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  1. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    The problem with this is that the professional players hardly ever play for their clubs these days.
  2. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    In case we've all forgotten, the player points system was introduced a few years ago to supposedly stop the stronger clubs (1) enticing players from the weaker clubs (2) having too many rep players on their books. It was modified a few times but then basically left as it is. It was potentially...
  3. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    I'm not sure what the answer is but things can't continue the way they are. I've just learned that Two Blues have forfeited 2nd grade v Wicks today. So we have Randwick with 4 grade teams (plus enough players for at least a 5th grade) and 3 colts teams (plus more again) playing the once mighty...
  4. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    IMO it's just a waste of time. I doubt the captains ever say much about what the ref's warning because everyone knows what the problem is. The players should know the laws and when a ref tells the captain "another infringement in the red zone and it will be a card" I reckon all the players...
  5. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    Could someone at Souths please provide their captain with a Rugby Law book so he doesn't have to ask the referee to explain every decision he makes? And also, can we please stop this nonsense of refs telling captains to go and talk to their team when they give a warning --- just speak loudly...
  6. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    Agree with you on both points. I was yelling at the TV --- "take the bloody points"! The best weapon Souths had was the scrum, but what was the point of just packing another scrum every time they got a penalty? They eventually, of course, defused their own weapon by forcing uncontested. The...
  7. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    Just watched Souths v Norths. Does anyone know why Norths had to drop to 13 players after a front rower was yellow carded? Is that because they didn't have another front rower and had to go uncontested scrums?
  8. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    I thought it would be interesting to check the Player Points from all the teams in round 1 --- this was supposed to even out the competition by putting a 100 point cap on each first grade team: Uni 37 v Hunter 83 Easts 92 v Souths 51 Woods 82 v 2Bs 15* Wests 38 v Wicks 60 Pen 29* v Norths 42...
  9. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    Agree with your comments, but I'd point out that a key strength of both the NRL and AFL is their ongoing presence on free-to-air, both in Oz and overseas. Granted not all games, but 3-4 every week.
  10. the coach

    Shute Shield 2021

    Well done STAN but it's a pity (for fans and Rugby) that the SS is not on free-to-air. First time in living memory. The Wicks only have a handful of players left from last year (7's, o/s, etc). Hope the new recruits and promotions from Colts can fill the gaps. Up the Wicks!
  11. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Wicks missing some key players yesterday --- Longbottom, Miller, Poidevin. Added to Tauakipulu, Hutchinson and Croke all with long term injuries, I believe. But still could have won with better goal kicking. Interesting that the 2 ex-Wicks players (Stoltz and Edmed) contributed 18 of Woods...
  12. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Ref'd 2nd grade
  13. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Randwick v Woods
  14. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Wicks defence is getting the job done. Conceded just 23 points (3 tries) in 6 games and no opposition has reached double figures yet. Yesterday Souths spent long periods in Wicks 22 area but couldn't breach the defence.
  15. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Two Blues held Randwick to 0-0 at HT and an upset looked on the cards --- they always lift against us. But the first try shortly after HT saw the floodgates open. Locky Miller yellow carded again and then received a caution --- lucky to not receive a second yellow ==> red. Needs to improve his...
  16. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Anyone got the teams yet?
  17. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Tickets to Wicks v Two Blues at Lidcombe Oval are available from the TwoBlues website: http://twobluesrugby.com.au/ticketing/
  18. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Locky Miller has been rightly exonerated. No blame to the officials, it looked bad, but thanks to Cluch TV it was obvious that it was just an accident.
  19. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    Yep, my mistake, it was Miller who was sent off (I've edited my post)
  20. the coach

    Shute Shield 2020

    I'm obviously biased, but having watched the replay on Cluch TV, I'd suggest Locky Miller was unlucky to be sent off. The Rats winger seemed to jump in the air to loft a pass infield just as Miller attempted a front on tackle and the much taller winger just fell over the top of him. No lifting...
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