To be fair, Anon, when Randle went down the first time, pretty much everyone thought it was season over for him. Knee injuries don't just go away in a couple days, even the minor ones. You only had to see how he was walking last night to see how far away he is from being able to play at his normal level. It's only 10 days until our final game (away to Perth, that we'll likely lose anyway, even with Randle).
Suggesting we rest him for this week and next, given the circumstances isn't exactly an outlandish statement. NZ had lost 7 out of 8 games recently, they had internal issues, they were playing terribly. It wasn't unreasonable to expect that we could go into that game and at least lose by less than 15 to close out the split, and even maybe win the game. We'd won 7 games out of 8 heading into that game. As bad as NZ had been, was how good we had also been. We had 2 wins on NZ and a 15 point season lead. Only a real disaster would really bring NZ back into the equation.
Now that we've lost by 22 (which is exactly the disaster we needed to avoid), the need for Randle intensifies tenfold, but heading into that game, in the state Randle was in, with the circumstances at hand, suggesting that we don't risk aggravating the injury and keep him out for the 2 weeks wasn't exactly unwarranted.
If the game was live against Perth and/or Illawarra and he was up to it, he'd play. If we did our job last night, they would have been dead rubber games effectively. If his knee was anything but 100%, I'd rather err on the side of caution with it, rather than rush him back, play 10 mins, then injure it again. And then see him miss the Playoffs. If it comes down to having to win that Perth game to make Playoffs, Randle would find a way to get up for it.