Queensland 26 (Boyd 2, Thaiday, Inglis tries, Thurston five goals) bt NSW 6 (Morris try, Maloney goal) at Suncorp Stadium. Crowd: 51,690.
Sorry, but I have to start off with these Klowns.
- Source: Daily Telegraph.
Stats: Two punches, four sin-bins.
No, this rating is awarded due simply to the fact that two players (one from each side) were sin-binned for punching when they didn’t throw a fucking punch.
What the referees did to Brent Tate and Greg Bird was the equivalent of a madam whipping a gimp with the gag ball in for mumbling.
Roosters fans are well aware of the inability of Ashley Klein to referee despite his title; thankfully, and if there is a silver lining to the Klein smog, it’s that the rest of the rugby league world got to see what Roosters fans see on a semi-weekly basis. And Shayne Hayne was equally bad.
Picking between them to be your referee is a thankless task in picking your own poison; like choosing between a deaf person and a blind person to partner you in a game of charades.
The whole incident will overshadow Game Two like a stale fart at a state funeral; and like that misplaced fart, Game Two was neither the time nor the place for the referees to remind everyone that “hey, I’m on TV!”
Stats: six runs for 45 metres, two offloads, three tackle busts, a line break, seven kicks for 225 metres, 23 tackles, one miss.
Report: His fifth tackle options were clearly off; partly this is due to the forward pack being dominant but even on the line the kicks were far from pinpoint. This performance will only amplify the calls for Adam Reynolds, who possesses the far superior kicking game, despite MP7’s outstanding showing in Game One.
His long kicking game more than often went straight down the throat of Billy Slater — which I can’t begrudge him for, considering the fullback’s first-class positional play and the well-dominated forward pack he was playing behind — but on the line he failed to force repeat sets, which is becoming his predictable Achilles heel. It was a continuation of his game against the Warriors, when his fifth tackle options were largely ineffective.
Gus Gould brought up the amazing stat that the Roosters have forced just 12 repeat sets all year, which ranks dead last in the NRL — and the Roosters are a top-four squad.
What makes MP7’s rating a C (and really, it was closer to a C- or D+) was his running game, when he looked the back most likely to make a break despite another short 10-metre rule from the alleged best referees in the game. He ran it well, creating a few half-breaks for himself and showing Sheck-like footwork on one occasion. Ultimately though, it led to nothing.
His defence was superb, with just the one miss, and his passing game was solid. But the calls will come from the mountaintops to immediately promote Reynolds — despite an equally poor kicking game from teammates Farah and Maloney, who are unlikely to come under the same scrutiny.
Stats: Four runs for 27 metres, five kicks for 95 metres, two penalties, 21 tackles and six misses.
Report: James Maloney was picked for his running game and his “cool head”. But last night NSW needed more than just his cool head, they needed The BBQ; we needed the guy who announced on national television without shame that his mum caught him having a bat, and not the guy who’d wait for his mum to leave the house.
This was Maloney’s worst game of the year. He had the Blues immediately on the back foot with an unnecessary strip in the first minute, followed it up with a missed tackle off a poor read which led to the opening try after two minutes, and followed that up again with a penalty for failing to be square at marker in the fourth minute.
He made no impact running the ball and his kicks to the wing were unbelievably ineffective, often falling way short of the target.
He missed six tackles as well. But at least he wasn’t as poor as Nathan Merritt, hence the D and not an F. He probably deserves another shot, as he was hardly the only player to have a shocker in this one (Merritt, Watmough and Farah hardly set the world alight either).
In further bad news, it’s been reported by the Sydney Morning Herald that the Roosters pivot suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone and faces a minimum of two weeks on the sidelines.
Twitter pimp @Choox75 had this to say:
Stats: Eight runs for 46 metres, 20 tackles, one miss, one penalty, two errors.
Report: Jenko failed to make the superb impact that he did in game one, but wasn’t really given the opportunity to do so. When he did he threwa forward pass and was dragged over the line — but on both occasions you have to credit great defence: the first time the defence rushed him, while the second it was near the end of the game and he had to try something.
He started off the game with a penalty when he shoulder charged Cooper Cronk late following a kick, which only compounded the early pressure the blues were under.
But apart from that, in limited room, he did his best when fighting to make room off the back of a poor forwards display. And his improved defence was again on display.
Stats sourced from The Sydney Morning Herald: