- Apr 27, 2008
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I always look hunk Slade needs a little time and space which he gets at 13 but yeah on paper should be the perfect 12.What do we rate Lawrences performance? He didnt really fire a shot unless i missed something?
I remember faz having Daly on his shoulder and dropping it on the boot rather than popping it to put him through a decent gap.
Willis Stepped up...carried hard, tackled hard and competed at the breakdown very well as expected. Gutted we didnt get willis curry earl back row to finish?
Slade isnt a 12, on paper he should be but he isnt. He is good at 13 because he has more time on the ball.
Alright, which of you is going to own up to being Matt Dawson?I think EJ is basically getting England to play percentage low risk/high reward rugby, regardless of who their opponent is. He wants players that can execute this plan well and can cover multiple positions so that it provides the team with more options. It's not pretty, but it is effective. There is an advantage to playing like this when against weaker opposition, which is that the hopefully England should be able to execute one set of tactics to a high level, consistently, rather than changing tactics and executing them well, but not brilliantly. However, it does make it boring when playing teams like Georgia because even if England have the opportunities to be adventurous they aren't taking them. I've said it before, but this is not the heads up rugby EJ was advocating at the start of his tenure. It also means that when the game plan doesn't work (like against S.A) England struggle to find an alternative because they've been coached to stick to this system and have lost an element of independent rugby thinking.
I'm not opposed to his ideas, but it is frustrating to watch England ignore overlaps, so they can kick the ball into the 22 to put pressure on the opponents line out.
What if everyone but you is Matt Dawson?
Who is our attack coach because when we did run it while we looked quite good but didnt look great...Lawrence is class but i dont know he bearly made a carry.Don't really remember seeing him or Ewels on the pitch tbh, and they were the two players I was most interested in seeing.