Raiders overcome Sticky date with fate? Black horse roosters? Storm in the conflicts?

“I was definitely not in control of my emotions at the time and acted irresponsibly and irrationally,” Ricky Stuart said, adding “but that’s no excuse for my behavior.”

So he said in 2008, four days after he called Ashley Klein a ‘fuckin’ cheat’ and the c—that cost us the World Cup’ at a Brisbane hotel after refereeing the final at night previous game, a match in which Stuart’s Kangaroos suffered an upset 34-20 loss to New Zealand, which remains the only time Australia have not lifted the trophy since 1972.

Is it unfair to bring up a quote from 14 years ago? Maybe, but it’s nowhere near as bad as holding a grudge against a player for something from his actions when he was in the Under-12s.

It also shows that Stuart has done little to curb his temper which often comes out after his team loses a game.

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The words in the above apology are similar to the sentiment he expressed on Sunday after his “weakly gutted dog” spray against Panthers five-eighth Jaeman Salmon the night before.

“I let my emotions get the better of me and I’m so sorry about that.”

It’s a sign of character when someone is mature enough to apologize for their behavior, but after repeated five-figure fines and now a historic suspension, it’s time for Stuart to learn the error of their ways.

When it comes to results on the pitch, which is what a manager is ultimately judged on, he let his side down by being banned for Sunday’s home game against St George Illawarra, a crucial contest the ninth-placed Raiders must win to keep their playoffs. living hopes.

If they drop this clumsy Dragons game, then he will be very sorry.

Here are the burning questions for all 16 teams for Round 22.

Round 21 questions


Panthers vs. Storm, 7:50 p.m. at BlueBet Stadium

Is James Fisher-Harris the play that will finally bring the Panthers back into the peloton? The Kiwi international, arguably the best prop in the game, was banned for two weeks for a reckless tackle on Canberra’s Ryan Sutton. The absence of Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai hasn’t slowed the Panthers down, so maybe nothing will. JFH leaves a 103kg hole in the Penrith squad which will no doubt please fellow New Zealander Jesse Bromwich and the rest of the Melbourne forwards.

Jahrome Hughes of the Tempest

Jahrome Hughes (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Can Storm replace Hughes’ game? The Kiwi half-back’s absence for a week or two with a shoulder injury couldn’t have come at a worse time with fourth-placed Melbourne facing a tough four-game draw against the top eight heavyweights to complete the regular season. They lost the two matches he missed midway through the year, including a 32-6 thrashing at the hands of Penrith. Cameron Munster is not a chief organizer so Cooper Johns must step up while Harry Grant and Brandon Smith must also be dominant with the ball in hand.


Warriors v Bulldogs, 8 p.m. (6 p.m. AEST) at Mt Smart Stadium

Can the Warriors catch Isaiah Papali’i? It would be a huge blow if the Parramatta star could be released from his contract with the Wests Tigers to be able to return home for personal reasons. Somehow the Warriors have let history repeat itself and lose another of their best young prospects to an Australian side with Eliesa Katoa joining Melbourne so if they don’t hit Papali’ i, their pack will look pretty average next year.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 18: Bulldogs interim head coach Michael Potter attends a Canterbury Bulldogs NRL training session at Belmore Sports Ground on May 18, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

(Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Any other teams in need of a little Potter magic? He had a tough time for a few seasons at the Wests Tigers nearly a decade ago when the club was rebuilding after Tim Sheens’ golden age core had left or was beyond his best. Canterbury are all but certain to land Cameron Ciraldo as their next manager, but Potter, who put the teeth back into the Bulldogs as a keeper, would not seem out of place in any of the likely next vacancies, such as the Gold Coast, Newcastle or St George Illawarra.

Eels vs. Rabbitohs, 7:55 p.m. at CommBank Stadium

Can eels break rabbits’ hoodoos? They have been beaten by the Souths in their last five meetings, conceding 30 each time. They pulled off a 30-12 thrashing just over a month ago and if the trend continues the fifth-placed Eels won’t just be passed by the Rabbitohs, they could be dropped to seventh before the three last rounds.

Will Jason Demetriou win the Wayne Bennett Footsteps Trophy? The first-year coach can get the best result of the season after Bennett leaves a club if he can lift the sixth-placed Bunnies one step higher. Ivan Henjak holds the record by taking Brisbane to sixth place in 2009, ahead of Anthony Seibold (eighth at the Broncos in 2019, Steve Price (ninth at St George Illawarra in 2012) and Rick Stone (wooden spoons and sacked before the end of the season in 2015) Scary for Demetriou, neither of those coaches had their contracts renewed, with Price’s two years and 10 rounds being the longest tenure among Bennett’s successors.


Roosters v Cowboys, 3 p.m. at SCG

Are roosters black horses? They looked dead in the water a month ago, plummeting to 10th place before the Round 17 bye. They have since won four in a row, but last week’s victory over Brisbane was the only against a current team in the top eight. A win over second-placed North Queensland will be poised to cement a playoff spot and also show they can mix it up with the big dogs, but a loss will open the door for the Raiders to threaten their finals hopes.

Raiders overcome Sticky date with fate? Black horse roosters? Storm in the conflicts?

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Can the Cowboys go the distance? They’ve shown signs of shrinking a bit over the past month with a big loss to Cronulla and a lucky win over the Tigers before dominating the Dragons and Bulldogs. Todd Payten’s side have been the big improvers in 2022, but will they be remembered as a side that outperformed in the regular season and then faltered or can they step up a gear again in the next season? approaching the final?

Tigers v Sharks, 5.30pm at Scully Park, Tamworth

Is Papali’i’s Doubt a Symptom of a Failing System? Isaiah Papali’i signed a deal for 2023-25 ​​in November 2021 and now in August 2022 is refusing to commit to it. It was his decision to sign the deal and at the time it was clearly to his satisfaction but he clearly developed cold feet. The way the NRL signing system is set up with such a long leeway between when deals can be done and when the player has to report to their new employer, it’s actually surprising that this kind of imbroglio doesn’t happen more often. A week is a long time in rugby league, 12 months is an eternity.

Raiders overcome Sticky date with fate? Black horse roosters? Storm in the conflicts?

Andre Fita. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Can the Sharks take advantage of a flexible schedule? They have won seven of their last eight games and have a dream draw to end the season with the Tigers, Sea Eagles, Bulldogs and Knights left four teams outside the eight. Cronulla has only managed to finish in the top two in the top tier five times since his debut in 1967 (one of them was in the 1997 split year with the Super League) and does not haven’t done since Andrew Ettingshausen led them to minor premiership in 1999. . Finishing first is out of reach, but overtaking the Cowboys will be the difference between a trip to Townsville in the first week of the Finals or setting up a game in Sydney, unlikely to be at the duo Shark Park, he has limited the current capacity to less than 12,000.

Broncos vs. Knights, 7:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium

Can Brenko save the Broncos? Kevin Walters experimented with rising star Deine Mariner for the past two weeks at centre-left, but he made some costly mistakes and seasoned campaigner Brenko Lee was reinstated. Brisbane’s other centre, Kotoni Staggs, should also be largely responsible for the losses suffered by the Tigers and Roosters, as he made more missed tackles than his rookie counterpart.

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 31: David Klemmer of the Knights is tackled during the NRL Round 20 match between Newcastle Knights and Canterbury Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium on July 31, 2022, in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Should David Klemmer be in consideration for the Kangaroos? His dummy spat with the side coach, which has clearly become a bigger issue than it should have been, Klemmer is still one of the NRL’s most impactful props. There are 13 front rowers averaging more than 120 running yards per game – Klemmer is third behind Payne Haas and Joseph Tapine. Every other name on this list will either be at the World Cup or have been chosen in the Home State this year. Klemmer is also top 10 among props in tackles per game with 27, so it’s not like he’s shirking his job defensively either.


Raiders v Dragons, 2 p.m. at GIO Stadium

Will Raiders players be affected by Stuart’s absence? To be frank, probably not. This isn’t a criticism of Stuart, we’ve seen many times this season that a coach out for a week while going into COVID-19 protocols hasn’t really had much of an effect, the The Tigers actually put on one of their best performances of the year when they ran into their third coach, Ben Gardiner, when goaltender Brett Kimmorley couldn’t make it to Townsville.

Can anyone explain this? Tariq Sims is suspended and Josh McGuire is called up to the starting squad. No words.

Titans vs. Sea Eagles, 4:05 p.m. at Cbus Super Stadium

Will Sam Verrills be a quality recruit? For sure. There has been some negative backlash at the news that the Gold Coast have signed the hooker from the Roosters. He’s a really good player, not a superstar, but when you’ve spent a season finding someone who’s fit to lock down or bench the striker (Erin Clark) or a mate (Aaron Booth) that comes to suffer a horrific knee injury, getting The verrills of the Coqs co-op is a blast.

Sam Verrills of the Roosters heads the ball during the NRL Round 23 match between St George Illawarra Dragons and Sydney Roosters at Clive Berghofer Stadium on August 22, 2021, in Toowoomba, Australia.  (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

Can Morgan Harper put it together at both ends? There’s no doubt he’s talented, but Manly’s center can be a rock or diamond proposition. He had 226 running yards, very good numbers for a cross, last week against Parra, breaking six tackles, but also missing six tackles and making a few handling errors.

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