Some seem to forget we had Hunt, McInnes and Bird out last week. Three of our main players.
Bird will be back - but not the other two.
Those two are a very important part of the team.
If the eels win 5 in a row at the start of the season...83, 86. Winners Grand final.
Will be a big ask of the dragons to win this one but it is not beyond them.
Parra have a much "beefier" pack than the knights so we cant afford to have Ramsey and Dufty running the ball back or out off our line into the Parra Pack like we were lucky to survive doing last week against the knights.
Our Pack even though it was one out running did well last week in the second half against a tiring and injury riddled Knights.
Against Parra Power we are going to have to play smarter and use the ball a lot more.
Our defence is going to have to show that Mongrel and move up to stop conceding big metres to the opposition.
If they get in the close high last tackle kicks the Knights did the likes of Ferguson and Co will be there to contest the ball against our shorter guys.
Parra havent been setting the world on fire BUT they have been winning while Guthertson would have to be the form Fullback
still learning is fine but they are not B Mozz or other larger wingers like Ferguson who can return the ball off our line after kicks have been fielded.Ram and Duffs are learning.
All we need is a good start and a helpful Ref.
still learning is fine but they are not B Mozz or other larger wingers like Ferguson who can return the ball off our line after kicks have been fielded.
I can understand using Ravi but some of our more mobile forwards need to be quicker getting back to take the ball up.
Ramsey and Dufty are our best assets in any open play not short run into a huge pack of forwards so they should not be wasted on that task.
We also cannot keep conceding so many "six again" plays.
That rattling cow bell has to be one of the most annoying and disheartening sound in the game today.
Our defence has been much improved and the pressure they have applied has resulted in errors by the opposition and some penalties that have levelled out possession.
I think those errors that keep us in the game wont happen or will be a lot less against the top sides so we need to address that possession stat before it becomes a real problem.
Helpful Ref? is there such a thing? I know some might need to visit OPSM before a game though.