It's time to start again and move on: off the block

Manly's Anthony Watmough should be prepared to play the top title contenders at any stage in the competition. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Manly's Anthony Watmough should be prepared to play the top title contenders at any stage in the competition. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Rugby league has been my life.

The game has been great to me and I want to stay involved any way I can.

Let's make it clear, I take full responsibility for my part in the argument which led to me leaving the Continuous Call Team at 2GB.

On radio, I'm paid to have my say and put my opinion out there, but it means you have to be accountable for your actions in everything you do.

Everyone has had an argument where things have become a little heated - put your hand on your heart and tell me you haven't.

As a result, they've chosen to move me on and I've moved on from it, there's no point in carrying anger around and being dirty on people.

Sometimes you get caught up in your own little world and everything that happens, so last week I went down to Melbourne for the week to get away.

The whole time I spent down there, not one person really knew who I was, or of any of the drama which has been reported on in Sydney.

It goes to show sometimes you get too tied up in everything, but when you take a step back you realise your dramas are just a blip in the wider universe.

For the past 13 years, I've enjoyed having fun with my mates and being able to call the game, it's been a privilege and something I'm very thankful for.

I'm not filthy on 2GB, I've loved my time there and now it's time to move on.

Like a referee yelling out "six again" and restarting the tackle count, it's how I look at life, it's time to start again.

In the meantime, I'll keep working on Fox Sports and the NRL 360 program, as well as writing for the Mercury during the finals series.

I'm really looking forward to the finals, it's going to be one of the best series we've seen in a while, with a number of teams a genuine chance to lift the trophy.

Geoff Toovey should be having a little chat to Anthony Watmough before the finals.

It was interesting to see Watmough's comments in Thursday's Mercury, saying he wanted to win the minor premiership with Manly so they could avoid Souths and the Roosters in the first week of the playoffs.

It's not the kind of attitude the coach should be wanting from his players.

Going into the finals, the team should be ready to take on their main rivals anywhere at any time, to win a premiership.

"I haven't won one yet," Watmough said of the minor premiership. "It'll be a good [one] to tick off [the list]. It puts us in the box seat.

"You don't want to be playing the Roosters or Rabbitohs first round. It's a big, tough game. Every game is tough but they are extra tough.

"We'd like to finish up the top and see who finishes underneath us. It'll be an interesting couple of days with the outcome."

Manly have to beat the Cowboys on Saturday to take out the minor premiership, but North Queensland can finish fourth - and have a double chance in the finals - if they win and Penrith lose to the Warriors on Sunday night.

So who wins the premiership?

At this stage, look to the teams who have strung wins together during the season.

The Roosters are building nicely, having won their past five in-a-row.

Saturday's game will be a chance to see what the Cowboys are really about this year, having won their past two, but only just beating the Sharks.

Finishing fourth provides them with a real chance to make the grand final and I can't see any of the teams in sixth to eighth going all the way.

As for Manly, this game should be about making a statement.

If they beat the Cowboys, they finish on top and should be prepared to take on everyone in the finals, not just trying to pick and choose when to take on their main rivals.


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