Good thread - we have a massive work rate issue against the better teams.
The last two weeks prove it and the numbers don’t lie.
We also invariably have more turnovers than our opponents 68 turnovers to 65 for the Cats, 87 turnovers to only 78 or the Pies. This leaves us out of position with players already having spent energy to get into that position and thus unable to muster the energy to run quickly back the other way.
And many of those turnovers the last 2 weeks were under no pressure as we keep trying to play the corridor against the pressure the best teams bring versus, say, what a North Melbourne or Melbourne bring. We need to be more prepared to move the ball, still at speed, but “down the line”, outside the centre square than continuously try and square the ball up by foot with high risk short passes back into the centre square that the best teams pounce on. This really killed us against the Pies, in particular.
The best teams then run in numbers and as we are left deflated over “what might have been” and our players stop chasing the other way because they have no chance of catching the opposition.
In part, I feel, our turnover rate plays a big role in our apparent low work rate.