Although I am not a soccer fan, I took something away from the media hype of the World Cup. The German coach Joachim Loew fielded many questions about his ‘unexciting’ team in the pool matches.
Germany was winning, but not setting the world on fire. Leow’s response to his critics was simple, but powerful: “I don’t care how they win, as long as they do.” They then went on to win the World Cup.
In a similar way, we may have beaten Parramatta, but it was more of a grinding win. We ran out on field and were simply better than our opposition. If we can do this every week from here on in, I have no doubt that we will be in a good place, and if we plod along quietly, we can avoid the media hype and go about our business the way we need to.
But there’s plenty for us to work on. Having 23 missed tackles and 8 penalties conceded will always hurt any team, and our goal line defence needs strengthening. We fix these issues, and we can beat the top teams! We have the drive, the team on paper and the structure. If we get all this right on the day, we go a long way to winning games!
This week against the Raiders will be a good game to test ourselves. Obviously I would much prefer to see Souths win convincingly on a weekly basis, but to get to that stage, we have to get the basics right and correct our faults. It starts this week against Canberra.
I will be quietly hoping that we get our discipline and our defence right, after all, we know we can play a game and only miss five tackles!
Germany’s World Cup win is the example. They flew under the radar and they came out soaring. I bet you every single German deep down believed their team could do it, and they did.
So let’s get behind the boys again this week as they head down to Canberra for round 20!
Up the Mighty Rabbitohs!