Dear Sydney Roosters,
Your form to start the 2016 season is appalling. This may be the worst Roosters side of all time. It seems your players have forgotten how to tackle, catch, hold the ball, pass, kick and score points.
This 2016 side may be the worst Roosters team, and perhaps the worst football team, of all time.
This was a side who in three years prior conceded less than 15 points per game on average. In 2016 they have conceded 103 at 34.33. To put that in perspective, in 2015 they conceded 369 in 27 games at 13.67.
The goal-line defence that had become a staple since Trent Robinson took over as coach has gone out the window. The 2016 goal-line defence has been nothing short of pathetic. Bend your knees and shut your legs when defending your try line.
The Roosters have forgotten how to catch the ball and also how to hold it when getting tackled. Pitiful is the adjective I will use to describe their ball security in 2016. How hard is it to catch a ball? Make an effort, fellas.
Some people will say that the Roosters are struggling without Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney and Michael Jennings, who have all joined other clubs, as well as the injured Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Boyd Cordner and the suspended Mitchell Pearce.
There are plenty of people who say the Roosters are struggling because they lack experience, particularly in the spine. That may be true, however out of the 19 players who have pulled on the Roosters jersey so far in 2016, ten of them have played Test football, while another player (Blake Ferguson) has played State of Origin.
No matter how inexperienced your spine is, if you have ten internationals in the rest of your squad, you should be able to play basic rugby league. Don’t try to hide behind your missing players. Re-teach your players how to play the bloody game.
I will also add that the only player who can truly hold his head high is Shaun Kenny-Dowall. He has by far and away been the best Rooster this year.
To put it simply – Sydney Roosters, you stink.