Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Its hard to stay positive at times like these as another season gradually slips away down the sinkhole however one has to accept that the salary cap penalty was always going to take its toll and especially for a team as psychologically fragile as the Warriors.
I think it has been the case for years that the Warriors have had sufficient talent to consistently perform at a top 8 level but its all in the players heads whether they do so or not. For a while it seemed Daniel Anderson had figured out how to overcome this issue and the 2002 season stands as a testament to this. However one wonders looking at todays squad whether Cleary has a chance.
In fact glancing at the photo below of the minor premiership winning team the only survivors from the 2002 grand final team that I can spot in the current 2006 team are Guttenbeil, Koopu and Toopi. Hohaiha is still on contract but never seems to get any playing time these days. Why is this?
I do think Koopu has been long underated and shifting him to the centres seems like it is worth a shot:
Its also worth of note that Bones Byrne has lived up to his name breaking his arm in the first five minutes against the Sharks and is now out for eight weeks.
The Broncoes game could be an embaressment and I am bracing myself for an utter bath.