General NRL 2016 Finals Footy

Had a bit of a chuckle with the Sharks fans doing the Raiders Viking clap. Makes me want to get on the Raiders band wagon so we can see a clap battle in the grandstands next week. At least it would give the Raiders a chance to shut them up next week.

As an aside I spent a large potion of that game getting my face slapped by my 6 month old. I was trying to tell him he had 26 rounds of Warriors matches to do that where it would have seemed appropriate.;)

I like the Raiders simply cos they were underdogs. But Cronulla are too smart for them. They've proved to be exceedingly good at strategy. Very clinical. the spine are well balanced with Maloney having the smarts and premiership calmness, Barba the spark, Ennis smarts and gritty. That bastard milked a couple of doozy bullshit penalties. As he always does.

I see Storm as the only team capable of out-thinking them.
 
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drunk_monk

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Depending on interpretation I guess
Still not a good look when respecting refs is in the spotlight at the moment
Oh definitely. Id say there is at least 3 players on the field tonight that could have gotten away with saying worse (JT being one of them). If he had said "you're a cheater" or "how much are they paying you" then I'd expect him to be off.

Im pretty confident if the tables were turned Gal would have gotten away with the same comment.
 

mt.wellington

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Sharks white trash red neck fans in a nutshell...

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I know they were going alright both sides of the ASADA investigation. But looking at how much of a mess they were two years ago it does show how quickly you can turn things around in this competition. Just giving us some hope for next year.;)

Watching the finals with the increased atmosphere. Imagine if we had more of that during the year.
 
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Beastmode

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I know they were going alright both sides of the ASADA investigation. But looking at how much of a mess they were two years ago it does show how quickly you can turn things around in this competition. Just giving us some hope for next year.;)

Watching the finals with the increased atmosphere. Imagine if we had more of that during the year.

same core group of players as well.
 
Dam you cowboys for losing, they really looked out of puff, perhaps last week was their "final". I hope Kidwell was watching that game and getting Feki's name right for when its realeased in the kiwis squad......................:D:D
 

Beastmode

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LUCKY!!!

Come on. You dont fluke your way to 3 Grand Finals...

Lucky the Warriors spotted his talent.

Lucky he was picked by the Roosters the same time they had SBW.

Lucky the Roosters decided to drop him last year and then get picked up by the Sharks.

A Lucky SOB confirmed. :)

Not hating on the guy though.


https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11716216

Unwanted playmaker James Maloney will look to savour the ultimate last laugh at the expense of his former club Sydney Roosters when he shapes up for his third grand final in six years on Sunday week.

The NSW pivot has undoubtedly been one of the NRL's leading players for several years now.

He played a key role in the Roosters' 2013 premiership win and three minor premierships from 2013 to 2015.

But he was controversially moved on by Tricolours management at the end of last season, with the club unsuccessfully opting for Jackson Hastings as Mitchell Pearce's halves partner.

Hastings didn't feature in the Roosters' first grade side for the final third of the season as the Tricolours finished only ahead of Newcastle on the premiership ladder.

After he was told he wasn't wanted at Bondi, Maloney quickly identified Cronulla as a club with a roster capable of emulating the success he had at the Roosters.

And as things have turned out, the 30-year-old will help spearhead Cronulla's quest for their maiden premiership at ANZ Stadium in Sunday week's decider.

"As soon as I couldn't stay at the Roosters I wanted to come to Cronulla because I knew what they had here and I thought I could add something and it's worked out really well so far," said Maloney on Saturday, having also played for the Warriors in their 2011 Grand Final loss to Manly.

"I've been able to identify rosters (although) the Warriors one was not really my choice. Basically I didn't have a whole lot of options. I was there to get regular first grade.
"I went over there and we had a really successful year.

"Coming back to pick the Roosters and to come here and pick the Sharks, I knew what I was going into - I knew the roster they had, I knew the strengths they had in their side."

The Sharks deserve their place in the decider after a year in which they set a new club record for most successive wins at 15 and finished third in the regular season after losing a final round minor premiership showdown with Melbourne.

"We can do it. It gives us a good platform to build on. There's nothing stopping us," Maloney said.

"We've done everything right to get here. It's just about making sure we nail what we have to do this week and don't let in the outside focus of the what if ... and sort of forget the 80 minutes that's ahead because it's going to be a big 80 minutes."

-AAP
 
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Cannot wait for the storm game. Go the storm - seriously go the storm. Just because I use to live there there's no warriors and all said and done I think they play awesome. Wankers.