They needed to play better tonight, Gaff was solid but grubbered a lot of kicks, Shep made some uncharacteristic blues and Nic wasn't quite there, understandably as he is short of a run but none of them were great.Shepp, Gaff and NN should be absolutely livid with how this team has played all year, we should've finished top 2 if we played like the reigning premiers. You don't get many chances to win a flag.
This, we cant blame him for that last quarter after we got in front, but this feeling is doubly bad because of him...feels like we’ve gone back 15 years. Awful.It’s not his absence people are blaming I don’t think. Him just missing the game hurt is very different.
Completely deflating news to receive on the eve of a final. Tough to push through distractions like that sometimes.
Needs a bad cop to his good cop. I think Sam Mitchell was this to a certain extent with the mids last finals series.Simpson’s a great coach but they may need a ruthless nasty assistant coach. Have looked soft most year, talent has got them across the line, not many injuries. Big names like Gov Barrass Sheed have been disappointing compared last year.
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