Bug I think you’re way out of line saying Groat is not putting in. I thought he was great against the Sharks (especially defensively) and while he wasn’t that good against Manly you have to remember it was his first start.
He is definitely putting in.
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In hindsight you are right. He is. We just need more from him.
Sorry Happy I’ve got 4…
1. Marshall has to run at the line in the attacking 20m more than once a game. He looks a chance to score every time he does it and it puts defenders in two minds. He is too focused on hitting the wingers - everyone knows it is his favourite play and our wingers are under all sorts of pressure when they get it. He needs to mix it up. On a similar note the attacking kick on tackle 3 needs to be a shock tactic not a stock tactic.
2. Control the ball. Our completion rates were too poor in the first 2 rounds which is to be expected but still needs to be addressed.
3. The defensive line needs to move up. There were a few times where Foran and DCE were standing or walking sideways and still able to get away from defenders. I appreciate that rushing out of the line is wrong but if the whole line keeps moving it puts playmakers under pressure.
4. Kicking games needs to improve. Aim for the spaces. A 30m kick that finds space and rolls is better than a 40m kick that hits the fullback on the chest. Likewise can Beau Ryan instruct the rest of the backline how to kick a grubber that doesn’t go over the dead ball line? An underhit grubber that is fielded a metre out is much better than a 20m restart
I agree with all of this especially when Benji runs to the line. It is always successful and it puts the defense on the back foot in a big big way. It always always works well.
(Moltzen should run to the line too !!!)