Game management



  • At the time Brooksy took the tackle. I thought it was a smart play to make them run 95m to score.

    Still a smart play in the context of the game - high percentage play.

    In hindsight, a kick over the sideline would have been ever better to soak up a few seconds and give us a rest.

    In the end, they scored 5 tries to 3 - they deserved the win.

    We were flat from the start and never really got on top of them even when we hit the lead.



  • I still can’t believe there would be another genuine half in the comp that would take that option late in the game when in front. rolling it into the in goal area as first option, roll it into touch and soak the clock as the second option they still have to go 90 metres puts more pressure with time against them, put it up and make a contest of it, again if they take it successfully they still have to run 95m or perhaps there is a knock on, heaven knows SKD hands had been rocks and diamonds all night and perhaps we get a result or take further time of the clock. All better options (and I don’t think for a minute it was planned) rather than give it straight back with no contest. And if by some great design Brooks had intended to die with it on the last because he has no confidence in his short kicking game then surely he gets wider and dies 5m out from the touch line so we can jam then into a corner and make it nigh impossible to get out, not centrefield with options both sides to make getting out super easy.



  • What Game management ……plenty of excuses from the Tricky Ricky handbook here , how the hell did they lose that game .Falling 2 points short to make finals well hope not. The decisions in the last 4 minutes were garbage and those executing them should be called out simple!



  • Not too many complaints from this end as the major problem was managing their meters through the middle and it was the same virtually throughout the game, including their last few sets. It also led to WT compressing our defence, which in turn created the space out wide for them to score.



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    I still can’t believe there would be another genuine half in the comp that would take that option late in the game when in front. rolling it into the in goal area as first option, roll it into touch and soak the clock as the second option they still have to go 90 metres puts more pressure with time against them, put it up and make a contest of it, again if they take it successfully they still have to run 95m or perhaps there is a knock on, heaven knows SKD hands had been rocks and diamonds all night and perhaps we get a result or take further time of the clock. All better options (and I don’t think for a minute it was planned) rather than give it straight back with no contest. And if by some great design Brooks had intended to die with it on the last because he has no confidence in his short kicking game then surely he gets wider and dies 5m out from the touch line so we can jam then into a corner and make it nigh impossible to get out, not centrefield with options both sides to make getting out super easy.

    At that stage in the game, you don’t want to risk a 7 tackle set.

    Also, who’s to say Newcastle wouldn’t have regathered a short drop-out? We’d be defending with a broken line which is more risky.

    Brooks did the right thing.

    Blame Godinet for giving away the penalty or the refs for not giving us the penalty.



  • Kick into touch the opposition form a scrum instantly to stop the clock, only a matter of seconds difference to dying with the ball 10m out.
    He was midfield anyway from memory nowhere near touch
    How was he to know we’d concede a very very dubious penalty



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    What Game management ……plenty of excuses from the Tricky Ricky handbook here , how the hell did they lose that game .Falling 2 points short to make finals well hope not. The decisions in the last 4 minutes were garbage and those executing them should be called out simple!

    Spot on, poor game management from our halves



  • I think a field goal at 20-14 would have been the go aswell…… with 10 to go. Brooks on a whole looked good throughout the game. Benji sometimes should take a back seat to Luke. Something to work on for coming weeks


  • Banned

    Field goal when already 2 points up is absurd. The short kickoff is a 50/50 contest, so why present that opportunity to the opposition?

    Game management is harshly judged at times. Try closing a game out when your forwards are getting bashed the way our were. Very difficult. I judge game management when our forwards either win the ruck or at least compete. Last night we didn’t get close to Newcastles pack. Very hard for Benji or Brooks to manage the failures of our pigs.



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