Not sure I agree here.
Last year our midfield was poor at stoppages. Our half back line generated lots of turnovers that turned into inside 50s and our I50-score efficiency was high. So, we were able to lose the midfield battle and still win 12 games . This was possible through several key players. Hurls who had massive intercepts and rebound 50 numbers , and the +1 defender, who usually dropped back out of the midfield sometimes Zerret, but a lot of the time BJ .
So, if we need to set up like that in order to win, so be it, but if we can win more than 50/50 clearances courtesy of the package and Smith, then it places less pressure on the half back line to turn the ball over repeatedly , then we can structure up a nice zone and hold the ball inside 50.