We have seen a paradigm shift as the season progresses, we have watched other team’s manage and finesse their operations through all the extraordinary aspects of this Covid year and now emerging into the finals as finely tuned instrument’s of Rugby League.
We have played exceptionally well to start with and have since regressed as players such as Sivo, Ferguson, Waqar, Lane, Evans go backwards and honestly they all need replacing, Waqar maybe be able to be saved by moving to a wing. Ferguson could just be a victim of Waqar?
Our depth is very ordinary and we are suffering by having a 9 with no options and no back up….we also have no back up in the halves or fullback. Look at the support that Penrith have if Cleary gets injured tomorrow the halves have scott burton to step up, wingers and full backs interchangeable…..forwards we would like to recruit.
I’m sorry to say this, sack the coach if you wish but the reality is there is no obvious replacement waiting in the wings. We started a plan 18 months ago, if that plan is being implemented and reviewed like all plans should be, then that should be happening now.
Mark O’Neill should be hitting all the buttons with his CEO and Coach and making room for next year. If BA needs new assistants get Flannagan or someone with an experience BA does not seem to have. The boats sinking, man the life rafts now, before the storm hits (no pun). Recruit now because if we rely on our current cattle we are doomed for the next 12 months as well.
Now some may say that would be panicking but it is a reality...... we overachieved from the beginning. Cast your minds back to preseason and we were not very exciting... the positives were remembering the Broncs, the opening of Bankwest and the negatives of playing Storm in the semi's. The first game against the dogs was a slog match and we all remembered being beaten in a similar game previous year. We then tackled the Titans and in an unimpressive display put on a big score primarily in them imploding in the last 20 minutes, that gave us big for and against that put us No1 on the ladder. We got excited over such dominance because we sat there for 6/7 week until our next game against an undefeated Broncs with an exciting young side, we put a big score on and we got a "hard on" with our fickle fans saying this is the year and the media hopping on board at the same time.
Since then we have basically done nothing but regress......its time and I am not talking Labour 1972