Theory time, because it's Sunday, and you know - been thinking and stuff.
While we're talking about field goals, I've been thinking about them the last couple of weeks and the more I think about it the more sure I am that the way we currently set up for a field goal is flawed.
"Flawed" is being kind I reckon.
That set where Penrith had the 3 markers we had a full set of 6 in Penrith half to set up for it, so plenty of time, yet for the most part still looked like headless chickens.
- Personally I'd prefer taking the shot on the 4th rather than last.
- As you say making sure the kickers are on the right side of the park (right footer just left of the post's etc) but most importantly the kicker having an "out" (back up kicker to throw it to if under too much pressure)
- a quick ptb when we're taking the shot (for some reason our runners on the play preceding the shot are running far too upright getting held, then turned on their back, taking an age to ptb which just gives the opposition far too much time to put pressure on our kicker, we saw this with Hoffman the other week, and Vete this game)
- stop taking the ball close to the line for the shot. If the kicker's standing 10 metres back, and we play the ball 1 metre from the goal line, theoretically that means the defense is only 11 metres from the kicker.....play the ball 10 out from the line, means there's 20 metres (dummy markers not withstanding) between the d and our kicker, far better option (that run that Vete made before the markers swamped Luke, while impressive that he was carrying defenders to the tryline in the end did us no favours as it took an age to ptb and gave defence time to set, far better just to hit the ground asap on the play preceding the shot, use some smarts!)
- blockers either side of the ruck so offside marker defence at least lose some time having to run around them (and if you can manage it another "floating" blocker ready to run interference)
However my biggest gripe with extra time field goals is the offside markers never getting penalized. Its absolutely farcical. Everybody does it (Mannering was a mile offside in the Manly game when Cherry Evans missed his first attempt) Weak refereeing has allowed it to become the norm (in much the same way that players aren't supposed to break from a scrum until the ball is out.....yet the backrow has broken before the halfback has even picked up the ball) The team thatfinally does get penalized for this can feel rightfully pissed given what's gone on since golden point inception.....i bet it's us.