Outplayed in crucial areas

Outplayed in crucial areas

There have been spots in games where we’ve been really poor then suddenly we’ll produce sections where we’re well in control.

This happened in our 25-point loss to the Lions at Arena Joondalup, but overall, we were outplayed in areas crucial to winning the match.

They out-tackled us, out-ran us and moved the ball better than us ” they’re the areas where we’re struggling for consistency.

Looking at the reasons why we have dropped off this season, one area is the difference it has made without Jason Salecic, Josh Mellington and Mark Hutchings in the side.

They could all kick goals, but also create them.

Another point has been our poor general field kicking and our goal efficiency where we sit at under a 50 per cent average.

We aim for 55 to 60 per cent conversion rate, but that hasn’t come about often enough this year.

Last year, we made a concerted effort to increase our defensive pressure, which has dropped off this season.

This means we’re not creating goals from tackle pressure and repeat forward 50 entries. Salecic and Mellington were especially good in this area of the game.

This year, we’ve relied on Kody Manning and Steve Potente to apply that forward pressure, but with Potente out and Manning injured on the weekend we were lacking.

Looking ahead to the Foxtel Cup grand final against Williamstown, our only definite outs for the journey to Kardinia Park are Matt Guadagnin, Dan Hunt and Kody Manning.

All our other senior players are expected to travel.

Given the short turnaround before the East Perth match, we’ll be allowing the players to do their recovery over there and catch a later flight back to Perth on Wednesday.

We won’t train on Wednesday night.