Coach probably realized he wouldn’t put a dent in a gelly
I don’t understand what you’re on about. Have you not been watching our games at all this season? He’s been one of our best forwards this year, with his solid defence and I don’t know where your getting “he wouldn’t put a dent in a jelly”? He offers so much more in attack then Packerlino.
Have you been watching - that is the question.
Great defender, no dispute - but a better forward than packerlino?
When Packer and Matulino both played we conceded an average of 14.76 points per game when one of them was absent we conceded 27.6 points per game
That isn’t a fluke
If we had the same points conceded in those 5 games they didn’t both play we would have the best defence in the NRL instead of 3rd best.
Good analysis thanks.
I pretty much agree with you, that some folks only seem to judge front rowers by the output in metres. But then Aaron Woods got 150m per game, he wasn’t good enough because he walked backwards in tackles. Dylan Napa rarely runs for 100m in any match and yet he gets picked for QLD.
I don’t think Packerlino are the issue, I think the issue is that the prop rotation after them is made up of Twal or Sue or Grant. We start and finish most games fairly well, and that coincides with Packerlino being on the field.
The main issue we have for 2018 is the lack of execution when we have the ball. We have had many dominant periods of matches that were earned through our own good play and handling, but we let ourselves down by not executing that weight of possession. Most of our wins and close losses consist of holding on dearly or grimly chasing points in the last 10 minutes because we don’t convert enough of our possession into points.
I put the blame on that with the lack of hard-running edge options and too much sideways play. Chris Lawrence is the only bloke in the team who knows how to run a strong line into a hole, and he scored off it on the weekend. But there is nobody else. Every other successful team has both edge weapons and backrow options in attack, but we basically only have Marsters and Rowdy, and they play opposite sides.
I agree that bringing Farah over to WTs was a good move on many levels - actually it was a no brainer. We had the spot available that needed to be filled, it wasn’t a lot of money or commitment to a player, we needed a quality DH desperately, we were able to close the book an old wound to our club’s history and help foster and enhance our perceived culture, we improved our squad, our results, our crowd attendance, etc etc. It definitely gave us a better shot to resurrect our season than we would have otherwise had.
To blame Farah or Cleary’s decision to recruit him, for not making the 8 is way too simplistic. There are far too many other contributing factors.
I would like to see Farah stay on to play for 1 more year only, and with Benj, unfortunately I think he is done physically and probably couldn’t manage. Certainly he should be given some sort of mentor/coaching role with the squad. Benji’s decision will rest on who the club can recruit and how Reynolds steps up, so it would have been nice to be able to hold out on making it. Howeve,r he deserves a proper send off so they will have to announce something you would think.
I don’t call last night a choke. We lost to a side who was literally better in every position on the field. Yes we played poorly, but we have overachieved this year. No other coach in the NRL would have got us into the Top 8.
I agree. It was massively disappointing, but the guys looked to me as if they could score at any moment in the first 20 mins - they just couldn’t hold the ball.
And to be fare, the Saints defence was good.
Had a couple of those opportunities stuck, who knows.
Not a choke in my book.
If you put average rosters on the field and run on a shoe string budget your not going to be good most years.
I would be happy for the club to move to WSS as its a genuine option to create a home ground we can play the majority or all of our games at. However its not necessarily the answer to making the Top 4 next year and everything being rosy.