What a week. In terms of footy played round 12 had some great games and two golden point results. As for the players, one launched a spray at his team mates via the media, another was caught out after an on field incident was ignored by everyone else and one player ended up ‘bloody annoyed.’ Their identities and what happened is over the fold.
Adam MacDougall and The Bunnies
Souths centre Adam MacDougall launched a tirade against his team mates after a hapless performance against the Tigers on the weekend. ‘Mad Dog’ correctly summed up the Bunnies problems as:
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out we had some deficiencies around the ruck and that’s where they got us.
“Forwards win you big matches and we’re going to have losses throughout the year.”
While Mad Dog was being honest he has to pay the price and was stood down for a week. In tough times unity is needed. I do think Souths are in good hands with Our Russell and Peter Holmes a Court as owners. However Shan McRae is not the coach to lead this side out of trouble. To many players seem to be disinterested and something needs to change. Put money on Jason Taylor being the Bunnies first grade coach next year especially if he turns the Eels around this year.
A hit that was missed by everyone in Newcastle except for Knights winger Brian Carney later came back to haunt Trent Barrett well after the game. Allegedy a Channel 9 employee saw the incident and notified the NRL. Barrett was cited and suspended for 6 matches. Now while Barrett deserves to be suspended for the hit I am troubled in how the evidence came to light. Newcastle prop Craig Smith did ask for the match officials to look at the incident after it happened. Why it wasn’t referred is a mystery. Apparently there are laws that allow the NRL to charge players in hindsight but this to me smacks of officials covering up their bungling. It wasn’t the best weekend for the refs as some performances were indeed puzzling (witness Hampstead’s 2nd half in the Eels win over the Roosters).
Cue end of the Eels v Roosters where Hindy is presented with the man of the match award. Conversation is paraphrased as follows:
Johns: How do you feel Nathan?
Hindy: I’m bloody annoyed.
Hindy: That was rubbish!
Johns: What do you have to do to beat the Saints next week?
Hindy: Score 20 points….in both halves.
It was the best MotM interview I can remember. Nathan Hindmarsh played a fantastic game last Sunday. Remember he was backing up from Origin. His stats were 26 hitups for 235 metres, 26 tackles, one missed tackle and one handling error. Never mind his uncanny prescience to be there to clean up after opposition line breaks or dropped balls. He is now officially beyond superlatives. There is no other forward in the game (Beaver Menzies maybe, could be, possibly be considered) who matches his all round game and committment.
The resurgent Eels to extinguish the Dragons.
The Storm to strike the Roosters
The Knights to joust victorious over the Bulldogs
Alas poor Bunnies skinned by the Raiders
Broncos to trample the Warriors
The Sea Beagles to fly too high for the Panthers
The Tigers to maul the Cowboys