You might want to check which team leads the competition in yellow cards, and ranked fourth in penalties conceded this year....
I'll give you a hint: they gave away 20 penalties tonight.
I don’t think you’re giving the ref enough credit.Until the rebels learn to play 80 minute games instead of 40 minute halves they will continue to be pretenders.
Regardless of referee performance to lose that game after first half is an absolute disgrace
The Irish are reknowned for their discipline. The Lions have Malcolm 'on my knees' Marx who has never legally pilfered a ball in his career.^^^The Munster v Kings game last month, Munster 0 Kings 14. Match score was 43-0 to at least reflects one side being dominated. But I also watched the game again and saw Munster were getting away with a bit but we're a class ahead of the Kings, was a game of men v boys.
I don’t think many are whinging about the Rebels been penalized but it was pretty apparent only one side was reffed. Of the 20 penalties prob 15-16 of them were absolutely correct, which is probably reflective of most games (75-80%). But it was very clear the Ref sub consciously had eyes for one team only, hence every 50/50 was given to the Lions and against Rebels. Almost like he’s thought, this shouldn’t be happening, surely they are up to something that’s causing this to happen. It’s abit of a problem with Aussie teams in general, in that the game was screaming out for someone to manage the ref in a calm and controlled manner and remind the referee that there was another team on the field that was staying off their feet and pushing the offside line as much as his team was. Case in point Marx typically (like he does) never supports his weight, they scored a run away try from one, he even managed to slap the ball out of the ruck while laying on his back.I watched the game knowing the score and the penalty count. I expected to be screaming at the TV as the ref ignored countless Lions infringements, and then pinged the Rebels every chance he could.
But that wasn't what happened. I thought he was fine. In fact, the main criticism I'd make is he should have put another Rebel in the bin in the second half.
There were no aggregious Lions infringements, at best you could have found a few 50/50 ruck penalties. No missed high shots or abuses of the offside line. Their first half defence was so weak they barely had a chance to infringe.
It was a great game of rugby, some brilliant play by both teams. Rebels look so well coached, but were a bit overenthusiastic in the second half. Naisirani and Genia both great, as was Cooper, Meakes, Jones.
They could have managed that final scrum better. It was a shame as their defence in the last 15 was great, and they deserved to hang on for the draw. Channel 1 ball and kick it out, but they couldn't get it done.
If we were playing 40 minute rugby - Rebels could claim to be one of the best - but last time I checked it is an 80 minute game. And sadly they have a history of not being able to play 80 minute rugby.
Until that changes they will be perennial underachievers and frustrate the crap out of their fans and limit the ability to grow their fan base.
It's not the first time they've had a strong roster and not achieved anything with it, though.Haha this is hyperbole of the highest level. Perennial underachievers? This is their 2nd year that they have been finals contenders in 8 years of existence. We all know a team north of the Murray who are much more deserving of the tag 'perennial underachievers'.
I'd speak for your own fanbase before speaking for ours. I can tell you that the Rebels season so far has been far from frustrating.
Gees if Rebels fans happy to accept the good history of good 40 minute half games against the top teams and getting hammered in the second half then maybe all is good with the rebels. Constructive criticism from me is with the Roster they offer so much potential but potential gets you only so far against the top teams.It's not the first time they've had a strong roster and not achieved anything with it, though.