Loved the idea of it all Eddie - well done, and keep up the good work.
Agreed with most of what you had to say with a few exceptions.
Know everyone has their own opinion - just wanted to share a couple of thoughts as well.
I agree with you at how slow JLJ and Rankin are in the halves in a “Nines” environment. NRL is a totally different game - 9’s do not make great NRL players and vice versa except on rare occasions.
Specifically disagree on first replacement should something happen to one of our starting halves - JLJ has proven himself in the NRL as a good partner for Moses, I am sure he could do the same for Brooks. No one is saying he is a world beater but a Moses half / JLJ 5/8 would work ok and get us through.
I believe (most don’t) that Simona will go, probably to the Titans – that leaves Kev in the centre and
(…?…) on the wing. No one available is lightning - I saw Hunt play a few games for Saints on the wing and thought he was above average (kicks goals if needed). I like Rankin but is too slow on the flank. Think Suli will be a good centre eventually, but a lot to learn – bring him on slow, maybe a couple of games towards the end of the season should we be able and if he is progressed enough.
Couple of thoughts on the coach, nines format, supposedly us not trying etc.
JC was quite emphatic that we would not be taking our best team – do we have a team of nines (no), do we have a few players that would help us go better (yes). Could have taken Teddy, Moses and maybe Liddle - would we have won it (?), would we have sustained a season ending injury (?), would the extra 200k+ put us in a great position (?) – worth the risk. In my opinion – No.
Did we train for the nines – by all reports – no. Why not? New plays, new game plans – confusion when you get to NRL for more game plans and totally different plays. Doesn’t take much to upset the apple cart when your team is as fragile as the Wests Tigers. I think they tried, I think they were proud of their Tige jumpers – however they were not good enough.
Now we are at the start of a new season with so much riding on it – it is not funny. The Club needs it, JT needs it, the players need it and the fans need it. Let us ALL hope it comes together for a very good 2017 season.