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    Force v Reds 20 March 2021. Suncorp Stadium

    An interesting match

    Reds coming off a win away against the Brumbies.

    Force coming off a Home loss against the Rebels.

    Any thoughts?

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    3 games in and one thing that is starting to become glaringly obvious is we are struggling to score points.

    61% Possession and 63% Territory in the second half alone last week and we came away with 1 try.

    Solid defence for the entire game vs the Rebels but you're not going to win unless you can score points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    An interesting match

    Reds coming off a win away against the Brumbies.

    Force coming off a Home loss against the Rebels.

    Any thoughts?
    The Reds are on fire right now. A young team full of hunger. I think they will crush us, sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    The Reds are on fire right now. A young team full of hunger. I think they will crush us, sadly.
    Brad Thorne has them firing this year..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    The Reds are on fire right now. A young team full of hunger. I think they will crush us, sadly.
    I'm more hopeful. If our boys can repeat the tough defensive efforts shown so far they can frustrate the Reds. They'll need to put more pressure at the breakdown - another effort like last week from Koteka would be good. A win is unlikely but another strong game will do me.

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    How many strong games are you willing to give them, Shasta? There are only five more games left after this weekend and most of the big names we signed this season will then be off elsewhere as they are only signed for 2021. I’m not being deliberately awkward here. I just struggle to see how we are ever going to get into a winning stride when it takes us half a season to gel and then it’s all change again next season. And is this really how we develop the younger as-yet-not-big-name guys?

    The Reds took a whole bunch of young guys and have given them the time to grow. They accepted that success would take time and were prepared to give Brad Thorne that time. Now look at them - the oldest player is JOC and alongside him are 22 really hungry guys who are firing on all cylinders as a team because they have developed as a team.

    Why can the Force not be like that?

    Genuine questions. I’m really struggling to understand the Force recruitment strategy so if anyone can help me, please do.

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    Just being realistic. See the list thread. It is what it is, I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Just being realistic. See the list thread. It is what it is, I'm afraid.
    Yeah I know you are. I guess I just have to accept that the Force is always going to be an also-ran; a stepping stone on the path to greater things. I need to stop believing all the pre-season hype we get every year. Wonder how long the current CEO will stay when he realises there is little chance of him meeting the 10 KPIs Twiggy has set him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    I guess I just have to accept that the Force is always going to be an also-ran; a stepping stone on the path to greater things.
    Why would you do that? I sure don't. Took a decade to get to the stage of having half the squad locals - only to be nuked and have them stolen away. After all that happened, and in the middle of a global crisis, I'm not expecting instant success, but can see the need to be competitive ASAP.

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    Ok, in the first three games I think I've seen no real improvement since the game against the Brumbies.

    I feel like we're a squad that has all the ingredients but seem to match our opposition. I'm calling it another honourable loss by not much.

    One day it'll click and we'll be able to beat somebody better than the tahs, but honestly, I'd be surprised if it was this week.

    We need the rebels to cop a spanking at some point and us to beat them in Melbourne because I'd be happy with third at the end of the season.

    Local boys in the squad will mean either buying them out of current contracts or waiting for the next crop to ripen, so I'd be happy with signing good Aussie talent.

    And find a spot on the field for mcgregor

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    I'm putting my money on the Reds to finish on top this year followed by the Brumbies, Rebels, Force and Tahs..

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    I'm sad to say I think you might be right chopper

    I'd like to see three and four swapped tho

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    My guess is the MOM this week will have started his career at the Force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    My guess is the MOM this week will have started his career at the Force.
    JOK ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I'm sad to say I think you might be right chopper

    I'd like to see three and four swapped tho
    I'm with you there Gigs, but there would need to be a major improvement in our boys..

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