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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – Ricky Stuart – NRL Supercoach!!! Poor, Poor, Parramatta -

August 4, 2013 16 comments
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- 30th July – 2013 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review


- 28th June – 2013 State of Origin -
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- 29th May – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Pre Match Review and Player Rankings


- July 5th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review


- June 25th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 Preview


- June 13th: – NSW SOO Coach – A Dirty Stinkin’ RAT …


- June 7th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 2 Preview


- May 24th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 1 Review


- May 21st: – 2012 State of Origin Preview – Game 1


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– Ricky Stuart – NRL Supercoach!!! -
– Poor, poor, Parramatta -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 31st July 2013 |
The fall of the Parramatta Rugby League dynasty has been many years in the making – they last won a premiership in 1986 – their 4th and all since their first in 1981.

It was the era of Jack Gibson, Stirling, Price, Kenny, Cronin, Groth, Ella, and many other Eels legends – it is the only era Eels fans have had to cheer about.   Ever since they have been a Club trying to recapture those glory days and their fans have been kept waited a long time.

The most recent history of the manic coach musical chairs sees Ricky Stuart sitting in the job.  When his time is done it will be proven that Parramatta are a Club without a soul, without a heartbeat, a club where the rudder of Leadership is a bankrupt and left meandering in an abyss where the fans keep showing up, the players keep turning up, but the outcome stays the same.

As an outsider it is easy to see all this – my friend as an insider defends the Club to the hilt and blindly trusts his judgement as a fan to believe Ricky Stuart is the answer.  It is a crime to even try to tear down his belief.

When a racehorse fails to do what is expected who do the punters blame – it is never the horses fault – it is always the Trainer, the jockey, or just plain bad luck in running – it is never the horses fault.

Then why is it in the human world of sport and the Parramatta League team in particular,  where a 3 and 17 win loss record is not the trainer/coach/owners fault – it is the player rosters fault?

Parramatta’s defining crisis point will come mid way through the 2014 season when all Parramatta fans realise that Ricky Stuart is the problem.  What will they do then?

The new player roster Ricky Stuart has promised will be weaker than this season – firstly – who will he attract to the club – money players at best and we all now how that works in professional football.

How Parramatta can be so stupid to allow Stuart to lead the Club down a path that will tear the heart and soul from the club is something only the Club can answer.

Returning to the Coach musical chair appointments see the are list below -

… can anyone remember the anguish the club went through with each of these appointments?

Then a few years back many though a change of Administration was the answer when Fitzgerald was dumped after decades of service – did that solve the problem – where is Paul Orchard now?

Lets recap Ricky Stuart’s credentials – Stuart won an NRL premiership in 2002 when in his first year as head coach of Easts – we all know that he was hand-held throughout the season by Phil Gould and Graham Murray – in the next three seasons when he flew solo he saw the Roosters make successive Grand finals and lose – and then in 2006 he was booted from the club – all the while his player pool was of high quality.

His stats appear below: [Sourced from Wikipedia.]

Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2002–06 Sydney Roosters 130 79 1 50 61
2007–10 Cronulla Sharks 74 33 0 41 45
2013– Parramatta Eels 18 3 0 17 17
Total 222 115 1 106 52
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2004 Country Origin 1 1 0 0 100
2005 New South Wales 3 2 0 1 67
2006–08 Australia 11 10 0 1 91
2011– New South Wales 6 2 0 4 33

Stuart’s Club Coaching performance can be viewed further using this source link: [sourced from Wikipedia.]

During the 2011-2012 period he was a NSW appointed State Of Origin head Coach and was appointed so because NSW felt that the rigors of a NRL Coach coaching the SOO team was too much.

Stuart’s State of Origin performance history is displayed in first table above – coached 9, won 4 and lost 5, with a series win in 2005 – the last time NSW won a SOO series.

For Parramatta fans and Administrators to have placed the Club’s survival prospects in the hands of Ricky Stuart it is an almighty gamble.

At Test level we all remember losing the WOrld Cup and Stuart going on a rant about the referee that is his living legacy.

I asked a question of the Parramatta fans – ‘do you not think that if the players were getting the job done the Club would be better off?’  A stupid Q&A scenario – of course on field success brings contentment within the Club.  But Parramatta fans have gone past this point – now it is the thought of on-field success at some point in the future that brings contentment.

If Parramatta’s problems have not been solved with a revolving coach policy, how do they think they will succeed with a revolving player policy?

WIth their recent performance history as the only incentive to attract players – who do they think will get to come and play at Parramatta – let alone under a Coach like Stuart who thinks the current player roster can’t get the job done – walking this player dump walk is inviting players to be judged based on a Coach’s ability to win games.  Stuart’s record over his whole coaching career is not that great – how do Parramatta fans think he will change that around?

Stuart strikes all as someone who has anger issues – his emotive sideline antics has a two-sided impact – we all see his passion and him wearing his heart on his sleeve – but so do the players.

Again we all remember his post match antics when he lost the World Cup – Australia losing to NZ in Australia – Wayne Bennett helped coach that NZ side with Stephen Kearney – in fact that Kearney performance and his Assistant Coach record with the Storm under Bellamy, was the reason Parramatta gave Kearney two years coaching at Parramatta.

Stuart has come after Kearney and now in his 1st season he has three wins from 18 matches and his answer is to dump half the 1st grade player roster and the Club supports him in the action.

Poor … Poor … Parramatta …

Blind Freddie can see that the problem the players have on the field comes from the Coach and the Administration’s desperation … why should the players put their bodies on the line when all they see is a Club self-destructing.

Players can read the signs, and it is they who go out there and get booed by the fans every week for their performances.  All on behalf of the real failures – the Coach and the Club Administrators.

It’s time for the fans to get real, wake up and take back their club.

The ‘dreamland’ the fans live in is all a part of the fracture that is the Parramatta Rugby League Club … an example – Chris Sandow – a Souths reject picked up by Parramatta for $500+ when any league fan could see he was a dud … even my friend who supported the buy initially has come on bended knee and acknowledged that he can’t play and it was a bad buy.

No – Parramatta will agin own the wooden spoon and in the next season when Stuart has promised all – they will again be favourites to run last.

Poor … Poor … Parramatta … Stuart leaves his mark – look where Cronulla are now – and how long did it take Easts to again be a competitive force in the competition.

Ricky Stuart is no supercoach – in fact this blogger thinks he should just bow out of the game and learn to deal with his anger issues.

Perhaps when he has learnt some humility and wants to give back to the game,  he should try coaching some kids where he can let the players teach him about respect and a true coach’s role in getting the best out of players.

Stuart has to learn how to give rather than take from the game … that is his story.


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review…

July 30, 2013 2 comments
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- 29th May – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Pre Match Review and Player Rankings


- July 5th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review


- June 25th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 Preview


- June 13th: – NSW SOO Coach – A Dirty Stinkin’ RAT …


- June 7th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 2 Preview


- May 24th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 1 Review


- May 21st: – 2012 State of Origin Preview – Game 1


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– 2013 State of Origin -
– GAme 3 and Series Review -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 30th July 2013 |
Again the SOO Game 3 decider contest was true, fierce, and absorbing … some two weeks after the event the glow of victory still brings a smile and want to shout the ‘Queenslander’ match cry.

On the night NSW looked would be winners with possession and the tiring QLD forward pack.   Yet the scoreboard did not favour them in the end result.

The immediate post match questions are mountainous – so too with the benefit of time lapsed to consider the efforts of both teams.

In both scenarios it comes down to one thing – what was missing from the NSW effort to get them over the line?

Too have had that much ball possession in the 20 minutes prior to half-time, and then again in the last 20 minutes of the 2nd half and not be able to post a winning score, points to greater issues other than the efforts and committment the players left on the field.

Gallen and Hayne missed Game 3 – would they have made the difference if they played?  We’ll never know but they have not been the difference in the past in terms of NSW winning a decider.

During post match interviews the word being used by NSW coaches and players was ‘clinical’ or lack of  – to that I say ‘composure’ and ‘self-belief’ are better points of reference …

NSW on the back-end of an 8 year drought have already written off next year because QLD host two games in 2014 – already NSW are displaying that defeatist attitude and that is the problem every NSW player has never tasted SOO victory and some have been there for many of the 8 years of losses.

Whilst the crowds and the TV audience are posting new records every season – and the games themselves thrill the audience with their intensity and brutality – continued excuses for NSW losses only avoid the cold hard truth and that truth comes in many forms.

Phil Gould’s interview shown pre-match with Smith, Kronk, Thurston and Slater tells much of the story – this group of players have been together since junior league learning and feeding off each other all their league careers.  Bonds like that can never be forged – this is truly a QLD side of which legends are made from.

Gordon Tallis made the comment in the pre-match build-up -

“…Qld have a team full of stars and anyone of those individuals can take the game by the scruff of the neck when needed – NSW have no-one who can do that… that’s why I pick QLD to win.”

Never has a comment proved so poetic as Game 3 played itself out.

QLD were gone in the back-end of both halves – be it the aging QLD team, the mystifying mistakes they make – or the 50-50 ref calls all going NSW’s way – NSW had enough ball to win this game thrice over …

Yet their failure to get the job done given all the positives they had to work with – the failure to post points comes down to the options taken by the halves.

During that last 10 minutes when NSW drew themselves to a 12-10 score line – every QLD’er watching had fear in their mind as they believed NSW would run over the top and end the winning streak.

If NSW coach Daly was honest he would tell all they he also believed NSW would win the game from that position – the game was there to be won and yet again NSW found a way to lose … QLD did not win this game – NSW lost it.

Gould would have believed in the NSW victory as well – but he knew as he has known all along – NSW don’t have what QLD have – the ability to turn adversity, the ability to weather the momentum shifts, the story is that as much as the hype demands NSW are in the contest – NSW have forgotten how to win important games.

The myth that QLD’s have greater ‘ticker’, greater ‘belief’, and greater ‘composure’ lives on and was proved once again.

Those north of the border say it every year in the wash-up – NSW can’t match QLD for heart and soul – and the NSW team Management say otherwise – but the truth is that every Queenslander knows that beating NSW in SOO is a blood sport that cannot be underestimated.

QLD’s believe in the symbolism of SOO victories and when defeat comes – all QLD will feel a sense of loss that will have no bounds.  This is what QLD players feel and play for – a responsibility worn as proudly and all those who have gone before.

NSW don’t have this inner soul that comprehends – they had it once under Gould, and during the 90’s – but these recent teams have not come near what those teams showed on the field in terms of heart and soul.

It can all be traced back to the biggest winning margin in Origin history – NSW crushed QLD when they posted more than 50 points in the year before the winning streak began.

The NSW player antics in post try celebrations will live in QLD memory forever.  Those dark days in QLD SOO history is what drives the coaches, the players, and the QLD supporters – never again …

NSW don’t get it – in that contest they disrespected the game and the contest – they now deserve their humiliation in 8 series losses – never once has QLD disrespected the NSW efforts or the team players in those victories.

QLD has class – and when NSW understand that their losing streak is based on their biggest victory – perhaps they might get some understanding where the QLD spirit comes from.

Another reality is NSW play as individuals – they claim to have the will and the determination, and at this level there is nothing special about that commitment – it is about how far they will go as a team and as individuals to spend themselves physically, and emotionally on the field.

Of course ability and insight to the game is just as important and that comes down to individual player ability – QLD’s dominance comes down to their halves combination over many years.   In Pearce NSW have committed themselves for four series now and he has demonstrated from a QLD perspective that he is the weak link – Soward, Carney, and now Maloney – have been his five-eight combinations and they have come and gone and Pearce still remains.

Look to Pearce’s club form and measure the stats for the re-starts he gets when in the opposition 22 – his conversion rate is the worst in the league – how can NSW selectors think that at the SOO level his record would improve or get any better?

I believed NSW had the forward pack to dominate the aging and smaller QLD pack in this series – Game 1 proved that.  Game 2 they went walkabout – and Game 3 they again stood up and were the better pack on the field.   As a team the NSW halves just don’t make it work and QLD love to see Pearce at half – they see it as a choice that favours them.

Can QLD make it 10 in a row – the odds have shortened and where can NSW go to get the players needed that are not mentally scarred?

Well done QLD – suck it up NSW and in the next year try to be humble as you contemplate the enormity of QLD’s efforts.


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 2 Post Match Review…

June 28, 2013 5 comments
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- 29th May – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Pre Match Review and Player Rankings


- July 5th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review


- June 25th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 Preview


- June 13th: – NSW SOO Coach – A Dirty Stinkin’ RAT …


- June 7th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 2 Preview


- May 24th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 1 Review


- May 21st: – 2012 State of Origin Preview – Game 1


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– 2013 State of Origin -
– GAme 2 Post Match Review -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 28th June 2013 |
Game 1 Review started:

“Qld were never in the game – as if they left their ‘mongrel’ behind … NSW played all over them and proved that attitude counts for so much at this level …”

Game 2 Review could start exactly the same except substitute NSW for QLD and you get the game outcome.

Once again the NRL ‘no punching’ rule came to the fore … one guy threw a punch and four guys get sin-binned.

The most stupid aspect of the one match suspension handed out to the Merrin – the guy who threw the punch(s) – gets served at Club football level … absolutely stupidity …

His club gets penalised and he gets to play again in SOO 3 … same with Gallen in SOO 1 – how is that equitable …

In all other sporting codes match suspensions are served at the same level … SOO is being turned into a NSW sponsor event to stop QLD’s dominance …

Tate was on the receiving end of the Merrin punch and was one of the players sent to the sin-bin – his part in the fracas was a push on Gallen to get him off the tackled player – the referee should have penalised Gallen for the ruck infringement and every thing that happen from there can be blamed on the referee for not policing the rules in a consistent manner …

In the wash-up has the referee been sin-binned – demoted – docked pay – missed match payments for his error …

To the game:

NSW Backline:

  • NSW Pearce proved yet again he ain’t up to this level – he had a shocker and the referee got it wrong again over his fracas with Slater when the game was over on the score board …
  • Maloney – Game 1 hero was Game 2 fizzer – targeted in defence and had nothing to offer when NSW had the ball.
  • Merritt was targeted all night and how NSW did not see that happening given his club form in defence was a coaching error – Daley can be blamed for not preparing a plan to cover Merritt’s defensive lapses … three of QLD’s tries came off Merritt defence mistakes …
  • Jennings and Morris never got any quality ball all night and never went looking for it either …
  • Duggan at fullback had a good game and given his ‘last chance’ scenario had to to justify the risk in rewarding him with a SOO jumper.

NSW Forwards:

  • Merrin and Fafitta were NSW’s best forwards and looked likely -
  • Whatmouth is done, nothing to offer -
  • Farrar had a bad night -
  • Lewis was quite with a few sparks but well contained,
  • Bird never bought his club form,
  • All the rest should be on the bus home …

QLD Backline:

  • Cronk and Thurston had a field day creating mini breaks all night – QLD bombed 4-5 tries and that was not good …
  • Inglis was more involved but still out of position – his one break when he passed the ball to Boyd when in full fly was not like him …
  • Hodges is another forward on the field in attack and solid in defence …
  • Tate and Boyd played great …
  • Slater was off with his timing but still the man for the job …
  • Cherry-Evans had a good debut …

QLD Forwards:

  • A complete turn around with Scott back to his best form …
  • Myles again had a blinder …
  • Cam Smith upped his game and his kicking was a highlight all night …
  • Gillet stepped up as did Teo and Pipalli …
  • McQueen and Thaiday were solid …

The game never reached any highs in an emotive sense as the Nation had been on edge all day over the Rudd/Gillard spill.

The talking point as with Game 1 is the punches thrown … the NRL have to comes to terms that the public will no longer accept mediocrity in referees …

They have every aid available to make sure they get decisions right – but their on field performances around the ruck in slowing the play the ball, the 10 meter rule, hands on the ball in the ruck, the niggle, and so forth all have inconsistency in the way they are policed.

Watch any game and you get tolerance levels that very from different referees and by the same referees throughout single games – i.e. holding down and hands on the ball in the ruck are policed harshly early in games, but by mid game these rules are not policed the same way …

It’s all a changing and the showpiece of our game is under threat – not only because referees try to help NSW overcome their lack of player ability with an obvious bias – i.e. NSW referees have refereeed the last 3-4 SOO series … even that has not helped in the end …

On another matter – the expectation that players have to be better people than the rest of the fans is becoming a joke … how dare they impinge on a players right to have a beer, to go out to a nightclub – perhaps the media should be taken to task over some of their bad personal habits …

Persecuting players is an easy target for the NRL to lay blame – how many NRL executives at club and NRL level have a chequered past and drink problems … educating players to become social snobs and aloof only encourages fans to goad the players … look at the Goode episode …

If kids and their moms don’t understand footy and think the game too rough for their little boys … go and play soccer.  We all know why League has its appeal … its gladiatorial and it is the pinnacle of all contact sport.   Let it be and get the nansie pansie goody two shoes attitude outta here …


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Post Match Review…

June 6, 2013 3 comments
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– 2013 State of Origin -
– GAme 1 Post Match Review -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 6th June 2013 |
The 2013 State Of Origin Match-up’s


Position Player Comments Ranking
Fullback Slater Hardly made an impact behind a forward pack driven backwards – Crnk/Smith/Slater combo non-existent – both NSW tries were soft and Slater’s normally desperate defence was not there … 6
Hayne Came of age as SOO player – confidence high – never under pressure – performed well behind a dominate pack 7.5
Wing Boyd Did everything asked – no mistakes - 6
Morris B. Not a wingers game – solid in defence and not keen to take the ball up in the ruck … 5
Wing Tate Did everything asked – no mistakes - 6
Fergeson Early nerves gave way to solid debut … stick with him … 6.5
Center Inglis Never seen in first half … rusty in position and behind a forward pack doing it tough – opportunities were limited – came into his own last 20 mins … 7
Jennings The new zip-zip man – elusive and scored one of the softest SOO tries ever … beat at least 5 defenders from 15 out, standing start, looked dangerous every time he had the ball … 6
Center Hodges Played up to ranking and more – dummy half running set up QLD’s only try … defence was suspect missing Hayne in NSW first try … 7
Morris J Was not a game for centers – missed Inglis for QLD’s only try - 6
Five-Eight Thurston Said it before the game – halfback is his position – was smothered all night … defence was off – and looked like he was under Cronk’s playmaking … needs to go back to half-back and take charge of the ruck area … 6.5
Maloney Brilliant debut – finally NSW got themselves a half who can play – took charge of the plays and gave Pearce some relief … kicking game excellent – running game excellent … NSW’s most dangerous player outside forwards … 8
Half-Back Cronk Out of sorts – kicking game was poor – had no time with forwards going backwards – entitled to a poor performance but Meninga should think about moving him to five-eight and Thurston back to half-back … 5.5
Pearce Never been a fan at this level but has to be said – had one of his better games behind a dominate pack - 6
Lock Harrison It’s time Mal – playing injured at this level is always a risk … no impact in defence or attack – one of the players that needs to be looked at … 4
Bird Was rock of NSW pack – big hits when needed – played disiplined all night … 8
2nd Row Myles Best QLD fwd on field – good marks for no retaliation to Gallen’s cheap shots – watch out for square up in Game 2 … 7.5
Lewis Played good – most dangerous fwd on field … troubles all defenders with his footwork … 8
2nd Row Thiaday Not his best game – tried but not up to this standard – never has been in my book … defence is best part of his game and that was lacking last night – unable to ‘hit’ in defence – a Bronco’s trait … 5
Hoffman Bought options to NSW forward attack – attracted defence all night … 7
Hooker Smith Worst performance ever – opposite completely out played him … so many fay passes – forwards just could not contain NSW in first half – and that sucked energy … 2nd half was better but the forwards were spent … 6.5
Farrah Played best game ever – controlled the ruck – inciteful cross field running … set up the forwards well … ever present in defence … 7.5
Prop Scott Not the force of previous seasons – well contained – had better 2nd half but damage was done … seems to have plateued as a player … 5.5
Gallen Surprised us all and played – is just a winging wining grub – talked himself out of a send off – cheap shots in Myles first of all the stiff arm that went unnoticed right in front of Ref’s eyes – and then the cheap punches to a completely unsuspecting Myles … does his share of work and more but reminds me of a former drug cheat ‘Howes’ and is mixed up with the ‘Sharks’ drug problems … have to respect his work ethic – but is just a grub … 7
Prop Shilington Hardly noticed on field all night – one of the reasons QLD lost the forward battle – he had plenty of others who helped as well … 5
Tamou Quite game compared to last seasons debut – no offloads and did his share of hitiups … 7
Bench 1 Parker Good impact off bench – should make run on side on last nights performance … 7
Gidley – Reynolds Never went on the park … 5
Bench 2 Gillet No mistakes – did his job without making any impact … still learning at this level … 5
W’mough Made an impact when on field - 6.5
Bench 3 Teó Did good – should be in run on side in Game 2 - 6.5
Fifita Great debut and looks made for this level … 7
Bench 4 McQueen Limited opportunities in an already beaten forward pack … 5.5
Merrin Made an impact – perhaps the fact NSW were winning contributed to his efforts … 6.5
Coach Meninga Had his team flat from the outset – needs to rev them up for game 2 or the streak ends … 6
Daley Has to be given some credit – but NSW played well against an underperforming QLD … Game plan was to use forwards to force QLD to do the hard work in their 20 zone – it worked and QLD looked out of the game at half time … 6
QLD Team Score 107.5
NSW Team Score 118.5

Qld were never in the game – as if they left their ‘mongrel’ behind … NSW played all over them and proved that attitude counts for so much at this level …

To the referees:

Momentum was given to NSW from the outset – the ‘knock-on’ call when Tate went up for a high ball and replays show he never touched the ball set up the repeat set that NSW scored their first try from.

Early penalty to NSW for ‘hand on the ball’ – only one given all night yet the NSW players were just as guilty -

Gallen’s cheap ‘stiff arm’ in front of the referee went unnoticed and was put on report only after the ‘stink’ happened and replays showed the infringement and the referees view of the play.  Gallen’s pathetic plea to mitigate his ‘cheap shots’ has to be seen for what it was – and the referee’s inaction on the matter – i.e. keep that stuff out of the game  will see him booted for Game 2 …

Qld won penalties 7-5 – but never a penalty in NSW half …

Game quality:

NSW ball security kept QLD in the game – and QLD replied in kind – their normal clinical finishing was all over the place.

NSW put in a slick performance from the kick off and deserved their half-time score – QLD won the second half and at no time did they ever look like they were ever likely to reign in NSW lead.

NSW will have some belief and deserved their win … the final scoreline flattered QLD’s efforts …

Not sure what QLD’s problem was – but their forward pack was outplayed across the park starting with Cameron Smith’s efforts.  He missed Jennings when he scored his try, as did Cronk and three others.  Farrar was given too much room from dummy half and that should have been Smith’s task …

Inglis was AWOL until the last 20 minutes … him coming back to center after his stellar fullback performances for Souths is an issue.  QLD have three fullback’s in their backline … that has to be a problem when players have to remember as opposed to natural instincts honed in their normal positions.

Slater has to stay at fullback – Cronk and Thurston don’t work as half and five-eight, reverse them and allow Thurston to get closed to the ruck – he has a better kicking game given what Cronk served up last night … and Cronk’s defence was suspect around the ruck in a weak forward pack.

The game never reached any highs – NSW fans will take the win and head to Suncorp with a spring in their step – they’ve been there before and if they don’t win in Brisbane – the chances of them winning again in Sydney in the decider will be far different to last nights odds …

Then again – this QLD side might be complacent enough that a series loss is on the cards … Meninga has some work to get his forwards up to scratch – and instill some fire in the belly … but right now if you can get 7/4 – 2/1 about a QLD series win – you’ll be able to lay that off in Game 3 if QLD win Game 2.

Congratulations NSW – you deserved the win …


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Selections and Rankings

May 29, 2013 1 comment
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– 2013 State of Origin -
– GAme 1 Selections and Rankings -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 29th May 2013 |
The 2013 State Of Origin Match-up’s


Position Player SOO 2011 SOO 2012 SOO 2013 SOO Results Comments Ranking
Fullback Slater Yes Yes Yes Never lost Best fullback in the game – high ball can be a problem 9
Hayne Yes Yes Yes Never won Weak positional play in defence – attack needs broken play – weak link … 6
Wing Boyd Yes Yes Yes Never lost Solid – no mistakes -support play best 7
Morris B. ? Yes Yes Never won Doubt under high ball – tested in this position 5
Wing Tate No No No Never lost done good at this level in the past 6
Fergeson No No No Rookie Good Club form – wait and see 4
Center Inglis Yes Yes Yes Never lost Best in Game – not played center since last SOO 9
Jennings Yes Yes Yes Never Won Dummy Spitter – good when goes his way – defence suspect 6
Center Hodges Yes Yes Yes Never lost not in best form – a risk this series 6
Morris J Yes Yes Yes Never Won Marked Inglis out of game last series – club form ordinary 6
Five-Eight Thurston Yes Yes Yes Never lost Best Half-back in the game – prefer him at 1st receiver - 8
Maloney No No No Rookie Great club form – good pick – wait and see 4
Half-Back Cronk Yes Yes Yes Never lost Close to best halfback in the game – all over Pearce 8
Pearce Yes Yes Yes Never won Best QLD pick ever – hopless at this level 3
Lock Harrison Yes Yes Yes Never lost A plodder who lifts for these games 6
Bird Yes Yes Yes Never won Best forward in both teams – undisiplined 8
2nd Row Myles Yes Yes Yes Never lost MofM last year – lifts for SOO games – not in best club form 7
Lewis Yes Yes Yes Never won Great off bench – getting old for this level – like him 7
2nd Row Thiaday Yes Yes Yes Never lost Overrated in my book – defence good – attack weak 6
Hoffman Yes Yes No Never won good pick – improves balance of pack 7
Hooker Smith Yes Yes Yes Never lost Best hooker in the game 9
Farrah Yes Yes Tes Never won pathetic club form – too hit and miss – a problem area for NSW 5
Prop Scott Yes Yes Yes Never lost Poor club form – did job every SOO so far 7
Gallen Yes Yes Yes Never won unlikely (injury) – trier but mental scars a problem 7
Prop Shill’ton Yes Yes Yes Never lost big step up to run on side – wait and see 6
Tamou No No Yes Never won Made big impact last season – poor club form 7
Bench 1 Parker Yes Yes Yes Never lost solid forward – gives his all – ordinary 6
Gidley Yes Yes Yes Never won overrated – a bit player at this level 5
Bench 2 Gillet Yes Yes Yes Never lost weak pick – was shown up lastseries – defense issues 5
W’mough Yes Yes Yes Never won ignima pick – tries but never succeeded at this level 6
Bench 3 Teó Yes Yes Yes Never lost new to this level – wait and see 5
Fifita No No No Rookie ticks for risk – wait and see 5
Bench 4 McQueen No No No Rookie gets a chance to prove himself 5
Merrin ? Yes Yes Never won not upto this level 5
Coach Meninga Yes Yes Yes Never lost Has experience and knows what has to be done 8
Daley No No No Rookie not upto this level 4
QLD Team Score 118
NSW Team Score 100

Closest the two teams have been in ranking terms since these rankings have been going.

I think NSW are closed on paper and the big disappointment was to pick Pearce at half-back with so many other good options.  Pearce has had his go – burnt a lot of five-eights along the way.

Daley as a Coach at this level on the back of Stuart and Bellamy before that.  he won’t go well …

Farrah is another interesting selection given the weak week in week out performances from the Tigers.  His rival Priddis is also out of sorts.

How far big Dave Taylor has fallen now that he is back in QLD …

Why switch Morris off Inglis – he did such a great job last season – that position match-up will change for game day … Inglis at center will be interesting – had a very quite series last season and will be too much for Jennings …

QLD look soft in the forwards … no hitters – NSW have a shot and Bird is in the best form of his life and if he keeps his cool during the game – he will be the man …

Gallen according to reports won’t play the 1st game unless he risks a needle …

Likewise Gidley … but that is no real loss with Sutton and Reynolds (Sths) called into the squad …


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EYE-BALL’s “SNOOP POOP” on – NRL 2013: – NRL 2013: Round 7 – Rabbitohs [20] defeat Manly [12] -

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Title:
– NRL 2013: Round 7 -
– Rabbitohs [20] defeat Manly [12] -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 26th Apr 2013 |
This match-up had great expectations and one of the few times where the hype was matched by the performances of both teams.

It was a war of attrition – Manly’s uncompromising in your face defense, the Rabbits held their ground with equally resolute defence, but Manly are experts at the intimidation tactics and it is a detriment to their game.

Coach Geoff Toovey has his players of a mould to show no quarter, and this defense intensity lends itself opportunities for teams to find weakness’ in other areas.  For mine – it is just up to teams to exploit the compressed defence and take advantage of this singular motive Manly tend to play with – that is to try their best to physically hurt the other players.

No doubt – this game was by far the best of the season and the intensity never died.  When it seemed all was lost when Manly trailed 20-0 with 15 to go – you just knew South’s were still vulnerable – the crowd stayed and willed the home team for a fight back and it came to make for an exciting finish.

The fans watching TV wanted a Souths victory – nobody really likes Manly – even their own fans have a ‘hick’ like love hate relationship with their team – parochial to the end, but equally willing to bag their team when they disappoint.

Manly’s ‘Brookvale’ is the new coliseum and this clash of the Titans was fitting for the occasion.  Other teams should dread the ‘hurt’ they will feel whenever they visit.

Manly are viewed by many as the ‘grubs’ in the competition – nothing they do on the field is done without the intention to try to hurt the opposition player.  That is not footy in the true sense.  Their intensity in the gang tackle will seriously hurt a player at some point – it is not matched by any other team.   Footy is a physical contest – and players do get hurt – but Manly take that probability to another level.

There were four (4) incident reports against Manly players coming out of the game.  There is another that escaped the referees that will most likely be placed on report as well.

Two of the charges belong to Fa’aoso and committed on the same player [Inglis} for the same breach – a spear tackle.

Matai’s swinging arm is his trademark and the intent in this tackle may have bene to strike the ball but the player has to be responsible for when aggression goes wrong.  He has to get a long stint – that swinging arm could kill someone if he gets it wrong and he has enough form to give him a Les Boyd type suspension.

Brett Stewart took a cheap shot as he lifted an elbow on the Rabbits winger and he should also get a week or two.  It all just shows a ‘grub’ mentality and the image of Watmough puling out his old fella to have a piss in public when the camera’s were rolling in a premiership after party a few years ago give evidence to the culture within the club.

Hope all these reports get the players responsible sent down big time – every one was a cheap shot.

The most hated player in the Manly forward pack is Watmough – and again tonight was amongst the chief offenders in the niggle factor with the work he does in the wrestle and on the ball stuff.

He can be a gifted player and to see him go that way stains his natural talents. Whenever he plays SOO he has been found wanting at that next level – if he had an attitude like Burgess, Webkie, Petro, or some other player who just worked hard in defence and attack without the niggle – his chances of making a difference at the higher level would be improved. He just gives away cheap penalties and it cost his team.

I take nothing away from the intensity of tonight’s game,  they are a side that make you earn the win and their intimidation tactics wins them a lot of games.

Playing that type of game can have its drawbacks … backing up the following week and the next … and the next … players get injured or begin to carry injuries into games. Manly have a habit of losing to lower ranked teams and to look for a reason you have to consider how they play their football on a physical level.

Souths proved they are the real deal this season and the next time these two teams meet – Manly will be out for revenge and Souths will again be out to prove themselves.   We’ve been blessed with some stella performances in these first seven rounds.

The top-tier of this competition has already established itself – Storm, Rabbits, Manly, and Easts …

Before the season started I would have said the Bulldogs would have been in that four … but after six rounds they sit at the bottom of the table.

These four teams have set a high bar for all the other teams and I can’t see any other team breaking into a top four spot.


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Title:
– NRL 2013: Week 1 – Game 2 -
- SeaEagles [22] defeat Broncos [14] -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 8th MAr 2013 |

The Broncos had this game in the bag until the 55th minute – Manly muscled up and the Broncos turned to water – it is the underbelly of the Broncos. They don’t like the rough stuff and since Thorne left two seasons ago, and Petro’s retirement last season – they look as weak in the middle as they have ever done.

Manly played in 2nd gear for the first half – a bit rusty being first round and all – but the 14-6 half time lead to the Broncos was flattering.

Broncos mistake rate in the 2nd half under pressure skyrocketed.  Hodges had a shocker 2nd half – Prince was also lacking in defence … the forward pack were done at the 65th minute after Manly had rushed to a 22-14 lead.  They put on 16 pts in five minutes and had two ot three other try’s pulled back.   If you were a Bronco’s fan it was woeful.

Snoop Poo’s – Best on Field -

  1. Cherry-Evans – 3 pts,
  2. Matai – 2 pts,
  3. Foran – 1 pt.

Snoop Pop’s – Worst on Field -

  1. Hodges – 3 pts,
  2. Gillet – 2 pts,
  3. Prince – 1 pt.

Coach Griffin had better work out his halves combo – Prince at Five-eight does not have the defence and Foran showed him up all night.  Wallace was also out of sorts with errors in the 2nd half when the team was under pressure.  Norman the other half in the mix played full-back and was pedestrian safe.   But it was the forwards who let them down badly with their poor 2nd half performance under Manly pressure.

Manly deserved winners – Broncos will struggle to make the 8 on tonight’s performance.  Manly are top 8 contenders.

Link to NRL Match report, match stats, and video highlights  …


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