If the Queensland Maroons want to find the largest breed in the State of Origin, they may want to look a little closer to home.
Meanwhile, the dismissal of the Titans’ high-performance manager, Clint Hoar, put pressure on Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrooke.
Read below for all the latest NRL news on Jimmy Brings.
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THE REAL ORIGIN – AND IT’S NOT LIAM MARTIN
If the Blues retro Liam Martin is – as the Queensland media has christened him – the new Paul Gallen, then I’m an astronaut.
Galen was the famous blues performer he loved to hate all over Queensland after the NSW forward described everyone north of the River Tweed as “two heads”.
But all you have to do is line up Queensland forward Felise Kaufusi’s match review committee and Martin’s trial sheet to find out who the real bad guy is in State of Origin II on Sunday night.
Kaufusi has been charged with nine separate offenses and sentenced to five weeks compared to Martin who has been charged with three counts and sentenced to a large total of one match.
According to the Eighth Immortal, Joey Johns, after Kaufusi somehow escaped the suspension over Sam Walker’s elbow in lap 14, Kaufusi would have to buy a lottery ticket.
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If anyone has the right qualifications to talk about playing hard in the State of Origin, it’s the NSW champion and Australian front-runner Steve Roach.
“Blocker” faced all the rugged Maroons of the 1980s and early 1990s and could not contain the laughter with the t-shirts falling on the Blues’ retro Martin.
“If they are trying to make Liam Martin bad, they should look in their backyard. It’s not a competition when you put Martin against Felise Kaufusi. Take a look at their records. The case is closed. “
Kaufusi burgundy forward rap sheet makes a bad read – seven dangerous contact charges, including two chicken wings, a head blow, a tackle with a fight and an attack on an opponent’s head.
There is also a startup charge and a careless high taclin charge.
Compared to Kaufusi, Martin still has the L plates.
The Blues’ backbone has only been sidelined for a week with a dangerous throw, with the other two categories being opposite contact for head-to-head attack and dangerous kick-to-kick contact.
You know it’s a source time when a dirt file leaks into the media and turns into headlines.
It’s all part of the theater and adds to the accumulation of what is at stake.
DISMISSAL OF THE TITANS MAKE HOLBROOK NERVOUS
The Gold Coast Titans silently said goodbye to high-performance manager Clint Hoar – who was a very close ally of coach Justin Holbrooke.
The Titans was one of the biggest disappointments of 2022 with the move being seen as a warning shot that everyone in the club is under pressure.
The 13th Immortal Mal Meninga has also been spotted making weekly trips from Canberra to the Gold Coast to spend more time with Holbrooke.
The Gold Coast is currently last on the NRL ladder with only three wins in 15 games.
To be fair, the Titans lost $ 1.2 million player David Fifita for six games and young gunman Jayden Campbell has only made seven NRL appearances, but it is impossible to ignore how poor he was.
There was real reason for optimism in the Gold Coast, as they went through a passage to the second week of the finals last year, but what could go wrong, went wrong.
It was clearly a recruitment mistake that left Chief Jamal Fogarty leaving to join the Canberra Raiders.
Fifita will return for the Titans ’16th game against the Knights in Newcastle, but there is no doubt that the departure of the Titans’ top coach, Hoare, has alerted everyone.
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CROWE AND BENNETT LOCK HORNS OVER BURGESS
Wayne Bennett and Russell Crowe talked about Sam Burgess’s situation with the Dolphins and South Sydney still at odds over who will secure Rabbitohs 2014 winner Clive Churchill as assistant coach for next season.
The Bunnies initially wanted Burgess to work as a lower-level manager next year, but after the Dolphins overcame them with a bid to work as Bennett’s right-hand man, South Sydney increased their offer.
Burgess had gone to the Dolphins to be one of Bennett’s assistants at the spot where the forward forward was looking at property in Brisbane last week.
But Souths and Crowe especially refuse to lose him.
Supercoach Bennett and Gladiator remain great companions from the training of the seven-time winner of the Redfern premiere, with the trio spending all their time at Crowe’s Nana Glenn last month.
Burgess is believed to be really divided over his next move. He is currently focusing on the team that trains on NSW’s Mid-North Coast at Coffs Harbor the Orara Valley Axemen.
The Axemen sit at the top of the ladder with six wins and only one defeat.
It will be a big coup for anyone who ends up landing Sam on their coaching staff.
SHARKS CIRCLE NEW CONTRACT FOR MOYLAN
The Cronulla Sharks are nearing the final touches on a new two-year contract for playmaker Matt Moylan.
Moylan, who closed 31 earlier this month, has played in every game for the Sharks this season and signed a new contract with a player against Gold Coast at Coffs Harbor in Round 14.
After an injury of three seasons, where he managed only 34 NRL games, Moylan made the important career decision to accept a $ 450,000 haircut this season and supported himself to win a new deal.
The Sharks were initially looking for an extension of just one year, but the way he managed to play all 14 games this year and his application to training has impressed everyone at Cronulla.
Expect Moylan’s new deal to be a $ 800,000 two-year deal.
Given the way his combination with Nicho Hynes has developed, it’s a clever game by the Sharks.
COLLINS ‘DECISION WAS A LOTTO
There were many good judges who shook their heads at how the Roosters and Queensland striker Lindsay Collins escaped with a fine for his dangerous throw to the center of the Eels Waqa Blake in lap 15.
It bore a striking resemblance to a tackle Raiders star Jack Wighton made on Warriors quarterback Reece Walsh in the eighth round when the Blues center-back was hit by a dangerous 2nd-degree shot and sent off for two weeks.
Conspiracy theorists suggest that Collins received only a $ 1 charge and a $ 2,500 fine, so that the Roosters back had a saloon crossing on the Maroons’ home side for Origin II.
We do not recommend it at all, but it was a surprise decision.
EVERYTHING LEAVES NOT BITE
We laughed well with our old partner, Dean Bulldog Ritchie, who was taking pictures with our thread on Luke Brooks who was on the firing line to fall into the Wests Tigers.
This is the same journo that complained that he was sick and tired of bagging the threads of other journos some time ago for the Kalyn Ponga contract fiasco.
Do you remember that?
The Knights impressively closed the contract with Kalyn Ponga. The Knights impressively resubmitted the deal.
It is in operation. No, no, stop, it’s over. Hold the phone, it is open again.
For the record, we had West Tigers decision makers on the phone Tuesday morning, wanting to know how we got the information about Brooks’s rejection.
The conversations they had at the club had to remain private.
Brooks was scheduled for a meeting on Tuesday with interim coach Brett Kimorley in Concord, but it was canceled after other media took it into account.
Brooks will now meet with Kimorley on Thursday to discuss the next steps in the Wests Tigers.
The plan on Monday night was that the Tigers were going to abandon him.