I was very surprised at how sparsely the forwards were used in attack. Only Galloway made good metres. It seemed to me our backs were doing way too much work trying to get the ball out of our own half.
I think that fatigue has played a real part here. The Tigers were a tired and semi-fit team coming into this game and the whole finals series. The speed of line in defence takes a lot of energy out of you, and when you are coming into big games fatigued, it doesn’t help. Using the backs like Lote, Beau and Brown would give the forwards a breather.
I think the use of the interchange has also contributed to the fatigue of the side. Pretty much only using 15 players, a handful of them carrying injuries; it all catches up on you in the end. The match last year against the Eels where Tuiaki and Ryan were lost has scared Sheens somewhat. On some occassions, the outside back was useful. But for the larger part of the year, I feel an impact player or worker could have lightened the load on the forwards who have played massive minutes and given massive minutes.
On topic, good report Willow. We gave all we could but didn’t quite have enough in the end. We were just outside the best 2 in the regular season and the finals series. Heres hoping we can go a little further next year. I think a similar squad with the addition of Tuiaki on the wing will see a premiership come our way if the players are just as committed next year.