This is a valid point. I do suspect Payne at this stage (and playing virtually as fullback) is worried about taking it on, because if he gets caught inside the 50 probably leads to a goal. With more experience, would love to see him take it on like a Darcy Moore. Darcy Moore was very good in a beaten side on Friday night. I still have hope that if he develops Payne's becomes a CHB.Something else that was noticeable, was that our defenders almost always looked for Rich and Birchall to pass to in the defensive 50, rather than taking the game on themselves.
It was like they were very timid to go themselves, or unsure of what they were supposed to do.
Starc does at times attempt to take it on, but Sydney's pressure was good, and again if playing deep concerned about giving away a free within kicking range.
Answerth does attempt to take it on and provide some run, but on occasions his disposal can let him down. Hopefully he might be back in a few weeks, and that is when Birchall may be under pressure to retain his spot.
Because we have a slow backline Rich, Birchall, Lester and Harris not overly quick, they probably look to Birchall or Rich for that penetrating kick to create run. I think if Gardner and Answerth come in for Birchall and Lester we might see a slightly different approach.