Let me start by saying I rate the kid big time and I think he’ll be a star. His attack is coming along beautifully and he is steering the ship along nicely.
He has been much maligned over the last two years for his average defence. Most of this critisism has been warranted.
Over the last weeks though he really put his body on the line and aimed up.
Tonight though, he was back to his old self.
Mateo’s try was deadset embarrassing. I wouldn’t be disappointed if he fronted up, put the shoulder in, took him front on and got run straight over. But tonight he stood to the side and literally pushed Mateo through the hole.
I know, usually, a good big man will always beat a good small man, but you need to go into a tackle thinking you’re going to make it, not that you’re going to get smashed.
Bad night to go missing in defence.