Crawley into the Scum/ Scam and refs.

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    By:wombatgcAug 15, 2019
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    It’s Australia v England. Who are you cheering?

    No, not in the Ashes Test at Lord’s. In the Storm v Raiders clash at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

    I reckon if you ran a poll on the two leaders of these respective teams Josh Hodgson would run rings around Cameron Smith in the popularity stakes. And I don’t think it is any secret why.

    I acknowledge Smith is a champion player and it is becoming increasingly difficult not to concede he is the greatest of all time.


    It is no wonder NRL fans are fed up with this.
    I have never seen a player so calculated and composed in his overall control of the game.

    He already holds just about every rugby league record there is, while you’d probably say the footy Smith is playing at 36 is as good as he ever has.

    For all that, he commands absolute respect.

    So why do so many fans not like him?

    I will tell you why I reckon.

    Aussies traditionally love a fair go.

    But I believe when it comes to King Cam and the refs, it is not a fair fight, and fans see through this.


    It was on show in Gosford again last Sunday in the 26-16 win over South Sydney.

    You would think NRL referees boss Bernard Sutton would look back on this match with embarrassment that the Storm were allowed to give up eight straight penalties and yet not receive so much as an onfield warning, let alone having someone sent to the sin bin for the continued infringements.

    At one point South Sydney’s Cody Walker expressed his frustration to referee Gerard Sutton but was basically waved away with contempt.

    But the chorus of boos that Smith copped as he walked up the tunnel at halftime only highlighted the frustration the fans were also feeling.

    Smith apparently quipped back at the locals: “I’m glad you paid your way in because you are paying my wages”.


    Melbourne’s tactics stifle the opposition and the footy. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images
    While it was a quick-witted comeback, the fans aren’t fools either. They see what is going on before their eyes, you just wonder why the refs don’t.

    I went back over the game twice this week just to make sure I was seeing if for what it was and not with a bias against the Storm because of past judgments.

    While the Storm eventually lost the penalty count 11-7 (it’s funny how it evened up), I have no doubt they should have conceded at least six to eight more penalties, and that is being conservative.

    Their defensive line, led by Smith, was jumping the gun in key sets while standing offside right in front of the nose of Gerard Sutton and assistant David Munro.


    NRL rivals know Melbourne get away with more. Photo: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images
    The Storm’s go-slow tactics in the ruck were equally contemptuous.

    And on top of Nelson Asofa-Solomona sensationally escaping a charge for his shocking crusher tackle on Dean Britt, there were several other incidents involving Storm forwards leading with their elbow while running the ball that were highlighted by Jimmy Smith on Fox Sports’ Bill and Boz Show.

    It was really dangerous stuff, yet not penalised once.

    I got a text message from Melbourne head of football Frank Ponissi after some comments I made on NRL360 asking why I run my anti-Storm stories every August/early September, whether it was just coincidence or if it was an agenda.

    I can assure you it’s not an agenda.


    Will anyone stand up to this bloke on the field? Photo: Tony Feder/Getty Images
    Maybe I’m wrong, but I believe when the big games roll around the stakes go up and everyone wants to push the boundaries.

    But I don’t believe the referees have the gumption to stand toe-to-toe with Smith, just like NSW fans will tell you happened when Smith captained Queensland.

    Is it agenda, or is it a reality?

    Because there were stages last Sunday where the Fox Sports commentary team, that included one of the fairest men to ever play the game in Danny Buderus, questioned why the Storm had not been given an official warning or had another player sent to the sin bin because of the continued infringements.

    For mine, it is as though the Storm work to the theory the refs will only blow so many penalties. So at some point they will gain the advantage, even when it seems they are copping a caning.



    Their tactics became so frustrating last Sunday that I believe the stop-start nature of the game really limited South Sydney’s momentum with the ball.

    Yet people will still say with all those penalties the Rabbitohs should have scored more points.

    I do believe Melbourne’s capacity to commit to their defensive structures is better than just about every other team and that comes from the great coaching of Craig Bellamy. We all give them credit for that.

    But when you see clear penalties that are not blown you are entitled to question why.

    And I believe it goes to the core of why most footy fans for years have been fed up with the man who should be the most adored rugby league player in history.
     
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    • Woodsie

      By:WoodsieAug 15, 2019
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      • SeaEagleRock8

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        No coincidence, there's been several anti-Storm stories lately. Sydney has had a gutful of Storm winning year after year using cynical tactics. Sydney 'interest groups' want the Chooks, Bunnies or Eels to spoil the Storm party.
        It will be hilarious if it plays into Manly's hands instead!
         
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        • globaleagle

          By:globaleagleAug 15, 2019
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          This has been posted elsewhere(s) but the more anti storm threads the better I feel, so -

          woot!
           
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          • HappilyManly

            By:HappilyManlyAug 15, 2019
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            OMG :swear:

            sCam's lack of understanding of who pays for each of his many contracts is pathetic.

            Broadcast deal supplies the Funds to the NRL who then allocate the 9 million to each Club. The undisclosed TPAs are not from gate takings :nerd:

            sCam will always be known as an unrepentant cheat :wait:
             
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            • Supreme Leader

              By:Supreme LeaderAug 15, 2019
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              Sorry guys, I'm for Melb to beat the Raiders, it helps us! As long as we keep winning.
               
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              • Tomay

                By:TomayAug 15, 2019
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                This is essentially the coaching philosophy of Craig Bellamy. Keep pushing the boundaries of the rules until the ref had a decision between allowing football to be played or just penalise them out of the game. Unfortunately none of the current referees have the gumption to put a stop to it. Either that, or they have been directed to keep games even.

                Watching Melbourne you could almost warrant a penalty on every tackle. It's mind numbingly boring football and if allowed to prevail will kill our code. Bellamy doesn't care though, his job is to win. It's the NRL that needs to start caring.
                 
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                • HappilyManly

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                  Scumos to win until the Finals only >:)
                   
                • mike walker

                  By:mike walkerAug 15, 2019
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                  G'day all,The ref's all saw what happened to Cecchin after the sharks game,where he penalised them,and from memory binned Capt Scummo.Say no more.
                  cheers mike
                   
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                  • sheridanstand78

                    By:sheridanstand78Aug 15, 2019
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                    For me anyone other than the drizzle or whinging worms if we don't win. Storm are the evil empire and the useless NRL do bugger all to enforce the rules!!
                     
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                      By:The WhoAug 15, 2019
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                      I hope Melbourne keep winning until they get to Brookie where I can see Manly doing what other clubs would love to do and that's take no crap and belt them off the park.
                      I really think that this is the only way to combat Melbourne; Be offside and in their faces. Rekindle the spirit of The Battle of Brookie.
                      I think that apart from Easts and possibly Cronulla, Manly is the team to beat them.
                      Easts can beat them on talent with their all-representative team, while Cronulla and us can be unflinching when the pressure comes.
                       
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                      • Cliffymagic

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                        If any storm fans are reading this.... 40-0 BABY!!!!!!.
                         
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                        • Harvies elbow

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                          Quite possibly the most accurate article of the year.
                          And daylight 2nd...
                           
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                          • wombatgc

                            By:wombatgcAug 15, 2019
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                            I did check before I posted (if it ain’t on the first page that’s my parameter setting for a full and thorough scan. :happy:).
                            Apart from @ricardo s thread, which was written by George Clark, I couldn’t find it anywhere else.
                            I didn’t bother with the link, as it doesn’t work for me on the i-pad. (But it’s still on the DT site....with 124 comments. Some of the Storm ones are diabolical).
                            As you say GE, the more anti-storm threads the better.
                             
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                            • Lyonstomenzies

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                              The revolution is coming and when Smith is eventually gone there will be joy in the streets
                               
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                              Apparently everyone has got it wrong, bellamy ran it by the nrl and they told him it's all sweet, in fact they want more wrestle, hold downs, twists, and crushers
                               
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