I'm not tryin to preach brother. I'm simply posting my opinions and takes on our team, on a public forum designed for the very cause. Creating debate doesn hurt nobody, so appreciate the response champ.
I feel there is a general consensus which advocates picking out certain players on our squad and lofting the blame onto them for our shortfalls. Some of it is warranted, some of it is nit picking and following the crowd.
Atleast that's how I see it.
Kata doesn't deserve as much criticism as he cops. He's a rook, give him a chance. In saying that, it's been hard on us fans to watch our team consistantly underperform. That's where a lack of patience comes in to play, watching our rooks learn the ropes at the expense of winning footy games. Our club is future-focused, and for the first time in a long time we have something to look forward to.
My beef with Friend was a reaction to the same nit picking that goes on with TL. TL has been solid this season, but never good enough for some fans. He isn't the world class Hooker we desire, but there are only a few of them in the game and we are blessed to have signed one of them for next season. I'm allowed to disagree, just as your allowed your opinion. Makes or great coversation, atleast. Friend always plays with his heart though, fearless and has been a great member if this team. Hope he retains a off field role next season.
Absolutely but blaming a guy who plays 15 mins? I've been one of his biggest fans but even I agree it's time to try something different off the bench now. But we can't blame him for last nights average performance (we came away with the win but lets be honest it was poor). TL has been pretty good so far this season but he obviously favours going left rather than right (because he isn't comfortable passing left to right) which I think takes away from our strengths considering Shaun Johnson and Hurrell are often on the right. We hardly went right at all last night when we are in the attacking 20 and when we did we created opportunities and scored.
Anyway I wonder what happens to him when Bully comes next season because he isn't a very good 5/8. I agree re Friend, time to sign him up to an off the field role, ideally in the fitness/training side of things.