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Quit the moaning and let’s all get on with the footy

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By Steve Kaless, Steve Kaless is a Roar Guru

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    For all the calls for a review into rugby league made this week, one thing is perfectly clear: the five days leading up to week two of the finals should officially become known as “moan week,” because quite frankly, that is pretty much all we’ve got.

    It’s now become a tradition in week two that everyone with a grievance must stand front and centre and moan until someone drags away the dead horse they’ve been flogging (and that equine probably died of boredom in the first place).

    Previously it was all about talking about the pointlessness of the McIntyre system after teams seven and eight were promptly towelled up in week one of the finals. Now that those teams have started winning their first finals match fairly regularly, we’ve needed to listen to the chumps that got dusted play their violins.

    This week the Tigers showed that while they haven’t played in the finals for five years that would as sure as hell make sure everyone noticed them by kicking off about the fact that they had to travel to Canberra.

    Honestly, by the end of it, who would have thought they’d been ordered to get to capital on foot and over broken glass.

    Let’s be clear, the Tigers lost at home, the Raiders won away. Yes, the Tigers may have chosen to play their home game at their opponent’s home ground, but they still made the call.

    Perhaps CEO Stephen Humphreys was just showing you why British Airways, the company he used to work for, is in the state it is.

    The major plank in their argument was that it was similar to last year’s scenario when the Dragons were beat in week one and then travelled to Brisbane.

    Of course, the difference was that the Dragons last year finished first; the Tigers this year finished third. Their mum’s may have been proud, but surely a home final is enough of a reward, maybe David Gallop should have called them up at assembly and given them all gold stars and merit cards.

    Over the course of 26 rounds, the Tigers only won three more games than the Raiders, that’s hardly enough to expect the red carpet rolled out wherever they go.

    The Tigers were also pissed about the scrum which was called after Simon Dwyer clobbered Jared Warea-Hargreaves. Let’s be honest, they were lucky to get a scrum, that tackle in which contact was made to the head was a penalty every day of the week during the regular season.

    I lost count the amount of times I heard a player claim his victim was falling and the referee brush him off with “it doesn’t matter contact to the head was made.”

    Steve Clarke bottled it after the vision that the video ref would have decided the game brought him out in a cold sweat.

    Of course, the Panthers wanted to ensure they weren’t left out and claimed it was also unfair they had to play at the SFS (which would have been the case under the old system anyway) and Matt Elliot though he’d make up for lost time and throw in his two cents on exotic markets.

    This was the area the bookies had done pretty well on in the whinge department, although curiously none of them wanted to see any limits put on betting, except perhaps limits on people actually winning. A usual sore point for those mugs.

    Of course, it may all be an elaborate scheme to help the Tigers set themselves up as underdogs.

    It’s actually pretty clever to be able to quickly go from “we are so superior we should be playing this match on our turf” to “we are really up against it” in the twinkling of an eye.

    The Tigers are playing the old trick of saying half their side is injured and will be rushing to be fit. I’ve seen enough finals footy to know that every single player the Tigers have down as doubtful will play.

    The Sydney Morning Herald even ran a story about their “secret weapon” for the match – the hyperbaric chamber.

    Just how secret is something when it’s printed in a newspaper 48 hours before the game, especially when it’s something that every club uses.

    But the highlight from the Herald was their reporting on Jonathan Thurston’s silly buggers in Brisbane.

    One article had leading Herald journalist Roy Masters bemoaning how things were blown up these days because of the amount of recording devices in the public, while another story asked readers “Did you see anything? Send us your MMS.”

    Just bring on the footy.

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    • September 17th 2010 @ 8:20am
      oikee said | September 17th 2010 @ 8:20am | ! Report

      The Mac system might suck, Thurston giave us a bad headline, the Chamber story was like dragging a dinosaur out of retirement, do we still use these things.
      I have to tell you one thing, i have never seen such excitement at games, i am still thinking about that tigers chooks game.
      2 fences falling over, (we need to look at termite damage) , and the Green Machine, talk about bottled passion.
      This seems to be the revival of rugby league, it started last year with dogs and Eels, now everyone is getting back into the groove.

      I will go one further, i think Brisbane has alot to do with the whole thing, their crowds have inspired Sydneyites into thinking, look, it really is cool to follow rugby league.
      Nothing tops origin at Suncorp, i will say this, Sydney is starting to wake up i think, the supporters are really making me want to be part of something, part of something bigger. Rock-on Sydney. And Canberra of course, they are crazy wonderful fanatics. Who woke them up.Its all good.

    • September 17th 2010 @ 8:37am
      The Natural said | September 17th 2010 @ 8:37am | ! Report

      Yea, and how about the Broncs and all the dodgy calls they get against them!

      two words: WORLD CONSPIRACY!!!

    • September 17th 2010 @ 8:41am
      Dean - Surry Hills said | September 17th 2010 @ 8:41am | ! Report

      Steve – Are you moaning about other people moaning ? If so, I’d like to take this opportuninty to moan, about your moaning about other people moaning. I’m sure a few others will now moan about my moaning about your moaning about other people moaning.
      There is then the likelihood that I will reply by moaning, about their moaning about my moaning about your moaning about other people moaning.

      • September 17th 2010 @ 11:17am
        Strucy said | September 17th 2010 @ 11:17am | ! Report

        Moan

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        September 17th 2010 @ 11:20am
        Steve Kaless said | September 17th 2010 @ 11:20am | ! Report

        Touche.

    • September 17th 2010 @ 9:23am
      Willo said | September 17th 2010 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      All the bleating and dribbling that the Tigers and their fans have done this week would not have happened if Farah knew how kick a field goal, if Ellis was capable of holding onto the ball as he falls over the try line, if Tuqiri could run down SKD over 90m, if Benji had kept his handbag under his arm, if their lock remembered to pick up the ball from the back of a scrum, if Sheens could coach a team to defend a 13 point lead, or most probably if the club played the game at Leichhardt in the first place! Can’t wait to see what they all wear to Mad Monday.

      • September 17th 2010 @ 11:01am
        Gareth said | September 17th 2010 @ 11:01am | ! Report

        Don’t forget “if Benji could kick a conversion to save his life”.

    • September 17th 2010 @ 10:03am
      Mr Cool said | September 17th 2010 @ 10:03am | ! Report

      If ya want real moanin’ I will put my missus on to this site!.

      • September 17th 2010 @ 11:03am
        Gob Bluth said | September 17th 2010 @ 11:03am | ! Report

        What sort of moaning are you talking about?

    • September 17th 2010 @ 11:30am
      soapit said | September 17th 2010 @ 11:30am | ! Report

      i agree. league is about in as healthy a position as it’s been since super league and all people can do is whinge about everything. i wish the digital age would give us an option to watch the footy with an alternate, non whingeing about the ref constantly, commentary.

      the way they carry on its as if the whole sytem is rotten. yet the crowds are back, 3 teams in qld, looking to expand and the old club allegiances are coming back to give the game back its history. they can’t be doing too much wrong.

      if you’ve got a point to make make it to the right people rather then whingeing on air every week to try and get some momentum behind your opinions. i’ve worked all week unlike them. i dont want to listen to whingeing on firday night, not from the missus and not from them.

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