Did Knox play bad or were they just outclassed?
A bit of both. It was nice to finally see Waverley in action, but I don’t think I saw them at their best. The game was perhaps tighter than the score suggests, but Waverley made the most of their chances and Knox didn’t.
That said, I don’t want to downplay the Waverley performance too much as they were simply too good. Their ability to rip the ball off attackers and real focus at holding the attacking player up is outstanding. They capitalised on Knox errors, but to be fair made a lot of their own and did lack discipline. Moretti was a class above every player on the field and an absolute pleasure to watch. Volkman (12) and Murphy (6) also played well – just about everyone else was solid. I was really surprised the way the Knox pack pushed them around in the scrums though. I haven’t seen Barker yet, but my guess is Waverley might need to play significantly better than today to beat them. Maybe Hutchinson-Walters would have made a big difference?
For Knox, Leigh (12) and Grobler (7) were the pick. The tight five played well and both Williams (4) and Yates (5) probably won the battle of the locks. The backs never seemed to get a chance to flow which is a real pity as Glassie and Leigh have obvious talent. Creating space for the backs and better ball retention are two things I feel they need to focus on.