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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby blazza18 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:57 am

Imagine getting mad over two refs on the field.

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Cameron » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:40 am

yourhero wrote:Meh, I don't see this as a way to disadvantage the Storm. This just seems like a d*ck swinging exercise with the RFL. "We will play under NRL rules".

International rules makes much more sense.


I didn't say it disadvantages the Storm. Far from it.

What I am saying is that it is the usual NRL Sydneycentric administration meddling and attempt to undermine the Storm. Like they always DO

Storm and Rhinos had agreed to international rules under one Ref


and the NRL Sydneycentric control freak administration basically shat on both of them.

and sooky sooky la la said, we make the rules...

and we apply them to whomever we want and to whomever we don't want.

So suck Eggs!

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Cameron » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:51 am

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/nrl/rya ... 4z0eb.html

As his return game on AAMI Park approaches, Melbourne Storm veteran Ryan Hoffman is looking forward to the little things: the Storm’s banner, the sound of ACDC’s Thunderstruck ringing out and the familiar sight of his purple and navy playing strip.

It doesn’t feel like three years since Hoffman last played for the club but with his New Zealand Warriors stint over, the 34-year-old is ready to run out in the old No.12 top and help his club to a World Club Challenge win over Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.

Technically, Hoffman has already made his AAMI Park return after playing in the team’s closed doors trial game against Newcastle Knights last week but the crowd and the occasion on Friday is his real homecoming.

“To come back and pull on the purple jersey again is very special and something I didn’t think I’d do again,” Hoffman said on Thursday.

“It’s a very special game and it’s the Melbourne-centric things like the banner and that sort of stuff, it’s only small things that you miss and only understand how much it means to the club [when you are gone].”

Hoffman has played in four previous WCC games (three with Storm, one with Wigan Warriors) but will relish the chance to play in Australian conditions as opposed to the cold of the English winter.

“We have been saying over the years in all the other World Club Challenges that we would love to play them on a dry track during summer in Australia," Hoffman said.

"We have got that opportunity and it’s up to us to put in a good performance.”

Leeds coach Brian McDermott expressed some unhappiness at the decision to have two referees officiate the game instead of one as is usually the case in international rugby league and English Super League games.

“It’s not good,” McDermott told the club website.

“I don’t think there is anything sinister in this from the NRL. Their competition plays with two referees and we play with one.

“There has been all sorts of dialogue over the years about Super League should move to two but we are not happy this has been forced upon us.

“We agreed in England about some parameters around how we play the game. The term that was always used was international rules.

“We have nothing to hide and don’t think the second referee will find any sort of cynical play or sneaky play out of us but I don’t hope they showcase two referees and it becomes a penalty-ridden game.”

Hoffman said Storm had nothing to do with that decision.

“We were surprised too,” Hoffman said. “It is completely out of our control and it won’t matter to us. It’s what you do with the ball, the idea is to not have the referees involved in the game too much.”

Melbourne have named an almost full-strength side for the game with only injured prop Sam Kasiano (ankle) out.

Hoffman wants to put in a good performance in his favoured second-row position considering Joe Stimson and Patrick Kaufusi are competing with him for the starting role.

Leeds, who have started the Super League season with two wins, have lost several of their props including former Storm forward Mitch Garbutt to injury, and could have a less-experienced forward pack but Hoffman knows the Rhinos will field a quality side.

“You prefer to have your starting front rowers but it won’t change their game plan - they are tough boys from Yorkshire,” Hoffman said.

“They are going love the challenge and every time we have played them they have been really aggressive through the middle and we expect nothing less regardless of who they have wearing the prop jerseys.”

The Storm will also have a side playing the New Zealand Warriors in Rotorua on Saturday afternoon, with that side made up of emerging players and those not playing Friday.

Melbourne Storm host Leeds Rhinos in the World Club Challenge at AAMI Park on Friday at 8pm.

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby LESStar58 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:34 pm

The two refs thing is a bit odd. Test matches only have one ref so why not club games between NRL and SL clubs? Tbh I hope to see one ref in the NRL again eventually.

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Scooter » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:11 pm

Storm have reduced squad to 19 with Ryley Jacks and Tui Kamikamica dropping out.

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Deadpool » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:47 pm

Scooter wrote:Storm have reduced squad to 19 with Ryley Jacks and Tui Kamikamica dropping out.

Are they allowed to play in the other trial?

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Lucas » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:15 pm

Deadpool wrote:
Scooter wrote:Storm have reduced squad to 19 with Ryley Jacks and Tui Kamikamica dropping out.

Are they allowed to play in the other trial?

Tui named in trial. Jacks not. Weird.

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Cameron » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:22 pm

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Australian sides have won seven of the past nine editions of the World Club Challenge and Ladbrokes punters believe that the Aussie dominance will continue this weekend.

The Melbourne Storm are $1.06 favourites to claim victory with Ladbrokes, while a massive $9.50 is available for a Leeds win.

While it is tough to bet against the Storm in any big game, the line of 22.5 points does seem

excessive and Ladbrokes head NRL bookmaker Peter Fairgrieve expects Leeds to be popular at the line.

“It’s hard to really know how Leeds will perform, but if we look at Melbourne only it does look like a massive line,” Fairgrieve said.

“Cameron Smith has done next to no training and they have lost a number of key players in the form of Cooper Cronk, Jordan McLean and Tohu Harris.

“It could take a while for the new combinations at the Storm to form and they will likely need to grind out a result in this contest.”

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Cameron » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:04 am

Wonder what the crowd will be!? It deserves a sellout as Melbourne Storm have done the city of Melbourne and its state proud for some time now. They deserve the spoils of success!

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby yourhero » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:17 am

Cameron wrote:Storm are $1.06 favourites, $9.50 is available for a Leeds win.

line of 22.5 points


Both of those odds are beyond ridiculous... I can recall two times off the top of my head where Canberra beat us when starting at >$5 outsiders.

The biggest odds all of last year were 01 Apr 2017 Cronulla Sharks ($1.10) - Newcastle Knights ($7.13). Sharks were at home after spanking the Eels the week before... They just managed to beat the Knights by 1 point with a Field Goal 2 mins before full time...

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby yourhero » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:18 am

The Storm are expecting 20,000.

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Cameron » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:52 am

I reckon the best bet of all time is Leeds at the line with the 22.5 points in; into Redzel in the Lightning Stakes on Saturday paying $3.33.

We are liable to be extremely rusty. and If we get more than two tries infront, Bellamy will take Cam Smith off.

Get On Punters!

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby nacho » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:03 am

I never thought I'd do this but I am actually opting to stay home and watch the game. Much better watching it on TV lately.

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Cameron » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:12 am

It will be great live as it is the World Championship.

Never EVER played for in Melbourne.

if our Melbourne Storm get the World Championship Trophy there will be a big ceremony afterwards.

When we won the NRL championship in 2012 I got my photo taken with the trophy and Ryan Hoffman.

You can't do that at home.

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Re: World Club Challenge

Postby Cameron » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:58 pm

Matt Parcell ready for threat from Cameron Smith

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FOR any hooker – for any player, for that matter – coming up against Cameron Smith is the sort of experience that must be relished. Admittedly, many have been terrorised by the Australia captain’s repertoire of skills that have made him one of the sport’s modern greats but to face him is an ultimate test of a player’s own make-up

That is why Leeds Rhinos’ Matt Parcell will be looking forward more than most to today’s World Club Challenge against NRL premiers Melbourne Storm. An Australian himself, he made a terrific impact during his debut season at Headingley last year, helping them to the Super League Grand Final and earning himself a place in the Dream Team, too, as the competition’s best hooker. Now, with Parcell back on home turf, the former Manly rake realises he must take his game to another level if he is to get on top of Smith, the 34-year-old veteran Queenslander who still seems to barely even break sweat during a match.

“I’ve played against him a couple of times,” said Parcell. New “Personally, it’s a big challenge. He’s obviously a legend of the game and he’ll probably go down as an ‘Immortal’ so, for me, it is a big challenge.

“But I am looking forward to it. As the week’s gone on and we’ve got closer to the game we’re all looking forward to this more and more.” Leeds’s task is not helped by the fact they are without four regular props – Parcell’s fellow countrymen Mitch Garbutt, Keith Galloway and Nathaniel Peteru plus Anthony Mullally while even rookie Mikolaj Oledzki is sidelined.Parcell conceded it may mean Rhinos will change their style for the title-decider at AAMI Park but said they will be able to cope despite being under such strain in the middle. It makes the challenge harder definitely but I guess we’ve just got to adjust our style; we don’t have the big guys to out-muscle Melbourne so we just have to change the way we play to suit the guys we do have. Matt Parcell “We can cope but it is difficult,” said Parcell.“Unfortunately, it’s the one position where our big guys have all gone down at once. “It makes the challenge harder definitely but I guess we’ve just got to adjust our style; we don’t have the big guys to out-muscle Melbourne so we just have to change the way we play to suit the guys we do have.

”Parcell’s pace and sniping runs around the ruck could be even more invaluable to help ease the pressure at times against a side not only containing Smith but the brilliant Billy Slater, too,

The 25-year-old admits the sense of occasion is clear to see for Leeds as they bid to become only the second English team to lift the World Club Challenge on Australian soil.“There is a real big-game buzz to things,” added the former Brisbane Bronco, who struggled to make his mark in the NRL but immediately lit up Super League.“It’s definitely big and, for me, one of the biggest games I’ve ever played in. Everyone understands the task of coming over here and trying to play Melbourne so it is a big occasion; it is a final. “To be World Club champion would be an unbelievable achievement especially coming over here to win it. “We know it will be a very tough game. They are a very, very good team but everyone’s looking forward to this.”Although

Melbourne have still yet to even have their first trial game of 2018, Parcell firmly believes they are taking today’s game seriously.

“They definitely don’t want to lose and will want to be World Club champions, just like us,” he said, with team-mate Ryan Hall preparing for his 350th career game.“I think they’ll take it very seriously. The players they have rise to the occasions and this is a big occasion. “They might play it down a little but behind the scenes this will be a massive game for them.”That is especially so given the contest is expected to be close to a sell-out as Leeds and Melbourne renew their rivalry – this is the fourth time the clubs have met at this level and each is hoping to draw level with Wigan Warriors by claiming a fourth title.Parcell conceded the 10,500-mile trip has had an effect on the Leeds squad, who must also fly back home immediately in readiness for next week’s Super League game versus Widnes Vikings.

“It’s taken a bit more out of everyone than even I thought it would,” he said.“I guess playing a game, as we did v Hull KR, and then going straight on a plane made it a little bit harder. “Everyone took a little bit longer as everyone was pretty stiff and sore after the trip. “But after a few days here everyone started to feel a bit free and good. Hopefully, by Friday we’ll be all sweet.”


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