What I said wasn’t aimed at you rather a comment about some ‘fans’ in general, but to reply to your comment.. yes analysing player development and supporting the teams and players is what people are in this forum for, that doesn’t mean people don’t overextend their own expectations of players and unfairly critique them when they don’t meet that same fan driven hype, i just prefer the conversation to be a little more pragmatic.
There’s certainly been a decent trend of it at the Reds over the past decade as well where Schoolboys/NRC/QPR/U20s form hasn’t translated to the same level of SR form and young player on. If SR championships were won in pre-seasons based on hype of young players, then Queensland would have half a dozen SR championships now.
Yes guys like Wilson have a lot of potential, but I think people just need to taper their expectations about what he can deliver in SR at this age, it’s a massive step-up and I think it’s unfair to expect too much of him too soon.
In the Brumbies thread, people have listed Reesjan Pasitoa as a starting Brumbies 5/8 for next year, it’s good to be excited, but then there’s unrealistic.
They are professional rugby players, this is a forum?
I doubt they have a problem with it, so I don’t think you should.
Or a rule could be made, eg “No commenting on a player until he is 23 or has had 25 caps for his state.”
No one in that thread was proposing Reesjan as a starter, people were asking about his style of play, because you know, they are from Canberra?
The courier mail reports heavily on schoolboy football, many of which will never be professional footballers.
I think if you are up in arms about a rugby forum talking about a year 12 rugby player who has signed a pro rugby contract, or a 20 year old who just won club player of the year - then I would suggest you need to recalibrate your outrage.