I sat in the cheap seats with the illiterate, uneducated and unintelligible (who you'd swear had purple and blue eyes) and watched the game looking end on. The difference in perspective makes it hard to judge a lot of things. What I did notice, although it may've been nothing, lots of Eels plays and players running behind their own men. Hard to tell end on and not penalised so must've been nothing but it sure makes it hard for the players in defence. Deferring to the big screen this game looked to have the barest minimum of a ten metres and therefore stifling general play (and particularly for us). Suli laying on Radrada, for me was too long and I thought the result was inevitable. What pee'd me was the almost entire Parra team rushing up to the ref and holding both hands in the air (signalling the bin). I felt it to me unnecessary (and needless) pressure on the officials.
Did our forwards actually go forward / make any forward momentum? Hard to tell end on but I thought this to be a big contributing factor that didn't allow our halves the opportunity to shine.
Apologies to Mahe Fanua, I kept mistaking him with Young T! Very disappointing efforts on the right side defence and I couldn't help but wonder if Craig was going to swap the centres over (before Cheyse's injury). Similarly, when Young T runs the ball out why the jink and why not hit the line with speed, it's about his only strong point.
As to the bump on JAC when he put the chip ahead, maybe he should've taken a dive like others would've, credit to him for maintaining his feet and pushing on though. Terrible effort from the refs here, touchies included, but how is this different to people being run off the ball when the bomb is put up? EVERYONE does it (us included) and it $hits me to tears.
I think all up, apart from the first 20 minutes it was a pretty good effort. BTW, who took our conversion, and was todays game a record for the number of different kickers? (Kick offs, goal and field kicks)