RE: Wests Tigers V NZ Warriors Trial *Live Thread..
posted in Season 2021
@Hangonaminute said in Wests Tigers V NZ Warriors Trial *Live Thread..:
Despite the 2 tries we can’t have Nofo with his terrible defensive reads on the wing, I’ve seen it too many times to ignore it now, he obviously hasn’t improved that part of his game .
I see this sort of comment a lot and it makes me go and take a second look.
Here’s the play the ball, you can see the ruck marked and make note that Thommo has been involved in the tackle so can’t be expected to cover if we slide in. Note the lines showing defenders numbered against attacker - we are already a man down - they have an overlap.
Forward a few seconds and see this.
One of the keys here is the player marking the attacking (decoy) runner is flat-footed (circled). This means he is no chance of shifting out to support. Note also this has created a gap between him and BJ.
This leave Joey and Nofo left to defend three (which they can’t do) and a gap inside you could drive a car through. Nofo (I believe correctly) comes in to try and kill the play at the centre but the ball goes wide and they score.
It was a simple overlap right from the ruck - I’m not sure why the winger is blamed for it.
I’m happy to deride players when they do the wrong thing but too often people’s personal dislikes for a players get in the way of reasoned analysis.
Outside this, I thought BJ went well but has a tendency to hold the ball too long. Musgrove was impressive and I was very impressed with Luciano - he could turn out to be a great buy.
I thought Grub looked solid in the halves and showed slightly better form at hooker than previous games. Walters service is great but he’s a little light in defence. I don’t think we had a bad player, everyone went pretty well.