Mate to give DCE stick after his performance is a joke. He kicked that ball on a string to Jorge to score. Put Jake in with a great inside ball. His kicking game has been great lately, especially long kicking game. His short kicking game could improve but thats what was so good about Cust as he added a bit more threat there.A freshen up is needed. Bit more of a kick up the behind then blooding a couple of kids. This team has for way too long now taken the easy out, Im looking at our captain.
For me he could be the best ever in Maroon and White, but his kicking game and resulting game management reflects what's missing.
He has a long boot, but clearly struggles with feel. It's simply not enough hard work. The biggest issue? Has his kicking game changed or improved since 2011?
Under Baz couldn't land bombs near the try line. Instead of improvement the game plan went to landing them 10 metres out.
Under DES that grubber into the ingoal goes too long too often, instead of improvement, the game plan has moved to just getting tackled on the last.
Good teams get down that end and keep us there and wear us out.
Conversions. DCE might not have wanted that job, but he needed it.
Everyone always remembers the field goals he kicks off his left foot to win the game. Time and time again a lack of game management to get into correct spot and distance to kick the percentage play off his right foot.
DCE is the best halfback in the comp and if he had any half decent players surrounding him we would be top 4. The problem is list management. We hang onto deadwood and average reserve graders on a “loyalty basis” which is beyond loyalty - its the definition of insanity: trying something over and over and expecting different results.
DCE is about our only gun in the backline. Its on Des and his coaching staff to surround him with better players.
The injuries excuse is the biggest crock of **** I’ve ever heard - how do we not have a ready made replacement for Tom who is clearly injury prone?
Raiders: CNK gone - Rapana in
Roosters: Teddy gone - Morris / Manu in
Storm: Pap gone - Hynes would go in
Knights: Ponga gone - Hoy in.
It is lunacy we dont have a good backline player like a Rapana who can play great first grade on the wing/centre and then fill in in fullback. You don’t have to break the bank to get a half decent versatile player - you just have to not be an idiot and recruit properly or have faith in youth.
Coaching decisions this year have been terrible and Des needs to have a good hard look at himself and his roster if we are to improve.