I admire Cleary for showing the team he means business by removing Gatis and Rovelli... I have a feeling everyone will be stepping their game play up a notch or 2 knowing they could be next. GOOD move, Ivan.
Ok, so we've ripped Manu Vatuvei to pieces. We've ripped Ropati to pieces, and we've ripped Rovelli to pieces too, but what about Cleary?
It was his call to leave Manu on the field, so he must accept a large responsibility for what happened.
He's the bloke in charge of a team that is almost sending us to sleep with a game plan that revolves around 5 hit ups and then hopeful bombs to the corner.
Where's the flair? One of the Warriors greatest assets was their ability to open up play at the drop of a hat. Have we become so boringly structured, that we've forgotten how to attack? The last time I saw it was against Souths.
I dunno. It's frustrating. I might get flamed for this, but I think this team has become too Australianised.
I think the problem is that Ivan Cleary is too stubborn at times to change the gameplan. He should have brought Manu off, as well as some other players. I know Cleary may think that everything will sort it self out, but I do not think anyone would blame Ivan if he changed things around and did things that were out of the blue. All we want from Ivan is that he can try different things and allow us to finally win again.
Yeah that was my point weve just got terriblised.Cleary admitted he had the side playing too structured.
I think that people are upset that when we used to lose before we still made the highlight reels.
perhaps a touch australianised but you need forwards to do the job. wiki is a passenger and has been for a good few weeks and with the revalation of his neck injury we know why. tonight there was not much in the forwards apart from price and rapira. there is a time for flair but you do need a forward platform too. tonight we had almost nothing. the attack was also completely useless tonight. witt was almost non-existent again. the attack improved noticeably with hohaia on the field and ropati off it. hohaia needs to be wearing the 7 jumper next week.
cleary needs to make changes next week to try and stop the sinking ship. wiki has to be dropped 37 mins 46 metre = passenger. witt non-existent at attack dropped to 6 at least with hohaia at 7. manu dropped to pl and and crockett or byrne brought in. give fai a go for anderson or koopu or luck or almost any of our forwards.
I agree with most except Hiho him and Fien both get to no mans land they run the ball to far to give the runner an option and they dont run far enough to commit defenders.
But hey there isnt anyone else.
With our playing roster your not going to get that "flair" game. We dont have those Lauiti'iti, Stacey,Toopi,Faumauina,Webb type creative players and no matter who you put in the halves none of them can put there stamp on a game in a dominant fashion on a consistent basis.
Ivan i beleive is playing the only game he can which is one based on go forward,field postion and a low error rate. However in the last 4 weeks we have come out on the wrong side of the ledger in all these areas hence we'll always struggle.
We need to bring in the kids - Solomona, Fai, Start.
take tonight for example. Tony Martin vs Timana Tahu - its not even close. Centre is one of the main attacking weapons on a league field and we have a very 'solid' defensive, intelligent centre in Mannering and a tradesmen in Martin. Martin has his place within certain teams but we need gamebreakers. Its amazing what a couple of players can do.
we could have someone like tate in our team at centre but even he would struggle with the amount of go forward we got tonight. sure someone like tate would pull off something special now and then but without good consistient go forward he would not do much. a good centre would also need to actually get the ball when we do make it down the other end and without a decent halves pairing that wouldn't happen either.