There are many sub plots that stand out as to why we lost
Some poor reffing and poor ball security in our own end were factors...but I guess when it is said and done Dylan Napa and to a lesser extent JWH won this match for their team. The lion hearted Paasi
was up for the fight and wanted to meet fire with fire. I wonder if we would have won if he hadn't have left the field for stitches.
is the leader of this pack now after last night. Not Afoa
, nor Blair
, not Gavet, and not Mannering, or even Harris
as I have said before has strengths and weaknesses, and while his weakness is match tactics compared to say a Wayne Bennett his unique talent is knowing who is a good player. I don't think he was ever swayed by Cooper Lino's performances, and what I am building up to saying is that some of his signings in the off season have been genius level. One of those selections was Paasi
I think our forwards can man up from here and respond to other teams bringing the noise especially if Gavet also responds like he can. Gavet strangely two games across started running diagonally towards the centres instead of the forwards, I am wondering if he is carrying a bad bruise or something and can't handle the contact at the minute. Right now a superficial observation is that he has lost his bottle and we badly need him at his best.
The reason for this post is that one of you posted that the forwards win rugby league matches and the backs only decide by how much.
Most of our options for reinforcements right now are in the centres. But Kearney
also needs to address the forwards. Maybe really scratching his head and coming up with one more solid player from ISP and dropping the error prone Lisone
will be enough. I hope so.
Edit - for those of you are who saying we are 7 and 3 and we are doing well. I disagree that all is rosy. A trend is starting. Although we went 5-0 in our first 5 games we caught some teams napping. Now every team is up for us and since they started trying harder we are only sporting a 2 win and 3 loss record (in our last 5 games).