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Big League Weekly Edition

2019 - Round 6

Your weekly guide to the NRL season, including the entire Final Series, the souvenir Grand Final program and our bumper Season Review. Every week Big League will feature stories on the big names, preview the big games and continue our popular Little League section for the young rugby league fans. With official team-lists, extensive statistics and up-to-date news, Big League provides everything you need to follow the NRL.

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Australia
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raiders enjoying downsized success

(PHOTO: Gregg Porteous/NRLPhotos.com) CANBERRA co-captain Josh Hodgson credits his side’s revamped, mobile forward pack for their early success this season.The Raiders sit third on the competition ladder after five rounds and have drastically improved defensively in 2019.They’ve conceded just 44 points across the opening five games – the second-best defensive start in the club’s history and the best since 1990. With the addition of English recruits John Bateman (above) and Ryan Sutton, as well as a number of positional switches, Hodgson said their lighter pack can be credited for their success.“Having a more mobile pack this year has helped us out defensively,” Hodgson told Big League.“When we’re under the pump and camped in our own end, it’s better to have a lighter and more mobile pack. It’s really helped us…

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kicking off

THE NRL hinged its 2019 season launch on the idea of the ‘new era’ of stars – young and upcoming players who have, and will continue to, put fans on the edge of their seats.Following Greg Inglis’s retirement announcement on Monday, it really does feel like we’re closing the end of an era where we got to witness true rugby league greatness. He’s part of a class of players – the likes of Thurston, Slater, Thaiday, Lewis, Gallen and eventually Smith – who were in the spotlight for more than a decade and have unbelievable highlights we’ll all get to re-live and enjoy for years to come.It’s a shame Inglis had to end his career on this note but it doesn’t take away from the fact that he is…

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levi unleashes on out-of-sorts knights

KNIGHTS hooker Danny Levi says his team needs an attitude adjustment after Newcastle slumped to their fourth loss from five starts.A drastically-improved roster means brave losses are no longer acceptable in the Hunter, but Saturday’s loss to a weakened Sea Eagles side was by far their worst of the season after they allowed the visitors to jump out to an 18-0 lead after 20 minutes.Coach Nathan Brown questioned his team’s intensity after the game, and Levi says the squad must get on the same page if they want to save their season this weekend against the Titans.“It’s individually up to yourself and whether you want to play first grade,” Levi told Big League.“When I say individually, what I mean is if you have everyone in the same mindset then…

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red-hot keary eyeing improvement

ROOSTERS five-eighth Luke Keary has declared himself ready for a State of Origin call-up after another stunning performance against Cronulla last Saturday night.Keary has opened the season as one of the form players of the competition and is the front-runner to win the NSW No.6 jumper. The playmaker is optimistic he’ll gain a spot in Brad Fittler’s side, but insisted he’s not focused on Origin at the moment.“If you asked any player in the NRL, they’d tell you they’d want to play [Origin],” Keary said after the game.“You can’t control anything – I could walk out and get injured tomorrow – anything can happen. No one really talks about it. You just do your thing and if it eventuates, it eventuates.”Roosters coach Trent Robinson praised Keary, agreeing the five-eighth…

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doubters defied as sea eagles soar

THEY were meant to crumble with Tom Trbojevic on the sidelines, but the Sea Eagles have proved the doubters wrong for the second week in a row to sit in sixth spot following a confidence-boosting win in Newcastle that shows they can get the job done without their superstar fullback.Trbojevic suffered a serious hamstring injury during their Round 4 win over the Rabbitohs, prompting many to put the red pen through the Sea Eagles’ chances in 2019.However, they outlasted South Sydney in golden point and backed it up with a 26-18 win over the Knights on the back of a team effort that highlights a changed attitude under coach Des Hasler.The Sea Eagles lost both matches in 2018 when their No.1 was missing, but they’ve shown enough to suggest…

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focus on welfare after injury drama

HEAD of football Graham Annesley insists the NRL will do everything in its means to ensure player safety in the future following last weekend’s controversial incident when referees allowed play to continue for almost a minute as Nene Macdonald laid in agony with a fractured and dislocated ankle.As a duty of care issue, the NRL has promised to improve standards and Annesley confirmed all officials have been briefed on the current processes required when it comes to on-field injuries.Referees Grant Atkins and Gavin Badger have been relegated in Round 6 after the NRL deemed their performance in the clash between the Cowboys and Storm unacceptable.Annesley cited their inability to stop play in the 75th minute was the significant concern, however their overall performance was below standard.“It’s important for us…

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