I do try and keep these a little bit objective when I post them, but this time, I can’t help myself.
After a brilliant first half performance the Raiders were overcome by a better 2nd half performance by the Storm combined with the most disgraceful decision making I have seen from NRL officials at a live game – ever (and I’ve been to a few).
Two Storm tries came from garbage penalties, and whilst they continued to hold down and lie on top of our players after making a tackle they were never penalised for it – though the Raiders were (three times) for doing the same thing.
Once again the video ref failed to award benefit of the doubt to the Raiders after Colin Best scored in the corner. One frame shows the ball mm from the ground and his arm cm from touch – the next frame shows the ball easily grounded and his arm touching the sideline. How he could rule that he was out before he grounded it is beyond me.
Add to that the twenty or so times the Storm were blatantly offside, and you have your disgraceful decision making that by far and away was the biggest factor in the loss.
Having said that, the Raiders were not without their own mistakes in the second half – the most notable of which was Carney’s failure to find touch from a penalty – effectively giving the ball back to the Storm.
The Raiders have a bye next week and come back in Round 9 to take on the Warriors in New Zealand.
The next home game is against the Rabbitohs and the Refs on Sunday May 4 – kickoff at 4pm.