Firstly a great big thank you to the crowd last night who on a Friday night turned up.
That was the great news and i went last night to see what we may do and my concerns were magnified. There is a caveat to my comments as this is only Game 1 in a very very long season.
There is way too much to unpack from last night and alarm bells are ringing very very loudly for supporters who have become used to a side winning. That of course is the risk when you perform so well for so long, a pause in this winning run gets greater attention.
lets just talk about the elephant in the room with the absence of Api and Kikau which was downplayed but was felt last night big time.
St Helens has exposed our side and Broncos almost played the same game and got the same result…we were bustled out of the game by a team more willing than us.
It also goes to some of our tactics and this bombing by Cleary is simply not the quality you need from a Million dollar plus player, some of his attacking options were horrible and some of his defensive efforts were sub par and at times awful.
He wasn’t alone, Crichton allowed a try by simply going for an intercept and not tackling the man with the ball.
Garner is pedestrian and his efforts last night were below average and unless injured was subbed off.
That being said our forwards made no impact on the Broncos which didn’t allow room for Cleary and Luai but there were some players last night who were sub par, namely Too and Luai.
Not sure whether they think they just turn up and win but last night was a sobering moment for the players and IC who also looks exposed without Ciraldo, Webster and their departures was always a risk for him…and his coaching
the team argued the St Helens game was a wake up call, well last night was a lightning strike on this entire squad and i sure hope that woke them up.
It doesn’t get an easier when we face a Souths side who will be relishing to inflict another loss on us.
I don’t think Garner offers the team anything and am quite amazed how Sorenson or Lenui haven’t managed to do larger stints and in the case of Sorenson be a starter.
I guess we will see very quickly if this squad is up to the challenges of this year when we face Souths.
The team surely know what is required, its the hunger which is the unknown.
On the Broncos, they scored 1 try from the Crichton mistake and lucky race to win a touchdown against Too
Broncos didn’t show much at all IMO which i guess highlights how we struggled in our game.