Digby wrote:Steward needs to be drifting earlier, have better footwork, and perhaps the option to gas it on the outside which he simply might not have the acceleration for. And the blocking needs to be better, and the wide players are really wide when maybe you don't quite want that in that setup. The setup as is does promote the kick as an option. And I'm fine with all of that, most plays don't break the line and/or create a chance, just if looking at it I think there's a chance something better could have happened, and thus I wouldn't say hey look at how well this act of 2nd playmaking goes, it's fine, it's functional, it's a decent outcome, boring, next
I think you're being incredibly harsh. It's a good read by the defence and Steward adapts quickly under high pressure to put through a phenomenally weighted kick rather than trying to force a pass that's not on or getting caught behind the gainline. He literally has two steps before the defender is on him.
Yes, a clean break to make a 3-on-2 would've been a better result, but it seems churlish to look at a player reacting well to a good bit of rush defence to gain 30m and the ball back, and say, "Tsch, wasn't a try though, was it?"