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The statement from Eamonn McManus is just what was needed.
Very eloquent and absolutely correct, it should hopefully have gone a long way towards putting out any fires of revenge and bitterness that may have still prevailed and given some comfort to Ben Flower who must have been in a fairly dark place recently, albeit, of his own making.
Remarkably I think that, now the dust has settled, RL has come out of this episode rather well.
There are plenty of grounds that don't have 6m in goals in fact some will be lucky to have 4m. Not sure why you would need a flag on the dead ball line the one on the try line helps you tell if the balls gone in touch or touch in goal. What would one on the dead ball line do.
Phew! Will the dust ever settle after that incident?
It was an extreme and fairly appalling second punch from Flower and has received some fairly extreme (imo) comments on here. I think talk of a lifetime ban, sine die, etc, etc will hopefully melt away and probably a lengthy ban of perhaps 8 matches with maybe the same suspended should he transgress again for the full season in 2015 will make most people happy.
Let's face it, he can have no bigger punishment than having to face his team mates on a daily basis knowing that his actions have almost certainly cost the Wigan club the Grand Final, and each one of them the rewards that winning that would have brought.
The statements made by both Nathan Brown and Shaun Wane in the immediate aftermath were both to be admired I thought. Neither of them got caught up too much by the furore and tried scoring any points against the other club although Wane's mention of not knowing how Saints coped with all those GF losses after his club's defeat yesterday made me smile.
As regards the match itself, Saints should have probably put it to bed earlier had Flanagan passed it wide when opting to kick or go himself on more than one occasion. Wigan showed what a great team they are though, making it so difficult for a Saints team with such an advantage to make it count.
A memorable game for the wrong reasons?, probably, but it was an enthralling, close contest and had Flower not suffered his red mist, I think the result may well have been known a good deal earlier than it was.
Commiserations to the Wigoon lot on here, congrats to the Skints crowd, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it.