1. Either we are shit or cheating the cap. Make your mind up.
At the start of the year Buzz wrote a blog post saying the Roosters would miss the eight.
Following five wins from their first seven, Buzz has begun claiming the Roosters are cheating the cap with the a rant last week about how there’s been no stopping to look at the Roosters and Peter O’Sullivan — given his role at the Storm — and further tweets like this:
So are we too shit to make the eight, or too good to have played by the rules?
2. Our halves during the Origin period, according to Robbo.
A good debate opened up on Twitter among Roosters fans as to who will be the halves combination if both Mp7 and The BBQ are picked for State of Origin.
Most said Mortimer would play halfback with Samisoni Langi to make his debut in the NRL at five-eighth, while some said he was a bit too young and raw, with Nafe Seluini a possibility for the number six.
Well, during an interview on Sterlo on Thursday, Trent Robinson only said two names: Langi and Morts.
Both have trained intermittently in those spots with the first grade spot and the Roosters have already prepared for the possibility that they’ll be without both first-choice halves for Origin.
Regardless, it will only be one game barring injury that the Chooks will have to deal with substitute halves, against the Dogs in Round 15. They’ve got the bye during the other two rounds when Origin players are stood down from club level.
That should fire up the conspiracy theorists.
3. SBW, Captain?
The NRL Lurker – Sportal’s answer to The Mole – put up a rumour piece which had Twitter alight among Roosters fans. It said:
The Roosters are deep in negotiations with Khoder Nasser to extend the contract of Sonny Bill Williams for a second season in 2014. Club supremo Nick Politis regards him as such a strong role model that there is even talk of offering him the captaincy when Anthony Minichiello retires, which could be at the end of this season.
Most disagreed with the idea of Sonny as captain, if only because everyone believes he’s gone after this season and we are in need of a long-term captain.
But I don’t mind the idea. After all, who of the current Roosters is ready for the role?
Mitchell Pearce will be the longest-tenured player at the club, but he’s only 23 and is actually still developing as a player. Do we want to lump him with the added responsibility?
Jake Friend? Possibly, but he’s also only 23 and still developing, plus he is splitting time with Morts at rake.
Hollywood Hargreaves? Maybe, but he doesn’t play the 80 and until recently has been one of the most penalised players in the NRL. Do we want him berating the refs after each penalty he gives away?
The BBQ? Keep him as the funny guy.
Sonny Bill is leadership material. The players love him and he trains the house down. He’s not controversial, he doesn’t drink and he has the potential to play the full 80.
Plus I think he’d love the role – especially with the boost it will give his legacy. Dual World Cup winner (potentially), boxing champ, premiership winner and captain of a (hopefully) premiership-winning side.
I personally lean towards Pearce despite his youth. But if Sonny Bill gets it – even for just one season – I’m not against it.
And besides, it’s all probably bullshit anyway. This is the same rumour mill that said Marty Kennedy was bound for the Tigers, to which MK tweeted:
(As an aside, I love the fact players can tweet the truth and keep the journos honest. This is why social media works. Keep ’em coming.)
4. Jennings enjoying footy again, but the only way was up, really.
Michael Jennings plays his first game against the team that effectively dumped him and then burned the bridge as he was leaving on it by saying that the Panthers weren’t getting value for money from the Origin centre.
In 2012 he was famously dropped to the Windsor Wolves but plucked from there to star of the Blues, and was repeatedly in the headlines after falling out with both Ivan Cleary and GM Phil Gould.
But whatever happened last year though has been firmly forgotten. Jennings told AAP (via NRL.com) that:
“I am really enjoying my football now. Playing alongside the players we have here is very exciting and it makes coming to training and playing for the team a lot easier.
“I was nervous about coming to the club but the change has been really positive for me. I’m happy I have made the move.”
When asked about his form after seven NRL rounds with the Roosters and his chances of a NSW call-up, Jennings replied: “I’m not getting dropped to Windsor so …
“It was tough but that was last year … I have made the move and, looking back, I have improved a lot my on and off-field performances. I’m happy with my form but I have a lot to improve on and, if I do get selected (for NSW), it will be on the back of my performances for the Roosters.”
This year he has been atop the 26 Rounds weekly Roosters player rankings twice – which is really what he was after the whole time. He’s scored four tries in seven games with eight line breaks, over ten runs a game, 14 tackles a match with just two misses all year, three line break assists and a try assist. Also, he’s making 117 metres per game at 11 metres per run (per NRL.com).
Last year he scored 10 tries in five wins. His new club has already matched that total after seven rounds.
I’d be happy too.
UPDATED. The previous version of this article had a rant based on a tweet from a year ago. No one said the guy writing this website was a smart dude.