- May 20, 2019
- AFL Club
I agree that he has been playing well and would be very unlucky to get dropped but he is not untouchable - he is on the fringe of best 22. Vlas and Broad play a similar role and someone's gotta go. Broad has been the one to make way before
No they don't really.
Broad is more of a shutdown defender that covers off all free opposing forwards and allows Short and Bash to run up the ground and more importantly Tigga and nowdays Grimes to play intercept.
Now that Balta and Dave run in the ruck, Broad covers up their tall forward.
At other times hes playing shut down on any other forward tall or small whilst rotating through the defenders whilst they have a spell.
Thats his job, and why we played better then won the flag when he came back in, it settled the defence back to what they know, Dimma even said as much as what they were trying hadnt really worked as well as they were wanting it to or something to that effect.
He may have had more opportunity to get forward more last week and hit more contests because he helped fill Tiggas role for that game, but when Vlas is in its back to the less glamorous stuff for Nathan, and the machine works as always.
The new footy rules requiring more speed and aerobic capabilities in all players will see an end for the time being of 2 big rucks.