It’s strange how small things can make a difference to a result. When Roosters were awarded the penalty which resulted in the match winning 2 points the match clock was showing 9 minutes and 11 seconds to go. The Roosters kicker then meandered around and had a drink before picking up the ball to place on the tee. By this time the clock had wound to around 8 minutes and 25 seconds to go. Still by this time, with the clock continuing to wind down, the kicker still wasn’t ready and after placing the ball on the tee he decided to take the ball off the teen before replacing it back on the tee.
Finally, by the time he was ready to kick the the clock had ticked down to around 7 minutes and 45 seconds. Over a minute was wasted whilst the kick was being taken. This equates to a full set of six tackles, something the Tigers could have desperately used whilst on serious attack in the final minutes of the match.
With professional fouls being so heavily punished these days why aren’t the referees being much more stringent on this area of time wasting?