It was a good weekend with a lot of closely fought games.
As exciting as the finish at the Cas v Saints game was, I think it was eclipsed by the end of the Canberra v North Queensland game.
Scores locked at 20 all with 60 seconds left. Jonathan Thurston takes a shot at a drop goal, charged down by Sia Soliola. Two tackles later, another Thurston drop goal attempt, charged down again by Soliola again (amazing effort). The ball is worked out to the right, surely the wrong option? The ball is played and spun to Thurston, the hooter sounds, Thurston's drop kick evades the despairing charge down attempt of three Raiders players and goes between the posts!
Corey speared him without the ball and Smeaton was that late it had to be intentional imo
Anyway the actuals are there to see.
I've watched the clip and would disagree with you.
1, It's unlikely Aston was aware that McNally had dropped the ball and continued on with the tackle.
2, It wasn't a spear tackle, it was a tackle to put him on his back that overrotated. It was dangerous and a red card was correct IMO. I would find it hard to say it was a deliberate act though.
The clip doesn't show the other tackles on McNally so I can't comment. I would say though, that I have never seen Aston send a team of head hunters onto a field. Also if I wanted to "take out" a Leigh player I would target Ridyard, he's the class act in the Leigh side.
As a fan of a Championship club I don't know how to feel about Leigh over the last couple of years. They are the best attacking team by a country mile (Bradford included), they appear to be doing everything right off the pitch, fan numbers keep rising, all good stuff.
I just get the feeling that all the unnecessary "grubiness" and ill discipline may come back to bite you on the backside later in the year. I hope I'm wrong, your club deserves promotion.
Play of the game - Mose's chase back to cover Sarginson's kick forward.
He was in the defensive line, 4 in from the edge, not "back there having a rest" as Stevo claimed. He read the situation and towed his rocks off when it would have been easier to assume his three-quarters would cover the break.
Big Mose gets his fair share of detractors on here (mostly justified) but that was the game breaker for me.
I would agree that there is no player these days - except Thurston, Inglis, Smith, Slater - who can pull of the magic 79th-minute play on demand like Lewis, Johns or Langer or others in the past but I think that is because defence has improved faster than attack over the last 25 years.
Possibly so Fd, but I think there is a lot more negative coaching in Origin in recent years as well.
It looks to me like Daley has picked a team on the same basis as last year. A big pack to try and stifle the Queenslanders, tall wingers for an ariel contest (as they are unlikely to get quality ball through the backline) and a halfback who is good defensively but never runs the ball at the line.
Unfortunately for Laurie, this year he does not have the individual brilliance of Jarryd Hayne to dig them out of a hole and he can't rely on Cooper Cronk breaking his arm early in game one again.
I heard an interview with Mal Meninga the other day where he stated he wanted his team to play footy this year. I personally hope Queensland cut loose and force NSW into looking at creativity as an option.