Norm Smith Medallist
- Aug 18, 2018
- AFL Club
If you have a ruck on the bench too it'll shorten the amount of rest time your other players get. As you point out the interchange cap effectively kills the optionThe main issue I see with selecting 2 dedicated rucks and where they may only end up rotating with each other off the bench is that we have a significantly reduced interchange cap this coming season - 75 per team each season
If it was simply a case that at the halfway mark of each quarter the 2 rucks would change, and essentially play roughly 50% game time each, then it may work with that only using 4 rotations.
But doubtful it would be that simply and if it's starting to get to 8+ rotations then we're using 10% of our interchange cap on just 1 position and, that doesn't really seem smart use of the bench. And while Stanley & Ratugolea can provide value up forward (seen it more so from Stanley at this stage), how would our forward line function with 3 genuine tall forwards & then say also Rohan up forward who also plays taller than his height?
Hawkins averages over 90% game time - last year it was 95.6% tog, 92.7% the year before and you've got to go back to 2015 the last time it was under 90%
Cameron averaged 90% last year and 88.&% the previous couple of seasons
So if we have 2 tall forwards already playing a high percentage of game time, throwing a 3rd tall into the mix may not necessarily work or help cohesiveness up forward
Surely an option in terms of the ruck work is Stanley at centre bounces and through the middle of the ground, Hawkins up forward and probably Blicavs down back
Playing 2 dedicated rucks when there's no interchange cap is 1 thing, but with that in place then it's not a simple equation