NRL Opinion

Luke Burt, Darren Lockyer, Gold Coast Titans

Thursday August 26, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Over the past seven days we have seen one campaign end, another one seriously wobble while a third seems to be firming by the day.

It is a huge weekend for a number of teams and Round 25 could make it or break it. Today I will have a look at three of the recent, biggest influences we have seen on this competition. Read more

Open letter to NRL Refs

Thursday August 19, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Open letter to the National Rugby League referees:

Dear NRL Referee’s … STOP IT!!

STOP IT NOW!!

As Gus Gould says, we (NRL fans) pay good money to watch the players. We don’t want to see a refereeing exhibition. Read more

Is Brisbane the new Melbourne?

Thursday August 12, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – The Brisbane Broncos have the chance to embark on a Melbourne Storm-style dynasty. These Broncos have youth and experience, exuberance and excitement and are as skilful as any NRL team. Something special is brewing in Brisbane – something we saw in Melbourne the last five years.

Storm’s proud history

We all know how Melbourne’s dynasty crumbled in April this year, but let’s not forget what they had done for most of this decade. The Storm blooded and created stars out of Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Israel Folau, Greg Inglis, Dallas Johnson, Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Adam Blair, Matt King and many more. Read more

Chokers, Chargers, Creepers, Capitulators

Thursday August 5, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – There are five rounds to go and this year’s top eight is far from decided. In a week where plenty of questions have been asked about various teams, I will give my view on where four of the most popular sides are at.

Dragons Choking?

We saw it last year and the warning signs are back again, so after leading the comp all year are the Dragons stumbling towards an early finals exit again? One thing many underestimate is the pressure in leading the ladder for a sustained period of time. Read more

It’s Official, the AFL is kidding!!

Thursday July 29, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – The AFL signed away Karmichael Hunt and Israel Folau as a publicity stunt – something they have basically admitted.

The AFL justified their huge salaries by claiming the marketing value of these guys will outweigh the cost. So my question is this … if the AFL want publicity, if they want marketing, why aren’t they looking at signing Jason Akermanis? Read more

Contenders and Pretenders

Thursday July 22, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – As we enter the business end of the season, there are three genuine premiership chances remaining in the competition.

Realistically, any of the 10 remaining contenders could get on a roll and take this thing out. But for mine, assuming there are no dramatic changes in form or personnel, this is predominately a race in three. Read more

The Cowboys Conundrum

Thursday July 15, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Jonathan Thurston is one of the best players we have seen over the last 10 years. He has excelled at all levels of the game and has been a great rugby league personality on and off the field.

However, he is also the captain of a team who should be a Premiership contender yet are effectively wooden spooners. Unfortunately, in my opinion I see Thurston as a big part of the problems in Townsville. Read more

Time to write off some teams

Thursday July 8, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Well, it’s that time of year to get out the big red pen and strike a nice thick line through a couple of teams. After watching two games last weekend, I am right now officially writing off the Canberra Raiders and Parramatta Eels.

They might come good and make a fool of me and if that happens hey, good luck to them, but I can’t see it. Canberra and Parramatta have now joined Cronulla, North Queensland and Melbourne in planning next season. Read more

A tale of two men: Jarryd Hayne and Steven Price

Thursday July 1, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Jarryd Hayne has a decision to make – megastar or quiet achiever. He cannot have both. You can’t take the big contracts and demand the big money if you’re not going to perform and you can’t take criticism.

Hayne blew up the other day because his coach said what everyone in rugby league knows – Hayne is not playing his best football.

We can question the merits of the coach doing this publicly and the media blowing things out of proportion, but the bottom line is a lot of fans don’t like Hayne because he attracts this sort of attention. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of young fans especially in Sydney love the guy. This is where Hayne has got his problems. Read more

Top 10 best things in the NRL today

Thursday June 24, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – From the dawn of new eras to the influx of new talent, plus some of the quirkier events, season 2010 is flowing along swimmingly.

As we begin to reach the end of another Origin series and clubs begin shifting focus towards the business end of the competition, now is a good time to reflect on the season to date. Without the alleged racism, cheating and drug use, this season has been pretty good to date – and here’s why: Read more