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Off to a flier: Jarryd Hayne. Photo: Getty Images

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Talkin' Teams: Last position to vote on - lock forward.

Poll: Who was the best performing lock of round one?

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Joseph Paulo (Eels)

27%

Dallas Johnson (Cowboys)

7%

Jeremy Smith (Knights)

19%

Paul Gallen (Sharks)

47%

Total votes: 98.

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Talkin' Teams: Sharks coach Shane ... I mean Peter Sharp, has named the identical side to round one.

Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Jonathan Wright 3. Ricky Leutele 4. Matthew Wright 5. Beau Ryan 6. Todd Carney 7. Jeff Robson 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Isaac De Gois 10. Ben Ross 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14. Chris Heighington 15. Jon Green 16. John Morris 17. Anthony Tupou 18. Jayson Bukuya 19. Sam Tagataese 20. Chad Townsend

Talkin' Teams: Des Hasler loves the old cut and paste. He's named the same team as round one, despite Drury Low moving to fullback last week. Note to Des, don't even bother naming a side.

Bulldogs: 1. Steve Turner 2. Drury Low 3. Josh Morris 4. Krisnan Inu 5. Sam Perrett 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Kris Keating 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Ennis (C) 10. Martin Taupau 11. Tony Williams 12. Josh Jackson 13. Greg Eastwood. Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau 15. Dale Finucane 16. David Klemmer 17. Tim Browne 19. Mitch Brown

Talkin' Teams: I think Matt Utai is very lucky to survive after his performance against the Knights. He's lucky Lote Tuqiri is still injured.

Talkin' Teams: Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has named an unchanged team. Did he not watch the game last nigth?

Tigers: 1. Tim Moltzen 2. Matthew Utai 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Marika Koroibete 6. Benji Marshall 7. Jacob Miller 8. Jack Buchanan  9. Robbie Farah 10. Keith Galloway 11. Braith Anasta 12. Liam Fulton 13. Adam Blair. Interchange: 14. Matthew Bell 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Aaron Woods 17. Eddy Pettybourne 18. Joel Reddy

Talkin' Teams: Time to vote on the second-rower of the round.

Poll: Who was the best performing second-rower of round one?

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Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)

19%

Reni Maitua (Eels)

32%

Luke Lewis (Sharks)

8%

Chris Houston (Knights)

7%

Ben Te'o (Rabbitohs)

10%

Ryan Hoffman (Storm)

24%

Total votes: 92.

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Talkin' Teams: Melbourne team is in.

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Duffie 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin O'Neill 5. Mahe Fonua 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Bryan Norrie 11. Tohu Harris 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: 14. Jason Ryles 15. Lagi Setu 16. Siosaia Vave 17. Junior Moors 18. Slade Griffin

Talkin' Teams: Parramatta had 13 more sets of six than the Warriors last week but they had a lower completion rate. The Eels completed 27 of their 40 sets (68%), while the Warriors completed 20 of 29 (69%).

The Eels only missed 16 tackles against the Warriors, the fifth best in the competition behind Knights (10), Cowboys, Storm and Sea Eagles (13).

Talkin' Teams: I like what Ricky Stuart has done with his side for round two. Joseph Paulo replaces the injured Luke Kelly at five-eighth. Kelepi Tanginoa set to make his debut off the bench.

Eels: 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Ken Sio 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Jacob Loko 5. Cheyse Blair 6. Joseph Paulo 7. Chris Sandow 8. Mitchell Allgood 9. Matt Keating 10. Tim Mannah 11. Reni Maitua 12. Matthew Ryan 13. Ben Smith. Interchange: 14. Ben Roberts 15. Darcy Lussick 16. Fuifui Moimoi 17. Kelepi Tanginoa

Talkin' Teams: Almost at the end of the team of the round voting. Time for your votes on the best dummy half of round one.

Poll: Who was the best performing hooker of round one?

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Issac Luke (Rabbitohs)

43%

James Segeyaro (Panthers)

22%

Travis Waddell (Knights)

13%

Cameron Smith (Storm)

22%

Total votes: 98.

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Talkin' Teams: Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson suspended indefinitely by the Raiders, with Reece Robinson and Jack Wighton replacing them in the side. Robinson missed last week's game with a back injury, while Wighton shifts in from the wing to the centres. Shaun Fensom has been named despite being in doubt with a wrist injury.

Raiders: 1. Reece Robinson, 2. Sandor Earl, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Jack Wighton, 5. Edrick Lee, 6. Josh McCrone ©, 7. Sam Williams, 8. David Shillington © 9. Shaun Berrigan, 10. Dane Tilse, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Joel Thompson, 13. Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14. Matt McIlwrick, 15. Joel Edwards, 16. Brett White, 17. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, 18. Mark Nicholls.

Talkin' Teams: Rabbitohs side is in. Bryson Goodwin replaces the injured Beau Champion (shoulder) in the centres, while skipper Michael Crocker remains on the bench. Jeff Lima replaces the suspended Sam Burgess in the front row.

Rabbitohs: 1. Greg Inglis 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Dylan Farrell 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Andrew Everingham 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Jeff Lima 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Chris McQueen 12. Ben Te'o 13. Ben Lowe. Interchange: 14. Nathan Peats 15. Michael Crocker (c) 16. Dave Tyrrell 17. George Burgess 18. Jason Clark 19. Justin Hunt

Talkin' Teams: Here's Sonny Bill's stats from round one. 7 hit-ups for 65 metres, 26 tackles, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 1 line break, 1 try, 1 error and 1 penalty conceded. I know people were critical but that's not a bad effort when you break it down.

Talkin' Teams: Sonny Bill Williams to start for the Roosters on his return to New Zealand on Saturday night. He replaces Mitchell Aubusson, who drops back to a six-man bench. Going to be interesting to see what type of reception Williams gets in New Zealand.

Roosters: 1. Anthony Minichiello, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 6. James Maloney, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Sam Moa, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Frank-Paul Nu'uausala. Interchange: 14. Daniel Mortimer, 15. Martin Kennedy, 16. Mitchell Aubusson, 17. Luke O'Donnell, 19. Boyd Cordner, 22. Dylan Napa

Talkin' Teams: From the smallest men on the field to the biggest men. Who is your prop of the round?

Poll: Who was the best performing prop of round one?

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Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs)

35%

Tim Mannah (Eels)

13%

James Tamou (Cowboys)

5%

Jesse Bromwich (Storm)

4%

Andrew Fifita (Sharks)

10%

Willie Mason (Knights)

6%

George Burgess (Rabbitohs)

27%

Total votes: 171.

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Talkin' Teams: Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has named the same side that took the field against the Raiders last week. Wes Naiqama has an ankle problem and is in some doubt for Sunday afternoon's clash with the Tigers.

Panthers:1 Dean Whare, 2 Josh Mansour, 3 Wes Naiqama, 4 Geoff Daniela, 5 David Simmons, 6 Lachlan Coote, 7 Luke Walsh, 8 Sam Mckendry, 9 Kevin Kingston (C), 10 Tim Grant, 11 Sika Manu, 12 Lewis Brown, 13 Nathan Smith. Interchange: 14 James Segeyaro, 15 Nigel Plum, 16 Jeremy Latimore, 17 Clint Newton, 18 Adam Docker.

Talkin' Teams: The Raiders have stood down Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson indefinitely for disciplinary reasons.

“The club has strong policies in place and breaches of these policies are taken very seriously,” Raiders Coach David Furner said. “We have stood both Josh and Blake down for breaches of these policies and will determine punishment once we have concluded our investigations.”

Talkin' Teams: Who was your pick of the playmakers in round one? There were quite a few brilliant showings from the little No.7's in the game on the opening weekend of the competition. It's between Adam Reynolds and Chris Sandow for my vote.

Poll: Who was the best performing halfback of round one

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Kurt Gidley (Knights)

7%

Cooper Cronk (Storm)

12%

Chris Sandow (Eels)

28%

Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)

21%

Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs)

32%

Total votes: 195.

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Talkin' Teams: These are the players who missed the most tackles in round one. Not surprised to see three Wests Tigers players on that list.

Round one missed tackles: Chris Lawrence (6), Adam Blair (6), Scott Prince (6), Braith Anasta (5), Issac Luke (5), Lachlan Coote (5), Sebastine Ikahihfo (5).

Talkin' Teams: What kind of reception do you think Sonny Bill Williams will get at Eden Park on Saturday night as a Rooster against the Warriors? It'll be interesting to see how the fans treat him.

Talkin' Teams: Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has named an unchanged side. He's sticking with Corey Norman at fullback and Josh Hoffman on the wing.

Broncos: 1. Corey Norman 2. Josh Hoffman 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Scott Prince 7. Peter Wallace 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday (c) 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker, Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Ben Hannant 16. Mitchell Dodds 17. David Stagg 18. Scott Anderson

Talkin' Teams: There were a few stand-out performances from the No.6's on the weekend. I find it hard to go past Kieran Foran, although Jarrod Mullen might give him a run for his money for five-eighth of the round.

Poll: Who was the best performing five-eighth of round one?

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Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

53%

Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles)

23%

Lachlan Coote (Panthers)

5%

Todd Carney (Sharks)

6%

Jarrod Mullen (Knights)

13%

Total votes: 167.

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Talkin' Teams: Manly coach Geoff Toovey has named an unchanged side and has added new recruit from the Sydney Roosters, Tom Symonds, to an extended bench. Jason King is a chance of returning from injury against the Knights on Sunday, despite not being named.

Sea Eagles: 1. Brett Stewart 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Jamie Lyon (c) 4. Steve Matai 5. David Williams 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Matt Ballin 10. Brent Kite 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Justin Horo 13. Jamie Buhrer. Interchange: 14. Richie Fa’aoso 15. Joe Galuvao 16. David Gower 17. Jesse Sene-Lafao 20. Tom Symonds

Talkin' Teams: Check out Storm winger Mahe Fonua's dental work.

Happy days: Mahe Fonua of the Storm.

Happy days: Mahe Fonua of the Storm. Photo: Getty Images

Talkin' Teams: Who do you think was the best performing centre of round one? Steve Matai got the better of Justin Hodges on Friday night, while Jacob Loko made a strong return from injury for the Eels. Dane Gagai continued his good form under Wayne Bennett with another stand-out performance on Monday night.

Poll: Who was the best performing centre of round one?

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Jacob Loko (Eels)

17%

Kane Linnett (Cowboys)

7%

Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)

31%

Justin O'Neill (Storm)

4%

Dane Gagai (Knights)

30%

Justin Hodges (Broncos)

11%

Total votes: 207.

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Talkin' Teams: Here's some interesting stats from the opening weekend of the NRL. The Storm won their game with the second worst completion rate of the round. The Dragons had one of the best completion rates but still lost to the reigning premiers.

Best completion rates: Knights (85%), Rabbitohs (84%), Panthers (83%), Sea Eagles (79%), Dragons (79%)

Worst completion rates: Roosters (60%), Storm (64%), Raiders (68%), Eels (68%), Broncos (68%)

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Talkin' Teams: Dragons fans are divided on whether coach Steve Price should experiment with rookie Josh Drinkwater at halfback or persevere with Nathan Fien? What do you think will best suit the Dragons?

Talkin' Teams: Dragons name an unchanged line-up. Chase Stanley in doubt with a knee injury he suffered against the Storm. Daniel Vidot likely to come into the side to replace him if he's deemed unfit to take on the Broncos on Friday night.


Dragons: 1. Gerard Beale 2. Brett Morris 3. Chase Stanley 4. Matt Cooper 5.Jason Nightingale 6. Jamie Soward 7. Nathan Fien 8. Dan Hunt 9. Mitch Rein 10.Michael Weyman 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Ben Creagh (c) 13. Trent Merrin
Interchange: 14. Bronson Harrison 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Matt Prior 17. Cameron King 19.Jack Stockwell

Talkin' Teams: Who do you think was the best performing winger in round one? Merritt finished off nicely on Thursday night but Akuila Uate was special last night. Who was your stand-out performer?

Poll: Who was the best performing winger of round one?

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Josh Mansour (Panthers)

7%

Ken Sio (Eels)

7%

Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)

30%

Akuila Uate (Knights)

50%

Ashley Graham (Cowboys)

2%

James McManus (Knights)

4%

Total votes: 281.

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Talkin' Teams: Paul Suttor's power rankings for round one are up. 

1. Storm, 2. Rabbitohs, 3. Cowboys, 4. Sea Eagles, 5. Sharks, 6. Bulldogs, 7. Knights, 8. Broncos, 9. Roosters, 10. Eels, 11. Panthers, 12. Raiders, 13. Dragons, 14. Titans, 15. Tigers, 16. Warriors.

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Talkin' Teams: Knights coach Wayne Bennett has named an unchanged line-up for this Sunday's clash with Manly. Jarrod Mullen will play for the Knights despite suffering a hand injury in the 42-10 thrashing of the Wests Tigers last night. He was brilliant for the Knights last night, so too was Darius Boyd. I know it's only round one but Knights fans have every right to be excited about their premiership aspirations this year. And what about Dane Gagai, is he the most improved player in the NRL?

Knights: 1. Darius Boyd, 2. James McManus, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Anthony Quinn, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Kurt Gidley (c), 8. Kade Snowden, 9. Travis Waddell, 10. Willie Mason, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Chris Houston, 13. Jeremy Smith. Interchange: 14. Tyrone Roberts, 15. Neville Costigan, 16. Robbie Rochow, 17. Alex McKinnon, 18. David Fa’alogo

Talkin' Teams: Cowboys coach Neil Henry has no reason to change his side after their first round one win against grand finalists Canterbury. It won't get any easier for the Cowboys this week when they play host to the reigning premiers Melbourne on Saturday night.

Cowboys: 1. Matthew Bowen, 2. Ashley Graham, 3. Brent Tate, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. Johnathan Thurston (c), 7. Ray Thompson, 8. Matt Scott (c), 9. Scott Moore, 10. James Tamou, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Glenn Hall, 13. Dallas Johnson. Interchange: 14. Rory Kostjasyn, 15. Ashton Sims, 16. Tariq Sims, 17. Jason Taumalolo, 18. Clint Greenshields.

Talkin' Teams: Warriors team for their clash with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night. Coach Matthew Elliott has brought in Bill Tupou on to the wing to replace Manu Vatuvei, who suffered an ankle injury against the Eels last week that is expected to see him sidelined until at least round four. Feleti Mateo has been dropped back to the bench and has been replaced by Steve Rapira in the starting line-up.

Warriors: 1. Kevin Locke, 2. Glen Fisiiahi, 3. Dane Nielsen, 4. Konrad Hurrell, 5. Bill Tupou, 6. Thomas Leuluai, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Sam Rapira, 9. Elijah Taylor, 10. Ben Matulino, 11. Steve Rapira, 12. Simon Mannering (C), 13. Todd Lowrie. Interchange: 14. Jacob Lillyman, 15. Feleti Mateo, 16. Sebastine Ikahihifo, 17. Pita Godinet, 18. Ben Henry

Talkin' Teams: Today we're going to run through all the positions and get your votes on which players were the stand-out performers in their positions in round one. The Herald readers' team of the week will feature in tomorrow's Sydney Morning Herald. Let's start with the fullbacks and arguably the most contentious spot up for grabs. Inglis was superb for the Bunnies on Thursday night but what a sight it was to see the Hayne Plane in full flight against the Warriors. Billy Slater was at his usual best against the Dragons but perhaps the most refreshing performance of the weekend by the No.1's was the return to form of Darius Boyd. He was disappointing last season but looks primed for a big year in 2013.

Poll: Who was the best performing fullback of round one?

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Jarryd Hayne (Eels)

29%

Darius Boyd (Knights)

12%

Billy Slater (Storm)

8%

Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs)

51%

Total votes: 324.

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Talkin' Teams: The Titans really surprised me against the Sharks. Albert Kelly and Aidan Sezer were very impressive in the halves and showed plenty of promise in their first hit-out together. I like the fact Cartwright has again left big Dave Taylor on the bench. I'm all for players having to earn their stripes at new clubs. The fact the Titans have two big-boppers in the centres says a lot about the way they want to play this year. They lack genuine strikepower in the backline but if they get close enough to the tryline, they'll back themselves to crash over the line.

Talkin' Teams: Gold Coast Titans coach Johnny Cartwright has named his side for round two. He's named the same side that went down 12-10 to the Sharks on Sunday night.

Titans: 1. William Zillman, 2. Kevin Gordon, 3. Brad Takairangi, 4. Jamal Idris, 5. David Mead, 6. Aidan Sezer, 7. Albert Kelly, 8. Luke Douglas, 9. Matt Srama, 10. Nate Myles, 11. Greg Bird, 12. Ben Ridge, 13. Ashley Harrison. Interchange: 14. Dave Taylor, 15. Luke Bailey, 16. Ryan James, 17. Beau Falloon, 18. Luke O' Dwyer

Talkin' Teams has made it back for round two. Homework has been complete, now it's time to run through all that's happening in rugby league as the coaches name their teams for the second round of the NRL season.

That's it from Sportsday Live. But stay tuned as Michael Chammas takes over with Talkin' Teams. The Sportsday Live blog will resume tomorrow at 8.30am.

 

Surfing. Defending world champion Joel Parkinson has reached the quarter-finals of the season-opening event on the Gold Coast. Parkinson overcame a spirited challenge from Adam Melling at Snapper Rocks today to reach the last eight where he’ll take on Julian Wilson.

Basketball. In an update on Matthew Dellavedova and St Mary's efforts to beat Gonzaga in NCAA's West Coast Conference final, Gonzaga lead 60-45 with 3:32 remaining. Dellavedova has struggled and has justo two points to his name.

Cricket. Here is a video report of the memes on Australia's homework dramas.

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Football. The absence of striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will hurt Schalke heading into this morning's second leg Champions League tie with Galatasaray in Germany. If the Germans are able to keep the Turkish side scoreless they are through to the next round after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Istanbul.

League. South Sydney prop Jeff Lima expects the ongoing doping investigation of Cronulla to galvanise the players, having been a part of the NRL’s most recent club in crisis. Lima hit rock bottom with Melbourne in 2010 when the NRL stripped the Storm of two premierships and declared they wouldn’t be playing for points in that campaign. While the situation facing the Sharks is less dire at this stage, the spectre of ASADA investigation is following every player under the microscope. ‘‘I feel sorry for the players. I’ve been in a similar situation before a couple of years ago,’’ Lima said, referencing the Storm’s season that had nothing riding on it.

Rugby. Wallabies halfback Will Genia will hit the ground running in his long-awaited Super Rugby comeback from a knee reconstruction on Saturday night. Queensland confirmed Genia would not only take up the captaincy reins but also start against the Western Force in their Suncorp Stadium clash. Genia said he was returning a week earlier than first planned but would only play the first half against the Force. ‘‘Hopefully from then on I will be playing the full 80,’’ he said in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Badminton. Anyone who has ever whacked a shuttlecock will appreciate this blinding piece of play by Julien Miao a couple of weeks back.

Basketball. No Tony Parker no dramas for the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs lead Oklahoma City 102-87 with just over three minutes remaining. Does this make the Spurs the team most likely to come out of the Western Conference and reach the NBA Finals?

PHIL LUTTON: Cricket. Pat Howard up in just over two hours. I'm predicting a fiery press conference as we try to find some answers to what has gone down in India. There's a lot bubbling away under the surface as well, so this story is going to have some legs. A classic case of 'stay tuned'.

Tennis. Seeded players Roger Federer, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Rafael Nadal have all progressed to the next round of the ATP event at Indian Wells. Nadal didn't even need to play. His opponent, Leonardo Mayer, forfeited the match.

League.  Michael Chammas is in the building. Under the threat of a 2,000-word essay from sports editor Ben Coady if he doesn't do a good job, the young bloke is ready for Talkin' Teams. He will take over at 2pm.

Cricket. The memes have been running hot. Shane Watson is copping it.

Shane Watson has borne the brunt of the criticism,

Shane Watson has borne the brunt of the criticism,

GEORGINA ROBINSON: Rugby. The Waratahs have taken their weekend drubbing to heart, training for nearly two hours in the baking sun at Moore Park today. They enlisted some guns for hire as well, with new kicking consultant and Fairfax Media columnist Matt Burke putting the backs through their paces and Wallabies forwards coach Andrew Blades working on the scrum after the squad trained together. Coach Michael Cheika will tomorrow name the team to take on the Cheetahs at Allianz Stadium here in Sydney on Friday night. There will be changes. Berrick Barnes looks good to go in the starting XV. The Waratahs need some leadership out there if they get themselves into the sort of pickle they were in against the Brumbies last weekend. Barnes would be part of the answer, lending a cool head and some voice to a back line that is still very much learning as they go.

DAVID SYGALL: Cricket. Eerily quiet at Sydney Airport arrivals as the gathered media wonder if Shane Watson was on  flight SQ23, which arrived from Singapore 20 minutes ago. We’re hoping Watson can shed more light on what's gone terribly wrong in the Australian cricket team and how he's dealing with being dropped for disciplinary reasons. Next flight from Singapore arrives about 8.30pm. Could be a long day.

Cricket. In case you missed Will Brodie’s round-up of the (predictably gleeful) English reaction to the Australian cricket shambles, you can read it here. Read the full story here

League. More news from Canberra. Josh Dugan hasn't turned up to training today and the talk now is that his contract may be torn up. Read the full story here

DANIEL SANKEY: UFC. Massive news for Australian fighters in the past few days. It's just been confirmed that Sydney-based light heavyweight Jamie Te Huna will fight top-ranked Brazilian Glover Teixeira at UFC 160 in May. The news comes hot on the heels of confirmation that fellow Sydneysider Mark Hunt will take on former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos on the same card. Hunt gets his chance following an injury to Alistair Overeem, the man who ended Brock Lesnar's mixed martial arts career. Te Huna and Hunt join Sydney's The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes welterweight winner Robert Whittaker, who faces Colton Smith — meaning there'll be three Aussies in action on the same night at the famed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Read the full report here.

Golf. Is Bubba Watson tempting fate? if you though the Golf Boys videos were cause enough for concern, the 2012 Masters champion is reported to have purchased the house where it all went wrong for Tiger Woods. Yep, the house made famous by the 2009 car accident that started Woods' downward spiral. Good luck Bubba.

 

Basketball. Australian Olympian Matthew Dellavedova and his St Mary's Gaels are taking on Gonzaga in the NCAA's West Coast Conference final right now. Gonzaga, the No.1 ranked team in men's college basketball, lead 31-21 with just under five minutes remaining in the first half. A name worth noting for Gonzaga is one David Stockton. You guessed, he is the sone on NBA great John Stockton.

Football. Forgetting drugs and homework for a minute, there is a Champions League match on in the morning that is worth watching. The mighty Barcelona are in an almighty hole heading into the second leg of their round of 16 tie with AC Milan. The Italians scored a 2-0 win at the San Siro in the opening leg in a mastergful performance. Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and co. need to do something special to book a spot in the last eight. If the rossoneri get the job done they will join Juventus, who are already through. Don't worry Arsenal fans, your boys won't get knocked out until Thursday.

Motor sport.  If Daniel Ricciardo is to someday succeed Mark Webber at Red Bull, he believes he must do something exceptional this Formula One season.The 23-year-old West Australian driver starts his second full F1 season at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne with Red Bull’s junior outfit Toro Rosso. Ricciardo spent 2012 hovering at the fringe of the top 10 and picking up regular minor points. But Ricciardo believes more of the same won’t be enough for him to eventually step from a mid-grid team to the sport’s pointy end. ‘‘If myself and (Toro Rosso teammate) Jean-Eric (Vergne) are just matching each other this year, it’s probably not going to be enough,’’ Ricciardo said on Tuesday.

Vote now. What's your take on homework gate?

Poll: Did Mickey Arthur and Michael Clarke make the right decision in standing down Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja for failing to do their 'homework'?

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Yes - it's not as if they were asked to write an essay about the meaning of the madeleine cake in Rememberance Of Things Past

35%

No - it's modern management gone mad. How many assignments did Thommo ever complete?

65%

Total votes: 1915.

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League. Michael Chammas is warming up as we speak for round two of Talkin' Teams. What will happen this week. Will the Tigers throw out the baby with the bathwater after last night's debacle? What will the Raiders do? Those questions and more will be answered when Chammas takes over at 2pm.

League. Defiant Manly players remain confident they won’t be brought undone by the anti-doping investigation which has rocked NRL rivals Cronulla, but coach Geoff Toovey has demanded his club either be charged or cleared as soon as possible.

‘‘We were one of the clubs named (in the ASADA report) so we’re expecting (it, and) hopefully it will be sooner rather than later,’’ Toovey said on Tuesday.‘‘All the players and the club are looking forward to playing football and getting this out of the way. It has been (an ugly week for Cronulla). It’s not great for the game so that’s why we’re all hoping it’s finalised as soon as possible."

Cricket. You just know this'll be good.... Peter Fitzsimons has filed on Homeworkgate. Take it away, Fitzy....

"Thank you, Miss Smithers, please show young Mickey Arthur in.

Right, now, young Arthur, I presume you know why you have been called to the Principal’s office? It’s about the 1st X1. Yes, yes, yes, I know, I know, the lads you have dropped didn’t do the assignment you set for them, and that is extremely naughty of them. Naughty, naughty, naughty."

Read the full column here.

PAUL SUTTOR: Basketball. Philadelphia are on the verge of causing a major NBA boilover, leading the playoffs-bound Brooklyn Nets 94-89 late in the 4th quarter. Oklahoma lead San Antonio 27-18 while the late game features Detroit away to Utah.

#hoopsheaven

MICHAEL CHAMMAS: League. Bulldogs centre Krisnan Inu has told former teammate Jarryd Hayne "I'm coming for you" in Thursday night's clash between Canterbury and Parramatta at ANZ Stadium.

More later....

League. Mick Potter suffered a baptism of fire last night when his Wests Tigers ran into a Newcastle Knights side Wayne Bennett looks to have in ominous shape. Here's the highlights from a 42-10 victory that was as one-sided as the scoreline suggests.

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The funnies keep coming this morning. Here's a Gatorade bath gone wrong, from a basketball game in the States:

League. NRL CEO Dave Smith addressed the media on the situation at Cronulla this morning, saying the  league had done everything in its power to support the club.

‘‘In the past 4-5 days we’ve seen a difficult situation for the Cronulla club, what we have done (is offer support)..." Smith said.  "I was working with the board extensively last week. I think the board acted decisively after an independent review they did. We’ve put in a CEO, we’ve put in a fiance person. We’ve put a person to help with the welfare of the players and the fans and the community.

‘‘We’re trying to support them. The key thing is we get Cronulla through that situation. The key thing is we do whatever we can do to help.’’

Cricket. Australia's decision to stand down four players for the third Test (not to mention their abysmal form in the first two Tests) has been reflected in the latest odds. TAB Sportsbet have the tourists out to a massive $6 to win, with the draw $2.55 and India paying $1.93.

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Football.  Reading sacked manager Brian McDermott on Monday as the English Premier League strugglers look to breathe new life into their bid to avoid relegation.

McDermott led Reading into the top-flight as Championship winners last season, but he has paid the price for failing to lift the Royals away from the bottom three. A 2-1 home defeat against fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday proved the final straw for Reading owner Anton Zingarevich and just 48 hours later the club released a statement confirming McDermott had been dismissed.

Full story here.

On this day … in 1910: The colourful boxer and actor “Two-Ton” Tony Galento, was born. Surprisingly, the stogie-smoking pugilist who trained on beer, hamburgers and spaghetti, didn’t get his nickname for his weight. Once when late to a fight, he gave the excuse: “I had two tons of ice to deliver.” Galento (80-26-5 57KO) appeared in the classic film On the Waterfront and, unlike Marlon Brando, he was a contender. He fought Joe Louis for the world heavyweight title in 1939. The pair traded knockdowns before the heavily favoured Louis won by TKO in the fourth. Ding-ding…

Here we go... apropos of absolutely nothing, the Rugby League Writers' Association has just tweeted this epic stink from the Tigers-Titans game in 2010.

Sports awards. Usain Bolt has been named sportsman of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards, with Europe’s Ryder Cup golfers honoured as the best team.

Sprinter Bolt won his third Laureus Award after another dominant Olympic performance on the track at London, winning the gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. The European Ryder Cup team was rewarded at the Laureus sports awards function in Rio de Janeiro on Monday for their remarkable rally against the US at Medinah.

British heptathlete Jessica Ennis was chosen the sportswoman of 2012, while Andy Murray was named the top breakthrough athlete and Felix Sanchez the main comeback athlete. Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner was the winner in the action category after becoming the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound. Brazil’s Daniel Dias won the disability award.

Dominant force: Usain Bolt won the sprint treble at last year's Olympics in London

Dominant force: Usain Bolt won the sprint treble at last year's Olympics in London Photo: AFP

Rugby. Ireland delayed their team announcement for Saturday's clash with Italy by 48 hours as they struggle with an injury crisis that threatens to rob champion centre Brian O'Driscoll of a potential Six Nations farewell.

O'Driscoll suffered concussion, a lacerated ear and a dead leg in the 13-13 draw with France over the weekend and the veteran is facing a race against time to appear in what could be his last Six Nations match.

The 34-year-old's current contract with the Irish Rugby Union expires later this year and he has hinted he may opt to retire soon.

Full story here

Tennis. Sam Stosur had some second-set wobbles but safely advanced to the fourth round of the WTA tournament at an earthquake-hit Indian Wells in California on Monday. The 28-year-old Australian was too good for China’s 32nd-seed Peng Shuai 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to book a spot in the last 16, where she will face either Ana Ivanovic or Mona Barthel.

A 4.7 earthquake, which originated from an epicentre just 50km from Indian Wells, proved the most exciting moment of Rafael Nadal’s morning as he moved into the fourth round of the joint WTA-ATP tournament thanks to a walkover. ‘‘I was very scared. First time in my life,’’ said Nadal, adding he was so alarmed to feel a massage table move beneath him, his legs were shaking when he got up.

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SHANE BRADY: Cricket. Building a team culture is a bit like sex. If you're talking about it, you're not doing it. You shouldn't need an MBA or even an OHS certificate to coach a cricket side. This preoccupation with touchy-feely management speak in professional sport today not only goes against the grain, it's downright un-Australian. You know, the Australia before it became the world's biggest nanny state.

Is it any coincidence that Michael Clarke is performing so well while the rest of the team isn't? That's not to say we should return to beer drinking comps on the plane to London but it's time for some good old-fashioned leadership. Names like Steve Waugh and Allan Border spring to mind.
Better still, bring on the Boof!

 

Tennis. Sam Stosur had some second-set wobbles but safely advanced to the fourth round of the WTA tournament at an earthquake-hit Indian Wells in California on Monday. The 28-year-old Australian was too good for China’s 32nd-seed Peng Shuai 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to book a spot in the last 16, where she will face either Ana Ivanovic or Mona Barthel.

A 4.7 earthquake, which originated from an epicentre just 50km from Indian Wells, proved the most exciting moment of Rafael Nadal’s morning as he moved into the fourth round of the joint WTA-ATP tournament thanks to a walkover. ‘‘I was very scared. First time in my life,’’ said Nadal, adding he was so alarmed to feel a massage table move beneath him, his legs were shaking when he got up.

Cricket. Here's one you've been waiting for - Richard Hinds has filed on the "Homeworkgate" shambles.

"So Australia has drawn a line in the sand. An important first move for any beach cricket team. Unexplained - or articulated by coach Micky Arthur and captain Michael Clarke - the decision to suspend four players from the third Test because they failed to complete a post-match self-examination did not invite ridicule. It dragged it into the living room, sat it down on the couch and plied it with champagne and caviar."

READ HIS FULL COLUMN HERE

Cricket. This from Lawrence Booth, also of the Guardian: "... the idea of a three-point presentation to solve Australia's woes is cricket's equivalent of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. Australia just ain't that good any more. Coaches are supposed to manage crises, not exacerbate them."

Cricket. The normally sober Guardian has not been holding back. The first sentence of its report on the controversy? "Four months from the Ashes and Australian cricket has become a global laughing stock…"

After Australia's ignominious second Test defeat, the paper's Vic Marks was already asking if the defence of the Ashes was a "formality", saying: "Australia are in a mess. As Merv Hughes, who was in the stands in Hyderabad as a tour leader, might be observing at this very moment: 'The Australians currently appear to be stuck between Scylla and Charybdis in the manner of Homer's Odysseus.' Or, if in a hurry, he might just say: 'We're buggered.'"

Cricket. England Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff has summed up the mood in world cricket, tweeting: "Amazing 4 Aussie players banned for not doing homework , I thought letting them play in the next test would be punishment enough #3-0india."

The English, already bemused by Australia's pitiful performances in India, where its own team just won a four-Test series 2-1, did not hold back.

Former Test swing bowler Matthew Hoggard told the BBC he was "baffled" by the "unbelievable" sackings.
"They have not been out until four in the morning. They have not been jumping off ferries or putting hands through doors.

"I know Shane Watson and he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Getting him to write things out and put them in front of the coach is not going to be his strong point."

JIM MORRISON: Football. Now this one is probably a million miles away from most people's radar, but the once-mighty Dunfermline Athletic are on their knees. The 128th year of the Scottish first division football club's existence could be their last, as a public meeting on Monday, attended by 800-odd fans, heard.

The club is mired in debt, has not paid players properly for five months, has been served with a writ by British customs to recover a sizeable debt, and faces the very real prospect of liquidation within weeks. Pray for them.

League. Don't forget Michael "The Hammer" Chammas will be on from around 2pm with Talkin' Teams, bringing you the NRL team lists for round two as they are announced.

Cricket. Now here's a chance that's too good to pass up: What should Phil Lutton ask Pat Howard at this afternoon's media conference? Let us know via the comments to the right....

League. Canberra will address the Josh Dugan/Blake Ferguson situation this afternoon:

Drugs in sport. We suspect the answer can be found in Roy Masters' column today.

 "The drugs saga threatens to be a protracted one because ASADA is under-resourced. A standard interview involves two ASADA staffers quizzing a player/official, often three times. Transcripts of the interview are then prepared. ASADA usually have six investigations running simultaneously, sometimes simply the import of a steroid assigned to a sub district rugby union player."

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Chloe Saltau: Cricket. Australia's four recalcitrant cricketers have lost their privileges. If that sounds like toddler stuff, perhaps it's a fair enough response to behaviour that has ranged from self-absorbed to slack.

The punishment is unquestionably harsh - it takes a level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct to be rubbed out for a Test - but coach Mickey Arthur clearly thought it was the only way to get through to them.

The bigger question is how it came to this and - if this is a tipping point - why the problems weren't addressed sooner. Shane Watson's public campaign to open the batting hinted at his self-centered mindset, and of a warped culture. It remains to be seen whether this crackdown enhances the authority of Arthur and Michael Clarke or creates further divisions.

Drugs in sport. Fairfax's sit-down sports expert Rupert Guinness makes a valid point:

League. Caption contest time - Here's Jason Nightingale and Cameron King in the midst of what we'll have to assume is some sort of recovery session. We've supplied the bog-standard caption but there has to be a better one out there - over to you, SDL readers....

Recovery: Dragons Jason Nightingale and Cameron King go through their paces at North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club following Sunday's loss to Melbourne.

Recovery: Dragons Jason Nightingale and Cameron King go through their paces at North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club following Sunday's loss to Melbourne. Photo: Lisa McMahon

Homeworkgate. Here's the opinion owe've all been waiting for: Tom T Raudonikis weighs in. We're 99 per cent sure this isn't the real Tommy, but still....

JIM MORRISON: Wellness reports? Homework assignments? It used to be that you only got dropped from the Australian test team if you couldn’t put away two dozen cans on the flight to London. It’s no wonder the likes of Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Darren Lehman are up in arms.

But back in their day, the Australian Test team was a different beast - ruthless and all-conquering. About the best that can be said of this side is that it is inconsistent. At its worst, as in the last Test at Hyderabad, it is absolutely howling.

Are the failing standards of discipline alluded to by Mickey Arthur to blame for the poor performances, or is this ‘breach’ a rebellion against overweening micro-management that has turned the pride of Australian cricket into a basket case? I tend towards the latter view. But I’m Scottish - what would I know about cricket?

Anyway I’ll be taking you through till midday - keeping tabs on the fallout from Homeworkgate, Josh Dugan’s troubles and more.

Cricket. And here's the spin doctor.

Cricket. And here's the view from The Guardian on our cricketers.

Michael Clarke has never seemed a natural fit as Australia's captain with the hint of bling, the high-profile relationship with Lara Bingle and that slightly boyish demeanour that saddled him with the nickname of Pup. Even his blond hair stirs memories of Kim Hughes, the predecessor who will always be remembered for resigning in tears after years of being bullied by the great West Indies team and occasionally by his own team-mates.

It is clearly stretching a point to suggest that the decision not to consider four players for this week's third Test against India – which prompted Clarke's vice–captain, Shane Watson, to fly home and consider his international future – increases the likelihood of another tearful resignation at some stage during the back-to-back Ashes series which Australia must contest over the next 10 months.

But if Australia are to defy the odds and recapture the urn in England this summer, their captain is going to have to play a blinder.

Read more here.

Phil Lutton: Cricket. Bizarre selections, weird rotations, fast-tracking underdone 'project' players, hidings in India and now this.

Sure, the players probably should have fired off an email, but Mickey Arthur and to an extent, Michael Clarke, have lost the plot.

Arthur must go before the Ashes. We are already a laughing stock - lets hope this nonsense is the final punchline for a management team that can't see the forest for the trees.

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League. Following the story about Josh Dugan breaking team rules on drinking while injured, the Canberra fullback sent out this tweet this morning.

League. Sacked Cronulla doctor Dave Givney says he will take legal action over his axing from the NRL club.

After 28 years of service, Givney was dismissed last Friday along with football manager Darren Mooney, head trainer Mark Noakes and physiotherapist Konrad Schultz while coach Shane Flanagan was stood down.

The Sharks board claimed their staff shake-up was not related to any use of banned substances, but rather ‘‘serious management failures’’ during a three-month period in 2011 when sports scientist Stephen Dank worked at the club.

Dank reportedly severed ties with the club after a clash with Givney.The veteran doctor, who was also the Australian and NSW team medico during his career, said  he has spoken to lawyers over his sacking.‘‘After meeting with my lawyer today I’ve decided to take legal action,’’ Givney told The Australian.

Cricket. And here come the Poms.

Sebastian Hassett: Cricket. Though it could go down like a lead ballon with the Australian public, Mickey Arthur deserves support for deciding enough is enough and sending four players packing.

Arthur's popularity may well take a hit but in the team's long-term interests, some players need to think long and hard about putting the national cause ahead of self-interest. The "good, hard ruthless culture" desired by the South African about hasn't been present in years.

Full marks also to Michael Clarke for backing his coach and speaking passionately about the "honour" of representing Australia and not taking it for granted. Clearly, those four did exactly that.

Michael Chammas: League. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No … it's a squirrel. Just as the Parramatta fullback began to rack up the frequent flyer points, the Hayne plane is on the verge of being grounded.

Jarryd Hayne is contemplating replacing his famous post-try celebration with the ''squirrel'' dance synonymous with his NFL hero, Ray Lewis.

And check out Lewis in action here.

 

Cricket. Here's the video report from Mickey Arthur's press conference.

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Football. The fallout from the Mohamed bin Hammam corruption scandal in world football led to FIFA suspending another leading Asian member of its executive committee on Monday.

Vernon Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka has been banned from taking part in any football activities for up to 90 days ‘‘to prevent interference with the establishment of the truth’’ during an ethics investigation, FIFA said. The suspension relates to the investigation by FIFA prosecutor Michael J Garcia into the alleged misuse of Asian Football Confederation accounts.

Cricket. C'mon Fitzy, stop sitting on the fence and tell us what you really think.

Jon Tuxworth: League. Canberra Raiders star Josh Dugan faces possible sanctions after admitting to management on Monday that he had breached the club's strict alcohol policy for injured players.

A Raiders official said on Monday night that Dugan and team-mate Blake Ferguson had confirmed to the the club they had been drinking.

Chris Barrett: Cricket. It wasn't by coincidence that Mickey Arthur described Monday's stunning development in India as Australia's ''Kevin Pietersen'' moment.

The standing down of four squad members - including the vice-captain Shane Watson - is the head coach's undeniable statement that enough is enough. It has already echoed around the cricket world.

Cricket. No surprises that Shane Warne took to Twitter about the situation with the Australian cricket team.

Paul Suttor: Cricket. The players stuffed up by not showing commitment when they didn't fulfil their duty by making their presentation but dumping them from a Test is both an over-reaction and a luxury this Australian team cannot afford.

Make them do laps, sweep out the sheds, fine them or make them stand in front of their teammates and explain why they couldn't be bothered to complete what seems to be a simple task. But axing them will divide the dressing room and also mean some out-of-form players will receive an ill-deserved Test cap.

Cricket. What do you think of the axing of the four players from the Test squad?

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Glenn Jackson: League. Asked what he would offer to the debutant Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter, the 658-match veteran Wayne Bennett, thought for a moment, smiled slightly and uttered: "Welcome."

Bennett's Newcastle Knights had dished up a lesson for Potter's Tigers, and the newcomer to the premiership was scratching for positives.

Today's back page of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Today's back page of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Here's today back page. Chris Barrett reported on the axing of the four players from the Australian cricket squad, while Michael Chammas had the story about how Shane Flanagan is still playing an active role in coaching the Sharks.

Ben Coady: Welcome to SportsDay Live. Most of us have handed in our homework (unlike Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja), although we’re waiting for Chris Roots’s long division assignment. We’ll be keeping up to date with reaction to the axing of the four cricketers, plus all the news that happens in sport.

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  • Michael I'm seeing reports that Shane Flanagan might be reinstated very soon. Can you shed any more light on this?

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    Dr Avi
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    March 12, 2013, 3:21PM
    • It will all depend on what happens with the board. It's all speculation at the moment but it's definitely not out of the question.

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      Michael Chammas
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      March 12, 2013, 3:28PM
  • Be interesting to see how both the Eels and Knights back up in round 2. They both played well against woeful opponents, so I suspect weet a better indication of where they are this week!

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    MjD
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    March 12, 2013, 2:51PM
    • The Knights are the real deal but you can't say the same about the Eels just yet. The Warriors were terrible but you have to pay credit to the Eels, they were pretty strong. Can't wait to see how they go against the Bulldogs on Thursday night.

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      Michael Chammas
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      March 12, 2013, 2:57PM
  • Michael, I'm a Dragons fan and there has been a lot of comments after Sunday that we should go to Josh Drinkwater instead of Nathan Fien at No 7. What do you think? I think that he displayed enough in the Charity Shield to worth having a shot with him at half?

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    BrettM
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    March 12, 2013, 2:48PM
    • I like what I saw from Drinkwater in the Charity Shield. He's not afraid to take the line on and the Dragons need somebody like that. Soward isn't going to change his ways and you know exactly what you're going to get from Nathan Fien. You have to remember how good of a football side they were up against on Sunday, so you won't get a true gauge of where they are at until this weekend.

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      Michael Chammas
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      March 12, 2013, 2:56PM
  • Michael, I'm tipping a big year for the Knights as Wayne Bennett has had a year to set up his processes and systems and the players know what is expected. I am saying Top 4 - what do you think?

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    BrettM
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    March 12, 2013, 2:36PM
    • Yeah, I couldn't agree more with you, Brett. They looked very good last night and they looked impressive towards the end of last season. They are building to something special and top four is definitely not out of their reach.

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      Michael Chammas
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      March 12, 2013, 2:43PM
  • Michael, do you think the Cowboys will finally get over the inability to win outside of Townsville?

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    BrettM
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    March 12, 2013, 2:32PM
    • I think this could be their year. They were pretty strong in Gosford against the Bulldogs on Saturday night. They have enough players who've played representative football so playing away from Townsville is only going to get easier for them.

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      Michael Chammas
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      March 12, 2013, 2:37PM
  • Where's Vatuvei & when will The Beast be back?

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    Sinbad Gordon
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    March 12, 2013, 2:30PM
    • Vatuvei has an ankle injury he suffered in round one and isn't expected back until round four. Bad news for you Warriors fans.

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      Michael Chammas
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      March 12, 2013, 2:42PM
  • So poorly managed. Good managers don't drive divisions in teams. Obviously these guys just have no people management skills. Even if this was some key big important crucial exercise that would change the way they played in the next test, it still should have been handled in-house. Actions like this create division. Clarke is an autocrat and that is fine, but even autocrats like S Waugh knew better than to piss off their team mates. You think Warne got on well with everyone? Such an over reaction with the punishment causing more harm than good.

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    Michael
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    March 12, 2013, 2:02PM
  • I could not agree with Peter Fitzsimmons more. How 80s to do all this American claptrap.It never went down well then with Australians and certainly is not appropriate now. Surely we have more sophisticated ways of dealing with problems within the team.Who is this guy anyway!!

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    Stella346
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    March 12, 2013, 1:44PM
  • The issue for me isn't the homework itself. It's the 'we work as a team and do it my way' approach by that clown Arthur. If we were at the top of the tree and smashing our opposition, fine...but we're going backwards at an alarming rate under his tenure. If players are against his approach, there's probably a reason why. Arthur won't win us matches. The likes of Pattinson will.

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    AdrianN
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    March 12, 2013, 1:19PM
  • Why does every bloody scandel or controversy these days require the suffix of 'gate'? How about just calling these topics what they are?

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    GrandeVentiChief
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    March 12, 2013, 1:06PM
  • I'm so pleased that a sporting management team finally has the guts to put the team before winning...other Australian sports teams take note !!!
    For too long sports people with egos have been treated mildly because of their status. One rule for all, 'don't comply you don't play'!!!!

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    melboy
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    March 12, 2013, 12:50PM
  • Laugable reaction by most. Bottom line is they did not comply with the TEAM protocol, therefore the TEAM comes first.
    To those of you criticising this decision, you have no idea what has transpired previously & Clarke has made it quite clear there has been more. I agree wholeheartedly with the decision made by team management, better to 'gut' these NON TEAM players from the team. They will get another chance, to not trip over their egos, whether they take it or not is their decision.

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    melboy
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    March 12, 2013, 12:46PM
  • Brydon Coverdale on espncricinfo could not have said it better. Professionals with poor attitudes shouldn't be playing. It is an honour and a privilege to play for your country. If you can't be bothered to come up with 3 bullet points then don't bother turning up at all. As for Watson's comments about his future - he shouldn't be picked for Australia again. The game is bigger than him and 2 hundreds in 40 tests tells you everything you need to know.

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    Common Sense
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    March 12, 2013, 12:24PM
  • Time to bring back corporal punishment.
    Getting six of the best did me the world of good.

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    Bazza
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    March 12, 2013, 11:58AM
  • While the homework might have been relevant for the guys who were playing - I am not sure why MJ and UK needed to do this homework too - there is only so much they can say about why being water-boys is so important to the team. If they were playing on the other hand, they should probably need to do a bit more explaining like SW and JP.

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    Windrew
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    March 12, 2013, 11:49AM
  • One good thing about homework gate... no one is talking about the Sharks today!

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    MjD
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    March 12, 2013, 11:43AM
  • I really feel for these guys. They had assumed that their homework too, was part of the rotation policy.

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    RIPAustCricket
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    March 12, 2013, 11:28AM
  • The coach and the captain are looking for excuse to lose the Series by pointing figures to the players. If they lost the rest of the games, it is because the 4 players not behaving not because Micky and PUP cannot lead and have not ideas how to improve the team. They are in a stage of seeking the players to contribute to management, isn't that sad for Aust cricket.

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    Mick
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    March 12, 2013, 11:23AM
  • Respect has to be earned not imposed. Coach did not have respect from the team means he is not doing his job right. Forcing the team to obey him would not create a united team. Team spirit, coach, need to be generate from heart not by punishment. Missing assignment get one test off, what if drinking till let, will that get more serious punishment. Mutual respect is the moist important. Captain is a good player but no leadership skill, only an elegant snobbish kid wanting team to respect him and obey him. Bad luck for Australia.

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    Mick
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    March 12, 2013, 11:18AM
  • I'm amazed at Khawaja being one of them. There's been plenty of talk of him being given a much deserved chance, (even earlier than this Indian series), so you would think he would be doing everything in his power to stay on the right side for selection, yet he doesn't? Strange approach from him. If I were in his position and the coach asked me to run around the hotel once in my underwear, I'd do it twice just to make sure..

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    AJ
    Location
    Adelaide
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 11:14AM
  • Khawaja has an attitude problem? I havent heard him come out and bag the selectors and management IN PUBLIC like somebody's batting coach....

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    IRONIC
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    March 12, 2013, 11:09AM
  • Bat well, bowl well, field well are they the three things?

    Seriously is the dumbest moment in sport in my lifetime. I vote yes. Two of the guys weren't picked in the first two tests and Pattinson was by far our best bowler and they drop him for this.

    On the plus side, my 12 year old daughter is extremely conscientious about handing work in on time and she has a very pleasant personality, which in my opinion will help to raise morale. Pick her straight away!!

    Finally, in summary, wow and wow again.

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    BuffAndroid
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    March 12, 2013, 10:52AM
    • Those are the three things, yes, but have they been doing them well? If the answer to that was yes, then there wouldn't have been homework to do, would there? Honestly, don't you expect the coach to try something different when the team performance has been so poor?

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      rudy
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      March 12, 2013, 1:14PM
    • So if you were asked to do this homework, as an elite player, how would you reply in a way that was meaningful and not some cliched motherhood statement?
      Cricket homework is practicing, not writing.
      This is the sort of thing really bad managers get people to do and that is to come up with some 'make work' task, that makes them feel like they are being proactive, but which will not do anything to solve the problems, which really are a lack of batting talent, especially against spinners.

      However, if it turns out that Waratahs do lines to help them tackle after their loss to the Brumbies, or that Usain Bolt trains by typing, 'must run faster', then I'll change my mind. Better still we might see under-performing students forced into long net sessions.

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      BuffAndroid
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      March 12, 2013, 3:01PM
  • Sorry Sir, my assignment's late but I have a note from my Mum (a la Warnie) /stylist/media coach. Here are my 3 paragraphs -
    1. Send Mickey back to SA
    2. Transfer John Inverarity to the Labor Party's ThinkTank - he'd fit in well there?
    3. Transfer Pat Howard to the Waratahs - another perfect fit? And for extra marks please
    4. Put is all on performance contracts

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    Chris in Sydney
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 10:31AM
    • Likes this

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      Rob
      Location
      North Sydney
      Date and time
      March 12, 2013, 11:21AM
  • No Problem.
    I will bring bat, hat and my balls.
    Micky you bring your Kindy teaching certificate and we can use it s a start to burn you and the other morons in charge

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    amazed at the "bosses"
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    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 10:27AM
  • Don't know if I agree on the punishment for the gang of four, but the coach has to be able to enforce discipline. The public is likely to be seeing the straw which broke the camel's back, rather than an isolated incident. Unfortunately for the team it's going to appear this way and people are going to make fun of them.

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    Timbo
    Location
    Grafton
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 10:27AM
  • Thanks CA for distracting me from the heartache of the Sharks by grabbing some headlines. Unfortunately, I also love the baggy green so I'm not sure it is helping much. I put the blame fairly and squarely on cricket from grass roots though to domestic level. I think State players need to spend less time in the nets and more time writing paragraphs to prepare them for Test Cricket. Then they could bowl and play spin better on dusty sub continent wickets. Oh and why is it when we put foreign coaches in charge of national teams, they go to @#$%. Robbie Deans and Mickey Arthur, please go home.

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    Rob
    Location
    North Sydney
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 10:21AM
  • Professional, regardless of career, are able to sit around a table an analyse issues affecting their unit's, team's or business performance. I've never heard of an organisation asking team members to write 3 paragraphs each on how to improve the whole team's performance. That is left to middle and senior management.

    To suggest these players lack motivation is beyond the pale.To ask professional cricket players to do such a thing is one wicket to far.

    The boys are being outplayed so why ask them for the suggestions? The leadership group do not have any answers, so why not change the leaders?

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    Aaron Fuller
    Location
    Young
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 9:59AM
  • I would also like to officially make myself available to play for Australia. I never thought I would have the chance but it is looking better and better. I am always punctual with homework and more than capable of putting my hand up for robotic style politically correct media interviews where I promise to show zero individuality. Oh and I have a proven track record of getting ducks (or at least low scores) and fielding poorly so I feel I will fit in extremely well and not upset any apple carts! I have also read many top business type HR related books, like "winning isn't as important as getting in touch with your softer side", and "How to make friends and let the other team slaughter you but get your homework in on time".... I forget who wrote that one...Mickey someone?? This type of reading history should endear me to the coach!

    Commenter
    eyeswideopen
    Location
    earth
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 9:53AM
  • I hope Watson quits test cricket. He is not a successful test cricketer and the sooner we stop picking him on 'potential' alone, the better the team will be. He should be sacked as VC at the least for the whinging and lack of team unity he displays constantly.

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    ew75
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 9:53AM
  • bottom line is if they had all played better, they wouldn't have been assigned this "homework" (as ill conceived as it was)... not much gained from pouting now...

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    Grain of Salt
    Location
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 9:48AM
  • Would you trust Arthur's decision? A South African perhaps betting on clean sweep by India..not out of the question, an easy way to ensure the weakest team takes the field...

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    SP
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 9:22AM
  • Can just see Keith Miller, Tiger O'Riley, Rod Marsh, David Boon, Ian Chappell............. doing an essay.....not

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    sapling
    Location
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 9:15AM
  • 100% agree with Clarke and Arthur. THe team is being thrashed, wouldn't hurt for some players to think about what they bring to the table. They had 5 days to come up with 3 points.

    In the end, you do what your employer asks, regardless of what you think. Your opinion doesn't count.

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    Matt
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    March 12, 2013, 8:47AM

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