a point you made sort of sums up the mess we are in…you score 24 points yet you get beaten
That says a lot about the other mobs defence but says more about us.
Prior to last night we had the second worst attack in the comp and of all teams just ahead of the Titans and they scored more then us last night
We either took our eyes or effort out of defence and switched to lets score points yet we couldnt execute that strategy and essentially were terrible on both sides of the ball.
And our season is worse then the ladder suggests imo…our 2 wins were the Knights game which could have gone either way and the Tigers win was a nothing more than a miracle
We play Sharks this Thursday at Shark Park and they will be no pushovers.
Where do we go from here?
Mansour looks like he has just signed a 10 year contract and wants to avoid any sort of effort or contact.
RCG is worse, cannot remember his last break or last forward he actually hurt and the penalty rate from him is terrible.
Maloney is a mixed blessing and sure he can be creative but can be be destructive as well but in the halves defence if the forwards aren’t controlling the play by their effort its hard for the backs to get the room to weave magic.
Whare is out of his depth but is saved by the fact we don’t have another quality centre in the club and i would have been thinking of moving Yeo there but he has now picked up a long term injury
Can Cleary change what is happening…that is the question and the mark of a great coach.
I personally doubt he would ever be a great coach and maybe is one of those guys who just does enough to be a NRL coach as opposed to being a lower grade coach. We will see.
With the Yeo injury i would now draw a line in the sand with this mockery of 6 Captains…appoint 1 and live and die by that choice but at least from a Coaching perspective its a decision and maybe this divestment of responsibility with so many Captains has diluted the authority of a Captain and the leadership role both in a victory and in a defeat.
I just see no one taking any ownership of our form…sure they are saying the right things to the media but the right things are not happening in a game.
For the last few years under Hook we played harlem football, sure we leaked some points but boy could we score some
Now we are leaking points and lack the ability to score them at a rate required because we are devoid of options.
I do note we have gone back to the midfield bombs which were a hallmark of the previous Cleary era…and appears all we have.
No sweeping backline moves, now magical set plays, NO power running by forwards at forwards to break down defences.
At face value where we sit today…signing Cleary to keep Cleary seems like a good idea which has badly backfired.
Only 1 person who can change that perception…lets see what Cleary the coach does this week.