Our writers have a look at some of the talking points out of round 4 of this year’s National Rugby League Premiership.

ANYONE WANTING TO AXE DES HASLER IS “FULL OF IT”

James Morgan: “anyone who says that Des Hasler should face the axe is full of it. He’s one of the best coaches in the comp and it’s not his fault that his halves can’t kick a ball well and his players can’t hold on to it. There’s nobody on the market who is remotely close, and if the Dogs dump him it’s a terrible move.”

Related: Des Hasler Opinion by Cameron Ashcroft

AN “OFF DAY” DOESN’T MAKE THE KNIGHTS RETURN TO THE PAST

Matt Pritchard: “Newcastle fans might have thought their side took two steps back with a heavy defeat at Penrith. Overall the start to their season has been hopeful but there will always be a bump in the road from time to time. Don’t give up hope Knights fans.”

DIFFERENT COACH SAME OLD WARRIORS

Sam Dasey: “The New Zealand Warriors are again disappointing. A new coach yet again, yet the players seem to under perform each year. Shaun Johnson is left to do it all himself, and would have been loving the prospect of international halves partner Kieran Foran joining him, only for the new recruit to again withdraw due to injury. The team from across the ditch will need to find form soon or face another wasted season.”

TUI LOLOHEA ISN’T THE WARRIORS PROBLEM

Brandon Lee: “Poor Tuimoala Lolohea will never get the chance to impress when he keeps getting dropped and then put back in the team anyway to fill in somewhere. Can’t lock down a position or perform consistently with the way he’s being used.”