- Jun 22, 2012
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Another thread that aged like milk, full of dribblers who have no clue.
I particularly liked the flop who mentioned St George and how much they have improved. Had a good laugh at that one. It's not like St George are ever the April premiers are they.
We also had a lot of injuries which probably explains the lack of form....seems people think a reserve grade standard team can regularly win games.I would like to point out that at the end of Round 4 this year (hardly ancient history) we had 15 losses from our previous 18 games. Including two 40+ point defeats this year.
IMO it's a bit rich to use the benefit of hindsight to call people 'dribblers' for being unhappy about that and asking questions at the time.
I wrote Des off but he has got this team firing atm... but that does not change the fact that they were absolutely disgraceful in the first 4 rounds of 2021 - not just losing games but playing without heart...We also had a lot of injuries which probably explains the lack of form....seems people think a reserve grade standard team can regularly win games.
It could be Des waited for the right time to blood these young gun, they may not have been ready last yearDes for mine was very tentative when he came back to Manly and for me he was being overly cautious in sticking with players who weren't performing and ignoring some of the young talent.
In a sense injuries have been our saviour in forcing his hand to bring on some of these youngsters, take the risk, and the results are apparent.
Certainly last year was a washout with Turbo and Walker out for much of the season, five eighths that could not kick start the back line, pedestrian backs and some in the forward pack looking like they were out for a Sunday afternoon picnic.
The addition of Foran, Schuster, Saab, Harper, Keppie and the rise of Paseka and Olakau'atu, as well as the return and further rise of Turbo, has now got Des a side that is full of winners and is encouraging some of the lesser stars to up their game.
Des, for mine, is a fine coach, but I think sometimes he needs a kick to get the right players on the field. If he has that, he knows how to get the best out of them.
Yes, roosters had a similar season in 2016. Even the arguably the best coach in the game couldn't get his team out of that hole.We also had a lot of injuries which probably explains the lack of form....seems people think a reserve grade standard team can regularly win games.
It could be Des waited for the right time to blood these young gun, they may not have been ready last year