Buzz on Monday: Phil Rothfield reveals his highlights and lowlights from the weekend

Not Cam Murray, Isaah Yeo, or Jake Trbojevic — a State of Origin debutant should be the first forward picked on Brad Fittler’s Blues team this year. Highlights and Lowlights from Buzz.

Phil Rothfield reveals his highlights and lowlights from another blockbuster sports weekend in his Monday Buzz column.


The best start to an NRL season in recent memory, with close competition in almost every game. Sensational atmosphere, especially in the crowded traditional suburban resorts like Belmore, Brookie, Leichhardt and Shark Park.


The Melbourne Storm’s demise without five-eighth champion Cameron Munster in the past two weeks and the big boppers who have joined the Dolphins – Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich and Felise Kaufusi. This team has also lost its famous hunger.


Melbourne Storm are unhappy with the tackle that saw their front row enforcer Nelson Asofa-Solomona sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury. They felt the Match Review Committee could have booked Bulldogs’ Raymond Faitala-Mariner for a hip drop tackle.


The first forward selected in the NSW State of Origin squad this year has to be Manly Sea Eagles edge forward Haumole Olakau’atu. He’s a beast and will terrorize the Maroons.


The toughest task for Brad Fittler and Greg Alexander will be deciding between five great players for two middle positions – Latrell Mitchell, Tom Trbojevic, Jack Wighton, Campbell Graham and Kotoni Staggs.


A couple of old sporting legends celebrating their birthdays amid some colorful identities at the Gary Owen Pub in Rozelle on Saturday night. Johnny Lewis turned 79 and Les Mara turned 70. They’ve been great friends for almost 60 years. Among the guests were ex-criminal Graham Henry, ex-cop Gary Jubelin, Jeff Fenech and Johnny Elias.


Bookmakers have slashed the Premiership chances of the undefeated Brisbane Broncos as they prepare for the big local derby against the Dolphins.

Prize Prize: $21 to $8

Minor Premiership: $17 to $5.50

Top 8: $1.75 to $1.18

Spoons: $34 to $251


Catch up with Braith Anasta, Paul Kent, Brent Read and Cooper Cronk on NRL 360 Monday night at 6:30 p.m. to break down all of the third-round issues. Sydney Roosters manager Trent Robinson will be the special guest.

Originally posted as Monday Buzz, Phil Rothfield reveals his weekend highs and lows Buzz on Monday: Phil Rothfield reveals his highlights and lowlights from the weekend

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