I'm going to go against the grain here, but I'm not a fan of the whole 'never change a winning side' mentality. To me it is retrospective. I appreciate that blokes played well and with pride in Perth, but you have to be one step ahead of the game in the NRL.
I'm not saying I am unhappy with the team named, I just hope there is not the rigid old-school approach of tradition - be innovative.
Benefits of the same side:
- Allow longer for combinations to be effective
- Reward for effort
- Copy and paste doesn't take as long allowing more time for the process
Negatives of the same side:
- Not rewarding effort in ISP/training paddock
- Guys get too comfortable in their spots/ competition not generated = (potentially) urgency lacking, mistakes made.
- Team naming lacks a horses for courses approach towards the opposition
- Potentially a better player left on the sidelines in favour of an inferior one out of coach loyalty
- Harder for the opposition to plan against new combinations they haven't made plans for
Personally I would not have Cook, but SK
will have a better idea than us about where Lawson fits (Roache
is such an enormous loss). Paasi
needs to be playing FG, especially against his old mates. I still hope Vete is our future, but can understand him having an ISP run first. Maumalo
and Kata played reasonably well, I hope it continues. Not a fan of waiting for a player to have a shocker you know is coming before they are benched. Maumalo
and Kata are still THAT guy to me...you know it is coming. Actually you don't, but you get my drift. I am hopeful of eating a bit of humble pie at the end of the year.
I'm glad SK
stripped the team back to the basics last year and that the club removed the passengers, they have a good foundation to build a much different team onto now.
What a great game in Perth, I can't wait for this week.