6.04-6.18: Segment 1: GA and Patchy

All the latest rugby league news as we grapple with the big issues of the game that is simply the best:

How deep are your pockets Patchy with Storm’s $55m bid to buy the Broncos revealed and that Melbourne’s wealthy owners have had private discussions about a possible ownership bid for QLD’s flagship rugby league club

Talking about the Broncos- awards for 2020 at a breakfast yesterday morning- congrats to emerging forwards Patrick Carrigan and Payne Haas who became the first-ever joint winners of the Paul Morgan Medal as the Broncos’ youth brigade swept all the major club awards for 2020. Carrigan, 22, and Haas, 20, both polled 101 points to be clear winners in the player of the year voting ahead of 21-year-old centre Kotoni Staggs (34 points), and teenagers Tom Dearden (19 points) and Xavier Coates (17 points).

· Haas also claimed the Best Forward award, and Carrigan named the Most Consistent Player.

· Kotoni Staggs collected the Best Back award for the second year running.

· Rookie of the Year award went to exciting outside back Herbie Farnworth, retired Broncos stars Darius Boyd and Matt Gillett were honoured for their services to the Club, Clubman of the Year was presented to Gina Malcolm for her tireless work in the finance department and other areas of the Club, while Louise Lanigan and Kath Bennett were also honoured for their 20 years of service to the Broncos.

The boardroom battle at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Incoming coach Trent Barrett was warned he would be walking into a mess and a snake pit.

Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett strongly denied the allegations made against Sam Burgess were widely known at the club. Burgess stepped down from his role with the Rabbitohs as he fights to clear his name after being hit with accusations of violence and drug use but sensational reports yesterday with a lawyer for Sam Burgess making explosive claims in court that Sam’s estranged wife Phoebe and her dad were acting out of “malice or retaliation” when domestic violence and drug allegations against the NRL star were made public.
What about Trent Robinson as he cut a frustrated figure in the Roosters’ coaching box after his side fell to a 29-28 defeat at the hands of the Penrith Panthers. A visibly irate Robinson banged on the window during much of the second half and then sent a spray in the direction of Josh Mansour as he tried to run down the clock with 20 seconds left.
Justin Hodges said he was gutted after being overlooked by Bennett for the 2020 Maroons coaching staff. Bennett will replace 2019 Queensland assistant Hodges with the more experienced Neill Henry.

Penrith resigned 20 year old Charlie Staines on a 3-year extension yesterday with Matt Burton and Stephen Crichton next on the club's retention list.
Coming up after the break we’ll be joined by our resident NRL expert Greg ‘Macca’ McCallum - here on the Grapple on 101.5fm sports

6.18-6.22: Break

6.22-6.38: Segment 2: GA, Patchy and Macca - 3-way turf talk

Melbourne hit with a $10,000 breach notice for time wasting after last Saturday’s match against Parramatta was halted by the referee under instruction from a Storm trainer so winger Suliasi Vunivalu could be treated for cramp.
Experimental rules: Bunker referral process, a handover rather than a scrum for kicks into touch, the use of the six-again rule for 10-metre infringements and forwards only scrum

State of Origin also not far away- the squads-more a matter of who has been omitted rather than selected

· Maroons:

o Four Titans players have been named in a 15-man Maroons extended squad, the first time in State of Origin history that the club has provided more players to Queensland than the Broncos.

o Nine players are yet to play for the Maroons while Cowboys veteran Josh McGuire and Broncos forward Joe Ofahengaue are the two highest-profile omissions.

o Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans) AJ Brimson (Gold Coast Titans)

o Moeaki Fotuaika (Gold Coast Titans) Phillip Sami (Gold Coast Titans)

o Edrick Lee (Newcastle Knights) Hymel Hunt (Newcastle Knights)

o Kalyn Ponga (Newcastle Knights)

o Valentine Holmes (North Queensland) Coen Hess (North Queensland)

o Xavier Coates (Brisbane Broncos) Patrick Carrigan (Brisbane Broncos)

o Ben Hunt (St George Illawarra) Josh Kerr (St George Illawarra)

o Harry Grant (Wests Tigers / Melbourne Storm)

o Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Sea Eagles)


· The Blues are naming their squad as each player’s side is eliminated from the NRL finals, but after Newcastle were knocked out by South Sydney, Daniel Saifiti was the only Knight added to the 27-man group on Sunday evening. Zac Lomax was the only other player named, joining Saifiti in bolstering the quartet of Jake Trbojevic, Cameron McInnes, Tyson Frizell and Payne Haas, who were the first selected.

· Tom Trbojevic had initially been named in the squad, but was later ruled out due to injury. His omission has paved the way for Lomax to come into the side, with the St George youngster now a chance of taking Trbojevic’s place in the centres for Game 1 in early November.
· David Klemmer hasn’t been picked because apparently he carried on like a sour tart last year. His omission – and that of Paul Vaughan, who wasn’t amongst the first round of selections at the end of the home-and-away season – likely clears the way for Parramatta prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard to make a return to the Origin arena.

· Sharks second-rower and captain Wade Graham, who played a starring role in the Game 2 win last year, also overlooked. Mitchell Pearce, who helped NSW to their series-sealing win in Game 3 last year, is another notable omission from the squad, although that comes as far less of a surprise with Luke Keary and Nathan Clearly hotly favoured to be Fittler’s starting halves pairing.

NSW Origin squad so far:
Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos) Jake Trbojevic (Manly Warringah)
Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra Dragons) Zac Lomax (St George Illawarra)
Cameron McInnes (St George Illawarra) Daniel Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)
o Round 1: Roosters d St George Illawarra 18-4 scoring 3 tries to 1 while Broncos coach Kelvin Wright praised his side's ability to overcome a difficult same-day trip to Canberra following their 28-14 win over the Warriors as Tamika Upton became the third player in NRLW history to bag a hat-trick with the Broncos running down a fast-starting Warriors outfit who were blooding 12 club debutantes after their own disrupted preparation.
o Round 2: Both games on Sat at Parra: Warriors v Roosters 12.30pm and Dragons v Broncos, 4pm
o For the Roosters, Charlotte Caslick takes the No.1 jersey and captain Corban McGregor shifts from centre to five-eighth. Bobbi Law is the new centre. Wallaroos captain Grace Hamilton has been named on the bench for her first NRLW match replacing Kaitlyn Phillips, who copped a head knock last week. Warriors better for run last week and can’t be taken lightly

o The other game is a rematch of the 2029 GF with St George Illawarra needing a win to keep their chances alive. The battle between rival No.7s Maddie Studdon and Ali Brigginshaw is one worth watching.


o Dubbo will host a first-grade NRL match for the first time in 2021, with South Sydney set to take a home game to the regional NSW city for the next two years as part of the NRL's return to the bush. It will mark the first NRL match at Apex Park, with the venue having previously hosted City-Country and midweek competition games in the 1990s.

o The town has produced several NRL players, including Les Davidson, Don Parish Dean Pay, Andrew Ryan and current Penrith players Isaah Yeo and Matt Burton. Souths generally take three matches away from Sydney each year, with the Sunshine Coast and Central Coast their other two regular venues. The NRL is desperate to take more games to regional venues, with eight originally slated into this year's schedule before COVID-19 stopped most from going ahead.

Peter Sterling is not happy with the game at present and blames the six again rule. He feels it has made the game too fast and so makes it dangerous for players. As he said Finals used to be hard fought low scoring affairs now, they are simply a point scoring fest for one of the teams. Six again rule?
English Super League- Round 14

· St Helens d Wigan 42-0, Salford d Warrington 20-18, Catalans d Leeds 34-6, Huddersfield d Hull KR 32-22 and Castleford lost to Hull FC 32-28 – 5 tries each but Hull’s Marc Sneyd’s 6 goals to 4 proved the difference.


· Hull FC has replaced Castleford Tigers as Leeds Rhinos’ opponents at Headingley Stadium tonight in Round 15. The change was made following the return of three positive Covid-19 tests in the Castleford Tigers’ camp, with a further six players being stood down as part of track and trace protocols. Hull FC were not due to play this week – but as with all Super League clubs in that position, they had been asked to remain on stand-by to react in a situation such as this.

· Amended Round 15 Fixtures – Thursday 8 October: Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils - 5:30pm and Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos - 7:45pm

Preview week 2 of the NRL finals: Now down to 6 teams

Tomorrow night Roosters/Raiders at SCG and on Saturday at Parra, Eels/Rabbits. Both games at 6.50pm QLD time
Coming up after the break we’ll chat about everything else that’s happening in RL - all that and more here on the Grapple on 101.5fm sports

6.38-6.42: Break

6.42-6.58: Segment 3: GA and Patchy

Sunshine Coast RL: penultimate round

· Boy’s u/18: Noosa d leaders Caboolture 14-12- tough game; few errors-Noosa too enthusiastic – Jayden Usher and Tyler Mc Goldrick strong games; Kawana too good for Coolum and Beerwah 18 d Caloundra 6; Nambour-bye

· Final round next Friday: Coolum (4)/Nambour (6), Kawana (2)/Caloundra (7) and Caboolture (1)/Beerwah (5); Noosa (3) – bye

· Boy’s u/16: The Bay by 2 over Maroochydore, Gympie also by 2 over Caloundra and ladder leaders Noosa too good for Caboolture 30-6-big pack too strong in the 2nd half and huge game at fullback by Aiai Price Tonks try scorer for the Snakes; Kawana-bye

· Girl’s u/16: Kawana/Beerwah d Noosa/Nambour 40-16 and top placed Caboolture d Gympie 36-8-7 tries to 2

· Boy’s u/15 Div. 1: Caloundra d Caboolture 18-4 in the 1v2 clash

· Girls u/14: Big win for Caboolture 50-18 over Gympie-9 tries to 4 to retain top spot



Brisbane RL A-Grade: Elimination Finals: Carina 26 d Normanby 18 and Wests d Pine Rivers 22-8. Next weekend will see old foes Valleys v Wests- 3.00pm at Emerson Park and at 4.30pm at Kitchener, Carina will face Wynnum who will have an added flame in the belly from their last round of the regular season defeat to the Tigers.

Men’s Division 1: Beerwah d Redlands in their semi 26-24 while in the other semi in a major upset Redlands d minor premiers Brothers also by 2, 24-22- grand final next Saturday at midday, Beerwah v Redlands. Go the Bulldogs.

Gold Coast:

· The top four has been settled at the Gold Coast ahead of the two-week A Grade finals series.

1 Runaway Bay Seagulls



Burleigh Bears



Southport Tigers



Mudgeeraba Redbacks


· Matt Geyer proved that age is no barrier as the former Western Reds, Melbourne Storm, NSW Blues & Kangaroo ran the length of the field for the Currumbin Eagles RLFC at age 45. Currumbin finish 5th on the ladder



· Round 10 saw Goodna Eagles score 5 unanswered tries in the second to defeat Souths Tigers 34-14; West End Bulldogs 24 defeat Norths Tigers 16 to secure 4th spot and Valleys Roosters thanks to a clever field goal by Josh Chappell defeated Gatton Hawks 25-18.

· The results see the departures of Souths and Gatton from the competition, who will both be better for the experience in the joint-competition and will be two teams to keep an eye on in the 2021 Toowoomba Rugby League season.



· Men: Wests Tigers Mackay are the 2020 A Grade premiers after an emphatic 42-18 grand final victory over Townsville Brothers. Despite Townsville opening the account early, the Tigers dusted themselves off and shot out of the blocks, leading 26-12 at half-time. The minor premiers went on with it the second half to win 42-18, with a stellar performance by Jake Thornton earning him the player of the match.

· Women: Mackay Brothers celebrated a title three-peat, dominating their Townsville counterparts to win 22-4 in the decider. A Katie Green double helped the Brethren lift the Cup for the third straight year while Maggie Brosnan was named player of the year which made the victory even sweeter for the Mackay lock.


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