There were some really good games of footy this weekend, especially the Eels-Raiders match on Saturday night, but I was really impressed with the way the Roosters dug deep against St George Illawarra on Friday.
The Roosters are a class above everyone this year.
They’ve got their game plan nailed on. Everyone knows their role really well, they’re working together as a team, it’s very hard to beat their defensive line, their structure is spot on and I think the older guys are really stepping up.
Daniel Tupou is playing some good football, Josh and Brett Morris are in career-best form, Luke Keary is ready to go to the next level and the combination with Kyle Flanagan really suits that side well.
Flanagan looks like he knows his role better than I’ve ever seen from him coming through the grades.
His support play is awesome, he’s really just focusing on punching out the game plan, getting to his kicks and making sure he’s doing that right for his team.
However, a few injuries to that side could really cruel them for a three-peat, and we saw two bad ones on Friday to Victor Radley and Sam Verrills within 15 minutes of each other.
It’s so disappointing to see two real quality football players end their season — you wouldn’t wish that upon your worst enemy.
I believe it was a bit of bad luck and bad timing. I can’t put it down to the surface of the ground, but saying that, I’m sitting from a totally different perspective in the stands.
Radley was probably three or four metres behind the defensive line and came out to try and change the momentum for his side and put a shot on but just got wrong-footed.
It looked like his foot got stuck in the ground, there almost wasn’t enough give. I think that’s how he did his injury.
Verrills was just a freak accident. He’s just gone for a run, nobody’s touched him and he’s done his knee. When you see someone go down like that, you know that’s a pretty scary injury.
With those two players out of action, the Roosters needed their other forwards to step into the gap, and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves did just that.
Waerea-Hargreaves played 73 minutes on Friday against the Dragons, and I think he can step up to that level week after week because he won’t want to let his team down or his club down.
He’s also got a really good partner in Siosiua Taukeiaho, who played all 80 minutes. They’re just running off each other and bringing the best out of each other.
Brisbane Broncos need a change of mindset, but that’s not easy
When I look at the Broncos, I think they’ve got a great side, a good, young team coming through — but at the same time, they haven’t really found their role on how they want to play and what they want to do.
With the teams that are going really well, they’re all on the same page. They’re all doing what’s right for the team. When I look at the Broncos, I feel like they do not have a clear focus on how they want the game to go.
Their leadership is probably a little bit down there as well, they’ve let a lot of guys go and I think that’s probably a part of it, but they can turn it around.
I think it’s all in your head. If you can get your head right, everything will fall into place.
I think you need a good four or five guys to show their leadership, to make sure the guys are on the same page and that they are driving what needs to be done for the club.
If you’ve only got one guy doing it then other guys will go off on their own little tangent, but if you’ve got four or five senior guys leading the way, then all these young kids will get on board with it.
At the moment, I don’t see that from the Broncos, and it’s very hard to change your mindset.
You don’t feel like you’re necessarily doing anything wrong, it just feels like things aren’t working or going your way. But, again, you’ve just got to be able to hang in there and believe in the process, get a couple of really close wins and then start to get that belief back in the jersey.
People say that you need a rock-bottom moment, like Saturday night’s defeat against the Titans, to kick-start your season, but I don’t think you do.
It’s like when people say that if you win 10 games in a row, a team is due for a loss. That’s not true, why do you have to lose?
I know every player up in Brisbane is super competitive and they want to win. At the moment, it’s just not working for them, but I don’t think you need to go through rock bottom to understand.
If I lose one game, it hangs around for a long time and I can’t wait to get out onto the field. To lose week in week out, it would be burning those players.
They just need to get back to basics and do those things really well, stop making those silly errors coming out of their own end and giving away those six-again calls and really just hone in on what needs to be done and focus on that.
If they can just make a bit of a step in the right direction next week and then a little bit more the following week, it will all build up and they’ll start to get a bit of enjoyment in their footy again.
At the end of the day. it’s all hard work, and it all starts on the training park as well, it doesn’t just start on the footy field.
They could come out this weekend and win. That’s a step in the right direction, but, then they can’t go back the following weekend and do what they were doing again.
You’ve just got to be really consistent on how you approach your week.
If you all pull in the same direction, you start to make the game a lot easier.
Luke Lewis was talking to ABC News’s Simon Smale.