Tatola: His first stint was really, really good. I thought he was our best forward in this period in fact. He constantly carted it forward well, got through a lot of work and was making big meters, especially post-contact. He still hit the 100 meter mark for the game and much of this was done in a big first stint. However, his second was just a car crash, he was beyond poor, beyond disappointing. He obviously had those two massive and unbelievable errors. Both were unforced, both were through a lack of attention and focus. I don't want to blame the loss on Junior because the team put ourselves in that position but there's no doubt those two errors were crucial, you can't deny that. We'd just got ourselves back into the game but those two errors cost us 8 points and killed off any chance of victory. It's simply not good enough and Junior needs to pull his socks up and put in, he's been average all year for the most part.
Cook: Has copped a bit online for how he played against the Broncos but I actually don't think he was bad at all. He did what he could to help us win. Good service from dummy half, made plenty of tackles as always with 43 made and only 1 missed, and I thought his running game was actually allgood. He didn't get many opportunities too run and they didn't lead to anything major when he did but he took the opportunities and made effective darts when they were on offer. However, I am a bit angry with him about the amount of crash balls he did, it's okay every so often but not all the time. Get the ball to our stars Cookie!! I was especially angry when he went to cam for a crash play after the Taaffe break early in the game, that ball should have gone to the left. He also made a poor error in the second half. But yea, I think he went mostly okay.
Moale: Not great. He only played 16 minutes which is an absolute joke from our coaching staff. So strange. Davvy struggled to make an impact last night and I'm starting to wonder if he's not quite ready yet. Will no doubt be a star of the future but maybe not just yet.
Koloamatangi: He's copping a spray from me because his game was simply not good enough on Thursday night. Apart from one, yes just one, very good carry and a few other solid hit ups. He was nowhere to be seen for 80 minutes. That is just so poor for a guy who is pushing for Origin selection. Not good enough Keaon.
Arrow: Our back row has been really strong this year but Jai added to the pathetic effort the other night as he also had a quiet game by his standards. Nowhere near as involved as usual and made just 77 meters.
Murray: The skipper also had an off game which is very rare for him. Had a nice line break assist early on with that special offload but then made the error the very next play to undo his good work. As the game wore on, he had a few good carries but otherwise struggled to make an impact if I'm being fair. Just 83 meters off 14 runs for him. A massive 41 tackles though!! His ball playing was also not as sharp and crisp as usual I thought. Gotta say, I did sort of feel sorry for him because he was one of the only guys out there putting in a real effort and trying hard. He battered his body but no one really followed.
Havili: Liva was great!!! One of our best no doubt! came on and provided some really really good impact and go-forward. Was super busy and in every carry he had he just kept fighting for every meter. Made a big 139 meters, was good defensively through the middle and tried hard. Showed some pride in his jersey and put in an effort which can't be said for a lot of the rest of the side.
Knight: Not a lot to talk about really, he wasn't great. A couple of decent carries but that was it. Gave away a really dumb penalty early in the second half which kind of set the tone. Needs to lift or he'll find himself out of the side.
Paulo: Didn't play again so nothing to talk about. Such a stupid bench strategy from our coach.
Peoples: A shining light in a very lackluster night. Well done to the young bloke, he was fantastic!! Played 64 minutes (which is huge for a debutant), ran hard and had a good work rate on his way to 111 meters, tackled everything that came his way and made an awesome line break off Cody! Could have had a try assist if the support play from Johnston and Tass was better. Well done Trent, great debut and congrats. I'd even make a case for him staying in the side after a game like that! not many other forwards are putting their hand up.
So as you can tell, I'm still very angry and upset with the performance on Thursday night. Like all of you, I waited all week to be dished up that shit and it's ruined my weekend. Still fuming.
Still just cannot believe the stupidity of that performance and the lack of effort shown. No desire, no focus. In all of our losses so far this Season, I've been proud to say at least we never gave up and the effort was there. Well, that wasn't the case this Round.
ALL of the tries we conceded we off the back of stupid shit from us, often they'd score that next set. Whether it was an error or a dumb penalty, we turned it over and basically let them in. The Broncos should never have even been in some of the positions they were in.
We have some real issues but the thing is, they're issues that have been apparent for a while. We get talk during the week about how it needs to be fixed yet nothing changes!! Every week I sit here and wait for the team to click but it's not. Thursday night was a big example of that. I'm over it. I've had enough of the excuses, it's now time for action or we will find our Season slipping away.