Its pretty telling when your team doesnt have a player in any of the top 5 lists. Even when we werent making the 8 in the past we would have guys in the top 5 of something.
Big game for Pompey
, him and Montoya
(which i said at the time I thought he was making a lot of carries) making the most metres, in fact Warriors were the top 3. Pompey
167, Tohu Harris
62 and Montoya
154. Same in most runs, although Tohu Harris
made 24 runs vs only 18 for the other 2 (a lot of Kick returns vs only hit ups_. So to some extent we had our OBs making our metres again, didnt have much choice.
We had a really good game on Tackles. Nothing of note in Tackles Missed or Ineffective Tackles. Tohu Harris
with our most tackles at 41, Aitken
at 35. Not quite like Egans last game where both he and Jazz
got 55 a piece, but 164m and 41 tackles is a good effort from Tohu Harris
. Also Tohu Harris
got 47 post contact metres and Aitken
got 51. Those 2 definitely lifted as team leaders.
seemed our best, a try each, a line break each, and 4 tackle breaks each. Walsh
also got 4. Pompey
both got a try, as did D WZ.
Really nice to see Vailea
bring it (and not make a mistake that I recall). Coach showed faith in him and I hope next game he shows he has learnt defensively an continues with the tackle busts.
I think MotM for us would be tied between Tohu Harris
a notable mention.
We were not far off again, its not like we missed heaps of tackles, efficiency was really good a 95%, but we missed important ones and the grubber try, not much you can do if Walsh
had just made a tackle (will have to watch that sequence again).
We had 55% posession as well. But as usual we had a poor 76% completion rate.
That has gotta get above 85% if we want our X factor guys to keep us scoring. Along with still not having a good grasp of defense. Dont need to miss a bunch of tackles, only takes a few and you lose the game.
Also, whilst we did ok in the ruck, PTBs was 3.65, they were under 2.8secons, WHOAH !
And errors, too high at 10, and unfortunately the halves were the biggest, 4 for Shaun Johnson
and 3 for Chanel Harris-Tavita
Interesting stat, we made 20 dummy passes to their 8.....
Strange game, clearly not close to top 6 level. We now need 9/12. So we now need to definitely beat either the Sharks and or Panthers coming up, hopefully we get it together for Manly. Realistically last night was just confirmation of a failed season, but you never know, we got talent, and we have often played better when there is nothing to lose. I feel like Shaun Johnson
looks like he has the weight of the clubs success on his shoulders, which Im sure is how he is feeling, he looks much like Brown did pre match.
With whatever happened off field, we may not have a choice to release Brown, he might have had enough. I hope not, whilst I dont see him as a coach, I can see a lot in him strategically and at a higher level, with a bit of business education, he could make an excellent CEO. Or some position relating to filling the right people in the most important positions etc.