RE: Round 1 Thoughts
posted in Season 2021
our goal line defence was very good. numbered up and scrambled well. only issue was Mikaele the meathead allowing his fullback to tackle a 115kg front rower and not taking matters into his own hands.
our attack looked like it was in third gear all day. very little urgency. whether that was because we were hesitant with new combos and structure I don’t know, but for the amount of speedy players we have now it was not good enough.
Brooks was a mixed bag. early general play kicking was horrendous but improved somewhat (I say somewhat because his attacking kicks were below average) with time. did some good things down the left side but looked clunky when he moved to the right. willing to give him another week with his regular halves partner before making a judgement.
Garner hopeless. can’t defend side on. Blore will improve us tenfold.
very happy Daine Laurie is a tiger. he’s a special one.
Stefano caught my eye, looks very very good. Joffa too.
Talau was exciting. should replace Leilua in the centres next week.
we need a second hooker. Liddle ran out of gas.
the quicker Musgrove gets back and Amone is fit the better. Mikaele is not a first grader.
I think we were ok, beat ourselves in the end. if you have a look at the Raiders tries, only 1 came from a defensive mishap, which was Laurie being thrown under the bus by Mikaele. saw enough to think we’ll have a better year than some believe.