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Monday, July 18, 2005

Wrap This! 

There is a god and she should strike down Tim Mander and that cheating arse bandit that ran up and down the sideline on Saturday night pretending to help proceedings.

We need Russell Smith in a few of our games in the rest of the year because even if the Warriors do play well they are more than likely to get absolutely shafted in one or more games which will destroy them altogether. Actually last time the Warriors played the Roosters at Ericson the Warriors had what looked like a reasonable try disallowed while the Roosters had a very dodgy looking one allowed in a 4 point loss. I was in amongst the rowdy lot and they abused the hell out of the match officials for about 30 minutes without rest. Now that's a real crowd.

As anybody who reads my top quality journalism knows I still can't see the Warriors making it and we shouldn't get too carried away by their win on Saturday night. The Roosters have been out of sorts lately and were missing Michael Crocker, Adrian Morley, Ryan Cross and Chris Flannery. The first two being the heart of their forward pack and Cross being the mongrel that each team needs (well unless it's Monty 'release me now!' Betham.

The good news is that Steve Price might well be back for the Raiders game. I just hope that if he is back the rest of the guys don't go soft like they usually do after a win. I seem to recall a win a few weeks ago being touted as our best since 2002, namely the win over the Broncos. But what did we serve up the very next week but an absolute crap performance against a depleted Cowboys out-fit who have since lost to cellar dwellars the Knights away and then the Rabbitohs at home!!! In fact they have now lost four of their last five and if the Warriors had showed any class at all they would have been outside the top 8 by now.

Instead it's congested as hell with SIX teams on 22 points.
32 Broncos
26 Eels
24 Sharks
22 Storm
22 Cowboys
22 Dragons
22 Tigers
22 Sea Eagles

Please try harder
22 Raiders
21 Bulldogs
20 Roosters
18 Warriors

14 Panthers
13 Rabbitohs
8 Knights

What's amazing about how hype overtakes teams all the time. Once again the Dragons have been getting talked up and talking up themselves. Somebody should point out to them that we've heard it all before about the Dragons. in fact we've heard it for about 15 years. They beat the Sea Eagles who have fallen off the rails (as I predicted muhahaha) and lost 4 straight and 5 from 6. The radio commentators were saying it was their worst performance of the year and Des Hasler must be wondering where to go from here when his paint stripping half-time tirades don't work. Fortunately they have a bye next week which will move them up to 24 points but their points for and against is ratshit so I think they may well dip out of they finish on 28 points meaning they will need 3 wins from their last 6 matches over North Queensland, Brisbane, Newcastle, the Sharks, Warriors and Raiders. I have a feeling their fans are going to be crying come September 4 when the final round finishes.

The Dragons on the other hand have a horror run home where they face the Sharks, Roosters, Cowboys, Broncos and Eels along with a bye and a likely 2 points v the Knights. They are very borderline to make the 8 IMO.

Tony Kemp was also talking about corners being turned by the Warriors after scraping home against a team out of sorts and out of key players. Save that stuff for when you've turned the corner and made it to the front door. The Warriors have turned more corners and found themselves back at the start more times than any side in the competition in the last decade. Fuck even Souths have managed back to back wins which is unheard of!

Just dug this up to highlight my point: "I think today we turned a corner," said coach Tony Kemp, who couldn't wait to watch the video.

That was after the Broncos game.

And what of the once mighty Roosters?! Well if they get their full side back out on deck then they should scrape into the playoffs but they just haven't consistently come up with the goods this year. And their run home is going to be very tough. They are sitting 2 points back from the top 8 now and they have a huge game away to the Storm next Sunday. If they lose that then you can put a big question mark by them to make it. Especially when you look at the their remaining matches v Storm (a), Dragons (a), Panthers (h), Sharks (a), Rabbitohs (a), Broncos (a), Bulldogs (h). Those last two clashes are going to be ABSOLUTELY HUGE!!! Unless they win their next 5 games they will be on a knife edge by then. The playoffs will be starting early me thinks!

And Park Ji-sung has had his first run for Manchester United. He's the first Korean to be signed by a premier league side. Following the World Cup Guss Hiddink, the Korean coach took him and Lee Young-pyo (a primary school classmate of my wife for some name dropping there) to PSV Eindhoven. In addition a few others went to other decent leagues in Europe though with mixed success. A bad mix shall we say. The two at PSV have done well though and starred for them in their run to the Champions League semi-finals.

And as a side note the New Zealand University Rugby League team managed to topple Australia in the World Champs in Australia thus defending their title. They won 17-8. My father played for the NZ side back in his uni days which probably explains why I was roped into being ballboy/sandboy for the inaugural WC final at Western Springs Stadium between the same two teams as a ten year old. New Zealand won that match too though my only clear memories of the match were that it was raining, the players got pissed off with me for not passing them the ball from tap restarts where the ball had been put into touch (HEY IT'S YOUR FUCKEN WINGERS JOB TO DO THAT!), and that I couldn't carry the 10 litre bucket of wet sand out to the goal kickers. I reckon I would struggle to even do that now let alone as a skinny arse white kid in Standard 4.

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