Yeah for sure, he gets you off your seat. He’s that kind of player. Though I do think back to that SOB try against NZ last tour with Williams starting the move off from deep. But yeah I think Hogg edges him here, especially now.So if they're both well committed defenders than you're looking at tackle technique more so?
Reading of the game is tougher to judge, and tackles missed stats arent everything, ie if Tipuric misses more tackles than Curry, but its because he's hiding on the wing and left all alone, one v one against Kolbe... thats just rough
Either way I wouldnt question either of these two defensively, despite the stats I posted above re Williams. But my Goodness, do you not get excited when Hogg hits that 13 channel at pace?
I remember seeing it 3/4 years ago v All blacks, when Scotland went the length of the field and Hogg just got tackled into touch by Barrett I think 3 yards short... but he made 3 line breaks in a row or something stupid
I guess what I’m saying is, focussing on the defence, that while Hogg is a committed tackler Liam Williams is next level and that quality is extra important against South Africa. SOB sums it up well (though he’s obviously referring to Williams ball in hand but principle is the same)
“I remember in the last game I played against Wales, they did a short line-out off the tail,
Rather than try to run around me, Liam Williams ran straight at me.
I swear to god, it was like running into a brick wall. He absolutely dazzled me. I was, like, what am I hitting here?
He’s one of the toughest players in rugby – fact. And he’s all bone as well.
He actually ran over the top of me, and I was holding his legs and, like, what’s hitting me here?”