A 3-1-1 record has us nicely positioned on the ladder.
Our forwards have been very good, with Api, Billy & Fish as good as most in the league in their positions, and the others holding their own as a pack. Capewell’s injury is a setback, but we do have good coverage.
Our backline is strong in bringing the ball back, but we lack punch on the right side in attack. Young Crichton will learn from his defensive lapses.
Our Achilles heel appears to be our spine. The spine is regarded as the make or break of any team. The benchmark teams are strong 1-6-7-9, at least in 3 of the 4 spots . Api & NC are up there with most, but we just aren’t there yet at 6 or 1. This may prove to be the difference from being Top 8 or a genuine contender.
One last point for now. Our support play is not what others have. When Blake made a break against us, up jumped Gutherson to latch onto the miracle ball - TRY!
Towards the end of the game, Martin make a clean line break, but no Aekins, Whare ot To’o in support - the play dies.
So I think we are a 1, 3 & 6 short of the benchmark teams. But our 6 will get better (whichever one) & we have options at FB. The invisible man?? He actually had his best game for a long time, but would not make the side in any contending team.