Just a *** psuedo related to this thread. If Paul Dinsdale's reading
this (he emailed me regarding the Cougars) I can't reply on your email as
it bounces wildly. So I'll post it up on here. Let me know your proper
email address Paul.
>That was a painful one for Cougar fans, but no more so than the September
>fixture at The Willows, methinks. After all, they were both four try to
>one wins. The Reds just had the benefit of a friendly referee giving lots
>of unjustified but kickable penalties in the Cougar half.
He penalised consistantly for the same offence it's just that the lying on
was a bit harsh. To their credit Salford didn't do it but maybe he was a
bit quick on the whistle. You hardly had the field position to get kickable
penalties. The difference between the teams was that we made ONE handling
Blakely only kicked 4 penalties, one of which was to make it 0-34 so it
hardly mattered. The first 2 he kicked made the score 0-2 and 0-4. Hardly
an unassailable lead. Our first try came from a penalty Cougars had that
failed to make touch. Hardly the refs fault.
Watch the video which has your commentator on it. He gives a mostly fair
coverage of the game. Perhaps the worst decision in the game was the one
where Forber was judged to have ripped the ball right in front of the
linesman who didn't give it but the ref did. Now I know Forber's a*** but
you can clearly see the ball coming out when Andy Eyres (I think) ran into
his own player.
Having said that I have to say without any malice whatsoever ;)
that we were by far the best team on the day. Personally I'd rather have
6-34 than 14-22 with a last minute converted try.
Seems to be slipping away from you a bit. It could be tricky for you to
close that gap now (hopefully). The onus is definitely on the Cougars now
with a 3 point difference at the top.
If it's any consolation we had a puncture outside the ground and had to
change it in the dark!
Cheers, Paul (By the way when do you play Widnes?)