The big Wing thing on the kick return of course goes back to Manu Vatuvie.As regards the new rules and our forwards, I think it is hard to overstate the role of our Wings in keeping some gas in the big boys tanks.
Hiku was a man possessed, hope it continues.
It worked really well to begin with, but eventually, all the other teams worked out that against the Warriors you put a specific talking team on Manu and that the runners after him were often small backs then some lazy small forwards who were living the Manu life.
Change that to the Kiwis, and Manu makes a charge, and then Martin Tapau hits it up next, and the Kiwis are on the half way and finish the set with the Kiwis scoring against the Kangaroos.
I have always wanted to see what some damaging props would look like running off that big wing first tackle against the Warriors (actually usually tackle two, the fb usually runs the first one).
Tackle two is the hardest run in League, It is the run when the defence has set itself and is fresh, and is targeting tackle two to dictate what the momentum of the rest of the set looks like.
As long as Ken keeps drawing in defenders, and not getting dominated in the tackle, it sets up everything that comes after.
Over the long game, (I know this is obvious) but it has to wear sides down. Any team with an extra forward hit up, is going to wear sides down.
NRL teams have the cardio to do the work, the problem is the relentless big contact, strength is being taxed.
Wresting big guys is harder than wrestling small guys. Physics 101.
Probably the most important staffer at our club right now is the conditioning guy. We have the size inbuilt, we just need the cardio and the agility work to be on point.
Ken will have his moments this year, he will get some dominance and go forward, he will work out that he is not carrying the team anymore, and like the others who have been carrying us (Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Tohu Harris Harris) he will find his happy place.