DAMAGING: Greg Inglis of the Maroons pushes through a tackle by Josh Morris of the Blues during State of Origin Game I at ANZ Stadium.
DAMAGING: Greg Inglis of the Maroons pushes through a tackle by Josh Morris of the Blues during State of Origin Game I at ANZ Stadium. DEAN LEWINSAAP

Why all the hate for NRL?

Ant's slant

I HAVE a lot of mates who prefer AFL to the NRL.

And they are Queenslanders too.

I even played junior rugby league at the Maroochydore Swans with one of them.

And these are guys who have never played Australian rules.

I am someone who can appreciate just about any contact sport which is why I am a fan of the AFL and the NRL.

To be honest, I know much more about rugby league, but I can be heard yelling just as loudly for the Brisbane Lions as the Maroons.

But my open-mindedness is not reciprocated among my AFL mates.

They hate the NRL and there is no budging them.

Most of my NRL-mad mates are the same as me.

They can appreciate Australian rules for what it is.

I actually got into a heated Facebook exchange with a buddy last week after he went on a social media tirade about what a useless commentator he thought Ray Warren was.

I told him AFL players looked like they put hair product in on game day for which he hit back saying NRL players didn't use deodorant.

Thought-provoking stuff.

But seriously, why all the hate from AFL supporters for NRL.

I don't see such hatred from NRL supporters towards their AFL counterparts.

Put simply, both games are capable of producing breath-taking brilliance, but in different ways.

The two sports are so vastly different they cannot be compared.

So just enjoy both codes for what they are.


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