Really? You cannot take anything from that game at all that could be useful for our league? For example, did Saints ever give up? And are people right to come to the conclusion, as many are doing, that just because one score was lopsided SL is somehow as far behind the NRL as people said it once was? Do the reasons for Saints' under-performance (because they may never have won the game but they definitely under-performed by their own standards) not speak to teams about how they choose/train their fullbacks, what is required to defend at that level, what kind of coaching should be given to their halfbacks, etc, etc? What about pre comp - I mean, Cunningham I think was foolish to go with the same team in the two matches prior to the WCC. He gave the Rabbits two games of valuable research. These are things that could actually prove very useful to the sport over here in developing its own game.
That was a disappointing game, most of all for Saints fans and especially given the wonderful build up before the night and on the night. I am still not over the sense of disappointment and missed opportunity but even I know that regardless who we played and regardless of how well we played, Souths were too good. If we had performed to our ability and if Cunningham had chosen his players and tactics wisely then we would have been closer to Souths because (a) we would have defended as well as we have been doing since September last year and ( b ) we would have had at least one other attacking threat than Roby on the pitch so we may have actually scored a try. But then again, the Bulldogs could only score one in their GF against the Rabbits and Manly I think it was conceded 40 points against them last season so maybe no matter what Saints did, Souths would have just been too good.
Yes they didn't give up but we want to be the best and by that standard it was a poor performance. Saints have a lot of young players and hopefully they will learn from the experience, which from the words of Cunnnigham, Lomax and Wilkin, they seemed determined to do. The Rabbitohs are a great team and lets hope if the two teams meet again next year Saints beat them.