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The Rock-itt : July 2012
I I expect when all of the dramas were going on at the end of last season that some kind of deal was struck with Williams which persuaded him to leave The Sea Eagles as was the situation with quite a lot of others at that time. Seems a shame that we are losing T-Rex as I have already mentioned, he really has improved out of sight since he came to us and he has certainly blended in well with his team mates as well as the club. I believe that the ”big fella” will miss Manly when he goes as a better club you could never find to play with. He’ll not only change your values but you’ll be dumped like a hot potato when your earning power one day I’m not trying to be too philosophical here or too critical, but having been watching the game evolve for the last 56 years som etimes one has to speak out about certain things that is not doing our game any favours, and the amount of m oney being tossed at the players is bad not only for the game but for the player himself. It destabilizes his motives for playing the game in the first place and that is because he loves Rugby League. The Broncos are currently sitting in second place with 16 points to their credit followed by The Sharks 16 and The Rabbitohs also on 16 points. The teams in front of us are all showing good form and deserve to be where they are. Just taking a quick squiz at the future draw for the Sea Eagles in June, we have...Dragons, BYE, Storm, Roosters and another BYE. There’s 2 toughies this month being The Storm and The Dragons, but we also have 2 draws which might come in handy if we are carrying any injuries. It may just give us that bit of time up our sleeves for recovery. I suppose you’ve heard the news that T-Rex Williams is heading over to the Bulldogs next season, obviously seconded by last year’s coach Des Hasler. PICTURE Picture Picture 1. extra attention that Billy Slater received also contributed to thwarting moves that the Maroons should have set in place. Cooper Kronks kicking gam e was superb and if it wasn’t for a determined effort by the Blues defence it would have been another series down the gurgler. He continually peppered the Blues line on the fifth tackle, regaining the ball for the Maroons. This is one enorm ous factor that needs to be counteracted in Origin 3, or it will be all over red rover for NSW. You can’t allow a team like Queensland to have constant possession on your goal line, because they have so much fire power in their backs as well as the forwards which creates so much pressure that any team will crack. The scuttlebutt in the public bar is that the Queenslanders will run away with the next one by a cricket score, but I say no. If we can keep cool heads, stick to a game plan and shut down Kronk and Smith, we can win this series. The word is out that Slater’s injury will have him watching the game from the grand stand, which is a definite advantage for The Blues. The Maroons backline is awesome and star-studded from the halves right out to the flanks and if it’s a dry paddock, it’s 3. This was another full-on encounter with Storm ending up with the 2 competition points. It was only a narrow margin between the two sides at full time and unfortunately the loss of Glen Stewart with a leg injury didn’t help matters. Cooper Kronk again showed his masterful talent with the kick on the 5 th tackle retaining possession for Storm and putting enormous pressure on our Sea Eagles. W e were without Steve Matai, T-Rex and David Williams as well so it could have gone either way if those regulars had of been there. But our replacement players showed their worth and did a good job. Well done, lads! What a difference a week makes and although we went down to Storm in the previous game, the poor old Roosters 2 going to take some true grit to stop them. But with players like Stewart and Morris who are unrelenting in both attack and defence for a full 80 minutes, it might just be possible to contain the likes of Hodges and Inglis and with no Slater backing up with a bolter, with a bit of luck the game might just go our way. It’s now or never Blues, and unless it’s a team called “Black Caviar” there’s nothing certain about a game of Rugby League, as the one who comes up trumps in the end, is the one that holds the Holy Grail when the fat lady sings. I’m sticking with the Blues for this one. I can see an upset looming and we are long overdue for a series win, so stack the beer fridge or get up to the public bar with the mates and cheer our boys on. They will need as much NSW spirit behind them as we can muster. Now let’s get back to our Sea Eagles and that game at Brookie against The Storm. Liam Foran Steve Matai Sea Eagle Prop / Big Georgie Rose Big Georgie Rose