NewNice to see thoughts turn to round 2.
As always, fearless tipping is appreciated.
For those who are in the official tipping competition, I need winner and points spread.
If you win and are within the 5 point margin you receive 5 points.
Draws are worth 1.
You have until midnight on 22 July to get your tips in.
No tips? Then you are given the away team with a point spread of 12.
Here is next round. (team on the left is the home team)
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Hi The Front Rower,So the NRL contracted kids have been dropped cold by the Gen Blue system and the leader. I know for a fact that Finnlay Bartlett is still in the SRU (Scottish Rugby Union) Exiles/Scottish qualified system. This suggests to me he hasn't 100% turned his back on Union completely even though he has a contract with the Sea Eagles. What this suggests to me instead of the NSWJRU having a conversation with the kid they have stuck their heads in the sand and gone completely cold and defensive. Maybe this is why the junior Wallabies were absolutely belted the other day 69-12. We can blame Cov etc but the reality is NZ had Cov as well. This suggests to me that the system is completely broken. When was the last time we won the Bledsoe Cup (1984) some 38 years ago and probably given the current pathways systems another 38 years. Here's a suggestion to the Pathways management go and have a conversation with these kids and bring in the families see where they are at, see what options you can provide them and then go from there, pretty simple stuff. Who know one day Finnlay might be running out at Murrayfield pulling on the Blue Scottish jersey.
Question, did Joeys hit their peak form too early, whereas Newington are just now showing their form.
@Joker Fowler at 10 played Gen Blue 1's. I think Joeys lads made up 5 of the starting Gen Blue 1 team (1,3,10,13,15). Agree, Fogarty has been improving with every outing, he has come a long way from a full back to a back rower / second rower over the last few years.Not at all. Joeys 1st XV has been a work in progress as usual and has been ravaged by injury and illness.
The recent rep rugby games highlighted though a number of key players have hit form and some have improved enormously. The Joeys back-line will be deadly. When you have the Gen Blue 15, 13, 11 (Gen Blue 2) 10 and 9 (Gen Blue 2) they are hitting form. The forwards have become stronger with the front row being key with the 1 and 3 getting nods from selectors. The big improver has been D. Fogarty who has gone from unheralded, hardworking forward to Australia A.
Overall, the team seems to be hitting its stride. Usually after a week at Kingscliff on rugby camp (more to come of course on this) Joeys gets on a roll. Being 100% healthy is important. The biggest weapon they now have is that slight air of invincibility that many teams in the past enjoyed. When opposition teams go into a game against Joeys asking "are they that good? Have they peaked? Who should we be worried about?" then you are playing on hope. Hope that Joeys doesn't play their best. When my team beat Joeys our focus was on OUR game and what do well rather than the opposition. Do "your thing" and forget the opposition and the game will take care of itself.
I feel like some of the New supporters seem to be getting a little bit too excited about the close win against Scots. I seriously don't get the hype like this around them, as they've only really won one major game and haven't come close against other serious competitors. Can someone please explain to me why people think they are on the same calibre as schools such as joeys and better than the likes of kings and view.Hello Joker
The Joeys/New Game could prove to be, not just the match of this round, but the potential premiership decider. Yes Kings and View, are dangerous schools. But now New is coming into form, I feel Joeys and New are likely to be premiership contenders. Question, did Joeys hit their peak form too early, whereas Newington are just now showing their form.
Either way, both these schools have excellent, backlines
With that in mind,My prediction, lots of tries to be scored, by both teams.
I feel like some of the New supporters seem to be getting a little bit too excited about the close win against Scots. I seriously don't get the hype like this around them, as they've only really won one major game and haven't come close against other serious competitors. Can someone please explain to me why people think they are on the same calibre as schools such as joeys and better than the likes of kings and view.
Hello High Old BoyNewington have a serious chance of winning this Saturday - the bad weather is a great leveller. I would be keen to see the team listings prior to the game so I can make a more informed judgement...
I'd also like to read WayvernBoys assessment of the Newington team too..