Its only 2 games in but the defensive line has looked far better than 2012 with attitude, desire & commitment over the full 80 minutes. It was never an overnight quick fix with a new coach thrown into a pool of fire & considering the situation I stand by the fact Tooves had a very successful initial season as coach. Often caught out in the ruck area in 2012 Tooves has nailed the fact players like she Rex, Rose & Lussick were quite vulnerable with lateral movement & almost clumsy in defence. Admittedly a Rose fan as an impact player, his defensive lapses are more the reason he is out of the 17 than his fitness levels which in fact compliment this factor. These new faces like Fa'aso, Horo & Lawrence have exceptional defensive speed & touch wood thus far, has led to very minimal defensive lapses around the middle of the park. When ppl see a shocking result like the 2012 final against the Storm & see a cluster of backs scoring the points its easy to blame the outside men but fact is, it starts in the middle of the park. If this area continues to get the job done , & theres no reason it cant, only Storm , Dogs & Souths can come close to challenging for the title.