Natasha Whittam wrote:
Like always, we just seem to run out of steam in the second half. Is it lack of fitness or a mental thing? Whichever it is, it's a tough watch for the paying fan.
"Lack of fitness" after an international break? I just don't buy this tiredness thing - if they're tired after 25 minutes, someone wants shooting.
Personally I suspect it's a case of some players with big egos believing their own hype.
We started quick, go two nil up, could have been 5, but instead of putting them to the sword they seem to think they can pass it around like Brazil and slow the pace down.
Runs don't get made to find open space, which narrows the margin of error for passes, which in turn leads to them giving the ball away and suddenly we're in an unnecessarily uncomfortable fight when we should have been out of sight.
Great teams and great players are great because they put the work in to find the spaces - sure they make it look simple, but that's because they've worked hard to get into space. Stop running and we're easy to close down and sloppiness sets in as it did on Saturday. At least our discipline was slightly better and George - one of the few who kept going - managed a whole game without getting booked, which is a bonus.