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Brent81

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The Gallen error has always been a knock on.

He tried to play the ball and didn't have control of it.

It's what they call a loose carry.
Rubbish.

Bolton held the ball with both hands.

If that was in the 20th minute its a penalty every day of the week.
 

Brent81

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Gallen losing it definitely wasnt a strip. He tried to milk it for sure. Good call.
Not about being a strip.

It's about the defensive player being required to clear the ruck and to not place his hands on the ball.
 

Super Freak

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Rubbish.

Bolton held the ball with both hands.

If that was in the 20th minute its a penalty every day of the week.
Then Bolton let go, Gallen tried to play it, and lost it. Not only that, he didn't even get up properly to play it. He was still on one knee as he's tried to play it back.

Gallen stuffed it up and it was the right call for it to go against him.
 
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No wonder bird is leaving the sharks. 3 times in the last half of extra time he had a 2 on 1 and either Lewis or Maloney hogged the ball. Another time in extra time a simple pass through the hands would have given a chance but they did a cut out pass past bird and it was shut down easily by the cowboys, he was barging on to the ball each time as well! He might be prone to the odd error (1 a game average) but every point they scored came off of something he did but when they needed the points they avoided him like they plague. It would be like us not passing to Roberts or Milford in the same situation
 

Brent81

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Then Bolton let go, Gallen tried to play it, and lost it. Not only that, he didn't even get up properly to play it. He was still on one knee as he's tried to play it back.

Gallen stuffed it up and it was the right call for it to go against him.
And by that stage Bolton had already infringed.

What are you unclear about?
 

badyon

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Morgan will rightly get all the accolades, but -

-Taumalolo - 22 hit ups, 256m, 37 tackles. No missed tackles. And the monster of all tries to get them back in it.

Performance of the season, given the match it was.

Hard to underrate a current Dally M player of the year, but the guy is another level.
 

Dash

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And by that stage Bolton had already infringed.

What are you unclear about?
You're allowed to have your hand on the ball when you tackle them (how else would you stop an offload?). They generally only penalise for it when it's a second motion to move onto the ball after the tackle is completed. Not sure what the case was in that tackle, but personally I'd rather err on the side of rewarding ball security.
 

Big Pete

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Morgan will rightly get all the accolades, but -

-Taumalolo - 22 hit ups, 256m, 37 tackles. No missed tackles. And the monster of all tries to get them back in it.

Performance of the season, given the match it was.

Hard to underrate a current Dally M player of the year, but the guy is another level.
There's so many great lock forwards in the game - McGuire, Gal, Trbojevic, Finucane, Brown, Merrin, de Belin, Burgess, Mannering, Taukeiaho....

...and he's clear level above all of them. He's a genuine superstar of the game, easily Top 5 right now.
 

winslow_wong

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Morgan will rightly get all the accolades, but -

-Taumalolo - 22 hit ups, 256m, 37 tackles. No missed tackles. And the monster of all tries to get them back in it.

Performance of the season, given the match it was.

Hard to underrate a current Dally M player of the year, but the guy is another level.
Sweet jebus 256m... 37 tackles.. that's better than the whole broncos pack combined.

Yes I'm exaggerating but still what an animal.
 

Super Freak

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There was a period there when the Cowboys equalized that they couldn't get out of their end.

Then comes in Taumalolo. He was massive for them in those crucial stages with those big runs. Especially after the field goal when his runs allowed the Cowboys to get in good field position to put a good kick in and keep the Sharks away from field goal range. If only the defence was a little better on the edges.

But if the Cowboys didn't have him, they lose.
 

JAHHW

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We probably need a Taumalolo appreciation thread - getting a bit out of hand.

No, he consistently performs like that, so he is a beast and deserves all the hype. Just imagine if they played him at second row and ran him exclusively on he fringes at the halves, that's even scarier.
 

Big Pete

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We probably need a Taumalolo appreciation thread - getting a bit out of hand.

No, he consistently performs like that, so he is a beast and deserves all the hype. Just imagine if they played him at second row and ran him exclusively on he fringes at the halves, that's even scarier.
Originally that was how he was brought into grade but he just didn't have enough speed to get over the advantage line. It wasn't until Green moved him into the middle in 2014 that he found his feet.

I do think they should mix it up with him at times but they've got an embarrassment of riches, especially with Coen Hess coming through.
 

Sproj

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Originally that was how he was brought into grade but he just didn't have enough speed to get over the advantage line. It wasn't until Green moved him into the middle in 2014 that he found his feet.

I do think they should mix it up with him at times but they've got an embarrassment of riches, especially with Coen Hess coming through.
Throw in Scott returning next year and McLean going there as well, they are even SCARIER next year, not to mention they will be hellbent on sending JT out a winner. They will rightly be overwhelming favourites next year.
 

Alec

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QLD has some absolute gun young halves with huge potential coming through in Milford, Taylor, Croft, Morgan and Munster. Who does NSW have besides Cleary and Moses? Moses gets more ball suckage than anyone and he's pobably worse than all the others mentioned.
 

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