1st Grade Fringe
- Sep 23, 2016
Yep, the higher level you go to it's hard to argue with simple stuff like fitness and communication being 'fundamental'.I definitely agree that the term 'fundamentals' can get misused or misinterpreted a lot but I think in every sport there are at least a few 'basics' that every successful team/player has mastered. Just simple stuff like fitness, communication and understanding your role are things that are integral to rugby league and things the Warriors have struggled with.
Fitness is an easy one, we've buggered out in the last 20min of more games than I can count over the last few seasons.
Communication is always important for defense and plays a big part in getting to the right places on the field for kicks/attacking set plays etc.
Knowing your role is just about making the right decisions as an individual... should Vete be throwing offloads when the team has no go-forward or should he run hard and try for a quick PTB? Should Johnson be kicking when the defense looks fatigued or should he have a go and run?
These are the principals that team sport is built around and things that we've lacked for a while now. We've had multiple players coming back from off-season overweight, we've got players who come from a very modest and quietly/spoken background and may not speak up a lot and we've got players who are still learning the sport in their 2nd season of FG. Do something about all that and we might start to get somewhere.
But these things are so basic to most sport that they shouldn't be wrestled with at the professional level. If our level is still struggling with these things that most Aussies have nailed at schoolboy level, then that says a lot and means we are in for another rough season