gifted them 12 points thanks to naive play. the ball steal was within the rules of the game unfortunately for us and in the second half austin should have been expecting the pass from karl. as has been mentioned he did make himself available and there was nothing wrong with the ball. bonus point or not we were chasing the game and eight points behind with time ticking so had to be a little more adventurous.
austin also should have done better in the right hand corner in the second half. he was flat footed and i expected him to do better as an experienced attacking player.
as hard as dale morton runs he can be a liability defensively. not so much his tackling, which is ok, but his positional play. he may have slipped for taulapapa's try but in reality he wouldn't have got there anyway as he was way out of position. he was also out of position for a 40/20 and was bailed out on more than one occasion by karl.
was a bit worried when i saw karl named at full-back as he isn't quick enough off the mark, but i thought he played well. he made his tackles, didn't make any errors fielding kicks and he was drawing three defenders at kick returns. his ball for austin's try was a peach. he also put his body on the line for the ball in the second half!!
think we missed his defence in the threequarters. for the second week in a row we were found out out wide. would be tempted to put hale in one centre and beckett on his wing. just need to get hale to pass!
after a nightmare first couple of minutes, briggs looked very good. he usually plays at loose and did yesterday, but i'd be tempted to put him in the halves with thacks. tg has to come off the bench.
sorely missing brown and spicer in defence and scott and godwin going forward. aside from thackeray and gallagher, those are probably the four players i'd least want to lose.
stringer's a tool and should have walked for his elbow. knowles was as bad as ever although taulapapa actually behaved himself.
scott turner's developed into a fine player, and his departure is one of the more unfortunate legacies of the warren jowitt era. would also love to have pat walker back at six for us if briggs doesn't work out.
bloem was poor, like he was at swinton, but he's not the reason we lost.