London 22 Brisbane 42
Well I saw the first half, and I thought London did very well, forcing
mistakes and taking their opportunities, and holding out just when
desperate defence was needed. But a BAAD penalty count (It was something
like 8-0 to Brisbane a t one point) and a creeping Missed tackle count did
not augur well.
I left the game after 60 minutes With Edwards off and Brisbane in control,
and I felt that once old Shaun had trundled, London were drifting out of
it. Mind you, scoring 22 against Brisbane should give hope to any side
English side with a better attack than the Broncos, whose game is really
about mean defence rather than cavalier attack. Certainly, Wigan look a
good bet to repeat their World Challenge victory.
I think that the m***of the Story is that a mighty pack is not enough to
guarantee victory. Langer can be shut out of the game, and the Brisbane
players are as fallible as anyone else. (Certainly, London's 2nd and 3rd
tries were the result of Schoolboy play by Brisbane, admittedly under
heavy pressure.) If Wigan etc can hold their Forwards, and don't leave
gaps in midfield, then Brisbane are there for the taking. There will be
much more gnashing and wailing in Brisbane over conceding 22 points to
London than scoring 42.
p.s. The ref seemed to allow much higher tackles than in the UK. English
referees might not be so lenient. And (food for thought) a similar London
performance would have destroyed most UK sides. We haven't closed the gap