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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:47 pm 
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If GB do not sack Wayne Bennett and immediately put Watson in charge we are going to be flying home as a laughing stock.

Once again the exact same awful boring Bennett tactics of one out drives and flat attack until the players took control and decided to play more expansive in the last 10 minutes.

And yes, Josh Hodgson is now beginning to really annoy me. One of the worst GB hookers since i started watching the game. I dont care how good he is at Canberra, he just does not cut it at International level.

James Graham, what is he doing other than acting as a 3rd prop thats well past his best? 10 minutes each half of O'loughlin would of been better than long spells of Graham just making the numbers up.

Hastings and Widdop stand no chance due to the way players are stood flat around them.

The tactics are wrong, the team is unbalanced full of big slow diesel burners with no flair, its crying out for a Sam Tomkins, somebody that can step around players or beat a man on the outside and make something happen.

Id even be tempted to play Regan Grace next week. At least the guy has speed and is elusive instead of these 2 prop forwards we have playing on the wing.

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The_Enforcer wrote:If GB do not sack Wayne Bennett and immediately put Watson in charge we are going to be flying home as a laughing stock.

Once again the exact same awful boring Bennett tactics of one out drives and flat attack until the players took control and decided to play more expansive in the last 10 minutes.

And yes, Josh Hodgson is now beginning to really annoy me. One of the worst GB hookers since i started watching the game. I dont care how good he is at Canberra, he just does not cut it at International level.

James Graham, what is he doing other than acting as a 3rd prop thats well past his best? 10 minutes each half of O'loughlin would of been better than long spells of Graham just making the numbers up.

Hastings and Widdop stand no chance due to the way players are stood flat around them.

The tactics are wrong, the team is unbalanced full of big slow diesel burners with no flair, its crying out for a Sam Tomkins, somebody that can step around players or beat a man on the outside and make something happen.

Id even be tempted to play Regan Grace next week. At least the guy has speed and is elusive instead of these 2 prop forwards we have playing on the wing.


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Time feels right for a fresh approach. A guy who seems happy to be doing the job would be a start.

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Amen to (nearly) all that; as I've argued before, Hodgson is not a bad player, his record at Canberra shows that clearly. But if Bennett can't get him to work well in the England/GB set-up, it's up to him to play someone who can, be it Clark or anyone else. But Hodgson wasn't the reason GB lost. Bone-headed tactics and a lack of pace (and, frankly. skill) were. McGillvary just has to score that try. You just can't drop those. Great effort by Bromwich, yes, but that was the game right there.

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Same tactics as last week and in the 9s.

You can only try and beat teams in the margins when they are equal to you, when they’re better than you then you have to try something different.

Picking an ageing out of form side set the alarm bells ringing for me but the poor tactics and not having a plan B is very poor for such an experienced coach.

It was like watching 17 strangers, the wingers are out of form, too slow and too big. The halves didn’t gel, Hastings hasn’t raised his game he seems to have shrunk into himself, maybe because he’s not British (Just like Rangi Chase didn’t step up). Hodgeson is impotent, Hill and Graham are too old and slow and most of all there was no leader on the pitch.

What we need is a bit of creativity and forward to offload.






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He should go, but at the end of the Tour not half way through.

Question marks were raised when the squad was announced. 2 wingers & 1 centre. Injuries to players in the Grand Final probably had a say in that. Markinson & Percival surly would of both be in the 24 to begin with. The 2,3,4,5 pick themselves with the Squad that was named.

Wane would certainly add more passion (Surly though playing for your county is enough to fire you up) but would it be more attractive Rugby or just the same.

Graham is passed it
Hill never has offered anything

G.Burgess & Watts should be in the 17 nevermind the 24.

Hodgson has never really set the world alight on the international stage.

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Lomax or Widdop

Coote (He is in the squad and a back, saves player a backrower out of position!)
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Conner
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Hastings

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Graham (he won't drop the captain)
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Philbin

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Jones
Walmsley
Hill - (no other prop!)






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Not yet watched the game as I’ve been in work. Probably sit down to watch it tomorrow.

WB should go, but not in the middle of a tour. I suspect he won’t be GB coach again given the tours are every 4yrs (IIRC) and off the back of this tour I’d like to think the RFL would look deeply into WB moving forward as England coach.

Ultimately for me the job must be the only coaching job that coach has and a full time role. I do think it would suit Shaun Wane down to the ground but it’s a massive gamble on his part; if he takes it and isn’t successful he can kiss goodbye to an NRL gig. However if he is successful he will get a gig there. But therein lies an issue onto itself, the England job being used as a stepping stone to an NRL job.

Realistically the list to do the job in a full time basis is a pretty small list and that is a huge issue. If/when WB is moved on we will probably select an already employed coach and we’ll go no further forward. That’s why for me it needs to be a full time role.






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I struggle to see the need for a full-time coach as long as actual international matches are like hens' teeth.

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Not half way through a tour, but after this, I agree. I feel like we have missed a golden opportunity with Hall, Graham, Roby, S.Burgess and Lockers. They were all equivalent or better than anyone else in the world, all at their peak at the same time, and still couldn't win anything, and some of them didn't even pick up any wins against the aussies. Who's going to be in that bracket now they're all retired/over the hill? Bateman is the only one I have much confidence in.






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Bennett is an ozzie. That tells me all I need to know as far as being the Great Britain coach.






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