The Telegraph's Paul Kent on NRL360
The Telegraph's Paul Kent on NRL360

Furious NRL host blasts AFL ‘halfwits’

The NRL is back on our screens on Thursday night as the Broncos face off against the Eels in what promises to be a blockbuster match.


With other codes toiling, the Peter V'landys and Andrew Abdo-led NRL have got themselves to the starting line way ahead of rival codes.


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Football, rugby union and even AFL have been caught short by the NRL's direct and relentless push to get back on the field.


But the news has not been welcomed by everyone.



It led to sly digs from AFL greats Tim Watson and Garry Lyon earlier this week after V'landys admitted "giggling" at the competition's cumbersome approach to get restarted.



In return NRL 360 co-host and Daily Telegraph journalist Paul Kent has labelled the pair "halfwits" who were "s**t-potting" the NRL, all the while the AFL had been caught "flat-footed".


Watson in particular had highlighted how he wasn't a fan of V'landys' approach.

"Look, I don't want to start a war between the AFL and the NRL, but I would just like to point this out to push-ahead Pete," Watson told SEN.


"It is a little more complex with a national game, accommodating teams from five different states as opposed to the NRL which has people in Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand."


Watson was forgetting that the NRL also has teams in the ACT and Victoria, but regardless of the inaccuracies over geographical footprint, Lyon chimed in to take a dig at the NRL's crowds.


"That's all right, push-ahead Pete is on a nice wave of momentum at the moment," he said.

"I don't think they'll miss the crowds much either by the way given not many turn up."


It led to Kent giving the pair a reality check on NRL 360.



The Telegraph writer said the NRL should be congratulated on it's attempts to return, while the AFL was left in its wake.

"You had two halfwits in Melbourne yesterday s**t-potting rugby league, Tim Watson and Garry Lyon carrying on," said Kent.

"Pull your heads in, rugby league's done a great thing getting up and running when they have.


"They've left the AFL flat-footed, the AFL is trying to play catch up. Rugby league, for the first time in years, it was ahead of AFL in the way it ran the game and how it was being administered."


V'Landys wants NRL crowds to return by July 1, while AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has not announced a date when fans will be allowed to attend.


The AFL is aiming to be back on the field by June 11.



Originally published as Furious NRL host blasts AFL 'halfwits'