The Grapple: 16 May 2019.

Cheers.

Time Segment
6.02-6.19pm Segment 1: Panel

·       Introduction

·       NRL Magic Weekend analysis and ladder

·       Local games results:

o   ISC (bye)

o   SCGRFL and Brisbane

·       Rugby League News:

6.22-6.30pm Segment 2:

·       Cowboys news

·       ISC: Cutters, Blackhawks, Pride and Capras news

·       Any local items of interest

·       NRL selections

·       Niff Nuff Award

6.30-6.38pm Segment 3:

o   Interview follow up

o   Rugby League NRL news (continued)

o   Preview local games

o   ISC, SCGRFL and Brisbane A-Grade

6.42-6.58 Segment 4: Greg McCallum

- our resident NRL expert former 1st grade referee, English Super League boss and Chairman of the NRL March Review Committee for 10 years:

·       The magic is over as we move onto Round 10 of the season, with State of Origin looming and teams jockeying for places in the top eight. This week throws up some very tough games to tip with the Panthers facing the Warriors, the Rabbitohs visiting the Raiders, the Eels travelling to Townsville, the Titans and Bulldogs fighting over the wooden spoon and the Dragons meeting the Knights in Mudgee.

·       Other

6.58 Sign off

Review NRL Magic Weekend round 9: 4 days, 16 teams, 8 games 1 venue and 134,677 fans saw it all start last Thursday when the Sharks 26 d Titans 18 after Titans led 18-10 at half-time

NRL ladder

1 Roosters 16 8 1 253 148 105
2 Rabbitohs 16 8 1 234 137 97
3 Storm 14 7 2 227 115 112
4 Raiders 12 6 3 197 132 65
5 Sea Eagles 10 5 4 171 156 15
6 Wests Tigers 10 5 4 170 170 0
7 Sharks 10 5 4 174 175 -1
8 Eels 10 5 4 205 207 -2
9 Knights 8 4 5 168 160 8
10 Dragons 8 4 5 166 186 -20
11 Broncos 6 3 6 168 195 -27
12 Warriors 6 3 6 174 208 -34
13 Cowboys 6 3 6 147 211 -64
14 Titans 4 2 7 150 217 -67
15 Panthers 4 2 7 117 210 -93
16 Bulldogs 4 2 7 114 208 -94

Local games:

  • No ISC but last Saturday Brayden Torpy proved to be the pivotal difference in Queensland Universities' hard-fought win over a solid New South Wales Tertiary side, downing the Blues 28-10. The Australian Universities Representative Team to tour to Fiji in October was announced after the fixture with 10 Qld players selected. The touring party will depart for Fiji on 12 October and return 23 October. Based in Suva for the duration, the team will play matches against both the Fiji Universities and the visiting New Zealand Universities, with negotiations continuing for the possible inclusion of a side representing New Guinea Universities. It will be another step along the way in Australia’s preparation to defend its Universities Rugby League World Cup title in England in 2021.
  • On Sunday, the Queensland Residents claimed a 42-22 win over NSW in their interstate challenge match. At halftime, Queensland led 22-6 on the back of 23 sets and four tries. Josh Cleeland contributed 18 points in the win.
  • The win was set up by a strong first half where the home side got out to a 22-6 lead, with centre Delouise Hoeter scoring an early double.
  • Curtain raiser - 11am – National Under 18 final Tweed Seagulls put in an attacking masterclass against the Illawarra Steelers, running in eight tries in total to claim a 48-14 win.

SCGRFL Vantage Homes Cup Div. 1: Round 7

  • Beerwah lost to Gympie 26-24-Kainga Turner double for Beerwah and Blake Bella double for Gympie and Jacob Harney 5 goals
  • Nambour 32 d Kawana 26- 6 tries to 5; Nambour led 32-4 with 25 to go
  • Caloundra lost 40-24 to Noosa-Blake Wilson treble for Noosa
  • And in the 1 v 2 Caboolture and Stanley River played out a 26-all draw-SR 5 tries to 4 while Snakes Josh Totoro booted 5 goals; Snakes led 26-10 midway through 2nd half before try by Ryley Kajewski in the 40th minute and conversion by Brett Doherty saw SR draw level.
  • Maroochydore- bye
POS TEAM P W D L F A PD PTS
1 Stanley River 7 4 1 1 204 96 108 23
2 Caboolture 7 4 1 1 204 100 104 23
3 Gympie 7 4 0 2 136 118 18 22
4 Nambour 7 5 0 2 128 124 4 22
5 Beerwah 7 3 0 3 171 96 75 19
6 Maroochydore 7 3 0 3 122 135 -13 19
7 Noosa 7 2 1 3 132 190 -58 17
8 Kawana 7 0 1 5 106 192 -86 11
9 Caloundra 7 1 0 6 84 236 -152 10

Division 2A: Wins to Coolum, Beerwah, Kawana, Caloundra and Maroochydore. Coolum on top by 3 from Maroochydore

Division 2B: Wins to Kilcoy over Mary Valley, Palmwoods/Beachmere 20-all draw and Ynadina over Pomona. Yowies lead by 8 from Beachmere.

Under 18’s: Wins to Gympie, Kawana, Caloundra, Beachmere and Caboolture. Kawana on 25 followed by Beachmere on 22.

Women: Wins to Gympie, Noosa and Kawana. Caboolture- bye. Gympie lead by 3 from Caboolture.

Brisbane RL A-Grade: Magpies 42 d Dolphins 34, Diehards lost to Tigers 28-26 3pm and Panthers 32 d Seagulls 24

1 Panthers 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 198 184 14 20 107.61
2 Diehards 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 273 182 91 18 150.00
3 Seagulls 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 234 204 30 18 114.71

SEQ Women: Division 1: Easts lost to Souths 22-10, Wests 24 d Burleigh 16 and Tweed lost 14-10 to Ipswich; Toowoomba – bye. Wests lead by 1 point from Ipswich.

Rugby League news:

  • Former New Zealand Kiwi Ferns coach Kelvin Wright has been appointed coach of the premiership-winning Brisbane Broncos ahead of their title defence in 2019.Wright will replace former coach Paul Dyer, who stood down earlier in the year to focus on his full-time role as the club's game development manager. Wright has an extensive coaching history in New Zealand as coach of the Ferns, Junior Kiwis and an assistant to the Warriors and Kiwis.
  • NRL finals will be played at suburban grounds for the first time since 2010 after a policy of Sydney finals being played at either Moore Park or ANZ Stadium was scrapped. Allianz Stadium's destruction and the opening of Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta is understood to be the driving force behind the decision. It means from this season's finals series onward, relevant clubs will be given options on where to host qualifying finals. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said playing finals back at suburban grounds would initially be brought in as a trial.
    • The new policy was one of a raft of changes announced by the NRL while all 16 clubs were gathered together in Brisbane for Magic Weekend.
    • Another notable change was a new matrix that has been brought in to help guide the NRL on how to handle off-field behavioural issues with a measure of consistency, following an admission that Mitchell Pearce's monster fine and eight-game ban in 2016 was over the top.
  • Brad Fittler has left the door open for James Roberts to be picked for State of Origin I despite being axed to reserve grade. Roberts has dropped to fourth centre option at Brisbane after failing to earn an NRL recall this week despite a knee injury to Jack Bird. Visa issues have prevented the 26-year-old from playing with Wynnum-Manly in their away trip to Papua New Guinea this week.
  • Penrith is willing to release James Maloney from the final year of his deal with the club to take up an offer in the English Super League. The premiership winner is still contracted to the Panthers until the end of the 2020 season, but it's understood Penrith is open for the five-eighth to move on earlier if both sides can come to an agreement. If both sides can't come to a compromise, the club will respect and honour the last year of his contract.
  • Big week for the Eels:
    • Brad Arthur- lose by 54 and get a new 2 year deal
    • Clint Gutherson – new 3 year deal so didn’t get to the stage of his offer being  withdrawn
  • Brisbane Broncos winger Corey Oates has emerged as a target for a number of leading Sydney clubs with alleged offers from rival Sydney clubs to the tune of $700,000.
  • South Sydney prop George Burgess appears resigned to leaving Redfern and breaking up the brotherhood. Before the start of the season Burgess turned down a three-year offer from Parramatta, saying he wasn’t interested in playing for another NRL club yesterday he sounded more open to moving on. Former Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold is reportedly interested in luring Burgess north.

Preview local games:

ISC: Round 10:

Sat: Tigers/Seagulls, Devils/Cutters and Pride/Bears

Sun: Blackhawks/Falcons, Magpies/Jets, Hunters/Seagulls and Capras/Dolphins

1. Sunshine Coast Falcons 9 9 350:112 18
2. Burleigh 9 7 298:110 14
3. Wynnum Manly 9 7 242:154 14
4. Easts Tigers 9 7 222:170 14
5. Townsville 9 6 202:110 12
6. Norths Devils 9 6 223:182 12
7. Tweed Heads 9 6 158:162 12
8. Ipswich 9 4 176:217 8
9. Mackay 9 3 156:162 6
10. Northern Pride 9 2 128:212 4
11. Redcliffe 9 2 109:214 4
12. Souths Logan 9 2 154:301 4
13. PNG Hunters 9 1 102:238 2
14. Central Capras 9  1  134: 310    2

SCGRFL Vantage Homes Cup Div. 1: Round 8

Beerwah/Stanley River, Noosa/Maroochydore, Kawana/Gympie and Caloundra/Caboolture; Nambour - bye

Division 2 B: all 3 games at Kilcoy on the weekend

Brisbane RL A-Grade: Bye round

NRL: Greg McCallum: Round 10

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