had to take time to frame my comments on last night and to reflect on the game…
There is a lot to unpack from last night for me so here we do.
Is Cleary still injured?
I noted he was on the wing a few times and some of his defence and missed efforts in defence were not in anyway the standard we have come to expect from him. Add to this his missed goals and i would argue a poor general kick game.
its clear Leota and Too needed the run and will be better for last nights run
May continues to grow in his role yet Tago has stalled imo
Luai again looks passive
JFH had a quiet game.
Lenui was largely ineffective
Did we miss Sorenson?
What is it with dumb forwards or any player really when you your “intent” is to run through a hole yet collect a player on his outside shoulder nullifying a try?
what is it with a player grabbing a defender before he gets the ball, the mistake more amplified when it is on your try line?
what is it with allowing a bomb to hit the ground before anyone collects it?
What is it with players getting involved in and responding to niggle from the other mob?
We had a few moments last night which were pivotal…like when Kikau was injured and we left a huge hole on the wing for Parra to score.
When Cleary ran out of our line and left a huge hole for them to run through
when we allowed the ball to bounce and Parr score.
the dumb penalty try by Salmon
the dumb disallowed try by Martin
These were “key” poor decision moments by us and imo allowed them into the game.
As an overview Parra cannot play any better and we can play a lot better.
A lot of us can say this was coming and some will even argue this maybe a good loss.
I am not one who thinks any loss is a good loss and this game moreso because we had almost everything in our favour.
Home game, home crowd, all but 1 of our top 17 available to play and perfect conditions.
Dumb mistakes cost us last night, notwithstanding the Eels were lucky to have 14 players on the field at all times and the ref calls were not only mystifying but biased in my opinion.
If Cleary had even kicked all goals we still would have won notwithstanding our dumb brain fades.
so we lost but we were not belted and or blown off the park.
what are the take aways from this game.
May continues to grow
Yeo is an enormous presence on the field
We can as a group improve and have to
The loss is hard to take especially given the game turned on key moments which we could have controlled and in my preview i touched on we had to focus on what we control and we needed to execute at the highest level.
Its clear we didn’t and its not we had fundamentals wrong, its clear we didn’t execute how we should have in key effort areas.
Hope Cleary is not masking a bigger issue, Leota and Too pull up well after the game.
Next week provides supporters with another game to see where we are at as a Team.