@Bovidae yes. He has been quicker overall in the past. Think there is something going on in his mind about checking options before and after he picks up ball. Maybe just needs to hurry to one pace closer and wait for a call behind him. More minutes will sharpen it up.
@Duluth guess the only thing in Adams' favour is he was very low, but he only needed to set/drive, rather than blow over like that, it was only a half back 😉
@KiwiMurph I have no arguments, despite me not wanting it looked at, I think it warranted a look...am a bit surprised it only got an off-field Yellow, too, fortunately the 9 doesnt look like he suffered a head knock, so that is a positive!
To me Adam’s technique was pretty good, low and aggressive to a player looking to steal. The trouble is you have a small halfback going over the ball with head moving down and the clean out is risky because of that. To your point he probably only needed to set because it was a halfback but making that decision quickly when it could have been a loose forward is increasing the risk losing the contact. Looked worse than it was because he flattened him. If I am the coach I am wanting him to do that everyday of the week - just maintain his technique, stay low and try to avoid the head.
@Chris It was bizarre that he was left out in 2018 when he was easily the best in club rugby that year but they decided to go for 2 journeymen in Phil Burleigh and Sam Beard instead which did nothing for them in the long term as they both only lasted the 1 season.
Yeah exactly we were not impressed with those selections they were both poor.
I was thinking that season Nu’u must get a chance then they name the squad with those two in,Bizarre is a great word for it no rhyme or reason to it.
Someone once said something about a game of two halves (and then they said it again..).
This was that.
First half, Tasman seemed a mix of casual, butter-fingered, overly-anxious hunguses determined to keep Southland in the game.
Second half they came out much more focused, accurate and playing for each-other and eventually broke the Southland shackles.
Not sure whether playing with the wind was responsible for some pretty dire catching and passing. Tbh Southland played the first half like there was a heavy mid-afternoon dew , as well.
Anyway, ended up pretty comfortable.
Much better from just about everyone compared to last week's debacle - at least in the 2nd half. David Havili back to being a talisman. Fox-Matamua went well at 8. Ross improved the lineout. Renton probably had his best game of the season.
Once we stopped dropping the ball Big Leicester and Fetu Paea started to look good. Fonotia was decent and Mark Talea had his moments.
Nice cameo from Segner with one blockbusting run and a little catch and pass to set up a try. Worth another run next week, IMO.
Biggest problem was Isaac Salmon at tighthead - we went from having a dominant scrum with Matenga, to getting beaten up. That suggest that Matenga might be worth a look from a Super team.
Pleasing effort in the loose from Sam Moli. I'm not sure whether he threw to the linout, but I'd stick with him for next week as well.
ive always wondered this...and havent been able to find an answer, whats with the grandstand at rugby park? why so offset? i get it if they couldn't afford or just didn'r need one the full length...but why not around the half way line?
Love the finish of the game. Sums up Southland’s woes. Southland player did all the work to stay in the field of play and get the offload off, only for a basic handling error to happen straight after and game over.
Kept scoreless in the second half after a big lead. If Southland were a horse...