North Queensland Cowboys forward Coen Hess has revealed the secret army camp in Tully during the NRL pre-season that combined physical and mental challenges that transformed the club
This has been a huge success for them and something we’re in desperate need of, mental coaching.
And this is where our squad has been let down by our coaching staff.
That Cowboys win last night should have demonstrated to everyone (if it wasnt already clear enough) the difference between a well coached, disciplined team drilled with clear and effective attacking and defensive structures, and one that hasnt been......(thanks Brownie....Stace n Morgan being assistants need to take their share of blame too)
Thing the Warriors should take from this is that last season the Cowboys were where we're at - worst defence in the comp, runners up for the wooden spoon......so in the space of an off season Payten was able to turn that around.
If anyone saw Matty John's Face to Face, Toddy explained in their review of the season watched every try they conceded, 60 % came from missed tackles or players not competing enough, .....hence the huge defensive output in the offseason, listening to their players apparently their wasnt a day over the off season they werent having to make full on tackles.
The other interesting insight i thought particulary relevant to the Warriors was they found their players we're good when the game was flowing or they had good rhythm, but the moment something happened to disrupt that rhythm (i.e missing tackles, turnovers, conceding penalties) they would fall apart or didnt have the mental strength to get back into the game (Warriors 2022 has been pretty much all about this - unable to defend their errors).
So their pre season wasnt so much built around sweat or grinding them into the dirt but upsetting their rhythm. Doing things they werent expecting to do, chucking a bit of chaos into their sessions and seeing how they handled it......which they got better at as the pre season went on..
One has to wonder with the way our team still plays like strangers exactly what the hell Brown had them doing over the off season.
Just for once instead of "hardest pre season ever" id love to hear "smartest pre season ever".
Now i dont know much about Webster, all i know is he was about 3rd or 4th choice from our "brains trust" in charge.....so im not holding my breath, im just hoping like hell he's capable and has this level of insight to his coaching......cause fuck its what this squad (which there's no reason cant at least be competitive) desperately need.