You are right but this is the problem with the rule/interpretation. Make no attempt if you have had no prior and you are usually fine. Make an attempt to get out of the tackle and fend or shrug it and you get pinged. In fairness to Nelson, whilst the call was correct, he had few other options. Got the ball deep in defence, surrounded by players and immediately tackled, fought to get it out of it, succeeded and then immediately tackeld again and pinged. He certainly had no opportunity to do much else (other than as you say, let himself get wrapped up in the first tackle - but that doesn't really come naturally).Nah, the first one he shrugged off one tackle straight into another. If he'd just let himself get wrapped up in the first tackle it would've been a ball-up.
Yeah you could feel the momentum shift every time he went off for a rest. He has such a massive presence and influence. Could also tell that he has been told not to fly for big marks as it is risky. Very smart we don't need him taking mark of the year just dominate the Ruck!First time ive seen Nic live in about four years and I was shocked by how marked his influence is on a game. We are a deadset different team when he is in the ruck. Never seen a game ebb and flow off the back of one player like that. He is a superstar, the best player in AFL by some margin imo.
Momentum - I'll say. From virtually every stoppage he just gets the ball moving towards goal. Means our on-ballers are constantly running toward goal, he's running towards goal and the opposition are running towards our goal. No wonder we are seeing 45 points from stoppages off the back of deep fast clearances. You are 100% on you leaping for marks comment.Yeah you could feel the momentum shift every time he went off for a rest. He has such a massive presence and influence. Could also tell that he has been told not to fly for big marks as it is risky. Very smart we don't need him taking mark of the year just dominate the Ruck!
Just in terms of his career. If he didn’t have his injuries during his prime and was able to get up to ~70 or 80% TOG I reckon we’d possibly have another flag under our belt and he’d have been close to the best player in the comp. The things he does for someone 6’7 with two cooked knees is insane.