So we played a more expansive style with early set backline movements. This didn’t work so well in the first half, Luciano’s pass out wide gifting the Roosters their first try. But it was a little more effective in the second half. Anyway, we haven’t played this way this year and I was wondering why we suddenly decided to change tactics? Cleary had us playing this way a couple of years ago to start the season. Has Madge given up on his style of play? Is he trying to keep his players placated by letting them play? Or was it a deliberate tactic against the roosters? It’s all just starting to look quite messy at the moment.
Tackling is the bigger issue. We’re really sloppy in our tackles. We seem to hold them up okay, but the way we role out of the tackle seems to leave our markers out of position, creating a compounding effect as that then gives space for darts out of dummy half. The roosters didn’t really even need to get out of first gear as just taking runs from dummy half was absolutely destroying us. Do we not practise tackling? how come we can’t do it? I know some teams have big forward packs, but our pack is big enough to do better, surely? The Roosters, with their 2nd string forward pack, managed to lie all over us all game. they still had a quality pack out there, but it seems like they have defensive systems and tackling techniques that work, no matter who is out there.