I thought that the Giants looked good. Brown had it right - you can't let Saints camp near your line and expect to win. The margin was harsh, but that's the nature of the modern game. Not a terrifying performance by the winners by any means, but Wigan have to overcome Leeds - and that will be some challenge - even to get the right to test out the Saints defence in the backs.
I wonder how much the emotion has taken out of Saints? I recall Wigan really lifting themselves for the alst game at Central Park and then being flat afterwards, We'll know soon enough.
Life after KC* will be interesting, given that Saints fans are already turning on Kyle and he was supposed to be the new messiah. No ground and no KC* should make next year a tough one for them.
Not turning on Kyle by any means, but you can't expect a half back to be on top form after missing the last 8 matches. Potter was 50/50, whether to play the guy, that in my opinion means you don't play him. Unless he's showing 80 to 90% in training, then why bother.
It's the jumbling of the team for a half fit player that will not serve us well. You have to pick those on form who are fit. Kyle will be back to his brilliant self soon enough. This is his first year at the 1st pick for number 7, he has alot of years ahead of him and there is no need to rush him back to be carried through a game.
We played the 2nd half with 16 men but the first half Eastmond did not contribute, either because he was nervous of injury, not match fit, or just not up to speed with the team after not having played for the best part of 2 to 3 months.
Smith was by no means as effective as he was against warrington, but he was still in the game even when we where getting pegged back.
Supposedly Fasavalu was fit for the warrington game, but I don't see us playing him, probably because he's not match ready, but the same rule does not seam to apply for eastmond. If it was a league game fair enough but in knock out football you can't afford to carry anyone just because they are a big name who may or may not impact on the game.
Edited by bewareshadows, 25 September 2010 - 12:19 PM.