I taped the game on IQ and forgot to add the 20 minutes. Its 24-18 with Dragons on the attack and that's end of the program, lol
It was a bit of a strange game really, Manly just have more class, Dragons tried hard though.
Who do people (on the whole) hate more, the Storm or Manly?
Manly. Despicable ****s.
They're hated more than a team who deliberately cheated the cap?
Interesting to say the least.
Manly are hated historically for different reasons than Collingwood (as I understand it). Manly aren't a big club from a geographic or supporter base perspective, but they have loads of wealthy/influential private backers. In the 70s/80s this manifested itself in Manly spending loads of money to poach the best players from poorer clubs (like Wests) and win premierships with them. The "Fibros vs Silvertails" is a classic set of matches in 1978 between Wests and Manly which were positioned as underdog battlers from the west against the wealthy elite from the north/east. They were violent and extremely controversial matches and really entrenched rivalry between Manly and the underdog clubs of the west, particularly Wests.
It's also always been suggested that Manly have too much influence in the running of the game. The reaming of Norths (Manly's hated rival) regularly gets brought up as an example of Manly aligned factions within the administration pouncing on an opportunity to finally settle a decades old hatred. How much influence Manly has actually had within RL administration is debatable (and the Norths thing is definitely highly contentious). It's worth mentioning that Manly were one of the key clubs that maintained support for the ARL during the Super League war. Without them and a few others it's entirely possible Murdoch could have completely controlled the game after 96.
They're also pretty regularly successful on the pitch. Throw in a few unsavory characters wearing their strip (though no more than any other club if we're being honest) and the cycle of hatred continues.
Manly fans for their part have embraced the hatred. They know everyone hates them and they love it. Not sure if Collingwood fans have the same outlook.
Personally I'd agree the Storm are worthy of hatred similar to Manly. Cap cheating aside they've pioneered some of the most grubby tactics to creep into the game in recent years (Chicken wing, grapple, wrestling in general slowing the ruck), they have the biggest grubs in the game in their ranks (Slater, Smith) and they're full of filthy QLDers. Scum club.
Last edited by Ausage; 06-05-2013 at 07:55 PM.
Billy Slater in the biggest grub in the game? Or are you talking about another Slater?
Great player though. One of the best we'll ever see.
he's no jamie lyon or steve matai
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