Grizzly old fart
Two or three players don't make a team. A team is all players putting in. Identifying a few players as somehow the reason for a loss is myopic. OK so players like Weekes and Schuster didn't stand out except for 15 minutes. Not good but where was the rest of the team. Just waiting for them to do something? Sometimes that 15 minutes is the difference between winning and losing. I remember Phil Blake and Johnny Gibbs when they were playing for us. Much of the game you wouldn't see much of them. Then suddenly, and this happened often with Gibbs, he would do what seemed impossible and bingo the game would be won. But that depended on the rest of the team maintaining control of the game. I remember one game at North Sydney Oval. I was there. Manly were trailing but within range. Two remarkable plays by Gibbs led to two tries and Manly won. But he wasn't seen for most of the game. Frustrating but better than not having those skillful players on the field. Brookes copped this criticism at Wests. All Brookes' fault. No wonder he left.