Don`t know what sort of crowd they`ll get today, I think a few will stay away in protest at the naughty boys being allowed to play again, but the club are in the situation of being stuck between a rock and a hard place with this issue. Also, two first up defeats has to be quickly reversed or the season will be over almost before it`s started. Big news is that Karkoush is wanting to take them over and much as I`m against this sort of thing following the big fella at Newcastle falling in a big financial hole, it may be an ideal time for it to happen. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, as they say.
The Titans have announced that all the charged players will be allowed to play this week, March 22nd. Falloon, Bird and Taylor for the Titans against Newcastle, and Fai Fai Loa and Dowling in the Queensland Cup, so obviously the innocent until proven guilty edict has succeeded.
Rugby Yawnion has always had a good following in the rich parts of the UK, hence the "popularity" of the game and with the establishment BBC where you had to be a toffee nose to get a job for a good twenty years after the war. I can recall those awful 5 nations games of the fifties and sixties when only Wales played the game that you could just watch, but Auntie BBC with Peter West on Saturday Grandstand thought it was marvellous. In 1972 I went to New Zealand and had to endure 35 years of the All Blacks being rammed down my throat, but no more. The game is for the brain dead both on and off the field, thank god it`s only a minority sport where I now live here in Australia. As I used to tell them in NZ, Kiwis are only good at two sports, rugby and rowing, and you don`t need any brains for either.
One game is hardly a yardstick, though it must be said the Bunnies were really up to it the further the game went. Don`t worry about the Broncos, they`ll be there or thereabouts come round 26, those two half backs will cut up a few teams once they get to know each other. Wayne Bennett never has poor teams.
Karmichael Hunt pleaded guilty to four possession charges, was fined $2,500 and no conviction recorded against him. He`ll be back playing ra ra again in six weeks with a further $30,000 fine from the Queensland RFU, a mere 1.3% of his three year contract. Where that leaves the five Titans players I don`t know, a similar guilty plea will see them almost certainly getting the boot from the club and the NRL, though as usual, I guess they`ll just toddle off to Super League like Todd Carney and a few more naughty boys have done.