Season 2010 has become the new benchmark for teams and inconsistency. Today we saw two classic examples with the New Zealand v Manly game and the Raiders -Tigers match-up.
New Zealand Warriors fresh from a thumping of the Brisbane Broncos, played like a mob of under 10 schoolgirls, with basic errors and mistakes gifting the game to the Manly Sea Eagles. The Eagles, who it must be said, have not been in form yet this year, were made to look like contenders of sorts with their 14-6 win. However, it was the poor form and schoolboy stuff from the Warriors that was the primary reason behind the result of the game.
The Wests Tigers, lauded for their superstardom by none other than Phil Gould, were made to look very average by a Raiders side that led them 22-4 at one stage of the contest. The Half-time score of 22-10 gave an inkling of yet another form reversal, and yes, at the 66 minute mark the Tigers had drawn level. Just under ten minutes to go, a Robbie Farrah field goal gave the Tigers the lead with the promise of a frenetic final ten minutes. Alas it wasn't to be as the Tigers put their foot down to run away in the end 35-22.
So far, this season we have seen twenty points run down routinely; as well as seeing sides run hot one week, then play like prized girls the following. All in all, it all adds up for an intriguing NRL Season 2010.