Excellent points, Organix. Origin 2 last year was the worst I've ever seen. It wasn't because the Maroons lost and the streak ended - let's be honest it was bound to happen sooner or later. It was because there was sooo much grubby stuff and foul play in it and the match officials were seemingly oblivious to it. I think it was Phil Gould who said the comment 'hopefully a game of rugby league breaks out soon.'Just wanted to also point out that IMHO no person should defend punching someone else in Rugby League especially in the head. Don't get me wrong, I love the biff and I would give my left nut to see someone flatten Josh Reynolds but when it is intentionally punches to the head in a game that ISN'T boxing then I don't see it as something I want in League. When I was growing up watching SOO I used to love it and expect it but to be honest so did every player on the field as well. They were ready for a punch up. These days the players clearly go in and play at slapping and head rubbing and all the other BS that is just so pathetic but they know that punching is not on.
Then you get a dog like Gallen, who went in late with a swinging arm first and after Myles told him to F-O and just pushed him decided that he would start wailing on him. It wasn't so long ago that Lance Hohaia had to retired after he got clocked in the Super League when some "big man" didn't like the niggle and decided to effectively ruin another man's livelihood and potentially life if he wasn't lucky over a game of sport. It should never be justified. My 2 cents.
Truly disgraceful. If this series is a repeat - and I have a strong feeling it might - then I'm going to lose interest in it fast. I suspect the Blues know they can't win in a fair contest and they are counting on the referees to put the whistle away. With no Gallen or Bird surely it must be a cleaner contest by default, right?