Raidernation wrote:Firstly I was saying that I don't believe his defense is that much better this year than last, more that because of the quality inside him is better which in tern allows him to cover his defensive zone much better instead of being pulled out of position and looking like a defensive mug.
I'm not sure I agree with Papa lateral defense, this is just my eye test but it looks to me like blake does a huge amount of covering for him. Although I think the middle third stats are far more accurate so you might be right regarding Soliola and Papa.
Ive been hugely impressed by Boyd and his cover defense, Kids a machine!
D these days it a little confusing.
'Traditionally' the line used to be wing, centre, half, backrow/ 2nd row, prop, lock/ hooker, then the reverse.
These days the backrower & props switch. Our backrowers have been defending the middle on the short side, and then edge on the open side.
Often teams will 'hide' a half on the wing or in the centres for 3-4 tackles.
That said, our right edge has been a shambles, and a lack of consistency this yr didn't help.
1st Eddy wasn't good in the centres. He was moved after 3 wks.
Austin rushes up far too often, and arm grabs. He does cover well though.
Waqa is a winger, trying to take a centres defensive load. He did admirably really, but looked out of position there.
BJ & Brenko are the same player, bang or bust defensively.
Building combos on D is as important, if not more, than attack.
As for Soliola vs Papa, for a long time, I thought that Sia was the better defender. However, as the season progressed and I started to see the numbers stack up, it became more apparent that Papa goes unnoticed on D until he hammers someone, coz he just makes them look regulation. I will also say that a fair percentage of Sia's misses are him trying to line people up early in the count, a bit like Red's misses last yr.