Rugby League Week - - Pre Game - BRAD TALO, VIA EMAIL

In the last few weeks I have read posts from very dis­ap­pointed Dogs fans. These are typ­i­cal ex­am­ples: “Never in my 25 years sup­port­ing the Dogs have I seen Dogs sup­port­ers so let-down and be­wil­dered with the club’s di­rec­tion.” “There is no joy in any Bull­dogs games. Even when we win, it feels like a loss.”

Can’t Des Hasler see what ev­ery other Dogs fan sees ? When our play­ers get close to the op­po­si­tion try­line it’s just so damn ob­vi­ous in their body lan­guage that they have no clue what­so­ever what to do with the ball. What does Des do at train­ing ? He fails to re­alise safety-first com­ple­tion rates don’t score you points. For­wards run­ning one-out con­stantly make them easy tar­gets for the op­po­si­tion, and even­tu­ally when you’re be­hind late in a game play­ers are forced to throw more risky passes in an at­tempt to play catch-up.

I think it’s pretty ob­vi­ous that Des is out of ideas. He is in­ca­pable of change, or too stub­born to change. I think it’s time we got a new coach with new ideas. Coaches should de­velop and en­cour­age the skills of their play­ers — skills that got them no­ticed and got them into first grade in the first place. For our board to of­fer to fund Des’ hol­i­day for an­other two sea­sons is just mad­ness.

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