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I thought it was a wind up when I first started reading, then Donald confirmed it!!
Unless they start throwing all that cash about on some real quality there will be some uneasy fans down the road come the start of the new season....
Sorry Voodooguru but I can't agree with you there and I'm not a fan of either team. If Lance Hohaia hadn't been intent on obstructing Flower none of the rest would have happened. Hohaia tried to block Flower's run and Flower hit him so whilst Flower was guilty of throwing the first punch (or push) Hohaia was the one with intent to commit a foul. But whatever it's time to give the lad a break and let him get on with his life. He has to live with costing his mates the final and he will never forget that.
I know what you mean Keith and it was a scenario where every action got a bigger reaction. Let me say then that the first violent action was by Flower, players block runs all the time but it's never has led to that outcome before.
Even today the press frenzy is still just ridiculous.
Think LH should have got 3 match ban and BF should have got 8, the last punch was wrong but emotions were high and I honestly think Saints were hell bent on trying to get something to kick off in them opening minutes and it worked.
Don't agree with you there pal. It all started on Sat when Flower put a late hit in on Hohia, he then reacted with his forearm smash, and then we know what the result was. You are letting your judgement be coloured because you support Wigan. Both teams were fired up because it was a derby and because it was the GF. I didn't see saints going "hell bent" to get something to kick off. It's done and dusted now and can be put to bed.
Facebook is wall to wall rugby fighting videos on the back of this now. Looking at them all easily the worst has to be Barrie Macs elbow on Paul Sironen, that was the cheapest shot ever and IMO worse than what Flower did.