I’M SURE I speak for most when I say that I was extremely proud to be a Blues fan last Wednesday night.
In what was one of the most absorbing Origins I can remember watching, NSW prevailed in front of a massive crowd to take the series to a decider.
Much like Origin I, it wasn’t a game of the highest technical quality, but it was exactly what fans wanted – tough, fast-paced and non-stop.
Robbie Farah was immense for the Blues and missed none of his 63 tackle attempts, which is simply incred-ible when you think about how fast the match was.
Young prop Tim Grant was a standout on debut and didn’t look out of place on the big stage – he’s certainly done enough to earn a spot in the decider.
What did annoy me, though, was that much of the media coverage post-game centred on Michael Jennings’ play to dislodge the ball from Brent Tate just as he looked certain to score.
Yes, it was a brilliant play, but Jennings was nowhere to be seen for most of the match and yet he was all but credited for the victory.
Something else that made me laugh was when the Channel Nine commentary team paid tribute to Jarryd Hayne’s “awareness” to put his foot on the ball and set up Josh Morris’s try.
Hayne simply lost control after Johnathon Thurston’s intervention and it was just fortunate that the ball landed on his foot. Sure, it was lucky, but hey, we’ll take it!
It wasn’t the first mega-hyperbole from Phil Gould and co and it certainly won’t be the last. Bring on game three!
A WELCOME DISTRACTION FOR GREECE
The people of Greece had something to cheer about for the first time in a long, long time on the weekend when its football team beat Russia 1-nil to advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
Greece, who caused one of the biggest sporting upsets ever when it won Euro 2004, took the lead through 120-game veteran Giorgos Karagounis just before half-time and then held off wave after wave of Russian attacks to advance past the group stages.
Back in Athens, there were scenes of unrivalled joy as fans partied in the streets of the capital for hours on end.
From the footage, it would seem anyone selling Greek flags is doing quite well in the economic turmoil.
After Greece’s close encounter with the euro, sit back and watch them play havoc at the Euros!
SIMPSON JOINS FIRST-TIMERS’ LIST
If you’ve never won a Major before, then now is the time to become a professional golfer.
American Webb Simpson became the ninth consecutive first-time Major winner on Monday when he took out the US Open title by one shot over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson.
Simpson’s overall score after four rounds of one over par (281) shows just how difficult the Olympic Club’s Lake Course was playing during the championships.
Jim Furyk was the favourite heading into round four, but three last-round bogeys ended his hopes.