After an interesting first week both on and off the field, in this week’s article I will be focusing on newly formed spines, and why it can be difficult to quickly gel as a result of certain issues that can incur within new combinations.
There is plenty of attention that gets placed on halves and
how their combination with players around them can impact the team, whether it
be for better or worse.
The SuperCoach impact is serious, take Shaun Johnson for
example who averaged 47 points in his first nine games for the Sharks in 2019
that included one injury affected outing.
He would then go on to average over 80 in his final eight games.
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The combination of Moses and Matterson is an example of two
top quality players having a first NRL hit out together.
Moses struggled with just 32 points, while Matterson produced
62 points but without any attacking stats to his name.
Although weather didn’t help them against the Bulldogs, they
will become more expansion after a month of football together.
On the other hand, Wighton and Whitehead hit the ground
running on Friday night.
Jack scored 91 points, including two tries, while Whitehead
managed 71 points with a try of his own.
Jack’s ability to break tackles becomes a major threat when someone as reliable as Elliott is hitting the correct space outside him every time and holding up defenders.
With Elliott attracting defenders, Jack has an opportunity
to take on an isolated player one on one.
As I touched on last week, the first month of football can often be fairly safe and I think we saw this with the amount of tries scored from kicks.
Combinations will become sharper and this will translate to
a prettier brand of rugby league in time, but the short kicking games of
players becomes even more important early on.
Due to this, someone like Ash Taylor could really bounce
back. I also expect a dry weekend of football at this stage, so don’t lose
faith if players in key positions last weekend didn’t score well with some
tough wet games.
Rugby league continues forward this weekend and so does SuperCoach,
so enjoy your footy and let’s hope we don’t see too many delays in matches