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Big League Weekly Edition

2019 - Round 17

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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next-gen broncos arrive in style

JAKE Turpin was five years old when the ‘Baby Broncos’ produced one of the gutsiest performances in NRL history to stun the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium back in 2002. With the bulk of their squad on Origin duty, the Broncos were forced to blood six debutants for the match. Some, like Corey Parker, went on to forge long-lasting careers. But others barely played again, with that night proving to be bench player Steve Lacaze’s sole NRL appearance. For a powerhouse team like the Broncos, that win was regarded by some as the finest in the club’s history given the adversity they had to deal with. Seventeen years later that title is being challenged after the current crop produced an almost identical performance to shock the Sharks at PointsBet Stadium. With the team…

kicking off

DESPITE my youthful looks (ha!), I’ve worked in rugby league as a journalist and editor for almost a decade. When I started out, Cameron Smith was only just beginning to regularly captain the Storm and Maroons. Since then, he’s won every accolade in rugby league; been part of teams at club, state and international level who’ve consistently trounced their opposition; broken more records than you can poke a stick at; and Big League has featured yarn upon yarn on his incredible career. It’s remarkable he will become the first person to play 400 first grade games, especially when you consider how many representative matches he has taken part and excelled in. As footy fans, we’ve been very fortunate to witness his career first-hand. He’s still such an influential person on and off…

welcome (back) to the jungle

WESTS Tigers halfback Luke Brooks says his side will use the hurt of their 51-6 loss to Parramatta in the opening of Bankwest Stadium to motivate them for the rematch there this Sunday. After the Tigers declared the new stadium as their ‘jungle’ ahead of the opener, they were embarrassed with their biggest loss of the season, but have the chance to reclaim pride this weekend when the sides meet again. “It obviously wasn’t our best start to Bankwest but we have the opportunity to turn it around this time,” Brooks told Big League. “That result did hurt, after such a big build-up to the game, so we’ll use the memories of that to help us this time.” Although Bankwest Stadium has received much praise since its opening, there has also been criticism toward…

black cats changing their luck

SIX weeks ago, Penrith’s season was on life support with coach Ivan Cleary admitting his team were ready to be ‘put down’. Now, after five-consecutive wins and a bye, the Panthers have the same number of competition points as the eighth-placed Sharks. A win at home against Gold Coast on Friday night will see them move into the top eight for the first time this season, and if results go their way, they’ll remain there at the end of the weekend. Skipper James Tamou is proud of his side’s drastic turnaround, but said they can’t get carried away by ladder positions with so many rounds left to play, knowing how quickly things can change. “It’s been a great switch of form. We weren’t in a good place just over a month ago but…

smith backs munster move

HE may have retired from the representative arena, but when Cameron Smith heard Kalyn Ponga had been ruled out of the State of Origin decider, he knew Cameron Munster was the right man to play fullback. Munster has spent the best part of three seasons playing five-eighth for Melbourne but has made no secret about the fact he wants another shot in the No.1 jersey after he burst onto the scene in that role in 2015 and 2016. The Storm are spoilt for choice at the back, with Jahrome Hughes and Ryan Papenhuyzen sharing the role this season, while Munster is no slouch in the halves, having been named the Dally M Five-eighth of the Year in 2018. However, the custodian role would allow Munster to play both sides of the field and…

sharks left kicking themselves

THE Sharks became the first team in history to lose three games in a row despite scoring more tries than their opponents, and it can be traced back to their inability to land shots at goal. After missing a couple of kicks in a narrow defeat in the nation’s capital against Canberra, halfback Shaun Johnson sprayed all three of his conversion attempts in the club’s shock 14-12 loss to the Bulldogs, while Chad Townsend missed his four shots against Brisbane in a game many tipped them to win. Kyle Flanagan came on to kick a goal midway through the second half, with Johnson ultimately taken from the field, forcing coach John Morris to keep his young half out there in case they needed two points. The Sharks have the worst conversion rate in…