The prodigal son has returned… but not to Parramatta. No, Parramatta’s favourite son, Jarryd Hayne, has traded in the blue and gold of the Eels for the slightly lighter shade of blue and gold of the Titans. In doing so, he’s not only offended everyone within a 10 kilometre radius of Westmead, but also dramatically changed the dynamics of the race to the Telstra Premiership finals. To add a player of Hayne’s quality to a potential Top 8 team so late in the contest, is to not only throw a cat amongst the pigeons, but to trap the pigeons in a cardboard box and arm the cat with a blowtorch.
Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor caused a stir this week when he announced that club stalwart and fan favourite Robbie Farah would be dropped to reserve grade. Taylor faced the media and explained that he felt they have “too many cooks spoiling the broth”, and that “it’s just not working for us at the moment in regards to the cohesion of the team”. The pitchforks immediately came out – fans were up in arms, Twitter exploded. It’s a wonder that Leichhardt Oval wasn’t burnt to the ground. But lost amongst all the hubbub of the talking heads proclaiming that Farah deserved better and that Taylor had lost his mind was one tiny, but significant detail. Taylor might actually be right. [Read more…]