Hurley had the thumbles on the weekend and lost a few contests against far bigger opponents, it was far from his best game, but to me the blame lies further up the field.
Hurleys role this year has been as an interceptor, he reads the play intercepts, then attacks. He is under instruction by the coach to play this way and has admitted himself that it does sometimes leave him out of position, and vulnerable. But thats the trade off for not playing tight on a man, and most games this year it has worked brilliantly.
Hurleys role also rely’s on team structure. If the team structure is in place and setup correctly it works. His game relys on the likes of Hartly and Gleeson to cut across and help out. If the opposition keep getting clean unpressured ball, and repeat entry’s our structure (and pretty much any teams for that matter) falls apart, any decent fwd worth his salt will kick a bag.
This is exactly what happened on the weekend. In the first half our kicking efficiency was 50%. We simply could not get the ball out of there fwd line. The few times we did we turned it over with kicks into our 50 because our fwds had worked to far up the ground and couldn’t get back. The roos had structured well with a loose in defense. We where out numbered, due to our poor positioning and work rate. At the same time the Roos at a good game plan in place.
Our fwds and mids did not work hard enough, and we didn’t kick efficiently as we usually do. Our backline was pretty reasonable given the amout of clean entry’s the kangas had.