The rest of the game was just thuggery.
FFA has sacrificed a Brisbane based team for the Gold Coast. And in doing so exchanged the regular 20,000 to 30,000 crowd of Queensland v Sydney for 7,000 + 3? tomorrow. FFA financed advertising for this game but not tomorrows. It is a sad state of affairs.
Steve Pantelidis can expect 4 weeks from the match review panel for his way way off the ball elbow to Robbie Kruse's head. And, if there is justice, Kevin Muscat will get the same for his attack on Jason Culina's head.
So why aren't these teams hammered and crippled and forced to get a new coach the way Brisbane was? Why shouldn't they have to let go their top 5 players to opposition teams?
Shane Smeltz is about on Muscat's level.