NRL Opinion

NSW must sack the lot

Thursday June 17, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – In the most important match in NSW Origin history last night, the Blues failed to show up. They were blown away, for the fifth year in a row, by a rampaging Queensland team.

There can be no excuses in Origin football and now everyone, from the selectors to the captain to the coach to the bus driver, need to go.

I love Queensland and nothing brings me greater pleasure than to stick the boot right in and brag about being the FIVE TIME State of Origin Champions.

We all acknowledge that Queensland has a champion team but it looks like the Blues are beaten way before a ball is kicked. Read more

NRL Judiciary is an absolute joke

Thursday June 10, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – The NRL judiciary has officially become a farce. The fact that Jarryd Hayne can escape suspension for a blatant head butt, just because he is an elite player, is crap. He should have been suspended for breaking the rules – Origin or not.

It does give the stink of preferential treatment especially when Issac Luke was ruled out of a Test match last year and Cameron Smith was punted from the 2008 Grand Final by the judiciary.

The first thing that everyone in the rugby league community, including myself, agrees on is that Hayne gave Billy Slater nothing more than a love tap last week. It was far from a vicious blow and would not have hurt Slater one bit. Read more

JT’s FU wasn’t that bad

Thursday June 3, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Johnathan Thurston last night fronted the judiciary to appeal a one match suspension – for swearing. Yep, swearing. The fact he was even charged was a joke – he was charged for dropping F-bombs left right and centre: but who hasn’t?

For those who missed it last weekend, JT went on an expletive rant at referee Jason Robinson after a delayed call on a forward pass late in the match cost the Cowboys a try and probable victory.

First of all, the call was correct. But the lateness and because it came from a man 60 metres away – plus the fact Robinson couldn’t explain it – had Thurston blow up and swear I think eight times. He also sarcastically added, “You (Referee Robinson) should be man of the match”. Read more

Enemy Territory

Thursday May 27, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Wow, how good was last night Queensland fans!! The mighty Maroons opened their quest for a fifth straight series win with a pretty impressive win in trying conditions. I was there, live at the ground, in enemy territory (and torrential rain), and loved every minute of it.

Last week I spoke about tribalism and passion within the rugby league community. I highly recommend following your Origin team on an away trip – especially when your team is just about the greatest ever seen. Read more

Tribalism

Thursday May 20, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – I can’t speak for Sydney, but the air I’m breathing in Brisbane this week is wafting with State of Origin fever. It is the best time of year to be a Queensland or New South Wales fan as the anticipation of another series slowly bubbles away.

The passion among the players and fans makes interstate football and is responsible for the three biggest nights of the rugby league year. What I have noticed this season more than ever is the tribalism and passion around our game at club level. Read more

Is it all about that money, money (yeah, yeah)?

Thursday May 13, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – “I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love” – The Beatles. Is this phrase ringing truer in rugby league, even amongst all the salary cap, representative payments and strike action? Earlier this week we had Johnathan Thurston re-sign with the NRL just hours after reports Mark Gasnier was poised for a rugby league return.

Does that mean then we are seeing a slight change in attitude towards skipping the code for big money elsewhere? In the last four years we have seen Wendell Sailor, Mat Rogers, Lote Tuqiri and Timana Tahu all leave the code only to return – for much less money. Read more

Everything Rep – Marshall, Folau, Future

Thursday May 6, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Benji Marshall, once the greatest myth in rugby league, is now a guy who could lead New Zealand into an era of greatness. We got a sniff of this at the World Cup in 2008, Australia couldn’t beat them during the Four Nations last year and now Benji Marshall is on the crest of reaching his potential and more.

Two years ago Marshall was an enigma, a phantom. Here was a kid with all the skills in the world but couldn’t put two games together. That was because he either mixed his brilliance with trash, or he got injured.

The injuries have been well documented over the years and Marshall gained the reputation as a brittle player who could not defend. What’s more, he probably deserved that too. He seemed to spend more time in the casualty ward than the football field and when he was there, Marshall tended to defend on the wing or at fullback to minimise his tackling (and consequently injuries). Read more

Saving the Storm

Thursday April 29, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – As we sit right now, it’s probably fair to say the Melbourne Storm is one of the most hated teams in NRL history. We, rugby league fans, hate the fact they cheated for five years.

We hate they fielded an illegal team. We hate that they were better than us. We hate that a few suits at that club ruined their legacy, ruined the last five years of viewing pleasure and rivalry. We hate all of that but for the Melbourne Storm, this very hatred could save them.

I believe we need a team in Melbourne and we need a successful team in Melbourne. Of course there are so many unknowns at this point and these unknowns will continue for a while yet. I have an idea to make the Storm successful in Melbourne. An idea that won’t suit a lot of people, but one I believe could work for the greater good of our game. Read more

The Melbourne Storm are Cheats

Thursday April 22, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – The best NRL team we’ve seen this decade is a fraud. The Melbourne Storm, with two Premierships from four consecutive Grand Finals are cheats.

They cheated their way to those titles, they cheated their fans and they have cheated the rugby league community. There can be no justification. At 4pm AEST today NRL Chief Executive David Gallop announced the Melbourne Storm would be: Read more

Second Teams

Thursday April 15, 2010 by  

KEYTO’S NRL HITS (and misses) – Everyone reading this has their favourite team – the team they support, the team they tip and the team they love.

You’re either a Dragons supporter, an Eels fan, a Rabbitohs diehard or some other type of supporter for any of the other teams. But who of you has a ‘second’ team? Or a third or a fourth?

Your ‘second’ team plays great football at times, don’t have many enemies and you don’t mind when they win.

I’m thrilled the following three sides have made strong starts to the season and I would love so much to see them all in the Finals come the end of the year – unless it comes down to one of them against the Broncos!! Read more