Coincidence ??

Not bagging anyone who has come into the squad mid season and am waiting for the young fella to come home to watch the game today

But is it any coincidence that since we have started talking to and signing players mid season that we have really turned to tripe ??

We get off to the miracle start ,overachieve beyond anyone’s imaginations , have a few close but unwanted losses to clubs we should have beat and then the club starts looking at mid season signings and we fall off the cliff

By doing this could we have really screwed with our "supposed "culture and the team’s mentality and confidence ??

When your looking at the bloke next to you in the defensive line , you barely know him from a bar of soap , he didn’t did put in the hard yakka of pre season that you and the team put in

Possibly coincidence , thoughts

Worked OK for the Sharks

Na we’re just a very ordinary squad. Coming off a World Cup year we jumped a few teams early. Now we’re into the grind and we can’t compete. We don’t even have close to an Origin player - u can’t ein consistently with journeyman and reserve graders. People can come up with whatever theory they like but until we get 2-3 marquee players we will always start ok then paddle - like most under dogs. We came into the season with a win lin of 7.5 and favs for spoon . We might just eek over that. The bookies are not silly.

The way they played at the start of the year they were digging in for each other but that wasn’t going to carry as forever. A couple of close loses and a flogging and you start to feel the passion a bit less and we fall back to the level of our squad which was also just average.

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Not bagging anyone who has come into the squad mid season and am waiting for the young fella to come home to watch the game today

But is it any coincidence that since we have started talking to and signing players mid season that we have really turned to tripe ??

We get off to the miracle start ,overachieve beyond anyone’s imaginations , have a few close but unwanted losses to clubs we should have beat and then the club starts looking at mid season signings and we fall off the cliff

By doing this could we have really screwed with our "supposed "culture and the team’s mentality and confidence ??

When your looking at the bloke next to you in the defensive line , you barely know him from a bar of soap , he didn’t did put in the hard yakka of pre season that you and the team put in

Possibly coincidence , thoughts

No

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Not bagging anyone who has come into the squad mid season and am waiting for the young fella to come home to watch the game today

But is it any coincidence that since we have started talking to and signing players mid season that we have really turned to tripe ??

We get off to the miracle start ,overachieve beyond anyone’s imaginations , have a few close but unwanted losses to clubs we should have beat and then the club starts looking at mid season signings and we fall off the cliff

By doing this could we have really screwed with our "supposed "culture and the team’s mentality and confidence ??

When your looking at the bloke next to you in the defensive line , you barely know him from a bar of soap , he didn’t did put in the hard yakka of pre season that you and the team put in

Possibly coincidence , thoughts

Come on, Happy.
The blokes who came in have played better than the blokes they replaced … think you should blame the other imposters.

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Not bagging anyone who has come into the squad mid season and am waiting for the young fella to come home to watch the game today

But is it any coincidence that since we have started talking to and signing players mid season that we have really turned to tripe ??

We get off to the miracle start ,overachieve beyond anyone’s imaginations , have a few close but unwanted losses to clubs we should have beat and then the club starts looking at mid season signings and we fall off the cliff

By doing this could we have really screwed with our "supposed "culture and the team’s mentality and confidence ??

When your looking at the bloke next to you in the defensive line , you barely know him from a bar of soap , he didn’t did put in the hard yakka of pre season that you and the team put in

Possibly coincidence , thoughts

Come on, Happy.
The blokes who came in have played better than the blokes they replaced … think you should blame the other imposters.

First line , NOT BLAMING THE NEW RECRUITS

Point is something has caused this , you don’t suddenly stop showing up for each other and fighting to the death like we did for the first 12 Games

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Not bagging anyone who has come into the squad mid season and am waiting for the young fella to come home to watch the game today

But is it any coincidence that since we have started talking to and signing players mid season that we have really turned to tripe ??

We get off to the miracle start ,overachieve beyond anyone’s imaginations , have a few close but unwanted losses to clubs we should have beat and then the club starts looking at mid season signings and we fall off the cliff

By doing this could we have really screwed with our "supposed "culture and the team’s mentality and confidence ??

When your looking at the bloke next to you in the defensive line , you barely know him from a bar of soap , he didn’t did put in the hard yakka of pre season that you and the team put in

Possibly coincidence , thoughts

Do yourself a favour, don’t watch it. Pull out the monopoly board instead

It is weird how we’ve taken this sudden turn, 2 40 minute halves have really killed the fight that was in this side.

Players burnt out from playing above their actual skill level for too long?

Maybe Happy, I get what you’ve suggested. But I don’t think it’s the case. I think our forwards for whatever reason just can’t get up for the games. We’re actually in it for half the game then it’s thrown about, panic sets in, the backs take the hit ups…its just chaos

if that’s true it just shows we lacked the right mentality in the first place

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Not bagging anyone who has come into the squad mid season and am waiting for the young fella to come home to watch the game today

But is it any coincidence that since we have started talking to and signing players mid season that we have really turned to tripe ??

We get off to the miracle start ,overachieve beyond anyone’s imaginations , have a few close but unwanted losses to clubs we should have beat and then the club starts looking at mid season signings and we fall off the cliff

By doing this could we have really screwed with our "supposed "culture and the team’s mentality and confidence ??

When your looking at the bloke next to you in the defensive line , you barely know him from a bar of soap , he didn’t did put in the hard yakka of pre season that you and the team put in

Possibly coincidence , thoughts

Come on, Happy.
The blokes who came in have played better than the blokes they replaced … think you should blame the other imposters.

First line , NOT BLAMING THE NEW RECRUITS

Point is something has caused this , you don’t suddenly stop showing up for each other and fighting to the death like we did for the first 12 Games

Its called hitting the wall.

When you get little reward for all the effort it gets too hard.

Look at our squad Happy - its full of garbage.

Its easy to start the year with enthusiasm. Look the bruises and bumps are getting bigger. And it gets harder.

I saw someone in the forum also suggest that Ivan’s NRL360 interview must dishearten players to an extent, and kinda agree. Surely the lack of trust in the team doesn’t just come down to all the chopping and changing but also the uncertainty of their own future within the team.
Our replacements or recruitment are always highly spoken of in the media and players were told they’re part of the rebuild, yet not even a year in there have been people brought in from elsewhere. So I do believe this could affect players. Think Nofo and Aloiai are great examples. Trying to hard that they’re playing heaps worse, this year.
Perhaps they just don’t feel as passionate because as far as I can see the standards have dropped greatly.

Tigers v Sharks are a different cup of tea and should never be used in comparison. Other than Tedesco, Woods, Marsters and Suli we were pretty poor in every position last year.

Another rebuild?

There’s a few things in play. One is the way the Tigers were able to outmuscle much more talented sides by just playing harder and backing everything up in numbers. That’s not sustainable. No amount of motivation, effort or culture can continuously push the body past it’s capacity. Even with very good conditioning, you can’t go a whole season trying to tackle your way out of trouble.

The second factor is that the Tigers attack did well in the early season crackdown on ruck penalties and offsides. Brooks likes to take on the line and get rid of it late and flat. Defenders need good line speed to shut him down, which they’re getting now. The Panthers game was the first time a defence had properly shut our halves out without getting pinged, and the attitude of referees seems to have changed since then.

Third issue has been our inability to keep three fit middle forwards and a hooker on the park for 80 minutes. Godinet/Liddle at dummy half with Packer, Matalino and Taylor replaced by Twal, Eisenhuth and Chee Kam was as good as it got. If you take a first grade prop off and replace them with a reserve grade back rower, that gives the opposition an advantage in the middle. They win the wrestle, get quick play the balls, which forces the back rowers into the middle which in turn creates space on the edges and isolates the outside backs. It starts with the crappy interchange options. Today at Leichardt felt like a Taylor bench.

Fourth issue is the debacle at hooker. It’s not only cost us bench spots in rotating hookers, but in many cases neither habe been up to standard. I was pretty unimpressed to see Taylor’s rubbish service replaced by Reynolds at the 50 minute mark. It did nothing but slow down our pack and our halves.

Er that turned into a bit of a rant, so that’ll do for this installment of ‘what’s wrong with my footy team’ Sorry for the wall of text.

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