They had a go tonight. However, when you have three teammates who were directly responsible for souths running in four tries, hopeless referees, shocking, shocking ball control and about thirty percent of the ball, the result is not surprising.
I have been banging on all season that the three players concerned should never be anywhere near the first grade team. Tonight I was proven to be correct.
Two of the three are with us next year. I seriously doubt they are even competent enough for reserves.
Name and shame.
Eiso, Aloiai and Sue, they would be the 3, although Fonua missed a stack of tackles as well
Yep me too. I think their heads will be on the plane for the end of season trip and they will be trying to protect their bodies from getting any bad injuries that could prevent them from going on the trip. It makes sense to me.
Head slams are always illegal and dangerous? Should have been penalised for the tackle, I don’t think he meant to hurt Nofo badly, but once he got him levered on one arm, it was only going to be a head-slamming tackle.
Unfortunate but should not be in the game. Why do they rub out head-high tackles? Because of the associated damage to the head and brain. Head slams are in the same class.
Burgess had the tackle won, didn’t need to slam the guy on the ground, it isn’t WWE.
Yeah Thommo showing Gagai up was my biggest surprise of the night. I thought Gagai was up there with the fastest in the game.
Really impressed with Thompson, had one shocker against the Titans but has otherwise been fantastic.
Isn’t it though that eternal question of straight-line pace vs evasive pace, explosive pace vs maintained pace, speed with or without a football in your arm?
JAC is the fastest man in football because he goes from 0 to 100 in 2 seconds and can hold the pace over 100m with a footy under his wing. But when you look at those top-speed clockers in Origin matches, blokes like Frizell make an appearance because they can be quite fast over a short distance.
Billy Slater is still whippet-fast over 20 metres, but gets mown down fairly easily over a long sprint.
From where I was sitting and the replays, the reason everyone thought Gagai was going to catch Thommo is because he covered the initial gap really quickly. Problem was however he used a sprinter’s technique - head down, high arm-pump, straight-line speed ramp-up - and it tired him out.
When he reached Thompson, Thompson was already looking over his shoulders and jinked right, as we all saw. Gagai totally lost his form and line, because he was sizing up the tackle, when suddenly his quarry jinked away. Gagai almost falls over, his balance is so bad. By this stage Thompson is off in another direction and Gagai dives in desperation.
It’s like watching Cheetahs trying to catch antelope - no contest in a straight line, but antelope don’t run in straight lines, they run in 3D.
I get all that J, I still expected Gagai to have got to him before Thommo jinked. Nonetheless obviously Thommo has more toe than I thought, that was the surprise, noting that it is easy to have the jump when you snaffle an intercept.