Isaac
Earlier this year

United vs Breakers, Feb 9

First of two match-ups between these post-season teams this round. If the Breakers grab both games, they're level with United on the ladder. Will it happen?

What's the match-up to watch?

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Match-up to watch is Felix v Prather

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Kas  
Earlier this year

Sosa vs Ware

Pledger Vs Boone

Vukona vs Wesley

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

breakers to win both matches against united this weekend.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

United $1.45 Breakers $2.75

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Ash  
Earlier this year

I'm not sure I agree about the difference in those odds.

NZ has won 9 out of the last 10 games between these 2.
Melbourne has won 9 out of their last 10 games. Their 1 loss was to NZ.

NZ looked to be getting back into some form in their games against Illawarra last week (although Illawarra's loss to Brisbane last night makes you wonder about the credibility of those wins).

The line is currently at 5 points and it mightn't be a bad bet to have a sneaky few $ on NZ(+5)

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LV  
Earlier this year

Which Fox Sports channel is the game on?

(Having some trouble- Fox website seems to be unavailable)

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LV  
Earlier this year

Fox Sports 3 apparently

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

The Breakers have won 10 of their past 11 games against United, damn didn't know they owned them that much.

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

Felix looking early like he wants Prather back in the squad, too.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Felix isn't NBL import standard.

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Jack Toft  
Earlier this year

I'm torn on this game.

United at home should be a lock in. Breakers with a 10/11 streak? Well, that's a big monkey on United's back. They would be looking at shaking that one.

A win by United would help the Sixers, so I think that's who I'll go for!

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Sen dog  
Earlier this year

OH SHIT!
How are your ankles Abercrombie? oOOoooO

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Sosa's smokin

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Melb look in trouble early

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

I guess Newbill is just going to dunk on everyone now.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Down 7 at quarter time, Melbourne still favourites for mine

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Really Manu? Melbourne struggle hard v NZ

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Sen dog  
Earlier this year

Sosa saying SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!

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Sen dog  
Earlier this year

Why is Barlow so bad?

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

New Zealand are playing well, but they're making shots at a higher rate than normal and the opposite is true for United.

Melb needs to run offence through Wesley more. He's their most efficient offensive player. Get a cross match with a couple screens in the paint because Mika is playing him tough

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

They really do look like a different team against Melb, they play with so much more confidence.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Sosa does some really stupid shit.

Barlow shouldn't be shooting with anything more than 10sec on the shot clock

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anyone else getting horrible static from the NBL.tv stream?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wow what a flush!

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Yep getting wild static on my stream too. Hope they fix it or I won't bother with the next game.

Awesome dunk by Felix!

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Tohi Smith-Milner should be seeing court time here. He's been huge for United in the last month

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Great first half NZ up 54-50.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Felix drops the F word lol

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

I'll finish that one for you, Carrick.

Fucking good pass

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

I think that missed rebound by Felix on the Goulding miss at the end of the Q was more impressive than his dunk.

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Pickem  
Earlier this year

Watch breakers push this lead back out to double digits

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Tbh I'd rather Redhage over Greer in commentary

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ukaussie  
Earlier this year

home cooking from the referees, damn that's gross thy're putting melbourn eback in this game

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Pickem  
Earlier this year

Melbourne allergic to the lead

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Yeah that's right Vaughan, watch the pretty floater rather than trace the shooter to see whether Christmas clobbered him before he landed. Spoiler: he did

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Pickem  
Earlier this year

It's just all too hard for United

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Love the old school throwback Casey and Carfino pairing in commentary tonight.

... oh and then there's Greer with them. VOMIT!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Bad offense yet Utd hit a three. Lucky, three points in it.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

GROWN. MAN. MOVES.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

FAMILY. TO. FEED.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wesley starting PF in the All NBL team?

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Pickem  
Earlier this year

Back within 1, here comes the breakers 7-0 run

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

STFU Greer FFS

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

SEVENTEEN KIDS

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Manu please don't repeat Coreyisms

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Bernie Vince still looks 18. That's insane

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Who?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

What's that smell?

Home cooking!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

BER-NIE VI-INCE

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wesley hogs it but Utd get the O board.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Melbourne get way more Hooke calls then even Perth

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Good contest with home cooking the only difference between the teams

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Utd didn't look impressive.

Also can refs stop cooking it up for home teams? It is ridiculous.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Dear Tommy Greer,

It's "versus" not "verse".

You are a horrible commentator.

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FM  
Earlier this year

No one is going to beat Melb in a final with these 3 referees on the game. Unfortunately it is likely they will also end up being the three chosen.

To much free calls Melbourne's way when it matters

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

Pretty textbook "piss the game away" performance from NZ these last couple of minutes. Played like they were down 8 when it was 2 points.

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ukaussie  
Earlier this year

WAS ON BREAKERS+ 5
what kind of fix that was, this uis f*kin gross

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

No one going to address the fact that Sosa is seemingly a negative for chemistry?

If he isn't shooting the lights out, the offence suffers. Ili is generally more productive than Edgar. Their is a bit of JP Tokoto in Sosa. BAN

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

But he's gritty. He's caliente. I like him. Tokoto is just annoying across the board

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ukaussie  
Earlier this year

14-0 to end the f*kin game

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

Sosa jacks a lot of tough shots. Makes a decent % of them, but the law of averages works out in the end I guess. On the terrible travel call he had a wide open Newbill behind the arc too.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Just once I wish the sign-off were, "and every member of the hardworking crew".

"All the hardworking crew" is pluralising a singular. Doesn't actually make sense.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Good call Manu. Could also go with all the hardworking crew members.

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Benno  
Earlier this year

sosa a bitch!!!

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ukaussie  
Earlier this year

still can't understand how a team can't score a single point in the span of getting smashed 14-0 at the end of a close game

crazy

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Tribe  
Earlier this year

Best game Felix has played. Such a risky call bringing Prather back.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

still can't understand how a team can't score a single point in the span of getting smashed 14-0 at the end of a close game


They seem to really tighten up late in games. Who could forget that game in NZ when they were up by 10+ at 3QT and the Sixers ended up winning by 15.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Best game Felix played was in Wollongong, but this was up there.

Can we get official word on his status pls!

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

I just didn't register that Abercrombie played in the second half.

Disappointing career tbh. Needed to learn how to dribble the ball

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Piss poor crowd. Fugly game. Breakers should hang their heads in shame. I will bet the house over the United losing another away Kiwi game on Sunday. United far from convincing for me.

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Tribe  
Earlier this year

Edgar Sosa is that you?

Was a very entertaining game and there were at least 8000 In attendance. Not the strongest crowd but nothing to be ashamed of.

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LV  
Earlier this year

What a game from Casper!

Wesley continues being the man.

Felix influences games without needing the ball in his hand for long periods.

Another monkey off the shoulders too- like Perth recently

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

LV no mention of the home cooking? You hypocrite.

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Kas  
Earlier this year

Sosa is an awesome player - but at the end of the game - shoving Casper - what a bad sport.

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Kas  
Earlier this year

Home cooking - are you kidding?
NZ got all the charge calls
And some of Goulding & Ware's fouls were ridiculous

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LV  
Earlier this year

Most of the fouls were there. A couple of off 50/50 ones went United's way but so did a couple go towards NZ

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

'Home cooking' references are just Radelaide fans attempts at being relevant when in reality they are not.

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Big Ads  
Earlier this year

So they were 50/50 calls or "6 of one and half a dozen of another". Which was it LV?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

You are shameless LV. May I remind me of your infamous behaviour in that PER-MEL game thread. Oh, your team benefitted this time, that's the difference.

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SM  
Earlier this year

Dick move by Sosa at the end. But kinda makes me more excited for Sunday.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

What we should really be talking about is Tommy Greer wabapping all over the place when Felix dunked on Abercrombie

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A Pimp Named Slickback  
Earlier this year

I heard he wabapped all over John Casey...

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Tom  
Earlier this year

Melbourne toughed it out.
Sosa was terrible down the stretch. Poor reads, poor shot selection, Casper got in his head in 2nd Q.
We played well and Melbourne were struggling to stay in the game for 3/4.
But roles were reversed from when we had an 8,10 point lead to the end.
Melbourne got stronger and we got weaker.
Newbill makes better decisions in the clutch, but I notice he doesn't like a screen and he is not good enough of the dribble when it matters.

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PeterJohn  
Earlier this year

Manu - not sure if it helps answer your question but it's really a question of official word on Prather's status. When Prather is cleared fit to return, Felix leaves.

This Roy Ward article gives some info on Prather's recovery, as at Thursday:
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/basketball/carrick-felix-playing-every-game-like-his-last-20180208-p4yzpb.html

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Tracks4  
Earlier this year

Tom - I think Melbourne won 3 out of the 4 quarters - so Im not sure how they were struggling for 3/4 of the game ??

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Refs played a big part in that one. Calls on Sosa and vukona. Like vukona boxing out Boone and somehow there was a foul

Mind you breakers didn't really do themselves much favours

Each quarter they got off to a great start and then at about the 6 minute mark went off the boil. I was pleading for henare to call a tumout at about 5-6 min in the 4. The pattern was too obvious. But he is too busy being point guard. He needs to coach the game. Not call every play. That is what a point guard is for


With Penney out and Abercrombie unproductive they just don’t have scores on the wing. Always a breaker strength in the past. Penney’s decline and Webster removal means this is where the third import should be. A wing player.

although having Christmas there with pledger injured did help last nite. Otherwise Christmas is a luxury.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Thanks PeterJohn. Obviously the story says once Prather is healthy Carrick is gone, but it could've said why -- is that driven by United or the league?

It sheds some kind of light anyway, cheers

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FSTOS  
Earlier this year

LV "What a game from Casper!"

One of the best "performances I have ever witnessed"

That ability to just flail away and throiw yourself around with minimal or zero contact was supurb.

Should make mention of the three supporting cast members also. They bought into the performance wholeheartedly with their whistles ready and firing everytime he flinched.

Sosa needs to not buy into it BUT it's tough when not only is the guy milking the calls he is also jaw jacking to you about it and carrying on like a dick who just made the winning shot in the GF every time.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

FSTOS, Casper got hit on all of those. He's good at selling the contact, but Mika didn't need to throw elbows around multiple times down low and the Breakers didn't need to be so aggressive defensively on the perimeter. He deserved the calls he got. In fact, Christmas nailed him on that floater to end the third quarter but no whistle

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

FSTOS spoken like a true Illawarra supporter! Looking forward to the time when you and your team fall over. Won't be long.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Manu

Your last post I don't agree with.

It was not the game I watched. I saw minimal contact initiated and some very weak calls.

Elbows are part of the game when sealing and boxing out.

Sosa and vukona in particular were hard done by. Vukona seems to attract a lot of poor calls. Probably by reputation. But it is a shame because although he is a hard warrior. Undersized. Physical and sometimes does silly things. He also gets a hard time for the red.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Elbows are a part of the game of course, but they were high. Around the head.

The onus is on Vukona to not get his man up top. The fault is not with Casper for being short. Vukona was elbowing/hooking. Fouls were there.

On the perimeter, generally speaking Casper gets handchecked a lot but it doesn't visually affect him because he's so strong. Doesn't mean the contact isn't there. I can't remember each and every contact but I remember thinking the fouls were there

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FSTOS  
Earlier this year

anon fwit...they have been saying that for over 30 years.

In that time there have been how many Melbourne teams almost all propped up by some rich dude who eventually gets tired of their toy, team fold...rinse and repeat.

NBL will be the better with only 7 teams I guess.

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Big Ads  
Earlier this year

I wonder if this year's finals series will be the last time we see Mika in the NBL.

Will his frustration with the officials see him play overseas next summer. The officials just don't appreciate his unique style.

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Udog  
Earlier this year

His stylish elbows would need extra room in the plane.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

So an Illawarra supporter mentions the refs aiding Utd (therefore impartial) and the Utd anon can't handle it so tells us how he's waiting for the only original club left to fold. Wow. Also still waiting on LV's harsh critique of the reffing performance, like the one he posted back when Utd were in Perth.

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FSTOS  
Earlier this year

Yeah. Thanks mate. A lot of people on here cant just look at things impartially it appears.


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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Funny you mention impartiality. LV still with no comment about the awful reffing. He wrote an entire essay about it though when Utd were in Perth earlier this season.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Mika is an amazing player. I am sick of every 50/ 50 call going against him. Last night a great example. Soft stuff on Casper.

Let em play. Let the players decide.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I'm sick of people whinging about referees on all games, you get some calls you lose some calls.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Whinging is a loser mentality. Blame transference. It's a sign of a lack of accountability

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Accountability is a hallmark of being a functional adult

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Tracks4  
Earlier this year

Well i think Vukona did ok with some calls last night - the Boone charge call, Vukona initiating the tangling of arms with Goulding and then getting the call - shall I go on?

And Christmas seems to get away with a bit - and he likes to throw the head back and emphasise contact

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

^^^^
Exactly to the few post above get on with the game.

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FSTOS  
Earlier this year

Manu with the text book quotes.

I'm old and I'll tell you something. Whingeing is the one thing in life that you can get better at the older you get.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Statistics show breakers get much fewer calls on the road than at home.

At home, the calls over a long period of time don't favour the breakers

But Unlike some fans (Perth mostly), you don’t see a lot of complaints about refs coming from breakers supporters. Generally

So I don’t think we are a moaning lot.

For me it is just Vukona and the clear double standard the league has on him. Personally I find it grating. You win some you lose some. But not Mika. He just gets hammered. If there is a whistle and there is a tangle. Mika you fouled. I am not saying he doesn’t foul. Don’t get me wrong. It is just the impartiality towards him as he is clearly been singled out

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Em  
Earlier this year

Which fouls on Vukona do you think were not right?

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