NRL talking points: Final series preview, Sam Burgess banned, Ricky Stuart extends Raiders stay

Jenna Brooks has the latest from the NRL because the premiership heads to the finals series, Sam Burgess suffers Canberra Raiders re-sign Ricky Stuart, and a significant blow.
Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters had secured first and second on the ladder heading in the last round of the season, and South Sydney Rabbitohs occurred third if Canberra Raiders suffered a surprise defeat Saturday.
Those outcomes put a qualifying final between the Roosters and the Rabbitohs although Saturday stages premiers Melbourne against the Raiders.
While Brisbane Broncos dropped parramatta Eels finished the year after beating Manly Sea Eagles, that secured position. That usually means the Eels confront the Broncos on Sunday in their own elimination final.
Cronulla Sharks snatched place on Sunday with a vital win over the Wests Tigers. The Sharks will Go to the Sea Eagles on Saturday.
South Sydney and with their qualifying final against the Roosters will play with no Sam Burgess following the forwards was caught pulling on the hair Billy Smith during last Thursday’s derby.
Burgess pleaded guilty – that his fifth just two seasons along with his third within 2019 – along with it clearly frustrates the England international, who was billed with a contrary behavior over the entire hair pull.
“In the context of the match, you will find five or four blokes knocked out, 50 stitches put into people’s minds following a game,” Burgess said. “Then somebody sits in front of the pc on Friday and that is exactly what they pick up?
“It says it all. I’m disappointed. Disappointed is the word I’m using today, but I’ll let everybody else have their own views.”
Once he served an nine-game prohibit in July for the eye gouge sam’s brother George is available – and George’s twin, Tom, is to produce an early return.
“I coached Monday and Tuesday and pulled good so we’ll just see how we go with recovery until the team operate, but it is looking fairly good,” Tom said.
Ricky Stuart has also signed a contract extension Canberra, keeping him as head trainer until the end of 2023.
In the conclusion of the deal, Stuart will combine Tim Sheens as the longest-serving coach in the Raiders’ history.
Stuart continues to be accountable in 2019 marks the second year and now Canberra for the previous six years he’s led his side.
English pair Ryan Sutton and Elliott Whitehead have extended their period in the capital too, signing contracts which can keep them until the end of 2022 in the Raiders.
The final match in the NRL of gareth Widdop finished with a landmark being reached by him in St George Illawarra Dragons’ win over Gold Coast Titans.
Widdop kicked four goals in the win, becoming the first Englishman to reach 1,000 points at the NRL in the procedure.
In which was once a season to forget for the club the triumph was St George Illawarra’s eighth of 2019. The Dragons finished their worst ending as a joint-venture, the year second-last.
It’s an outcome that has raised plenty of questions regarding the potential of head coach Paul McGregor.
Regardless of the Dragons’ gloomy period, the celebrity playmaker was praised by McGregor and expects Warrington Wolves-bound Widdop to leave a legacy behind.
“He is the most talented player I have to coach in my trip,” McGregor said.
Several NRL players ‘ are being connected with Super League, with the conclusion of season approaching.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall announced he’s heading to the Northern Hemisphere and it is believed he has signed with Hull Kingston Rovers.
Cronulla’s Josh Dugan is suggested by reports, also Wests pair Russell Packer and Josh Reynolds are interested in making the switch to Super League too.
There are also fresh reports linking Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane using St George Illawarra, should be shown the door.

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