Chilla Wilson (44)
Would it be bad to expect a retirement anouncement from Morty & Gerrard this year?
He came off at 51 minutes so not sure he helped with all of them. He was pretty sore when I was talking to him as well but he played really well.Think so, but his main improvement has been in defence and reading his man.
Somebody (I forget who, so apologies to whoever it was) summed it up perfectly on Saturday, the incredible vision he has, and used to use to try and spot an intercept opportunity, he's now using to target his man and lay the tackle.
And WHAT A HIT THAT MAN HAS. I could directly attribute three second half Blues turnovers to some poor guy getting smacked by a Vuna pearler.
Oh for sure, it just is frustrating as a fan to have sat through last years defensive problems and then for Lloyd to do that again this year is off putting. Sure he runs some great lines and he will be a good "crash ball" 12 for us when he gets game time, but when he doesn't run out and put the big hit in he makes copybook tackles and is up on his feet competing for the ball quickly.That's big Lloyd's game I am afraid, he is a game changer not an accountant (%s). He will often look for the big hit, sometimes yay sometimes nay. However he will back himself in attack with this mentality, and he runs some great lines.
Hope they fix it, next year. More regional trials, more footage.
I'd bet if you had reds v waratahs final warm up game playing a proper game, the crowds would be just as good.
all the fans want is to see a real game (see full team playing for 2 forty minute halves) to see how the team will stack up. a four quarter rugby game will never attract big numbers...because its a 4 quarter rugby game.
We have an 18 round fucking tournament with another 6 home tests to go with it. We don't need to make money out of every game, or have thousands of people watching.
You compromise the integrity of trial games when you try and make them appealing to the wider public. Whilst I'm sure a lot of people would love a full 80 minute QLD vs NSW trial, I can tell you what would happen- there would be a couple of bad injuries to key players, and the substitutes and wider squad members will be underdone due to a lack of game time.
I realise all the fans want is to see a real game, and... it appears there is one next week! Who would have thought? NSW vs QLD for the full 80. Then there is another one during the season.
My point is there is no need to overdo it. Too many games and the public switch off.