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Arnab Bhattacharya

Roar Guru

Joined February 2019







I make up supporting Bangladesh and Arsenal by being a Melbourne Storm fan. Cricket, league and football fanatic.



As someone who grew up in my early years in Maroubra (still live in Rabbitohs territory), leaving Redfern Oval was one of the worst things to happen to Souths. Redfern is the heart and soul of the club. Going to Heffron Centre may help them with better facilities, but it won’t help them connect with the fans as much anymore. Kids would go to Redfern Oval to watch the team play and have a kickabout at times. How is the club going to interact with fans when Heffron Centre itself is some exclusive area within Heffron Park? Even the parking in that area is segregated between the public and Rabbitohs HQ. One of the clubs greatest halfbacks grew up in Waterloo and lived in Mascot when he joined the club. Since leaving there, the club hardly interacts with its fans and is anything but a community club. And that has definitely impacted their performances.

ANALYSIS: The worst collapse ever? Souths miss finals as Walker powers Chooks to famous win

Storm, Manly, Roosters, Phins in an upset, Cowboys in another upset, Knights, Titans, Sharks.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions Round 27: Jostling for position, resting the weary, trying to survive, playing for pride

1. Pandya isn’t fit enough to bowl 10 overs so having basically four frontline bowlers + Pandya and Varma is risky
2. Jadeja is lucky he’s still playing ODI cricket. Loses the plot with the ball when it’s not a turning track + can’t win India games with the bat if the required run rate gets over 7.
3. With the current coach in charge, it’ll be a repeat of 2007 WC which ironically was under his leadership as captain.

Their stocks are plunging - Can India get themselves sorted in time for cricket's World Cup?

I’ve lost my mum, my grandma and other relatives to cancer. I’ve seen what cancer/chemotherapy has done to them. For Rod to even say that Mitchell is a cancer to the club is outright disgusting. Yes his performances haven’t been great, but whenever Mitchell leaves the Rabbitohs, they’ll still be around as a club. Humans who passed away due to cancer will not.

Churchill's Latrell apology too little, too late with Rabbitohs' season imploding amid ongoing off-field dramas

Seems like Papenhuyzen’s return has helped the Falcons a lot. Went three straight to just make finals and then put on a show against the Dolphins.

NRL News: Another Wallabies defeat as NRL star extends, Roosters star a chance for finals showdown, Bunnies may reject Churchill Medal

Read somewhere that it’s not as serious as hoped. Will miss this round and attempt to be fit by week one of finals. Pezet did his hamstring during Q Cup and Wishart was impressive in Q Cup yesterday, so I think he’ll be halfback.

NRL News: Another Wallabies defeat as NRL star extends, Roosters star a chance for finals showdown, Bunnies may reject Churchill Medal

They can go up to third should they win and Warriors lose. Their PD is +10 more than the Warriors as of now.

NRL News: Another Wallabies defeat as NRL star extends, Roosters star a chance for finals showdown, Bunnies may reject Churchill Medal

Rapana gets a slap in the wrist. Don’t give him the option of paying a fine. Suspend him already. This is a serial repeat offender who will continuously attempt to/trip players of this is what he’s gonna cop every week.

Round 26 judiciary: Waerea-Hargraeves whacked with huge ban, Horsburgh facing suspension, Staggs in strife

Reimis Smith has to come back at right centre. I’d give Tonumaipea one more week. If he handles his own vs Staggs, then he’s ready for the finals.

ANALYSIS: One in, one out as Papenhuyzen returns after 405 days in Storm win, but Hughes departs with knee injury

Papenhuyzen cannot start for 2023. It’s far too late to change fullbacks for a club that has top four in their own hands. What Papenhuyzen can do is come off the bench and play the role Hynes did in 2021.

NRL News: Bellamy rates Papenhuyzen 'good chance', Robbo's certain Walker will respond, Broncos rule out Pangai reunion

Player managers having so much say in deals is what’s causing this. If the Tigers were offering so much money to Schuster, that’s the Tigers problem. Instead, Manly made it theirs by offering 800k a year on an unproven player due to potential. A lot of these players aren’t succeeding as well due to how toxic the environment the club is off the field.

Bang for your buck: Spending 'overs' on talent is simply bad NRL business

Penrith even with their late outs.
Would love the Dragons to cause an upset in Auckland.
Phins up at Suncorp.
Storm with ease at home.
Tigers will fight but Roosters to get it done.
Broncos to win a tight contest.
Manly to win comfortably.
Ponga masterclass in the Hunter.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions Round 26: Teams scramble for position as star hopeful for long-awaited return

I’ll go with Katoa. For Wayne Bennett to have so much faith in him in a new franchise’s debut season is massive. And he’s repaid the faith despite surprisingly not starting every game when fit. He doesn’t shy away from the big stage. That performance vs the Sharks during Magic Round was special.

NRL Rookie of the Year: The Brick, the flying mullet and Tigers' only bright spot

Markram is one. Others include Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jaaneman Malan, Tony De Zorzi, Lungi Ngidi, Wiaan Mulder, Ryan Rickleton, Lutho Simpala and Marco Jansen. All have represented SA at Test or limited overs level.

A new look team with an aggressive approach - everything you need to know about the Proteas ahead of Australia's tour of South Africa

Conrad had success for the Cape Cobras between 2005-2010 where they won three titles. He joined Uganda for a year before being in the SA academy from 2014 before getting the Test coach role.

As for their ODI team, Bavuma is key. Now that the accumulator role is given solely to Rassie Van Der Dussen, Bavuma batting aggressively from ball one helps SA a chance of scoring 350+ almost every game.

You are right about opening for SA being a huge problem. I think the likely candidate would be Ryan Rickleton or Tony De Zorzi to partner Markram at the top if/when Elgar is gone.

As for Brevis, we have had chats off the record a few times over the past two years. Consistency is what’s stopping him from playing for South Africa. Still only 20 years old with only 12 games of experience outside of T20 cricket.

A new look team with an aggressive approach - everything you need to know about the Proteas ahead of Australia's tour of South Africa

Honestly not convinced by Ten Hag at United. Add in the fact that Greenwood is set to be reinstated to the squad spells huge trouble for Ten Hag, Greenwood and the board. The amount of abuse (rightfully so how does United still stand by Greenwood after the actions of Giggs and Ferdinand off the pitch) that they will cop is huge.

What the EPL?!: Ange's big day, Claret blues and trouble at the bottom on opening weekend

I liked the lineup today. Even Garlick at 9. Capable of providing steady service to start a game and play as a forward when Grant comes on. Katoa starting means that NAS can solely focus on coming off the bench in the middle rather than playing on the edge. No disrespect to Warbrick, but I’ve always seen Smith as a better winger than centre. Deceptively quick as well. Win the next three, hope the Warriors drop points somewhere and avoid Penrith in week one of finals. That will be huge.

ANALYSIS: Raging Ricky 'lost for words' as Storm prove they're contenders by riding roughshod over 'crap' Raiders

I just watched highlights of the two times Broncos and Roosters took on each other in 2018. Not only did Napa get binned in each game, he got binned for the same offence. No intent to tackle properly, went head first and collided with the opposition player. It was such an ugly tackle that he’d be sent off without a doubt nowadays. And rightfully so

Round 24 Team Lists Late Mail: Panthers lose star duo, Verrills gone for 2023, Broncos get triple boost, Kris crossed off

Giving the Phins a chance? Talking of Phins, last time Robbo and Wayne faced off at Allianz Stadium, Broncos won 22-8 in 2018. Guess which Rooster that is in this 17 got binned that night.

Round 24 Team Lists Late Mail: Panthers lose star duo, Verrills gone for 2023, Broncos get triple boost, Kris crossed off

No. Papenhuyzen return v Canberra is a big no. He won’t be mentally there. Let him play 80 mins in Q Cup this week. If Coates is out this week, Young T on the wing and Olam at centre. Or debut Faalogo. He’s ready. And Pezet showed against Penrith he doesn’t fear anyone. Munster needs to step up though.

Round 24 Team Lists Late Mail: Panthers lose star duo, Verrills gone for 2023, Broncos get triple boost, Kris crossed off

I am the first person to criticise the daylights out of Tony G. But my god has he actually listened to the fans and start with an attacking lineup since matchday three. Not just that, but he got it tactically spot on. After Denmark had a few chances in the opening 20, he got us to sit deeper to play the perfect low block. Their long balls were suddenly ineffective. That helped us transition a lot better on the counter and how good is it seeing Foord and Fowler ace it btw? Bring on the winner of the colonial derby in Brisbane!

Foord Fiesta! Caitlin and Raso fire Matildas into quarter finals as Kerr makes long-awaited return

Play the same front four that we played against Canada and we’ll run rings around this Danish defence. Alongside that, I’d like to see our strikers and midfield press together rather than individuals did vs Canada. An early goal will get Acco- I mean Stadium Australia going nuts. And we can thrive off that. Carn the Tillies

This is the Matildas' biggest game yet. Can they hold their nerve?

I know I’m biased as a Storm fan, but I still believe in the Storm having a chance if they finish in the top four. Yes it’s been frustrating seeing this team at times, but if they face Broncos in week one of the finals, I’m backing them to make the prelim since Brisbane have plenty of mental scars. Plus if Papenhuyzen gets through 80 mins unscathed in Q Cup and provides some X factor in the NRL off the bench, then something is possible. That being said, Penrith and Broncos are clear favourites.

Round 23 Talking Points: Simple way to avoid judiciary, three teams to beat and the trio falling short of expectations

Flegler and J Wal have to start next year. Age is catching up to him and it’s time Bennett brought him off the bench for a spell before HT and to start the second half.

ANALYSIS: Knights on the charge after fifth consecutive win - but only after huge Dolphins scare

I don’t know Tyrone personally but he’s an alumni of my high school. All the teachers that I still keep contact with had high praise for his work ethic. He’s a fullback and a good goalkicker. Wing is arguably his third best position. Frustrating night for him, but Munro will bounce back.

ANALYSIS: Sharks stun Souths with first-half demolition - leaving Bunnies' title hopes in tatters