The decision to conceal skipper Sam Kerr’s injury status ahead of the opening match against Ireland has caused quite a stir in the Matildas’ camp.
The support for this decision has now come from an unexpected source, Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson, who draws parallels with star halfback Cooper Cronk in the 2018 NRL grand final.
Cronk famously played with a broken scapula, delivering one of the most heroic performances in rugby league history and helping the Roosters secure victory over the Storm.
“Although there was some discussion about it at the time, it didn’t deter the crowd from showing up,” Robinson commented.
“As a coach, the primary objective is to win the game. While others may disagree, our role is to create intrigue and uncertainty in the opposition’s camp.
“Revealing our strategies well in advance only benefits the opposing team. I have no issue with the Matildas’ decision.
“Would people have shown up or watched the game if they knew in advance? Probably not.
“The Australian coach’s duty is to secure a victory, and if keeping Sam’s absence under wraps was a tactical advantage in achieving that goal, then I believe we, as Australians, can accept it rather than having the knowledge hours before kick-off.”
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