Don`t get too excited with the Warriors` resurgence,impressive though it might be at the moment. As soon as you think they`ve turned the corner,they come up with abject performances a la Penrith. The really worrying thing is that none of them seem to be able to "put their finger" on what goes so pitifully wrong. I`m with you,Mt.Smart,I`d love the Warriors to do well and win the comp,but somehow I think a few swallows do not make a summer.
Matt Elliot came closest to putting his finger on the problem. Well it's more than a problem I could write a novel about why the Warriors are up and down.
CLearly there are things they are good at. Running with the ball, and offloading. To keep this breif the things they are not good at are everything else that it takes to be a rugby league player / team. That's because of the crude development pathway here and the lack of Skills coaches , a small talent pool and noone taking an overview till Elliot got here and treid to align the Juniors and reserves to the first grade teams plan.
Very bad way to run an NRL franchise.
Where Mcfadden has it over Elliot is that he communicates those ideas well to the players. The thing that I'm excited about is seven eighty minute efforts , poor ball handling and turn overs aside, I can see where Mcfadden is targeting the Warriors chronic issues by moving players to new positions and having them stick to a game plan...win or lose....show some patience.
The line speed has improved. For that to happen they had to unravel the damage Ivan Cleary did ( best intentions ) of having too many tradesmen high tackle players cover for other people in the team that are poor defenders.
Johnson and Hurrell are having to make their own tackles under Mcfadden, skinny roving backrowers have been replaced by Big men Like Matulino and Ikahihifo. Voss keeps fapping on about the Warriors new offensive defence. That's come about from changing the Cleary approach.
Sam Tomkins has given the Warriors another player who can pass a ball ( better than any of them in fact ). Chad Townsend looks to be slowly fitting in.
The Key thing is that it has been refereshing to see those three players , stick to a game plan , play continuous structured football ( poorly at first...mistake riddled ) but in time that is where the 'finger' needed to pointed.
Hoffmans on his way to fill a specific role. Run off the short balls from Townsend that Matulino has scored three Try's off ( Matulino never scores ) there is a plan and while there have been so many false dawns.....the Warriors best chance is to have a clear template to use their runners and put away the adlib stuff till it is really needed to try to win close games.
I've written this season off as a rebuilding year.
Permanent change at the Warriors will be measured by whether or not they are competiting past the ill famed 65 minute mark.
Keep that up for the rest of the Season and I'l be over the moon.....seven games down , 14 to go.
Edited by mt smart, 05 June 2014 - 10:25 AM.