Mikey Brown wrote: Puja wrote:
I don't get the introduction of Wiese at 8. The number 8 in their system is key to setting defence off 1st phase, already without Vermuelen who was just outstanding at calling the shots on whether an attack was going short or open they've lost some experience and now to just remove more experience again seems odd. Like the Lions they don't attack much, they will try to build everything off the defence and any loss of communication in the 8 shirt surely can't help them.
Wiese might be outstanding, but time in a role leading a side in their defence is so important.
I suppose SA are now even more physical, any maybe that's all they need
If the Lions are planning on kicking a lot, then Wiese could be invaluable in carrying back kicks. Give him a run-up and he'll knock a hole in any defence.
As a Leicester fan, I do love him - he's so important to us and such a talismanic carrier. However, he does always feel like a card waiting to happen, especially if he's stymied and can't put his stamp on the match. The Lions should try and keep the ball as much as possible early on and set Curry and Lawes to man-mark him when South Africa have possession. Sooner or later, he'll go charging into a breakdown shoulder-first.
Yeah I imagine this is it. There seems to be a lot of talk about Le Roux and Smith not working together at the back as well as they'd have liked in returning kicks. As Squidge
Digby says there does seem to be a big focus on the 8 role in organizing the defence, which you wouldn't think they'd want to give up on completely, but they're also missing Vermeulen's destructive ball carrying. Kwagga Smith weirdly seems to have very few caps to his name, given his status.
I understand wanting Adams in the side, but VDM and Watson's try-scoring records would seem an odd angle to go at in criticising Gatland for not picking try scorers.
I gave up watching Squidge a long time back, but it wouldn't surprise if someone else had spotted the bleedin' obvious. Really the only stuff I now watch is GDD
It's a fair point Smith only has a few caps, I actually looked it up before posting the previous comment and I was surprised how few caps he had. It almost invalidates the point, but it still feels like he's been around a little longer. Perhaps Wiese is impressing in training they're happy he can take on the job, but it looks a big ask in advance, even with the return of Malherbe
I'd get brining Wiese in if this wasn't a Lions series, but this like the quarter final of the WC onwards is one of those few instances the idea of development is largely if not entirely irrelevant