Des need to show the team tapes of our 2019 season. Replicate that and go better in the finals.
Hard to disagree, jbb/james, but with one exception: Froggy Croker has, to my surprise, been one of our best players all year.On paper we are still strong, 2 international halves, walker on the bench. We should have the game . Tom is a big loss but those players should be able to get the job done . On paper cherry, foz, schuster and dylan are way better than at least 8 or 10 teams , despite frog. Garrick has looked pretty good at the back and while he isnt one of the top fullbacks he is quietly building as both very sound with a fair bit of surprise.
The forwards went hard the other night , did our overall game reflect that ?
I agree too mate, love his work, big fan. but many see him as the weakness in our spine. I was covering my arse more than anythingHard to disagree, jbb/james, but with one exception: Froggy Croker has, to my surprise, been one of our best players all year.
I'm sure Humphries is not ready yet to step up to First Grade. But in keeping with your innovative approach we could move Foran to half and The Shoe to 5/8. . . .I agree JBB however I don't believe that Des has it in him to be innovative and seems to embrace the past. We are not contenders but need to build for the future. I am still concerned by DCE and his poor defensive reads and choices in attack which I attribute to his lack of trust in those around him. I'd like to see him moved to hooker with Humphries to partner Schuster. I'd like to see Weekes partnering Koula and I'd like to see Alec Tuitavake, James Roumanos and Jacob Sykes given a run. Marty, Keppie and Sipply have been far too inconsistent. Time to shake it up.
Good points.We won’t get the spoon… that’s all I care about… as long as the dogs keep on doggin we’re sweet..
Is our season over?? I think so..
I’ve been pretty negative on this group of players for the last few seasons..
Didn’t think we could improve over last years failure (ok top 4 isn’t a failure but to get there by only beating up the crap teams and get thoroughly dominated by any half decent team to me is a failure) unless we make some big changes..
Tom out puts the nail in any far fetched fairytale of a title runs coffin, so let’s build for the future.. gets weekes in the team, get koula some fullback exp.. get that young hooker in from Blacktown, or their fullback…
Ide rather see a team FULL of fresh faces getting experience than to see Garrick hobble around at 1 while Harper gets to stay out there stinking up the joint each week..
Ide also be benching foz..: or play him at centre to f&$k Harper off… he’s been good for sure, but he’s signed to play elsewhere.. if shoe is our future 6, play him there… why waste the first 3/4 of NEXT season waiting for shoe and dce to form that partnership when we have 14 rounds to get started on it now??? Hit the ground running next season..
I agree… I honestly think penny will go back to back Barr some major injuries.. I mean, they started the season without their halfback, who happens to be the best 7 playing league right now, and they STILL dominated every game…Good points.
I do think our season is over. We'll probably finish 8-10th but, realistically, there are two standout teams in this comp, two more with potential to reach the GF, and a further two who look on the rise.
Penrith is the benchmark, but it must be remembered it has a full roster of players. Incredibly they have no injuries, but SOO will put their depth to the test.
Melbourne, when full strength, can beat anyone. If they can minimise injuries then they should play the 'Riff in the GF. I never write off a Bellache-coached team.
Easts, on paper, have a great team. If they can fire they also can make the GF, but their halves can't stand up to the rigours of the top two, and JWH is showing wear and tear..
Doesn'tmatter hasn't got the consistency to win consecutive finals matches so, unless they get Cummins for all their matches, they won't make the GF.
Cronulla and the 'Boys are not ready to reach the GF, but are building towards an even better 2023.