NRL Opinion

Thurston, Swapsies and live TV

Thursday June 23, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Hi there NRL fans and boy, didn’t I hit a few nerves last week! I got more hate mail from NSW fans than I had all season. Thanks for that! Now bring on Origin III and six in a row for the mighty Maroons. A team that, rightfully so, will have the world’s best halfback on deck for the Decider.

Ref Bumps

Probably 95 per cent of rugby league fans agreed Johnathan Thurston shouldn’t have had a case to answer at the NRL judiciary last night. His collision with the referee was a nasty one, but it was an accident. Read more

Fire Up Blues Fans!!

Thursday June 16, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – The New South Wales Blues comprehensively outplayed Queensland last night to send the 2011 Origin series to a massive Decider.

I was in Sydney for the game and can tell you not one NSW fan even dared to suggest to me they WOULD win the series. Come on Blues!! You’re in this up to your eyeballs and it’s time to give it to us Queenslanders and let us know you’re coming to get some in Brisbane. Read more

Betting, Canberra and Origin II

Thursday June 9, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Hi all, it’s been another busy week in rugby league and today I wanted to share my thoughts on a few of the issues generating a bit of chatter.

NRL Betting

Next year all betting regulations and promotions will be changed with the most notable difference to be the removal of live odds at games and as part of the television coverage. I have to say – I have absolutely no problem with seeing fluctuating odds pop up during the games. In fact I think it’s great! Read more

The enigmatic Michael Ennis

Thursday June 2, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Here in Queensland, right now in the middle of State of Origin, Blues hooker Michael Ennis is Public Enemy number one.

He’s taken the mantle from a cleaner captain Paul Gallen and Titans regular Greg Bird to be the most despised player on the field. Not just here, plenty of NRL fans (and players) from all clubs agree. But I like the cut of his jib and would hate to see him change.

The ‘Grub’

Thousands of NRL fans refer to Ennis as a ‘grub’ that bends the rules as much as possible, almost to the point of ‘cheating’. He sledges, he niggles, he taunts and he WINS. Sure he flies close to the wind but these are the tactics that made Michael Ennis an Origin player. Read more

Standouts from Origin I

Thursday May 26, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – The 2011 Origin opener has been run and won by the Maroons again! I can tell you Suncorp Stadium was buzzing last night and Caxton Street was thriving for hours afterwards.

I was one of the 52,000 there last night and have watched the tape as well, so I’m going to share my thoughts on a few of the key players from both sides. These guys weren’t necessarily the best, but they stood out to me.

Darren Lockyer

This guy is the new King, he just bosses the game. Lockyer played last night like a man who owned Origin football. Even though Queensland struggled to score tries, Lockyer looked unflustered and in control. He proved that by sending the Maroons over for the match winning try. Read more

It’s now or never for the Blues

Thursday May 19, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – State of Origin is here for another season and the build up hasn’t been without controversy and talking points. Both sides are strong, as always, but after five long years I truly believe this is a series New South Wales simply MUST win.

Form Side

The New South Wales Dragons, ah, Blues have named a very strong side for Origin I despite including five debutants. I’m very happy to see Jamie Soward getting a run because he’s been a very good player for the last 18 months. The stack of Dragons will only help the side because let’s face it, the Dragons are winners. Read more

Carney for Origin? Not on my watch

Thursday May 12, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Todd Carney was set to play State of Origin football this season and dare I say it, was set to play a starring role. However those plans went down the toilet when he fell off the wagon. Now he’s back in the NRL but that doesn’t give him a free pass to our greatest game of all.

No Origin, Todd

In case you missed it, the last chance specialist Todd Carney is back and ready to roll for the Roosters on Sunday. Carney has spent the last few weeks, I guess, rehabilitating himself from his most recent ‘alcohol-related incident’. Let me clear up a few things: Read more

Does the ANZAC Test cheapen the NRL?

Thursday May 5, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Well the it-doesn’t-matter-what-day-we-play ANZAC Test will be held tomorrow night on the Gold Coast and this year, for the first time, I’ve got mixed feelings. Over the years I’ve been in the minority by generally supporting a Test Match this early in the season. But this year it’s a bit different.

Broncos Team

The thing that changed for me was the announcement of the Brisbane Broncos team on Tuesday to face Melbourne on the weekend – just 24 hours after the Test Match. Of the six players named for the rep game, not a single one was included in the Broncos side. Read more

The Australian Maroons?

Thursday April 28, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Hard to believe, but the representative season is here. Australia play New Zealand on Friday week at Skilled Park and if media chatter is correct, the Kangaroos side is already decided.

There could be as many as 13 Queenslanders in the team – and why not! They are the five time Origin champions. Just for some fun, I will give you my Test teams based on what I’ve seen this season.

Last start Aussies

Despite winning all their group games in last years’ Four Nations tournament, the Aussies were beaten 16-12 in the Final by New Zealand back in November. That side from 1-17 was: Slater, Morris, Tate, Tonga, Tuqiri, Lockyer, Cronk, Scott, Smith, Shillington, Lewis, Thaiday, Gallen, Learoyd-Lahrs, Bird, Gidley, Myles. Read more

Titans making right moves

Thursday April 21, 2011 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – A few weeks ago I wrote the Gold Coast Titans were an old team not getting better. I mentioned they didn’t really have anyone in their mid-20’s hitting peak form consistently.

The squad was full of players heading towards the ‘veteran’ stage – the same group who failed in big match Finals more than once. Well, over the past week the Titans have made moves to rectify this in a clear sign 2011 will be the last chance for this inaugural squad.

Club overhaul

The Titans have made two great signings in my opinion and could make at least one more. The big one of course was Jamal Idris. This guy is a superstar already and will only get better. He gives the Titans a serious attacking weapon out wide which will strike a bit of fear into opponents. Read more