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    Quote Originally Posted by DazloT View Post
    Then my own young fella came along and I decided to grow up and teach him correctly. 😋
    Speaking of the young bloke, how's he handling the Pilbara-like temperatures up there? Is the igloo holding together ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Speaking of the young bloke, how's he handling the Pilbara-like temperatures up there? Is the igloo holding together ok?
    Igloo melted when the temps got above 0 for a few days in early June. Heat stress kicked in when it got to 10 degs. Beer solves that.
    Now we are fighting off the hungry bears, it teaches the kids great speed , evasion and side step skills. 😎.

    Backyard rugby is played year round!! Cricket we get a couple of days in summer 😂
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    Jeez, 10 above! At 38 deg those Siberians must be drowning in beer. Instead of Stolly.

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    I see this one's raised it's head - again. If PVL is pushing it, then anything is possible I suppose. At this point in time the Kangaroos could field an interesting team, allowing for the fact that scrums would need to be uncontested. Angus Crichton, Cameron Murray and Tepai Moeroa as loosies. Shaun Lane and Dave Klemmer locks, Damian Cook scrummy, Ponga 5/8, Teddy at Fullback.


    New Zealand Rugby confirm talks for All Blacks v Australia Kangaroos in historic cross-code match - NZ Herald

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/new...ectid=12343030

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    Ritchie McCaw and Cam Smith should both come back to Rep footy just to see who can bullshit the ref into the most penalties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Ritchie McCaw and Cam Smith should both come back to Rep footy just to see who can bullshit the ref into the most penalties.
    Dead set

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Ritchie McCaw and Cam Smith should both come back to Rep footy just to see who can bullshit the ref into the most penalties.
    Loved the ref calling his bluff last week asking if he wanted to challenge the call, certainly shut him up for at least two seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    Loved the ref calling his bluff last week asking if he wanted to challenge the call, certainly shut him up for at least two seconds.
    Yep. That was bloody classic. Looked like Nathan Clearly enjoyed it too.

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    This is a great idea. I think the WA government should join them - and make the change permanent and for the lot of them.

    Drivers licences to be checked to keep Victorian footy fans out of NSW - SMH



    The effort to keep Victorians out of NSW has just intensified.

    NRL fans will have to show their drivers licences at stadium gates in NSW as part of biosecurity measures in order to keep travelling Victorians out.

    League boss Peter V’landys has confirmed this afternoon that only club members will have access to match tickets when capped crowds return next week.

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    Koala Killer should just close the NSW/Vic border but she's spent the last 6 week shitting on Qld for not re-opening theirs so I doubt the NSW Libs will go that far.

    Just wait for a cluster to pop up in Sydney caused by a Victorian traveller.

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    Gladys has just instantly redifined what constitutes a covid casualty to reduce the number from 98 to 5.

    Easy peasy, and she can gloat about how clever she is.

    Meanwhile, the Grim Reaper is working overtime.

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    How one tweak turned the rugby league scrum from joke to scintillating weapon

    By Jack Snape
    Posted 5 hours ago, updated 4 hours ago

    The scrum in rugby league has gone from embarrassing to unmissable, and it's only taken six rounds.

    No, your eyes are not mistaken. The scrum itself still looks the same.

    Unusual for a game that prides itself on physicality, rugby league's scrum turns forwards into friends. Like 12 men checking to see if that's a stain on the carpet.

    Its decay has led to some, such as commentator Andrew Voss, to campaign for it to be scrapped.

    "We either fix it up or we get rid of it," he told Penthouse magazine in 2017.

    "I think it has become such a farce that it just serves no purpose in rugby league."

    But rather than get rid of it, the NRL this season has made it central to the contest.

    Not by changing the scrum itself, but by changing where it happens.

    Feeding the scrum

    Last season 24 tries were scored from scrums, at a little less than one per round, according to NRL.com stats.

    Across six rounds this season NRL fans have already witnessed 11. Plus, another two have come on the tackle immediately after the scrum.

    Most analysts have been focused on the rule changes brought in after coronavirus, including the move to a single referee and introduction of set restarts for ruck infringements.

    But in time for round one this season, the NRL made a change to allow teams to choose where a scrum would be packed.

    Most teams are choosing to set them up in the middle of the field, forcing the six players not involved in the scrum to split into two and cover the 30 or so metres on either flank.

    The result? Attacking devastation.

    Here's how.

    Scrumptious tries

    Coaches are relishing this new opportunity and preparing set moves to isolate wide defenders.

    Successful plays to the left have found holes for the centre.

    While set pieces have prompted bad reads by opposing outside backs.

    To the right, some teams have sliced straight through.

    While others have executed perfectly.

    The left-field option

    So far every try scored direct from a scrum this season has originated from the middle of the field.

    Of scrums packed down within the 30 metre line, only three teams are consistently choosing to pack attacking scrums close to the sideline: Canberra, Gold Coast and Parramatta.

    And only the Eels have been prepared to pack it down near both touchlines.

    Coincidence maybe, but all three times the Eels have lined up with their backline across the width of the field they've secured a penalty.

    While the centre location for scrums has so far proven the most successful, Parramatta's experience suggests coaches might not want to abandon the sideline altogether.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-...tries/12398868

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    In general the "tweaks" have been mostly positive. But I don't like this one. Not one bit. Not only do you not have to contest on your own feed, Now you get to pick the spot for the gimee.

    I hope coaches instruct teams to contest when under pressure. Its still legal, after all.

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    How shit are Brisbane?

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    Very. Isn't it great? All I want now is for Melbourne to fall over. Speaking of which: How shit is Ben Cummins?

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