Agree, my take on this is that sides who play more direct through the middle get on a roll because our contact isn’t where it should be for a period and our props in particular gas out. Ken and Roger end up with over 20 carries and our props are lucky if they each make 10 runs in a game.So, I was doing a little bit of research and decided to stop, as it’s such an obvious part of the game that most of us already know, but…
If your front rowers don’t make any meters, you’re going to struggle to win a game.
The last 4 weeks, out of the 32 winning teams, 31 have had props running for more than 100m. Most teams have several running for over 100, and at least one big meter eater of 150+ per game.
The last 6 games we’ve had 1 player run for JUST over 100m 3 times - all Kane Evans.
It’s not a fluke that teams like Cowboys and Tigers, who are similar in regards to their front rowers output are in a similar situation to us. What shits me is that our players can’t step up with adversity. Last week against Sea Eagles, Passeka goes down for them, so Keppie stands up and makes 180m! We don’t have any one like that. Our players continue to plod along and make between 40-80 meters a game and hope that someone else does the work.
We can’t rely solely on Addin Fonua-Blake to do this every time, we need more from these guys
On Jamayne Tounua-Brown, he‘s well overdue now for time back in State Cup. He’s barely getting post contact meters and is getting wrestled onto his back in almost every tackle with ease.