Did anyone notice that when Buchanan came on the whole team’s performance dipped? Obviously, there are many factors that can explain the disappointing result, the main one being that the team played poorly from the 30 minute mark. However, I noticed that the Tigers lost their go forward for the long period Grant was off then lifted again at the end when he was on. He is a gun and has already become an essential part of the team with his direct, powerful running and 100% effort. Conversely, Buchanan provides nothing and should not be in the squad in my opinion. Surely there is at least one prop in the lower grades who could provide more and deserves a chance.
He didn’t do much and is definitely a plodder, but I don’t think he has much influence on any top level game. The absence of Tim Grant prior to halftime and then until they had scored the last of their unanswered thirty points was most critical for mine. He has been a great plug for us in the middle and we missed him badly, just as we often got owned when Keefy was off the field last season.
Their bench was much more effective than ours and our captain had a rare poor night as well which did not help. I also think a fatigued Lovett late in the first half struggled to maintain his intensity and contributed to us conceding yet another try nearing halftime. I don’t blame him as he has been putting in and note that Taylor replaced him as he looked tired again as the second half progressed.
I notice when Buchanan comes on everyone else in the teams forgets how to play footy and are reduced to blithering idiots. Cheer girls lose coordination and forget how to dance. Meat pies are burnt in the canteen and some windows jam up. People are advised to stay indoors and avoid using heavy machinery until he subs back off.
Ok, ok, maybe the main point was that we missed Grant and that he was off the field for too long. Also, like a lot of people, I do believe that Buchanan is a waste of space off the bench….I was a little frustrated with the team’s performance and felt compelled to write something. Sorry!
Also remember Ryan James came off the bench, that was smart coaching, using your best when we had our plodders. Also leaking 5 tries in like 25 minutes is not NRL standard that was just poor. We need ball runners in the middle that lift the energy of the team, by running hard and straight or make a big impact tackles in defense (i.e. Beau Scott), and we are missing this with Ava and Buchanan.
The game has become a power game. Guys like Buchanan, Lovett and even Siro dont fit this bill. They dont have the natural power to compete with other forward packs.
I haven’t really knocked Lovett that much but I think you have a point here. You need forwards that can get us rolling forward and I don’t think Lovett has the speed or leg drive.
Sironen may still turn into a good player but his time to show this is running out.