Loads of positives, we more than matched the Rams, we were the better side, but crucially didnt get points on the score board that our superiority deserved, thats one of the many differences about this level.
To compound all that we made a couple of silly errors like when Crooky didnt make touch with a fairly simple penalty in our half and the Rams scored almost directly. Loads of endevour and some strong defence which was pleasing.
Creativley though we offered very little from half back area, general speed of play was better, but we where pretty easy to read going forward, and our no 7 got clouted a fair few times as he only managed to get the pass away at the very last minute, a bit to predicatable in the halves. In all though a really positive half.
The Rams stepped up a gear while we seemed to drop down a gear or two, experinece, fitness, a lack of match practice and running out of attacking options caught us out. Without doubt the final scoreline flattered the Rams in the end, but these are the sort of painfull lessons we will have to learn from, Dews were ruthless, as will most other sides in this division
Would I describe it as a capitulation? no not at all there where some very positve signs indeed, but we need to learn fast now, and will only get better from the experence, I hope!
Dissapointing - Yes. Disaster - Not at all.
I was quite suprised at the amount of changes made, if we should have learned anything from last years dual reg programme, it is that selections must be consistent, bringing players in for the odd game here and there doesnt work, but to be fair on Sunday the dual reg palyers did look decent and jelled really well.
The new Aus / Fijian signings will only boost the squad depth, I am really hoping we see Millard starting at No7 vs Keighley this week which should hopefully give us a new dimmesion going forward.
Oward Hornets Onward!
Edited by ormskirknet, 25 February 2014 - 12:37 PM.