Re: Official Rugby League & Rugby Union Thread
Maloney, unfortunately, is very very bad in defence. I’m not saying he wouldn’t spark something in attack, but I honestly feel Wallace is almost like killing two birds with one stone. As far as I’m concerned, he has proven that he can guide a team around the park as well as any halfback in the game, particularly when the team he’s guiding is Brisbane. Add to that the fact that he actually strengthens your defence (a bonus), and he’s an attractive proposition. IMO he was dropped far too soon, especially when he delivered a win with a sound performance opposite Bird (a guy I consider a runner, not ball player).
Stewart could be moved to the wing outside a solid two-way centre. He’s good under the high ball, and will stick with his man. As I said earlier, he handled the position quite well against the Kiwis a few years ago. Dugan strikes me as someone QLD would pick. I still think Hayne is a defensive liability on the wing. I’m suggesting moving him to FB, but a whole host of new problems surface if you are of the belief that the FB is instrumental in calling and setting a line (kind of like the team’s eye from the back). Actually, a few years ago I compared Hunt to Slater. At the time, QLD had win 33% of games with Slater at FB. These teams averaged something like 22 points against. Hunt at FB yielded 5 out of 6 wins, with fewer than 10 points against!
Personally, I wouldn’t call Josh Morris a good defender. The guy doesn’t have a big workload at club level. But he did surprise me in game 2 (19 tackles, 1 mistackle). He handled Inglis. It doesn’t matter what he does at club level with performances like that. And he clearly offers far more in attack than other options. All he has to do is maintain his defence at rep level.
I fear dropping Pearce is like resetting the team. It could set you back 3 years. Also, he’s only just revived his partnership with Carney. Having said that, I don’t know how long you can persist. IMO Stuart will not drop Pearce.
26/ 11/ 06