> Newcastle 27 Leicester 10
Having just returned from Gateshead, I have to express my disgust at yet
another Ed the duck disaster. Morrison lost control and by allowing
astonishing acts of *** to go free in the first half, completely
lost control leaving the players to fight to the bitter end.
The majority of the crowd seemed to be their to see the boxing match
between Dean Ryan and Martin Johnson, they were not disappointed. They
booed and hissed Johnson on and off the pitch, they roared and cheered as
Ryan charged in with boots neck high headlong into any buggar that got in
his way. They yelled 'off' and 'cheat' at Johnson as he dragged Ryan out
of said ruck. Morrison always one to play to the crowd, brandished the
yellow card with relish to ***thirsty cheers.
On the rugby front, the little of it that was played saw Tigers gain a
certain edge, The Geordie boys were not impressed. Stransky and Andrew
both kicked badly, perhaps a hint of the north east wind which plagued
last years epic cup encounter. Tigers as we have come to expect failed to
turn pressure into points and Newcastle broke, a scrum saw Ryan pick up
early and dispite a huge tackle from Back manage to slip to ball to the
runt Armstrong. Will Johnson could not catch Armstrong and Andrew
converted to lead 7-0.
Tigers drove the length of the field and Newcastle didn't like it, The
openside flanker who's name escapes me dived over the ruck to concede a
professional penalty, 7-3. What followed was the games first major
flashpoint. Tigers poured forward down the far side of the pitch and
Stransky looked to have the overlap. A Newcastle player (sorry about
names the stands were a good 150 yards away, nice view but they all look
the same) creamed Stransky with a league style short arm tackle straight
to the neck, even the home crowd gasped. Ed the duck waved play-on and
gave a lineout. Stransky looked seriously disorientated and indeed missed
his next kick. From the line out Newcastle set up Lam who set off on a
mazing run and for a blindside flanker scored a great try, all credit to
Then a Ed Morrison moment. The conversion was infront of the posts and
Andrew lined it up. He started his run in. Joiner charged and blocked the
ball. It hit the post. The linesman signalled miss and Morrison who had
been facing the wrong way on the half way line turned and seemed happy to
signal miss till Squeaky Andrew charged up to him whinging that Garforth
had charged early. Without consulting either linesman Ed allowed a
retake. Andrew scored. What a Joke.
Tigers kept going with good spirit for a side with nothing to play for.
The ball shot out of a ruck and Miller hacked through, surely to score a
try. No one could catch him when the most cynical foul occured. A
Newcastle player who hopefully T.V will catch did a Vinny Jones slide
tackle straight to Miller's ankle. The Irishman collapsed in pain and Ed'
the duck who saw the incident, gave a penalty. What followed? not even a
warning. The linesman called over Morrison to check he realised the
seriousness of the offence, Ed laughed and walked away, from then a
signal was sent out to the players that he did not give a toss so not
surprisingly *** ensued. Gustard replaced Miller and Tigers forced a
line out the classic catch drive and roll saw the familiar sight of Back
over the line, after the Wasps debacle Tigers made a big fuss of
grounding the ball infront of Morrison. Conversion = 14-10.
Halftime saw Falcons leave the field and the announcer ask for some noise
"please the players need your help..." the Falcon's did not respond.
Deano appeared to ask Morrison if hacking players legs was now allowed
and Ed as usual just laughed.
14-10 was the score till about 6 minutes from the end at least on the
rugby front! Walton and Nesdale started with the cheap shots and to be
honest they were nothing compared with the Saracens boys the week
previous. The surrounding locals did not thank me for pointing this out.
Under pressure in the scrum, Ryan refused to bind and Morrison let him
get away with it. He stood around posturing at the back of the scrum
above the law?
Armstrong did the tried and tested tactic of tapping the ball and diving
like Shearer at the nearest opposition player, Garforth was the 'culprit'
and I think it was this which brought his yellow card. Apparently
Rowntree was also booked but I dunno. A long clearing kick saw 'Judas'
Underwood eventually go through on an overlap, Healey gave him a good 10
metre start and caught him 10 yards short. He dumped Underwood into touch
and as he got up he clearly mentioned a certain England wing spot.
Underwood, not the scariest man in the world got all hot under collar and
went for Healey's throat. Perhaps because he is such a wimp the officials
let this go and another poor throw from the man West, saw Corry (playing
lock) pulled down in the line and Archer (?) take the ball. Newcastle
were help up short and Tigers were rewarded a scrum on our five. The
first scrum went well and the Newcastle second row knelt down and
predictably got another bite at the cherry. Again Tigers held firm and it
was quite blatent (with Morrison on the opposite side) that Walton
dropped the scrum. Unexplainadly Ed gave a penalty and Healey about to
clear anyway kicked the ball in row Z. Armstrong and Andrew both up in
the ref's face, charged at Healey both punching. He returned this with
interest and simultaneously the front rows had erupted. For the next 5 -
6 minutes a mass brawl of the kind not seen this year erupted. Only the
respective full back's seemed to stay out of it with even little Johnny
Wilkinson throwing his weight. By the end of the fight, Ryan and Johnson
had found each other with Johnson junior and Corry using their boxing
experience. God knows why the brawl started but I think the lack of any
authority from Morrision was the main problem. The Miller incident
imparticular springing to mind.
As you might expect Ed decided neither team needed punishing and kept the
penalty to Newcastle. A scrum was selected! the fireworks continued and
Ryan picked up from the back. He was knocked back and the ball appeared
to spill forward. Not spotted by the ref and Walton dived over the line.
easy conversion. 21-10.
game over. As a contest anyway. The off the ball stuff continued and then
Morrison just blew his whistle in a ruck and sent off Greenwood. In an
electric atmosphere, not one fan complained. Will looked shocked and so
did everybody in the ground, except Ed the Duck. Post match quotes
suggest Ed had issued a no nonsense warning and the next player who did
anything in his view *** would be off. Andrew called it a kiss and
judging by Will's character and that he appeared calm I would think he
was taking the piss. I am probably wrong and it WAS a vicious head-***
and this will blow up in my face. But who knows. I didn't see it. The
game simmered down and considering Ed's warning I'd have thought he'd
have sent off anyone ***. Not just stop with one. Neil Back got a
shoeing which resulted in a big head band and Andrew kicked some more
One thing debated by Tigers fans, is why we always seem to get ***y
Morrison, Lander or Spreadbury. Their must be someone who can rise above
this crap. I'd love to hear of stats about how many matches these men ref
which Tigers are in.