Sinclair has hit a bit of form but I reckon he was given a task to specifically match up against Hurley… make Hurley accountable and use the extra 20 cm reach he has to worry Hurls in the air (his weakest area)… master coaching stroke.
Our lack of replacement for Hooker really cut deep at that point because there was little Worstcoach could do within the overall shittiness of our gameplan.
Would have been keen to see Hurley on Buddy, Hartley on Sinclair with Ambrose playing the chop out/spoiling role. I also would have dropped the wingers back immediately after Buddy’s second goal. Essentially clog up the space for 10-15 and try to cling to a 25 point margin while we adjusted.
Walla was doing absolutely nothing, so would have been keen to put him in the back half and see if he could apply a bit of pressure at ground level… free mckenna (who was struggling with the pace and hospital passes) to go a bit further up the ground and maybe get some run and dash.
Harley, Hurley and Ambrose all needed to be told to play in front during that burst… if they got a few over the back then fine… but we just left a heap of space and trialled them in most of the game. The positioning had to change earlier than it did.
JD was giving their back six a nightmare when the ball came down long… I would have loved to have seen 10 minutes of pagans paddock, trust our legs. Flood 17 players back and just keep JD in the F50. Then run it out in a wave with Walla, Fanta, McGrath, Gleeson and Zack with the instruction to hit a predetermined lead point for JD. If he doesn’t make it… so be it… but be proactive.
Unfortunately we got panicked and thus threw the ball to goddard and kelly who became so gun shy it was embarrassing. Sydney rotated Lloyd/heeney/Cunningham about 20m off the contest in the corridor and in one fell swoop we lost all momentum. Another coaching masterstroke that left Woosha wanting.
I’m sure others saw it really differently… such is the greatness of our game but there were probably about 20 key coaching moves made during the game tactically that I saw… and Horse won all 20.