EbeneMagazine – AU – Two contentious tries and “referee” Smith at his best: Grand Final Talking Points

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Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes committed rugby league’s ultimate crime – he let the kickoff bounce

Thankfully, Brenko Lee picked up the ball before it went over the sideline, but was met by a fiery Panthers defense that took him to the sideline Before Lee was knocked out he managed to get the ball back, but Felise Kaufusi hit him

The first points were scored on a controversial penalty try in Storm PNG’s Justin Olam came through in the third minute and at first glance it looked like he had dropped it but the Bunker replay went through shown that Penrith’s Tyrone May threw the ball from Olam’s arms in a desperate attempt to bar the four-point player

The Bunker ruled a try arguing that Olam would have planted the ball if May hadn’t been involved

Desperate to answer Melbourne’s first try, Penrith’s left edge started to shoot and winger Josh Mansour dove into the corner But the test was refused as the Bunker ruled on an obstruction by Stephen Crichton that did not fully cross the line

By the 22nd minute Melbourne had an 8 draw lead and they clearly had a hold on their opponents Penrith looked a little intimidated and the storm started to mount The Eye of the Storm was none other than skipper Cameron Smith doing exactly what he did best: controlling the game Champion Non9 was rewarded with a four-point right at the stroke of halftime and it was arguably the easiest try of his career Rival hooker Api Koroisau kicked the ball out of Smith’s hands as he was going to go from the dummy half, Smith got him back and dived

The penalty is severe when you throw the ball when your arm hits the ground Should just be to go back and play the ball #NRLGF

BREAKING: Cameron Smith will be absent in the 2nd half under the referees jersey #NRLGF #NRL

Cameron Smith once again shows why many people still consider him the best player in the world Why retire, why give up 800,000 a year to the game you love No need

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EbeneMagazine – AU – Two litigation trials and “referee” Smith at his absolute best best: Grand finale talking points

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