Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:16 PM
I have never felt so frustrated at a game than i did on Sunday and this was for many reasons.
We seemed to start well, as usual, and then dropped off. The period of drop outs we gave to Leigh was always going to end with a score. We cannot afford to give periods of possession to teams that are the size of Leigh, as we will never keep them out on the line. it was always going to be a hard afternoon with the size of Leigh as a team.
Leigh did seem to get away with a lot. They did move up much quicker than us at the play of the ball, but they were going far too early and were often offside. On this subject, we need to move up off our line and get into the faces of the attacking team. We haven't done this for years. Leigh were also messing around in nearly every tackle and the referee let them get away with it from the start. This was the start of him losing the game and this led to the fights towards the end of the match. He really lost it and should have imposed himself on the game in a more positive way, rather than giving endless penalties that stopped the flow of the play.
On the subject of penalties though, we as a team give far many legitimate penalties away and this has got to be stopped. The lack of experience does show and this is starting to worry me.
The kicking in play is very disappointing also. We should be able to kick teams to death on our pitch. It is the smallest in all leagues and we never use this to our advantage. Kicking on the last tackle, or earlier, often results in a kick down the throat of the full back. Batley know how to use the slope of their pitch to their advantage, so come on, lets get this kicking game sorted out on our postage stamp of a pitch. Kicking to touch also annoys me. We gain little ground kicking to touch when we could be kicking into the corners. It is easy on a pitch of our dimensions!!
Karl Pryce shouldn't be on the pitch if he continues to play as he is. He doesn't come inside looking for the ball and when attacking on the line he isn't there as a runner. He is massive and he should be using his size. I doubt we will ever see this.
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