The biggest concern I have at the moment is if the players are over Madge. The effort in the second half last week, following Madge’s spray, followed by what they dished up tonight looked way too much like a team that has lost, or is losing, its spirit. I wonder has Madge learnt from his days at Souths. Time for some varied man management I think.
I have sat through about 30 minutes of this painful game. I have had to simply walk away at other times. From what I saw we were rolled through the middle again. OK Madge if you want defensive consistency, pick guys who hit and stick in tackles. I don’t care if they can’t throw a football and offer little in attack. Just put in blokes who put their shoulders into tackles and show some desperation and pride in their work. I’m over this rubbish year after year.
My big recommendation is to go back to playing what is in front of them. They were doing this earlier, especially when Harry came. I also think there is not enough support play, now that Corey Thompson has left. Brooks especially could be very effective here, running off players like LL, BJ, Nofo and even Eiso. Lastly you need players who can defend well, with big motors. I would like to know stats around points conceded when players like Clark and Eiso are on the field together - I bet they would be good numbers.
It needs relocation, so all the players that are comfortable living in Sydney and collecting their pay week in week out will not be keen to follow.
I have been one of the people who has expressed a similar viewpoint in the past. I would much prefer that the club stay in Sydney and build a power base in the South West, but this has not happened for twenty one years now. Can anyone see this changing? There has been some good recruitment of younger players, but I fear we are still the poor cousin of the Sydney teams. Yes - I could see a really bright future as the Wests Tigers relocated to Perth.
Not sure where I posted that the team needs Oli Clark and Eiso in the pack. I only saw 20-25 minutes of last night’s game (thank the Lord!) as had family over for dinner. I did not see Clark on the field in that time. The only forward I saw who was not getting rolled over in that time was Shawn Blore. So glad we nabbed him.
So please forgive my error. I don’t have dementia - just did not see Clark on the field in the time I watched the game. Take care everyone. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet, but she is doing some warm up vocals.
Can’t believe that performance. I know a lot of people knock Clark, but at least he defends well. Their forwards were making way too much ground down the middle. Clark and Eisenhuth are much better at holding our middle than the crap performance from our forwards I just watched. Ho hum, here we go again.
For me - I think we have proven we can compete against the best, as shown in our efforts against Parra, Canberra and Panthers. We played against a full strength parramatta with a number of our players out with injury and we still competed right to the end. I am quietly confident, especially now we are getting troops back. I’m hoping brooks can find his mojo as then we’ll definitely make the 8.
I too think there are players who could do with a rest - ala Harry Grant and possibly Douehi. The only problem is we are not in a position to take chances. We are fighting tooth and nail to make the finals. I don’t think we can afford the luxury of resting players with the run home we have. Imagine resting these two players and getting beaten by the Warriors - season gone! Like some people on here have suggested, I’d have Brooks at 6 and Marshall at 7. And yes, Brooks needs to shadow Grant and Lucy Luciano for that matter. Both these players will create opportunities for him or other support players.
Brooks will be back. He is capable of splitting defences in tight games and has done this before. His form has been down, but the ability is there. I’m not sure how this will all pan out, but I’m happy we have three halves (four if you add Reynolds) who can all do a good job and all know they have to perform or another person will take their place. What I have seen across the park over the past month is a toughness in defence. I haven’t seen line speed and crunching tackles like our players are consistently delivering, for years. Reminds me of the great Gareth Ellis.