switchskier wrote:The chat is starting about replacing Hogg with Williams. Hogg didn't have a great game yesterday but it's a game plan that offers him very little. Regardless, there may be some homer glasses here, but I just don't see Williams in the same class. He's slower, has poorer hands and not much of an outside break. He is good under the high ball, but I agree with java that there was so much SA pressure yesterday that anyone would have struggled and it's the only area he's better than Hogg in. I just don't see it.
first test, Lions kicked a lot and altho they did not win back many balls they put huge pressure on the Boks, Le Roux in particular spilled loads. Boks also kicked a lot, a few heart in mouth moments from Hogg, VDM and Watson, and Bigger and Williams when he came on dropped a couple, but Lions got away with it. Second test, Lions kicked maybe even more (I'll come back to that) but not as well. Murray kicks were poor, Bigger's bar his first poor and he cannot execute the chip over grubber through that well; meanwhile the Boks kicked better and put huge pressure on Lions catcher, quite often like Munster do - just charge and raise an arm so it looks like a real challenge, doesn't matter if you get the ball as long as you disrupt the defender. And they won a few as well. Then becomes a mental thing for both attacker and defender, former relishing the chase, the latter ever more tentative.
If Lions are going to play that strategy, pick players to match it. Do not pick a team for one style and play a different style. If the ball is going to be kicked away, pick the best defenders not the best attackers.
Back to Lions kicking. Lions won numerous pens second half of first test when they went for repeated pick and drives, tired and stressed the Bok ruck defence. And kicked the pens. Yesterday, just kept kicking the ball back to them. Which they used to better effect