Game Plan & Attitude 2012

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What I will say that over the last season and a bit is that the game plan looks to be first half keep it tight, play conservative.
What I would usually see is that this does not work. Leaking soft points, poor ball handling, poor decision making in attack. We don't look switched on.

By half time we are typically chasing our tales on the scoreboard despite the low risk approach.

We come out second half and with the coaches permission throw a bit of caution to the wind knowing we have to score.
Amazingly, passes tend to stick, players back up for offloads, we run harder and hit in defense with more rigour.
The mindset of the team switches and it feeds into a performance that looks much more of a team trying to win a game of football. We look more natural.

I know it's early in the season and we did show "some" good signs yesterday but we did that last year to. Does anyone else already getting a here we go again feeling if the game plan isn't amended?

I just don't think our game plan works with this team. We are not Sharks 2008 anymore...we don't look keen on defending set after set, keeping it tight around the ruck in attack, we don't look comfortable or natural.

We have a talented playing roster, this can't be an excuse anymore (bar needing a better defending winger and FB) I think we just need to utilise this team in a different way and play to it's strengths which become more apparant the more I see them being allowed to play to them within a more flambouent structure. It's not about being reckless or becoming the West Tigers but perhaps just about better faciliating what this team can be.

Maybe there has to be a compromise due to fatigue factor, discipline ect and I more than trust Flanno is better qualified than me on how he wants this team to operate but what I will say is that Ricky has long left the building and even the 40 minute grind doesn't look to be doing us any favours.
 

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Not sure I can agree with this. Last year we tended to be best in the first half and then if anything too conservative in the second. There was a lot of games where we dominated early and either hung on to it or lost it at the last minute.

Yesterday we were simply dreadful in the first half. I could in no way agree that it was anything like 2008, or conservative, or grinding football or whatever. We probably didn't have a single set where we got to our kick and rolled it over the sideline for the scrum start in the first half. We did it in the second.

If anything I wish we had a real halfback and could play conservative sets when it's warranted. It would really work to our teams strengths. Then let anything go once we're in genuine attacking position.
 

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Nice rational reply Mark.

We wern't playing to 2008 standards, our poor execution did not get us to that level.
Whether we blitz it in the first half and then fall away we have a real inability or direction on how to win games, whether on top or coming from behind.

No one has to agree with my view but I feel our game plan doesn't give us the direction or structure on how to get the 2 points, execution doesn't help but my point is we are capable of executing and when we do we look really good. I want to know what needs to happen on the field and mentally so we can unlock that more consistantly and carry us over the line into more wins.
 

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Our first half was pathetic. I was already sharpening the axe for Flano then we sprung to life for around 20 minutes. I still think Flanagan is a poor coach who tries hard. I'm a bit over him crying foul after every loss. He should take a bit of the blame himself. All in all we got the rub of the green in the first half and i just looks like we got molested because our poor decisions came at more crucial times. I struggle to see why he played DeGois for as long as he did. On a stinking hot day DeGois should have been rested after 30 minutes. Morris looked sharp when he came on but I still think he should be playing the 30-50 minute period.

DeGois burns alot of juice with his strong defence and when he gets tired he makes mistakes (he is only human). Flanagan clearly hasn't learned to adapt to the flow of the game and clings to that clipboard like grim death. I still think we are a good team and we should bounce back next week but we have to play for the full 80.
 

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I think that's a good observation Tef, so much of what we do out there looks so random and situational awareness and adaptability needs to be better from the coach.

Maybe he's reluctant to make certain changes in the game fearing it could create a new a bigger problem.

That last 5 minutes should have been about settling down, securing field position and tighthening up our defense but we looked in disaray and panicky.
 

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I hold the coach accountable for his selections, for example not choosing a real half back.

Once those decisions are made, and we play without structure etc I can't put that down to 'game plan'. The issue is that we are lacking the player on the field that is needed.

Just something I've noticed anyway.

There's no way the first half was a 'game plan'.
 

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I'm sure there was some sort of plan in place for the first half just that horrible execution meant we never saw it but my read on it was detrementally different to that of the second. I.e. it was more than just execution and player choice, I'm going off what I have seen with Flanno for the last season and a bit here not just yesterday.
It seems we typically play decent footy seemingly for 30-50 mins per game and amazingly even with that we have had some close games. I think it is more than just an opposition tiring.

There's a very good team in here, but it's just not being brought together and don't give me that 'it takes time for combos to gel bla bla' These are professional players, alot of them rep players who need to learn others games very quick and usually cope.

I really hope yesterday was just about nerves and the heat, we can't wait until mid season to get it together like last year.
 

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We played tough guys, we have some real tough players out there!
**** how many times we heard this before from the coach. I am sick of playing tough, just win the bloody game.
 
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