@Kirwan how many of these forward coaches have been North Harbour coaches?
Remember turning up to a Northland vs North Harbour game and watching Parsons out on the field warming up with throws and then running and stepping - with no other players around for about 20mins. So great work ethic but he just doesn’t have impact. Strength is lineout throwing. Weakness is his lack of athleticism around field which really shows in 2nd half. His performance last week was poor and follows a number of games where the lineout has been weak. Hookers of the modern era are ball carrying / ball running players. I think not having a more dynamic player ( anyone else ) in this position significantly impacts the Blues go forward
In particular there is no excuse for selections and game management by Blues coaches. Regardless of his selection for set piece work in first half, all you have to do is look at walking in the 2nd half to know he should be subbed. Most teams pull hookers and halfbacks with at least 20 mins to go.
The decision to resign Parsons for 2 years continues years of poor recruitment. One year absolute max - never knew they offered retirement plans.
Not selecting Moulds on the bench after another good 20 minutes off the bench is just so odd. He should definitely get out the Blues - there is only so much bullshit one should take.