I really noticed that I regard the older players as more passionate, aggressive and physical.I had a strategy of getting aggressive players and dominant players and chose some players over more talented options because they fitted my team strategy better.
Really wanted Freeman as captain; Ridge at fullback and Kevin Iro in the centre’s. Would have leapt at NAS but was one of the ones that got away...
Mark graham was an option at one point but took Taumalolo at the time. Joe Vagana would have worked well in my pack as I was after size.
Probably when the shoulder charge was allowed, fights were frequent and everyone got facials during the game.
The players are probably just as competitive now but not allowed to show it. I miss those days.