Big League Weekly Edition

Big League Weekly Edition 2019 - Round 21

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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2 min.
gold coast playing for more than pride

VETERAN Gold Coast forward Kevin Proctor says the entire Titans squad is on notice following the second-largest defeat in the club’s history. Just days after Justin Holbrook was unveiled as their new coach for next year, the Titans dished up their worst performance of the season, smashed 58-6 by the Roosters at the SCG last Sunday. With the coaching future of the club now certain, Proctor has called on his team-mates to lift – otherwise they may not be in the team next season. “We’re all on notice, you know,” Proctor told Big League. “There’s a new coach coming in and he can clean out everyone if he wants.” With five games remaining in 2019, individual players have an opportunity to prove their worth to the new coach. “It’s up to us to show [Holbrook] what…

1 min.
kicking off

ADMITTEDLY, I don’t remember much about the 70s – as I hadn’t been born yet – but one of my favourite things to do over many years at Big League is hit our archive and comb through old magazines. So when Retro Round arrives, I’m always keen to hark back to what many believe are the good old days of footy. Our cover this week is inspired by the below issue – Vol 57, No 23 in 1976 – and there is so much gold inside. The main feature is on the Eels’ key men Ray Higgs, John Peard and Ray Price, the columnist is Reg Gasnier, Ray Warren has written an Amco Cup preview and the full colour poster is of the Balmain Tigers (captain Trevor Ryan). Craven Mild, a…

2 min.
knightmare at lottoland

RIDING rollercoasters was a rite of passage every kid across the country enjoyed, even if it meant two seconds of sheer terror when the ride hurtled towards the ground. But when you’re an NRL player, highs and lows aren’t what you want to see on your form chart, especially this late in the season. Having overcome a five-game skid to start the year, the Knights looked to be top eight morals after they strung together six-straight wins. However, the wheels have fallen off, with Nathan Brown’s side dropping their fifth game in a row following a rudderless 30-6 defeat against Manly. “I’ve got no idea why this is happening,” Connor Watson told Big League. “We’ve shown what we’re capable of, but we haven’t done it for weeks. People say it’s like a rollercoaster, but…

1 min.
angus working to beef up defence

ROOSTERS forward Angus Crichton said the key to returning to career-best form is improving his defence. The gun back-rower produced arguably his best performance of the season in his side’s 58-6 win against Gold Coast last Sunday, although he said he still needs to work on his defence. That’s why he’s been working closely with club legend Craig Fitzgibbon to improve his technique. “Craig is our defence coach and I’ve been working a lot with him to get my defence up to scratch, but I still need to improve on that,” Crichton told Big League. “The key to improving my form is improving my defence, and I think I’m moving in the right direction.” Although Crichton has returned to the edge, coach Trent Robinson shifted his representative forward to the middle of the field…

2 min.
madge’s magic words take effect

IT was the brutal character assessment that caught many by surprise, but Michael Maguire’s words following the Wests Tigers’ loss to the Raiders in Round 18 appear to have worked. Maguire told his players to harden up after a loss in the nation’s capital, and his spray had the desired effect with the team winning their next two games. “I feel like it was a challenge that we needed and we accepted it. ‘Madge’ wasn’t trying to put us down – it was more of a boost and I feel like it worked,” back-rower Ryan Matterson told Big League. “We’re having chats so we’re holding everyone accountable. I don’t know what it was like last year, but we’re focusing on working for your mates. “We feel like we’re a top eight team now. Madge…

1 min.
numbers game harvey norman tale of the tape

1986 the last time a Rooster scored a first-half hat-trick They’ve been the competition’s entertainers for as long as you can remember, which means the Roosters have no problems piling on the points. But Brett Morris’ rapid-fire hat-trick against the Titans on Sunday saw him become the first player from the club to bag three four-pointers in the first half of a game since Gary Wurth in 1986. The Cowboys have defeated the Broncos in six of the past seven clashes at 1300SMILES Stadium. Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman has won 12 out of 15 games against Wests Tigers. Cronulla have won their past seven games against Penrith. The Eels have won six from seven games at Bankwest.…