Well done ‘Atele! 2016 Champion.
These tight games, field positions is so crucial. You dominate field positions, you keep the score board ticking with penalty here & there, a drop goal may be, or just score tries! Not only that, but if you turn over the ball, the opposition will have to travel a long way to your try line. So basically you have plenty of time to scramble. Oh, scramble defense! ‘Atele does this better than any other.
I mentioned weeks ago two teams are in danger of being predictable and so become easy to play against. To win a rugby game you need to score more points then your opposition. To score points, you have to be willing to attack. To attack you have to have the skill-set. To have the skill-set you need to practice.
You do what you practice.
In the collision area today, ‘Atele looked for the opportunity to make a pass/offload. Let alone scoring those outstanding wide tries. I watched a few tight collisions in the forward and those forwards (props even) were making small offloads. Those small offloads build confidence. But coaches know you can have the best structured defense but how do you defense against offloads? Sonny Bill opposition can tell you you just can’t.
The small fullback won man of the match, but by far the No.7 and skipper has been the outstanding player in the last few weeks. For some reason ‘Atele’s line-out didn’t work today. Parity at scrums. Set piece were messy and no side dominated. I felt it came down to the kicking game, which ‘Atele clearly won. ‘Atele won the kicking game and not because they kicked better. Although one or two brilliant kicks from ‘Atele fullback. The chase!
‘Atele’s chasing game were superior. ‘Apifo’ou kicked bombd mainly. Right kick to use considering the size of the ‘Atele fullback. ‘Atele made some very crucial kick-chase play and so dominate the field positions. And see what happened when you dominate field positions?
Well done ‘Atele. You played smart because you play all season to your strength. I am glad you won because your style is a good blend. Also, I predicted so! lol
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