SportsTalk: NRL preview

Short and brief this week, hunting trips, concerts & fishing trips ruining weekend sports viewing recently so here’s the Bulldogs vs Tigers preview from Sportsfreak:


NRL Preview; Doggies v Tigers

By Stephen Gallagher

MATCH OF THE ROUND: ROUND 08?? Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs V Wests Tigers ? Friday, ANZ Stadium. 19.35 local time, 21.35 NZ time.

LAST WEEK: Canterbury Bankstown upset the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 24-8.

Wests were ravaged by injuries as they lost to the Brisbane Broncos 20-10

THIS WEEK: The Bulldogs have been far from the Grand Final Runner Up form of last season. So far from that form, that they look like a different and dysfunctional team. What?s going on? Whatever it is, it needs to be totally reversed. For starters run forward without dropping the ball. Keep the ball in hand.

The Tigers are much the same, though written off pre-season have been a little more competitive than most thought. With multiple injuries disrupting their season they need to get back on track by bringing back confidence. Playing with their heads up would be a great start. ?<–more at sportsfreak–>

Sports Talk: NRL

A bit late on the Sports Talk this week, nevertheless here it is in a brief form.


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Sports Talk: Eden Park & the future of test cricket


As the NZ cricket season winds to a close with the Ford Trophy winding up yesterday with an easy win to the Auckland Aces over Canterbury and the Black Caps winding up their NZ summer campaign last week against England, there still remains the question around the use of Eden Park as a test ground. Eden Park is never going to be remotely close to even a third full with the best possible crowd that a New Zealand cricket test can muster, even less so with the ticket prices of up to $45 for a single day or $105 for all 5 days of a 5 day test. This leaves only one other realistic option: finding another suitable location for international test matches within Auckland. Auckland Cricket is pushing for a test during next summers test series against India, despite the England test match only attracting a daily average of 7,600 over the 5 days. It is a far better option to move the tests to a smaller venue and fill it for a great atmosphere than 1/4 fill an echo chamber with people dotted around it’s perimeter with 10 empty seats between each person.

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Sports Talk: Cricket, NRL

Cricket: The second Test between the Blacks Caps and England starts at the Basin Reserve today, and hopefully this time it won’t be the Barmy Army providing the only entertainment after an inconclusive result in Dunedin last week. An unchanged side will take the field:

New Zealand😕Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (captain), BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

England are also likely to name an unchanged side. Captain Brendon McCallum said if they win the toss they would likely to bowl first in order to gain an advantage in the first day. Read more »

Sports Talk: NRL

The NRL season is about to kick off, and I’m a little more excited about it than usual. I’m a little jaded from the saturation of Rugby Union, more specifically the Super 15 competition that starts while cricket is still on, and seemingly finishes when we’re opening our Christmas presents. Nevertheless, it will still be covered in this slot.

It is anyone’s guess as to how the New Zealand Warriors will perform this year under new coach Matthew Elliot, but if Google is anything to go by it isn’t a good omen:

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