@TheDaBoss A solid but unconvincing win despite what the scoreline indicates. Unfortunately we seemed to go back to our old ways, many errors with dropped balls around the ruck and poor choices with kicks on the last tackle. Early we threw it wide and looked dangerous but then the forwards starting getting out in the edges on 4th and 5th tackles and stuck the ball under their arm - bookends. (Do we not learn from what has worked well in the previous 4 weeks?).
Melbourne were poor but did have a couple of standouts who gave us some trouble particularly up the middle and we missed a number of tackles. Their 2 tries were off kicks - one high kick we let bounce near our 22m. The other was a bomb to the RHS where they had the momentum jumping forward with a pinpoint kick and good take.
Stevanovic went off injured early in the second half and that was not good for us. 2 good tries around the ruck close to the line but good sides won’t let that happen.
Fenn was a standout for me as was our 9 and Dillon looked dangerous at times and is a talent alright - needs to take the ball on the full so hopefully he will learn from that. Lee Silva very good again - has had a great season on the wing and shows a lot of mettle.
The main thing was that we won to stay alive so that is really positive and the sign of a team that can win well even though not playing great on the day. We will need to improve to beat Warriors in Auckland or it will be season over regardless of what happens with other results.
So - the season comes down to this. We must win v Warriors first of all and then wait to see if either the Bulldogs (v Melbourne) lose or St George (v Canberra) lose. It will be close and our best chance is the St George game but they have been coming home with a wet sail like us.