Also I think he does need to change up the squad a little this week.
I would like to see Barnett go to 13 with Watson back to 14. Sue can be a front row replacement off the bench. Not sure how Fitzgibbon went in reserves but he can have his starting spot back and at the least I think he'll bring enthusiasm and excitement of playing his first game of the year.
Tuala has to go, at some point you have to say that kind of form is not accepted in FG.
This should have been implemented weeks ago. Barnett should be playing 25 balls to the wall at lock, before Watson subs on. Barnett is lost on the edge, restricting Best (as if we had a plan to use him), and has had little to no impact this year.
Tuala has been embarrassing and needs to go. I don’t care who gets his spot, Shibasaki aside.
AOB needs to work his interchange. If Jesse Sue can’t be used for 30 split around halftime, he is severely wasted.
Watson comes on and stays, Barnett slots wherever he is needed at the back end.
Nah not specifically at you bro, honestly don't remember you ripping him too muchI assume that's not directed at me given the shit and trolling I've had hung on me for sticking up for him for the past 18 months (even though my words have been twisted and misinterpreted constantly too).
Either way, people are entitled to change their opinion and/or admit when they were wrong too. It's actually pretty mature and sensible. You should change your opinion when you believe the evidence indicates that your current position is wrong.
Messiah is the wrong word imo. He's just our only leader, and we're a better team with him. It's ok to say that while also thinking his short kicking game is abysmal and that we're paying him too much money. Both can (and imo are) true. You can think in more than 1 dimension and have a nuanced opinion.
It shows how much we're missing blokes like Guerra from last year, and I'll certainly put my hand up and say I wasn't too upset to see him retire.
Do we look at veterans again in the short term? Similar to Guerra etc. The kids are learning bad habits cos no one is pulling them into line.
Does anyone think Bennett would see us as unfinished business now WESTS have taken over? With him OC I would not put it past him to at least let them know he is open to offers if they decide AOB is not working out.Our issue is that we don't have a winning culture.
It's a week by week thing with these guys. It's been that way for years.
Bennett would comment on how well we'd do in training but then not bring that to the game.
He also admitted players were playing for a spot.
None of these players know what it's like to be a consistently winning team in Newie. They weren't around when we could do that. For some supporters that winning culture is a distant memory but damn it's good.
You can't create a winning culture unless you win.
Maybe it's a top-down sort of thing.
I'd rather see someone in charge who has experienced us at our prime.
I don't disagree re Ponga. I dont even disagree with your original post that Pearce is the best halfback and leader we have. That is a very sad but true statement.I think he cares about winning, anyone that plays any game or sport wants to win - but hunger is a different beast entirely. He doesn't crave it. There's no level of obsession or willingness to sacrifice to attain it that I've yet seen. To be honest it's not even that uncommon with freakishly talented people. The truth is he's probably never had to work that hard to be the best at whatever he put his attention to on any given day.
It's pretty well established that Kalyn doesn't really care that much about footy outside of training and game day. He doesn't watch other teams play, he doesn't put in extras. Talent will get you so far - and his talent is freakish, no question. That talent alone will not make him a champion, though. Most champions live and breathe the sport - and would play their next game immediately after a loss if it meant they had a chance to erase the loss they just copped. Kalyn will likely mope a bit with the boys in the sheds, go home and play some playstation and enjoy his day tomorrow - at least that's the impression that I get from him.
I'm a firm believer that the obsession is a key ingredient that turns talented players into greats. The absolute need they have to improve and to win. I'm yet to see it from Ponga tbh. That's just my read on it based on what I've seen from him over the years outside of game day. Maybe I'm wrong - I'd love for him to prove me wrong - but his inconsistency on the field only reinforces the belief in my head at this point.
Ramien is still pretty garbage at Cronulla. Mildly better than he was here.You can dismiss Ramien as being a dickhead, but it looks like that was only an issue he had with us- he seems to be quite happy playing at Cronulla and getting quality early ball from quite ordinary halves the likes of Moylan and Townsend.