I can tell you from experience the opposite is true, … in fact, the fact that we got ‘so close’ last time was probably a big part of the reason we got so railroaded yesterday.
Unless they actually saw & fully accepted that we should really have been well out of that game by 3/4 time but for Sydneys woeful kicking, and actually had a hell of a lot to improve on to even be in it, let alone win it, we were never a chance. The danger to me was they went in thinking even sub consciously that … “Oh we were so close & only for our own stuff up’s we would have won, … we just have to do a little bit better and we can win it”,… and by the result it appears they well might have
I’m glad they got shown how off the level required to be a proper finals contender they are, and they know how much they need to work & improve , … because yesterday emphatically says, they obviously do.
There will be no danger of laurel resting in having made it and nearly beating what may well end up the Prem side, and thinking they only have to get a little better to be a contender now.
No danger of it at all.