Few notes from being there.
Atmosphere was great, nice reward for our māori league community to get something like this. It’s no secret Māori and Pacific people carry the game here and provide a big player base for the NRL, but we don’t always get much top level games back for it.
Our spine just lacked the same class.
Not enough polish on the end of sets, Turner
tended to run his outsides out of space playing too laterally, and Hayze looked like he was maybe trying too hard in front of his home town crowd.
Nicho Hynes is class. The hunger to get on ball and own the game, playing both sides of the ruck, the way he quickly assesses numbers and organises his outsides, just a class operator.
The way he and Cody could adjust on the fly is superb. Cody set at first receiver with Latrell set to roll behind an edge lead, Nicho runs over and into the first receiver spot, Cody adjusts straight into the roll action with Latrell adjusting accordingly. All of sudden our edge looking up at a two man overlap. All communicated in no time, through a few glances and shorthand comms.
Also glad to be there because I couldn’t think of anything worse than listening to Greg Alexander and Steve Roach call a Māori vs Indigenous game.