“Front row was lacking without Lodge, Pene seems to be more of a 2nd rower to me.”
The score was 8-0 (+8) when Pene left the field in the 22nd minute with HIA.
6-8 when he came back on in the 36th min and 8-8 (-2) when he left again in 49th. 14-22 Roosters when he came back on in 74th and finished like that.
His minutes were a +6 swing. This is the third time in a loss we’ve still won Pene’s minutes.
Finished 3rd to only Addin Fonua-Blake
for yards in the pack.
Defensively the middle was not nearly as robust without his mobility in the middle.
Also our middles had to deal with our back 5 yardage struggles, they’re the ones who start most sets and they didn’t get us a rolling at all.
Speaking of which..
16 runs/131 metres.
Edge leaked no trys.
6 runs/55 metres.
Edge leaked 3 trys.
Arthars is our best good ball centre and will score plenty of flashy tries this year, but in games against good teams where we’ve got to grind we need more than 6 carries.
has now kept a clean sheet against Staggs, Hiku
, and Manu. That’s nothing to sneeze at.