It doesn't need Einstein to itell us that our defence this year has been way off the standard of previous years. We have leaked tries down the edges on both sides when Matai and Lyon have been injured. Our ruck defence is also missing the industry of Starling and Lawrence. Whilst not the best metre getters, they are both mobile and busy., plugging up the centre of the park. Teams are making big metres against us, putting our attack under great pressure, generally leaving us to work the ball out from our own line. Opposition kicks are close to our line, meaning we often have to face repeat sets aginst. Ballin and Buhrer have been great but a dynamic defence that can step up a gear and put pressure on opposition sides has been missing. Oue line speed has been slow. There have not been too many dominant tackles. We seem to be giving more defensive penalties away as well, which means we have less opportunities with good field position in attack. Add to this the frailties of Blair and the injuries and it is clear that we are struggling. Hopefully some troops back and some home games (assuming Brookvale recovers) will give us a few wins in the next month.