Well what a game and experience!
Up there with one of the best at ground crowd experience I have had, our worst performance of the year, and we beat a top4 team by 20 points!
Error ridden, yet know one could say we won ugly. We pulled ourself out of the quagmire, and put on a show.
First things first, as anyone who say the game would agree, Crighton has some issues. Not meaning to death ride him by any means, but his lack of positioning, momentary loss of concentration and general poor vision means he can’t play fullback. We may get away with it for another week against the Broncos, but his defense is just plain woeful.
Now the good news; when our stars fail to shine, the others lift and we win as a team. Special shout out to Spencer and Martin off the bench.
Despite others not rating him, I see great potential in Momirovski, he’s improving every game and getting into the groove. Reminds me somewhat of Whateira in the way he plays.
Burton is our number 1 centre at the moment. If Crighton wasn’t on the big money I could seem him in reggies based on form. Can’t see Naden getting a look in baring injury.
The combination of Burton and Kikau in defense just monsters the opposition edge. Offers attacking potential which beggars belief.
Staines is more than living up to expectations, he something special for sure.
To’o - I need not say more. We have certainly not lost anything instead upgraded on sending Mansour to the bunnies.
Luai is getting better each and every week.
Cleary had a good but not great game I thought, some of his kick options left a bit to be desired, I also feel he needs to share the kicking more. I think he is also a weapon when he runs at the line.
Our forwards all did their job, but got battered and bruised in the first 25. The fact we held them to allow the game to open up was the platform for our win.
It’s on this note why I wouldn’t switch our centres when Edwards returns. Defense wins matches, and on current form I can’t see how we can let Crighton leak points.
Kenny and May doing the job expected of them. May even played at prop for a bit, so that’s all positions covered by him now lol.
The crowd was fantastic! Had the Raiders fans and drum next to us on the Southern Hill, it was great to silence the clap. Annoyed them no end.
Channel 9 with their tent and stand take up about 1k capacity as no one can use the South west corner. Something the club and NRL should look into.
On the subject of game day, the beer and food lines were woeful. What’s with no hotdogs at every home game this year? In years gone by they used to set up additional beer outlets around the ground, think they need to look at that again for 15k+ crowds.
Getting their early I got a good look at reserve grade. Jennings and May will be good injury replacements if needed in the backs. Salmon looks like a future star. Lindsay Smith looks reading for a go off the bench, but needs to build more body weight before playing in the middle, so I’d give him a run on the edge.
All good problems to have. We can play hard and tough, defend better than any team in the league, and score at will once the platform is set. And as seem last night we can even overcome an error ridden start.
We need to keep winning these early games, our run home over the final 5 rounds is a bit of a nightmare.