NRL Round 5 - Canterbury suck

Another weekend of NRL action draws to a close, Mary McGregor’s boys got the win to ease the pressure somewhat on the besieged coach, with the focus now shifting back to Dean Pay’s tenure at the Dogs and now the Sharkies chief, John Morris. Did I dream up a story that Eddie Jones was going to take his job? No I think it is real, is Justin Langer going to coach the Netball as well, what is going on?


Paul McGregor's men beat the Sharks and eased the pressure on their coach


Thursday night the Broncos showed some ticker but eventually got outclassed by a Manly side who weren’t at their best but always seemed to have control of the match, seems weird saying that doesn’t it when you overcome a 18-0 deficit. The Broncos were hard done by I thought in not taking a 24-0 lead with a controversial, or perhaps it was just incorrect, obstruction call, that might have sealed things. Nonetheless, positive (ish) signs for the Broncos and Manly are looking the goods.


The Warriors and Cowboys game didn’t exactly go according to the script I’d read, Jason Taumalolo was kept quiet on his return from injury, the Warriors did a great job on limiting his metres, that might have been the game just in that. The other Friday Night game was a cracker, the Panthers let one slip, paving the way for the Eels to continue their unbeaten run and sit alone at the top of the ladder.


The Rabbitohs took care of the Titans as most suspected would be the case, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves but the Bunnies did look much better than the week previous, let’s hope they can find some form. Similarly, the Raiders took care of the Tigers despite a wonderful defensive effort from Wests. Benji Marshall carved a lone figure on the sidelines as he watched on, what does his future hold?


What about Ryan Papenhuyzen’s tackle on Kalyn Ponga close to the line? Not only did he save a try there, he got up defused the short grubber in behind off the very next play. As Bruce McAvaney would say, that was special. So too were the Storm, I thought they might struggle this year but halfback Ryley Jacks handled himself well and the old firm of Bellamy and Smith, well they’re just pretty hard to beat aren’t they. Fool me once as they say, I thought they might struggle in 2020, seems I might have been wrong.


BREAKING: James Tedesco is really good at Rugby League


Whilst I still like the Knights chances for the season, two teams that stunk up the joint big time on the weekend were the Sharks and Bulldogs. The Sharks helped Paul McGregor save his job, falling to the Dragons, whilst Monday Night Football was back after the COVID scare and the Bulldogs forgot to show up, 24-0 at half-time and just outclassed across the park. James Tedesco, I am not sure what to say to you, but I wish you from north of the border.


A quick look ahead to Round 6, some absolutely blockbuster clashes. Roosters & Eels on Saturday and the Raiders take on Manly on Sunday. The Titans also take on the Dragons this week, could be a hard watch, whilst the Sharks play the Bulldogs and jeez, that’ll also be one to probably try and avoid.


Until next week...


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