if we are looking for excuses we are in more trouble than we realise.
I would prefer to call it for what it is
Lets assume the 5 day turnaround had an impact, why would that even be offered up, wouldn’t it be better if the coaching staff recognised it and put a plan into place to overcome this.
Personally i am a little concerned by the hands of hips in the 2nd half which is not something we have seen from the team and again our tactics were odd last night
we had forwards banging it up rather than our back 5 ,which is what we have seen to masterful effect in the first 7 weeks
and we got sucked into the niggle with JFH almost breaking a players arm in half. They played the niggle game, holding us down and in short doing anything to get us off our game and it worked in the first half.
if it wasn’t for Cleary and his deft kicks we would have lost last night in my opinion.
Luai îs passive and Staines is not a first grader at Panthers anyway in my opinion.
Too will be a welcome addition back.
But we had a few had their worst games last night, Edwards who has been so consistent made fundamental errors and despite Tagos great defence his ball security in attack was poor.
Maybe it was “the game” to have where you are at your poorest but still manage a win.
Panthers have to be mindful as a playing group where they have set a benchmark, they are measured by their effort and results and as such with such a high bar being set, we the fans are used to a high benchmark and want to see it every game.
That is the hallmark of a great team.
There could be any number of reasons why we were not at our best last night and i am sure through a season there will be peaks and troughs and its comforting to know when we are off we still mange to win.
Maybe the coach needs to give them a couple of days off to freshen up as we run into some big games and then its SOO period.
Banking as many wins as you can in the front end gives us the luxury to rest some players as we move into the business end.