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Posted by: talkshowhost86
Date: 27/10/2017 14:40
Quinky Kin
Quinky Kin
Whilst I don't doubt that our club have a good spirit amongst them, if that's not actually following a particular plan then it won't be enough on many occasions.

What I find heartening is the passion shown by the team, and the fact that they clearly have unity. When we win a vital turnover or scrum, you can see how close they are.

What I find disheartening is how this can crumble so easily during a game and heads drop when the going is bad.

Maybe it is because they don't all follow the same plan. Is it that they don't trust the plan, or that they aren't good enough? Or does the plan just not work?

No way of knowing, but personally I think we're a team of good individuals who are all close as a team, but who are getting very little direction from on high (or they are getting direction that they don't believe in and therefore don't listen to) and are therefore largely doing their own thing.

That's why we'll get the odd sparkling performance (like against Sarries at the Stoop in recent years) or we'll get the odd gritty win (Wasps in the league this year) but ultimately it will never be consistent, and as you say if it doesn't immediately click we just fall apart.

They need someone to come in and shake them up, get them to do something a bit different and really buy into what the team is doing.

I don't think JK and the current team are able to do that.

The conundrum is that when it does click, we ARE good enough. So maybe the issue is a psychological one? Maybe it's a trust or confidence issue? Whether that's trust in coaches, players or systems.

I believe that if we can perform well consistently, we'd be contenders. I agree that the players are skilled and capable, but the inconsistency is what puzzles and frustrates me.

As I've said, the reason I think we see them click sometimes is because we actually have a very decent squad of players when everyone's fit. Even if they were coached by nobody, their talent alone would get them the odd fantastic performance.

But in terms of why we don't see it consistently? I'd certainly be looking at the coaches before looking at any pyschological issues (not that the two are mutually exclusive).

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