Great post. U have nailed it..we need more hardnosed forwards. RCG will be a great acquisition. We need to get 2 more. The 2 targets should out of these three...Matterson, Fifita, Arrow. If we land them our pack and our 17 becomes a side with a top notch pack. Our bench tonight and most of the year has lacked punch..Lets not forget all the top 4 teams are littered with Origin or International players...we have 1..Fergo.Coming down here today I always had in the back of my head that we could get flogged, and it became a reality. And that sums up Parramatta perfectly though, they never fill you with confidence and no matter what you never know what could happen.
Proud of what the boys have achieved this year after last years debacle. The issue is we now need to build on this but I remember 2 years ago exactly heading home from Melbourne in 2017 saying don’t worry next year we will get it, and that’s far from a sure thing with Parramatta, in fact seeing us win a spoon next year wouldn’t surprise me. Yea call me negative but it is the harsh facts with this club, yes the teams young and future stars like Mahoney and Brown will learn a lot from tonight but tonight was a prime example of boys against men. We have no idea how to handle big games against big teams on big occasions, totally overwhelmed. Tonight also showed just how badly we need some real punch in the middle with our forwards, they had us covered sideline to sideline and we needed to dent them in the middle but we just don’t have the forwards. RCG is a start but we seriously need another 2 atleast. I know we are going hard for atleast one more but tonight exposed our forward frailties. I’m sure the whole week was focused around having a good start, What did we do? We lost the ball on our first set coming out of our end. Followed by allowing Addo-Carr to run 70m and score an arsey try.
It just shows that are we really ever learning? 2 years on and what has changed?
Anyways I’m proud of what had been achieved, the boys came over and thanked us and that was good to see, our supporter base is great and I always say it, god help anyone the day we win, our fans are special. But in saying that it just seems like that day may never come, we are just miles off and judging off recent times i don’t know if that gap will ever be bridged.
Onwards and upwards to next year, who knows what is in store for us, I just hope we can build on what we have done this year.
Tbh, what we are lacking is big-game experience in key positions.
Michael Jennings is our only truly experienced Rep, and Finals, experienced player.
This team has talent - you don't finish 4th, and 5th, in three years without some ability -, but they lack big-game leadership.
Arthur has shown improvement - he no has a 25% Finals win record, so it's heading north.
The soft underbelly is slowly being removed. Forwards is where it’s at. I’d try and buy someone like Arrow ASAP.I agree, what's unacceptable about it though is that we are a better team than that.
We just need to learn how to refocus and stay in the game when things just aren't going our way..
The soft underbelly is slowly being removed. Forwards is where it’s at. I’d try and buy someone like Arrow ASAP.