You missed the numerous forced and unforced handling errors
and poor ball security in contact. The team could have easily
won this game by a few points if they could have kept
multiple phases of possession running - as they did of rmost
of last year and this year until the Reds game - but they
were frequently giving the ball back to the Sharks.
From watching the Chiefs and Hurricanes play it was obvious
that the team were pushing passes and plays just a bit too
quickly - whether they were trying to make up for being a
player down or just trying too hard when they got behind, in
the end they lost the speed and fluency those other two teams
displayed with too much haste.
And on top of the high error rate they seemed to have lost
(hopefully temprarily) the ability to create scoring chances,
they are making something look so difficult that the three
other leading Kiwi teams are just about doing in their sleep.
They need to have a sit down and think as the back half sees
them playing the Brumbies, Chiefs (x2), Crusaders,
Hurricanes, Kings & Jaguares - and having dropped points
against the Blues, Reds and Sharks it's uphill to the finals.
I hear you 'muttonpies', and obviously no support was given
to him after being promised the additional support coaches -
one person can not run trainings and work with individuals on
their game etc when you have a large squad present.
Do you see the Highlanders squad training on Logan Park with
just Jamie Joseph? No! You see about 5 or 6 different coaches
supporting him, which is what Nathan needed.
Former Otago Cricket CEO Ross Dykes, who is a huge supporter
of Nathan, will be lying back in his Remuera recliner
absolutely disgusted in the treatment of Nathan King.
No matter how many people they hire from outside the OCA
continue to behave like an amateur committee based
association in a professional environment. When a new coach
is appointed who is fresh to first class as a coach then
every measure should be put in place to ensure success
and every measure should be there to support him in getting
the players support... Nathan has been a great servant to the
area and the sport and his treatment is nothing but shameful
from a shameful organisation.
This is a disgrace! How can Otago Cricket do this to a local
cricket legend who has dedicated years to the region? If this
is how they treat local coaches then how does this give any
aspiring coaches confidence to aim for the top?
Maybe Vaughan Johnson has been approached again to take the
helm or Wazza Lees to step up from the Sparks?
Hi. I'm a Highlanders fan from Chicago in the U.S.
Thanks for always keeping me informed. Quick question - what
ever happened to Shaun Treeby? I can't seem to find any
info on him, but I feel like he was always a good option in
the centers and offered that punch at inside center that
Emery might lack. Thanks!