- Mar 7, 2008
Don't disagree generally with you here but I think the forwards will probably cancel each other out of the equation. It will be the 5th tackle smoothness which will go a long way to deciding the game. I hope it's well rehearsed and at a moderate pace for certainty.If the ref allows us to play and let's the game become an arm wrestle, like a typical top tier game is allowed to be (i.e. leeway in the penalty department), then it should be a good game.
Our forward pack is 'better' than theirs, but their forward pack is smarter and know the infrequencies of the game better than ours.
For us to win we need to be able to bash their pack and dominate the meter game... if the ref doesn't allow that to happen and gives the storm leg ups out of their own end, then I expect the smarter forward pack to dominate the ruck and win the field position territory.
We have not yet shown that we can be a 'smarter' forward pack just yet... we have shown improvement with fitness and aggression, but whether that also translates to being smarter footy players could be on display tonight.