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Round 12 vs Cowboys.

Munky

First Grade
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He does a job

Hopgood is just crazy good this year in the 13. Setting up tries would be up the top in offloads and plays long minutes.

If he doesn't play then he must be leaving

Even if he is leaving if he is the next best option he should play.

We've had two and a half years now where near our best squad has been able to take the field most weeks.

Even though they were busted late last year they were able to play. If our luck holds for another fifteen games it'll be great however we should be getting the next man up experience. It could be the difference between a deer in headlights come finals and someone comfortable in their role.
 

Iamback

First Grade
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Even if he is leaving if he is the next best option he should play.

We've had two and a half years now where near our best squad has been able to take the field most weeks.

Even though they were busted late last year they were able to play. If our luck holds for another fifteen games it'll be great however we should be getting the next man up experience. It could be the difference between a deer in headlights come finals and someone comfortable in their role.

Eisenhuth has less mistakes. Maybe that is the reasoning
 

snickers007

Juniors
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1,107
No-one could have known at the start of the year, but it's games like this that prove that the NRL needs to have a more flexible schedule.

I know the NFL is a different beast - but when they have massive games come from nowhere, they change the timeslot, and make it the Sunday Night Football game - which is primetime.

NRL should have the ability to do the same. Panthers v Cows Friday 8:00, Broncos v Titans Friday 6:00. Boom!
 

Blues Riff

Bench
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No-one could have known at the start of the year, but it's games like this that prove that the NRL needs to have a more flexible schedule.

I know the NFL is a different beast - but when they have massive games come from nowhere, they change the timeslot, and make it the Sunday Night Football game - which is primetime.

NRL should have the ability to do the same. Panthers v Cows Friday 8:00, Broncos v Titans Friday 6:00. Boom!
Also the FTA time slot would have been massive publicity for Royce's walk.
 

soc123_au

Moderator
Staff member
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16,080
No-one could have known at the start of the year, but it's games like this that prove that the NRL needs to have a more flexible schedule.

I know the NFL is a different beast - but when they have massive games come from nowhere, they change the timeslot, and make it the Sunday Night Football game - which is primetime.

NRL should have the ability to do the same. Panthers v Cows Friday 8:00, Broncos v Titans Friday 6:00. Boom!
Being a QLD team it would rate well up north too. As you said though, when the schedule was done this game would have looked like a non event.
 

age.s

First Grade
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6,290
Depends when you do it. Even a 2 hour difference can really mess with people's plans if you do it late enough. Given this has only really became a blockbuster since the Cows trounced Melbourne I think it would have been enormously disruptive for too many people.

The game is already too skewed towards TV. Better option would be to not have so many games in shitty timeslots that only work for having something on while you're getting dinner ready.
 

The_Frog

First Grade
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Being a QLD team it would rate well up north too. As you said though, when the schedule was done this game would have looked like a non event.
Nine don't care that it's two teams at the top of their game and the table, and that the product will (most likely) be better. Broncos means ratings. Especially since they are going well too. That is all they care about.
 

Panther Pete

Juniors
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No-one could have known at the start of the year, but it's games like this that prove that the NRL needs to have a more flexible schedule.

I know the NFL is a different beast - but when they have massive games come from nowhere, they change the timeslot, and make it the Sunday Night Football game - which is primetime.

NRL should have the ability to do the same. Panthers v Cows Friday 8:00, Broncos v Titans Friday 6:00. Boom!
This makes a lot of sense.
 
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