cowboy in Enari Tuala. The Knights are the real deal, and Paul Green might want to put his mobile on silent after full-time.

Verdict – Knights by 22

Result – Cowboys 32 defeated Knights 20

Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans – Saturday night – Suncorp Stadium

Whatever happened to you SEQ Derby? You used to be cool. While I'm not privy to the inner sanctum at Broncos headquarters I can see it through my window, and I feel like the drums are beating. Should the Broncos lose to the Titans on Saturday night, in front of the loyal 10,000 that turn up, the coach (and dare I say it, the CEO) could be out the door. The question for us tipsters is how will the Broncos respond to that sort of pressure? If they turn up with the same attitude they did against Manly recently, they win in a canter. Or they could be a puddle. The Titans, on the other hand, aren't under much pressure at all despite being last on the ladder. This SEQ Derby is interesting, but it's not cool. With not an ounce of confidence, I'm with the Broncos to do just enough to stop the revolution.

Verdict – Broncos by 1

Result – Titans 30 defeated Broncos 12

Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders – Saturday night – Bankwest Stadium

There's plenty of interesting games this round, but this looks like the best game of the round. Both teams lost in high quality contests in round six, but the Raiders should have done better against an injury-ravaged Sea Eagles last start. Eels lock Nathan Brown is suspended, but they have a few big men returning this week to help fill the void. The Raiders usually sublime attack seems to have gone missing of late, and the Eels defence this season has impressed me more than anything.

Verdict – Eels by 4

Result – Eels 25 defeated Raiders 24

Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks – Sunday afternoon – Central Coast Stadium

The six week injury for Turbo is now a nine week injury (let's hope there aren't any more bids). This is a major blow for Sea Eagles fans and for those of us mad enough to suggest they were a premiership threat this year (that would be me). That said, this team pulled together after losing three key players during the game, and held on. That they did this against an almost full strength opponent and genuine contender should fill them with confidence. While the Sharks did win last start, it was hardly convincing, and it was the Bulldogs.

Verdict – Sea Eagles by 2

Result – Sharks 40 defeated Sea Eagles 22

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers – Sunday night – Bankwest Stadium

The Tigers were red hot for about half an hour last weekend. Up 34-0 over the Cowboys, they put the cue in the rack and held on for the two points. I imagine the chat from the coach at half time was a little more positive than the one at full time. It's difficult to line these sides up right now as both teams have named a reserves list that's almost as long as the starting side. Tolman is out of quarantine and could be a starter, so too Lewis and Meaney. If those three were in the seventeen I'd lean their way, but as things stand I'm with the Tigers whose attack is a little more capable.

Verdict – Tigers by 4

Result – Tigers 34 defeated Bulldogs 6

Wally Lewis - round seven selections (in bold)

Note: tips from Wally will be published on Wednesday night or Thursday morning

  • PANTHERS vs Rabbitohs
  • STORM vs Warriors
  • ROOSTERS vs Dragons
  • Cowboys vs KNIGHTS
  • BRONCOS vs Titans
  • EELS vs Raiders
  • SEA EAGLES vs Sharks
  • Bulldogs vs TIGERS


mark ashford's picture

Hi Mary
Thanks for that update, looks like things are on the move.
Our Premier, love her or hate her, is trying to keep QLD safe so the proposed date to open our borders July 10th may be put back I'm not a Labor voter but I support her completely in this.
The average age here on Bribie Island is probably around 150 (kidding of course) but if it comes here, it would be a disaster.

Mary S's picture

Sorry, my mistake - should have been Panthers/ Rabbitohs match on Thursday, has been moved from Campbelltown Stadium to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.


a's picture

Yeah I think the QLD premier is doing a good job and so is Scott Morrison

tigerholic's picture

Afternoon All
I read in the news today that the Roosters are supposedly trying to poach David Fifita from the Broncos to replace JWH after next year.

They have just a quality roster and they seem to always get their man, I don'y know how they can be under the salary cap.

Being a supporter of a struggling club, can you imagine what the signing of a player like Fifita could do for that club. I have no doubt that one of the super clubs will end up with his signature and he will end up with a few premierships

This is where I see the inequality between the top and bottom clubs who supposedly work off the same salary cap.

Interested to hear your thoughts.


Steel Panther's picture

You refer to super clubs Tiger. In your opinion who are the super clubs? I thought the Broncos were one?

The Butcher's picture

Smallest violin I could find Tiger 🎻

Baggy_Gee's picture

Probably the best thing that could happen to the Broncos in reality. They need cap space so they can get good senior leaders in, but there are other players they would like to shed before Fafita. I think if they cut the dead wood like Parra did over the first few years with Brad, they will come out stronk and ready to use their window to really capitalise, but cap space atm is really murdering their chances.

aaron's picture

Golf games with uncle Nick. He bets big and loses intentionally.

mark ashford's picture

Over the years the Broncs seem to have become a happy hunting ground for other clubs, no doubt our retention people need a shake up. Like you I have wondered for years how the Chooks stay under the cap, with their roster surely the question should be asked.
The Broncs salaries to a few players is strangling them but what do you do? I think you know who I'm talking about but who would buy them.
Looks like another poor year for the ponies.
Your cryptic comment is interesting. If you have something to say then say it. We welcome opinions.

tigerholic's picture

Hey Steel
Bronco's used to be a super club but have in my opinion fallen from grace. I was thinking Roosters, Storm, Manly and even Canterbury in their day as well as Parramatta.

Thanks for your comment Baggy, David Fifita is a player you can build a future around and he has loads of potential.

aaron- Uncle Nick has a magic wand when it comes to getting the players to the roosters, must be great quality paper bags.

I've always wanted to play the violin Butcher but I guess I will have to settle for playing you like a fiddle, was your butchers convention cancelled due to over inflated personalities or did you not want to play with sausages and rissoles?

Take care folks, have a great week.


Baggy_Gee's picture

I know what you mean Mark, we got lucky with unloading Norman to the Dragons, look how well we kicked on once he left. Same as replacing Watmough with Scott, getting the big JH off our books, it allowed our attitude to turn around and start to what we are building to. I feel sorry that the Broncos are held hostage by those player options and that player manager who's accreditation in doubt.

mark ashford's picture

The Butcher
Not sure if you have any interest in classical music but I've had a dabble over the years. In most string sections the small violins make the loudest music and are listened to and appreciated by most of the audience. So I'm sure Tiger will be happy with your offering.
Steel Panther
Who are the "super clubs" well you tell me. Broncos, Storm, Roosters and Rabbits were once called this but everything has changed. Broncos & Storm because they are one team towns and very successful money wise. Today I wouldn't want to say who qualifies. Roosters of course but I'm concerned about their cap.

The Butcher's picture

Your reply is again hopeless and badly out of tune
Can you play your favourite song?
Have I told you Laidley that I love you.

Steel Panther's picture

Tiger & Mark....surely the Warriors must be included in any list of super clubs. Super at making dumb decisions!! Sacking Kearney one of the worst purely based on the current global situation, but this still rates way behind the decision to let Cleary go all those years ago. Who lets their coach go after making the GF? Seriously.....

mark ashford's picture

Your club managers with their "sacking" mentality is akin to my Broncos retention people. I'm not convinced about Siebold but do remember Kevvie Walters put his hand up for the job. Kevvie has had mixed results as the QLD State of origin coach but has the support of most QLD players. No doubt this will sort itself out in time, just hope the fans are still there when it happens.

newbie from perth's picture

Sa-wat-dee krup,

I shouldn’t admit to this but it’s my birthday on Friday so I’m really looking forward to receiving a present from my beloved Roosters. As long as they can knock off the Dragons I’ll be happy 😍. The schedule shows the game on GEM, so even better. Speaking of the Roosters, I see the “salary cap” talk has surfaced again 😉. I have my views on that and might share them later tonight when I get home. Anyways, I’ve tried real hard this week to keep the length of my post down considerably so obviously I haven’t said all that I want but let’s just see how it turns out eh? OK, let’s get into it…

Panthers vs. Rabbitohs 55-45 @ Jubilee
Ladder Position = Panthers
Bookies Favourite = Panthers

There was a lot to like from the Panthers’ win over the Storm last week. Only up by 2 at half-time (8-6), their second 40 was very good and they ran out 21-14 winners in the end. That chip kick from Cleary to Kikau was a beauty! Even though the Storm came back at them, the Panthers defended superbly and kept the Storm at bay and got a well deserved, albeit a hard-fought victory. Stats were pretty much shared with the only difference I could see was with the Panthers having 53% possession versus 47% from the Storm. A nice effort from the Panthers.

The Rabbitohs led the Warriors 22-6 at half-time last week and went on with it in the second to run out (very) comfortable 40-12 winners. Great contributions from Reynolds, Mitchell and Walker paved the way. The Bunnies were just too dominant. On the back of 54% possession they were just too slick. They made more tackle breaks (41-16) and less missed tackles (16-41). Strangely though, they made more errors (17-11) and had more ineffective tackles (21-8). Yeah, very strange indeed.

Verdict: Comparing quality of opposition faced, I have to go the Panthers.

Storm vs. Warriors 75-25 @ AAMI
Ladder Position = Storm
Bookies Favourite = Storm

It seems the Storm are not the Storm of days gone by anymore. They were in the match for most of the night but just couldn’t find a way through the Panthers defence enough times to win. The Storm were only down 8-6 at half-time but eventually lost a close(ish) one 21-14. Every time they looked like coming back, the Panthers stepped it up just enough. The stats for the Storm were pretty much the same as the Panthers except for them having slightly less possession (47-53). Maybe that was the difference.

Another Jekyll and Hyde effort last week from the Warriors. While they did actually score first, thereafter they were never really in the match. They made some simple errors and were a tad unlucky at times but they simply were not consistent enough and not up to the contest, especially after that David Fusitua incident. Stats were a bit mixed for the Warriors. They lost the possession (46-54), had less tackle breaks (16-41) and had more missed tackles (41-16). They did however manage less ineffective tackles (8-21) and less errors (11-17).

Verdict: Storm Troopers.

Roosters vs. Dragons 80-20 @ Bankwest
Ladder Position = Roosters
Bookies Favourite = Roosters

The Roosters toughed their way to an 8-0 lead at half-time last week against the Eels. The Eels came back in the second half and got the lead at 10-8 after that beast Sivo smashed over the top of Tedesco. Teddy’s not exactly a small bloke so what Sivo did was bordering on scary 😱. One of the best “steamrolls” I’ve seen in a long while. After Tedesco went off the Roosters simply kicked it up a notch and regained the lead and went on to win fairly comfortably in the end 24-10. Like Brad Arthur said … "I think they were too professional for us at the end." Great stats from the Roosters last week. They had a 90% completion rate, more line breaks (6-3), more tackle breaks (37-25), less missed tackles (25-37), less errors (4-11) and less penalties conceded (3-7). They did however have more ineffective tackles (34-24).

The Dragons led the Titans by 12 at half-time last week (14-2) and after both sides scored 6 apiece in the second, ran out 20-8 winners. Two wins in a row would’ve made a lot of Dragons fans feel a lot happier for sure. The Dragons weren’t spectacular but they did enough to get the points. Not a lot of stats to get excited about but they did have more line breaks (4-0), more tackle breaks (30-22) and less missed tackles (22-30). Unfortunately they had twice as many ineffective tackles than the Titans (10-5).

Verdict: Roosters. Begurk! 🐔 Begurk! 🐔

Cowboys vs. Knights 35-65 @ Townsville
Ladder Position = Knights
Bookies Favourite = Knights

The Cowboys’ defence was very poor in the first half last week and the Tigers put on 6 tries to nil. You can’t expect to give your opposition a 34 point start and have any hope of pulling it out of the fire. A much better effort in the second half though and they outscored the Tigers 20-2 but still went down 36-20. An encouraging 7 minute blitz against the Tigers wasn’t enough to get up though. The Cowboys certainly have some things to work on. Having said that, their stats were pretty good. More possession (53-47), more kicking metres (564-409), more forced drop outs (3-1) and less penalties conceded (4-8).

After an interesting first half the Knights led 13-6 and went on to score a convincing 27-6 win over the out-of-sorts Broncos last week. Most of the damage was done in the second half (obviously) and they were just too good and never really looked in danger of losing. They won the possession battle (57-43), made 4 line breaks and only had 4 conceded penalties. A really nice effort overall.

Verdict: Knights

Broncos vs. Titans 65-35 @ Suncorp
Ladder Position = Broncos
Bookies Favourite = Broncos

Last week the Broncos managed to get to 6-6 in the first half but from then on it was all the Knights and we saw the Broncos easily beaten in the end 27-6. The return of Pangai Junior didn’t have the effect I thought it would. Brisbane made too many handling errors, had two sin bins, scored no points in the second 40 and seemed (to me at least) to have no apparent plan in place. Only having 43% possession didn’t help either. Not exactly sure what the solution is. Whatever it is, their attack should be something they need to focus on. Surely there’s a turnaround appearing soon isn’t there? 🙏

Not a great attacking effort last week from the Titans. They were down by 12 at the break and lost by the same margin at full-time 20-8. While they did score a try, it took them 77 minutes to do so. OK, they were missing Thompson, Sami and Tonumaipea but still, it just wasn’t good enough. Not that bad defence-wise but you need more than that to win games. Stats weren’t that great with no line breaks (0-4), less tackle breaks (22-30) and more missed tackles (30-22). They did however have less ineffective tackles than the Dragons (5-10). Pretty average effort I’m sorry to say.

Verdict: They’re due aren’t they? Broncos for me.

Eels vs. Raiders 55-45 @ Bankwest
Ladder Position = Eels
Bookies Favourite = Eels

A great defensive effort in the first half last week saw the Eels restrict the Roosters scoring but they still went into the sheds 8-0 down. The Eels stormed back in the second and after Mr Sivo flattened Tedesco they were leading 10-8. Unfortunately for the Eels, that just woke the Roosters up and the Eels eventually went down 24-10. Yes they lost their first game of the year but at least they lost to a good side and weren’t upset by a cellar-dweller 😁 They’ll take a lot out of that loss I’m sure and it should benefit them come finals time. Stats-wise they were pretty much beaten last week. They only had a 74% completion rate, less line breaks (3-6), less tackle breaks (25-37), more missed tackles (37-25), more errors (11-4) and more penalties conceded (7-3). They did however have less ineffective tackles (24-34).

Even with Manly losing 2 players very early on, the Raiders attacking forays proved fruitless and they went into the sheds 12-0 down. The Raiders had most of the running in the early stages of the second half and when Whitehead scored I thought they might just click and go on with it, especially when Tommy Turbo did his hamstring. Somehow they were denied by Manly and ended up losing it 14-6. The Raiders had plenty of chances but were simply not good enough on the day. Basically their second half “comeback” just ran out of steam. Besides winning the ineffective tackles (4-23), the Raiders lost everywhere else stats-wise. They fell short with possession, completion rate, tackle breaks, missed tackles, penalties conceded and errors. Pretty poor to be honest.

Verdict: Until they return to some sort of form I just can’t trust the Raiders against quality sides. Eels for me.

Manly vs. Sharks 60-40 @ Central Coast
Ladder Position = Manly
Bookies Favourite = Manly

One of the best wins from a side I’ve ever seen! Manly were absolutely awesome. To have players missing before the game even started and then to lose 3 of their best during the game and still beat a quality side like the Raiders was insane! What a well deserved win that was. Super impressed to say the least. Wow! To borrow some phraseology, by the end of the game they were “completely gassed and running on empty”. Man, they were good 💪. Absolutely deserved to win that one 14-6 last week. Stats-wise they had a blinder. They won everywhere except ineffective tackles (4-23). They had more possession (59-41), more completion (90-76), more tackle breaks (30-19), less errors (7-15), less penalties conceded (2-7) and less missed tackles (19-30).

In a pretty even contest last week against the Bulldogs, it was the Sharks who managed to scrape in by 2 points and win a thriller 20-18. The Sharks did dominate proceedings after the break and scored twice but then had to withstand the challenge from the Bulldogs. And hold on they did. But only just. They did show glimpses here and there but they should’ve done better when they were 8 points up with 12 minutes to go. Nice hat-trick from Sione Katoa. They were slightly ahead in possession (52-48), made more tackle breaks (38-29), had more ineffective tackles (32-20) but missed less tackles (29-39).

Verdict: Even with their injuries, I’m still tipping Manly.

Bulldogs vs. Tigers 35-65 @ Bankwest
Ladder Position = Tigers
Bookies Favourite = Tigers

The Bulldogs were pretty good last week against the Sharks even though they lost a close one 20-18. They showed plenty of grit and the Sharks found it hard to shake them. With 10 minutes to go, they were desperately trying to find the winning points and a great 95-metre intercept try from Christian Crichton gave them some hope but they just fell short. Good effort. Only stats of note were possession (48-52), tackle breaks (29-39), ineffective tackles (20-32) and missed tackles (39-29).

A magnificent first half from the Tigers (34-0) but a poor second half (2-20). They did enough in the first 40 to get the win 36-20 though. Wondering where the second half effort went to. Did they just say “that’s enough she’ll be right” or were they too tired from running in those 6 first half tries? 😁 Either way, it’s something that makes me think. Mind you, it was a good effort nevertheless to hold the Cowboys out last week. The Tigers had less possession (47-53), less kicking metres (409-564), less forced drop outs (1-3) and more penalties conceded (8-4) so not that good stats-wise.

Verdict: I actually think the Bulldogs are a chance here. Then again I might just play it safe and tip the Tigers in this one.

Let’s finish off with another “Song of the Week”…

It’s almost as if this was written about what happened to me a (very) long time ago 😥. I can smile now but I certainly wasn’t back then. That’s life I suppose…

OK kids, good luck with your tipping and may your team win by 40 points! Until next week people. Cheers.

mark ashford's picture

Must admit I'm really enjoying your "shortened" version of your game comments. It's cut my reading time down from one hour to 57 minutes.
Not wishing to stir the pot but will be interested to read your comments on the Roosters cap situation. I've seen the Dogs, Storm. Broncs, Eels and others bashed over the years and flogged by the media but never a mention of the Roosters (as best I can remember) are they that squeaky clean?
Mate your SOTW was one of the saddest love songs I've heard. Reminds you of something you went through some years ago, must still hurt.

mark ashford's picture

The Butcher
I was in my local butcher shop today, run very capably by a butcher from NSW (been here for over a year now and a very good businessman).
I said I know it's a long shot but do you know a guy who's in hotel management and likes to go by the moniker "the butcher"
He said: Has he told you all sorts of stories about celebs he has met?
I said yeah thats him.
He said: Has he told you a story about his mother and a plate in the bed.
I said yeah thats him.
He said: Is he a fanatical Roosters supporter.
I said yeah thats him.
He said: Does he like to stir Broncos supporters.
I said yeah thats him.
He said: Does he have a problem with someone called Rocket Ryan.
I said yeah thats him.
So I asked "who is he"
He said: Sorry mate I've got no idea.
With all respect to our friend "the butcher"

The Butcher's picture

That was hilarious I really enjoyed that
If only those other 2 knuckleheads had that skill then trading blows would be fun.
It’s as funny as the time I was in Gatton and asked a local how to get to Laidley
He said just follow the tumbleweeds.
I said here’s a twenty for your troubles
He said I could buy a house in Laidley for that.

mark ashford's picture

The Butcher
Glad to hear it was accepted in the manner it was meant. We need a laugh on here, well I do as my tips are crap.
Broncs to have their first win since the restart, I hope.
You may have confused Laidley with the USA Texas but there are no tumbleweeds up there. Laidley is in fact the centre of veggie growing in SE QLD and you have probably purchased many products from there in your NSW supermarkets, hope you enjoyed them and didn't choke after reading this.

newbie from perth's picture

@ Mr Ashford
That was a classic bud … “from one hour to 57 minutes” 😁. Seriously though, this week’s effort is much shorter than usual. And it was so much harder to write believe it or not. Anyways, thanks for the laugh mate. If you want something long to read re: the salary cap, read on McDuff…

newbie from perth's picture

My Thoughts on the “Salary Cap”

First off, just let me say that even though I absolutely love the Roosters, the following thoughts and/or beliefs can also apply to any club that has had some success, especially if it’s often. It’s quite possible a large number of people won’t agree with me and that’s fine. I still love ya 💖

OK, let me just get this out here first … the Roosters do not cheat the salary cap. There, it’s been said. What I believe is that quite simply, they’re just really good money managers. Using my beloved Roosters as an example, sure they pay some players a boatload of money. But they also pay a lot of the other players a lot less than you’d think. The reason those players take less? Simple. They want premierships and success. A lot of them are prepared to sacrifice a million dollar salary and instead take much less to learn and play alongside upper echelon players which might give them the opportunity of winning a GF medal. You can’t (or shouldn’t be able to) put a price on something like that. There’s a lot of appeal in playing in a first-class team, playing under a first-class coach and having access to first-class facilities. If a player (on less money) can achieve that then he’ll be the bloke who’s remembered 20 years down the track as being in “that team” who won this and won that and I’m thinking that’s the lure.

Now there’s a lot of talk regarding Uncle Nick and his brown paper bags and so on 😁, but the way I see it is that he’s just a really good (and sometimes ruthless) businessman. He craves success and a lot of big money is attracted to the Roosters because of that. He does the hard things and takes action (getting rid of players) when he has to. This frees up more money which he uses to get big names and others with potential. A lot of those guys with “potential” quite often are those who are prepared to take less money for reasons already mentioned. He’s just very astute when it comes to business. And the Roosters are a business there’s no denying. Uncle Nick wouldn’t bother if it wasn’t worth it.

The Roosters haven’t always been successful (that much I do know) but generally they are. This is no fluke. It’s all down to good business practice on the administration side of things. Basically, the players play football and the businessmen run the “business” that is the Sydney Roosters. It’s as simple as that I’m afraid. There’s absolutely no reason every club can’t do the same, just gotta have the right people in charge. When people accuse the Roosters of “cheating” I think it’s just a case of suspicion and most times envy. When you have a successful “brand” and use it to your advantage, people start looking for reasons that don’t exist.

Damn, I’d better stop or else I’ll be in more trouble than I already am. Just my 2c worth so take it or leave it. Your decision and no offence taken if you have a crack 😍. Cheers y’all.💖

Begurk! 🐔 Begurk! 🐔

Rocket Ryan's picture

That's quite funny Mark now be careful you don't scare him off we don't want to lose the fairy tales just last week he was in the boardroom with the general manager eating eel we at first thought he was a hotel doorman but he must be a cleaner at a hotel that's the only way you can get in the boardroom when you are a dreamer.

The Butcher's picture

Getting a bit cocky as your team plays this week for the battle of the wooden spoon. I guess I have been a cleaner I remember the roosters putting the cleaners thru the broncos
I know your not that smart you could learn a lot from Mark.
The problem is your still talking from Uranus.
Have a great day now where’s that mop?

tigerholic's picture

Morning Christine
Can you get on here and give me hand with this bloke called the Butcher. Who would go by the moniker "Butcher" when you are really a wanna be comedian.

He wants to attack at every opportunity when Rocket and I post our comments. Can you give him a serve for me Chris, how have you been handling the cold weather.

Have a great Thursday folks.


The Butcher's picture

Your spot on the roosters haven’t always been a successful club and because we weren’t successful we would only attract has Beens who were coming to the end of their career (Bob Fulton Paul Vautin etc)
When I played in the easts juniors we had 14 clubs in A grade 25 years later when my son played there were only 4 clubs and had to merge with South Sydney.
The roosters did 2 things to turn it around they went all out after a big player Brad Fittler that a team could grow around and attract others
And later realising the lack of juniors recruiting Peter OSullivan who was the best talent scout having come from the storm discovering players like Slater and Inglis as a 15 yr old at a carnival in Port Macquarie saying this kid doesn’t run he glides.
Peter discovered RTS and signed SBW and James Maloney who all contributed to the 2013 premiership
The Roosters don’t have an option we have to recruit that’s why we’re good at it.
What we’d give to have the junior base like Newcastle and the Queensland teams.

manyana's picture

Hello all, here are my guesses for round 7.
I feel there are a few 50-50 calls, so you can bet that I've jumped the wrong way!
Good luck to everyone, manyana.

The Thinker's picture

Just spotted at my local Woolworths (100 yards from Broncos headquarters) - recently dethroned Warriors coach Stephen Kearney.

Could be meaningless, but it's interesting that he's up here.

Baggy_Gee's picture

Didn't he work at the Broncos before getting a full time gig?

The Thinker's picture

He was Baggy....Assistant Coach a while ago after he left Parramatta....2013-2015ish

Baggy_Gee's picture

Now Newbie, I think that $wise the Roosters are under the cap, the problem I have is the paying of unders for players who want to win a comp. Parramatta had a problem with getting JH back in 2016 because we couldn't pay him under marker rate due to fair market value, Israel might have come across before RU before but we had to pay through the nose, and he wanted to play for his childhood club and play alongside his brother. If you can "under" pay D.Fafita then it is a bending of the rules that needs to be both ways, All teams should be allowed to pay less than market rate for players who want to play for selected teams. ON-THE-OTHER-HAND, Cam Smith should be allowed a decent discount on his cap space for long term commitment to one team, the same should apply for everyone, and CANNOT be applied at the start of a contract, it should only be for new contracts after a 5 year period. It is just easy mileage to talk about the salary sombrero when we talk about the Roosters, but best of luck this week, especially since your team didn't win by 40 against the BOYS!!!!!!!

Baggy_Gee's picture

Think he's back in the fold Boss? What was his assistant position with the Bronco's?

a's picture

Here’s a tip don’t tip QLD teams unless there veursing each other than go the home side

Mary S's picture

Hi Baggy,

You haven't forgotten your pick for 'A's' comp have you?

Big Pete & Rob181 are still to submit their pick as well.


Baggy_Gee's picture

I had thanks Mary

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hello everyone, my tips for this week are:

Panthers by 4 - This one should be a cracker. Both these two teams have been in some form with the Bunnies getting back to back wins against weaker opponents whereas the Panthers have dealt with stiffer opposition with some success except the loss to the Eels. The game will be held at Kogarah which is interesting to note. Cleary is key again for the Panthers along with their forward pack. The Bunnies are in this you know don't you worry about that but it'll be the boys from Penrith to get yet another one in the bank in a tight one.

Storm by 18 - The Storm rarely loss back to back and they are coming up against a Warriors side who've been stinging from the axing of Stephen Kearney. This one looks a big Storm win here. Interesting though that the Storm have relocated and will be hosting this one at Kogarah so they haven't exactly been settled themselves.

Roosters by 12 - As much as I want my Dragons to win here, you've just gotta go with the Chooks here. They've been playing some amazing footy and expect them to play well here again; with or without Teddy. The Dragons really have to be on their game here and although I could possibly see them being brave in this one, this one will be very challenging for us to win and it'll be the Chooks to rack up number 5 in a row. Great to see Jason Saab given a run for the Dragons he is a promising young player and I'm intrigued to see what he's got on Friday night. Best of luck Newbie, Butcher and other Roosters supporters on this site! May the best team win. P.S. a big happy birthday to you on Friday Newbie! You sir are a legend and I wish you get the gift of a defeat from the mighty Red V! Nah, I'm sure the boys will get it done for you!

Knights by 16 - The Cowboys are looking really disappointing at the moment. Yes they did make a bit of a fightback in the second half against the Tigers but after that first half performance they dished up, they don't look like chances at all in this one. The Knights are a great outfit and are a genuine contender this year so this won't be any easy feat for the Cowboys which means they have to be on otherwise the Knights will win and win well. Forwards are the key for the Cowboys will be difficult up against that Knights forward pack and I jut feel there's way too much inexperience there in the backs right now, yes they have some injuries and yeah they are just too inexperienced but at least they are having a learning cure and they will get better with time. Knights too good for the Cowboys here.

Titans by 8 - I'm actually going with an upset here. I actually think that the Titans are a good chance of getting the Broncos here. The Broncos are just going through a horrible time at the moment. They have really lost their culture and in a time where they desperately need to perform, they just haven't been performing. This is a perfect opportunity for the Broncos to finally show something, especially against the Titans but I think that the Titans will come out and out on a good performance and will get the upset win over the Broncos here. With that happening, the headlines will be very bleak up there in Brisbane that's for sure!

Raiders by 2 - My other upset of the round sees the Raiders edging out a victory over Parramatta. This is likely the game of the round and should be a cracking game between two losing sides last week. Parramatta suffered their first loss of the season to the Roosters. They should have their heads held high though, they were really tough in defeat, up for it in defence but unfortunately just didn't have the points in them in the end. The Raiders on the other hand, really should've beat Manly here, they had the opportunity to and with Manly understrengthened, you would've expected the Raiders to score some tries in that second half when they had their opportunities to but they didn't, have the Raiders lost that attacking flair that they've possessed for a long time? This one will be a good indication on whether or not the Raiders have lost that attacking flair that they are known to have. I think that the bounce back factor will be on the Raiders side and they will give Parra their second loss in a row and their second loss of the season.

Manly by 6 - yes, Manly are understrengthened yet again. They will be dearly missing Tommy Turbo. Back they do welcome back Marty Taupau which is a great sign that they have their dynamic duo back together in Fonua-Blake and Taupau. Manly should win it in the forwards and that will take them a long way into winning this game and I think they'll do enough in attack to beat Cronulla, the Sharks haven't exactly been flashy in attack thus far. This will surprisingly be a good game of footy I think and the Sharks will be brave and will most certainly be in the grind but I just feel that Manly will just be that extra tougher and will just be too good and slick in the end for the Sharks. The big time players need to step up for the Sharks if they are going to win on Sunday, Johnson, Moylan, Dugan, Fifita, Townsend, etc.

And finally... Tigers by 10 - The Tigers put on an absolute clinic in that first half. 34-0, six tries to nil was more than enough in the end to beat the Cowboys considering the Cowboys scored 4 tries to nil in that second half. If Tigers bring that into this game that attacking clinic, they can really put a score on the Bulldogs no doubt about it but as we all know, the Bulldogs are a tough side and can be hard to crack at times. If they are on in defence, the Bulldogs are a good chance on Sunday and plus, they do have a good record as of late against the Tigers but it'll be the Tigers who'll prove too good for the Dogs, particularly in attack. Foran v Brooks will be an interesting little halves battle. Whichever one of these halves proves the most influential will go a long way in their team getting the win, if the Dogs win, Foran needs to step up big time along with Hopoate and if the Tigers win, Brooks holds the key but by jeez doesn't the Tigers have some great players, the energetic Josh Reynolds, Harry Grant whose been unbelievable for the Tigers this season, the Leilua brothers, Mbye, some good young forwards, Tigers too strong here.

Awesome. Good luck with everyone's teams for this week and with everyone's tips for this week. Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Thinker's picture

@Baggy possibly yes. You aren't meant to be crossing the border from NSW into QLD unless its for work reasons.

So perhaps he is in discussions with the Broncos....or even the Titans

Baggy_Gee's picture

Damn the girls out scored me last round 4/8, putting them on 23/48 here is the younger with this weeks tips.
Rabbits - Because my toy bunny likes them
Storm - They make blackouts
Dragons - We don't like those crowing Rooster Supporters
Cowboys - They ride on horses (might be the only way they can cross the try line)
Broncos - Because my sister likes them
Eels - They are Dad's team
Manly - We like birds
Tigers - Because they live in the jungle (otherwise called Leichhardt Oval)

mark ashford's picture

Hi Newbie
Thanks for those insights into the Roosters cap. Guess it's easy when a club is being very successful for people (me included) to say "oh they must be over the cap" I was more referring to their massive offer to David Fifita to replace JWH when he hangs up his boots. Broncs are struggling and I don't want to lose a player of his ability. With what the Butcher has said and my friend Google tells me the Roosters only have the North Sydney Bears as a feeder club so they need to buy well to keep the club strong. With Nick Politas at the helm I'm sure he's instructed the accountants to cross the t's and dot the i's.
I agree with what you say about players taking "unders" to play at a successful club. Everyone wants to play on a winning team. Reminds me of the Broncs in their heyday when guys would play just to pull on that jersey.
By the way looks like the Titans may be favs to sign Fafita with a multi million dollar deal on the table.

mark ashford's picture

As Thinker has said Steve Kearney has been sighted near Broncos headquarters. (ashamedly I don't know who Broncs assistant coach is at the moment) but I rate Kearney and if they can sign him may just be the thing to take some pressure off Siebold and change things around.
Why else would he be in Brisbane??

Mary S's picture

Hi Boss,
If you don’t hear from Tigergirl, can I submit the following on her behalf, as it is most unlike her to not have tips in.

Sea Eagles


mark ashford's picture

Mary S
You are to be saluted reminding people to put tips in and now submitting on behalf of a fellow tipster. Well done my friend and may you have a successful round this week.

BigPeteBx's picture

Thanks Mary - I usually have tips in anywhere from 6pm.
Depends when working from the office, as to what time I arrive, from walking home. When WFH like we are now, I clock off from work and then try to attempt the Thinker and NRL duties. That of course depends if phone rings and who is looking for the.

Cheers and keep well - Big Pete in a very icy Bx.

Christine's picture

Put my tips in this week as taking the same as butcher , butcher don't let me down now ...

BigPeteBx's picture

Good one Mark - enjoyed that one, right through to the punchline.
Greg hasn't been getting you into any of those buffalo steaks has he.
Great couple up there at Avondale.

Now our Butcher, Larry (to me) here on site, likes a good yarn and he'd comprehend pretty well much with that. He brought back a few memories, when he mentioned Novotel at The Gong. My wife has their annual conference each year at Novotel Brighton Le Sands. I had a railway mate lived in Gordon St, very close to it and always remember Novotel Sydney Central in Thomas St, from Sydney CBD haunts and stays.

Cheers guys and have a good weekend

Christine's picture

cut tiger some slack he needs a break he does his best on here & he puts up with enough at work his wife wears the pants in his family so give him a break & while i am at it newbie happy birthday to you for tomorrow i am surprised no one else has said it to you but i have at least hope you enjoy yourself with what ever you have arranged to do grt into some of johnny rays baileys he used to make & watch the games & butcher tiger is a good bloke rockey on the other hand we not real sure on ...

Christine's picture

That ssid tocket we not really sure of ...

Christine's picture

One more try that said rocket we are not really sure of ...

a's picture

Wow Panthers should of won by a bigger margin if I’m honest


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