Saturday, September 08, 2012

"Fair dinkum, they're a rabble at the moment"

I've loved AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE for years, an affair that intensified following a 2010 trip Down Under.
The sport celebrated the opening of its finals this weekend, with the top eight teams of the National Rugby League beginning their journeys to a potential title.
Yesterday, I listened to live radio commentary online as CANTERBURY beat MANLY, 16-10, to advance to a Grand Final qualifier.
Today, I watched on television as the MELBOURNE STORM advanced to the preliminary finals with an efficient, 24-6 victory of the SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS.
The hometown Storm played conservative football, waiting for the Bunnies to make mistakes. Souths obliged, committing errors and conceding harmful penalties.
"Fair dinkum, they're a rabble at the moment," one of the television commentators said of the poorly performing Rabbitohs during the second half.
Ryan Hoffman, Billy Slater, Sisa Waqa and Mahe Fonua scored tries for the Storm.
Eddy Pettybourne scored a late, consolation try for Souths.
Later today, the BRISBANE BRONCOS were dumped from the finals, losing to state rivals the NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS, 33-16, in the first elimination final.
It's a great time of the year to love rugby league.


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