From the moment we defeated manly last week and secured 5th spot and drew the Broncos I was extremely confident we would win well and I expected 20+ to be honest. They were cooked and we were building . Even Terrible refs could stop this mismatch . But I didn’t expect 58-0.
Thanks to Canberra upsetting Melbourne we have the massive task of defeating the 2018 grand final teams to just qualify . Can we do it ?
Momentum is a powerful thing in sport , life , politics, religion. When the shift comes , it brings together believe , passion , history , anger , injustice - the lot . The momentum our young team has got from the last few weeks is seriously huge . They are grounded , they know they have massive jobs ahead of them. No talking it up , no disrespect to Melb , no reference to “ having a go and nothing to lose “ crap.
Watch dylan brown , gutho and co being interviewed . Not once did any of them say “ nothing to lose “ crap. This team believes it can not only beat Melbourne but also win the comp .
Our game is built to stretch compressed defence and wrestle mania. The long pass , short pass , second phase with short kicks ensures teams can’t compress without the risk of being picked off on play 1-2-3. The short passing game brings markers out of the game .
We are a huge chance to beat Melb this week. We must do some things right :
Dont play Melb style arm wrestle one out . Suicide
we need to shift the ball and bring it straight back at them,
no 7 set plays . I think we are likely to run more on last abs jam in rather than risk the back 3 of storm setting up .
Frustrate munster , jamming him in .
Keep the game up tempo. Risks are mistakes and drop ball but you don’t beat Melb playing their way. They will strangle the game from you . Attack our best weapon .
Finally - young guys don’t know that the script is written and the game goes certain ways. Young guys believe they will get another opportunity and play out that spirit .
I know it is a huge ask - but we win the next two weeks we win the comp . No question about it . The premiers is this side of the draw .