If you've ever run a business and interviewed people for senior roles, you'd know those characters you meet along the way who speak eloquently, say all the right things, and present well, but when you give them the job, they're absolutely useless. Brownie says most of the right things and seems to know exactly what this club needs to achieve consistent success, but he's incapable of actually implementing it. It was the same story at the Knights.
He's a very affable fella. I know that personally as I used to ghostwrite columns for him a decade or so back. However, he's clearly not effective at translating his ideas into reality. That performance yesterday had all the hallmarks of a typical Warriors early-season capitulation: good energy initially that tailspins into confusion, desperation, and exhaustion as the match went on. By the 60th minute mark, I started fast-forwarding through the game as it just felt inevitable that the fold was in process.
Some of Brownie's selections are mystifying. Aitken
shouldn't be in the back row. The centres and wingers he selects are devoid of attacking potential. And why he keeps picking Kodi
is beyond me. For whatever reason, he's disinterested at the Warriors, and he looks gunshy with the ball. Perhaps being so small in such a brutal sport has caught up with him.
The Warriors of yesterday don't look well-coached. Again. They look like they're trying to implement Brownie's more 'positive' game plan but don't have the skills and experience to pull it off. I get that he's pushing a local junior first approach. It's bearing fruits at Newcastle, a couple of years after his departure. And it may do over time with the Warriors. But the juniors he's blooding just aren't that good. Not yet, at least.
Perhaps the next generation in the Warrior's system are superstars in the making. TheCool
would know better than me. But players like Chanel Harris-Tavita
, and Katoa
still seem pretty average at this stage of their development.
All the superlatives of the off-season are meaningless. Yesterday was a reminder that we're still under-prepared to compete consistently for 80 minutes each week.