Reading the opinions so far I can say with certainty that this side is athletic, fit and skilful. Probably a match for most sides in the NRL on their day. The game against Melbourne, and the Bulldogs have shown us that.
What is missing is teamwork and leadership especially in the forwards. When the team lifts intensity it shows in the stats, so they can do it all right. Why don't they? I don't think it is just the players.
They just DO NOT REALLY WANT TO WIN. Got it people? They have their contracts, they have got fit, which with their physique and talent is relatively easy. They just don't think about WINNING against a team of hard bastards that wants to win as well.
In the Christchurch game they were all over Manly in the early stages, there was only one team in it.
Then Manly started asking questions, like DO YOU REALLY WANT TO WIN?. The answer is so obvious, they don't. Deep down they couldn't care less. I say that as a team, because with the likes of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
it is obvious he does, too obvious.
Winning is not important to this group and I question whether it is really important to the coach.
I think about that bastard Bennett, and that prick Cameron Smith. Do they want to win? Ask a stupid question, they live to win and are really shitty when they don't. Just look at Bellamy on the weekend.
Back in 1992 St George had a great season coming second to Brisbane on the ladder. They both made it to the grand final, but I ask the question just who wanted to win?
Bennett made up a tip sheet on a St George letterhead supposedly from Brian Smith to his team. Typical Bennett it picked key weaknesses in each Broncos player. He then slipped it under their doors the night before. To a man they were furious, came out the next day and rolled St George like they weren't there.
What did Brian Smith do? Sniveled about Bennett's dirty tricks.
SOO back last century. Queensland got Alfie back from England. Bennett was coaching. Things were going tough in the game. Alfie was getting old and wasn't having the same impact. Bennett took his young son up to the back of the grandstand, crouched down in the aisle and started chanting Alfie, Alfie. The crowd picked it up, and went nuts. Alfie came to life and shafted the Blues.
Nick Politis wants to win, the cheating bastard. Now I am not saying we should cheat, and I still think SK
is the best option we have right now with our girls, but unless something changes very soon at this club we are going down the gurgler. SK
is not thinking like a winner.
What is different to last season? He has changed assistant coaches from Cappy. Why? Has it worked? Of course not. How are Canbera going with Cappy? Better than us.
Who is his right hand man, Tony Iro? Why? An amazing player in his day, one of the best. He was also intelligent and quite intelligently outspoken. When he was playing for the rorters he used to terrorise the Warriors team as a forward. He was smart, could pick weak defenders and take advantage of that with ease.
So Mr. Iro when it was obvious in the first few minutes on Sunday that they were shafting us up front, why didn't you suggest something to SK
? Or, are you there because you are his mate and he trusts you not to stab him in the back?
Did Iro and SK
just sit on their arses and watch the game go without at least trying something? If they did they are the wrong people for this club. Somebody disagree with me on that.
I remind the ladies and jellybeans that at 18 all we had this game. We had no right to be at 18 all the way our forwards had been rogered. We just had to stop them making metres. Nah, too hard, give the game away and front up to another press conference. I don't want to win that much.
Bennett had some problems with the Broncos a while back. He responded by replacing a lot of his support staff. It worked.
I have been loathe to criticise SK
this season, and still am. However when I saw the performance by Solomone Kata in ISP I just couldn't believe SK
has persisted with him over Patrick Herbert
for so long. Also for those who only read posts and don't watch, there was a standout performer in the ISP team, a true professional Blake Ayshford.
So we have talent at this club. We don't have leadership, and the will to win. Time to front up SK