Goodwin Says It’s Time To Go West Again

South Sydney - Bryson GoodwinBy STEVE MASCORD

BYSON Goodwin is old enough to remember the death of the Perth Reds and young enough to hope for some involvement when the West Coast Pirates finally get admission to the NRL.

The South Sydney centre enjoyed redemption on a couple of levels during the 30-13 win over the Warriors at nib Stadium on Sunday.

Opposite number Konrad Hurrell treated him like roadkill during a brutal run to the tryline in the first half, but Goodwin bounced back to score two late tries, the first of which put the Rabbitohs ahead for the final time.

But it was also a triumphant homecoming for a 27-year-old who used to be the Western Reds’ ballboy.

When the Reds were wound up in 1998, “I was still in Perth. I was here til I was 16, i was here for a while after the Reds were finished.

“I played league here my whole life. I never wanted to give it up. I never wanted to play AFL, I played two games in highschool and that was it. I just love league.”

NRL officials hope to have three premiership matches in Perth next year but expansion has been put on hold until the end of next season.

NRL chief executive David Smith was in the West Australian capital last week but missed the fantastic atmosphere among 20,221 fans on match day because he had already moved on to England for the Festival of World Cups.

Goodwin says a return to the premiership “would be fantastic. The crowd and the support here was awesome.

“League would have a lot of support if they put a team back here. Hopefully they do.

“You never say never but maybe by the time they get a team here, I’ll be finished up.”

Souths were confident at halftime they had the Warriors’ measure, Goodwin said, despite being 13-6 down. “Our confidence is good but our feet are on the ground,” he commented.

“We’re not getting carried away.”


A Quarter Century Of Spreading The League Gospel

Leyland BrothersBy STEVE MASCORD

TONY Chalmers, now a fixture on the sideline at NRL games as Channel Nine’s floor manager but once a flying winger, remembers the coach’s speech the first time a premiership side touched down in Perth to play a rugby league game.

“Times have changed,” says Chalmers, who scored the first try of the historic Parramatta-Balmain Panasonic Cup match at the WACA.

“Warren Ryan was the coach. We went over there three days before the game and he said to us “if you blokes don’t get out on the sauce tonight, you’re not having a crack’. Hahaha.”

Playing against his former Parramatta team-mates for the first time, Chalmers was stunned by the ferocity of their defence. He scored off a Ben Elias pass, was soon concussed and the Tigers went down 22-12 to an Eels side wearing jerseys purchased from a local sports store because their own sponsored jumpers had been lost en route.

Peter Sterling was man of the match.

This Sunday, 24 years later at the plush, rectangular, nib Stadium, the South Sydney will play the Warriors. Premiership matches in Perth aren’t exactly a dime a dozen these days but the Perth Reds have come and gone and clubs know exactly how much they can charge for tickets and how many fans are likely to show up.

It’s a big weekend for the league outside its NSW and Queensland heartlands. The blue ribbon Melbourne-Brisbane clash is on at AAMI Park on Friday, TIO Stadium in Darwin hosts Gold Coast v Penrith on Saturday and on Sunday – as well as the clash in the wild west – Canterbury plays Newcastle in Mackay.

Why are all these games on the same weekend? Actually, it’s just co-incidence. Queensland and the Northern Territory governments approached the NRL and were put in contact with the clubs involved.

In the case of South Sydney – who have been taking home games to WA for five years now – the deals have been stitched up with the WARL and then presented to the NRL for assistance.

The NRL agreed and has come to the party with marketing assistance, travel and accommodation. Promotions for the game were shown during the Origin coverage on Perth TV.

Nib Stadium say their biggest drawing Western Force home game is Canterbury Crusaders because of the expat Kiwis in the city and a full house is anticipated.

But in future, “co-incidences” like the one that makes this a bit of a Leyland Brothers round will not occur. The NRL will negotiate with venues and state governments and allocate games the expansion areas themselves.

“There are games that will jump out of the draw as ones that are suitable to be moved,” explains South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson said.

“They are matches that, for whatever reason, would not be huge draws at the home ground of the home team but would be very attractive somewhere else.

“For instance, there are many New Zealand provinces interested in hosting Warriors ‘away’ games.

“In the past we’ve all done our own deals, hid our cards, and thought to ourselves ‘we negotiated the best conditions’ but we didn’t actually know. In future, it will be all up front because the NRL will be negotiating, not us.”

And how is this done without alienating members? With reciprocal deals.

“If we welcome members of, say, Parramatta, the Roosters, the Bulldogs and the Dragons to our home games and they let our members in for free, you still get the same number of games as part of your season ticket,” Richardson explains.

“So we can take that number of games away to places like Cairns and Perth.”

The result is likely to be a greater number of matches played over the entire season at non-heartland venues next season.

The reasons are altruistic – spreading the gospel, etc – and pragmatic. The recent South Sydney-Gold Coast game in Cairns injected a reported $1.7 million into the local economy , justifying the money spent by local authorities to attract the event.

Richardson said Nine did not want to cover the game because of the expense, “and it was clearly the best game of the afternoon”.

And while George Burgess might disagree, the change of scenery is also welcome for players in the middle of a long season.

“For us, Perth was like another country,” Chalmers recalls. “On the way over, I admit I was thinking ‘why are we going there’ but when I saw the support, I could see the benefit of it.

“But I didn’t understand why my mates who I’d played with just the year before were hitting me so hard. They just gave it to me.

“However, after the game we all went to the casino and had a few beers together and everything was fine.”

This weekend rugby league, just like the Tigers of ’89, his “having a crack”.

Premiership Matches in Perth, Darwin and Mackay 1989-2012* (from League Information Services)


Canberra defeated Canterbury 18-14 at WACA, August 11, 1989

Canberra defeated Manly 29-12 at WACA, May 18, 1990

Parramatta defeated Cronulla 22-12 at WACA, May 17, 1991

Parramatta defeated Canterbury 18-12 at WACA, May 8, 1992

Canberra defeated Easts 15-10 at WACA, May 7, 1993

Manly defeated Cronulla 26-6 at WACA, July 9, 1993

Penrith defeated Balmain 24-0 at WACA, April 15, 1994

Norths defeated Easts 28-8 at WACA, July 22, 1994

Melbourne defeated Wests 62-6 at Lathlain Oval, May 8, 1999

Cronulla defeated Warriors 28-24 at Perth Oval, May 7, 2005

Melbourne defeated Souths 28-22 at Members Equity Stadium, June 13, 2009

Souths defeated Melbourne 16-14 at ME Stadium, June 26, 2010

Souths defeated Brisbane 16-12 at NIB Stadium, June 24, 2011

Brisbane defeated Souths 20-12 at nib Stadium, March 23, 2012

Manly defeated Warriors 24-22 at Patersons Stadium, July 28, 2012


Penrith defeated Balmain 14-0 at Richardson Park, April 19, 1991

Penrith defeated Souths 24-20 at Richardson Park, July 11, 1992

Wests defeated Sydney City 44-16 at Richardson Park, April 8, 1995

North Queensland defeated Sydney Roosters 50-12 at TIO Stadium, April 14, 2012


Canterbury defeated Melbourne 20-4 at Virgin Australia Stadium, June 24, 2012

* Does not include Western Reds matches in Perth 1995-97


THE WRAP: NRL Round 17


MY cab is whizzing up St Kilda Road on the way to the airport at a quarter past midnight on Saturday morning and John Lennon starts crooning on the radio: “no-one ever told me there’d be days like these”.

He’s right.

No-one told me there were red eye flights from Melbourne to Darwin. No-one ever told me that the traditional media industry would reach a point of desperation so acute that in the interests of saving them all money, I would have to do 11 people’s jobs at three rugby league games in three time zones over three days.

No-one ever told me, in 27 years as a rugby league reporter, that I would one day find pleasure and satisfaction in what was essentially failure.

Here’s who I was during round 17 of the NRL, the Leyland Brothers Round that traveled all over the countryside. At Melbourne versus Brisbane at AAMI Park on Friday, I was the Age’s rugby league writer, Triple M’s pre- and post-match interviewer, the ABC’s sideline eye and Rugby League Week’s roving journalist.

The next evening, at Gold Coast v Penrith at Darwin’s TIO Stadium, I was ABC’s Around The Grounds man, the Sun-Herald’s journalist and RLW’s man on the scene.

And on Sunday night at the gloriously appointed nib Stadium in Perth for South Sydney-Warriors, I was Triple M’s reporter, the ABC’s sideline eye, the Sydney Morning Herald’s journalist and RLW man on the spot as well.

Oh, and I worked for Triple M at Brookvale Oval for Monday Night Football (Manly-Parramatta) when I got back, too.

Just getting to all three far-flung venues was a logistical challenge. It involved two ‘red eye’ – or overnight – flights in three days, Melbourne to Darwin and Perth to Sydney.

In order to get some sleep on Friday in preparation for the ordeal, and to get more on Saturday morning upon arrival in the Top End, it was necessary to pay to be in three places at once overnight Friday – my St Kilda hotel, my Darwin Hotel and the plane.

That meant a bill of $548 for just 24 hours at the Rydges Darwin Airport Resort (walking distance to ground and airport – a rare combination) and they didn’t even have room service when I finished work after the Panthers flogged the Titans 40-18.

In Perth, it was airport-nib Stadium and back to airport because I needed to be on the ground in Sydney the next day to file 10 items for Rugby League Week before heading to Brookie.

The reason for all this:  The slow death of newspapers and the shrinking budgets of radio stations. There has never been a time when RLW would have staffed games outside NSW, the ACT and south-east Queensland but I think I asked every single question at Souths’ media conference after their 30-13 win over the Warriors because not one journalist from outside Perth, aside from me, was present at the match.

I pay for myself to travel. Not a single journalist – aside from the Gold Coast Bulletin‘s Travis Meyn, representing News at TIO – or radio broadcaster was sent to Darwin or Perth by his or her organisation. Not one – just the Sportsears techs, photographer Col Whelan, club online staff and Fox Sports crew and commentators.

Here’s how it went down, trying to do the jobs of all the people who stayed home.

On Friday, Cooper Cronk kicked for touch. The ball hit the fence and rebounded into the back of my head – while I was on air. I must have kept talking. Wendell Sailor – sitting next to me – flinched at the impact and then told listeners how I’d carried on as if nothing happened. I guess it comes from having things thrown at you at Canberra’s outdoor press box when you are trying to file.

I could not file for the paper on the fulltime siren, as required, because I could not get a 3G signal for my laptop on the sideline. I spent the whole second half trying to get a signal, so I hardly spoke on the ABC. With a gaping white hole int he paper when the siren sounded, my “cans” went dead as I ran onto the field to grab Jesse Bromwich and Cameron Smith for the paper and I had to change batteries on the run.

I finally got my copy through some 10 minutes after fulltime and am not sure if I missed thousands of papers as a result. You’re starting to see a pattern already. I tried to do the jobs of 11 people but actually did the jobs of 11 incompetent fools.

For Triple M, the tech snapped one half of his headphones off so Anthony Griffin could hear questions from the boys upstairs post-match, as he had only one set of cans. Innovation.

I got Sisa Waqa for RLW. The quotes story for The Age and SMH only appears online (that’s why there are no quotes in your Saturday paper from Friday night games anymore) because of budget cuts and fewer editions being printed.

Around the grounds is my most challenging duty because I am numerically dyslexic. If they come to me while a try is being scored, I struggle because I actually have trouble with basic maths. “Sixteen points plus one try scored just then equals er…..”  And given that there was a rugby union Test on, Tim Gavel and Julian Abbott came to me a lot in Darwin because of all the bloody stoppages.

But around the grounds was probably the only job of the 11 all weekend I did properly – even if I could not record the ‘fulltime wrap’ as I was supposed to because, once again, I could not get a 3G signal to file for the paper on time.

At the end of the press conference, Titans coach John Cartwright mentioned Greg Bird had rolled his ankle. I asked him more about this during the post-match ABC interview, and then waited outside the Gold Coast sheds for the man himself, for the paper.

When Bird hobbled out in a moonboot and on crutches, I considered snapping a picture on my iphone but figured it could have offended him as this is not yet normal practice for footy journalists (it will be, don’t worry). But when I caught him POSING for photos with fans upstairs, I had no compunction in taking one.

It was up on with an internet-only story quoting him extensively before the Herald could even post it. The way I see it, they are barely paying me enough to cover my hotel tonight so… That was the theme of the weekend, really. It was the They Have To Cop What They Get Tour.

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THE JOY OF SIX: Round 17


FOR cynics who believe State of Origin players are tempted to sacrifice the interests of their clubs for the sake of the glory of interstate football – and the $30,000 match payments – Gold Coast’s Greg Bird provided a salutary lesson on Saturday night. Bird rolled his ankle with his very first run of the 40-18 loss to Penrith at Darwin’s TIO Stadium. He admits he thought coming off. “But I thought we needed as many leaders as we can out there in games like that so I decided to play on with it,” he said. ““We just sort of strapped it over the boot and played the rest of the half. It’s sort of in the joint so you can’t really get at it with a needle.” Bird remains hopeful and even somewhat confident of playing in Origin III at ANZ Stadium next Wednesday. “He’ll be in the boot and he’ll be on crutches, probably, which always looks bad but Birdy’s generally a quick healer,” said Coach John Cartwright. “It’s a little bit swollen but if I to predict early if he’ll be right, I’m pretty sure he’ll be right.”


PANTHERS coach Ivan Cleary has finally conceded this might end up being more than a rebuilding year. Penrith are this side’s “under the radar” outfit, which is not necessarily a side that is under-rated so much as one that wants to be. But the only problem is, they keep winning. “We are in a position where we can, I guess, feature in the end of the season,” Cleary said. “That’s undoubted. But we still have to win more games than we lose and we haven’t done that so far this year. Our last two months have been positive and we are definitely better than we were at the start of the year but the stakes go up each week. Each game gets more important. You’ve got to play better.” Rebuilding years mean little to the large chunk of Panthers who won’t be around in 2014. “That word, rebuilding, is for the people in management, not for the players,” said departing captain Kevin Kingston. “We’re here to win every week”


THERE was a little piece of sporting history made late last week when our eternal nemesis, rugby union, apparently agreed to give us a big hand. The South African Olympic Committee refuses to recognise rugby league as a separate sport, cutting the 13-a-side game off from government funding and opening to door for victimisation. And two weekends ago in Morocco, a tour by a British students rugby league team reportedly descended into farce when the local rugby union succeed in having a game banned from grounds, a bus company refused to carry the tourists and two journalists were escorted out of a stadium by police. Danny Kazandjian, the boss of the Rugby League European Federation, told us in a series of texts that the International Rugby Board had agreed to write to intransigent unions instructing them to recognise rugby league and stop undermining the code. Will wonders never cease? Still, we reckon rugby league needs an ambassador to parachute into trouble spots and solve diplomatic rows. Who should it be?


IT used to be that England coach Steve McNamara had to be in the same stadium as one of his NRL stars for that player or players to be injured. Last year, McNamara claimed Sam Burgess and Gareth Ellis in the same game, an outstanding effort for any Jonah. Whether any Englishmen in the crowd were hurt has not been confirmed. Since he has been back in the country, James Graham suffered a minor injury in his presence and Gareth Widdop dislocated a hip, probably ruling him out for the rest of the year. But McNamara’s powers have now extended exponentially, with Jack Reed sliding into an advertising hoarding to suffer a dislocated and possibly fractured collarbone with Steve Mac not even in Victoria. If NRL clubs all contribute, they may be able to bribe him into staying on his own side of the equator. Sydney Roosters officials asked him to go to more South Sydney games.


NRL officials hope to stage three premiership games in Perth next year. ARLC chief executive David Smith continues to set a cracking pace, meeting sponsors, tourism officials, media contacts, the sports ministry and junior players in West Australian capital on Thursday before flying out to England to see the Australian women’s and wheelchair teams compete in their respective World Cups. The Warriors’ training session at South Perth in the lead-up to the game was attended by some 1500 people, outdrawing the Rabbitohs’ by a few hundred. From next year, the NRL rather than clubs will negotiate deals with venues in expansion areas. Clubs will compensate for the loss of home games in their membership packages by doing reciprocal deals with each other. For example, Souths members will get into home and away games against Parramatta for free, as a trade-off for home games being taken interstate.


JOY Of Six is a keen student of the rich rugby league lexicon and is enjoyed that under-rated strain of leaguespeak that comes when teams pretty much can’t make the finals but don’t want to admit it. If we had a dollar for every “we’ve just got to stick together” and “no-one can get us out of this position but us”, we’d be over our second tier salary cap. Of course, there’s not much more these coaches can say – particularly when their own jobs may be on the line as a result of their under-performing teams. St George Illawarra, Brisbane and North Queensland all fit this description. “We need to have a good look at ourselves,” the Dragons’ Steve Price said on Saturday night after the 36-0 defeat to Sydney Roosters. “It’s all about hanging tough now and supporting each other.”


NRL round 17: SOUTH SYDNEY 30 WARRIORS 13 at nib Stadium, Perth

FORMER Western Reds ballboy Bryson Goodwin overcame being steamrolled by rampaging Warrior Konrad Hurrell to complete a fairytale homecoming with a brace of tries in South Sydney’s fifth consecutive win.
Centre Hurrell, 102 kg, swatted Goodwin like a fly and prompted a head clash between Greg Inglis and Chris McQueen as they tried to stop him scoring a powerhouse try in the 37th minute of the Rabbitohs’ 30-13 win in front of a near-sellout 20,221 fans at nib Stadium.
But Goodwin, a West Australian junior, enjoyed redemption by kicking ahead for himself in the 68th minute to put the bunnies back in front and then followed up by scooping up a loose ball to streak away for his second eight minutes later.
“I grew up in WA, it’s good to come home here and yeah, I was a ballboy for the Reds for two years,” said Goodwin.
“I remember (Hurrell) putting me on my backside. He’s one of the hardest players to tackle, I got myself in the wrong position.
“It’s not a setback, that’s going to happen on the footy field, you’re going to miss tackles. It’s just one of those things that happens.”
The Rabbitohs were under the pump at halftime with Hurrell’s try, converted by Shaun Johnson, followed by a Johnson field goal which gave the Aucklanders a 13-6 halftime lead.
“He’s scored a couple like that for us this year, to be fair,” said Warriors coach Matthew Elliott. “You don’t like to take that sort of stuff for granted but if you give him one-on-one opportunities, he’s pretty scary.”
John Sutton claimed a kick to narrow the margin to one eight minutes into the second half and then it was a dogfight until Goodwin’s double.
Second rower McQueen, his head bandaged from his collision with Inglis while trying to stop Hurrell, posted another try near fulltime.
Rabbitohs lock Sam Burgess had an unfortunate night, knocking on twice after laying the platform for Andrew Everingham’s eighth minute try and being penalised on one occasion for throwing the ball away.
He was also booked for a high tackle on Warriors fullback Kevin Locke.
Inglis said: “Sammy’s got to go back and concentrate on .. I think he was trying to be Sonny Bill. What Sammy does best is take the ball forward. He does have that skill in him but we need him to take the ball forward.”
Inglis was ill in the lead-up with a virus, received a head knock early and then was opened up by Hurrell.
Asked if he had a broken nose, Inglis said: “I don’t know. Probably. He (Hurrell) is a strong human.”
In the first half, a lucky ricochet helped Everingham score in the corner. Warriors hooker Nathan Friend was held up at the 26-minutes mark, before skipper Simon Mannering crossed a couple of minutes later off Shaun Johnson’s pass
“’Too good’ is probably a poor description,”said Elliott. “They are a little bit further down the track than us and it was a really good lesson that we’ve got some ground to cover.
“We had some problems with our travel. We got delayed. We really have to examine how we do that next time.”
SOUTH SYDNEY 30 (B Goodwin 2 A Everingham J Sutton C McQueen tries A Reynolds 5 goals) bt WARRIORS 13 (S Mannering K Hurrell tries S Johnson 2 goals field goal) at nib Stadium. Referees: A Klein/D Munro. Crowd: 20,221.


BONDI BEAT: July 2013

NEXT year’s World Club Challenge in Perth? Someone should hurry up and tell Perth about it.
Normally reliable Bondi Beat sources have informed us the most isolated city in the world outside of Siberia is just about nailed on for the first WCC in Australia since 1994.
But John Sackson, the CEO of the WARL, tells us: “If an event of that magnitude was going to take place in Perth next year, I would say negotiations would be well under way.
“And aside from Gary Hetherington throwing up Perth at some stage, I haven’t heard a whisper.
“They’d need to be talking the West Australian Events Corporation, they’d need to be talking to nib Stadium and maybe other venues and I hope they’d be talking to us.
“I haven’t heard a whisper. WCC in Perth? Very doubtful if you ask me.”
All of which suggests two possibilities. One, we’re going to have a one off in the north of England for the fifteenth consecutive year or two, we’re doing things by the seat of our pants as usual.
“I’M Welsh. Does that make me a pom?”
With that, former Harlequins and Saracens chief executive Mark Evans introduced himself to the Melbourne media as the new boss of the world champion Storm – and the World Cup lost a consultant.
Evans has been appointed by Bart Campbell, a London-based New Zealander who will be the new majority shareholder of our greatest club side.
But amid all the business related questions at the media conference on May 21, there were others like “do you feel the Purple Pride?” – a good sign I guess from reporters who usually cover religion (ie: AFL).
Are you just bringing outsiders, they wanted to know – conveniently overlooking the fact that only one Victorian has ever played for the Storm.
Hence Evans’ question back to a reporter. “Well, it makes you British,” she responded.
“Right, I’m British. I’m the only Brit. Everybody else is Australasian including Melbournians. Is that how you say it?”
Having watched a live feed of the press conference on my Ustream channel (sorry about the plug!), one fan commented that Evans needed to learn how to say Melbourne.
It’s not “Mell born”, it’s “Melbin”
IT was gratifying to see the Rugby Football League’s Blake Solly reveal that what we suggested in last week’s column – a marquee player system for Super League – is under consideration.
The question now is: who would these marquee players be and which clubs would sign them?
I am sure Salford, whose owner has already vowed to cheat the cap, would be one. Although perhaps he means a “marquee player” in the Melbourne Storm sense, where funds for the hire of a tent are funnelled into players’ bank accounts.
Wigan could afford one, Leeds could afford one, Warrington, maybe Saints … who else?
Personally, I hope the system is introduced in time for North Queensland’s mercurial Matt Bowen to be a beneficiary. Why Warrington went cold on him, I’m not too sure.
But I reckon he’d be a hit in a town famous for outstanding Australian imports.
OK, I have a little bit of info about some warm up games that are due to be held the week before the World Cup kicks off in October.
Expect France to host the United States, England to take on Italy, Wales to tussle with Tonga and Fiji to clash with one of rugby league’s top countries, Rochdale.
Australia don’t believe they need a warm up. The Kiwis do, but there’s still no news on an opponent.
The World Cup remains a niche event among rugby league fans but I know plenty who are going or are trying to arrange the journey.
Aaron Wallace, the stats man who so superbly briefs the Fox Spots commentators, has never been the UK and is hiring a campervan to ferry himself and his girlfriend from match to match.
He might have a passenger at times….
BENJI Marshall is such a big name in Sydney that his wife has a Sunday newspaper column.
So you can imagine the uproar back in round 10 when he was dropped to the bench for the match against South Sydney.
Add that to the fact he has a column in the Sydney broadsheet the Herald and doesn’t say much to the tabloid Telegraph and you have an idea of the level of interest in his dramatic fall from grace
But the whole thing could be played out again come October and November.
Marshall was relieved of the Kiwis captaincy during the pre-season and it’s not impossible to imagine Kieran Foran and Shaun Johnson keeping him out of the New Zealand side at some stage of the tournament.
Such a scenario would put Bondi Beat in mind of the 199five World Cup, when Gary Freeman was dropped and sulked on a bus at training.
One of Sydney’s favourite soap operas, coming to a field near you.
THIS is not a joke, people have suggested it as a serious promotion.
There are those who want the Burgess brothers – Sam, Tom, Luke and George, to engage in what is known colloquially as a game of “backyard footy” with the Sims boys – Ashton, Tariq and Corbin.
In fact, it was North Queensland back rower Tariq who came up with the idea.
“Dead-set, if we can get that to happen, I would love it. We could do it for charity – it would be awesome,” Tariq said in the lead-up to the City-Country game.
Of course, the Englishmen would have a numerical advantage – something that could be remedied by adding Ruan Sims, who plays for the Australian womens’ team.
She recalled on a recent television appearance that one night a week, the four of them were allowed to wrestle in the loungeroom.
It was no holds barred but once someone cried, the bell rang.
MORE and more NRL types are seeing the error of their ways when it comes to golden point time.
Another chip in the foundations of the controversial rule came in round 10, when Manly played a 10-10 draw with Melbourne in Melbourne. That was the score in regulation time and it was also the score after overtime but only following seven unsuccessful drop goal attempts.
According Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey, it’s all gone too far.
After 80 minutes, if it’s a draw, it’s only my personal opinion but it should be a draw,” he said. “When we’re having field goal shootouts, it’s just crazy.
“There’re 26 rounds in the competition. There’s enough football played. You want to see the guys busted and bleeding. It’s a gladiatorial sport, I know, but we’ve got to look after our players as well.”
Commentator Phill Gould agreed, writing the next day: “I was always a fan of the golden point and believed it added to the excitement of the close finish.
“However, when you witness a gladiatorial classic from two teams such as Melbourne and Manly this week, a draw and a competition point each is a fair result.”
A FUNNY moment from the same game.
Storm winger Sisa Waqa (you’ll see him in action for Fiji in a few short months” was called inside the 10 chasing a kick and started walking off the pitch, asking a touch judge why he had been sent to the sin bin!