On seeing Nathan Brown at the match last night "Is that Tony Rae in the crowd there, just in front of Russell Crowe...well, if it isn't it's somebody doing an impression of him", would Twitter have received accusations of "casual racism", "baldism" or whatever?
Hemmings clearly thought Russell Crowe's acting pal, who looked and dressed somewhat like Samuel L Jackson, may well have been him. Was it something in the way it was said?
Somebody stated on Twitter "If it needs explaining then that says it all". Well, unfortunately I think I need it explaining. It sounded like a genuine mix up by Hemmings to me, perhaps I'm just a bit dim.
Any help appreciated and please tread as carefully as you can.
I think both high tackles should have been punished with yellow cards. They both could have resulted in serious injury but both were reaction tackles caused by the defender being hopelessly wrong footed by the ball carrier. Both offenders were immediately contrite and knew they were in trouble. For those comparing these incidents to the Ah Van one well, in his case it could be argued that there might have been intent, there clearly was none last night in either, imo.
Thankfully, "tackles" like last night's are reasonably rare these days, perhaps with mandatory sin binning we may be able to make them rarer. But again, they were reaction tackles when instinct takes over, and that sort of thing must be difficult to control.
Regarding the game itself, I thought St George/Illawarra were just about worthy winners. They made, I think, fewer errors than Wire and generally looked to have more composure. Higham and O'Brian's (was it?) knock ons at the play the ball summed up the game for me. Still, in O'Brian's they scored the best try of the game but the Oz full back won't want to see it too often, he did nowt nor summat.
Great game and let's hope the other two are as good.