Posted 09 June 2014 - 03:08 PM
Having said all that, John Bastian could still have been in charge, whether that would have been a good or a bad thing, with a little more luck against Leigh.
In the cup game Rovers were starting to take control towards the end of the first half. They were hampered by their tries being scored in the corner, and 12 points could have been 18 if scored closer in, but when Andy Ellis broke from inside his own half a try seemed on, but why do we always seem to get Matty Dale or Jack Bussey backing up instead of the speed men? Andy couldn't get the pass out to Mendy on his right so had to give it to Matty who was tackled on the 20. When we lost the ball on the next play they came downfield and they scored instead to level at 12 all. If that 12 pointer had gone the other way Rovers would have gone into the break 18-6 up, and I feel they would have won. In the 2nd half we lost Bostock, Dale and James to injury, which was the reason we lost our impetus.
The following week Rovers were still without Dale, Bostock and James. You can't take Leigh on with a weakened pack!
On top of all that, would we have lost to Doncaster and Dewsbury with Andy Kain in the side, especially with the form he is in at present? Although Andy played the two games against Leigh he was just returning from injury, and was nothing like the world beater he was on Sunday, so would he have made a difference if fully fit?
So, with a bit more luck, Rovers under Bastian might have been unbeaten, or something very near. Would he still have been in charge, and would this have been a good or a bad thing?
Having reviewed the match reports on our defeats, I feel more confident that Rovers can challenge Leigh at the end of the season, as long as we have already had our fair share of injuries, and the plague doesn't continue, especially with regards to Andy Kain!