Welcome to the mad house.yep i've been thinking that too......i'd like to have Bunty as well...just for that extra muscle....but always been a fan of cappy....even though a lot of fans are'nt....we're going well...i think these g/p games have strengthened our resolve...lol well i hope so...cheers
I've spent many hours contemplating why Cappy has a back on the bench.
Yesterday while I was out fishing the answer came to me.
This is how I got there.
Go back to the 1st time the Warriors carried a back on the bench.
Dominique Peroux was carried on the bench to come on a d defend.
That anomaly was created by Lazy man Hurrell.
What that experiment revealed is that in a side that has a tight eighty minute middle third , the Warriors lose by virtue of their leaky edges.
When the opposition attack us our edge players are somewhat assisted by our tacklebot backrow (minders create lazy mindee's). Even so.....our backs are used to carry the offensive workload of our forwards in our own half.
That donkey work tax's our backs like it tax's every other teams forwards.
This is why we see our edges leak when the side is on the Blackfoot.
McFadden is wathing the defence of our backs in games and waiting till they show signs of flagging....he is treating them like the traditional management of forward packs....carrying a bench player to make some tackles at right time.
To paraphrase Cappy after the Manly game where Lolohea sat on the bench till the 82nd minute ' we were waiting for the right time to use him, our team was going well so we waited till he was needed'
Most of us looked at that plan from an attacking POV.
Nah man, its about having a fresh tackler out there for our backline that gets used as forwards.
The injury cover theory just didn't quite make sense to me. There is also the obvious injection of a speedy player when opposition defence shows signs of tiring.