Cripps made a bi mistake last week. He setup too far off the ball up. TBell was winning hitouts to advantage, but even if he didn’t win the contest, he prevented Kreuzer from tapping the ball much distance at all. Cripps had been held up just enough by Clarke to prevent him from getting to the contest before Darcy got to the ball. Instead of engaging Cripps before the ball was bounced, Clarke only engaged when Cripps started moving. Cripps had little opportunity to wrestle with Clarke and push him away. Basically Cripps could not even get into the contest most of the time until it was too late. Others had already got the ball. but by that time Clarke was also blocking the path between the ball carrier and Cripps in many cases
Don’t underestimate the ruck performance of TBell and the inside craft of Darcy as a factor in denying the ball to Cripps.
It will be fascinating to see what role they give Clarke and how our midfield goes against the Hawks. Only 6 sleeps to go.