Just had a proper watch after turning it off by half time. The first half blitz was too much for us coming off the short turn around and the injuries that we carried to the field (ie Papalii's/Paasi
's right knees, Luke busted 12 minutes in) didn't help either. Not to mention, the Storm were on and they executed their simple flat and wide game plan almost perfectly. As previously mentioned, our edges got picked apart viciously with the inside not covering and the outside not jamming.
1st try - freaky, but it was directly from the field position gained from Hiku
being turned inside out by Scott
2nd try - Wicked bounce for Fusitua
and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
3rd try - Mannering left vulnerable as inside was already beat and Lino needed to jam up the second rower with his inside shoulder but instead went out to try cover his lack of pace against Billy leaving a gaping hole
4th - Lino exposed for his lack of pace again (speed coach maybe?)
5th - Good umbrella defense by edges on the play before but Storm stacked the short side to our 3/4 defenders and inside defence didn't cover. Was always gonna be 1 result
6th - Vete's slow lateral movement and Blair
and Green puffed and off he's gone.
7th - Fusitua
unaware of Addo-Carrs width
8th - Tevaga
covering Kasiano and Slater after playing big minutes and misses
The boys heads are in it this year no doubt and Kearney
has them playing a threatening free flowing game. They came out playing well in the second half, unlike previous years gone by, but the damage was already done. Looking forward to our edges going back to normal but the boys need to switch on and compress and cover in defense or atleast jam up the edges. Lisone
needs to change it up or get dropped against these top teams because he keeps getting figured out by them (loses contact way too often for a prop).