I was a bit disappointed by Sam on the 2nd day, it was almost like he lacked the confidence to run at them. For some reason he does seem to have muted his running game somewhat.
What happened to Sam on day two ?
We were melting in the heat in the stands sitting on our chuffs drinking ice cool drinks and wearing Mexican Sombrero's.
By Day two I could only lift one token arm for a Mexican Wave round ( the drinking arm , never fails me ).
The Cowboys trained in the hottest Rugby weather in the world.
They watched the Warriors , so did the other teams , it was apparent that if you put two players on Tomkins and Johnson and slow their play the ball down ( especially Tomkins play the ball ) the Warriors had very little left.
The Question going into this was ' will a Thirteens style team or a sevens style team win it '
Three of the four finalists were thirteens styled teams. The two grand finalists were pure thirteens styled teams.
Next year the NZW will have to back Tomkins and Johnson up with their Thirteens forwards.
Mateo is essential , that gives them another play maker to take the heat of ST & SJ
Mannering is essential ( Like Including Lockers in a Wigan Nines team )
Matulino would have matched Tamou , Taumalolo and Fuifui moi moi , the three stand out Forwards of the tournament.
Next year Tomkins and Johnson will have to be fully supported with the real deal forwards to have any chance.....already the Rabbitohs are talking about G.I. and the Roosters will reassess things if they don't win any thing ( i.e. the premiership ) .
Edited by mt smart, 17 February 2014 - 10:03 PM.