2023 NRL Round 19 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Wests Tigers 7:50pm Thursday 6 July @ Commbank Stadium

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Even though it was bog boring, I'm really happy with the way we approached this game. Rather than throw it around looking for points from the first set, we settled into the controlled style we'll need for the tougher teams. Nice job Fitzy
Yeah Fitzy's presser definitely referenced that this was the idea. Said something along the lines of trying things this week to build off into the coming tough month.
 

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Even though it was bog boring, I'm really happy with the way we approached this game. Rather than throw it around looking for points from the first set, we settled into the controlled style we'll need for the tougher teams. Nice job Fitzy
Also I think fitz has it in the back of his mind with what happened last year and going to hard to early.

I sense we are getting the job done and hoping to really kick it into gear coming into the semi's
 

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It's an 80min game & by the 80th min we were well in front. Its pro footy, rarely does 1 team come out & immediately have it all their way. Those sides aimed up early but couldn't go with us for anywhere near long enough - same way most top side v bottom side matches go, bottom side gives it everything for as long as they can, top side keeps to the processes & absorbs it all till the lesser mob fade away & the cream rises. Storm used to do this to nearly everyone having it close at 60 & a 30+ gap after 80.
When theres turn overs, penalties and set restarts we lack grit and composure in defense, our goal line defense is a worry. In form teams who are more clinical will run through us
 

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When theres turn overs, penalties and set restarts we lack grit and composure in defense, our goal line defense is a worry. In form teams who are more clinical will run through us
Absolutely. These are my concern areas. Not whose wearing what number or deserves a go from reggies & certainly not our attack.
 

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Would have winning 60-0 actually changed anything in fans minds about our team and made them think suddenly oh we have turned the corner and can push for the premiership? No ofcourse not

It would have be just another oh It's just the Tigers , we destroyed them because they are crap but why didn't we get to 70 points we r so badd

Winning against the Tigers even if was to be in a big way isn't go to be the week this playing group turns the corner (flicks the switch).

If we are going to turn the corner and start convincing the doubters (including ourselves) it will happen against one of the Top 8 sides we face, ideally starting on the weekend in the Warriors. Put on a good display in those sort of games then we can feel happy that we are genuine and on the right path.

I am happy and relived to have won but in the context of a season and finals campaign I could care less about "only" getting a 24 point win over the Tigers on some Thursday night in Parramatta. No one will remember this game in a few years.

Sure it's fun to watch us blow someone away and wrack up the points and it's good for our F/A but they aren't the sort of wins that build the character and confidence to steel us through the back end of the season.

We came out in the second half and got the job done, we don't lose to rabble like this anymore. That's not complacecy we are just clearly better than the bottom half of the comp and have alot more tools and firepower at our disposal + more experience using them to get victories.

There were some improvements (completions & controlling possession / field position) and we did what we needed to do. I would much prefer putting our energy, mongrel and focus into tougher games coming up.

I said in the pre-game discussion that sometimes the Tigers turn up and have a crack and well guess what for about 50 mins they did just that.

It's completely unrealistic and unfair to expect to play perfect footy and romp home 50 to nil wins every time we come up against a lower ranked team and then when we don't do it say we were terrible.

We weren't cause a terrible team might have lost that game. We blew them away when push came to shove and we needed to get the business done. Same as last week against Dragons.

We all don't feel that great about where our defense is at (and our at times erractic attack) but I think we have all gotten so down in the dumps we have forgotten how to enjoy and celebrate a win and need to get over what the scoreline result is vs. what our expectation was of a "Top 4" team. We won, we got the 2 points and away from home.

It's in the books and now we move on.

Every week in the NRL is different, different weather, different players, different refs, different grounds - there are alot of variables at play that build towards a result one way or the other.

If it doesn't work out for us this year it doesn't mean it can't next - it took Flanno 5+ years (granted he started with a terrible squad)

Just 1 win against a strong top 8 side could really light the fire in this mob (and us fans). In the mean time the wins against the dross keep us in the picture on the ladder and hopefully are a springboard we can eventually launch from.
 

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this next month is going to be hectic

i love it

We have people in here who think we’re perfect literally and people who think we have some more learnings/gaps
The Realists aka the “sooks” - 1

The pretenders - big fat ZERO
 

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Haha man you're arguing against no-one. Who are the people who think we are perfect?
To the people that were mad that we weren’t jizzing over the tigers win but youre right because they’ve been obliterated to smitherines 💣
 
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To the people that were mad that we weren’t jizzing over the tigers win but youre right because they’ve been obliterated to smitherines 💣
So no one thought we were perfect?

I don't even think anyone was jizzing over the tigs game. Some people didn't think there was as much to worry about, others did. It's possible for arguments to sit somewhere within the middle of the extremes.
 

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So no one thought we were perfect?

I don't even think anyone was jizzing over the tigs game. Some people didn't think there was as much to worry about, others did. It's possible for arguments to sit somewhere within the middle of the extremes.
Thanks proud shark

Proud of your efforts
 
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