Firstly, I've already admitted being in error about Meli feigning injury let's drop it now eh? He would have been missing for a few games anyway when the disciplinary committee see that assault which was a very bad one indeed!
Injuries are part and parcel of the game, everyone gets them and it's how you deal with them that's important. You rightly point out about being short in the halves, you had one and let him go and he now plies his trade in France?? You point out that you have players playing out of position, that is a particular hobby horse of mine, I say play your reserves that's why you have them. If they aren't up to it then why are they in your reserves?
You ask when teams were afraid of Saints, come on mate, over the last ten years Saints have destroyed some really good teams by playing their own brand of open rugby league. They were never beaten, as Warrington, they could pass the ball about for ages taking it right them left then right again in search of an opening and the opposition were left grasping at shadows. That rarely happens now and I'm sad to say that they have become quite predictable!
You state that you could have won a couple of games that were lost but there have been games you won that maybe you should have lost so that redresses the balance.
Why oh why did they start shoulder charging? The ref gave them a couple of let offs by placing on report two and they still persevered with tactic and for me if you can get into position to shoulder charge you can make a proper tackle, this is something Saints of old would never have done.
I may have come across as anti-Saints and this couldn't be farther from the fact, I love watching Saints and always watch for their results, I've been at Old Trafford and seen you win the Grand Final and want to see this happen again but this squad hasn't a snowball's chance in Hell I'm afraid. You rubbish my suggestion that Saints will not be in the top eight and I admit that will probably not happen but I stand by saying it is NOT unthinkable if you look at he table.
Every team gets injuries but ours are particularly bad at the moment. What makes it worse is that they are in key positions. To be fair, I don't think we have done too bad considering the players we have missing. If you take the first choice 1, 7 and 9 out of any super league team they will be less effective. That is just a fact. There is only 1 or 2 sides that could of coped as well as we have.
Let me ask you a question. Take Wigan, remove Tomkins, Smith, McIlorum, one of their 1st choice props and one of their 1st choice second rowers. Would they be a better team or not? It's a genuine question. I'm not being sarcastic.
You mention the reserves. I assume you mean the under 19's. We have a very good scrum half who has played for the england academy, but he is out with a broken hand. Plus, you cannot expect an inexperienced 18 year old to come into the side and play in the most important position on the field.
Just to illustrate the kind of season we are having, we have used 32 players this year (more than any other team) and that includes 7 academy players making their first team debuts.
I would not have used the term "frightened". That gives the impression of a team turning up to play saints and quaking in their boots. They expected a tough game and knew that they where not going to win. There is a difference there. You are right that we have become quite predictable, but unfortunately so has everyone else. No team plays like Saints used too. If you go back to when Ian Millward was in charge, we had an attitude that said "you can score 40 but its ok because we will score 50". Which current SL team plays like that now? The answer is nobody and it saddens me to be honest.
Also, which games have we won that we should have lost? The saints of old discipline was shocking mate.
Finally, I can sit here now and say that we WILL be in the play offs. When we get our players back, we will be a match for anyone. Look at the table, we are 2 points off 3rd spot.