I do t know who as I don't know who's cock up it is, and as for why - it could cost us our place in this league and in any walk of life if anyone makes such a monumentous balls up of something they are accountable for it.
I meant why is it the accountable persons fault.
Most fingers will point at Phil, and maybe rightly so. But as far as assessing the imported players, surely he has trusted reports on the players by other coaches ( Demitriou for instance) because I don't believe for one minute they have been signed on the back of a youtube video. Is it his fault if they were injured or unfit when they landed? Is it Phil's fault his no 1 half back recruit can't get a visa? Is it Phil's fault Haven are currenlty courting our best players offering them big money which may or may not be affecting the dressing room?
Yes he has to shoulder some of the blame but it would be extremely harsh in my opinion to sack him when it isn't all his fault.
To me we simply have no leader on the field, the game management is awful. First half with the gale behind us the players were standing 10 yards apart and consequently passes were getting blown all over the place and we hardly completed a set. We very nearly ran a penalty and the ref saved their bacon. Somebody should be controlling that on the field.
Our kicking out of hand was the usual poor quality, and coupled with the penalty count we couldn't get any sustained pressure on them.
Second half we played better with passes going to hand and got in front but our attacking play is so predictable that we couldn't keep the pressure on them, I just can't understand why it has gone backwards so much. They got back on top with some good kicks and our heads went down.
I felt for Tierney as he looked a threat, tried his heart out and was my MOM today.
Although everyone wants another Mully or big Jimmy landing on our step, give them a break. I bet if you ask the two lads they will not be happy with their impact so far. Not only have they come half way around the planet but we play a completely different style of rugby to the Aussie's.
I haven't threw the towel in on either of them. Let's face it hardly any of our squad are playing out of their skins, but because these lads have had the balls to come out here they suddenly have targets on their backs if they are not ripping it up. Once the pitches dry up I think you will see 2 much better players, confidence is a funny thing and if the team is under performing these lads are bound to feel some pressure as all eyes are on them. We had just better hope they don't read this forum or they will be booking flights home and then where will we be?
Get behind the whole team as the way Mr Eilbeck is fluttering his eyes and wallet some might decide the grass is greener If all they get is grief.
I still have faith that everyone at the club is doing their very best to finish as high as possible in the league. All you experts just revel in the glass half empty scenario so you can whine.
Instead of bleating on how clever you are and being critical think about where we were 5 years ago and on poor crowds how far the BOD have taken us. As you are by far the most knowledgeable poster on here maybe you can come up with a magic formula for the club. Yes with 2k crowds we could tell Wane to stick his DR but without you and your superior brain power the club is having to do the best they can.
But I still have faith in the players, BOD, and coach.
Mistakes cost us the game, but we are desperate for a half who can manage the lads on the field and is aware of what is happening around him and can kick.
All game they had good line speed with a full back either very deep or in the line and not once did anyone try and dink one over or through them. Not one 40:20 tried when the kicker was behind the 40.
Then the full back gets ten minutes and only one bomb tried and just kept battering up the middle. How many times did we get caught in possession on last tackle?
The game management today was simply awful.
Not having a go at the lad but it shows that Tee isn't quite there just yet, Brett and Elliott will hopefully be back for next week.
Time to panic yet townie123?
I hope some folk have had chance to step back and think about last night, go back and read troutmasters training report.
We have injuries that would affect any squad, lads putting their hand up to play when injured and more injured on the field. We are in a very tough league, and while we have improved so has everyone else. The lads deserve credit not getting caned, we had lads playing last night that only have minimal experience at this level. Every mistake was punished to the full and they will learn from it.
I'm not getting into the DR it is what it is and I still have faith in Phil and the lads to turn it around.
Up the Town.
Don't get me wrong, we were poor in some areas. But I didn't expect such a harsh reaction. I'm not going to pick anyone out and slate as it's hard enough playing once a week nevermind twice.
Take out the 18 points we gifted them and the way both teams play the game changes. The simple truth is we still lack a midfield leader to manage the game for us. The 3 errors that led to the 18 points were hard for the effort the lads put in, but once behind we didn't look like we could get back into it. I think Dewsbury were a pretty decent team and played well especially once in front.
The player we are short of is probably the most difficult player to get hold of. If Farkas does arrive there will be loads of expectation on the poor lad to perform miracles.
Every player tried their hearts out, and we had players filling in positions all over the pitch. Hopefully we get some battered bodies a bit of a rest and use the DR for Sunday.
It's disappointing but it's time to give the lads our support not beat the siht out of them.