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Something is wrong

By Leipziger
November 1 2015

I left KP pretty quickly after full-time today, and when I got back to the car at Bank Foot station there was a gentleman pacing around.

He asked me the final score, and said he’d left the ground after an hour because the Falcons’ performance was so bad. He was waiting for his mates, and had presumably been waiting for about twenty minutes.


I’ve never left a game early due to the score or performance, but today was the third time I’ve been tempted to. I’ve seen the Falcons play at Kingston Park well over two hundred times and that was one of the very worst home games I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure, but I think thirty-eight points may be a record home defeat margin for us too.


There was no creativity, no inspiration, little sign that the players really knew how to combine in moves.


What was perhaps most worrying was something that happened at around sixty-five minutes. The Falcons had the ball at the breakdown on our own 22 – I think we might have won a turnover – and out of about ten players in a line across the pitch, at least half barely moved and looked to have no interest in getting the ball, supporting team-mates or moving forwards.


That suggests to me a lack of confidence and very poor morale. Whatever, I think we can all agree that something is wrong at Kingston Park, and whatever has broken over the summer, it needs to be fixed quickly.


People will (and already have) blame the coaching team, and certainly they have work to do. On paper we have a good squad, but then it might not be as good as some of us think. I believe the players also need to have a good think, and that’s where I’d start.


Since I’m going to be taking my first baby steps in the personal development industry this week, I’m going to offer the Falcons a suggestion on their initial response to today’s game:


Tomorrow morning at 9am, get absolutely everybody involved in the playing side – from the physios right up to Deano and right down to the academy professionals – into KP. First, make it clear that this performance was absolutely unacceptable and it is everybody’s responsibility to ensure that we do better in the future.


Second, give everybody a pen and paper, and tell them to spend half an hour in silence, thinking and writing down everything that they feel is working and what is not working within the club. These should be anonymous to encourage honesty, and common themes can then be worked on.


That’s how I’d handle things anyway, before going on to the video analysis.


My final thought for now is something that I wouldn’t have worried about if we’d won today or even played well in defeat:


In the first paragraph of Deano’s programme column, Juan Pablo Socino is referred to as One Pablo Cappuccino. If that’s a joke/nickname, then that’s fair enough. If it’s a result of somebody failing to proof the voice recognition typing, then it doesn’t give a good impression of a culture of quality within a small and tight-knit business.

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Something is wrong (IP Logged)
01/11/2015 19:09
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Re: Something is wrong
Jackie Cabbage (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 09:44
Excellent write up Leipy....

Re: Something is wrong
Wensleydale Falcon (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 14:33
Nothing wrong!!

From what I see there is a massive togetherness within the squad and its a happy camp all looking to pull together for the same aim.

The players are extremely disappointed in their Recent performances and I'm sure working as hard as they can to put things right not just for the fans but most importantly for their " professional pride "

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Psycho (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 16:12
If there's nothing wrong then things are worse than it seemed even on Sunday evening. If it genuinely is a happy camp and everyone is pulling in the right direction, together, then it's difficult to see what can be changed to avoid relegation. At least if there's something wrong it can be put right.

By the way, if sheer hard work from now can put things right, then something is most certainly wrong. That work should have been being done for months now.

Re: Something is wrong
Kwa444 (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 16:40
Can't be that wrong mentally if Sinoti re-signed with us. That is the best news in about 4 months and a pretty big surprise considering how well he played last season.

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Cantabrian (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 17:03
Ah! Wonderful to see the Soviet style effusiveness,learn that the five year plan is still bang on course and everything is going to be allright.

Wonder why we're bottom of the table?

Re: Something is wrong
Osric (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 17:48
Supporter = one who supports, encourages, approves

Critic =one who judges, evaluates, expresses judgements, fault finder

(Pedantic pain = one who posts this kind of stuff on a forum designed to encourage debate)

Re: Something is wrong
Kwa444 (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 19:56
If I recollect we lost to Saints last season - though we were more competitive and scored more (they scored about the same). We did beat Exeter at home In the league though it was a huge surprise and the total over the season was 3-1 to them in games. I believe the other 3 had scorelines where they scored the same amount, although we scored more too!

Granted we beat Glaws in the same fixture last year, but opening games are a lottery.

Clearlywe have problems , but being well beaten by Saints and Exeter is not a great way to judge. If your attack is good you score more than 3 points as you keep defences honest or penalised. If your defence is good you don't concede 40 points or 30 , although in the AP 20 is not unreasonable against good oppo.

From that I discern we need to work on attack and defence. Defence is easy as we need a coach - simple. Attack not so. Sides have us worked out, our attack needs rethinking.

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Wensleydale Falcon (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 20:24
Trying to work out what category I'm in there Osric?

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Wensleydale Falcon (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 20:35
I can only say it as I see it and as always we all have our own various opinions and views.

If there were any issues/problems within the camp which appears to be the view of some posters here why would so many players be joining the club and players like Scotty Lawson, Scotty Wilson, Sinnotti Sinnotti and more be extending their contracts.

We have had an awful lot of coming and goings again over the close season and it is going to take a little time to all come together.

Once it does I believe that we will have a decent season and I'm still confident that we will get a 8th or 9th place finish.

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Leipziger (IP Logged)
03/11/2015 21:02
Wensleydale Falcon
If there were any issues/problems within the camp which appears to be the view of some posters here why would so many players be joining the club and players like Scotty Lawson, Scotty Wilson, Sinnotti Sinnotti and more be extending their contracts.

Those players signing doesn't necessarily mean that everything is rosy. Lawson is getting on so may not want to move south, and may not think he'll get offers from bigger clubs. Wilson might think he will get more of a chance to develop by playing for the first team with us than other clubs. Sinoti is playing the best rugby of his career with us, and maybe he sees something here that is helping him do that.

I don't think everything is terrible either, I just think there is something a bit amiss.

Wensleydale Falcon
Once it does I believe that we will have a decent season and I'm still confident that we will get a 8th or 9th place finish.

Oh yes, definitely.

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Northumbrian (IP Logged)
04/11/2015 18:29
Most of the first half performances have been dreadful, and that includes the Kings of North cup. A lot of games last season were lost by small margins. You could almost think that were taking it easy at the start of the match to be the fitter team at the end!

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Dr. B. (IP Logged)
05/11/2015 19:59
And here's me planning my first visits to KP for a good number of years now .....

Sounds like I could be wasting my money if it wasn't for the opportunity to slurp an ale with some old friends.

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