@old_man_tiger said in Help me understand this:
I see a good mix of praise and criticism for the team after last night.
I felt no real surprise or disappointment when they hit the front at the end. I also don’t feel like any individual decision from coach or a player is the problem.
Our coach devised a game plan that had us rolling forward, scoring points and defence that was working well. I had no problem with any of the effort or intensity (maybe except Jennings) and the occasional error, whether with or without the ball, is to be expected, so all good there. It is a collective of individual decisions made on the back of a second front rower going off the field injured that concerned me.
With the refs putting the whistle away after halftime to balance up the count, Melbourne were allowed to play that terrible brand of footy Bellamy promotes to it’s full extent. Coupled with Mikaele’s stint being cut short and then Mats copping a head knock, that left us weaker in the middle, whilst the wrestlers were enjoying the benefit of increased possession.
At that stage, both teams had a fresh player on the bench and as the minutes passed, it became increasingly obvious that WT were tiring, in particular a good until that point Robbie. Fore mine we were left vulnerable to both those tries and particularly the last one when fatigue was front and center.