Yeah Va’a is some prospect. Was huge deal when he got poached from Brisbane a couple years ago. Absolute monster.
The other wing who was getting schooled was Piliu who is actually a fullback/half (albeit not a very good one). Surprising that they don’t have a back up wing in their squad they can call on especially since it was a home game.
Interesting take on the spiral passes. I actually prefer spiral passes in almost all situations except for a prop running onto the ball from the dummy half. The loopy non-spiral passes for anything more than 5 meter do my absolute head in. I think it’s a skill that a lot of NRL players never properly developed.
Noticed a lot of piss poor 1 on 1 missed tackles in the highlights and a general lack of urgency to clean up kicks (couple on Ratu). Something hopefully Blairsy will be giving them a spray over.
If there was one player on the field destined for 1st grade, it would be Va'a.
To be fair, I don't know if it was the wingers getting schooled or a byproduct of their inside defenders not coping. Both wingers were beaten on the outside as they were left defending too much space. I don't know how much that was on them but what I do know was that the Roosters were using their wingers frequently whereas I didn't see Ralphy get any ball on the wing until he scored at about 50 minutes and he got another 15m run down the sideline not long after that and that was it. All his other touches were carting the ball out of their own half. I don't remember the other wing getting the ball in space at all.
I agree with spiral passes, especially for length and accuracy but they do take a touch longer to execute which can put the receiver under pressure. I've even seen rugby recommending flat passes when quick ball is needed. The school rugby coaches get the boys to spiral every pass though and I've seen league coaches banning spirals altogether. Players need to excel at both IMO. Watching super rugby, a lot of dropped ball is the passer spiralling to his team mate with the defence too close. Either pop pass or don't pass at all.
That dropped ball off the kick off after they scored summed the day up. Blair
was at the far end by the steeplechase pit writing notes, I don't know how he could see what was going on from there to make decisions on the fly but maybe somebody else was doing that for him.