Alex Ross (28)
thanks tom waterhouse
I'm struggling to believe that you attended last years Waverley Barker game. The difference in the two teams at that game last year aside from one of the worst displays of schoolboy refereeing I have witnessed, where a barker forward was red carded halfway through the first half, was waverleys back line defence. Barkers back three had little influence on the game, completeyI agree to an extent here. While last year was an exception (to an extent), rugby matches/tournaments aren't won in the back 3. The forward pack is crucial to a winning side, and if I were to prioritise id say that 9, 10, 12, and 13 are most important in the backline as they set up the platform for the fancy work of the outside men. That isn't intended to take anything out of the back 3, I'm just saying a winning team relies on cohesion, structure that provides a good attacking/defensive platform and good support play and the people that are most involved in this are the men with 1-8 on their back. There's 3 things that you can be sure of about barker (especially over recent years).
1. They will have good set plays ie scrum and line out should be in good nick.
2. They will have good ball retention
3. They will have a solid defense
These are simple aspects of the game but, in combination, is a very difficult formula to beat (although it definitely can and has been beaten). In the last 2 years barker have lost twice in the CAS comp. Both times it was for the same reason - they were outplayed in the forwards. They were starved of possession and when they did get the ball they got impatient as they were kept out by solid defence - this impatience leading to mistakes:
Interestingly, in both these games that barker lost there was an intercept try scored against them.
This year Knox have some star forwards, and I think they'll be well drilled by their new star coach. That said, the barker pack isn't exactly down on star players or star coaches in the accredited mr Maloney. They have returning players from last year but my main concern comes from a rather inexperienced front row. It should be a good contest this saturday, but you'd have to back Knox
I agree, from what I've heard the trinity team is disillusioned at the present, playing out of position and all, they will be a mess in the backs this week.Last year Pernell Filipo was playing in the Hunter Valley and Liam Rasch in Illawarra. It will be interesting to see how they go. The backline is a little makeshift - Blake played most of last year at outside-centre, and Fish at 10, but I guess Trinity thinks this is the best use of its resources.
Also Blake was heavily out of form during the holidays, he is the wing to take advantage ofLast year Pernell Filipo was playing in the Hunter Valley and Liam Rasch in Illawarra. It will be interesting to see how they go. The backline is a little makeshift - Blake played most of last year at outside-centre, and Fish at 10, but I guess Trinity thinks this is the best use of its resources.
Bonus point for a loss by less than 20??????Matt Dunning's son?