Lots to talk about after that great win.
Firstly the tactics.
Starting Kenny is proving a masterstroke as he tackles like a demon and with his efforts we nullified the yardage from Gillard and Paulo
Indeed after having Kenny start, how we nullified RCG and Paulo set us up to dominate them and once you nullify the forwards it gave no time to the likes of Moses, Brown et al
Throw in the kicking game where we kicked either to Sivo or Blake who turned out to be Cleary’s bunny.
of course all this was designed to make Parra come out of corners in the case of Sivo or set up opportunities when kicking to Blake.
Cleary took his game to another level with his kicks and even his runs. he showed last night the wide gap between him and all other 7’s now in the comp and even his late tackle to save a try on Sivo showed up his value in our defence.
Its hard to value his worth to the team but it is team changing when he is in the squad.
I thought Edwards despite the dropped ball had an enormous game and organised defence and yet was still taking the ball up when our forwards needed a break.
Outside the win our defence will be what pleased Cleary most, we shut them down right across the park yet i still believe we can improve and markedly
we were still clunky in attack especially with Luai who needed the run but played second fiddle to Cleary who ran the show.
Lenui had his best game for us and Sorenson was a little quiet but Leota was at his best as was JFH
We appear to have lost May and now with the 2 week break gives the squad plenty of time to not only enjoy the break but give them plenty of time to reset and after the weekend will allow Cleary to narrow his focus to 2 teams we are likely to play and the following week gives him the time to settle of a game plan and tactics for the prelim final.
The team stood up last night and deserved the win.
a huge congrats to all those who turned up for the game last night despite the bad weather we had during the day, its so great to see such support for the boys.
Gigantic step towards the ultimate goal of appearing in our 3 GF in a row.
Enjoy the ride boys, job only part done but they have shown a week off doesn’t hurt their focus.