there was a lot of good, bad and ugly in that game last night
Lets deal with the good.
It was pleasing to see when they raced to 16, they were unable to add to that scoreline
Good to see Martin, Api and Yeo lead
I am struggling to understand still after the game why you would play Staines at 1 and replace him with Crichton with a short time to go and bring on Jennings. If you wanted Staines at 1, leave him there, the game was lost when he went off.
Too as i have remarked looks wounded to me and has lost all ferocity in his runs. Leniu is not improving at all and offers nothing when he comes on, i am quite surprised by his lack of game time and his non improvement.
The very bad is we may have lost Martin for some time if not the season and i hope the scans today show he is better than feared.
i was always led to believe a defender had to clear the ruck once a tackle was complete and now i notice Storms players laying prostrate on the ground behind the attacker which impedes options from dummy half
Storm mysteriously had players feigning head injuries whenever under attack, giving time for them to reset.
That is about them, now about us
SOS was awful last night with almost all he did but he wasn’t alone, Crichton and Too were like strangers, Salmon who i had challenged about his passing game just doesn’t have one.
If it wasn’t for Api.Yeo and Martin we would have been lapped last night…god knows what we will do without Api next year.
The real ugly for us was how we couldn’t score…sure i get it we are missing key players but they were missing a few as well.
We looked worse than clunky, our options were terrible in attack.
Just listened to the press conference and Cleary used the old, the young blokes will learn from the game line, which is wearing a bit thin
Only young bloke in the side was the winger from Fiji…all others were either GF players or been in the system for some time
Edwards appears to be out again next week…maybe just maybe Cleary will stick Crichton at FB and leave Staines in the sheds along with Jennings
Put Sorenson at Centre and bring in Smith for Martin.
We need some more forwards badly because Lenui is coming up short Eisenhuth just cannot play big minutes and is almost just like Tamou, big but thats it.
I couldn’t care less about the minor premiership but we need to start getting our game in order before the finals series.
at the moment we are heading in the wrong direction IMO and we need a reset and fast because losing can become as infectious as winning and we have 2 really tough games to come against Souths and Cowboys where they will not show any respect to us.