Forget the boofheads, the NRL is throwing a lot of things to love: Rising Stars, NRLW Soaring, Soaring Predictability


Ugh. Not yet. So, we had a fight between teammates caught on camera, a player accused of assault and the threat of further rule changes.

Once you’ve ticked them all off on your NRL Bingo cards, I thought I’d try to get you on the safe side. Talking about all the positives of the season so far and the things that made us all cheer.

Young guns on fire

wow! Don’t we have future superstars racing right now? ! Jeremiah Nanai has been outstanding for the Cowboys, with the youngster already mentioned in Origin threads. The Mountain Man that is Dominic Young has been nearly unstoppable on the wing for the Knights, with his opponents struggling to contain the massive 2m frame. And Manly has unearthed a gem in Tolu Koula, this flyer is definitely one to watch. I hope the last two won’t be injured for too long. Or that Nanai is now bewitched by my praise!

Dominic Young (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Eruptions blown off the map

One of the biggest complaints last year was about scoring and beatings. In the first four rounds, we had spectacular football games, with 10 games to only have a differential of four points or less.

The quality of the matches was wonderful to watch, with the tight finishes only adding to the excitement.

NRLW ready for the grand final

Yes, I know it’s not “technically” NRL. But it’s part of our game, and it’s been damn sensational. We’ve seen six teams give their all this season, with the quality of the football just at the top level. The women go out weekly and leave nothing in the tank, shattering glass ceilings and stereotypes every time they lace up the boots.

This weekend’s grand finale between the Dragons and the Roosters should be fantastic, and an all-new champion will be crowned with the three-time premiership-winning Broncos being eliminated before the big day.

We still have a standalone Origin Series, the World Cup and the 2022 season ahead, and with more teams to join the growing competition over the next few years, the NRLW will only get better.

The warriors go home

How amazing is that? We’ve kept all our fingers and toes crossed for so long now, hoping the Warriors could play in New Zealand again. And finally, last month it was announced that the team would return across the divide to play on July 3.

After two and a half seasons based in Australia due to COVID protocols, they will once again be back with family and friends, racing in front of their home crowd. What a comeback it will be. Come on Warriors!

Young halves standing and taking the reins

There was so much off-season speculation surrounding Nicho Hynes and whether he would make it into the No. 7 jersey. ‘to improve.

The Knights were meant to crumble without a “proper halves” combination. Every time another half-back was linked with the club, fans shouted “For the love of God, just let Clifford and Clune have time to click!”

Forget the boofheads, the NRL is throwing a lot of things to love: Rising Stars, NRLW Soaring, Soaring Predictability

(Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

And that time didn’t take long at all, with the young couple taking charge and leading Newcastle into the park.

Lachlan Illias arrives in leaps and bounds at Souths trying to fill the boots of great Adam Reynolds, Toby Sexton makes the Titans team his own after Jamal Fogarty leaves, and Dylan Brown is just on absolute fire against the Eels, proving himself the Mitch Moses’ ideal partner.

The next generation of champion sixes and sevens has arrived.

Milestones

It’s one thing to be successful in the NRL, but staying at the top for so long is something that should be applauded. In the last four rounds alone, we’ve seen some big names added to those history books. Newcastle striker Tyson Frizell celebrated his 200th game, Sharks tough man Aiden Tolman missed his 300th game and Royals manager Craig Bellamy led his 500th into the coach’s box. Good job guys.

Upheavals and unpredictability

The Knights beat the Roosters and the Broncos shocked the Bunnies in the first round. The Cowboys crushed the Raiders in the second round who then came back from 18 points to beat the Titans in the third round. The storm kept the Dogs scoreless in the final round, and the Sharks did the same with the Knights. The Warriors and Cowboys are in the top eight, and the Souths are near bottom. Tipping was hard, results hard to predict, score lines hard to guess. And that’s how we like it.

So this is it ! Lots to love in the world of rugby league.

Yes, there has once again been bad press surrounding the game. A few boofheads are trying to spoil the party. Don’t let them. They can stay to the side and dig their own hole. You just sit down and enjoy the football.
The first four rounds were great, and I’m sure the rest of the season will be spectacular.

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