He's pulled the Warriors out of slumps before without making wholesale changes to the team. I thought the first 15-20 minutes, to the point where they shot for goal, against Brisbane was outstanding. I also think if Denan Kemp is paying attention and not worrying about the gel in his hair, and if Mannering looks inside instead of outside that we get two extra tries under the posts and I reckon that pretty much does Brisbane.
He's also shown a lot of faith to players in the past who have gone through 'slumps, like Vatuvei, Hohaia, Rapira, and generally those players have come through the other side and repaid him big time.
THe only blokes I think who we need to replace are Lilyman and McKinnon. I've been an avid fan of Wade's but clearly he's going through some turmoil with his pace due to the injury. Next season I'm sure he'll be back, but for now Locke should be getting involved more which would happen if he's fullback.
We certainly did dominate Brisbane in the first 20 minutes but once again looked stagnant in the opposition 20 and our only try to show for our efforts was a forward barge-over as opposed to any slick attacking moves.
I'm not saying wholesale changes need to be made, but to single a couple of players out it seems nearly every Warriors fan and his dog agrees that Jones is nowhere up to NRL standard anymore. The guy is a Warriors legend and always will be but our attack (the lowest statistically in the 15-season history of the Warriors) comes down to the halves and he just isn't stepping up. Last year our late winning streak did come about at the same time that Rovelli was dropped for Fien. While management have shafted nearly every half this year there still remains some viable options in Heremaia or Hohaia or even an eye to the future with John or Johnson.
Agree on McKinnon and Lillyman. Wade clearly is still nowhere near pre-injury form and would benefit from some time away from first-grade to attempt to get it back. It's punishing Locke who has been performing well above expectations and deserves to be played in his natural position. Lillyman should never have been here in the first place.