The Grapple Podcast on Sport 101.5 2018-05-17
Segment 1 (a): Introduction: Big program as usual tonight as we analyse, dissect and bisect all the major rugby league news stories, grapple with the top issues during the program:
- How will Cameron Smith’s shock announcement to retire just 3 weeks out from the 1st game of the 2018 SOO affect the Maroons and the entire series, who will be the Maroons and Kangaroos next captain, who will replace him in the hooking role?
- All the latest in local rugby league, chat about the English Challenge Cup and preview the Magic Weekend where 7 games played over 2 days in Newcastle-same as the NRL will do in May 2019 except English have been doing it since 2007 when it was played in Cardiff at the new Millenium Stadium- nearly 60,000 fans
- We’ll chat with Macca (0447 780 559 or 0422 404 129) after 6.40 for the Flashback, preview round 11 in the NRL where we will consider the question: Is Ivan Cleary the only 1st Grade NRL coach to coach against his son?
- All that and more but obviously the lead rugby league story this week is Cameron Smith
- Cameron Smith - rep career/ impact on Qld and Kangaroos/replacement etc.
- Any movement on the coach sacking meter after round 10 - Indigenous Round?
- NRL: Round 10
|Thu. May 10||Tigers 20||Cowboys 12||Leichhardt Oval|
|Fri. May 11||Knights 18||Panthers 29||McDonald Jones Stadium|
|Fri. May 11||Bulldogs 20||Eels 12||ANZ Stadium|
|Sat. May 12||Warriors 0||Roosters 32||Mt Smart Stadium|
|Sat. May 12||Storm 28||Titans 14||Suncorp Stadium|
|Sat. May 12||Sea Eagles 38||Broncos 24||Suncorp Stadium|
|Sun. May 13||Rabbitohs 24||Dragons 10||ANZ Stadium|
|Sun. May 13||Raiders 24||Sharks 16||GIO Stadium|
NRL news/rumours etc.
- Former Blues coach and Nine commentator Phil Gould believes Billy Slater will retire from representative football before the end of the 2018 State Origin series due to the hot form of young gun Kalyn Ponga. The Newcastle fullback has been electrifying in attack during the opening ten weeks of the competition and his form will be hard to ignore for Queensland coach Kevin Walters. Gould said it would not be long until Slater follows Cameron Smith into representative retirement ending an era which has seen other champion Maroons players like Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk also call it quits. Gould declared Ponga will be picked at fullback for Queensland during the 2018 series which suggests Slater’s days are numbered regardless of how well the Maroons are playing. Gould even stoked speculation that the champion fullback may even call it quits before the start of this year’s interstate series.
- Gold Coast have splashed the cash this week well and truly having spent a whopping $4.9 million in less than 72 hours on Jarrod Wallace and the announcement that Shannon Boyd will leave the nation’s capital at the end of the season after agreeing to a four-year-deal.
- Tim Glasby reportedly verbally agreeing to a deal with the Knights.
- Canterbury have issued a hands-off warning to rival clubs concerning David Klemmer, declaring the international prop will remain at the Bulldogs until at least the end of 2020. With Canterbury chief Andrew Hill stressing Klemmer is not going anywhere. BUT one of the rare players who handles his own negotiations Klemmer said while he loves the club and it would be hard to leave, I need to look after my family and kids as well.
- Trent Hodkinson has returned to the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles after making a mid-season move from the Cronulla Sharks. Hodkinson, 29, has signed an 18-month contract that will keep him at the Sea Eagles through to the end of 2019. The former NSW halfback has 160 NRL matches to his name and will be available for Saturday's game against the Melbourne Storm.
Segment 2: SCGRL: Vantage Homes Division 1 Cup:-all home teams lost
Kawana 18 lost to Maroochydore 36- 7 tries to 3; 22-12 at half time; Mark Cook 4 tries for Maroochy and Tyler Oxenham 3 goals; Travis Long, Danny Kerr and Kane Jackson tries, Khan Ahwang 3 goals
Noosa 6 lost to Nambour 24- 6-all at ½ time, Baidon Cooper try/4 goals= 12 points; Jamie Deviney sole try scorer for Noosa
Gympie 14 lost to Caloundra 32-16-14 at ½ time; Keiran Forde-Hurrell-double, Robert Barwick 4 goals; Curran, Chapman and Houghton tries for Gympie
Caboolture (2) lost 18 to Beerwah 18 (1)-Joshua Totoro try/3 goals for the Snakes = 10 points; Doak, Newton, Brown and Maliko 1 try each, Mathew Kidd 2 goals – Beerwah 10-0 at half time
Round 9: Nambour/Maroochydore, Beerwah/Caloundra, Noosa/Gympie and Caboolture/Kawana
Division 2A: Stanley River 28 d Beerwah 14- Cannon Braden double for Stanley River and Todd Hambly 4 goals
Coolum 22 d Caboolture 20, Bribie d Caloundra, Mary Valley 32 d Noosa 24 and
Kawana 16 lost to Marooch 22 after being 6 a piece at half time
Division 2B: Round 5: Palmwoods d Yandina, Kilcoy d Maroochydore and Beachmere 16 d
U/18 Div 1: ladder
Women: Round 3: South Burnett d Caboolture 40-0 and Nambour 40 d Noosa 10, Kawana- bye
Brisbane Rugby League: A-Grade Round 8: Diehards 13 d Panthers 10 who scored -2 tries to 1 but 4 goals to Diehards, Dolphins 25 d Tigers 18 – 4 tries each and Seagulls 18 d Magpies 4
Bye this weekend
2nd Grade: Wins to Beenleigh 30-16 over Carina, Panthers over Waterford and Wynnum d Valleys 24-6
ISC: Round 10: only 3 games last weekend
|Tweed Heads Seagulls 20||Ipswich Jets 18|
|Redcliffe Dolphins 24||Northern Pride 26|
|Wynnum Manly 16||PNG Hunters 18|
Round 11 games this weekend:
Burleigh v Easts, Jets/Devils, PNG/Capras, Falcons/Dolphins, Blackhawks/Wynnum, Tweed/Pride and Magpies/Cutters
|3||Souths Logan Magpies||9||6||0||3||1||236||173||63||14|
|8||Sunshine Coast Falcons||9||4||0||5||1||205||173||32||10|
|9||Tweed Heads Seagulls||9||4||0||5||1||178||230||-52||10|
|11||Wynnum Manly Seagulls||9||3||0||6||1||181||215||-34||8|
|13||Central Queensland Capras||9||3||0||6||1||128||220||-92||8|
Mal Meninga: Under 18 National Final at Dolphin Stadium on Saturday saw a try in the final seconds broke a 32-all deadlock in a thrilling game allowing Penrith to escape with a 38-32 win against the Souths Logan Magpies. Penrith hooker Maurice Trindall was adjudged man of the match, narrowly shading forwards Patrick Naicori, Shawn Blore and Luke Puru.
SEQ women’s competition:
- Round 7: Div 1: Panthers and Souths 16 all draw, Easts d Toowoomba and Burleigh 20 d Ipswich 12; Round 8 this weekend: Brothers/Easts, Toowoomba/Panthers and Burleigh/Souths
- Div 2: Murri Taipans d Caboolture 16-8, Inala d Wynnum, Southport d Aspley, Inala d Wynnum and Panthers d Toowoomba, Souths –bye; Div 3: Wins to Greenbank, Beenleigh, Mt Gravatt, Beaudesert and Ormeau and Flagstone 22-all.
English Rugby League:
Challenge Cup: Wins to Hull over Featherstone, Leigh Centurions 22 d Salford Red Devils 10; Huddersfield Giants 24 d Wakefield Trinity 14, Widnes Vikings 20 lost to Leeds Rhinos 23; Castleford Tigers 18 lost to St Helens 36-Ben Barba 3 tries for the Saints, Catalans Dragons 56 d Whitehaven RLFC 10; Hull Kingston Rovers lost to Wigan Warriors and Toronto Wolfpack lost to Warrington Wolves
- Quarter final draw: St Helens v Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions, Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors
Magic Weekend: Toronto v Toulouse (1 and 2 in the Championship or 2nd tier- showcase competition game); Widnes/St Helens, Wigan/Warrington, Castleford/Leeds, Salford/Catalans, Wakefield/Huddersfield, Hull/Hull KR
Segment 3: Macca
The Flashback: Melb Storm round 5 April 13 lost to Dogs 22-6 in Melbourne -1st game in 1st grade for Cameron Smith-referee Paul Simpkins
- Mark Murray -Head Coach and Anthony Griffin - Assistant Coach of Storm
|Tries||Ian Sibbit||Matt Utai (2)|
|Goals||Richard Swain (1/1)||Hazem El Masri (3/5)|
|Fullback||1.||Junior Langi||1.||Luke Patten|
|Wing||2.||Matt Geyer||2.||Hazem El Masri|
|Centre||3.||Aaron Moule||3.||Nigel Vagana|
|Centre||4.||Steve Bell||4.||Willie Talau|
|Wing||5.||Marcus Bai||5.||Matt Utai|
|Five-Eighth||6.||Scott Hill||6.||Braith Anasta|
|Halfback||18.||Cameron Smith||7.||Brent Sherwin|
|Front Row||8.||Robbie Kearns (c)||8.||Mark O'Meley|
|Hooker||9.||Richard Swain||9.||Corey Hughes|
|Front Row||10.||Shane Walker||10.||Steve Price (c)|
|Second Row||11.||Danny Williams||11.||Darren Smith|
|Second Row||12.||Stephen Kearney||12.||Steve Reardon|
|Lock||13.||Henry Perenara||13.||Travis Norton|
|Bench||14.||Ian Sibbit||15.||Glen Hughes|
|Bench||15.||Matt Rua||16.||Willie Mason|
|Bench||16.||Mitchell Sargent||17.||Paul Rauhihi|
|Bench||17.||William Leyshon||18.||Jamie Feeney|
|Coach||Mark Murray||Steve Folkes|
Thoughts on Cameron Smith and Magic Weekend
Former premiership-winning South Sydney Rabbitohs mentor Michael Maguire is the new coach of the Kiwis on a four-year deal. Since parting ways with the Rabbitohs at the end of last season, Maguire has been working with NRL match officials.
Is Ivan Cleary the only 1st Grade NRL coach to coach against his son?
|Thu. May 17||Panthers||Tigers||Panthers Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm|
|Fri. May 18||Eels||Warriors||ANZ Stadium||Nine, Fox||6:00pm|
|Fri. May 18||Broncos||Roosters||Suncorp Stadium||Nine, Fox||7:50pm|
|Sat. May 19||Titans||Knights||Cbus Super Stadium||Fox||3:00pm|
|Sat. May 19||Cowboys||Rabbitohs||1300SMILES Stadium||Fox||5:30pm|
|Sat. May 19||Storm||Sea Eagles||AAMI Park||Fox||7:30pm|
|Sun. May 20||Dragons||Raiders||Glen Willow Oval||Fox||2:00pm|
|Sun. May 20||Sharks||Bulldogs||Southern Cross Group Stadium||Nine, Fox||4:10pm|