Had to laugh when Smith was about 10 m out from the Canberra line and Josh Hodgson wasn’t square at marker. Smith jumped out of dummy half and stood still like a statue waiting for the penalty - he must of nearly choked when no penalty came his way.
It wasn’t that long ago that he was calling those sorts of penalties himself, telling the ref what to do and all that.
The NRL got shafted. They get a stadium that didn’t need rebuilding and the one that needed to be rebuilt gets nothing done to it.
I wonder what Vlandys thoughts on a Brissy gf are.
To be honest with so many excellent stadiums around the country the GF should go to the highest bidder just as the Super bowl is !
Great idea, play it in Adelaide or Hobart if they are the highest bidder.
Bugger the fans, who cares about them.
The majority of fans watch the GF on Tv or other medians that’s the new world we live in !
What a sad world it is then - glad I am on the way out.
It’s like 3.00 pm GF start …that many people in this day and age work Sundays …I reckon a 5.30 pm start
3pm start is much better than 5.30, what about the people who work Sunday nights: are they going to shift it to a Monday morning 3am kick-off? Got to draw the line somewhere Hap. 3pm Sunday is the go
Early days but can’t see Smith going around again next year so I guess Grant will be heading south as per the load agreement. Of course what is a contract or a agreement in the NRL, anything could happen come November
I didn’t watch the Canberra game …did Smith play well ??
Now his reffing has been nullified, he’s buggered
Maguire pleased with adapting Wests Tigers
Sun 31 May 2020, 06:48 AM
Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire said he was most pleased with the way his side adapted throughout their Round 3 clash against Cronulla to eventually end up with the two points.
Having raced to an early 10-0 lead in their first game back, Wests Tigers found themselves trailing the hosts 16-10 late in the first half with Wade Graham and Josh Dugan causing all sorts of attacking problems on Cronulla’s left edge.
However, off the back of a tight defensive effort in the second half to keep the Sharks at bay, Wests Tigers would run in in three unanswered tries to emerge with a strong 28-16 win that had plenty of reasons to impress Maguire.
“I’m really pleased with the players," Maguire said.
"We spoke at half-time about what was going on in the first half and they changed and adapted.
“They were able to build more patience in the second half to be able to capitalise and score a few tries. We obviously got off to a good start but then Cronulla were able to pinch a few tries and put more pressure on us.
"But in the second half they adapted well.”
“It was our defence that changed most — we were getting beat on the edges. That is where the boys changed and adapted to what was thrown at them, and possession and completions play a big part in that,” Maguire added.
“We probably put ourselves under a lot of pressure and allowed them to come in and put those plays on rather than controlling it through our completion rates. The edges sorted that out and then we were able to get a better field position which allowed us to put pressure back on Cronulla."
With a new spine of Adam Doueihi, Benji Marshall, Luke Brooks and Harry Grant all impressing in their first game together, Maguire said there were plenty of positive signs to come heading in to next week’s trip to Suncorp Stadium.
“I’m pleased they’ve all played together," Maguire enthused.
"I have a new spine and that starts with Harry, Benji and Luke. Over the last two or three weeks we’ve been fortunate through the circumstances to be able to spend a bit of time on the combination between those boys.
“I could see it growing as the game was going on.
"It was great to have all our players available with Moses [Mbye] and Luke back and Adam is only going to get better with his time at fullback.”
Wests Tigers will look to make it back-to-back wins for the first time in 2020 when they take on the Gold Coast Titans next Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.
“We were getting beat on the edges”…we’ve been saying this for year after year. It shouldn’t be happening so easily still.
What are peoples thoughts on Douiehi? I didn’t think his positioning in defence was up to scratch.
I thought he was solid,
You’re right about his positioning.but hopefully he gains trust in his team mates.
He has strange running style,looks like he is going at 80% ,but he was able to beat the first defender on a number of occasions.
Huge improvement compared to Thompson in my opinion
Andrew Leeds was the same. Didn’t look fast but ran past noted speedsters.
Jumper’s greatest strength was his positional play …apart from maybe Slater he is the best I’ve seen
Garry Jack was good. Not many got past him that’s for sure. His cover defence was phenomenal as well.