So for all the Cappy haters - what did he do wrong with the team tonight? He picked his best forward pack didn't he? They dropped the ball, failed to have any line speed, got totally out-played by their opposites. His hand was forced with Kata. His hand was forced with the Maumalo
injury. He made the call re Tevaga
and most people seem to think Hingano went ok. Cappy certainly didn't do much that worked but not sure he can be blamed for that can he? I mean yea it is looking more and more likely he is gone at the end of the year but not sure it is all on him for tonight's performance.
The game in isolation I don't blame him for, but there's certain patterns that for me are highly unlikely to change as long as he remains in charge.
In 2015 our attack was very sideways, we ran our plays with everyone running on a 45 degree angle. That was mainly to take advantage of the Shaun Johnson
/Tomkins connection. When we signed Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
I assumed that we would alter our attacking plan to go more direct. with Shaun Johnson
, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
, Luke, Lolo in the side it made sense to attack the middle, suck the defense in, and allow those guys to use their footwork to break down the defense in the middle of the field.
Instead we continued to do exactly what we were doing in 2015. We changed players, brought in new players with different styles, but we didn't change anything. This to me says that in attack Cappy is simply relying on the defense to get it wrong. Games aren't won against quality opposition because the opposition fuck up, they're won because you create the opportunities yourself.
Then there's our propwings, which for me is the clincher. As long as Cappy is in charge Maumalo
will always be considered a winger. Manu might be passed it as a winger, but no other coach would continue with Maumalo
on the wing. The fact Cappy continues to put Maumalo
on the wing despite multiple telltale signs that he isn't a winger is the one thing I can't wrap my head around.
Unfortunately too much of Cappy's game plan relies on the opposition getting it wrong, not us getting it right.