The Grapple: 14 March 2019

NRL-Round 1-tonight Storm v Broncos in Melbourne 





Segment 1: Panel

·       Introduction

·       Experts going to predict the 2019 premiers, top 4, team that will go backwards, best buy and coach sacking

·       News:

o   Redcliffe and NRL expansion (articles from last Sunday but very topical as its on our doorstep) 

o   ISC results – round 1

o   NRL news 

·       Mooney’s Niff Nuff Award 





Segment 2:



·       Premier, top 4, go backwards, best buy and coach sacking

·       Round 1 predictions 


·       Segment 3: Panel: NRL Premier, top 4, go backwards, best buy and coach sacking




Segment 3: Panel

·       Round 1 predictions 

·       Local games: ISC, SCGRFL and Brisbane RL

·       Other 


Sign off

It’s here NRL-Round 1-tonight Storm v Broncos in Melbourne

Key dates

  • State of Origin dates – June 5 (Brisbane), June 23 (Perth), July 19 (Sydney)
  • Finals Series begins Friday September 13
  • Grand Final Sunday October 6

Special rounds

  • Anzac Weekend – Round 7, April 25-April 28
  • Magic Round Brisbane – Round 9, May 9-May 12
  • Indigenous Round – Round 11, May 23-May 26
  • Women In League Round – Round 22, August 15-August 18


ISC -9 March-round 1 

Saturday, March 9


Ipswich Jets

6 lost to

Townsville 34

North Ipswich



Easts Tigers

24 d

Mackay 12

Langlands Park



Sunshine Coast Falcons

26 d

Wynnum Manly 24

Sunshine Coast Stadium



Northern Pride

22 d

Redcliffe 18

Barlow Park



Sunday, March 10

Tweed Heads Seagulls

10 d

PNG Hunters 0

Piggabeen Sports Complex

2.00pm (AEST)

Norths Devils

28 d

Burleigh Bears 22


Bishop Park



Souths Logan

14 lost to

CQ Capras 36

Davies Park




Colts wins to Magpies, Devils/Bears 24-all draw, Tweed, Pride, Wynnum, Tigers and Blackhawks


Mal Meninga: Blackhawks, Tigers/Cutters  20-all draw, Wynnum over Falcons, Pride by 2 over Dolphins, Tweed, Devils/Bears 38-all draw and Magpies over Capras


NRL News:


  • The Canberra Raiders have signed Wigan and England Test halfback George Williams on a massive three-year deal. After originally baulking at a huge transfer fee put on the brilliant half last month, the Raiders have fended off an approach by the NZ Warriors to sign Williams this week. The 24-year-old 10 Test veteran will join Canberra next season. Williams debuted for Wigan in 2013 and was named the Super League Young Player of the Year in 2015. He has expressed a desire to play in the NRL for the last couple of seasons and both the Raiders and Warriors have been keen on his services in recent months.
  • The Parramatta Eels have been made aware of an alcohol related incident involving Peni Terepo from the weekend in New Zealand. The Club has stood Peni down immediately, including this week’s Round 1 game against Penrith.  The Club will now work with the relevant authorities in New Zealand, the NRL Integrity Unit and the RLPA to investigate the incident thoroughly.
  • Cameron Smith has stated the NRL should return the titles stripped from the Melbourne Storm over their salary cap cheating, claiming the punishments for salary cap offenders have been wildly inconsistent. Storm were fined $1.1 million, and stripped of their 2007 and 2009 premierships as well as a trio of minor premierships. ‘‘As far as looking at what happened at Cronulla and having the understanding of what I know happened at our club, it sounds quite similar, yet we were made to play an entire season without points and had premierships taken off us. “It is almost like the same or similar crime with a completely different punishment.” Smith said the NRL should “absolutely” reinstate the stripped premierships.
  • Disgraced former Melbourne CEO Brian Waldron also chimed in saying the NRL should reconsider the revocation of the Storm’s 2007 and 2009 titles. Infamously dubbed the “chief rat” for orchestrating the Storm’s salary-cap breaches that led to the club being stripped of two of their premierships, Waldron claimed the NRL acted too hastily in meting out its punishment. “In 48 hours, they determined some findings on what they thought - the game was conflicted,” Waldron said –joins the Gallen/Smith debate.
  • Ben Barba will fight to overturn an NRL lifetime ban despite being charged by Queensland police on Tuesday. The fallen NRL star presented himself to Mackay police and was charged with two counts of public nuisance over an Australia Day weekend incident at the Townsville casino. The former Dally M Medallist will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.
  • Jack de Belin will challenge his NRL ban in Federal Court today, launching legal action against the ARL Commission for misleading and deceptive conduct. He’ll claim the ARLC does not have the power to suspend him and that the NRL caused him “irreparable damage” and financial loss. De Belin is believed to be footing the costs of the legal challenge himself. Only winners-legal eagles
  • Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has sensationally called for an overhaul into the NRL’s punishment protocols, imploring the game to reduce the value of misbehaving players and make them work outside football for a living. Stuart said NRL CEO Todd Greenberg he should consider taking punishment power away from clubs, putting the onus on the governing body. He also said players stood down or sacked for bad behaviour should be forced into a regular job to learn their lesson, saying tough discipline was the best education. Using the example of axed ex-NRL star Ben Barba who has been forced to work as a truck driver after being deregistered, Stuart said NRL players need to learn their privilege the hard way.
  • Barry O’Farrell has taken on his dream role as Wests Tigers chairman

Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos, AAMI Park, Thursday 7.50pm

A first-up meeting with the Broncos will provide a good indication of where the Storm are at post-Slater. Brisbane underwent a well-publicised coaching change in the off-season and the players are said to be loving life under 2018 Dally M Coach of the Year Anthony Seibold. The former Souths coach knows a win over the Storm in enemy territory would provide a solid springboard for a successful season.

Post Slater and what role does Cameron Munster play?

Storm: Jahrome Hughes takes Billy Slater's old No.1 jersey with Scott Drinkwater sidelined through injury, while Kenny Bromwich starts in place of the injured Joe Stimson (back).

Broncos: Matt Gillett returns from his neck injury at lock, with Jack Bird also back from injury in the centres. Alex Glenn and Jaydn Su'A start in the second row, with David Fifita on the bench alongside rookie Tom Flegler and Tevita Pangai jnr.

  • Played: 45; Storm 31 wins, Broncos 13 wins, 1 draw
  • Latest result: Storm won 32-16 in round 14, 2018

Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks, McDonald Jones Stadium, Friday 6pm

Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney Cricket Ground, Friday 7:55pm

New Zealand Warriors v Canterbury Bulldogs, Mt Smart Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles, Leichardt Oval, Saturday 5:30pm

North Queensland Cowboys v St George Illawarra Dragons, 1300SMILES Stadium, Saturday 7:35pm post JT/Maguire

Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels, Panthers Stadium, Sunday 4:05pm

Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Raiders, Cbus Super Stadium, Sunday 6:10pm

ISC Round 2

Sat: Bears v Jets; Dolphins v Falcons- Redcliffe at 6pm; Devils v Tigers; Cutters v Magpies; Capras v Seagulls;

Sun: Tweed v Blackhawks and Hunters v Pride


2019 In Safe Hands Cup – RLB ‘A’ Grade

ROUND ONE (16-17 March)

Sat, 16 March Magpies v Seagulls    Davies Park

Sat, 16 March Dolphins v Tigers       Dolphin Oval

Sat, 16 March Diehards v Panthers    Emerson Park


Sunshine Coast Gympie RL –Vantage Homes Div 1 round 1

Sat: Nambour v Stanley River; Maroochydore v Beerwah; Caloundra v Kawana and Noosa v Caboolture; Gympie- bye  


Panel predictions 2019



Top 4

Go backwards

Best buy

Coach sack








Betting table:



Top 8








































Gold Coast








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