Friday, May 23, 2014

NRL 2014 Round 11: The weekend where no one cares

In case you hadn’t heard, the State of Origin series begins next week, which basically means that nothing else matters in rugby league except for words like “pride”, “passion” and “fucking Slater”.  It’s a time of the year when the rugby league world literally revolves around Phil Gould as he stands underneath some goalposts and explains the history of the discovery of the colour "maroon".  It’s the time of year when you begin to believe in the hype that being from either Queensland or New South Wales gives you different qualities of inner strength; a greater outlook on life and a more focussed sense of self to… play… football.  It’s that time of year that you think, “Thank fuck they left Mitchell Pearce out of this game.” 

Thanks to NSW being so terrible since 2006, most Queenslanders can now count to eight, although it is worrying to think that if the dominance continues for four more years, they will run out of fingers to count on. 

Round 11:

It’s a bit of a clusterfuck to tip, and it will be while “The Spirit of Artie Beetson contest” goes on for the next two months, so it’s a lottery as to who will play and who will win – even more so than the start of the 2014 season. 

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters
Gold Coast Titans vs New Zealand Warriors
Wests Tigers vs           Brisbane Broncos
Cronulla Sharks vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Game of the Round

Canberra Raiders vs Nth Queensland Cowboys

Due to the glorious game of “Greg Inglis vs NSW”, we’ve got a split round this week.  Due to the glorious game of “Every Queenslander has a heart the size of Pharlap”, most of the good players are missing from their respective team.  This means that the Raiders might even crack a win.  I’ve tipped them, so you know it’s serious.  

This is still my favourite Origin photo.  It has the passion of jumper pulling, the emotion of pashing Terry Hill and the hair of Laurie Daley

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