Was at Mt Smart Stadium last night to watch the final home game of the season and it was obvious a lot of the players had already signed off for the season. Except Adam Blair, he was actually trying.
We didn't actually watch much of the match itself (not that there was much to watch) but rather talked about what actually went wrong this season compared to last year's effort when we nearly finished top of the standings.
The common themes were Kearney's poor roster management and game strategy. He picked the wrong players for the wrong positions, went with the same old veterans instead of bringing in the new talent, and tried to stick with a split field attack (halfback right side, stand off left side) that teams have figured out.
It's also apparent that we need our star player closer to the ball for the whole 80 minutes so if the Warriors want to improve they need to move Roger Tuivasa-Sheck into stand off and put the club's best prospect Hayze Perham at fullback. Kodi Nikorima can share hooking duties with Karl Lawton making the spine: 1. Perham 6. Tuivasa-Sheck 7. Green/Harris-Tevita 9. Nikorima/Lawton.
They still need help in the front row but would be better off searching the NSW Cup and QLD Cup for guys looking for an opportunity instead of throwing first tier money at second tier players. Two players I would scout are Lachlan Timm (Dragons) and Jordan Grant (Mackay Cutters).