Warrick Nicolson

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Landing In the Eagles Nest

WITH pre-season training underway, Nicolson Sports Consultancy looks at the new faces at the various NRL clubs for Season 2004. Today it is the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Arising from the Ashes

TOUGH, uncompromising and relentless.

Panthers - Roosters epic moves into 2nd spot

FROM the time referee Bill Harrigan blew time on, until the siren signaled the end of 80 minutes, the rugby league world experienced one of the truly epic encounters in recent memory. The two best sides of 2003 put on a display that warranted not only a Grand Final but also a place in rugby league folklore.

Panthers - Roosters epic moves into 2nd spot

FROM the time referee Bill Harrigan blew time on, until the siren signaled the end of 80 minutes, the rugby league world experienced one of the truly epic encounters in recent memory. The two best sides of 2003 put on a display that warranted not only a Grand Final but also a place in rugby league folklore.

Two down, six remain in the hunt

WHILE it may be all over for the Newcastle Knights and Brisbane Broncos in 2003, six teams still remain in the hunt for the Telstra Premiership. After the weekend began with two upsets, it ended with both the Knights and the Broncos licking their wounds and lamenting their failure to overcome second half season obstacles. For the Knights the loss of skipper Andrew Johns with a neck injury with a handful of rounds to play, all but sealed their fate. While for the Broncos the drain of the representative season and mid-term injuries to Darren Lockyer and Gorden Tallis ruined a brilliant first half of the year. An old footy clich? is ?injuries are part of the game?, but the stark reality is they ARE the main reason teams fail to live up to expectations season in, season out. Just consider the injury toll for both sides (during the season) featured names such as: Johns, Lockyer, Tallis, Kennedy, O?Davis, MacDougall, Tate, Ikin, Parsons, Simpson etc. No side in this salary cap age can possibly have the depth to cover such significant player loss, and injuries are the main reason both sides finished at the foot of the Top 8.

Two down, six remain in the hunt

WHILE it may be all over for the Newcastle Knights and Brisbane Broncos in 2003, six teams still remain in the hunt for the Telstra Premiership. After the weekend began with two upsets, it ended with both the Knights and the Broncos licking their wounds and lamenting their failure to overcome second half season obstacles. For the Knights the loss of skipper Andrew Johns with a neck injury with a handful of rounds to play, all but sealed their fate. While for the Broncos the drain of the representative season and mid-term injuries to Darren Lockyer and Gorden Tallis ruined a brilliant first half of the year. An old footy clich? is ?injuries are part of the game?, but the stark reality is they ARE the main reason teams fail to live up to expectations season in, season out. Just consider the injury toll for both sides (during the season) featured names such as: Johns, Lockyer, Tallis, Kennedy, O?Davis, MacDougall, Tate, Ikin, Parsons, Simpson etc. No side in this salary cap age can possibly have the depth to cover such significant player loss, and injuries are the main reason both sides finished at the foot of the Top 8.

Should reporting warrant a sin binning?

IN the wake of the farcical scenes at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night, one has to wonder if the reintroduction of the 5 minute sin binning option would help referees better control matches that teeter on the edge of anarchy.

If there is one game you have to see this year...

MAKE sure you catch a replay of the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks farce at Parramatta Stadium.

Two referees better than one? - Editorial

IT appears that after another NRL season of consistent inconsistency from the bulk of the refereeing ranks, the NRL may be about to trial a new way to find that elusive quality week in week out.

Norths not dead after all

WELL well well, it appears the North Sydney Bears are not dead after all.

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