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The good teams are still good (Melb, Syd, Pen). The shit teams are still shit (Bris, Cby, Cows, Wests). The gap between good and bad is still vast despite recent reports in the media. I still dream of a 12 team comp one day. The player base of this sport simply cannot support 17 teams. Nothing new there.


 
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Imagine 2 lowly teams late in the season trying to out lose to each other

Bit like the Tigers/ Warriors last week… 🤣
Well in American sports they have a system involving the last place team getting better draft picks. That is their system of not having pereniel 20 years in a row of the same top teams.
To stop teams gunning for last place there is a lottery with extra weighting for last and second to last place.
 
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**** thats not a bad point.
Imagine strategically losing and gunning for as low a spot as possible once you realize you are going to be in the bottom 8.
Happens in american sports 🤷‍♂️

IF the top 4 doesn't change for years and years they'll have to do something.


 
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**** thats not a bad point.
Imagine strategically losing and gunning for as low a spot as possible once you realize you are going to be in the bottom 8.

Good to pick 1 in the national draft...wait.


 
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Imagine 2 lowly teams late in the season trying to out lose to each other 🤣



Smash em bro
Nah... that's just a regular game between the Tigers and Bulldogs


 
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The good teams are still good (Melb, Syd, Pen). The shit teams are still shit (Bris, Cby, Cows, Wests). The gap between good and bad is still vast despite recent reports in the media. I still dream of a 12 team comp one day. The player base of this sport simply cannot support 17 teams. Nothing new there.



I am also worried about the player based supporting the 17 teams. Dogs had some players out there today who were a bit above their level to be in an NRL game.
Things just become harder with a 17th team.
 
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I think the Bulldogs have recruited poorly and it's easy to say that after they just flogged. This game was a real eye opener, I thought they were in for a good season but I can't really see too many things different about their footy, they don't look any more threatening than they did last year.

TPJ can offload but he's still lazy in defense, Addo-Carr is a winger and they don't win you games, Burton has a big boot but he's a running 5/8 and they need some ballplaying in their halves which apparently they don't have.

Dufty is the most threatening player in that Bulldogs team close to the line.


 
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Fuck thats not a bad point.
Imagine strategically losing and gunning for as low a spot as possible once you realize you are going to be in the bottom 8.



Not uncommon in American sports.


“Tanking”
 
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I think the Bulldogs have recruited poorly and it's easy to say that after they just flogged. This game was a real eye opener, I thought they were in for a good season but I can't really see too many things different about their footy, they don't look any more threatening than they did last year.

TPJ can offload but he's still lazy in defense, Addo-Carr is a winger and they don't win you games, Burton has a big boot but he's a running 5/8 and they need some ballplaying in their halves which apparently they don't have.

Dufty is the most threatening player in that Bulldogs team close to the line.



Nah… plenty of good teams will be made to look average by the Storm this year.

They just take all your time away and totally expose any minor flaws.

I like the bulldogs defensive resolve (except against the Storm). They need to build there attack to really be competitive
 
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What bullshit running out through a smoke machine and flaring fire jets.
 
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Happens in american sports 🤷‍♂️

IF the top 4 doesn't change for years and years they'll have to do something.
Even if we pretend that tanking will be a thing (no NRL coach is going to have their team tank hard, it's horrible coaching, sets bad habits, and players are competitive), is it any worse than the bottom 4 getting spanked by 30+ for 26 rounds a year? I don't think so.

And you can't tank that much in the NRL because ladder position is often not decided until the last few weeks, so at best you can tank 1-3 games for an extra 1% on the cap. Hardly worth the risk and shit storm of throwing a game on purpose.


 
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Even if we pretend that tanking will be a thing (no NRL coach is going to have their team tank hard, it's horrible coaching, sets bad habits, and players are competitive), is it any worse than the bottom 4 getting spanked by 30+ for 26 rounds a year? I don't think so.

And you can't tank that much in the NRL because ladder position is often not decided until the last few weeks, so at best you can tank 1-3 games for an extra 1% on the cap. Hardly worth the risk and shit storm of throwing a game on purpose.
I agree, and with betting such a huge part of NRL, the bookies wouldn't stand for it.


 
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Who knew Dylan Brown had a step aye?
 
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That was beautiful from Dylan.


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Eels on fire here.


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That was horrendous Tommy.


 
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This is a great game so far, both playing at a fast tempo.


 
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Eels halves playing so well.


 

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