Loads of positives but ultimately it always stings when you blow a good lead like that.
Tippa and McKernan were outstanding, whilst I thought Jobe, Heppell, Daniher and Hurley (aside from his third quarter) all improved again as they build for round one.
Langford and Parish keep showing positive signs as well and I really liked Stewart's first half. In fact, a match-fit Stewart may even be a better option than an underdone Hooker for round one, although I suspect both with play (with Stewart pinch-hitting in the ruck at times).
Have to say that I was really disappointed in Baguley and Kelly today, though. Needed more from our defensive leaders, who I'm not sure are both best 22 at the moment.
I'm not sure what the answer is but I don't think the Hurley/Brown/Ambrose combo worked as well as we were expecting, either. I'd like to see either Hurley/Hartley/Brown or Hurley/Hartley/Ambrose as we settle our backline ahead of round one.
Zerrett is one of the most exciting young players in the game but he really got caught out a couple of times today by being unwilling to use his right foot - just an area for him to work on to take that next step.
I also think that we went in one short re inside grunt and got brushed aside far too often. With Myers out injured, I'd be giving one of Hocking/Bird another go - probably Bird at this stage, as he'd have the edge in fitness.
Plenty of positives from today, although the Leuenberger injury really hurts us and I worry about our inability to play out a game. Still a lot of work needed if we're a chance against the Hawks.