Ok Snort, here is my opinion, having watched the game, and expected and read the barrage of comments, from both sides, shortly after the game.First: settle down. It's a game.
Secondly: ref-blaming is never a good look. If you think the ref made an error, sure, say what it was and explain why. But a general suggestion of bias is not helpful to anyone. I didn't see the Waverley-Cranbrook game, but I gather the ref awarded a yellow card against Waverley at a critical point in the game, which isn't something a referee would do if he wanted to see Cranbrook win.
Cheers for the write up WLF, completely agree.Ok Snort, here is my opinion, having watched the game, and expected and read the barrage of comments, from both sides, shortly after the game.
As usual both sides of viewers will find problems with the ref, happens every game.
IMO, there were plenty of calls that also went against the Waves, in particular, the sin bin that cost 2 tries, and conversions. in 3 minutes to Cranbrook, which should have been the game. And then the Brook supporters say the same in the last 10 mins, because everything becomes so fueled at that stage that people scream at everything. It just happens that way. BUT there were no major mistakes like forward passes or knock-ons that led to game winning tries.
Now here's the wrap: Cranbrook were the better side on the day, they executed really well, made very few mistakes, and with a 15 point lead with 10-15mins to go should have closed out the game, and won.
The Waves were generally sloppy in execution, must have dropped the ball 15-20 times, and made it very hard for themselves to get into an ascending position.
The school boy tunnels and terrific crowd made it special.
Here's the finale, I can't remember when a field goal, on the last play of the day, won a game. I can't believe how composed the Waves were, to NOT drop their shoulders and give up, and pull off a stunning win.
These types of games are extremely rare, and if people doubt why it's called Death Valley, here's proof!
no miracle from the Double Bay Jesus eh?If you thought ref was dubious, You should have seen the Cranbrook v Waverley game of 2022. Not only the worst field ever played on, but the ref carried Cranbrook to a draw.
Ah well even after the professionalisation of the Cranbrook rugby program over the last 3 years, they have not yet beaten one of the big 3 CAS teams. Despite throwing everything they can at it. Sometimes culture is too built in to change.
It’s team that is primarily made up of Randwick and Easts rep players. Alot of the boys have played together or against each other for the last 3-4 years.Those Waverley 13A were incredible to watch. The strength, speed and passing on them you would think you were watching 15A. They were beating cranbrook 60-0 before half time before the incident happened. I have heard that they have beat every school they have played so far by 40+ points. Their kicker aswell hit all his conversion from all parts of the field. Definitely a team to keep and eye on in the next couple years
Good win for Cranbrook 2nd XV getting up 17-10 against "the best 2nd XV in the CAS". Cranbrook's 2's will look to win the comp again.
Hey mate,I had the pleasure of watching the 2nd XV wav vs Cranbrook and thought the 16th man ( ref) did let the brookies in. With a few dodgy calls and a pick-and-go try that was offside gave Waverley a tough time especially a side that has been shaken and rattled with boys coming in and out of 1s all the way down to the 4ths much like any other school. Waverley scrums were dominant with the forwards really testing the Brookies strength in many aspects of the game. Brookies backs dominated and ran around the Waverley back three, especially with one binned for a stupid mistake ( not having a go at the ref there! ). Finally, Waverley with dominant scrums testing their prop depth with a sin bin in the 1st half, continued to be dominant throughout the game with the substituted prop pushing and controlling the brook loosehead.
Brook's best players: 8, 13, 15 6
Waverley's best players: 8, 13, 14, 3, 5
Waverley vs Cranbrook 1XV. was a gutsy tough game with what was thought as a childhood dream for Caleb Sinclair Harris (12) to be able to put the foot on the throat and kick a field goal in the dying moments against a local rivalry in your home ground in front of what felt like with both whole's schools in attendance! wow!.
if anyone was there I would be delighted for you to share your take on the game