‘Six Again’ anyone? Do Roosters fans have short memories or have they just forgotten how to be gracious in defeat?July 3, 2020
BY CURTIS WOODWARD
Did a tiny error in the Melbourne Storm ruck moments before Ryan Papenhuyzen’s equalizing field goal cost the Sydney Roosters two premiership points in a Suncorp Stadium classic on Thursday night?
The short is answer is no.
While fans and media across Australia went into meltdown at the sheer brilliance of the spectacle – some Roosters fans wanted to bemoan what certainly appeared to be a knock-on by Brandon Smith as he desperately tried to play the ball.
Yeah… referee Ash Klein and his touch judges missed it.
They also missed Jake Friend not square at marker and pushing down on the player’s back.
Human error is going to happen in such a high-octane sport.
Rugby league as a product has never looked better.
Let’s not cancel one of the great modern contests because of one little mistake.
Roosters fans are a forgetful bunch. It seems they missed the part where their hooker Friend gave away a blatant penalty which actually lost them the match.
Perhaps they don’t remember last year’s grand final?
Six Again… anyone?
The Canberra Raiders haven’t forgotten.
Let’s not discuss the two try lead the Chooks held with ten minutes to play which they and they alone blew.
“Congrats to the ref winning player of the match for the Storm,” one posted on Twitter.
“Great game lost by the Roosters thanks to an awful missed call on the knock on immediately before the Storm’s one-pointer.”
Poor old Roosters.
The back-to-back premiers with the best roster in the NRL, with the game’s best coach on a five-game winning streak and a gazillion bucks in the bank were so hard done by.
Maybe the Roosters are so used to winning they have forgotten how to be gracious in defeat.
Get a grip.
The sun will come up tomorrow.
Congratulate the Storm on an epic game of footy and get ready for next week.