This is the main reason I want hooker to go back to the backline.
He played well in a role that essentially to me provokes lazy football, alas as you allude to, just bomb it long and hope.
When he’s on and the team is on, it looks great, when he’s not or out injured there’s just no covering it.
players first reaction should be to hit up leading targets. Instead it’s bomb it long and hope hooker can outmark players.
then on the defensive side teams just run it out way to easily with 3 lumbering talls, which inturn places too much pressure on the 3 smalls to do extra defensive work.
JD and stewart and potentially stringer and hooker back imo with the right emphasis next year on hitting targets, and we become a better team straight up come round 1. as long as they follow the blueprint of defensive pressure is the no.1 priority.