Wire fan Rob Watson gives his view from the terraces in the spirit of '55, the last time Warrington were crowned champions
THEY had too many basic handling errors, lacked creativity in attack and gave away too many penalties in defence - and yet Leigh were still able to comfortably beat The Wire!
As Chris Hill said in a post-match interview, Wire are way off at the moment. There’s no point kidding themselves that they are anywhere close to playing as well as they are capable of.
Confidence seemed to be missing right from the start this week as Leigh took the initiative early on.
Wire conceded two tries in that early period, one incredibly disappointingly soft near their own line and the second one came when in possession of the ball and included so many errors it was almost comical.
Having a try disallowed seemed to create enough anger to increase the aggression in Wire’s defence and the defending did marginally improve from that point.
It is in attack where the problems are particularly glaring and where such a big improvement needs to be made.
The basic errors I mentioned last week continued. Holding the ball in contact and passing accuracy were far from good enough again.
Equally worrying is that there seems to be a lack of players offering to run onto the ball and make some hard yards or even the easier yards.
For large chunks of the game Leigh were going forward far easier and better than Wire.
Most alarming of all for me when looking at the big picture of the team, coaches included, is that there seems to be no evidence of a plan in attack or any sort of cohesion.
From the terraces it seems that our attack is just a series of one-off plays, with players taking it in turns to run with the ball in whichever direction they think is best.
Normally you would expect a team to be working towards the same plan, maybe something like three plays in one direction, with the intention of creating space on the other side for the next play.
What plan a team choose isn’t the big issue, the main thing is that they have a plan and every player is aware of it and what role they need to play.
The direction of an attack generally comes from the hooker and the scrum half. Clark and Dwyer have many great qualities but I’m not sure if guiding a team around the park is one of them.
Add to that the lack of an out-and-out half back, someone who spends an entire match barking out instructions reminding the team of the game plan and coming up with plans for each set dependant on what he is seeing and insisting those plans are carried out, then perhaps this lack of cohesion isn’t that surprising.
There are a lot of exceptional Rugby League players in this squad, a squad most fans thought was as strong as any in Super League at the start of the season - five defeats does not change that.
Unfortunately way too many of them are currently performing far from their best.
At the moment it’s like an orchestra where nobody is playing their own instrument as well as they normally do, so the overall sound is nothing like what it should be.
What this particular collection of ‘musicians’ are also missing is a conductor to make sure they are all playing the same tune at the same time.
To say that currently they are not on the same song sheet is a massive understatement. Right now none of them are even at the same concert.
The saying goes that form is temporary and class is permanent. Despite the horrific form the coaches and players are insisting that everything is alright behind the scenes and the togetherness is still there. It’s time for all of them to prove all of that is true.
You never know when you’ve hit rock bottom until you start heading back up.
Climbing out of hell will never be easy and can only be done one step at a time and is not something that can be done alone, it has to be done together.