I was out there today among the members.
It was an ugly game. Fans were frustrated at times but always supporting. The attack and errors were poor at times but the effort was constant. Not the anger or disenchantment or vitriol from the stands previous years or anything like that.
My point is 12 rounds in I cant remember another season in the past decade where we could say our team has had genuine crack every round for 12 weeks. We have won 7 games, lost a game in golden point we deserved to win, lost 2 games by 2 points and been outclassed by penrith and the Warriors away but not disgraced.
Even back in 2010 and 2011 we used to get done by 40 at times or let in 5 tries in 15 minutes. Teams that had way more talent and standing in the game. Not playing with anywhere near the same effort across weeks and months. Underachieving and rarely overachieving. Streaky but never sustained.
We have the 2nd best defence in the competition with a team of mis fits, journeyman and unheralded players. I thought coming in this was the least talented roster we had for several years. Better depth but less stars then every single other club. We lack speed in the backs for mine and some aggression and size in the forwards but we compete for 80 minutes. Against the Warriors and panthers we were totally outclassed but refused to give up. Tigers side of the past would have lost 40 points.
I still dont think we will make the 8 however it is now realistic - were giving ourselves a shot to get those 12 or 13 wins and have a winning season. This is how you change a cultture Some of the guys hereon wont take us to the promised land but they are building something importuning. Setting standards we can hang our hat on. Not every signing has worked outbutmost have bought something.
I think a lot Tigers fans are proud at the moment and I think we should be. I think we need to be hopeful but keep realistic expectations.