I'm not going to blame the refs. As I've said I think they had a good game. But here's a couple of decisions, for example only, that had a bigger impact on the RESULT than any decision last week:
1. With 20 seconds to go O'Neill knocks on and Morgan picks it up in an offside position on the halfway line. The correct call is penalty Broncos. We should have then kicked for touch and had a field goal shot from 30 out after the hooter (which we may have missed).
2. After a heap of defence on our line, we catch a break when Coote knocked on the kick. In the next set of 6, we get 6 again when the Cows knock the ball down from a pass a metre from their own line. The ball is batted back to Milf who runs 5m sideways and in the tackle loses the ball. He has never taken an advantage, and has not even reached the point where the Cows knocked the ball forward, yet when the Cows recover the ball it is called play on instead of going back to the original knock on.
Now like you, I think the game was pretty well reffed as a whole, so don't have complaints about that. I do however, feel comfortable pointing out the irony of people saying the reffing last week had a huge impact on the game, but this week's didn't. That is more a reference to last week's BS than tonight's.
With 1. when have they ever called that as offside? Honestly, I cant think of a time where someone knocks it on, the ball then rolls on the ground a bit then a bloke infront picks it up - then they call it offside. I genuinely cant think of a time. If they always pinged that rule, I would be with you 100%. If they called that, it would have actually been controversial because it never ever gets called.
With 2. It all happened so fast, I thought that a cowboys player knocked it back and thats why it was play on, I would have to watch it again tho.
The biggest impact on the RESULT was Boyd dropping the kickoff and Gillett tripping thurston. Not anything the refs did IMO.
Anyway you cant say what had a bigger impact on the result, because you or I simply dont know what was going to happen if a particular call is made or not.
Also, Games like this are why I dont like expansion - and why I hate Clubland during the state of origin period, and why I feel the season should be shortened. There is not enough elite talent in the league to add new teams that are genuinely competitive, sorry.
And why the fuck is the league happy to have the best players taken out of the club sides for at least 3 games a year plus rests etc, plus byes, in the heart of the season..... games like last night prove that when you have the best teams playing with the best talent - you get the best result. Was deadset outstanding.
100% sharks are specials next week - that game was so brutal and taxing, the cowboys will be still feeling the effects for sure!
Also, Cya Cozza!