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Defence is a Problem

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Canteen Worker, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    It doesn't need Einstein to itell us that our defence this year has been way off the standard of previous years. We have leaked tries down the edges on both sides when Matai and Lyon have been injured. Our ruck defence is also missing the industry of Starling and Lawrence. Whilst not the best metre getters, they are both mobile and busy., plugging up the centre of the park. Teams are making big metres against us, putting our attack under great pressure, generally leaving us to work the ball out from our own line. Opposition kicks are close to our line, meaning we often have to face repeat sets aginst. Ballin and Buhrer have been great but a dynamic defence that can step up a gear and put pressure on opposition sides has been missing. Oue line speed has been slow. There have not been too many dominant tackles. We seem to be giving more defensive penalties away as well, which means we have less opportunities with good field position in attack.

    Add to this the frailties of Blair and the injuries and it is clear that we are struggling. Hopefully some troops back and some home games (assuming Brookvale recovers) will give us a few wins in the next month.
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    • dowdz

      dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +1,081 /12
      What defence? Lol. I agree. We seem to be missing all over the park. Hopefully its down to a lot of re shuffling with the amount of players we have out.
    • Masked Eagle

      Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

      +976 /0
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      • effnic

        effnic Well-Known Member

        +241 /16
        Yep defence is all about attitude and trust in the person next to you. There is no trust out there. No one is talking to eachother. No one cares.
      • sheridanstand78

        sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

        +4,866 /73
        We continue to be out flanked in most games and half the dogs tries came from simple backline movements where we didnt either slide or jam in, that is the problem, the inexperience we have when our key guys are not there is hampering the communication. It really does not help when on the eve of a game that a key guy pulls out.

        I think its true that many guys are playing injured, hence the large amount of guys pulling out of games on the eve of them, I would rather we rest guys and get them right, after this weekend we have a 2 week break and we need to make sure we have as many guys back for the Newcastle game on May 10.


        +2,412 /121
        St Merge are a team without a lot of talent showing what good defence can achieve.

        If they don't score against you they can't win against you.

        We have not adapted at all to our situation; we should be all about completing sets; playing the territory game and strong defence. Boring but it's simple and effective.
      • EagleFromMay1967

        EagleFromMay1967 Sky Punching : send them High as the Clouds

        +1,372 /49
        Yessir, Defence is our main problem. But. not our only problem. Lack of interest is another. Lack of go forward. Predictable attack. Lack of discipline. Confidence, lack of fit NRL standard troops? When u step back and take an objective look at it, we are :swear:!
        But the only direction from here is UP.

        PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

        +1,521 /114
        Correct defence & lying all over the player stupid penalties.
      • Peter C

        Peter C Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +1,207 /26
        Our attack is pretty $hithouse as well
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        • mjb136

          mjb136 MWSE fanatic Premium Member

          +1,544 /34
        • Mark from Brisbane

          Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

          +19,663 /383
          I just wish we'd use this situation to bring up some more young guns, because guess what.....every single one that's been given a crack has tried their guts out.

          You listening Geoff Toovey??
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          • Fluffy

            Fluffy Well-Known Member

            +5,623 /204
            I missed this, good thing someone finally made a thread about it.
          • HappilyManly

            HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +19,029 /367
            NRL season 2015: Canterbury Bulldogs benefit from a second refereeing tackle count error in three weeks

            MAYBE Des Hasler really has mastered the dark arts.

            Earlier this year the Bulldogs coach made headlines with his reference to referees as “Voldemorts” and now it appears his side has the rub of the green when it comes to their mistakes, with the NRL revealing the Dogs received a second seven tackle set in three weeks in their win over Manly on Friday night.

            As the match officials responsible for denying the Tigers a crucial tackle against the Raiders were named to officiate again this week, referees boss Tony Archer has admitted the Bulldogs were incorrectly granted a seven tackle set, from which they almost scored, during their 28-16 defeat of the Sea Eagles.

            The incident occurred in the 10th minute of the Canterbury-Manly clash at ANZ Stadium, with the Bulldogs going from one end of the field to the other as referees Gavin Badger and Chris Sutton awarded an extra tackle to the home side.

            The set ended with Moses Mbye being pulled down only half a metre short of the try line on the seventh tackle of the set. The Bulldogs led 10-0 at the time, and ended up consigning Manly to their fifth loss on the trot.

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