can't believe all the rugby league experts blowing up over the chambers no try, 100% knock on for mine, you can't role the ball forward with your forearm, if you do that anywhere else on the field its a knock on, so same ruling should apply for a try scoring situation.
you can score with your forearm but thats first contact not when you had control and lost it
I agree totally. I also don't have much of a problem with the forward pass ruling to Kahu at the start. I think it went forward and there wasn't enough forward momentum from Boyd for that to be the reason. The only real problem I have is that I think we were unlucky it was called because a pass like that normally isn't called forward, and there were about a dozen other passes they let go through the match, including the play before the match winning try. There was also one when we were coming off our own line that I'm sure went further forward than sideways. Both teams had markers standing next to each other, but we were the only ones who got penalised. That might be me being biased though, given we probably rely on dummy half running from Boyd and Roberts coming out of our line than Melbourne did.
All in all though, I don't think we deserved to win, and we didn't create any pressure and gave them so many chances that being beaten was always a strong chance, even though it took some luck for the match winning try. If you're camped in your own half all game either with or without the ball, it's rare you get the win.
I don't have too much of a problem with Thaiday's shove on Vunivalu. It's exactly what Vunivalu did to Boyd, only more forceful, so as far as I'm concerned it was Vunivalu that instigated it. I also think it was following a rubbish penalty because in that case Milford I thought legally shouldered Slater out of the way, though Moga got away with one or two through the match. Thaiday squeezing Bromwich's dislocated thumb was a total c*nt act, and Chase Blair pulling Blair's hair was also poor.
Slater looked brilliant for a 33 year old who's played 1 game in 1.5 seasons. I can see him cutting it up again this year sooner rather than later. He looked really quick.
I don't mind the Marshall signing but he can't defend in the middle. The Storm forwards were making 15-20 metres every time they ran at him, and because he needed help from other forwards it created too much space for the next play. Teams like the Raiders, Roosters and Storm will kill you if you keep that up. Milford seems to have improved his defence (from embarrassing to poor), so I'm not sure how you can hide both of them on the field at the same time. I'll leave that to supercoach. McCullough has been great, and even though like his oldest brother he has flippers for hands, I like what Sims has brought to the team (a bit like his oldest brother). It might just be a rule that Sims brothers aren't allowed on the field in the last 5 minutes of games.