- Aug 16, 2013
The only winger of any genuine pace we currently have is Reuben Garrick. And this year we hardly ever used that to our advantage. He's one of the I'd say top 10 for pace on the wing in the NRL right now, but he rarely saw the ball in open space. When he did it was beautiful, but it was a rare thing.It’s probably been noticeable for a few seasons but it really hit home last night watching the Storms wingers,JAC and Vunivalu,that exceptionally fast wingers are just as valuable in defence as they are in attack.The Storm outside backs were caught out a couple of times last night,obviously not to the extent that Manly’s does(especially when DCE rushes up)but the centres and wingers are so fast that any advantage the Raiders had, disappeared very quickly
And despite knowing and lamenting that we have no speed on the wings outside of Reubs, most want him gone. Go figure?
I still remember the game against Penrith late this season. At one point Josh Mansour made a break on his own 30. Despite giving him a 10 metre start, Reubs had him by our 40. He made up that 10 metres in just 30 on a former rep winger. The only other player in our squad who could have done that was Turbo. None of our other wingers or centres would have gotten within a bulls roar of Mansour.