There’s a number of reasons I feel Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has improved as a captain but one of them is that he’s no longer a lone wolf.
Last year, he had “senior” players around him who weren’t leaders. Mutts and Lillyman would do their roles but didn’t take on or even really show leadership. The Hoff was too much, do as I say cos I can’t do. Brodene was never going to step up. And Simon, was just too jaded trying to do the role for so long.
Now, through the pre-season, and into the season proper, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been joined by leaders such as a re-born Luke, Harris, Green and Blair who have the intelligence, experience and mana to stand up and support Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in his role as captain. Their leadership in support of their captain is something we haven’t seen since 2011.
The growth over the off season of him as a captain is, at least in my opinion, as remarkable as the change in fitness, game plan and culture.