Good win that leaves a weird taste in the mouth, because it could've been a great win. If Hetherington doesn't go nuclear in the second half we win that game by 20. He was that close
to being sent off for the game, it was a horrendous clothesline. He's going to be suspended for a while. Then he gave away that six again that led to them scoring. He wasn't terrible outside of that -- that 'error' at the end wasn't really on him -- but man, if he wants to be a top quality player he has to cut that shit out of his game. I don't think we have the option of signing him, but even if we did, I'm not 100% I would. Not sure it's worth the risk.
That said, that's pretty much the only negative. I thought we were really good tonight. Looked much, much better in attack (SURPRISE SURPRISE). Nice to see Kodi
take the initiative like we've been begging him too, and Chanel Harris-Tavita
chipped in and did some good things too. Thought Kodi
had some really good moments in defence too. He looks committed in a way he didn't last season and if he keeps that up, he can be a real asset for us. Rarely had an issue with our options in attack and it was nice to see a bomb that went higher than Jazz Tevaga
's head for once.
Backline is still a bit of a mess, but there are some good signs there. Herbert
's improvement under the high ball is testament to how hard he must be working on that part of his game, love to see that. Pompey
-- a body who does his best to do the right thing at the right time. Jennings has decent footwork and leg speed but he's a bit of a problem in defence. And Peta Hiku
-- they used to say Ric Flair could wrestle a broom and make it look like a million bucks. Peta Hiku
is our Ric Flair. He comes with his own problems but damn it if he doesn't make everything easy for his wingers.
Same old story elsewhere: Harris
is a gun, good shifts from Lawton
. Thought Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
was better tonight as well despite the early error. 2 points on the board. Nothing to complain about. Bring on the Panth- hahahahahahaha never mind.