"Little" Andy Gregory was in the papers saying that we're now further
behind than in 1990 and that European clubs are way out of it in the WCC.
I assume there's a little kidology in there cos he was also saying that we
hadn't seen the real Salford. (I stayed up on Sunday morning to get very
disappointed by Salford's defence and tactics in the game. I think full
strength Saints or Bradford or Wigan teams would have done the same to
them on that showing).
I don't really agree. Now I can understand that everyone is going to say
what a nutter, but I don't think that in the games I've seen, Warrington
excepted, any of the UK teams have played to their full potential.
London made enough unforced errors to wipe the grimace of Tony Currie's
face. Saints were under strength, but also kept turning over the ball,
Leeds stopped concentrating and Salford were just disgraceful by their own
It all begs the question why. For a start, it shouldn't be about fitness
since ESL are all full time now and that was supposed to stop the rot. And
half the sides have Aussie coaches, and successful ones at that. And I
don't think there's any less skill in the UK sides. So why did everyone
make such poor efforts?
I felt like, Broncos excepted here, half the sides just accepted defeat
too early. We all know Aussie defences are hard. But they are not
unbreakable. If you can't power through them, you have to find ways around
them. But most importantly, you have to avoid mistakes, defend, and wait
for the opportunity to arise. I don't feel that the UK sides showed enough
concentration or determination to win the games and therefore got beaten.
So. basically, I don't think that all hope of European sides winning the
trophy has gone. Allowing one game as a learning experience is fair
enough. Now the teams have to go back and work on putting some willpower
into their games. The big difference for me is in the mental aspects,
communicating in defence, getting into the right positions and the like.
And importantly, concentrating.
So ,I don't think this is like 82 or 86, and I think there are people paid
good money to play who if they're honest with themselves know that.
That's my rant. I can take the teams I support getting beaten, I can't
take staying up all night to watch them fold.