Slater returns in Storm’s bittersweet 14-12 win over Broncos

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    Melbourne welcomed Billy Slater back in a heart-stopping 14-12 victory over Brisbane to keep alive their unbeaten start to the NRL season.

    Skipper Cameron Smith converted a Josh Addo-Carr try from the sideline in the 77th minute on Thursday night at AAMI Park to consign the Broncos to another tight loss after their one-point defeat last week to North Queensland.

    It looked like Brisbane were going to ruin Slater’s homecoming party in his first game in more than a year after shoulder surgery.

    The Broncos didn’t follow the script, with some rugged defence throwing the Storm attack off their game.

    But rookie Melbourne five-eighth Ryley Jacks threw a pass that bounced off two Brisbane defenders and into the arms of winger Addo-Carr for the try to lock up the match with Smith’s conversion sealing the deal.

    The Storm were seething in the 62nd minute when the bunker ruled Will Chambers had lost possession as he reached out to ground the ball on the tryline, however a different angle appeared to show the Melbourne centre maintained contact.

    That try would have tied up the match.

    Despite the Storm’s late win, there are fears Cameron Munster might have a broken jaw after a head clash with Brisbane winger Corey Oates. Munster was forced off the field in the 60th minute.

    Melbourne dominated possession and territory in the first half but could only manage an 8-6 lead, thanks to Jacks’ first try in the NRL.

    Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy started Slater on the bench, with Munster at fullback and Jacks at No.6.

    Following Jacks’ 22nd-minute try, Bellamy gave the crowd what they wanted, with Slater taking over fullback and Munster replacing Jacks.

    Slater handled everything the Broncos threw at him and looked sharp in attack.

    The Broncos took the lead in the second half via a brilliant individual try by halfback Ben Hunt, who dummied and then cut through some lazy Melbourne defence including Smith.

    It looked like it would be enough for the Broncos but the Storm weren’t to be denied.

    Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy believed his team should have been further ahead at halftime given their opportunities, but gave credit to the Broncos steely defence.

    After a tough early schedule including a trip to New Zealand and six day turnaround, Bellamy felt his team earned the win but also said they had a dash of luck.

    “It was bit mixed but I thought it was a pretty high quality game with the defence of both sides,” Bellamy said.

    “Either team could have won it and we got a bit lucky at the end.”

    Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett praised his team’s defence but said they were let down by their execution and “beat themselves”.

    “We didn’t play well but we stayed at it,” Bennett said.

    “The defence was very brave and very courageous.”

    He felt the Broncos were in good shape given they’d played the two grand finalists in Melbourne and Cronulla – with a win apiece – and also the fourth-placed Cowboys.

    “They know the’re in the competition,” Bennett said of his team.

    “They get their execution right and they can be a real chance of doing something before the season’s out.”

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    • Roar Guru

      March 17th 2017 @ 12:42am
      PNG Broncos fan88 said | March 17th 2017 @ 12:42am | ! Report

      Chambers face said it all when he got up. “Sheesh I lost control”. Roll the ball forward in normal field of play and its a knock on, never mind separation. 100% correct decision by the video ref.
      On the other hand, the two yellow clowns in the middle were….(expletive)….(expletive)….(expletive)…..(expletive)….(expletive)…!!

      Proud of the Broncos effort, bloody proud as punch – they will be better for this.
      Bring on the green machine, hope the Tigers don’t soften them up too much on Sunday.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 7:47am
        Jimmmy said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:47am | ! Report

        I only saw half the game, but the Broncs looked pretty good to me PNG. That was a big effort after last weeks golden pointer. The Broncs defence is rock solid. They will win a lot of games this season with that attitude.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 8:34am
        Jimmmy said | March 17th 2017 @ 8:34am | ! Report

        Also totally agree with the Chambers try. Is there anyone who really thinks this was a try? That’s a knock on anywhere in the field of play as you say. Correctly called no try . Correctly agreed with by the bunker. Great work!

        • Roar Guru

          March 17th 2017 @ 8:56am
          M.O.C. said | March 17th 2017 @ 8:56am | ! Report

          I was watching as a neutral and I think Chamber’s not only was a try but would have been awarded as a try in any game over the past 10 years. I also think the disallowed broncos try off the supposed forward pass should have been allowed – that pass was flat at worst and I think it was disallowed as a knee-jerk reaction from the missed forward pass from the cowboys game last week – very poor refereeing to allow the previous game to influence decisions in this one.

          I think the refs were poor for both teams and they should have acted early by sin-binning the unnecessary dirty play from both teams – a sin-bin or two at the start would have cleaned the game up and allowed both teams to play but by letting it go the game deteriorated into a spiteful and dirty game.

        • Roar Guru

          March 17th 2017 @ 9:03am
          PNG Broncos fan88 said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

          The ones saying it’s a try, obviously don’t know the rules of the game and a masquerading as league fans/gurus/experts.

          • Roar Guru

            March 17th 2017 @ 9:22am
            M.O.C. said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

            Obviously!. Thanks PNG Broncos fan88. I don’t expect that your opinion is biased by your somewhat transparent love of the Broncos is it?

            According to your initial comment the way that these trys are ruled upon is dependant on the look on the try-scorers face “Sheesh I lost control” – thats the best way. I will now go and masquerade at my day job.

          • Roar Guru

            March 17th 2017 @ 9:32am
            The Barry said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

            That’s a cheap shot PNG.

            When they showed it front on it didn’t look like a try, the side on angle showed that Chambers got the ball to the line before it came out of his hand. Clearly. Without a doubt.

            • March 17th 2017 @ 9:44am
              PNG Broncos fan88 said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

              I’m out of line, I retract that comment. Accept my apologies.
              He lost the grip on the ball that is why it was rolling. If he had maintained the grip, ball would have been in the same position over the line.
              Video ref got it right.

              • Roar Guru

                March 17th 2017 @ 9:51am
                M.O.C. said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:51am | ! Report

                It’s all good PNG, being passionate is a good thing! just bear in mind that we often see what we want to see.

            • March 17th 2017 @ 12:35pm
              Lovey said | March 17th 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

              Double movement, ball was initially short, and he then reached out by rolling it over the line. Also for this to happen he lost his grip, there must have been some degree of separation.

          • March 17th 2017 @ 9:32am
            Peter Mc said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

            Nor do the bunker understand the rules – they quite plainly said it was not awarded due to separation which further angles (available to the bunker) showed did not occur. Not sure why you are even talking about knock on?

          • March 17th 2017 @ 9:41am
            andrew said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:41am | ! Report


            • March 17th 2017 @ 4:00pm
              Moonboot said | March 17th 2017 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

              The call on field was no try – and there was doubt after that so on-field stands…

        • March 17th 2017 @ 9:16am
          Jara W said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:16am | ! Report

          It may be a knock on anywhere else on the field. But you need leniencey on a one handed put down right? Cause once it’s down the balls dead. Fair try for mine.

          • Roar Guru

            March 17th 2017 @ 9:21am
            PNG Broncos fan88 said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

            He placed it short (counts as anywhere else on the field), lost the grip on the ball but then rolled it forward to the try line, look at it again.

            • March 17th 2017 @ 10:21am
              Jara W said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:21am | ! Report

              Suppose if he’s rolling the ball that he hasn’t lost control though.

              • March 17th 2017 @ 10:47am
                HarryT said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:47am | ! Report

                As Cameron Smith said, if he rolls the ball forward he is advancing it and producing a double movement. No try.

              • Roar Guru

                March 17th 2017 @ 10:53am
                Epiquin said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:53am | ! Report


                It’s only a double movement if:

                a) momentum has stopped, and
                b) he reaches out

                He was still moving forward and he did not reach out with his arm.

                Try every day of the week.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 17th 2017 @ 1:06pm
                William Dalton Davis said | March 17th 2017 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

                Absolutely no way that’s a try. The ball rolls over the line. Knock on every day of the week at best.

        • March 17th 2017 @ 3:39pm
          steve said | March 17th 2017 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

          Sorry mate, but it was a try from Chambers every day of the week. For the NRL Bunker to rule it a no try from the high, head on angle alone was ridiculous. That always had to be viewed side on from the camera looking across the try line. As a Broncos supporter, I would have been fine with it being awarded. I would have been angry if the same try was disallowed if a Broncos player had scored it.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 6:42pm
        Haz said | March 17th 2017 @ 6:42pm | ! Report

        Where-in lies the fallacy of the bunker. We all know if it went to them as a try, they would have replayed it a hundred times using all angles available…and reaffirmed the ref’s decision. Because it went up as no try, they took one look and said no try. We got lucky on that one…but luck should not be in the equation when it comes to the bunker imo. And I am a Bronxnation citizen.

    • Roar Guru

      March 17th 2017 @ 6:40am
      The Barry said | March 17th 2017 @ 6:40am | ! Report

      Broncos line is tough to crack and they can take a lot from the fact that they hung in despite poor ball control and discipline. They got a rough call with the forward pass try early but then the Chambers try made up for that.

      But they were their own worst enemies. They carried on with a lot of garbage. Two examples…McGuire lifting Munster and tipping him over for no reason. It wasn’t particularly dangerous and Munster milked it but it was silly. The other was Sims tackle on Vunivalu. It was a great shot on a man who is difficult to tackle but he ruined it by dropping the elbow three times on the ground. Again, it wasnt dangerous – just very silly and unnecessary.

      They knocked Melbournes kick chasers off the ball all night. Not just shielding or shepherding but changing direction and knocking them over. Moga on Slater and then Hunt(?) at the end. It was unnecessary.

      I watched the game as a neutral and I don’t recall too many penalties where I thought “what was that for?” I did for the Sims penalty as I thought it was just a great hit until they showed the replay.

      The Broncs need to be careful. They now have four guys in their starting pack (McGuire, Blair, Thaiday and Sims) who are prone to giving away silly penalties. Can’t come complaining about refs when they’re acting like boofheads.

      On a positive note – how good is Smith? The try he set up was pretty simple but I just liked how he gave nothing away from his body language that he was going blind until he did it. Then nails two pressure kicks from the sideline on his bad side. Plus so many good options in tricky spots on the field.

      Hunt was good for the Broncos and I just love the way Gillett goes about his work every single week. I think he’s the best second rower in the comp.

      • Roar Guru

        March 17th 2017 @ 7:01am
        M.O.C. said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:01am | ! Report

        Very good review The Barry, just as I saw it – I thought Thiaday’s attempt to re-injure Bromwich’s thumb was also a bit of thuggery that was unusually dodgy for big Sam.

      • Roar Guru

        March 17th 2017 @ 8:09am
        PNG Broncos fan88 said | March 17th 2017 @ 8:09am | ! Report

        Gee Tb, you make it out as if the Storm are such cleanskins.
        Reactionary from the Broncs really against the dirt dished out by Melbourne as well.

        When they effect a 3 man tackle, they slide in with knees, apply subtle crushers and grapples.
        How can the refs allow them so much leeway with these tactics in effect slowing down the play the ball to their advantage? Also I guess it becomes the 8m rule when you play in Melbourne.
        Any hint of same done by the opposition is immediately penalised.

        For all Cam’s greatness, he is not champion of fair play by this negative tactics in defence.
        They did this to the Bulldogs in the first round and continued on as per usual last night.
        Just unfair to the rest of the comp, just unfair that the officials can allow them so much leeway!

        • Roar Guru

          March 17th 2017 @ 9:05am
          The Barry said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:05am | ! Report

          I don’t disagree and I’m certainly not making out that Melbourne are cleanskins. They take a long time to clear the ruck every time.

          To be honest I didn’t notice a heap of niggle in the tackles from the Storm. Not saying it wasn’t there but if it was it definitely shows that the Storm are far more subtle than the Broncs. As they are for most teams.

          If the Broncos were retaliating then I stand by my comments that they were silly. It was those ongoing penalties (and poor ball handling) that cost them the game.

          I would by be too worried as a Broncs supporter. Tough draw to start the season and while they may only have two points they’ve gone toe to toe with the best teams in the comp.

          • March 17th 2017 @ 10:15am
            Ken said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report

            PNG bronco lol wow ,crusher ,grapples ?, I’m not letting you get away with a blatant lie , where did that happen mate ? ,you can state that stuff from years ago but the storm being policed extra hard because of those things from years ago ,did not do a grapple or crusher in that game . I don’t mind the one eyed support but when you just say things that are untrue to unbiased supporters than it makes what you say nonsense .

            • March 17th 2017 @ 7:05pm
              Haz said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

              Storm went from conceding 9 penalties in rd 2 to 7 in rd 3..Broncs went from 5 to 14 after playing what all the experts say was the best game of the year against the cows, free flowing and pure rugby league. Come on mate, clearly shows the best lawyer in the game runs around in a purple number 9 jersey. Or maybe it was just a ref thing. The mind boggles

          • March 17th 2017 @ 11:17am
            Albo said | March 17th 2017 @ 11:17am | ! Report

            What should be acknowledged is that at last the referees started penalising Melbourne’s slowing down the play the ball tactics with a 14 – 7 penalty count against them last night ! I can’t remember such a count happening to Storm in a decade ! And apart from the Storm’s own poor options at times, this helped keep the Broncos in touch, despite their own error filled performance.

            • March 17th 2017 @ 11:28am
              kk said | March 17th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

              I’m getting old and error prone but I’d swear that it was the Broncos
              who conceded 14 penalties.

            • March 17th 2017 @ 11:33am
              Albo said | March 17th 2017 @ 11:33am | ! Report

              Apologies !! Just realised that 14-7 penalty count was for the Storm not the Broncos ! So 7 penalties against the Storm is only average, but I do recall a few in the play the ball and Smith pinged at least once !

      • March 17th 2017 @ 9:05am
        Jara W said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:05am | ! Report

        Agree with a lot of what you said. But you can’t seriously think it was okay to single out that Sims niggle for a piggyback out of trouble.

        • Roar Guru

          March 17th 2017 @ 9:09am
          The Barry said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:09am | ! Report

          Sorry, I do. It wasn’t the end of the world but it was daft, deserved to be penalised and undid the great work he did with the hit on Vunivalu. Especially as they had the storm pinned down and in trouble getting out.

          Unnecessary action and terrible timing. If he gets up and gets in position there’s no opportunity for the refs to penalise.

          • March 17th 2017 @ 10:26am
            Jara W said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:26am | ! Report

            Refs had lost control of the game well before that. It was pretty ugly.

            In isolation, yep stupid niggle.
            In context I would define that as “a ruck”.

            • March 17th 2017 @ 12:01pm
              Kevin said | March 17th 2017 @ 12:01pm | ! Report

              The late elbow in that hit happened right in front of the ref..he had to give it

      • Roar Rookie

        March 17th 2017 @ 10:32am
        Joe said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:32am | ! Report

        Great summary of the game. Broncos defended well, Storm’s attack struggled all night led by Cronk who had an off game. Reffing decisions went both ways. Smith was the difference, took control of the game and nailed the last conversion to win it.

        • March 17th 2017 @ 11:24am
          Albo said | March 17th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

          Spot on summary Joe ! It was a poor game full of errors. The closeness of the score kept it interesting, but really the Storm should have won easily but for a bunch of poor options by Cronk and Chambers, and in the end their champion Smith stood up above the errors and kicked a goal from the sideline to win the match. We have seen it all before for a decade !

    • March 17th 2017 @ 7:16am
      Silvertail47 said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:16am | ! Report

      Wrestle mania 3 , if you want to show young footballers the art of Ju jitsu sit em down to watch this game , Boyd was right with his argument to ref

    • March 17th 2017 @ 7:38am
      KC.MK said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:38am | ! Report

      Embarrassing from the referees. The amount of times Storm players dropped a forearm onto a player in the tackle, or took an age to get off them – and then they penalise Sims? Not to mention the 100% fair try to Kahu (watch the replay – backwards out of the hands) disallowed apparently because the Storm players yelled really loud about it…

      • March 17th 2017 @ 8:21am
        Silvertail47 said | March 17th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

        100% a trained eye can easily spot the basic foundation of Ju Jitsu or Martial Arts take down techniques, every player from Melb that dosnt go low in tackles applies these basic fundamentals, arm pit and forearm control techniques whilst the others apply head and neck control techniques, the art of tackling as it was known is gone

        • Roar Guru

          March 17th 2017 @ 10:13am
          Sleiman Azizi said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:13am | ! Report

          It will take a career ending injury before the NRL do anything about it.

          And then when they do decide to do something about it, they won’t.

          • March 17th 2017 @ 7:19pm
            Haz said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

            Hah hah, yep. But also depends on who’s career it ends. Who’s Daniel Levi vs say a Cam Smith?? It’s bull pucky imo

        • March 17th 2017 @ 10:18am
          Ken said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:18am | ! Report

          So you’re a jujitsu expert ? What school An who’s your head trainer mate cus you’re a joke pretending to know what your talking about , you’re a wannabe Eddie bravo needing a omaplata I think

      • March 17th 2017 @ 10:33am
        Silvertail47 said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

        I’m a Martial Artist bro , never said I was a Ju Jitsu expert , a Student of the Moo Duk Kwan , Kwan Jung Nim is our master son of Grand Master Wang Kee ,no need to be such an arrogant pig but I can’t help that

        • March 17th 2017 @ 1:32pm
          Ken said | March 17th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

          So your talking a Korean martial art An basing a martial arts take down on what expertise , ju jitsu take down you say ? You mean a rugby league take down ?( tackle) arm pit An forearm control techniques ? Do tell . I think you mean the basic wrestling techniques all teams use these day wether it’s a undertook or over under .I take issue with your 100% trained martial artist eye when head An neck control techniques have been banned for a few years now An were not used at all last night with all nrl refs being trained to understand the neck crank An leverage techniques involved . I think the arrogance is making a comment sound like you have expertise in submission and take down techniques when there was nothing like that happening , from a fellow martial artist who has competed in Greco wrestling ,Thai boxing an arnis , trainer Roland Dantes in arnis an Thai boxing the late Dana Goodson amongst others , arrogant pig ? That insults reflects your annoyance in having your so called jujitsu expertise questioned .

      • March 17th 2017 @ 10:42am
        Silvertail47 said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:42am | ! Report

        So your training hall ? Happy to teach you how to kick and punch if you teach me how to wrestle,apologies Hwang Kee

        • March 17th 2017 @ 1:42pm
          Ken said | March 17th 2017 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

          No I don’t need Any training on how to kick An punch I got that from leegar Thai boxing balmoral in nz when I was 12-18 , head trainer Lollo Hemuili ,our fighters included Mark Hunt ufc fighter K1 champion , Ray Sefo former k1 fighter An current president of World Series of fighting out of Vegas to name a few but I do appreciate your offer to learn how to punch An kick ,always happy to learn new techniques .

        • March 17th 2017 @ 1:47pm
          Ken said | March 17th 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

          I apologies just realised you weren’t being sarcastic , this whole keyboard warrior thing is very confusing lol , and yes my team is the storm so I will argue with anyone trying to use martial arts arguments against them because we were guilty up to 5 years ago but that is not something we can do even if we wanted to these days as we are policed heavier than anyone else , so excuse my annoyance when I see something I think is wrong being placed on my team , also studied under Bernadette brongan osu .

        • March 17th 2017 @ 1:54pm
          Silvertail47 said | March 17th 2017 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

          No probs I’m happy to assist you ,leave a contact , unlike yourself I’ve never stated I’m a Ju Jitsu practitioner, if that’s upset you then that’s because your anger has blinded your ability to read and understand my post ,I’ve been practicing for over 25 years , I’ve observed other styles and enjoyed training with fellow martial Artists of many styles ,furthermore if you go back into Melb history you will find they have adopted many Ju Jitsu practitioners to assist them in the art of “tacking in Rugby League ” criticism of my interpretation of what Melb is doing is shallow then coming from someone who has such a background, finally where did I insult Ju Jitsu , please explain so as I can apologise , but I know that’s not required

          • March 17th 2017 @ 4:09pm
            Ken said | March 17th 2017 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

            Sure I’ll explain my annoyance .. you said 100% trained eye can spot the basic foundation of a jujitsu or martial arts take down…now there was non of that at all ? , my sons play footy An they are taught the same basics , first tackler absorbs the contact , next guys will wrap the legs An squeeze them together and the first guy will try An undertook An flip them in their back hence slowing down the tackle ,with hopefully another person on top so it slows down the play the ball ,that’s not martial arts ,that’s tackling strategy 101 .The Greco term of shooting for the take down is no different from just a front on driving tackle ,the Cumberland throw or hip toss is also seen in judo , the only time I’ll accept criticism of my team was when they were training in jujitsu an doing wrist locks , neck cranks an kimuras which was 7 years ago An those things have been rightly banned . I get annoyed when people go they are doing jujitsu locks when there is nothing going on ?, years ago Isaac Luke playing for the kiwi team attempted a ankle lock on a English player and that was obvious an I’m like yep dirty disgusting attempt to snap a guys ankle , there was nothing like that last night . I’m happy to take a criticism of my team if you can show me last night ( and I’ve got the video ) at what part you saw a jujitsu lock being applied ? An I’ll happily apologise if that’s the case , tell me the time An what part of the game An I’ll look for it.

            • March 17th 2017 @ 5:51pm
              Silvertail47 said | March 17th 2017 @ 5:51pm | ! Report

              Mate , I said the basic foundations, engaging the opponents armpit and controlling the forearm is NOT RUGBY LEAGUE ! You know that’s martial arts , whether Ju Jitsu ,Judo ,or your traditional MA , you may not realise it but there is an element of this style taught in many MA’s ,, weapons training is a classic example especially when confronted with a knife attack , it’s there mate ALL CLUBS are now doing this , they apply these principles to control the ball carrier I can see it in every game I watch and like it or not Melb introduced it many years ago, tackling as it’s once was is gone , further more why have all clubs employed wrestling,some Ju Jitsu specialist? Cmon bro I’m not criticising you or just your club , choc watmough was training in it when at Manly ,Cam Smith is very astute at Ju Jitsu

        • March 17th 2017 @ 5:54pm
          Silvertail47 said | March 17th 2017 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

          Cmon bro I said the basic foundations,most clubs have employed wrestling coachs , some of these lads are accomplished Ju Jitsu practitioners Cam Smith is a Ju Jitsu student ,just like choc watmough was , not critical of you or just Melb ,,, your lot however did intro this teq’s into there style of play,tell me why does a tackler need to get up under an armpit of the ball carrier and control the forearm ? The locks are not executed but this is Martial arts , what ever form , I’m not saying there completing the move in its entirety however to isolate the armpit and forearm is not Rugby League

    • Roar Guru

      March 17th 2017 @ 7:41am
      Edward Kelly said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:41am | ! Report

      Interesting contest between the leagues two grubbiest teams. I think the broncos won this round with Thiadays outstanding effort, followed by Sims elbows and McGuire’s judicial use of his head as a weapon.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 10:43am
        matth said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

        So by your estimation it was a stand out grubbiness victory for the Broncos, given you only named their players?

        • Roar Guru

          March 17th 2017 @ 5:53pm
          Edward Kelly said | March 17th 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

          Like I wrote, the Broncos won on grubbiness.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 7:26pm
        Haz said | March 17th 2017 @ 7:26pm | ! Report

        A drop or two of salty water will go a long way in fixing the conjunctivitis in your other eye.

    • Roar Guru

      March 17th 2017 @ 8:32am
      Magnus M. Østergaard said | March 17th 2017 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      Pretty interesting watch as a neutral hearing both fans cry till they are blue in the face about the reffereeing. In saying that Thaidays targetting of Browichs hand was absolutely disgusting.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 9:56am
        andrew said | March 17th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        Yeah, Melbourne are the easy target when it comes to tackling technique because they brought it into the game. Some of the Crushers Adam Blair was doing were dreadful. All teams do the same thing (try to slow the play the ball down), some do it better – deal with it.

        As for the officiating in general, did we not hear two days before Rd 1 we were going to see the Sin Bin used now? If the Broncos gave away 13 penalties last night, 10 were in their defensive 20m zone. That was a far bigger blight on the game than anything Melbourne were doing in the ruck.

        • Roar Guru

          March 17th 2017 @ 10:01am
          Magnus M. Østergaard said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

          Yep, I was wondering when they were going to use the bin, they had a prime opportinity there.

        • Roar Rookie

          March 17th 2017 @ 10:40am
          Joe said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:40am | ! Report

          There sure were a lot of ‘last warnings’ given last night. I said before the season started when they touted this new sin bin rule that refs would be too afraid to use it if it reduced a team to 11 men as that would decide the game…looks like they won’t use it if they think it’s going to decide a close game either.

          • March 17th 2017 @ 12:08pm
            Adam said | March 17th 2017 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

            They needed to use the bin early in that game. Both teams probbly could have someone marched in the first half and that would have stopped the niggle that they had in the second half

        • March 17th 2017 @ 1:53pm
          Ken said | March 17th 2017 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

          That’s fair comment Andrew we were guilty of it years ago crushers An neck cranks were not illegal at the time tho as a martial artist it was distasteful and plain wrong , now all teams are trained to wrestle an slow down the play the ball which is fine , the forearm to the face of a tackled player is rubbish but something from leagues past which continues .

      • Roar Rookie

        March 17th 2017 @ 10:36am
        Joe said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:36am | ! Report

        Thaidays targeting of Bromichs injured thumb was a very low act. All the other stuff, niggle, push and shove, forearm to the head in the tackle is part and parcel of a tough game that’s got some feeling in it but that act by Thaiday was just rubbish. I thought it out of character as he is one of my favorite players on and off the field…hope he isn’t resorting to that rubbish now at the end of his career.

      • March 17th 2017 @ 10:52am
        Wolly said | March 17th 2017 @ 10:52am | ! Report

        I have really come to respect Thaiday over the last few years, he has really learned to tame his aggression and focus on playing good tough footy but what he did last night is inexcusable. People were quick to call Luke all sorts of things, and rightly so, when he tried to break Chase’s leg so I’m interested to see what the reaction will be like this time round.

        The niggling was over the top for the two teams last night, you could tell both sides were extremely frustrated and it seemed like it was going to boil over at any given time.

        Chin up Broncos fans, plenty of positives to take out of last night’s game.

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