Robert Dillon: Seven Days in League

THURSDAYI’M not sure how much TV coverage the NRL receives in France.

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But any rugby union winger from Stade Francais or Montpelier or Lyon who catches the highlights of tonight’s game between Brisbane and Parra will be in grave danger of suffering insomnia in the weeks ahead.

Very soon, a Semi trailer will be heading their way at full throttle. Good luck in trying to stop it.

Tonight the runaway Radradra racks up four tries in a52-34 hammering of the Broncos that flatters the home side. Have Brisbane’s wheels fallen off, barely a fortnight out from the finals? Fingers crossed.

ONE JOB: Gold Coast under-20s coach Ben Woolf clearly doesn’t bother with spell check before penning motivational messages on the whiteboard.

FRIDAYTHE Knights cop a 46-28 beating in Canberra and, about 90 minutes later, have one hand on the wooden spoon midway through the Tigers v Cows clash at Campbelltown.

Then the Cows stagea great escape and there is still the tiniest pinprick of hope for Newcastle. All the Knights need now is to towel up the Sharkies in the last round and rely on the Warriors giving the Tigers a good flogging at Leichhardt.

That will leave them all square on six wins apiece and take care of the 42-point for-and-against differential.

Sounds highly do-able to Seven Days.

SATURDAYREPORTS surface that the real reason Laurie Daley has been punted as NSW Origin coach is not just because of the Blues’ results, but a drinking culture among support staff. Apparently when the Blues stayed at Star City Casino (of all places), the staff racked up massive bar billsand it’s gone down like a lead balloon with the NSWRL types who have to pick up the tab.

Poor old Laurie. I guess it just goes to show.

When you’re a young bloke and you’ve just won a grand final, you can drink yourself silly, drop the Winfield Cup and smash it up, and everyone thinks it’s hilarious. But lose a couple of Origin series, and suddenly the bonding sessions are frowned upon as a pisspot culture.

At CBus Super Stadium, social media enjoys a giggle at the expense of Gold Coast under-20s coach Ben Woolfbefore his team’s clash with Canterbury.

The accompanying photo on this page suggests that Woolf might be a master motivator, but he is unlikely to ever win a spelling bee.

Meanwhile, I find myself pondering the definition of hoodoo as South Sydney run out onto AAMI Park to tackle Melbourne.

The Knights have their share of cursed away venues, in particular Auckland and Brookvale.

But the Bunnies are 0-13 in Bleak City, dating back to 1999. Make that 0-14 after tonight’s 64-6 shellacking.

I’m usually an advocate of the theory that each loss takes you closer to your next win. But in this case, I’m not so sure.

SUNDAYMORE revelations emerge about the NSW Blues’ support staff and their rubbery expense accounts.

Jimmy Smith on Big Sports Breakfast radio reckons that during the stay at Star City, $600 bottles of wine were consumed … times eight.

He also says there were similar exploits during the other two Origin camps.

Who’d have thought the backroom boys were so cultured? Probably says it all really. I bet the Maroons stuck to XXXX and Bundy Rum during their bonding sessions.

No doubt those responsible will lose their jobs.

Not to worry …they have surely served the ideal apprenticeships to enjoy long and successful careers in politics.

Elsewhere, Dragons coach Paul McGregor punts much-maligned Josh Dugan after he misses the team bus to Penrith.

There is widespread sympathy for Duges, who hasbeen thrown under the bus so many times this season it is nosurprise he’s reluctant to go anywhere near one. In fact,he’d probably prefer to catch the train to Penrith.

The NSW and Kangaroos star doesn’t even earn a reprieve after racing all the way to Pepper Stadiumin his own car, which must have cost him a small fortune in road tolls.

McGregor’s Draconian stance seems like an overreaction to me. It’s not as if Duges is a serial offender or anything like that.

MONDAYIT’S pleasing to note that rugby league isn’t the only code in which players can carry on like pork chops during their post-season wake.

The Herald reports that members of Broadmeadow Magic soccer club are facing a code-of-conduct investigation after their “Sad Sunday”festivities promoted security staff to escort them from their own home ground.

Well done, lads.

Some of you blokes might have a future in the 13-man game.

TUESDAYSEVEN Days is intrigued to learn thatNathan Brown (the Parramatta forward, not the Knights coach)has received the Ken Thornett award as the Eels’ player of the year …before the season is even finished. I guess it’s been so long since the Eels featured in the finals that they didn’t even factor in those games as a possibility.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned Duges is back in the headlines again, amid reports that his whole season had been a tale of planes, trains and automobiles … a number of which heallegedly missed.

Duges adamantly refutesthis and says he has spoken to his lawyer about certain stories he labels “complete and utter bullshit”.

Big Josh is the $1.01 favourite for this season’s Dally M award for Most Vehement Denial. He’s had plenty of practice.

WEDNESDAYTODD Carney is on the verge of collecting a six-figure payout from the Sharks for wrongful dismissal. That’s slightly less than the $2.4 million he was claiming, but anyway …

Hopefully this sends a message loud and clear to all NRL clubs. Just because a bloke likes to drink his own wee-wee in public, he’s got the same rights and entitlements as everyone else in society. It’s time for rugby league to emerge from the stone age and embrace all demographics.

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