So there you have it. We lost to an extremely understrength bulldogs team. Some teams came to this competition to win it. We were one of those teams. The bulldogs, whom we struggled against, were not one of those teams. Laughable perhaps, it's only 9s afterall, but any true fan would like to win everything and doesn't like when we lose regardless of whether it's 9s or 13s.
Certainly injuries are a concern and 100% of Parramatta fans would (should) agree they'd prefer to win round 1. But again, as I say, it's disapointing losing to a team that didn't play their top players. There sure are other teams that have come to win, we aren't the only team with NRL players. But for what ever reason we were favourites. Perhaps this was, at least in part, because we are known for trying to win these 9s comps. But alas it does not appear, for what ever reason, we are good enough.
So what now? I think we change our mentality and drop Gutherson, Moses, Ferguson, and Paulo. Obviously this means bringing in Smith, Gower, Dunster, and Utoikamanu. But so what? Even if we manage to beat the dragons, with this year's format there is no guarantee we go further anyway, so let's just acknowledge we made a mistake thinking we could win. Acknowledge we failed, and focus on round 1. Thoughts?