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State of Origin 2 – the rout continues

What can I say about last night’s game that hasn’t already been said?  It was just magic.  It was almost enough to make me feels sorry for the Blues, but then again nothing is ever that bad.

Once again they reverted back to their traditional playbook of when the skill level isn’t high enough, let’s bash the other team off their game.  It may have worked in Game 3 last year but the Queenslanders were completely ready for them this time.

And once again Paul Gallen showed why he is NSW’s best pick to get a Qld win…every tackle he did had some sort of swinging arm in it.  I’m surprised it took him as long as it did to concede his first penalty.

As for Luke O’Donnell, how he stayed on the field I will never know…once again the refs don’t have the stones to enforce the game.  O’Donnell was just lucky he had his teammate pinning Dave Taylor’s arms when he decided to throw a headbutt and an uppercut.  If Taylor had an arm free he would have been eaten alive.  I see elsewhere that nothing will happen to him for the headbutt…not really surprised now that it has been legitimised for NSW players…after all he didn’t REALLY mean to do it, and it was really soft anyway.

And yet again the refs showed their incompetence when it counts…lucky Qld had such a big lead at that stage.  After all what can you say about a try disallowed off a forward pass that was backwards, the non sending off for the hideous spear tackle, and the knock-on against Qld that  clearly bounced off Hayne’s head then hit Slater.

What are your thoughts on the game?

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  1. Nature 5
    June 17, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    I agree with your analysis. QLD was robbed of one try (the ball was thrown backwards if you look at Locky’s habds) and NSW didn’t deserve the one awarded. As for the ‘spear tackle’, he should’ve been marched immediately.

    Headbuts which were once a complete no-no are now acceptable provided they are delivered ‘softly’ or ‘unintentionally’. Unbelieveable!

  2. June 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Well you can blame the headbutt thing on the soft-cocks on the judiciary for Jarryd Hayne.
    Faced with a choice of sitting out their “star” or legitimising headbutts, they took the road less travelled and opened it up to one and all.
    Though we haven’t seen a QLDer get sent up for one yet, so we’ll have to see how they get handled.
    I had to laugh when they not-so-subtly asked Phil Gould to coach again…he won’t do it because he knows they’ll get flogged again next year and he doesn’t want to ruin his record.

  3. Robbo
    June 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    I was at the game and also at game 3 last year. Words can’t descibe how sweet it was last night! I was just about laughing at how easily the maroons were doing it. There was a Blues supporter sitting near me who said of them, “they’re a joke, they’ll be lucky to get a try at all and to concede less than 40.” How right. I was in the 6th row at the Milton Rd end and reminded the Qld players when they went past in their victory lap that the job isn’t done yet and to aim for a clean sweep.

    • June 17, 2010 at 2:23 PM

      You lucky bastard Robbo…I’d love to get to an Origin game at Lang Park. Haven’t been to one since it was re-developed.

      I agree as well…nothing is sweeter than a clean sweep.

  4. Miglo
    June 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Hey Robbo. My God you’re ugly.

  5. Miglo
    June 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    MS, go into your Discussion Settings and change the ‘2’ to a higher number:

    Hold a comment in the queue if it contains 2 or more links. (A common characteristic of comment spam is a large number of hyperlinks.)

  6. Robbo
    June 23, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Aww Miglo that cuts deep! didn’t change nutin – was the default!

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