Wednesday, May 26, 2004


Origin Game 1 Result

Well it was 8-8 at full time, and into extra time with golden point. New South Wales scored first with a field goal to take it 9-8. Two games to go and Queensland on the back foot.
The game itself has not been without its controversy over the last few weeks buildup with two blues players dropped from the side and disciplined by their clubs for making an obscene phone call while out on a "bonding" session. Gasnier was fined $50,000 by his club for his involvement.
On the field tonight the two teams played with less than the usual intensity, reserving the big efforts for the first 10 minutes and the last 10. Most of the game was patchy in performance, a lot of handling errors and some disallowed tries. I hope the next game is more exciting. Tonight was a reminder of why I don't really enjoy watching rugby league. However being at friend's place for the event more than made up for it, the room was divided 3-4 QLD-NSW and plenty of sledging and bias was shown in the stands! Having an official ref in the room allowed for good explanation of some of the decisions also.
Thanks Steve and Lisa for hosting a great Origin party!

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