[quote author=Jatz Crackers]
And to continue on with Jungles balanced approach this team has been on the rise each year. I defy anyone to pose that this year we will either tread water or go backwards.
An important factor is the growth aspect of not only the team but the support personell aswell. Des isnt God but he is maturing each year as a coach. There are numerous injuries that hampered our 06 year that are not here right now. Thats just 2 examples.
Its my belief that the club has deliberately structured the way it handles retention & player contract payments, building towards a premiership through the 1-2 blue chip purchases per year. I clearly see that there has been some disappointments (gallen etc) but I also see the nucleus is already there and we are only a forward or 2 away from the silverware.
OK I'll bite.
I think we will end the season somewhere between 7th and 12th.
Our pack and bench is one of the weakest in the comp.
I wasnt fishing.
Nothing unreasonable in putting forward 7th to 12th.
Well, what about the halves and backline ?
Finishing 7th to 12th is "treading water or going backwards"
I think we have great halves and backline but I am "old school" - forwards win matches. We are capable of scoring 30 odd points a match and will need every one of them because we will be letting in 20 odd points a match. I also think our ruck defence will be a major problem all year.
Having said all this I would love to be proved wrong. I don't expect to be title contenders this year as we are short in key positions i.e. forwards and bench. I also think the club is well aware of this, LOD, Gallen etc. With the retirement and non replacement of a key forward we may be taking a step bacwards before we move forward.