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Performance Analytics Consultant - Melbourne Storm....WARNING! I dont get splinters when I sit down, and if you disagree with my view that;s OK, just keep talking to me.

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Thanx guys for everyone who inputted as this story as this will be my final reply.
So there is no confusion, and based on some of the replies there is certainly some, my take away from the Grand Final were:
• Brilliant coaching performance by Trent Robinson who is certainly the modern day Craig Bellamy and on track to emulate his lofty achievements.
• I firmly believe that most NRL coaches would not have played and injured Cronk, and to do so was a gutsy call by the coach as his career would have been damaged had it not come off. Hats off.
• It is my opinion that the Roosters would have done just as well with Pearce at 7.
• Cooper Cronk is what makes our game great and is the blue print for any club. I still cannot believe what he did in the GF. Congrats Coops.

Till next time…………….

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Chistov
That was never the plan mate.
The plan was to call his bluff and hope he left.
They got it right, he did.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Baz,
You are comparing Apples with Apples and it is a team game mate. Thats not how you rate a team, I suggest you dont ever bet.
What you have not taken into account is that if Pearce played for Qland, he would have had Cam Smith passing him the ball and billy Slater calling the shots behind him with JT running the show on his left.
Trust me, he would have thrived under that set up.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Wax
How ever many games Coops won for the Roosters this year Pearce won for the Knights. They are both super 7s.

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Rob,
I was agreeing 100% with you until your last sentence.
Even Coops would be embarrassed that you rate him in front of JT.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Muzz
I was not so much shocked that he started and much as I was that he stayed on the field. It was a credit to their D system and the faith they had in Robbo game plan.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Superspud
Doesn’t mean he would not play NSW Cup or been on the bench. But the Roosters bet that Pearce would leave, they know him well.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Christov,
Good point mate. I could never understand them suggesting that Keary may be replaced before Round 1.
I didnt get the whole thing, but they won the GF and that’s all that counts.
I think they always knew that Pearce would get big offers and would go, they played poker and won.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Red Rooster,
Let me just say this:
If you swap Cronk to NSW and Pearce to the Maroons in all the Origins, the results would be the same.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Goo0d stuff 40,
In what should have been Tactical Attacking Kicks were Defensive Kicks and most of them landed down Teddys gob.
Thats the benefit of good go forward.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

peeeko
Hi mate. Had the Storm beaten the Roosters, believe it or note, the media would have been calling for his blood saying our crazy it was playing Cronk.
I love to see coaches and players back themselves.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Keith
Robbo took the same risk playing Paul Momirovski
the week before in a sudden death game in only his 2nd NRL game.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

John
100% correct.
Playing Coops in the GF still is one of the biggest gambles I have ever seen.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Baz
Coops is probably ok with gays tho.

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Superspud
he is a credit to our game.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Ja
No argument

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

james
If Kearys forwards had have played like the Storm forwards he would not have got sighted. As it was he missed 5 tackles.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Major,
I dont agree.
If he played for QLand and had Smith at 9, JT at 6, Billy at 1 and also GI, I have no doubt he would have won all those Origins.
Everything is relative which is why we do ratings and dont allow the heart to over rule the head.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Baz,
Key halfback figures this year do not support your claim.
I agree with you on many of your comments, but black and white figures are facts.
I do not have figures for communicating and icing last tackle options etc, which is why video analysis is 80%.
You have got me wrong here, I am a huge Coops fan, but Pearce is one of the best club 7s in the last decade also. Again, that is a statistical fact, not my opinion.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Major,
I do love a Pina Colada also.
My advice to you is to dont bet just yet as the Roosters are rock bottom and cannot firm. If you like them just wait. Dont forget they will lose a heap during Origin incl the 6 probably and maybe the 9.
The market will change heaps. At the moment we dont even know if Bennett will coach the Broncos and if Madge Maquire is not coaching Manly they will drift. Cleary is a plus for Panthers etc.
No team has gone B2B since 1992 for a good reason.
btw since we last communicated I asked a house hold named coach if he would play Cronk in the GF and he said “NO”.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Fraser,
Gee thats a hard choice, who is the nicest bloke. Kenny has a lot of competition.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Daz,
I am looking forward to seeing Jahrome Hughes play for NZ v England over the next few weeks, and also Brandon Smith in his best position at 9.
Drinkie has had a big season but he is not a centre, wait for Seve.

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Randy,
Stunning effort by Bellamy, no one else would have made the GF.

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Daz
Harsh, he is a GF winning 7.

Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

Paul,
Agree mate. They had so much confidence in their D that they had no probs in defending errors.

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