I am not sure I agree that this is just the players fault. John Kear and the coaching team have to take some responsibility. Kear is a good old fashioned coach, but these days with much more knowledge about fitness regimes and nutrition, the physical abilities of rugby players have to be a done deal. Games are actually won on the game strategies and the psychological fitness of the team. It has been well documented on this forum that some of Kear's gameplays have caused problems all season. Added to this he appears to have lost his leadership of the team and is incapable creating any team spirit or motivation - I am starting to wonder if these is why so many of our lads are leaving
The effort from the Batley players today was good and the performance was alot better than last week but again with ball in hand Batley played the same one man rugby(even allowing for todays showers during the game) and there are too many players who do not or do not have the ability to pass the ball.Whether this is down to coaching or the ability of the individual players is open to debate.
Batley in the first half of the season won games due to being fitter than the opposition. Other teams are now matching Batley's fitness and if you are playing one man rugby with no dummy runners then Batley will continue to struggle to score points.
The frustrating part is Batley have got nothing to lose in throwing the ball around. We cannot be relegated and based on the performances during the first 3/4's of the season we have no chance of making the Grand Final.
Edited by bulldogtrev, 28 July 2013 - 04:35 PM.