I think our entire team lacks pace. We have very few “athletes” in the team. In todays game, unless you are a prop, you have to have speed. When most of our players take hit ups, they look slow, lethargic and unable to break the line. When a Parra (and other club) players hit the line, they charge with speed and you always feel they are likely.
Thompson wouldn’t make the starting lineup for many, if any, other nrl club. We have the worst outside backs in the comp and at present none of fonua, jennings, thompson or mbye would get a run at any other club.
He’s good for now, but in reality we should be aspiring to have a squad where he’s a backup player.
@upthetigers 2 tries from bombs which he wasn’t able to contest against a taller and more athletic opponent. He’s a solid player, and seeing expectations were low when he signed he’s over-delivered which has boosted his status, but show me which players from rival clubs he’d be ahead of…
I think the scary reality for our side is that Thompson is the biggest attacking threat that we have. He’s the only one who looks likely to break the line. I don’t know who is available on the market, but our backline desperately lacks speed.
… and he’s a midget.
@Balmain_Boy said in Thompson:
Thompson wouldn’t make the starting lineup for many, if any, other nrl club.
I don’t watch other clubs carefully so I don’t know if this is true or not. I do think that if we had 17 guys play with Thompson’s attitude every week, we would win more than we lose.