Agreed. Like all storms though, it will pass.
Not sure what others think but I wonder about the Tim Grant thing, he was one of the first flicked with the last Cleary stint, he left the Tigers the year after he was made coach and the poor bloke has him as coach again, is TG resigned to playing Reggie’s whilst at Penrith and Cleary in charge?
Also, I would be playing Liam Martin before Sele, I don’t like the Sele performances thus far.
Anyway that is my 2 bobs, if we have the same lack lustre effort this week and heaven forbid lose and he picks the same 17 I will start calling him Royce, those John Cross days still have me scarred
You don’t need to go back to Roycie - what about Elliott kept picking CC (can’t even write his name, as I am sure I swore on here once I would never mention his name again) I still have nightmares - what about the day he tried the chip-kick
Oh no let’s not start on Adrian purtell…
Why is it so hard for coaches to drop players out of form to allow them to get their confidence back in lower grades?
Look at Reynolds for the Tigers, he killed it in Reggie’s and played a pretty good game first game back in the top grade, if he keeps his form Benji will be the Reggie. Gotta make the tough calls as coach, not play favourites!
i think for coaches its about one thing…“the team”
sure we may say a player should be dropped but the coach has a broader view about how the team sticks tight in adversity…yadda yadda yada
and as a result the team responds by more often then not punching through as a group and when a win comes the errors from some seem less important
personally i wouldn’t have dropped anyone and as i suggested moving DWZ to FB and Edwards to wing is what Cleary did.
I also suggested Cleary and Maloney should rotate back to their sides of last year and believe this may help settle the team both offensively and defensively
perhaps that may happen mid game v Titans if we are behind at half time
SBF I understand what your saying and agree to a point, However, the ‘team’ is a 25 man roster as part of the salary cap, any 1 of those 25 are either capable or have the potential to perform in the top grade. If you maintain the status quo with poor performances, you are sending a glaring message to the 18-25 playing group.
I don’t want to lose the likes of Luai or Martin (he looks the goods) but if they cannot get an opportunity when it SHOULD be available due to poor form, then 15 other clubs will start sniffing around, that in itself will breed complacency.
I’m definitely not saying drop someone after 1 bad game, but Edwards first 4 performances have been average at best…and he is not alone!!!
… well said, 100% agree.
OK Luai in to 17 for Egan, so maybe a change in strategy??
Just about to start my pre-game, leaving work in about 5 mins, heading home to put on my game shirt & to take my seat in front of TV. I’m sure there will be a beer for me
If we don’t start with an attitude of “the world is against us” vs the titans we will get towelled up. This should be a game of personal passion given the players and coach, if this situation doesn’t excite us, not a lot will.
Let’s hope it’s a team effort not a personal “look at me” contest
well they are 2 teams who have the worst scoring in the comp and we have the worst completion rate
in short its the cellar dwellers playing for scraps or will the real Panthers turn up and turn it on?
I shudder to think the what if’s if we lose
if Kelly wasn’t in front of the kicker and within 10 metres of the ball coming down i will give the game away.
Looks like we are playing 14 tonight…the players plus the video ref
Dylan just watch the way Jimmy handles a loose ball in the in goal.
RCG got to the shed early to brush his moustache. Hope they
pointed out his errors to him in between grooming.
Titans playing a patient error free game and go to the sheds in charge.
Don’t think there’s enough beer in Mr Walkers fridge to soothe him.
its a little sad watching this…unless we change what we are doing this mob who are almost playing with Taylor will lap us
Mistakes, poor choices, errors, penalties …mmmmmm
absolutely dreadful from start to finish.
The ironic thing is that was almost our best performance this year.
Titans certainly turned up to play. Not sure exactly I can put my finger on this loss, definitely discipline and penalty problems, maybe patience?
If Maloney leads the comp with in goal repeat sets, why aren’t we capitalising and deneying teams possession?
its structure and patience, and you add in errors and penalties its reflective of a side without any sense of a game plan and or game management
I ve been banging on for ages about game management and how the great teams do it, like Storm and Roosters.
This is going to be a long ugly season and just watch the leaks from within the club this week.
As far as our energy, ball movement & attack is concerned, I thought it was our best game this year. Unfortunately missed tackles, along with stupid errors & penalties killed us.
Oh my, I was sort of numb at the end of the game, and it was not the beer as I only had a couple I do no know what to make of it all.
We overall made less errors, although a couple were crucial. Our defence was ordinary, and yet teams are scoring most of their tries from kicks. We scored 24 points against a very poor team, and managed to lose. And in scoring 24 points we actually looked very clunky in attack - poor options & timing inhibited our attack.
Fisher-Harris was again our best & a heavily marked Billy was right up there.
I don’t have the answers, but clearly an off-season was wasted & our preparation needs a step-up. It’s as if they just expect that we will win…