Don't know about you guys, but I'm just loving Kearney
at present in every interview. No excuses, we're there to do a job. Total confidence in everyone picked.
You ain't gonna get excuses outa me boys if you're looking for a reason to get beaten.
Got out there and get the job done for your country. Nothing more, nothing less expected.
is the key.
I've listened to some of the league fans you regularly hear on radio sport this week, and the consensus is that NZ
need to stop Cameron Smith getting a roll on to prevent the Aussie well oiled machine from kicking into gear and rolling over the top of us. The response from the Radio sports commentary tends to cite the need to keep errors to a minimum....get off to a good start.....and be weary of Australia dominating on the home stretch....post the sixty minute mark.
I would agree with all of that historically.
That is how I used to call it too.
My thinking has changed because of Stephen Kearney
....his stubborn ways, his complete understanding of International footy.
For Stephen it is about campaigns and long term success.
As such....as much as this will piss folk off...tonight's game....is an opportunity for Kearney
to establish his dynasty....a loss then....in Kearney
's broader thinking....is a realistic...and probable outcome.
This is not just tin foil hat thinking on my part....take the last England tour...he could have won that by including Benji Marshall.
backed his own Master plan which is the segway for me thoughts on tonights test.
Here we are....all this time later....and Kearney
is entertaining Tohu Harris
at six ! Tohu Harris
at center !
Geepers that is nineties thinking.
Cold hard facts:
NZ are shit at these one off contests...the Hoopla surrounding the last Kiwi smashing of Aussie was celebrated because they literally are ten times better at these games.
So they have an undeniable strength of history leading into tonight.
Everyone...who is anyone....in rugby league....knows the Kiwis need a build up to match the SOO prepped Aussie machine.
So.....looking at ourselves.....can Kearney
instill his template overnight ?
History would suggest no.
So what has our Stephen done about this ?
He has loaded his team with form players, who may or may not end up playing in their specialist positions.
That....is ballsy....that...is borrowed from his super coach Mentors.
has done....is that he has backed himself so far.....and so long....that he is an untouchable.
In practice terms his team should get thumped by the well oiled machine by virtue of all the missing defensive combos in this Kiwi side (under SK
we only win when talking backs like SKD and Whare stamp out the Aussies try's against...).
I say fuck the Aussie Machine.
I say Sk
's players need realise....they are the well oiled machine...they are the better coached side.....they wear the colours that broke the Green and Golds absolute rule.
If you want to be a chance of winning tonight boys.....your fate lies in your ability to deliver on the jobs Stephen Kearney
has asked you to.
We are the best team in the world.
We are the well oiled machine.
Australia are scared of us.
That is the truth until proven otherwise. Defend our gains Kiwis.