He’s used to be the defensive coach at Melbourne and they’ve been pretty close to the best defensive team for some time minus this season. I honestly don’t think you can turn a club’s defense around that much in the space of 8 months, especially ours. Agree with Ink, something just isn’t right in the club.
The thing that annoys me the most is Farah misses most of Pre-season and we still can’t score points without him (tonight proves we can’t score with him either). Things just aren’t right at the club from anyone’s perspective.
We scalped a few contenders for the title and gave them a form slump but the rest of the effort to put in a semi-competitive performance each week was beyond awful. Yeah, stuff is going bad off the field, other teams seem to get on with it but it seems we are content to let it get to us. It’s weak and other teams can sniff it coming.
fairly even stats, except for the missed tackles and the kicking game. I hope with the garbage the board has dished out, they can go into the next game more mentally prepared without the distraction.
TD I think our lack of kicking yards was more due to the great job that our forwards were doing getting over the advantage line and getting us in excellent field position at the end of every set
Everything after that was the issue
Agree Happy. Dragons were getting 40m on most sets meanwhile we were getting around 60m so kick metres were the only thing keeping them in decent yardage. Don’t understand why we continuously went short/left side. I know we were missing Rowdy to give quality options/last passes on the right edge but we should have at least given ourselves more space and created the ruck on the right hand side before a set play. Dragons are weak in the middle from what I’ve heard and yet we didn’t try and exploit it, Sue nearly scored a try from 15m out on impact - Dragons knew we had a second rower as a centre and ran traffic that way all day. Not smart footy. Dragons had more errors when they were smashing us 22-0 and to be honest other than line breaks/missed tackles we were pretty firmly on top otherwise. Take the missed tackles out and we beat them by 300m by the end of the game and I’m sure a positive scoreline.
I can see them beating Manly at WIN stadium. Shorter turnaround for them though and I doubt they will have as big of a win as us. Probably one of the few teams we have covered in nearly every position give or take 2 players. We should have beaten them well in Rd1 and I think the boys will make up for that.
Bennett has only missed the finals once? Won minor premierships and the most Premierships of any current coach and you guys think he is over-rated? Not sure what goes through some of your heads. On topic - I think he would be great but I don’t think he’d come here.
Well if that’s Anastas role then let’s just cut the crap and put him in skandos trainers singlet. Toovey was doing this for years as trainer for manly when Dessie was coach. Telling players what to do when manly had the ball. This would be perfect as we can also get Austin into 6 without hurting braiths feelings.
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Pretty strict regulation on that stuff now I’m pretty sure in terms of trainers giving instructions during play. Obviously people find loopholes.
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