The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs reminded us all what good theatre rugby league offers on a weekly foundation with their rollercoaster experience victory over the heavyweight Sydney Roosters on Tremendous Saturday.
The imaginative and prescient of coach Trent Barrett using each play on the sideline and normal supervisor of soccer Phil Gould watching on from behind shaded glass subsequent to the Bulldogs coaches field was merely good.
The Bulldogs win wasn’t fairly however because the previous rugby league saying goes you’d somewhat win ugly than lose fairly.
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Canterbury-Bankstown deserved the arduous fought win and the scenes of the gamers and workers celebrating on the sideline have been a mixture of aid and jubilation because the membership snapped a six-game shedding streak.
The Cowboys’ clinic in opposition to the Eels was equally as gripping because the crew from Townsville rubber-stamped their credentials as probably the most improved facet within the NRL by taking down heavyweight contenders Parramatta in Darwin.
North Queensland’s defence within the opening 20 minutes set the tempo for what ended up being a carve-up as Eels coach Brad Arthur was left with a range to complications main into Friday night time’s spherical 9 showdown in opposition to premiers Penrith.
Absolutely Dylan Brown has to return to being the Eels beginning No. 6.
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The place do you begin with the Newcastle Knights? After a season that began crammed with optimism off the again off upsetting the Roosters in spherical one the wheels have fully come off.
As Knights coach Adam O’Brien steered, he’s off his head if he thinks Newcastle confirmed any indicators of enchancment in opposition to the Storm.
Certain the Knights have gotten an enormous damage checklist however there was completely nothing to love about what Newcastle dished up in opposition to a Melbourne facet who merely went via the gears like a coaching gallop.
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Elementary errors and poor defence have been a characteristic of the back-to-back losses to Parramatta and Melbourne.
Getting hooked can’t have been good for playmaker Jake Clifford’s confidence.
If the Knights journey to Townsville in the identical mindset as what they’ve dished up in rounds seven and eight then will probably be one other carve-up in opposition to the Cowboys.
The Raiders are in simply as a lot bother. Discuss turning into masters of discovering new methods to self-implode.
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