whilst it helps any little bumps and bruises, it sort of impacts momentum although this one is particularly timely as it would have given IC a chance to get into the heads of the players with a giant reset.
With 6 rounds left after todays game, IC could have set individual and team goals over the coming 6 weeks with a push towards the finals.
I would like him to run the team out as per the advertised list with a view to rest the SOO players if the game is flowing our way which i expect it to do although Dolphins will want desperately to record a win against the Premiers as a mark of their years success.
Today and in the 6 weeks following will be about process and execution.
That is what i am keen to see today if the mindset has shifted from the entire group…the leadup to the finals gives all at the club the opportunity to really focus on the end game and that is retaining the Premiership.
7 weeks is just about the perfect frame to do this and perhaps even begin to try some of the set plays they have been trying at training.
Hope Nathan is rested for a further week, no need to risk our key playmaker as we will want him at 100% for the finals.
I am pretty well informed about environmental & conservation matters, but during the first half of today’s game I was surprised to see that the classification of dolphins as a protected species had been extended to the NRL.
We certainly lost the rub of the green in that game, not one 50/50 went towards us (well on field anyway, the bunker seemed to most calls correct).
So glad Edwards had the guts to make a captains call with the goal kicking. 2/2 from the sideline makes him 2nd only to Cleary, and a question on where he stands next to Critta.
Thankfully Edwards, Tago and Leota straightened us up. I thought Jenkins had his best game in first grade, and shows the more he plays in firsts the better he will be.
When players are dropped due to form, one of two things happen - they work harder and rise to the top, or they seem to regress and seem not interested. For two older contrasts, compare the career trajectory at Penrith of Edwards and Moylen after they have been dropped.
Unfortunately after being dropped by NSW, Jerome seems to not following Edwards example. He simply looked disinterested most of the time. Hopefully he snaps out of it once Cleary comes back.
It was a game that was ours to loose. Thankfully we grabbed the win. We hold first spot on the ladder, and not only have a good shot at top 4, should be able to make a play for a home final and the minor premiership again.
Add to that that the likes of Hosking, Jenkins, Eisenhuth can be depended upon if required and we seem in real good stead.
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