We had enough possession to win that game, but we lost. Why? Because we played to their strengths, whereas they played to our weakness. Our kicking game was dumber than dumb. #1 Dumb Kicking Game Our strength is not scoring from cross kicks or bombs, it's scoring from grubbers (or forcing a drop-out and maintaining pressure) - just look at the Souths and Cronulla finals. We do not have high flying wingers who can score from cross kicks, and we do not have big forwards to crash over the line. Rather, our strength is to rush onto grubber kicks placed in between the fullback and winger. The Roosters, by contrast, kicked to our weakness (the cross kick and high ball). Even with Wolfman's errors, and even with SBW's brilliance, we could still have won if DCE, Foran, Glenn and Lyon peppered their line with grubbers. This is not flashy football, but it is finals pressure football. We need to win the arm-wrestle before we can unleash the flashy moves. Likewise Lyon should have grubbered instead of giving Wolfman a pass with nowhere to go but over the sideline. #2 Dumb Early Opening Aggression We know the Roosters forwards would come out firing, so why is Glenn Stewart trying to match this aggression head-on in the early part of the game. It's dumb. Again, we're just playing into their strengths. Did Glenn have a quiet game because of this early injury? We should just weather the opening storm until they run out of steam. I recall a Roosters game at Brookie where they kicked off to Jason King and Jared WH rushed down and smashed King onto his backside. We know the Roosters forwards would come out firing but we don't have the forwards to match them, so we should avoid the heavy collisions in the opening part of the game. We played dumb.