Noticed over the beginning of this season so far and especially last night that the team’s fitness seems to be miles ahead of where we’ve been in that regard in previous years. Even compared to most teams we’ve faced so far, we appear to be outdoing them here also.
A lot of people have said that with our intensity in defence so far we wouldn’t be able to keep up at that level for long but now 5 weeks in, and after a short turnaround with a trip across the ditch on top of that, we still managed to put in a very strong performance yesterday. They just appear to never let up physically (except when well in front of Parra last week) and it feels like this is just our new level - nothing like the Tigers of the last few years.
Could be the new attitude, or a tough preseason that’s done wonders for overall fitness, not sure - but it’s nice to see we’re becoming that consistent, formidable team that no one thought we could be.
This team is on it’s way to the strong team, now we can say that Mexicans are easybeats :sign:
Apart from their usual bias the refs are really bad the week following a game where they are criticised for hitting a team too hard.
2 cases, I thought the refs were very easy on us last week following the Broncos debacle. This week the storm went from 19 penalties to 2. Honestly, that is impossible without a conscious effort from the refs.
I agree, teams don’t improve like that in 1 week. Despite many supporters wanting the refs to “stick to their guns”, it’s fairly evident to me that this round and half of the last round they’ve paired back the penalties.
Reason = no way so many clubs have suddenly improved their discipline for the large drop in penalty counts we are seeing.
Personally I am a fan of the decreased penalties - refs have set an excessive example Rounds 1-3 IMO but it has reintroduced the 10 sin bin as a valid option and been highly aggressive towards backchat (which I support). They’ve made their point and we can now get back to something a little less heavily policed.
I’ve said before that I don’t believe absolute strict control of the 10m is possible, it’s one rule where every ruck at least 13 players are trying to cheat, or simply too buggered to make it back, and it cannot be policed consistently if it’s policed too aggressively because they’ll still miss half of the offsides.
MWZ made plenty of metres last year. There were a lot of games where he made the same metres as Nofo. I think the problem this year is he has dropped weight to be as fit as he can be, but it has cost him some of his power at hitting the defensive line.
We seemed to be getting a lot more offloads in the first couple of rounds which allowed us to keep teams on the back foot and the wingers and fullback were sniffing around waiting for them.
I’d really like to see Tui pushing up a lot more, especially when Liddle is on the field.
The offloads have dropped off one our error rate increased against Brisbane and Melbourne round 2. Notice it’s the direction the team is moving too but once they make over 8 errors by HT they put the offloads away to stay in the game. They must train now for the passes to stick.
As for MWZ he did run across field a bit but done a lot of dirty hit ups. Melbourne came at us harder in defence this time and some of the boys were a bit battered this is why MWZ and especially Lawrence contribution was so valuable.
Wreckingball that has the ability to change a game and be a game breaker for us when he comes on which is something our offence really needs.
I’ll tell you this, he’s running harder than that other well known wrecking ball that plays for the Cowboys at the moment
Can anyone, including old Magpie and Tiger fans remember a time when the team had the best defense in the competition?
The Magpies, under Roy Masters, were an intimidating side and they built their defence on it. They had their defensive systems but it was mainly based on making the opposition wary about running at them. Coat hangers and punches were more or less acceptable back then.
I read somewhere (so this is 2nd hand and may or may not be true but it’s a good yarn anyway) that in Steve Mortimer’s book, when he played his first game against the Magpies, he made a break and was eventually tackled by a Magpies forward who said to him, words to the effect, “If you run again, I’ll effing kill you!” Apparently, Mortimer didn’t run again.
8.07 mark definitely 5 tackles unless we miss a tackle when they replay the last Melbourne play
Yeah I’d say they missed a tackle during the replay… We would’ve been standing round for about 10 seconds doing nothing.
Fox often get the tackle number wrong too.
Brooks seemed prepared for the last and the kick