I went to the match, and I knew it was going to be a bad night when I found my wife had not packed me a Bulls shirt. The announcer appeared to have been trained by the railway announcers union. no wonder they can't get crowds. Bulls never started, and gradually got worse as the match went on. The ref appeared to have forgotten the rules, and to make up some of his own. This is not to take anything from the Quins who outplayed a bedraggelled Bulls team, who gradually got worse, and Iwould have thought that this was impossible as the game went on.. What there was of Bulls passing was attrocious, and I suppose there must have been a time they managed the full number of plays, but I ncan't remember one. Why is a back flick, which is supposed to fool the defence but can't be caught by the wingman and goes into touch constantly used by the Bulls.
Sadly, it was all so bad I left early, I couldn't stand any more, this was a terrible performance by the Bulls, who were no match for the Quins, and I really hope the ref can start to perform better, he must spoil some good matches, when there are two teams actually performing, I couldn't believe that he appeared to have no knowledge of the 'knock on rules'
danny Orr was in outstanding form, and I hope won Man of the Match.
I don't want to get into bagging the ref because whatever he did, or didn't do, he was no where near as bad as we were. The one thing that bugged me about him ('cos, despite the more measured comments made later, I do get wound up during games, sorry for being a fan
) was when he gave only two penalties, out of the dozens he could have pinged, for not playing the ball and BOTH against us! The rest we deserved.
The one handed passes out of 'the back door' are a very common thing in RL these days, every team does it, and Menzies normally does it extremely well, lose that and you lose a lot of his effectiveness imo. It does mean that players backing up should be alert, as in mentally switched on, and I think that the fact they weren't was a big part of the problem at the stoop. In fact the mental attitude just wasn't right all along. I'm far from sure telling players to play more conservatively is the answer to be honest.