Souths have the 3rd best defence and 4th best attack this year to date and sit 4th on 10 pts…we all know how poor we have been in both.
Damien Cook will be key for Souths and for us tonight…we need to simply shut his natural game down but if he is allowed to do his natural thing Souths will run riot over us and to be honest the way our middle has been going in defence it doesn’t fill me with confidence and Maloney will be tested in every movement from Souths IMO
To counter this i would like to see Maloney on the Bench for this game until we can inject him when Souths big boppers begin to tire and could be a play Bennet might not have catered for in training and might throw Souths off their pre conceived game plan.
In short we need a major turnaround because this is really the first Top 8 side we will have played save for the Eels whose form has continued.
Add to not only our poor form you have what if any impact of the Gould move will have played this week on the team.
Oh well…conditions should be superb, no rain and no wind with a fast track which should suit Blake,DWZ but will also suit a couple of smart kids they have
Up to the team to show what the season means to them tonight.
That loss hurt more than the rest this season. They didn’t deserve to lose that game, for the first time this year I feel Penrith we’re the better side.
Ashley Klein needs to be banned from Penrith games going forward. He gave Souths every chance to win that game with what could only be blatant calls resulting in the Panthers having to climb a mountain to win.
It was a real kick in the guts. It has really left me disenfranchised with Rugby League.
This is straight from the NRL Rule Book (Page 24, Note 2c: Second movement after tackle)
Second movement after tackle
When an attacking player is tackled within easy reach of the goal line he should be penalised if he makes a second movement to place the ball over, or on, the line for a try.
So what happens if a player does propel the ball forward and it doesn’t reach the line? Does this mean that he is penalized for even trying or doe it only qualify for a penalty if the ball touches the tryline or exceeds it?
…and if it does mean if they tried and was unsuccessful in getting over the line it qualifies for a penalty, then doesn’t it also apply if the did the same thing anywhere on the field (in normal play away from the tryline).
Either way, from what I saw there was no evidence to suggest that Fisher-Harris got the ball to the line and the call was bogus.
I haven’t watched the whole game but there were a few instances I want to see on the replay regarding Referee Error
The try scored by the Rabbitohs where the ball was passed from the ground in what seemed like a complete tackle.
The Panthers No-Try based on a very late call by the referee of a “Incorrect play-the-ball”. Considering the amount of atrocious dummy half plays in the game, it was odd that that was the only on singled out.
Mansour being tackled without the ball and was taken out of the contest of the ball (this led to a tray a few tackles later also)
Sam Burgess claiming a dangerous tackle by James Tamou. I couldn’t see that being the case, but a quick word to the ref by Souths and a penalty was called.
Needless to say, I don’t think Ashley Klein should be refereeing Penrith games going forward,
i think a lot has been covered by other posters and have to agree on a few points.
1…refereeing was poor and Souths got more doubtful calls then us
2…we played with more intensity but still lacked discipline and cohesion
3…Aekins played great at FB and even DWZ went well at Centre
But despite these points…how can you forgive Maloney for playing the ball facing the sideline for us to score a try only to be denied for this dumbest of all plays?
Cleary was marooned twice and they simply ran hard at him and over him for 2 tries
Cleary missed 2 kicks at goal
We had Souths out on their feet and we give away 3 penalties and they score
we still came up short against a team who showed amazing resilience in defence and again we struggled to score and despite all the penalties, brain explosions and poor execution we nearly got them but in this level you cannot rely on hail mary comebacks.
I willl be in Wagga on Saturday to watch the boys go around and strangely we play a side with almost the same look in Canberra who have big mobile forwards and backs with speed to burn and i doubt we can lift another notch but hope we can.
On our season…we play Raiders away…Tigers away…Warriors at home and then Eels away
Raiders are in great form, Tigers are on tilt but will want to win for the golden point game,Warriors all but beat Storm in Melbourne and Eels have gone to another level since we met in Round 1.
We need to win all 4…then we face Eagles at home who have also found some form
Then its origin time and doubt either Cleary or Maloney would make the squad on form nor can i see RCG making it.
That being said i feel we played our GF last night…hope i am wrong but i sense we did
The call for incorrect play the ball was late, but the right call.
I have a big question mark over a number of other calls though, especially the double movement & pass off the ground (which also looked forward). Both looked to be incorrect at the ground, and having watched them both again I’d have to say both are wrong.
Hopefully our referee from last night will be pulled up on them (and a few others I’m 50/50 about)
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