Countdown to Conspiracy
7 The number following 6 and preceding 8
The number of hills in Rome
An award winning 1995 film starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey
The number of tackles mistakenly awarded to the Cronulla Sharks by the referee, leading to a
(quite magnificent) length of the field try in the early stages of the NRL Elimination final against
the NQ Cowboys.
6 The smallest perfect number.
The number of strings on a standard guitar.
The number of days it took God to create the world in the book of Genesis.
The correct number of tackles to be awarded to the side in possession of the ball during an NRL
game, final or otherwise.
The tackle number when Sam Tagataese of the Sharks was brought to ground after a barnstorming
run, before the aforementioned and mistakenly awarded ‘seventh’ tackle lead to the (quite
5 The 3rd prime number
The number of times a person of Islamic faith is to pray to Allah each day.
The most common number of gears present in a motor vehicle with manual transmission.
The number worn by Beau Ryan as he went over in the corner to score the (quite magnificent)
try, on the aforementioned and mistakenly awarded ‘seventh’ tackle.
4 The smallest composite number
The number of noble truths, according to the religion of Buddhism.
The number of chambers in a mammalian heart.
The points awarded to the Cronulla Sharks after Beau Ryan crashed over in the corner to score
a (quite magnificent) try, following the aforementioned and mistakenly awarded ‘seventh’ tackle.
3 The second smallest prime number
The atomic number of the chemical element Lithium (and Lithium incidentally, is the title of a
quite magnificent track by Nirvana)
The number of perceived dimensions in our Universe
The number of days before elements of the NQ Cowboys publicly stated that there was no
conspiracy involved in the mistaken awarding of the aforementioned ‘seventh’ tackle.
2 The smallest and first prime number
The number of points awarded for a ‘safety’ in the game of American football.
The number of turtle doves given as a gift in the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’
The number of points that the Cronulla Sharks won the elimination final by against the NQ
Cowboys – with the help of the (quite magnificent) try scored on the aforementioned and
mistakenly awarded ‘seventh’ tackle.
1 The first non-zero number in the sequence of natural numbers
The number worn by the starting loosehead prop in a game of Rugby Union
The title of a (quite magnificent) song by U2 from the ‘Achtung Baby’ album.
The number of teams that progressed from the elimination final between the Cronulla
Sharks and NQ Cowboys – a tough and uncompromising game of Australian Rugby League –
unfortunately overshadowed by the refereeing mistake which allowed the Sharks to score
a (quite magnificent) try on the aforementioned ‘seventh’ tackle.
As an aside, yes, I do understand the anger of Cowboys supporters and would undoubtedly feel the same way should the positions have been reversed. As a Sharks fan though and bearing in mind our role as the media punching bag of 2013, I’d like to think we were due a little luck.
0 The number of premierships won by the mighty Cronulla Sharks in our chequered, if colourful, 46 year history. See, I told we were due a little luck.
3 M Gordon
2 B Ryan
1 J Morris (for THAT tackle)