A few instances Glenn passed too early limiting room for Oates. Maybe Perese or Farnworth in too add abit of strike on that edge.Bombed at least two tries, difference between winning and losing that game ultimately.
Oates is still Oates. His problem is he doesn't get the pill enough, and doesn't get it cleanly, even less so than your average winger. Look at the rabble who are feeding him the ball.Whilst we all know that Darius has had it, there also needs to be questions towards some other players within this 17 who are very out of form.
Oates, Shiba, Milford and Macca come to mind pretty quickly. I’ve got no idea what’s happened to Oates since origin 1 - it could be his whole contract saga but for mine these blokes also need to be held accountable, especially Milford on his massive pay packet.
All 4 could well do with some time in Q cup, especially Oates and Shiba.
I think reality will hit Milford when he sees he is off contract.
Oates is still a confidence player, when things don't go his way, he isn't in the game. I was always holding onto hope that as he aged things would change around that. He is now one of the more senior players in this team, as crazy as that sounds. There were decisions he made last night that just were not upto scratch. He needs to get rid of that to see him get back to what thinks he is worth $$Oates is still Oates. His problem is he doesn't get the pill enough, and doesn't get it cleanly, even less so than your average winger. Look at the rabble who are feeding him the ball.
Catching an errant ball at full tilt, passed by an inside back who's also at speed whose trying not to get cleaned up by three defenders, while trying not to get bundled into touch, isn't as easy as getting it straight from dummy half. Bear that in mind when a winger coughs it up.
Oates is fucking great. We're blessed to have him.