I’ll never stop the rain by complaining

Magic round! The most magical of all tricks. Here are your talking points from the weekend in Brisbane, also known as NRL Round 10.

Playing eight NRL games in one place was brilliant, again

There was a bit of rain, but the biblical event that some thought (hoped?) would ruin everything didn’t happen, and as a result, lots of fun. The surface held up again, the players seemed to have had a good time, the public was there and once again, the Magic Round was a success.

Friday’s brawl in the stands took a lot of oxygen from the media, but looking through the eyes of the people who were there and posting on social media, overall it looked like a good time and I look forward to getting to one of these when life allows.

Credit also to the Fox League show, which showed the social ‘event’ side of things as well as the business on the pitch and also took the opportunity with all their kit in one place to try out some techniques, angles and different camera technologies to do most of their work. This slow focus camera had some amazing images, especially when it was raining on Saturday night.

They even went sight down when the Titans went for a field goal, something I’ve been screaming for years!

If you were able to hear each other, leave us a comment on what you thought about it.

Ups and downs over the three days

Just two weeks after everyone signed their death certificates, the Roosters are fourth after a thrilling victory over Parramatta in the best game of the round. Young guns Sam Walker and Joseph Suaalii were excellent and just when Parra seemed to have worked out the Roosters’ defensive setup, the Chooks reasserted themselves to close out the game.

Gold Coast pulled off the innings heist with a late score to send their game against St George Illawarra to the golden point, where the Dragons couldn’t get past critical and big errors from Ben Hunt, Tyrell Sloane and Talatau Amone and handed the Titans a win. These latter two were the youngest players many had called up for selection – they will come fine.

Newcastle finally handed victory to their fans, but it was just a dirge, only sealed in death against an equally mediocre Canterbury side. It was the worst game of the round.

Manly fell from the final places after Brisbane went wild on the back of rookie Adam Reynolds, who tried, scored them and gave flying winger Selwyn Cobbo a stage to shine. Brisbane’s 38-point shutout was the biggest margin of the round.

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South Sydney and New Zealand were the strangest game of the round. If anyone needed to score, it was the Bunnies, who led 26-6 at halftime and appeared to create a huge gap between themselves and their fellow Final chasers.

Instead, they relaxed for a second-half stroll and let the Warriors have their way, to the point where they almost stole the game with a miracle ending. The Warriors have done nothing this season to show they’ve shaken off their enigmatic stereotype.

Of course, Canberra’s emotional 11-man victory over Cronulla was by far the best win in Magic Round history. But I would say that, no.

Penrith took Melbourne to school

Penrith completely dismantled an understaffed Melbourne 32-6 in the rain on Saturday. What had previously taken the form of a one-game cracker lost some spice when Melbourne went in without full-back Ryan Papenhuyzen, half-back Jahrome Hughes, center Reimis Smith and then prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona hit his knee during the contest.

Penrith was everything they needed to be: ruthless, clinical, brutal and spectacular. They had taken away all hope of a miracle in Melbourne before half-time. Melbourne five-eighth Cam Munster was right, they were made to look like an under-12 side.

Don’t get me wrong, the Storms hate losing a game, but there is loss, and then loss. It was a beating, but there is no doubt that they still carried out a useful intelligence-gathering exercise.

The next time these two form in Round 22, the formations will likely be very different – will the outcome be though?

What do security guards and the police actually do To do in NRL matches?

Again, we have to ask ourselves – what do security and police do at NRL matches? Several streakers can make it to the middle of the field and one of them has enough time to stop and light a flare, now half a dozen pissed off clowns can sway for a few minutes without being accosted by anyone with authority.

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo can talk as loud as he wants about security at matches but there’s nothing he can do about it unless he decides to remove the devices from the pitches and there’s more chance I’m running a marathon in full Canberra Raiders kit will that happen. .

Until the stadiums come together to take care of the people in the stands and the players on the pitch, what are we doing here?

To emphasize – it’s not just an NRL problem, it’s a sports problem. I have seen massive and brutal punches in cricket and AFL matches which resulted in very serious injuries and people who had nothing to do with it were dragged and injured. I’ve also seen hundreds of police and security at A-League games where roaring, chanting crowds watch in bewilderment as nothing happens.

If you play sports and want to punch, you’re an asshole. If your friend wants to, tell him he’s stupid.

The good vibe of the weekend was almost derailed by this bunch of wankers and that’s most definitely the only thing the code warriors and NRL haters will take from Round 10.

Quick shots
– As of this writing, Trent Barrett is still Canterbury manager. By the time you read this, he may not be. Media reports that the Bulldogs called an “emergency meeting” on Monday to discuss his position made headlines Sunday afternoon.

– Once again, the Cowboys take care of business and increase their point differential. Wests Tigers couldn’t go the distance with a short bench and dynamic attack coming from all angles.

– The Tigers have big, accumulating injury problems. Luke Brooks shooting a hamstring on Sunday night could hurt them more than people think, with 100% of the opposition’s attention now on Jackson Hastings. Can he handle it?

– Cronulla’s effort to lose to Canberra was really something – it’s not often your opponent gives ten penalties, has three players eliminated, plays with 11 for a period and then whips you anyway.


Round 11 may not be “magical”, but there are plenty of games worth looking into.

Brisbane travel to Newcastle on Thursday, with the hosts in that rare air of shooting for back-to-back wins. The Wests Tigers have Canterbury, Parramatta take on Manly after both sides suffered bad losses and there are some interesting contests between South Sydney and Canberra in Dubbo and North Queensland and Melbourne, with potential beauty at hand on Saturday night when Penrith will face the Roosters at SCG.

What did you think of the magic of the weekend, Roarers?

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