Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Positives in Thrillers Palmed off; Unfair Headlines Dwell on Controversy

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Positives in Thrillers Palmed off; Unfair Headlines Dwell on Controversy

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Bomber's Blast

with

Anthony Breeze

WERE the North Queensland Cowboys robbed with the knock-on ruling in last weekend's exciting National Rugby League final?

I say no.

Both weekend finals were fantastic with the Roosters exploding in the first half before the Cowboys came storming home to just miss victory.

The Bulldogs held off a fast-finishing Manly side to progress to this weekend's final.

However, the post-game reports picked up on the negative sides of both games rather then promoting the great spectacles these matches were.

Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston and coach Paul Green did not dwell on the decision. They blamed themselves for allowing the Roosters to set up such a big lead.

Headlines saying "Robbed", "Duded", "Referees to blame" should have read "Roosters at their best in first half" or "JT puts in a game to remember".

The second semi-final was also one for the ages. The Bulldogs were set for victory only to see the never-say-die Sea Eagles claw their way back into the contest, before narrowly being defeated.

The injury-ravaged Sea Eagles will have the off-season to regroup while the Bulldogs live to fight another day.

Defying the critics

TONIGHT'S clash between the Rabbitohs and the Roosters promises to be the game of the season.

A few weeks ago, many people predicted this would be the grand final.

The other semi-final features the under-the-radar Panthers still defying the odds and proving the critics wrong (which I am one) playing the team that many fans hate in the Bulldogs.

The Panthers will rely on the buy of the season Jamie Soward to shoot them into the grand final while the Bulldogs hope that cool hand Trent Hodkinson does the same for them.

Grand finals are a double-edged sword, where we unfortunately have winners and losers.

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