Lol at you guys that think WHERE they're staying makes a difference because its 5 star. Chad
's just arrived remember, he's been living a relatively normal life in Canberra (sorry, Sharksville) up till then.
I liken what the Warriors have had to do for the past 2 seasons+ as me and 60 or so of my co-workers (management, staff, etc) went to work one day and we were told we were picking up all our work gear and heading into a hotel by ourselves to continue our work, no outside contact, just us & eventually immediate family members if we're lucky for nigh on 2 years. I love my work, going to work & working with some great co-workers, socialising in the staff room & even the odd social evening - but live with with them 24/7, either side of me, above and below, there every time I go out of my digs? No other face, no extended family visits for a break from co-workers? I like my co-workers but I'd never choose to live in close quarters with any of them.
I am proud of the guys for persisting but it would do my head in & no amount of luxury could stop the insiduous feeling of being trapped that I know I would begin to feel (pretty early on too) and couldn't do anything about!!! Really, put yourself there & see if you can understand a smidgeon of what they're going through...5-star hotel pffft - just doesn't compensate. Neither does money
PLUS being the only ones to have to do it - look at how some of the ozzie players have handled just a taste of it! Our guys are down because they have become down in the situation they are in. Poor buggers got a HUGE carrot dangled with a game at Mt Smart only to have it cancelled - how crushing that must have felt in their state? And all this talk of handling the team by Payten - jeez, he didn't handle anything and wasn't teaching them anything, just looked after No.1, only a fool can't see that. Back then the boys still had bit of spirit to fight back - them, not Payten.
Sorry mate, all that's not aimed at you specifically, the Chad
remarks set me off. Covid carry-on is getting to me (and we're free as a breeze really) but if it can play on all our minds over time, the warriors as individuals and as a team are far from exempt. Loved the show of spirit last week & about time some of them stepped up, I think Harris
and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
were suffering a bit of burnout from trying to carry too much of the load over time plus feeling the effects of the above...kia kaha the Warriors!!