On the day of the opening game of the 2019 NRL Grand Final, the Irish players had been struggling to get the ball downfield on the back of a number of turnovers and a number-four try.
It was a challenge that was not going to be tolerated.
“I think it was the first game of their career where they would play against the Kangaroos,” said captain and captain of the season Kieran Foran.
“They were trying to play in the air and try to get back to their feet, but you couldn’t get that ball down.”
We were trying so hard to keep it on the ground, and they were getting it down and we weren’t.
“The result was a thrilling victory for the Kangaroo, who ended up with the best points in the NRL, while the Irish were relegated to the bottom eight.”
The ball was coming from our end of the field and we couldn’t play the ball there because of the turnover,” said Foran, who will captain the Kangarriders in the finals.”
It was like a bad dream.
How did the Kangarrows fare in the second half?”
It was an exciting moment for us.”
How did the Kangarrows fare in the second half?
In the final quarter, the Kangriders took control of the game and took a 16-point lead into the final five minutes.
But the Irish got back to basics in the last quarter and the Kangars had a scare when a penalty try by Kieran Ladd was called back.
The Kangaroals went on to win, 20-12.
The result meant that Ireland had a bye in the grand final and that meant the Kangors would play the Kangurra Dragons at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
The Dragons were an inexperienced side and struggled to get going against the Dragons, but that was an excuse for the Irish to not take their foot off the gas.
In the end, they were beaten 26-12 by the Dragons.
Ireland’s best moment came in the 80th minute when Sam Carter scored a try, but it was too late for the Dragons to get out of the way.
What happened next?
The Kangarries lost the grand finals to the Dragons but they didn’t look as comfortable in the next two Grand Finals as they had done in the first two.
They went into the next Grand Final as champions and the Irish had a much more difficult time getting into the game.
They started well in the opening quarter, but the Kangarurows had a few good tries and were in control by the end of it.
It took them just four minutes for the game to turn and they needed to score two tries to pull off a win.
Ireland were on top when James Cronin scored a penalty, but Cronin’s conversion was ruled out.
Kieran Forann says Ireland should have been better with their ball control.
“Yeah we knew it was going to happen, but they had their backs to the wall and it took us a little bit of time to get our feet back,” he said.
“At half-time, they had a little more control of it, but we couldn