With some of our most important players sidelined, fans were at sixes and sevens thinking could we or couldn’t we. When Tyrrell dove over for his second try in two weeks early in the match, we started thinking maybe we were OK.
There was more reason to be positive when Alex Johnston scored after a beautiful run from Issac Luke. Unfortunately, it was not to be. We went missing in the 2nd half and Thurston and his Cowboys got the points in the end.
Let’s not forget we have plenty of fantastic new faces who we are still trying to incorporate into our side, and no matter how brilliant they are, that can take time. On-field relationships are key, and once we get them down pat along with our discipline and ball-control, we’ll be back in the winners’ circle.
We have high expectations as a Club, and that’s not just on the field – it’s in the stands as well. I think back to our leaner years and I remember if we’d had a win, the fans of the opposition team would be inconsolable and I remember thinking: “What is their problem? They win most games and have a great team.” I just could not get my head around feeling bad after a loss when their team was mostly successful. I get it now.
Each team we come up against wants to win just as much as we do. Their fans want the two points just as much as us and when they lose, they feel the same pain that we do. But, it doesn’t matter what you say, a loss is hard to swallow.
This week, we have the Sharks. We have not got the long turn-around that we saw last week. When Sutton, Walker and Reynolds return, they will be fresh, hungry and missing their footy. Our other players will have spread their wings on-field and when they go back to their comfort zones, we’ll be all the better for it. Until then, I know our boys will put on a good show, challenge their opponents and even see some of the young guns take charge. This a great test for us. Gallen against George Burgess will be a spectacle, and with the Fifita twins out, Sam Tagataese and Heighington will no doubt step up.
I believe in our troops and understand it is tough when your plans are mucked up, but we will grow from this.
So take your voices to the Shire, drown the light blue with red and green and bring the fellas home. Our time is now!
Up the Mighty Rabbitohs!