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Re: Official Rugby League & Rugby Union Thread
Maloney, unfortunately, is very very bad in defence. Iím not saying he wouldnít spark something in attack, but I honestly feel Wallace is almost like killing two birds with one stone. As far as Iím 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 heís guiding is Brisbane. Add to that the fact that he actually strengthens your defence (a bonus), and heís 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. Heís 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. Iím 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 teamís 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 wouldnít call Josh Morris a good defender. The guy doesnít have a big workload at club level. But he did surprise me in game 2 (19 tackles, 1 mistackle). He handled Inglis. It doesnít 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, heís only just revived his partnership with Carney. Having said that, I donít know how long you can persist. IMO Stuart will not drop Pearce.
26/ 11/ 06