Balmains Harold Matts Squad lost in an outstanding performance 26-20 to the undefeated Parramatta Eels. I couldn’t see for myself but from all reports Parra’s last try was not a try being both held up and short, the ref looked like he was about to disallow it when the Pelican with the flag put his 10c worth in and said it was a try.
Anyway what a performance from “Our Boys”, defence was absolutely teriffic with Parra scoring 3 of their tries on the back of 5th tackle penalties that the ref couldn’t wait to give. The first 20 minutes Parra were continually offside and the Head Hunters were out in force but the ref couldn’t manage to get the whistle in his mouth when we had the ball.
The only thing that beat us today was size with all bar 1 of Parras tries being barge overs on the back of repeat possesion.
Balmain showed today that the so called best Parra team for many years aren’t so great, they are just big.
Unfortunately we can’t make the semis now but the boys proved today that they are a quality team with some terrific big hearted players. We have gone through the season without 2 of our best forwards and lost a couple of games that we all know we should have won, anyway lets put a big score on Canberra next week and finsh the season off on a high.
We are all so proud of the way the boys played today, they needed to win to make the semis and we were the better team but just got outsized and got little help from the ref.