As much as I hate to admit it we are gone this year! We are almost sitting ducks for either the scum or the dogs next week! Injuries, suspensions etc Yes we played well in the last 20 minutes last night however this happened when the Souths forwards took some metal off the pedal. During the last 10 or so weeks of the competition the ruck has been allowed to slow down somewhat suiting the bigger teams. Our pack is built for a fast game where the bigger boppers do not have the time to set themselves properly in the defensive line etc this makes a huge difference IMO We are being smashed in the ruck ATM this would still be an issue even if we were at full strength! As a positive the so called market value of some players will decline other coaches have also seen our plight and will not build their teams without some serious muscle up front! Hopefully this takes some pressure away in some areas! Tooves and co need to assess this and we do need to find away to strengthen our ruck and go forward! Personally I think some of our forwards like JSL, starling and even Hasson can only get better with age and another strong off season. These are at this stage depth players though! Would be interesting to see everyone's thoughts on what we can do (realistically) in the off season to better prepare for next season! IMO We really need to find a couple of bargain basement big boppers that we can develop, maybe a new assistant coach also and move JSL into the back row and Horro into NSW's cup for starters! Sorry also we need to send Taufua to spend his off season with the swans! Interested in everyone's thoughts?