I believe season 2021 to be the weakest rugby league season I’ve seen in decades. To only win 33% of our games when 10 sides barely played consistent first grade footy all year was demoralising.I tend to agree.
Winning 33% of our games last season was bad as well as the way in which a lost a lot of them.
But the state of play looks less ordinary when you factor in that we lost 4 games by 4 points or less which means one just one converted try or one proper defensive set in each of these 4 games could have made a massive difference. Not 5 or 6, just 1, the absolute minimum effort possible that evaded us, that we just couldn’t capture. Something we would have done at training hundreds of time a week.
That game against South’s, the pressure got to us and we got stage fright. We just have to find some resilience, the confidence.
This was all under the ambit of a generally substandard squad still reeling from cap shock. That figure again, according to Justin’s email, 66% of cap is all we had and it takes a few years to address that dilemma.
Brooks is an important piece of the puzzle moving forward.
I’m wondering if Brooksy and Hasto could build a formidable combo. If they join forces and click, AD might well be pushed along. If they “get a room” on the paddock so to speak, they could be quite a lethal combination.
Brooksy really needs this pressure for his game. Hastings is going to toughen him up and rip the tissues out of his hand. The chilling out is over. He will be a much better player for Hastings on his tail.
Add Noddy and Benji in specialist roles, and I think there’s some hope in the halves.
If we can get confident, if we can master or improve on our mental toughness, the good players will stay. The holy grail is to journey with a struggling side, play well, grow and be a part of as it becomes competitive and successful. It’s a special opportunity.
The boys have A LOT of work to do.