Isn't he a winger? 7 tackles a game is pretty good for that position. 2 missed per game isn't though. At least he is getting involved.6 games - 0 tries, 0 try assists, 1 line-break, 33 tackle busts(!), 41 tackles, 14 missed.
In short, not good. The tackle busts are promising, but everything else statistically is bottom of the barrel stuff.
Had his best game last week. Great tackle and try.How is Perese going?
I havent been overly impressed with him so far. Think he would go a lot better on the wing right now.Had his best game last week. Great tackle and try.
Other than that massive teething problems. Does things like doesn’t know his role from marker or touched the ball before 10m.
Even in general play- runs if you give him the ball and beats men but can’t deviate off that set task because he doesn’t have the league knowledge. Really one dimensional still.
Went and watched Dearden today against the Bears. His defence was solid and the Bears tested him out. They deliberately ran their forwards wider trying to make him tackle. Page was standing a good three metres wider than normal running at the three and two in area. Page was a good test for him.
Dearden was very good at putting his body there. Arthars tested him early too and had two tries down his side in the first 10 minutes. He was probably too enthusiastic at times and would come up and in too much. Pauga was all lost out there and Dearden should have stayed with him.
Attack, he got in at dummy half a lot, set up on the left but Scarlett did all the kicking, he forced a repeat set at the end but probably needed a more attacking kick with two minutes left and down by eight.
Didn't run the ball a lot but directed and pointed a lot at what he wanted.
Defence I wouldn't be too worried about, I think he's shown more aptitude in defence in the ISC than attack. Peter Hola tried to kill him against the Pride and he stood up and got in there. Didn't miss a tackle and Hola made 183m rampaging over everyone else.
My observations have all been around attack which is strange for a young half.
When he does kick he kicks well, just put in a beautiful kick tonight for touch. Kicked a 50m penalty goal two weeks ago.
Doesn't kick enough.
Scarlett 74 kicks
I don't think I could have nailed a debut preview too much more, that's all what I saw again tonight. Tough night but he showed all those qualities- tough in defence and just passive in attack- well hard night not to be passive really.Dearden watch tonight v Pride from Cairns.
Again set up exclusively on the left. He shovelled it on too much. He threw a pass for Burns' first try on the short side. Scarlett is still the boss with kicking and play- Gibbie goes the right with Scarlett and he's their biggest weapon.
20 to go he steps through with a left foot step but got to the fullback, guys unmarked and went himself- came up with 0.
I'd like to see Dearden mix it up and get on the open with Gibbie and get a partnership going. Might come with confidence.
In defence he made a bad mistake just before half time, they came left and he came up timidly then planted his feet shuffled side ways and took no one really Murphy rolled it on and they scored in the corner.
Would have been good to see Clifford v Dearden- U18 half v U20 half but not to be tonight. Would have given a good reference point for Dearden.
In summary I'd like to see him own Wynnum- if he can't shark Scarlett and demand good ball then how is he going to do it in the NRL off Origin players?
I feel he did all that can be expected of him considering.I don't think I could have nailed a debut preview too much more, that's all what I saw again tonight. Tough night but he showed all those qualities- tough in defence and just passive in attack- well hard night not to be passive really.
I noticed he came to a the other side a few times and more than a couple in got in to dummy half tonight- a trait I have noticed he has when he isn't getting any ball.