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‘Head games’ jeopardising Panthers’ GF quest
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So near yet so far for the Panthers last year - can they rise to the challenge again?RECRUITMENT: Ivan Cleary has freshened up his squad, moving on veterans James Tamou, Josn Mansour, Zane Tetevano and Dean Whare and bringing in the likes of Matthew Eisenhuth, Robert Jennings, Paul Momirovski and Jaeman Salmon. If anything, they are stronger than last year.STRENGTHS: A well balanced squad, two quick-fire halves in Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai and some great kids coming through.WEAKNESSES: The Panthers have the talent to make the grand final again, but head games loom as their greatest danger. After playing so well all last season, they were poor in the big one - and that will play with their minds for a long time to come.The Panthers will need to overcome the mental scars of the 2020 grand final loss. (Getty)MAN UNDER PRESSURE: Brent Naden is a superb young talent in the centres, but he has to win back the trust of his team-mates and the fans after his cocaine confession after the grand final.ONE TO WATCH: Stephen Crichton was just one of a host of young Panthers to emerge onto the NRL scene last season - the experience he gained in the big games should see his game go to another level.WHAT THE BOOKIES SAY: To win comp $5, to make finals $1.12 (via Sportsbet) WHAT MOLEY SAYS: The Panthers ambushed plenty of teams last year and should really have won the comp - but will do it tougher this time around with rivals wary of how good a team they really are. Should still make top four and could do anything from there.
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NRL coach in strife after angry toilet clash
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An NRL coach is in hot water with his club after being man-handled by security guards in the toilets at the races last Saturday week.The coach had a bad day on the punt - and a few too many beers - when a fellow patron accidentally bumped into him in the crowded toilets.The man immediately apologised, but the coach would have none of it, screaming obscenities and wanting to resort to fisticuffs.Only quick action from a couple of security guards prevented the incident developing into a brawl.The club is aware of the incident but after some stern words to the coach, has chosen to sweep it under the carpet, much to the annoyance of one of the security staff involved."If that was a player, he would have been hauled over the coals, fined and publicly shamed," the security guard told me."The coach was arrogant and belligerent and even used the old, 'Don't you know who I am?' line when we escorted him out of the men's room and told him to cool it."For a guy who is supposed to be a leader of young men, it was very poor form."Israel Folau playing for Catalans Dragons. (Getty)HEY, LOOK OVER THERE AT ISRAEL FOLAUSo what was the real story behind the Israel Folau/Dragons circus last week?Realistically, it was never going to happen - but it kept journalists, editors and the NRL on their toes for days.The timing of the story being leaked was the interesting part for me.A Dragons insider told me it's no coincidence that the story came out just hours after the club lost its captain and best player, Cam McInnes, to arch rivals Cronulla.McInnes was a massive loss - and letting him go was a massive blunder by Dragons' management - but it was all quickly forgotten as Folau dominated the headlines.Folau's French club, Catalans, never even got asked if they were prepared to release the controversial star - a clear indication that negotiations never got past first base.For the record, Catalans would not only have let Folau out of the final year of his deal - they would have paid for his Uber to the airport.Tiger turned Panther Paul Momirovski. (Getty)BAD BLOOD BETWEEN PANTHERS AND TIGERSDon't kid yourself - there's still plenty of bad blood between Wests Tigers and Penrith despite the Paul Momirovski/Daine Laurie player swap last weekend.The two clubs were able to come to terms for a rare swap but the comments of Panthers' GM Matt Cameron showed the ill feeling remains over Ivan Cleary's swap from the Tigers to his club a couple of seaons back.Cameron commented "Paul's previous experience at the Roosters and Storm means he understands what winning culture looks and feels like, and the work it takes to get there."Fair points - but not a word about the Tigers or their culture and what they had done for Momirovski.Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell. (Getty)LATRELL IN NO RUSH TO SIGN NEW DEALDon't expect Latrell Mitchell to put pen to paper with South Sydney anytime soon.The Rabbitohs want the deal done sooner rather than later, but Mitchell is happy to bide his time.Contrary to what some reports have said, the hold-up isn't about money.Mitchell is content with the terms of the deal the Bunnies are offering, it's more the length of the deal that is the sticking point.Souths are keen to wrap their star fullback on a three or four year deal, while Latrell prefers signing for two seasons.Rival clubs remain interested in the flying fullback - but it's hard to see him signing his next deal with any club other than the Rabbitohs.For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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Scary reality as Storm farewell Cameron Smith
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Will Cam Smith's likely retirement see the end of the Storm's premiership dominance?RECRUITMENT: Smith and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui are big losses but with Harry Grant, George Jennings and Reimis Smith coming in, it could be argued that the Storm are stronger in 2021.Harry Grant of the Storm. (Getty)STRENGTHS: The best coach and the best system in the game - every year the critics say the Storm's time is up - and every year Craig Bellamy's boys prove them wrong.WEAKNESSES: Bellamy will be looking for his team to finish games stronger - in several games last year they built up big leads before dropping off in the final 20 minutes and conceding cheap points.MAN UNDER PRESSURE: Jahrome Hughes came to the Storm as a no-name but was as good as any halfback in the comp last year. He's playing for a big contract in 2021 - and doing so without Smith helping him set up the big plays.ONE TO WATCH: Bellamy has the uncanny knack of turning fair players into very good ones - and Reimis Smith falls into that former category. Strong and fast, he could prove the man to replace Suli Vunivalu, who is a big loss.Suliasi Vunivalu scores a try for the Storm last season. (Getty)WHAT THE BOOKIES SAY: To win comp $7, to make finals $1.20 (via Sportsbet) WHAT MOLEY SAYS: Smith's likely retirement sees the end of an era for the Storm - but Bellamy has two wonderful No.9s in Grant and Brandon Smith and Melbourne are again the team to beat.For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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So… what did Tim Mannah say to get Isaac Moses deregistered?
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After a months-long process of submissions and appeals, it was announced last Friday that Isaac Moses had officially had his accreditation as a player agent cancelled. The stories that have flowed since have tended to surround the impending gold rush of other player agents looking to pick off Moses’ stable of stars, but I don’t really care to hypothesise about what might happen in the months and years to come. Instead, I want some facts about why Moses was deregistered in the first place – specifically, about the other parties involved. In June 2020, an NRL statement on the issue read: “Mr Moses breached his obligations as an accredited agent in 2017 by procuring and assisting one of his clients, Mr Tim Mannah, to give evidence to the NRL that was false and intended to mislead an investigation of the NRL Integrity and Compliance Unit.” Diving a little deeper, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that same day: “Sources with knowledge of the investigation told the Herald that Mannah, when interviewed in 2017, denied he had received third-party deals during a certain period at [Parramatta Eels]. “Mannah, who has since fallen out with Moses, approached the Integrity Unit last year during his final season in the game and came clean with the story of how he had been asked by Moses to mislead the governing body in his previous interview.” Now, let’s assume that the NRL’s investigation into Moses was thorough and he’s now receiving a fair and just punishment. What I want to know are the specifics of the payments Mannah received while at the Eels. Tim Mannah of the Eels looks on during the round two NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels at Lottoland on March 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images) Because, according to the Herald, the former Parra skipper “denied he had received third-party deals”, then “approached the Integrity Unit last year during his final season in the game and came clean”. Moses may have instructed Mannah on what to do, but you don’t have to give evidence that’s false and intended to mislead unless you’ve got something to hide. So what did Mannah mislead the Integrity and Compliance Unit about? According to a piece reported by the Herald a week after the initial story broke, “The matter reportedly relates to a third-party deal that was not properly disclosed as part of the salary-cap scandal that rocked Parramatta in 2016.” I’m not going to speculate about what the deal was – I mean, what the hell do I know? – but then why is it left for fans to wonder? Where is the transparency in the process? All we know is that Moses instructed a client to obfuscate an investigation into a club. But we can assume that you don’t receive these instructions, much less follow through on them, unless you’ve got something you would prefer was not brought to light. Is it too much to expect that the NRL be open about the whole process here – if for no other reason than to clear both Mannah and the Eels of any wrongdoing, or to clarify that they have already been punished for their role? Because at the moment, it looks very much like Moses is being held solely responsible for an incident which had three parties doing the wrong thing. I mean, it’s right there in the above NRL release: Mannah gave false and misleading evidence. Moses may have procured and assisted him, but Tim Mannah is a grown man – very grown actually, the bloke played prop for NSW – who could just have easily said “no”. So what did he and his club do that led Mannah to believe misleading an official NRL body was the best plan? I’ve been on about this for years now but I’m so tired of the NRL letting players off the hook for salary cap issues. Clubs have been whacked with fines and had titles stripped. Agents have been suspended, losing potentially millions of dollars as a result. As for the players? Never has one been so much as suspended from playing a single game, let alone fined or – perish the thought – lost their registration. All of which is the NRL telling its players that salary cap breaches are never, ever, ever their fault. And this appears to be the most flagrant case yet. The NRL stated that Mannah gave false evidence, yet it’s the six-and-a-half percenter who is being ruled out of the game, copping a massive hit to the hip pocket. And sure, Tim Mannah retired from footy at the end of 2019, but according to his LinkedIn, he was corporate partnerships manager at the Eels until October 2020 and is still employed by the club as a consultant. Surely that gives the NRL some leverage to hand down a punishment for giving false evidence? There’s certainly precedent too, with the NRL suspending Nathan Cleary for two matches last season for being “untruthful in relation to material matters” when being interviewed by the Integrity Unit, while Payne Haas missed four weeks in 2019 after the Broncos determined they were “not happy with Payne’s level of co-operation with the Integrity Unit”. Mannah may have come clean, but that was after he’d split with Moses and was about to retire from footy. It’s not exactly an act of martyrdom performed in the interest of a fair and equitable competition. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) As for the Eels? Well, just how deep was the rot in their years of rorting the cap? And did the punishment handed down to them fit the actual crime when they received their sanctions in 2016? These are questions we don’t know the answer to, because we’ve once again been duped into believing that any time the salary cap is involved, all wrongdoing is the agent’s fault. But, yet again, how can that possibly be the case? How can a player mislead the NRL Integrity Unit about suspect payments while at a specific club, yet the only person held responsible is the player’s representative? One plus one doesn’t equal six-and-a-half per cent.
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Haas contrite after copping hefty NRL penalty
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Brisbane Broncos star Payne Haas has spoken at a press conference for the first time since threatening a female police officer in a drunken, foul-mouthed tirade, declaring "I've got a lot of love for women".The NRL today slapped the 21-year-old with a $50,000 fine and three-game suspension after he pleaded guilty to intimidating police in Tweed Heads last month.The NRL also issued Haas a breach notice, which demanded that the Origin and Test front-rower undergo an education program and community service.Haas today addressed his attitude to women in a press conference with coach Kevin Walters.Payne Haas incites Tino Faasuamaleaui in last year's State of Origin series. (Getty)"My mum's brought me up in a world around women and I've respected them," Haas said."I respect women to this day. It was a mistake I truly regret, I've got a lot of love for women, they deserve respect and that's not how you should be treating women, especially how I handled that."The full transcript of Haas' outburst at police was made public at court last week.Payne Haas takes a run for the Brisbane Broncos. (Getty)"F**k the ID. I don't need to give you ID," Haas said."You got a badge on you and you think you're a f**king tough c**t. You put my family in jail you c**ts."Don't come near me bro, I'll f**king jab ya, on my mother's life I will.""Get the f**k out of here bro, get the f**k out of my face or I'll take all of you on myself you f**kwits."He then threatened a female police officer."Why you looking at me like that?" Haas said."Cause you're a woman? Cause you're a woman and you think that I won't touch ya?"For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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The one-club stalwarts
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A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size We often talk about club loyalty and pay homage to players who remain loyal to their clubs throughout their whole career. These days, it seems that the ink on a contract is barely dry before a player is rumoured to be heading to another club, the Engish Super League, AFL, rugby or even the NFL, either for personal reasons or to ‘follow their dream’. So, is loyalty now a thing of the past? Just how many one-club players of substance are there? To be eligible, players needed to meet the following criteria: •Currently retired from the game•Played 200 or more first grade games for an existing NRL club•Did not play first grade for any other club I was surprised to find that there’s only about 40 who actually qualify. Obviously, if the bar was lowered to say 150 games, there’d be quite a few more. From those who qualified, I picked the following team, using the All Stars approach of one player from each club. Note that there were no qualifying players from the Gold Coast Titans, so after picking one player from each of the remaining 15 clubs, I then picked two wild cards – one from the Broncos and one from the Sharks. Here’s the team of one-club stalwarts. There are some absolute champions among them and they’d certainly take some beating: 1. Billy SlaterMelbourne Storm319 games over 16 seasons. Not a bad player to have at the back running off passes from Johns and Lockyer. Look out! 2. Hazem El MasriCanterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs317 games over 14 seasons. Probably the best ever goal-kicker and an often underrated winger who crossed for 159 tries for the Dogs. 3. Laurie DaleyCanberra Raiders244 games over 14 seasons. One of the best players of his generation who combined power running, great ball skills and punishing defence. 4. Steve MataiManly-Warringah Sea Eagles230 games over 12 seasons. Both a clever centre and a punishing defender who was feared by opposition ball runners. 5. Jason NightingaleSt George Illawarra Dragons266 games over 12 seasons. A very elusive runner and strong defender who could score the most freakish of tries. 6. Darren LockyerBrisbane Broncos355 games over 17 seasons. Capable of doing anything on the field and a proven match-winner. He would be the team captain. 7. Andrew JohnsNewcastle Knights249 games over 15 seasons. Rugby league Immortal. One of the best halves to ever take the field, and his combination with Lockyer would be lethal. Also a prolific goalkicker, in case El Masri can’t find his kicking tee. Andrew Johns (Tony Feder/Getty Images) 8. Paul GallenCronulla-Sutherland Sharks348 games over 19 seasons. An incredibly durable player who will make the hard yards and the big tackles all day, and enjoy taking the fight to the opposition. 9. Royce SimmonsPenrith Panthers238 games over 12 seasons. Clever hooker and dummy half who combined ball skills with a high work rate. A tough and fearless player. 10. Matt ScottNorth Queensland Cowboys268 games over 16 seasons. The best front-rower in the game for much of his career. Scott invariably dominated the opposition and gave his team a great go-forward platform. 11. Simon ManneringNew Zealand Warriors301 games over 14 seasons. Relentless performer in both attack and defence. Mannering never left anything on the paddock. 12. Nathan HindmarshParramatta Eels330 games over 15 seasons. Top-flight forward who always gave it all. His combination with Mannering in the back row would be something to see. 13. John SuttonSouth Sydney Rabbitohs336 games over 16 seasons. The ideal lock forward, combining great ball skills and vision with excellent defence and a strong running game. 14. Mitch AubussonSydney Roosters306 games over 14 seasons. A great choice as a bench player and can cover nearly every position on the field if required. Excellent all-round performer. 15. Chris LawrenceWests Tigers253 games over 15 seasons. Another versatile player and never say die performer who could play wing, centre or second row at the highest level. 16. Corey ParkerBrisbane Broncos347 games over 16 seasons. A tough forward who combined a high work rate with great attacking skills. One of the best. 17. Greg PierceCronulla-Sutherland Sharks210 games over 12 seasons. Began his career as a fullback and ended up at the back of the Australian scrum. Exceptionally talented player.
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The three-stage plan to get Cordner back on the field
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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has revealed the three-stage plan the club hopes to execute for Boyd Cordner to make his return to playing duties by June.The Roosters last week put in a formal submission for salary cap relief to the NRL following Cordner's brutal run with repeated concussions, with the club hoping to get $350,000 in salary cap relief.Cordner, 28, last November ruled himself out of game two and three of the Origin series after suffering a head knock in the series opener. It was an incident that garnered widespread scrutiny in light of Cordner's history with concussions.Cordner's aim now is to continue playing on after undergoing a number of tests, which included an MRI scan that showed a "pristine" brain with no signs of degeneration or injury according to the Sydney Morning Herald. He also underwent neuropsychological and neurocognitive tests, which showed no decline from the last time he took similar tests 18 months ago.Boyd Cordner (Getty)Despite Robinson admitting he discussed with Cordner the possibility of retirement, the pair ultimately decided playing on was a safe option given the strong test results."There was nothing to suggest he shouldn't play football again," Robinson told the Herald."All the testing came back positive. If it came back negative, it would've been a different story."It's understood Cordner will now undergo a detailed plan put in place by Robinson, club doctor Tom Longworth and concussion specialist Dr Andrew Gardner to get the Roosters co-captain back out on the field.Trent Robinson (Getty)A plan divided into three eight-week blocs will see Cordner focus on recovery and re-strengthening for the first part.For the second stage, Cordner will ramp up his running, speed and agility work, with a jiu-jitsu component also included.The third stage will see Cordner take on regular training for eight weeks before the club and medical experts make a decision about a possible return. It's understood an independent evaluation by the NRL will also be undertaken."But there's no fixed date we are looking at," Robinson said."He needs to be progressing through each stage at the right time. If things don't go as planned, then we will re-think."For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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Haas cops heavy sanction over police clash
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Broncos star Payne Haas is set to cop a three-game ban and $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to intimidating police.Haas was arrested after clashing with police while drunk at Tweed Heads last month, in the wake of a Brisbane pre-season training trip. He was with his pregnant partner at the time and has since claimed to have been emotional over the death of his brother.The 21-year-old Test and Origin star has expressed remorse but the NRL has followed up with a hefty proposed penalty. Haas was issued with a breach notice by the NRL on Monday, which also demanded that he undergo and education program and communitry service.Payne Haas of the Broncos. (Getty)"Payne's conduct was unacceptable. There are no excuses for any form of abuse towards our police force. Any player who intimidates police will be dealt with severely,'' NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said in a statement."As part of his sanction, Payne is required to participate in an appropriate education program and engage in community service as directed by the NRL. It's important our sanctions are two-fold – they must act as a deterrent but also have an element of education and rehabilitation so players who are in trouble can learn from their mistakes and develop into better young men."Although most of our players are outstanding role models in the community, we need to do more to ensure better decision making and accountability among our playing group. We will be reviewing our education programmes and also reviewing our financial penalties, in conjunction with the RLPA, to ensure that we are doing all we can to eliminate instances where the players let themselves and the community down."Haas will miss games against the Eels (home), Titans (away) and Bulldogs (home) under his suspension.The $50,000 in the maximum allowable under NRL rules. The NRL said that the figure would be reviewed to ensure that fines acted as a genuine deterrent.For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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Holmes’ huge fight to keep Cowboys No.1 job
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North Queensland Cowboys superstar Valentine Holmes says he welcomes the challenge of fighting for his position in the squad, with hopes his teammates will put pressure on him for the all-important fullback role.Holmes, who started North Queensland's 2020 campaign at fullback, was shifted to the wing at times in a year hampered by an ankle injury. The 25-year-old managed just 12 games for the club last year due to injury but still featured for the Maroons back in November, on the wing during their 2-1 series win over NSW.With the 2021 NRL season now fast approaching, new Cowboys coach Todd Payten recently confirmed Holmes would be the club's first-choice fullback option to start the year.Payten, who joins the club alongside assistants Dean Young, Steve Georgallis and Ben Rauter, has been a welcome addition to the Cowboys according to Holmes, who said he's excited at the prospect of growing alongside a young panel of coaching staff.Todd Payten (AAP)"He's (Payten) been great," Holmes told Wide World of Sports."Him, Dean Young, Steve Georgallis – they've all been great and they've all had a lot of experience at their past clubs."They've brought everything - a lot of separate stuff from the clubs they were at before."They've been great. Outside Georgie, they've all just played the game over the past few years."They all understand what it's like to play this game nowadays. They're going really well. They're exciting young coaches that are starting off their careers."I feel like with the squad we've got this year and for the next few years, it's going to be great."Valentine Holmes of the Cowboys. (Getty)But a big question mark facing Holmes and Payten will be whether the former Shark remains at fullback, with young star Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Scott Drinkwater both more than capable of taking on the role.Holmes admitted he wants to remain the club's first-choice option for the No.1 jersey but conceded his focus at the moment is to cement his spot in the top squad, even if it means shifting back to the wing, where he spent much of his time at during his previous stint with Cronulla."Yeah, definitely [want to take ownership of the No.1 jersey]," he said."My first goal always is to make the team. I don't believe I should be the fullback just because I signed here. I want to earn that position to play where I want to play but I want to make the team first."Wherever I am playing - I will be happy to play where is best for the team at the start of the year, and if that is fullback then so be it."If it's somewhere else, then I'm happy to play anywhere just as long as I'm in the team."Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Valentine Holmes. (Getty)When asked if he enjoys the challenge of competing for spots, Holmes said it was the best form of motivation for him to "get the best" out of himself."Definitely [love fighting for spots]," Holmes added."I feel it brings the best out of myself and other players."You can see a lot of players training really well in different positions. We've been chopping and changing positions all pre-season and you see guys do really well in positions they haven't played in before."It might bring something towards the middle of the year where we might need someone to play there and I like it."I like to just to be in the team, I enjoy playing footy."Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow beats seven Panthers to scoreHolmes' biggest threat for the No.1 jersey will likely be 19-year-old Tabuai-Fidow.Tabuai-Fidow in a debut season last year put his hand up for the No.1 jersey when Holmes was out with injury, featuring in the fullback position on seven occasions.The speedster, who has a personal best of 10.85 seconds over 100 metres, was scary in open space and could become a solution for Payten following a breakout year that saw him bag six tries from 14 appearances."I didn't think I was going to get my debut last year," he also told Wide World of Sports."I got it and took it with both hands. I was pretty happy with my 2020 - with it being my first year – I think I did pretty good for my first year."My pre-season this year has been good under the coaching staff, it's been tough and it's different to last year, but I'm enjoying every bit of it."Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow. (Getty)Tabuai-Fidow admitted he has the "motivation" to one day take full-time ownership of the fullback duties."With this pre-season, my season last year has given me a lot of confidence," Tabuai-Fidow added."Growing up, I was always a fullback. The fight and motivation is there to get that jersey."When that time comes, I will take it with both hands and do my best."Being in the top squad, I've learnt heaps and I learn every day. It's a big benefit for myself."For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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The GOAT of GOATs Part 1: Cameron Smith versus Tom Brady
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A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size First things first, Don Bradman is the GOAT of all GOATs. For anyone to argue otherwise is generally pure folly. But firstly I would like to talk about the careers of Cameron Smith and Tom Brady, the GOATs of their respective football codes of rugby league and American football. Brady will play his tenth Super Bowl today as he aims for his seventh NFL championship ring. At the age of 43 this season Brady has finally silenced anyone who doubted that he is the greatest quarterback of all time. I was one of the doubters. I never doubted his ability. The comeback he engineered in Super Bowl 51 is the most astonishing thing I have ever seen in sport. I just wondered how much of his success was due to his coach Bill Belichick, the organisation he played for, and the ensemble of great players assembled around him. If Drew Brees played for the Patriots, would he have been the GOAT of the NFL? Maybe. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) But what Brady did this season with Tampa Bay is remarkable and should silence any doubters. He has propelled an organisation that had not made the playoffs since 2013 to fifth seed in the NFC and then through three sudden-death road playoff wins and into to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, in New England, the Patriots stumbled through a dreadful season and without Brady were absolutely embarrassing almost all season long. You might argue that there were mitigating circumstances and that maybe timing is everything. But the plain facts are that Tom Brady is in yet another Super Bowl and the Patriots were shot ducks barely half way through the season. The NRL GOAT Cameron Smith has had an equally stellar career. He has similar numbers to Brady, in that he has played in eight grand finals, winning five of them. It would have been nine but he was suspended from the grand final of 2008. His team lost that game 40-0. The Melbourne Storm seem determined to move on from Cameron Smith. They want to lock up promising youngster Harry Grant as they look to the future. But Cameron Smith has not announced his retirement yet and the whispers are that he will soon sign with the Gold Coast Titans for 2021. I really hope he does. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images) I want to see if Cameron Smith can show who the real brains of the Storm are. Can he engineer an NRL fairy tale and make the grand final in 2021? Will Storm coach Craig Bellamy and the Melbourne Storm capitulate without Smith and miss the finals for the first time in forever? Wouldn’t it be nice. Today I’ll be rooting for NFL GOAT Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. They enter the game as huge underdogs to the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs and possible future GOAT Patrick Mahomes. If Mahomes wins he will continue his quest to chase down Brady’s six championship rings. If Brady wins a seventh, his record may never be equalled. After that I will eagerly await the news on the playing future of NRL GOAT Cameron Smith, whose many career records will surely never be surpassed. Here is my list of GOATS. What is yours? Cricket (batting): Don Bradman – he averaged 99.94, there’s no more to be said. Cricket (bowling): Shane Warne – has anyone here seen one better? Swimming: Michael Phelps – lots of gold and longevity. Rugby league: Cameron Smith – such a glittering career at all levels. American football: Tom Brady – 43 and loving it. Golf: Tiger Woods – his 2019 Masters clinches it. Basketball: LeBron James – his longevity of greatness gives him my nod. Boxing: Joe Louis – 25 consecutive heavyweight title defences is amazing. Tennis (women): Serena Williams – so dominant for so long. Tennis (men): Novak Djokovic – has dominated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and will finish with the most slams. Rugby union: Richie McCaw – a pure competitor and great leader. Baseball: Babe Ruth – the Bambino was a pretty good all-rounder Cycling: Anna Meares – four-time Olympian and legend. Netball: Anne Sargeant – very tall and basically just dunked it every time. Darts: Phil Taylor – the Power was for so long just unstoppable. Horse racing (mares): Black Caviar – 25 from 25 and has never been whipped. Horse racing (horses): Takeover Target – lion-hearted globetrotting legend. Horse racing (humans): Tommy Berry – just back him and you’ll know why. Athletics: Usain Bolt – pure perfection. Football: Usain Bolt – he was looking really good for the Mariners. AFL: Warwick Capper. Speed skating: Steven Bradbury – the master tactician.
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