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Cartwright knows his head is on the chopping block

1.Gold Coast coach John Cartwright still has two years left on his contract and beat South Sydney away just a week ago - but he knows that won't stop people calling for his head. "No doubt they'll be out there in force," he said after the 36-20 defeat to Canberra. "You've got to be numb, though. You can't listen to it. You can't let it affect the way your team sees you or let it affect your approach through the week." Cartwright stopped just short of conceding the finals are out of reach, with the Titans needing to win six from eight. "It's very tough, especially when you look at the draw," he said. "That was a winnable game. You look down with 10 games to go and you put a tick against that one. We wasted a high opportunity.''

 

2.

Milford keen on

Samoan dream

Canberra superstar Anthony Milford says as far as he is concerned, he can play for Samoa in the Four Nations. The Raiders stopped Milford from turning out for Matt Parish's side earlier this year, only for him to end up playing in the curtain-raiser for Queensland under 20s after an approach from the Maroons. Speaking after he blitzed Gold Coast, Milford said: "I'm eligible because I didn't play in the Origin but in saying that I've got to see what the NRL say about switching over." Given Milford's impending departure to Brisbane, one would think Ricky Stuart would be the very epitome of bittersweet at Milford's feats. "No mate," Stuart said. "He's made a decision. We'll move on."

 

3.

Ref bosses undermine credibility

Referees make mistakes and it's doubtful we have ever got through a rugby league season without our match officials being "in crisis". But the real difference this year seems to be transparency and accountability. In England, the whistlers have actually set up a Twitter account, @RLFreferees, and invite fans to ask questions about decisions and interpretations. Compare this with the NRL, where referees' boss Tony Archer has hardly been quoted in the media all season, let alone answered fans' gripes. The approach seems to be: "If we don't admit Wests Tigers were denied a fair try on Friday, it will go away". The philosophy hurts the credibility of match officials and the sport.

 

4.

Clubs push for stand-alone Origin

NRL CEO David Smith has suggested the scheduling around Origin is unlikely to change next year. In researching a story on the future of Origin for Rugby League Week, I was told clubs wanted a summit with broadcasters over the issue. "There is a push for stand-alone Origins and I have never known there to be one as strong as this." Souths CEO Shane Richardson said. "The clubs would really like to sit down with everyone and - rather than pick a fight - talk through all the issues in the hope of coming up with a solution that helps the players, the game, the commission, the clubs and the media partners."

 

5.

Hail the Warriors' push and shove

Fascinating to hear people say the Warriors have "opened a hornet's nest" - by pushing in scrums. Is pushing in scrums going to attract OH&S concerns? The "tactic" worked earlier this year against Gold Coast and again in the 48-0 win over Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday. Because halfbacks don't put the ball in the middle anymore, hookers don't hook and packs don't push. The Warriors are making the scrum relevant again - and good on them.

 

6.

Pointing for Alex McKinnon

Was the clock broken at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday? Is that why Warriors players pointed to where their wrist watches should have been each time they scored? No. Five-eighth Chad Townsend tweeted: "We weren't allowed to wear our #RiseForAlex wristbands but if I had mine on here's where it would be." .

11 comments so far

  • Bring back real scrums to rugby league would be good. Another meaningful contest for possession in the game. A 6-man RL scrum works better than an 8-man rugby union scrum. It balances better, and make half-backs in RL feed the ball into scrums straight, like the old days that would help.

    Commenter
    Larry
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    July 13, 2014, 10:30PM
    • Let the second Referee put the ball in!

      Commenter
      Inspector Mellville
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      July 14, 2014, 7:05AM
    • Good god whats the world coming to?Are you Aussie's actually saying something good about the Warriors???? Oh it was coaches "Cappy's" idea to push in scrums as a surprise weapon and he hails from Canberra so that will make it ok!Actually i think forwards should pack scrums whether they choose to push or not leaving the backs to contest the wider spaces on offer after a scrum.
      Just a note maybe the Sharkies should have kept Townsend he is going great!That's ok tho he is an Aussie.
      Can't help one more note-Does Paul "I know it all" Kent of the 360 wed show still think like he did as late as last week that the Warriors can't make the eight-earlier he said we would collect wooden spoon but that's ok he is an Aussie!
      Millford for Samoa in Four nations-hell yes!Refs on twitter answering fans questions- hell yes!

      Commenter
      Jacko
      Location
      Warriorville
      Date and time
      July 14, 2014, 7:37AM
  • Pretty simple solution... 1st Game... Starts season Off... 2nd... Mid year... 3rd... After Grand Final!

    Commenter
    Inspector Mellville
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    July 14, 2014, 7:02AM
    • Good idea just only have last game as a "Decider if Required"

      Commenter
      Jacko
      Location
      Warriorville
      Date and time
      July 14, 2014, 2:27PM
    • Origin players get picked on form as well as reputation. How can you pick a team before the season starts? Stick to your day job!

      Commenter
      Dank
      Date and time
      July 14, 2014, 8:05PM
    • Also the season ends after the grand final. Should players who don't make the finals serious keep training for 5 or so weeks just incase they get the nod for game 3?

      Inspector Mellville = 0/10.

      Commenter
      Dank
      Date and time
      July 14, 2014, 8:10PM
  • Hoss Cartwright has fairly poor coaching stats at the Gold Coast...

    Since 2007 his overall win ratio is 46.7%.......this season his win ratio is 43.%

    Those numbers tell us that Cartwright will not deliver a premiership.....Cartwright is one of those NRL coaches who could be described as a "dead man walkin"......bit like Anthony Griffen,Mick Potter,and Ricky Stuart(but he has a crazy long term deal)

    Commenter
    Harry Ziff
    Location
    Kings X
    Date and time
    July 15, 2014, 1:34AM
    • Rd 13: June 6/7/8
      (No MNF - Origin teams announced Sun night - go into camp Mon am)

      Mid season break - 2 weekends off

      Origin I: Monday June 16
      Origin II: Monday June 23

      Rd 14: June 27/28/29/30
      (origin players have min 5 & max 8 days to back up for clubs instead of normal 2-3 days)

      Rd 15: July 4/5/6
      (No MNF)

      Origin III: Monday July 7
      (only played if a decider - teams with origin players only affected for that one preceding round)

      Commenter
      That'll do me
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 15, 2014, 7:16AM
      • At the half time break of the Cronulla Newcastle game, the ground announcer interviewed Beau Ryan. Beau has retired and was there to do a lap of honour and receive the accolades he deserved. However he arrogantly said during the interview that "The boys had now won three on the trot and were in good form". The only trouble is that Cronulla had only won two in a row and were up 18-6 at half time in the third. They failed to score a point in the second half and were blown off the park.
        What a dumb thing to say. I'm not sure if the message got to the Newcastle rooms but by the sounds of Wayne Bennett's news conference I think it did. He said that Cronulla were thinking they had it won. The few Newcastle faithful in the crowd certainly heard it. Maybe Beau Ryan should issue an apology to his own Sharks players and just take a seat in the naughty corner for the rest of the season. Comments like that could have cost them four points and potentially the wooden spoon.

        Commenter
        Andrew
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        July 15, 2014, 11:46AM

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