Finally Wests Tigers have made the rational decision to release Mitchell Moses from the club he so desperately wanted to leave. When a key player like Moses doesn't want to be there, the coach is always going to struggle to bring the team together and have it perform. It is impossible to be successful when the off-field dramas get out of control. Moses was a huge disruption and the Tigers will be better off without him.
It's a shame the situation had come to this - it's not a good look. To have a player pick up his bat and ball and demand to go to his new home is not an example you want young people to see. It's the behaviour of a spoilt brat and having his manager encourage him all the way is really disappointing. You can't always expect a young footballer like Moses to make mature decisions, but you'd certainly hope his management would be there to guide him.
Now he has finally got what he wanted, he will take the field for the Eels this weekend against the Raiders with a whole world of pressure on his shoulders. How he goes will tell a lot about what sort of player he is and how good he can be in the future.
I would like to see a performance from Moses this weekend that proves to me he is the quality half that I think he is. We know for a period of time now there have been a lot of off-field excuses for some mediocre efforts from him on the field. With Corey Norman out injured, the Eels are desperate for some creativity and following on from the flogging they received from the Roosters, they should be looking to restore some pride.
It's a good weekend for Moses to make his debut for the Eels. Without Norman there, he'll have complete control of the attack. He played some of his best games for the Tigers when Luke Brooks was out injured, he seems to thrive when he is the focus. He'll be up against the Raiders who have had some serious defensive issues of their own lately.
The Tigers have to move on and they welcome back Aaron Woods this week. His drive and leadership will be key to how they perform against the Broncos, as he tries to prove his fitness to the New South Wales selectors. James Tedesco had a very ordinary game last week against the Rabbitohs, with his usually solid last line of defence largely missing. You should see a big improvement from him this week, with Origin selection coming up. On last week's form he'd be lucky to get a run for the Blues. It all makes for an interesting round of football.
Last round saw a mountain of points scored, a number of upsets and several incredible fightback victories. I think a lot of what happened last week came down to the disruption of Rep Round. So many players were away from their teams, playing in different set-ups, with different teammates and different coaches that it broke their combinations and train of thought at club level. Some players didn't train with their clubs for 10 days, others that weren't involved had the week off footy completely and I think it showed on the field.
This week the chaos will settle down and we'll see a return to normality with the stronger teams winning and tipping becoming a whole lot easier. You should be able to pick teams based on their form in the early part of the season and feel relatively confident that they will perform. Good luck.