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The good, the bad and the ugly report - Week 3 playoff

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by cf2 is back, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. cf2 is back

    cf2 is back Active Member

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    THE GOOD:
    From the minute we emphatically sealed the crushing win over the Cowboys it was obvious how important the week off would be. Not only did it give us the golden chance to get over all the injuries, bumps and bruises, but mentally to slide straight back under the radar and leave all the attention on Lockyer (jaw or not it would have been the same media infatuation including the oddly pointless big screen video just before kick off).

    Clearly we started very poorly against the Cowboys and I suspect two major reason were the inescapable fact that no matter how important it seemed it wasn't a sudden death situation, and on top of that the very poor crowd.

    And so to last night where it was the complete reverse. From the moment the boys ran out there last night you could feel the hair on the back of your neck. The magnificent and massive crowd support, particularly where I was perched in the midst of bay 35, was just extraordinary. To hear thousands in unison singing the slow gospel like "Mannnnnnn-leeeeeee, Mannnnnnnn-leeeee" before the very kick off was a force that clearly moved the players. It's a battle cry to exceed all others and when sung by thousands it's a 10 point start already.

    1st half.
    Quite obviously Des' grand plan was to own the first 20 minutes to send the Broncos reeling, and that's exactly what we executed. Ballin's 4th minute burrowing try might not have been classic footy but it was classic mental torture on Brisbane. It was the first stunning belt and with it came a torrent of further damaging blows to leave the Broncos reeling both physically and mentally.

    DCE continued his rookie of the year just gets better every week form with a dominant display literally having a hand in everything. 6-0 quickly became 10-0 and the Man-ly (clap clap clap) chant was in full voice. You could feel the electricity running through our players veins with guys like Choc and T Rex itching to play steamroller. The first stunning 20 minutes was capped off with a golden short ball from DCE to put Brett through a delicious hole and plant a 16-0 complete dominance.

    The Broncos 30th minute somewhat in-defendable try was if anything a good reality check. 16-4 did no real scoreboard damage but it certainly did enough to keep us fully focused.

    A near perfect 1st half that left the Broncos reeling from Dr Des' prescription. There are no certainties in footy but you couldn't help but sense our team were incapable of even vaguely considering a loss.

    2nd half:
    Equally as clearly as our first half attitude was the obvious intention to ram the pressure even further up the Broncos necks from the get go. The Hoppa 47th try was a direct result of that and a 20-4 scoreline had the look of a very large win looming.

    The remaining 30 minutes were always going to pose a question when a game is all but won. I'm not entirely sure if we took the foot just ever so slightly off the pedal, or perhaps it was simply credit to the baby Broncos for throwing all they had at us? A mental lapse in defence certainly gifted Wallace with the 52nd minute soft try under the posts. But sensing it was once again his personal time to stand up and cement a victory our magnificent Foran took the stage. A towering 58th minute bomb looked to be safely in Beale's arms until a milli second perfect leap from the incredible Foran ripped the heart out of the Broncos and sent them back up the F3. What a leap. What a try. 26-10 and game over.

    The Broncos sure kept trying hard, but the final 20 minutes featured not one but two miraculous matching defining moments by our Lyon hearted captain. The first when a precariously dangerous cross field bomb was defused with his incredible leap above the towering Bronco arsenal. The second when a freakish loose ball resulted in the dangerously lazy Hodges weaving Gillett under the posts for what appeared to be a certain nerve wrangling try, except for the fact that our captain courageous found the unbelievable strength and timing to wedge himself under Gillett and hold up the closest of shaves. As Gus would say wow wow wow.

    Game absolutely over, despite the Broncos running in a neat 72nd min try in the corner. A truly superb shut out and another fantastic GF to savour.

    Individual performances. Brett was rock solid, made a couple of great tackles when needed, and lurked dangerously many times without fully hitting his stride. My tip? Watch out for him to explode next week. Hoppa was every bit as sensational as his 185 metres in attack. We will miss him so much. (Hoppa surely you can do a mission thing when you retire I mean.....ok back to the topic). Robbo was his usual perfect portrait of safety. Matai solid as always, Jamie and Foz inspirational. Once again all our forwards stood up like champions. Ballin had a blinder, our big men Kitey, Joe, Rodney, and George never took the foot of the gas. Choc's 185 metres was sensational and only for his weekly butterfingers moments he would have had a try or two to go with it. T Rex looked threatening all night and again great to see him play the full 80 mins. I suspect he will back to a bench role in the GF but what a damaging brute of an asset to have. And the other 3 off the bench? Mauro worked tirelessly but will probably end up an unlucky 18th next week. Buhrer is a fantastic trump card to bring on late, but is it just me or is the final 20 minutes just way too late? Would love to see him get at least 30 minutes. And Tim Robinson? Well only Des knows why he only got the final 11 minutes. Seems like a massive waste to me but who's to argue against the great man?

    Hard to pick a MOM but even harder to go past DCE who had a hand in 4/5 tries and led us around the park in a Sterling like display. Love it.

    THE BAD:
    The fact we just didn't put them away in the 2nd half. Sure we were never ever going to lose this game but it just felt a little disappointing to not rack up at least 30 points. No big deal though semis' are tough games and it's only the win that matters.

    THE UGLY:
    The media and all the total bull**** regarding those two absolutely nothing incidents that will now totally dominate the papers for the next few days. Puhhhlease. Tony Williams tackle was an embarrassing penalty let alone a charge. If the guy gets up it's not even mentioned but who wouldn't be stunned to be crunched in the upper chest by a giant? The media and of course all the Manly haters and jealousy ridden opposition fans (yes that's especially you sore as hell Saints and Tigers fans) will bang on and on about it but there's not a chance in hell Williams will get suspended. None. As for Matai it's another case of guilty by identity. If that was Robbo do you think it would have got a single mention today? Triple puhhhlease. It's night football. The guy slid over trying to stop a try. For anyone to even pretend there was some level of foul play is sheer hypocrisy at the highest level. Let's get on with it.

    In summary another magnificent dominant performance from our boys and a richly deserved GF. I hope it's Melb cos I'd love to wipe that smirk of Smith, Cronk, Slater and Bellyache once again.

    Let's lap up the week and enjoy every second of it cos I can feel the JJ shield on it's way back to fortress Brookie. There's no stopping the Manly freight train now.

    See you at ANZ.
     
  2. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Another great summary

    Dr Des' prescription lol
     
  3. KOMORI

    KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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    Well put... As always :)

    Little hung over today... But feel like a kid at Christmas!!
     
  4. WAMF

    WAMF Well-Known Member

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    Well done again, cf2
     
  5. Si

    Si Member

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    Good report!! I will disagree on one thing - until about 12 minutes to go I thought we could lose that game. Our defense was brittle at times and our forwards seemed to tire easily. We will need to improve for next week - I'm sure we can. We did have moments of brilliance last night, all in all I guess we did enough to win.
     
  6. anthonyb1965

    anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Thanks CF2, I always look forward to your report and you haven't disappointed...again!! Great read!!
     
  7. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We missed 42 tackles, Bris had 52% poss. and made more meters. Manly just wanted it more.
     
  8. Dan79

    Dan79 Active Member

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    I am glad we did shut up shop a little in the second half, normally i hate that tactic because it mostly backfires..
    However there was one thing that worried me about the win against the Cowboys. We showed a lot of our cards, 42 in 32 minutes was impressive, but we aired a lot of our set plays, and attacking flair. If you want to see what Manly can do, it was on display in that second half, and the first half this week.
    It is nice to see we are not a team struggling to score points. Especially with our lazy forwards :)
     
  9. anthonyb1965

    anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    And Choc was the laziest with 185m........OMG :)
     
  10. Sheikheagle

    Sheikheagle Well-Known Member

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    Chocs best game of the year aside from one handling error he was frigging awesome
     
  11. robbiea

    robbiea Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Choc made 3 errors -watch again..
     
  12. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Great read as usual cf2. Just to be pedantic, the JJ Giltinan Shield is now presented to the minor premiers every year, and unfortunately that was the Scum. I actually don't know if the NRL trophy has a name, I know it is modelled on the famous "Gladiators" photo of Provan and Summons but don't know if it goes by any other name than the bland "NRL trophy".
     
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  13. Masked Eagle

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    Watched the game again this morning and tried to be a little less passionate about it and to be honest, we weren't that good in the second half. We missed a heap of tackles and our discipline and ball control dropped way off. We were lucky to an extent that a couple of champions we have really stepped up when they needed too. Gift and Lussick will be welcome additions to the pack next week for Robinson and Mauro, who in particular will be very unlucky to miss out.
     
  14. captainskin

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    <<To hear thousands in unison singing the slow gospel like "Mannnnnnn-leeeeeee, Mannnnnnnn-leeeee" before the very kick off was a force that clearly moved the players. It's a battle cry to exceed all others and when sung by thousands it's a 10 point start already.>>

    I was thinking about this the other day: the simple but so utterly effective MANNNNN-LEEEE is unbelievably awe inspiring. We can have fresh little ditties sung from a few in the crowd - and they are great for the loyal diehards who know them - but the power of the one simple double noted chant can rouse an army to victory. No other chant is needed but this; it creates a euphoric feel for player and spectator alike.
     
  15. eagle-rock08

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    I enjoyed the game and your report.

    I note the Matai & Williams should have no case to answer. But they will, sadly.

    If it was BS (Billy Slater) there would have been nothing said. But as I said that would be BS not Matai and T Rex.

    If they do have cases to answer I suppose that does show that BS reins supreme in the NRL.

    I suppose I should shut up as I am repeating myself and talking a lot of BS.
     
  16. bazeagle

    bazeagle Well-Known Member

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    Solid in depth report cf2, awesome.
    I have this sneaking feeling we have some extra up our sleeve for the GF.
    We will need it if we play Storm. I hate them so much. Please can we thrash them and send them packing. Please.
     
  17. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    As is always the case a great report, and the Maaanlllleeee Maaaanlllee chants from where I was in Bay 34 were great.......but I do love the ditties as well......but 25000 singing that....and 65000 on Grand Final Day....awe inspiring...we MUST MUST have it going full bore just before the players run out on GF Day...I want them to hear it in the sheds and run out to it...spread the word
     
  18. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Have to agree about the chanting, it was awesome to be there and be part of that. Definitely must help to lift the players. If we get something similar happening next week we'll be half way home :)
     
  19. cf2 is back

    cf2 is back Active Member

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    Thank god justice done.

    Can't believe T Rex was even charged but at least no damage and as for Matai blind freddy could see he did nothing.
     

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