we don't win the forward battle early it is all over
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01 Jan 1970 12:00PM
Pretty much but we need to start hard. Not jog. Run hard. Tackle hard. Hunt in packs. Stay unified. Teamwork.
This 100%.Exactly what we did in the majority of our wins and what we definitely did not do last week.
I could tell from the very first set that we were screwed. Half-speed with ball in hand and no impact, particularly from Lisone.
One thing this team has not done well in recent years is making post-contact metres. We started well in that area in the first 5 rounds. However, I worry that that is not a strength of Vete off the bench.
In all honesty if we don't smash it up the guts then the dragons will smash us up the shitter.
My first thought when this was announced was why didn't SK name the first 19 as listed, because Satae and Lino were then next two in line anyway.
Because 24 hours before final 17 has to be in, you have to drop 2 off your extended bench. If he wants to play silly buggers then he would have no 18/19th man warming up with the squad. If someone gets injured in the warmup, Shaun Johnson or Kata are the only ones that can come into the squad doing it your way, so we would be playing with 15 or 16 players. It's set up so you can't do the tom foolery anymore.My first thought when this was announced was why didn't SK name the first 19 as listed, because Satae and Lino were then next two in line anyway.
Heck even announce Kata missing out and bring in someone as cover. But to give up that your half back isn't playing this far in advance seems like a missed trick. The speed that Widdop gets the ball down that channel, Lino and Hiku are going to get tactically pounded now. If you ambush the opposition with it 1 hour before kick off, it is too late to make wholesale game plan and structure changes.