Game management



  • I think we still quite haven’t got that ability to pin a team on their line and get repeated sets toward the back end of the game - Luke Brooks getting caught in possession is an example of that.
    Kick it, chase it and we pin them and most likely win the game. It’s a fine art, but not one we can’t learn.
    A little disappointed in this one that got away, but a good “wake up” call. Let’s see how well we bounce back against Parra.



  • I don’t think the option was bad from Luke to give them the ball 5 out. The penalty is what made it a bad decision.



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    I don’t think the option was bad from Luke to give them the ball 5 out. The penalty is what made it a bad decision.

    And truth is it should’ve been our penalty.



  • It wasn’t a bad play to just take the tackle, but having that 50/50 penalty blown really hurt us so late in the game.

    Like Benji said we could of played more positive in the last 5 minutes.

    The issues we had out wide are hopefully sorted out for our next game, because I was mostly disappointed in that. Not pointing fingers at one person because multiple players made some bad reads.



  • we looked ok for 10 mins in that game.
    i also don’t like huth and taylor starting the game.
    i don’t like replacing packer with a player like huth who ends up on his back 90% of the time.


    but that final 13 mins was horrible on the last tackle.
    brooks kicked a nothing kick 25 out that simply handed it back 15m out.
    not what you class a bomb.
    we didn’t touch the ball again until 8 min to go and conceded a try.
    it’s little things like this that change games every week.
    on that next set benji runs it on the last while he did end up putting a kick in,he should have been thinking get to the sideline.
    next kick from benji goes dead with 5 to go and a 7 tackle set and luckily we get the ball back 2 tackles later from a knights error.
    and then we had brooks deciding he would take the tackle on the last.
    brooks has done that in previous games and is probably a team tactic to not give up a 7 tackle set during the final minutes.
    or maybe mentally brooks isn’t there yet,having the confidence in himself ,which is understandable at this stage of his career,

    was disappointing in the lack of touch finders considering how well we had executed slowing the game down late in games previously.

    hopefully this is a one off and doesn’t become a trend.



  • The boys were off last night. It’s been a real tough start to the year. One team was coming off a great win, the other was flogged and was always going to come out firing. It looked right from the start the Knights played with far more speed and aggression. We struggled to get them on their backs and slow the play the balls. It’s hard to be “up” every week in this comp. The real challenge now is how we handle the next few weeks as after Parra i think it’s another road trip to NZ?

    On a side note, the NRL should use some brains and ban the Knights from ever wearing that kit against us again. Its an absolute joke they continually wear it when we play them, the only team in the comp that has orange in our colours.



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    The boys were off last night. It’s been a real tough start to the year. One team was coming off a great win, the other was flogged and was always going to come out firing. It looked right from the start the Knights played with far more speed and aggression. We struggled to get them on their backs and slow the play the balls. It’s hard to be “up” every week in this comp. The real challenge now is how we handle the next few weeks as after Parra i think it’s another road trip to NZ?

    On a side note, the NRL should use some brains and ban the Knights from ever wearing that kit against us again. Its an absolute joke they continually wear it when we play them, the only team in the comp that has orange in our colours.

    I guess they were desperate…



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    we looked ok for 10 mins in that game.
    i also don’t like huth and taylor starting the game.
    i don’t like replacing packer with a player like huth who ends up on his back 90% of the time.


    but that final 13 mins was horrible on the last tackle.
    brooks kicked a nothing kick 25 out that simply handed it back 15m out.
    not what you class a bomb.
    we didn’t touch the ball again until 8 min to go and conceded a try.
    it’s little things like this that change games every week.
    on that next set benji runs it on the last while he did end up putting a kick in,he should have been thinking get to the sideline.
    next kick from benji goes dead with 5 to go and a 7 tackle set and luckily we get the ball back 2 tackles later from a knights error.
    and then we had brooks deciding he would take the tackle on the last.
    brooks has done that in previous games and is probably a team tactic to not give up a 7 tackle set during the final minutes.
    or maybe mentally brooks isn’t there yet,having the confidence in himself ,which is understandable at this stage of his career,

    was disappointing in the lack of touch finders considering how well we had executed slowing the game down late in games previously.

    hopefully this is a one off and doesn’t become a trend.

    Totally agree. Where was the settler kick to the sideline that ‘mature’ Benji was doing in the first few rounds. A field goal attempt in one of those last two turns down the field was on the cards too.



  • Taking the tackle was fine. Just like it was in round 2. Wasn’t his fault they went 95 metres on the back of a dodgy penalty. He was trusting the defence. And why wouldn’t he, given our defence over the first 7 weeks.



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    The boys were off last night. It’s been a real tough start to the year. One team was coming off a great win, the other was flogged and was always going to come out firing. It looked right from the start the Knights played with far more speed and aggression. We struggled to get them on their backs and slow the play the balls. It’s hard to be “up” every week in this comp. The real challenge now is how we handle the next few weeks as after Parra i think it’s another road trip to NZ?

    On a side note, the NRL should use some brains and ban the Knights from ever wearing that kit against us again. Its an absolute joke they continually wear it when we play them, the only team in the comp that has orange in our colours.

    Your side note is a lot more than that for me. I really struggle to believe that they were allowed to wear that crap against us again and especially for our ‘home’ game.



  • The tamworth field looked a bit fumy to me the try lime metre looked short and they were making lots of meters than usual.

    Not the best idea to bring the game there imo



  • We started poor, we ended poor.

    Benji was more rocks than diamonds tonight. His Hia didn’t help with godinet playing at 7, and et at 9.

    I was going to say it last week after watching the isp team play norths - I don’t think we the level of depth that we think we have.



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    The boys were off last night. It’s been a real tough start to the year. One team was coming off a great win, the other was flogged and was always going to come out firing. It looked right from the start the Knights played with far more speed and aggression. We struggled to get them on their backs and slow the play the balls. It’s hard to be “up” every week in this comp. The real challenge now is how we handle the next few weeks as after Parra i think it’s another road trip to NZ?

    On a side note, the NRL should use some brains and ban the Knights from ever wearing that kit against us again. Its an absolute joke they continually wear it when we play them, the only team in the comp that has orange in our colours.

    Your side note is a lot more than that for me. I really struggle to believe that they were allowed to wear that crap against us again and especially for our ‘home’ game.

    I don’t see the problem when ours is predominantly black



  • You should’ve seen yesterdays Bulldogs/Newtown game…. Blue everywhere including the seats all round the ground and the fencing.
    Lots of blue



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    we looked ok for 10 mins in that game.
    i also don’t like huth and taylor starting the game.
    i don’t like replacing packer with a player like huth who ends up on his back 90% of the time.


    but that final 13 mins was horrible on the last tackle.
    brooks kicked a nothing kick 25 out that simply handed it back 15m out.
    not what you class a bomb.
    we didn’t touch the ball again until 8 min to go and conceded a try.
    it’s little things like this that change games every week.
    on that next set benji runs it on the last while he did end up putting a kick in,he should have been thinking get to the sideline.
    next kick from benji goes dead with 5 to go and a 7 tackle set and luckily we get the ball back 2 tackles later from a knights error.
    and then we had brooks deciding he would take the tackle on the last.
    brooks has done that in previous games and is probably a team tactic to not give up a 7 tackle set during the final minutes.
    or maybe mentally brooks isn’t there yet,having the confidence in himself ,which is understandable at this stage of his career,

    was disappointing in the lack of touch finders considering how well we had executed slowing the game down late in games previously.

    hopefully this is a one off and doesn’t become a trend.

    One of the big issues when you take games away from home Bon

    Smaller in goal areas , harder surfaces and great unknowns with the wind

    We tried a few bombs after HT , first few worked and then they went pear shaped

    Kicking actually gets harder the closer you are to the opposition line

    This might sound nuts , but the two best options when in those situations when you are within the red zone on the last is running the ball on the last or putting a bomb straight up and the kicker runs through to the try line putting everyone on side

    You then force the opposing back 3 if they want to attempt to make a play they have to attack the ball while dealing with opposition attackers , secondly with the wind blowing the ball all over the joint it makes positioning yourself so much harder



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