Lets be honest, the only people upset that play was stopped were upset because it was the Broncos. If that happened in Saturday night's game, or to any team not named Brisbane, Melbourne, Manly or Roosters there would be next to no outrage at all.
To be fair, everyone here has either said a) good call, b) I hate the Broncos but good call, or c) I don't mind the call I just don't like the inconsistency of the call being made, but social media is full of "It should have been play on, the game is rigged so the Broncos progress".
Same with Oates being passed to play. The only people with medical expertise who have actually inspected Oates have passed him fit, but every keyboard warrior with no expertise who hates the Broncos and is normally happy to say how soft the game is now days, is also saying that we've ignored the rules because it's a preliminary final (starting with Paul Kent).
Broncos - the new Manly since the day after the 1992 grand final.
Kent has deadset become like a scorned lover these days after Bennett called him out and publicly schooled him earlier in the year....so really his biased opinion doesn't carry much weight.
But in terms of Oates playing.....and let me preface this by saying I am a big fan of the bloke and what he brings to the side......however I was personally hoping he would be ruled out.
This is mainly because he is so dicey under the high ball and will be marking up against the best leaper in the game, with cross field bombs being provided by the best short kicker in the game.
Don't have to be a rocket surgeon to figure out what the Storm last tackle tactics are going to be...
Conversely, Mead is himself exceptional under the high ball and proved that on the weekend when Oates went off.
As an aside and as much as it pains me to rain on the parade of the downtrodden NSWelshman who are banking on Nathan Cleary being the next saviour......I personally thought his immaturity and inability to adapt to pressures that would be similar (if not less than) a SOO match, was clearly on display last weekend.
I've got no doubt that Penrith went into the match with a tactic of bombing Oates but Cleary just wasn't able to adapt the gameplan and adjust after Oates went off injured and Mead stepped up.
Don't get me wrong, I highly rate the bloke but I do think he has some work to do before he is up to the required SOO standard.