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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 2 Post Match Review…

June 28, 2013
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Title:
– 2013 State of Origin –
– GAme 2 Post Match Review –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 28th June 2013 |
Game 1 Review started:

“Qld were never in the game – as if they left their ‘mongrel’ behind … NSW played all over them and proved that attitude counts for so much at this level …”

Game 2 Review could start exactly the same except substitute NSW for QLD and you get the game outcome.

Once again the NRL ‘no punching’ rule came to the fore … one guy threw a punch and four guys get sin-binned.

The most stupid aspect of the one match suspension handed out to the Merrin – the guy who threw the punch(s) – gets served at Club football level … absolutely stupidity …

His club gets penalised and he gets to play again in SOO 3 … same with Gallen in SOO 1 – how is that equitable …

In all other sporting codes match suspensions are served at the same level … SOO is being turned into a NSW sponsor event to stop QLD’s dominance …

Tate was on the receiving end of the Merrin punch and was one of the players sent to the sin-bin – his part in the fracas was a push on Gallen to get him off the tackled player – the referee should have penalised Gallen for the ruck infringement and every thing that happen from there can be blamed on the referee for not policing the rules in a consistent manner …

In the wash-up has the referee been sin-binned – demoted – docked pay – missed match payments for his error …

To the game:

NSW Backline:

  • NSW Pearce proved yet again he ain’t up to this level – he had a shocker and the referee got it wrong again over his fracas with Slater when the game was over on the score board …
  • Maloney – Game 1 hero was Game 2 fizzer – targeted in defence and had nothing to offer when NSW had the ball.
  • Merritt was targeted all night and how NSW did not see that happening given his club form in defence was a coaching error – Daley can be blamed for not preparing a plan to cover Merritt’s defensive lapses … three of QLD’s tries came off Merritt defence mistakes …
  • Jennings and Morris never got any quality ball all night and never went looking for it either …
  • Duggan at fullback had a good game and given his ‘last chance’ scenario had to to justify the risk in rewarding him with a SOO jumper.

NSW Forwards:

  • Merrin and Fafitta were NSW’s best forwards and looked likely –
  • Whatmouth is done, nothing to offer –
  • Farrar had a bad night –
  • Lewis was quite with a few sparks but well contained,
  • Bird never bought his club form,
  • All the rest should be on the bus home …

QLD Backline:

  • Cronk and Thurston had a field day creating mini breaks all night – QLD bombed 4-5 tries and that was not good …
  • Inglis was more involved but still out of position – his one break when he passed the ball to Boyd when in full fly was not like him …
  • Hodges is another forward on the field in attack and solid in defence …
  • Tate and Boyd played great …
  • Slater was off with his timing but still the man for the job …
  • Cherry-Evans had a good debut …

QLD Forwards:

  • A complete turn around with Scott back to his best form …
  • Myles again had a blinder …
  • Cam Smith upped his game and his kicking was a highlight all night …
  • Gillet stepped up as did Teo and Pipalli …
  • McQueen and Thaiday were solid …

The game never reached any highs in an emotive sense as the Nation had been on edge all day over the Rudd/Gillard spill.

The talking point as with Game 1 is the punches thrown … the NRL have to comes to terms that the public will no longer accept mediocrity in referees …

They have every aid available to make sure they get decisions right – but their on field performances around the ruck in slowing the play the ball, the 10 meter rule, hands on the ball in the ruck, the niggle, and so forth all have inconsistency in the way they are policed.

Watch any game and you get tolerance levels that very from different referees and by the same referees throughout single games – i.e. holding down and hands on the ball in the ruck are policed harshly early in games, but by mid game these rules are not policed the same way …

It’s all a changing and the showpiece of our game is under threat – not only because referees try to help NSW overcome their lack of player ability with an obvious bias – i.e. NSW referees have refereeed the last 3-4 SOO series … even that has not helped in the end …

On another matter – the expectation that players have to be better people than the rest of the fans is becoming a joke … how dare they impinge on a players right to have a beer, to go out to a nightclub – perhaps the media should be taken to task over some of their bad personal habits …

Persecuting players is an easy target for the NRL to lay blame – how many NRL executives at club and NRL level have a chequered past and drink problems … educating players to become social snobs and aloof only encourages fans to goad the players … look at the Goode episode …

If kids and their moms don’t understand footy and think the game too rough for their little boys … go and play soccer.  We all know why League has its appeal … its gladiatorial and it is the pinnacle of all contact sport.   Let it be and get the nansie pansie goody two shoes attitude outta here …


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  1. June 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Qld were awesome, and this is not the first time I have been forced to say this.

    No only did they control the ball at critical times, they controlled the game. Only yesterday I was thinking, they will equal the St George record of 11 premiership wins, but then the cry will be, how about in those days when NSW would select Qld’ers like Artie Beetson to smash qld based players. 11 consecutive series is not enough.

    Qld ran at the defence, because NSW were unable to organise. Count the number of black eyes amongst the NSW players, Maloney, Pearce.

    In game 3 both teams will attempt to do the same. Scrambling defence. Effective one on one tackling is absolute. I said before game one John Sutton to 5/8 and James Maloney to half. At some stage in first half when the forwards tire bring on Todd Carney with Sutton relieving a forward. With Ferguson most unlikely in game 3 a very big bloke must replace Merritt. A man of fierce physique and courage. Merritt might have courage but was found wanting twice early. I am now thinking Josh Reynolds to half, Sutton to 5/8 and still one of the running 5/8 to the bench.

    It is a big ask, but there can be no excuses.

    Blue! Blue! Blue!

  2. June 29, 2013 at 8:07 am

    There is a lot of deja vu right now.

    Tonight in Melbourne, in the Lions Test I think Australia are a touch of value at $2.40. Last weeks loss at Suncorp when Kurtley Beale slipped attempting a winning penalty shot in the 71st minute was just freakish. Tonight with him starting it is a different ball game. Next Saturday’s decider will slightly favour Australia, if they are still alive.

    In the tennis you would need to expect a Murray v Djokovic final, but Andy Murray has injury issues. With Federer and Nadal both gone, Murray has virtual unknowns until the finals. As for Djoker he can expect Haas after Chardy then Berdich to meet Ferrer to make the final. Tomic needs to conquer the ninth seeded Gasquet, then 7th seed Berdych to meet Yomic in the quarters. His history does not augur well.

    In the cricket, to see Shane Watson find form with the bat at Somerset is good, but one dig does not make a summer.

    In the 3rd game at Sydney in SOO I would rate it Qld $1.80 NSW $2.25. It is going to be one hell of a match. It could well be who can finish the last quarter.

    Happy Hunting and Good Punting

  3. June 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Great heads up Beresford, on the Wannabees.

    He who calls himself Rookie Bookie here, I have always known as Beresford Bob.

    If that was a good call how about the tiges v storm match 21 to 30 total points in the wet. Not only did Tiges win, but that is a virtual certainty of Souths securing the minor premiership. Go You Rabbitohs, “Til I Die”, “Never say Die”.

    Souths have a rough run into the last 4 weeks, with Manly, Canterbury, Storm and Chooks but this premiership is Melbourne, Souths and daylight. With a 2 and a half game premiership buffer on Storm things are real good.

    Double up on the Wannabees in the 3rd test in Sydney because backing Souths is going to be short odds on in too many remaining matches. I owe you a beer (or two) when you feel like drink.

  4. June 29, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    It was painful to watch – Beale has always been a show poney – his mistakes in Game 1, doubled up again in this Game –

    O’Connor at flyhalf has no imagination – the referee was intimidated all night and made several blunders … the penalties are a lottery in trying to understand the rule interpretations – it is hard for the commentators, how about the fans … no chance.

    Australia put one ball phase together all night and scored a try towin the game, the Lions nil – and that was the story of the night – a fans nightmare … only true loyal Rugby fans would think that was a great game – the errors were kindergarten stuff …

    That said, I am waiting for Game 3 to see if another week can improve their ability to catch and hold the ball …

  5. June 30, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I take exception to Gerry’s presumption that there is Melbourne, Souths and Daylight.

    My mighty Sharkies defeated the Rabbits, and many teams can defeat another on their day, just like the the Tigers last night. About the only truly hapless team is Parra ie they don’t matta.

    On Rugby such a game was so dour. 80% of points from infringements.

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