Apart from Jones' howler it would have been a scoreline I'd have been very happy to take at the start as I was seriously thinking it would be a pasting.
If McDonald wasn't such a goal hungry runt we may have been 3 up as twice Thompson was in the clear running into an open goal but McDonald went for glory instead. The second being from a tightish angle when all he had to do was cut across to his ex-Morwell team mate.
I thought Carle was a spark when he came on. In the second half we petered out a bit. Perhaps Arnold should have introduced him earlier.
I was worried about a pasting too. Could have happened too.
McDonald didn't impress me either, same with Griffiths. They took too long on the ball or were hogs. Sterjovski (who should now, deservedly, have some more credibility within followers) and Emerton destroyed the wings in the first half.
I thought the two A-League players, Carle and Thompson (Allsopp didn't get enough time for me to judge well enough) really showed some tremendous skill, especially against some top-tier European-based players. Thompson's line running and positing was terrific. Some of the triangles that Emerton, Thompson and Carle created also impressed.
By the way, good on Emerton for shoving whoever it was back to the ground after that pathetic dive.
I thought Valeri was strong too. He didn't play as well as Grella can, but he played a holding position very well. Recoba seemed to not like him much either. Does he realise they are actually from the same club?
You can't take Denis Fitzgerald's comments as the general view in NRL circles. To put it quite simply... He's a dickhead