Round 8 - Storm vs Roosters

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Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:33 pm

Had plenty of opportunities in their 20 but just lack creativity. Roosters create and take advantage of opportunities.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:33 pm

yeah, let's just not move up in defense (or run backwards in defense!)... hopeless...
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:35 pm

Roosters are like the only team who know exactly how to work over both our wingers weaknesses. As poor as our attack has been that’s been a huge difference tonight.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:46 pm

Insomniac wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:44 pm
F-ing Suli... #-o
Ditto.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:58 pm

Make sense of that. I dare you.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:03 pm

A game of 2 Smiths.

Both Brandon and Cam were in the driver's seat at the right time. Brandon's energy was infectious and then class rose to the top.

Is it me or are Tino and NAS so damn good that they make Jesse look ordinary? Or is Jesse losing potency too?
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:05 pm

I think it's just good tactical usage of them both. Being injected at the right time to get us on a roll.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:07 pm

Man, that was tough to handle.

What. About. Our. Club.

Forced interstate, star playmaker out injured, facing the defending premiers who looked unbeatable but they never shied away.

God, I love this team.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:08 pm

I see it but I don't believe it.

How incredible was that to come from 10 down with 11 to go? Then in the last 3 minutes of regular time Flanagan penalty goal, Keary field goal and then Papenhuyzen field goal.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:09 pm

Thank you Paps. Wow. :cheers:

And another great game from Hughes - he's been a different player since coming back from his broken hand! Eisenhuth was also impressive with his increased minutes, and Brandon was Brandon. :-D

Overall, what a noticeable lift in intensity from us for the most part, but most importantly, from the very start of the game - keep that up, and even with our struggling attack in the 20, we'll be hard to beat.
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Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:12 pm

If we're going to use Eisenhuth like that then have him in the side. No point playing him for 5 minutes each week though. Finally getting to see why he's being picked.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:22 am

Wake up Friday morning and no it wasn't a dream. What an incredible match.

Just need the Cowboys to beat the Eels by 4 or more points to move to the top of the ladder.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:49 am

What a game! There were some errors but the contest still felt very high quality the entire way through. And a lot of those errors were forced through strong defence.

Hughes was excellent. Didn't overplay his hand and adopted a run first mentality.
Brandon Smith was also very good. His nuggety little body was everywhere and some of his defence was just BRUTAL. He did tire and miss a few tackles but he played 75mins which is great, but I don't think 75mins was the plan.

As great as the game was, I still think we have major issues with our attack. We scored 3 tries directly off the back of Roosters errors but only one try when attacking the red zone... and it was Hughes stepping back in against tired defenders, not any kind of backline movement or set play. We spent >25 minutes in the opposition 20m.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:53 am

And Smithy's goal kicking ultimately won it for us. Didn't miss one.

With limited opportunities I thought he looked pretty good in the halves against top class opposition. Then when Jacks came on and he went back to 9, it changed our point of attack and caused the Roosters some trouble around the ruck.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:55 am

Missed Tackles
Storm - 39
Roosters - 22
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