I really think pats spot in the team needs to be in question. There’s no doubt that his goal kicking and place kicks are an absolute weapon for us, however is that enough? For a guy his size he is fairly soft. He doesn’t offer good dummy half runs/kick returns, his finishing is very poor (I’m sick of him kicking it infield instead if taking on a guy one on one) and he drops a lot more ball then he should. His defence is always questionable, particularly his decision making.
If we were a top 4 side we could carry him for his kicking, however a team like ours already has weak links, we can’t afford another glaring one on the wing.
In an encouraging weekend of 9s, Pat was very disappointing yesterday. I know it’s only the 9s but naquimas defensive reads were top class and he would hit and stick everytime. Hoeter should also come into consideration as he is good from dummy half and great under the high ball.
I have no doubt that Richards will start the year in first grade but if this form continues (and another guy is performing in the lower grades) I really hope Taylor has the balls to drop him.