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The Rock-itt : June 2011
I predicted the game against the Cowboys played up north would be close and as it turned out there were only 2 points in it. Unfortunately, it went their way and they added the 2 NRL points to their tally on the ladder board. But it wasn’t all gloom and doom because we backed up next gam e to trounce the Raiders 20 to nil then added the scalp of the Titans to our belt with 16 points to 12 victory. The downer on the win over the Titans however, was the injury received to our dynamic little 5/8 th Kieran Foran. Kieran was lifted in a tackle and unceremoniously dropped on his noggin, sustaining concussion. As a safeguard, Des Hasler gave him a week off training so he could recover. It is obvious that Kieran is a work horse and will play his natural game by taking the ball to the lin. If he was to change his style of play because of a bit of rough treatment then he would lose the confidence which makes him such a great player. What goes around comes around and I’m sure Kieran will overcome anything the opposition has up their sleev e to throw against him. I don’t want to give the wrong m essage here, but we have two pretty good enforcers in Jason King and George Rose if things start getting out of hand with Kieran being targeted. Talking about our young Sea Eagles, how about the bombshell dropped by William Hopoate last month, that he would be leaving our club to do a missionary course for his religious beliefs. You have to doff your hat to young Will, who has shown a lot of character and courage to follow his beliefs and convictions, rather than bags full of money that have been on offer lately for his services. Sure we will miss Williams contribution to the team, but isn’t it better to let Will do his thing now and then come back rather than have him playing for us in two minds. W hen Will does return he will be two years older and wiser and we hope ready to give the Sea Eagles all he’s got. Brett Stewart has everyone on the edge of their seat with his troublesome hamstring injury and we all know about that dicky knee of his which almost saw Brett finishing his career last season. If punters out there are like me, you know what I m ean. Every tim e Brett gets the ball and begins to stretch out on one of his famous try scoring runs, my heart is in my mouth. I straight away put my hand to my thigh, hold my knee and wince. But once he gets up and shows no signs of a problem with the knee or leg, out com es the rosary beads and I give quiet thanks to the old chap upstairs for keeping Brett safe. Still on the subject of Brett Stewart, what about that magnificent off-load to young Cherry-Evans in the Eagles verses Broncos game at Suncorp Stadium last week. To see a pass like that is rugby league gold and a m emory to cherish because it will be repeated time after time whenever classic passes are screened on television footy shows. If you were at the game or watched it live then you can boast that you were there when it happened. Not only was the pass great, it was a game and a half for our Eagles! Downby10to4atthebreakthe Eagles soared high in the second half to demolish the Broncos 34 to 10 sending out the warning to all and sundry that the Sea Eagles are