yep agree on Stewart, he's going to need a lot of work before there can be any confidence in him holding down a key back spot.Seems to be a lot of divergent views on how Stewart went down back. I'm definitely in the "he looked all at sea" camp. He was caught out of position heaps and when it came for body-on-body stuff was thoroughly outclassed by the blues forwards (esp. McKay). I don't blame him for it: he's spent his life as a CHF type so it is a big ask to start playing as a key position defender, but I don't think he's even remotely AFL-level back there at the moment.
As disquieting as it was to watch our defense in shambles for much of the game, the solace I take from it was that this was obviously a "see what happens" game for us, with much of the game featuring Stewart, Laverde, Gleeson, and Cutler in the back 6. None of those players are in our best 22 down there for round 1. If we get Ambrose and Hooker right for the key positions, Ridley and Francis doing their pure intercept stuff, and 2 of Redman, Cahill, Hind and Heppell rotating through the flanks/pockets, it is suddenly a completely different structure, with literally hundreds of games of extra defensive experience added in.
I'm not against the Stewart as a defender experiment, but he needs to be given a half dozen games or so in the reserves first to learn the craft, the zones, the patterns etc. before we ask him to go shoulder to shoulder with Kennedy, Hawkins or Dixon.
They weren't taking it seriously like we were though. Just ask their posters, we treated it like a grand final.I wouldn’t be popping the champers if I were a Blues supporter either from what I gather. 21 points with a near full side against bottom 4 contenders like us - only a practise game I know.
This. Is there a real strategy or body of evidence to warrant putting Laverde, Stewart and hooker all in the backline? Feels like we’re just throwing a bunch of positional changes around and seeing what ‘sticks’, with the season starting in 3 weeks...I actually thought playing the entire list out of position was a joke. Seems it isn't
Im all for changing positions on a couple but i feel weve gone way to heavy handedThis. Is there a real strategy or body of evidence to warrant putting Laverde, Stewart and hooker all in the backline? Feels like we’re just throwing a bunch of positional changes around and seeing what ‘sticks’, with the season starting in 3 weeks...
In fairness to Wright, we knew what we were getting.Positives;
- Caldwell was super clean with the ball in and amongst traffic.
- Hind looks like a very economical replacement for Saad. Slotted in well.
- Waterman aka Thicc Shiel looked good. Sign him up pronto.
- I liked Hep's positional change.
- Harry Jones showed huge improvement.
- Glimpses at times from Perkins and Cox were great.
- Cutler, Laverde and Gleeson shouldn't be close to best 22.
- Parish needs to work on his kicking. Does a lot of of "no look dump" kicks that 2018/19 McGrath did.
- Wright seemed a bit wrong. Ba dum tss. Nah, just seemed very slow/ineffectual around contests. Always looked like he was running/moving at 85%.