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Offline Jeunes

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« 2019-Aug-02, 06:06 PM Reply #3675 »
I think Bennett will have a partial clean out at the end of the season.

He plans for the future and I think he knows he needs one more quality back and forward down the track to make Souths even better.

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« 2019-Aug-17, 10:17 PM Reply #3676 »
I fear we might be gone for the season. :(

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« 2019-Aug-18, 09:12 AM Reply #3677 »
Me too. I can only hope he has us on a taper that kicks off this week

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« 2019-Aug-30, 08:04 PM Reply #3678 »
A lot of one*-out stuff with little penetration in tight or out wide except for when one player had the ball:-
How good is that player?

How good is Cameron Murray?   

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« 2019-Aug-30, 08:15 PM Reply #3679 »
Can’t agree Geoff, I thought we were very good and building nicely for the semis

Murray is a star :no1:

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« 2019-Aug-30, 09:04 PM Reply #3680 »
Big game is next week for top 4.

They need a few results to go their way  this week and next if they lose to Roosters to have the double chance.

Their biggest issue is that Cook, Reynolds and Walker have to fire together for rest of the year or they are just making the numbers. Murray, Gagai, Burgess etc are good when the big 3 are firing.

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« 2019-Sep-07, 07:47 PM Reply #3681 »
It’s an absolute disgrace the way the NRL dishonestly runs the game. :mad:
You need to look no further than their quest to drive Sam Burgess from the game

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« 2019-Sep-07, 07:53 PM Reply #3682 »
I was amazed he was put on report.

Thought it was a no-brainer he had no case to answer.
 
Then I see he's copped a week.

Joke!!!!!!

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« 2019-Sep-07, 08:07 PM Reply #3684 »
Cordners elbow to Reynolds throat resulted in no charge.
There is zero difference to the one that Burgess copped 2 weeks for


I don’t think the storm hair pull was cited either  :mad:

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« 2019-Sep-08, 11:42 AM Reply #3685 »
Wily you only have to look to the Eels v Manly game on Friday.

If there was ever a case for a send off it was Taupau's swinging arm that caught Ray Stone flush on the chin, he was out cold before he hit the ground, yet after multiple replays he only gets 10 mins and is allowed to return to the park whilst the Eels are down a man on the bench. Ray Stone was taken from the field in a medicab

Fast forward towards the end of the game and Kane Evans is also marched for 10 mins yet in all those replays it's plain to see that the first contact is in the chest / shoulder region before sliding up. Penalty yes, 10 mins is laughable. The Manly play got to his feet and walked off like there was nothing wrong.

To top it off, the absurdity of it that both Evans & Taupau will miss one week  :shutup:

The inconsistencies are killing the game  :thumbsd:

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« 2019-Sep-08, 01:09 PM Reply #3686 »
I agree partially with you Gin. The diff is the repeat offenders get a harder deal ie more scrutiny than so called “cleanskins”.

Smith is an offender but there are other clubs who offend as badly too. If you watch any games today, watch the turtle rolls.

The referees and Bunker have no consistency. There was a crackdown on crusher tackles but that is on the wane. Now it is the facials and niggling in tackles which is getting scrutiny.

Why is it some players get sin binned for being placed on report while others don’t? If you are placed on report then you should be binned automatically.

HIA is a joke, there was so many head clashes in the Roosters v Rabbits game but it took a while before they were actioned. Crichton was the worst, the bloke is being taped up for his cut in the head yet he is allowed to play on for awhile. Where is the common sense in that?


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« 2019-Sep-20, 10:18 PM Reply #3687 »
I doubt we'll go any further but as far as I'm concerned Cameron Murray is the best player in the game at present.

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« 2019-Sep-20, 11:35 PM Reply #3688 »
I doubt we'll go any further but as far as I'm concerned Cameron Murray is the best player in the game at present.

Tedesco is my choice.

From what I saw today if the Rabbits can reduce their mistakes and polish their defence, they could be competitive next week.

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« 2019-Oct-30, 02:36 PM Reply #3689 »
A sad day for us bunnies fans😔

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« 2019-Oct-30, 03:54 PM Reply #3690 »
Yes, indeed. :tears:

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« 2019-Oct-30, 03:55 PM Reply #3691 »
Did someone die?

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« 2019-Oct-30, 05:02 PM Reply #3692 »
Yes, a big part of our soul, our DNA😩

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« 2019-Oct-30, 06:52 PM Reply #3693 »
He is an adulterer not deserving of any accolades.

And if Israel Folau is correct, we all know where he is going to end up. Don't we.  :angel:

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« 2019-Oct-30, 07:20 PM Reply #3694 »
He is an adulterer not deserving of any accolades..


I’ll accept that as pot stirring rather than factual knowledge

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« 2019-Nov-09, 05:09 AM Reply #3695 »
Behind the clan war of the battling Burgesses

BY Greg Bearup
Feature writer, The Weekend Australian Magazine


Where did it all go wrong?

In 2014, when it all began, they were decreed to be among Aus­tralia’s hottest new hook-ups, romping in a credible sixth in the Tabloid Stakes — admittedly behind then foreign minister Julie Bishop and her beau, David Paton, but still ahead of Matt Doran and Justine Schofield (… me neither — morning TV and MasterChef, ­apparently).

He was the handsome Adonis, the working-class kid from Yorkshire discovered by Russell Crowe as a teenager. Rusty was in Eng­land filming Robin Hood and would entice him — and his three brothers and the family matriarch, Julie — to join his band of merriment in Sydney.

He’d go on to captain England. And then, despite suffering a bust­ed eye socket in the first minute of the grand final, Slammin’ Sam Burgess would lead South Sydney Rabbitohs out of the wilderness to their first premiership in 42 years.

Back in those heady days of 2014, he was rugby league royalty — a Pom we could like.

Then came the injuries, which forced an early end.

“Sam Burgess will retire from rugby league as one of the greatest forwards and one of the toughest campaigners of any era,” said a rugby league pundit of the big man’s legacy.

She was the daughter of a captain of mining, a master and commander in the dark arts of political lobbying. Her father, Mitch Hooke, was the head of the Minerals Council of Australia and led the campaign that — depending on your point of view — would save the Australian mining industry from certain death or deny the Australian public $60bn in revenue. He stood with Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart on the back of trucks and successfully convinced Australians that the miners needed more money.

His campaign to kill the ­resources super-profits tax would also kill Kevin Rudd’s prime ministership. Mitch Hooke is not a man to take a backward step.

“Mitch has a massive ego,” says a Canberra insider. “He likes to win. You wouldn’t want to f..k with him.”

Daughter Phoebe was a stunning young journalist who would go on to become a brand ambass­ador for Johnson’s Baby and ­reveal her life in a series of glamorous and sponsored social media posts.

“Mitch and his wife, Sarah, raised their genetically blessed girls in a sprawling Bowral property with the sisters attending prestigious Mittagong boarding school Frensham,” said The Daily Telegraph.

“Friends say the two families are polar opposites: one nurtured by the rough and tumble environment of professional sport and the other born and bred in the ­antiques and homemade scones environment of the Southern Highlands.”

Still, the union between the ­genetically blessed Phoebe and the athletically gifted Sam seemed a match made in Insta-heaven.

Yet even in this age of over-sharing, it’s difficult to overcome allegations (denied) of a shared dick pic. But we’ll get to #dickgate later.

The family row

Now the stoush between the Burgess clan, formerly of West Yorkshire and latterly of Sydney’s coastal suburbs, and the Hooke clan of Bowral — formerly woolgrowers of Victoria — has turned ugly.

It’s ended with lawyers at 20 paces and has pitted two tribes against each other — the brash, new money world of rugby league against the old money establishment of leather patches, rugby union and Australia’s most powerful boardrooms.

Martin Ferguson, the former Labor minister for resources and energy, says he has the greatest ­respect for his old sparring partner, Mitch Hooke.

“He is a tough cookie, but he was always fair and reasonable,” he says. “He is a straight-shooter. There’s no hidden agenda or games with Mitch.”

This week it all wound up in court. On October 21, Burgess went to visit his two young children, who were at Hooke’s spread at Bowral. Hooke allegedly asked Burgess to leave, which he did, but police were called.

Officers filed an interim AVO against Burgess that banned him from going within 1km of the property or contacting Hooke. In court this week, Burgess’s lawyer, Bryan Wrench of Murphy’s Lawyers — “We will defend your matter aggressively and vigorously” — claimed Mitch Hooke had fabricated the allegations against his client. “The allegation of intimidation is completely denied,” Wrench said of Hooke’s claims.

“There was no violence, no ­intimidation. There were no threats.”

The battle continues out of court. “He’s an A-grade f..kwit,” says a member of the Burgess ­entourage of Mitch Hooke.

“Sam goes down there, and goes, ‘Where are me kids? Where are me kids?’ There’s a few words, but there’s no (physical) confrontation. It’s just two blokes — face to face — and he runs off like a ­little girl to the coppers and dobs him in. I mean, f..k off.”

Hooke wouldn’t talk, but a friend of the family did, saying: “You need to get your hands on the court documents that were lodged in court this week.

“That spells out basically what went on and what was said. The things that were said will peel paint off the walls.”

The documents have not yet been tendered. The Weekend Australian understands the confrontation took place after a ­“mediated visit” with their two kids, Poppy, 2, and Billy, 10 months. Phoebe was not present.

“The time was up. I think ­Phoebe wanted to come home but she didn’t want to see Sam. Sam said, ‘I want to see Phoebe’. Mitch rang Phoebe and said ‘Sam wants to see you’, and she said ‘Absolutely not’. Mitch came back and broke the news and I don’t think Sam handled that all too well.

“In my gut, I don’t believe Mitch would run off to the coppers with a half-baked claim,” this ­person says.

“Mitch has been shirtfronted by Kevin Rudd over the mining tax, he’s been threatened by the best of them. He doesn’t buckle easily.”

Lawyers and supporters

Sam Burgess has the backing of Russell Crowe and his crew and the South Sydney rugby league set. Crowe’s media guy, Grant Vandenberg (Schapelle Corby, Alan Jones, Moses Obeid, Shane Warne …), is said to be handling the media, although Vandenberg denied this when contacted by The Weekend Australian.

His lawyer, Chris Murphy (the Bandidos, John Singleton, Matthew Newton, Anthony Bell, terrorists various …), has long had a combative relationship with police and once drove a car with the number plates VERBAL.

Murphy has represented Burgess in the past. Last year — with Phoebe heavily pregnant with their second child — Burgess was involved in a sexting scandal where pictures of his alleged penis were ­allegedly sent to a 23-year-old woman. She went to the media after believing her complaint was not being treated seriously by the club.

“I find it disgusting how these boys think they can get away with this crap,” she said.

In September that year, South Sydney cleared Burgess and other players of “any actionable misconduct resulting in a breach of their NRL playing contract”.

Phoebe, the tabloids declared, was “standing by her man” by ­returning to Instagram a few days later. She posted a photo of her baby daughter on a picnic rug and her with a protruding pregnant belly. Sam, too, was out to clear his good name. “I have engaged lawyer Chris Murphy to pursue remedies,” the footballer said in a statement, “and he has retained defamation lawyers.”

Those defamation “remedies” over #dickgate appear to have gone nowhere. Last December their second child, William “Billy” Mark Burgess, was born, weighing in at 4.22kg.

Three weeks later, Burgess moved out of the family home.

There was a brief reconcili­ation, and then Phoebe moved with the kids to the family compound at Bowral.

Both sides have been trying to control the narrative ever since. At this stage, Burgess seems to be losing, badly: “Keeping mum: Phoebe Burgess dotes on son Billy in sweet Instagram snaps as estranged husband Sam parties on yacht with ­bikini-clad women.” But then, Burgess is accusing his father-in-law of fabricating claims, which will not have gone down well with Mitch Hooke.


https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/behind-the-clan-war-of-the-battling-burgesses/

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« 2019-Nov-09, 06:59 AM Reply #3696 »
Divorce usually gets ugly. Horrible situation


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