- Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:53 pm
A more balance article than has been the norm, nudging at some of the issues supporters might seek some answers too. Clearly the WEN needs to ensure some dialogue with the Club so will never be a brutal as we might be in its post game game review. But this article does move from the 'cut and paste' methodology employed in recent time as the basis for an article.
It seems AS plans to talk about the Penalty count with the Ref Head (Tony Spreadbury) to establish how accurate recent penalty counts against us real have been. We've been here before under DR with such resolutions. But what good will it do? If the Pens are proven correct, then much for the Coaches to 'teach' errant players. Kitch Jnr may be absent in the next game given his 40 second cameo before seeing Yellow as an example as clearly Sir wasn't allowing for any factor to lessen his sanction on Sunday.
Heroic defence is one thing, but desperate defence is quite another. The sheer repitition and number of hits required in recent games has arguably knackered the players, leading to last minute / play defeats.
Last season when we nicking games at the death to give us much needed wins, these narrow squeaks probably covered over the fragile nature of the clubs 'recovery', and imo once clubs returned to their full compliments, our performances remained constant as we had few key absentees from the RWC, and as a consequence, our early season promise is tailing off of late.
Hopefully we can get some injured players properly and long term back in the mix to allow the bench to retain intensity of the start line up, when required. I think we can already see one or two leavers in the likes of Mills, Lance maybe even GJVV (not sure of his contract length) IMO, and maybe one or two other such as Fatiolofa (retirement due to injury.
We can use this season all we like to blood youngsters, but other clubs are using the freedom caused by Sarries demise to get a place in the league they otherwise might not expect i.e. London Irish, Sale and to some extent Briz, even though their owner did suggest 6th was their target this year which i scoffed at at the time. They've certainly put my thoughts on that where the sun don't shine. IMO, we need to be doing something similar with the remainder of the season, and whether its due to hard work, team ethic, fluke or a combo of these factors, lets strive for something much better than a wobbly 10th in the Prem by a LBP over whoever.