Alright…I just watched the Norf replay and I stand by my support of Bags. The stat nerds keep highlighting the 6 frees against but it reads a lot worse than it actually was. Half of them were very tough calls which could have gone either way on a different day.
- One was actually a professional free which slowed a potential quick Norf rebound.
- One was that horrible ‘take out the legs’ rule where Bags made an epic dive to win the ball while the North player played for the free
- the last was in the last 2mins of the game there was a high bomb to the wing and Bags got done for a push in the back in a 2v1 situation and was again stiff IMO
- the others I didn’t even notice so can’t have been too bad
The rest of the game I thought he did his usual stuff winning/halving his 2v1 ground balls/aerial contests, tackling hard, chasing hard, giving off nice handballs to people in better position and even made a couple nice centering kicks - skill wise didn’t do too much wrong. His numbers aren’t flash compared to last years resurgence but he’s playing his part in a forwardline that is the best in the league right now. When you have an in-form Brown, Tippa, Raz, Stringer and Daniher it’s no surprise that a bloke like Baguley is probably not gonna be the one you kick to. As long as our forward line keeps working well, we keep the same setup. If it ain’t broken it doesn’t need fixing.
I do agree that blokes like Bags, Parish, Myers and Guelfi at times are probably the weakest links and are the ones most likely in the gun…but doesn’t mean they should be dropped. Plus Bags is a little luckier than the other guys given we have very little small forward depth.