I actually don’t think it’s effort or fitness (though we could improve in both those areas).
I think it’s system. I suspect our coaches have ordered our players to guard space rather than attack the ball carrier. Presumably they think this will create pressure and lead to turnovers but it clearly isnt working
What exactly are the rules on dangerous tackles? There was an opportunity for one of our boys to really hurt Pendlebury when he was left in a vulnerable spot. Perfect chance to lay a painful, but perfectly fair tackle was squandered.
Remember that tackle Walla layed on Danger? I wanted to see that. Nothing against Pendles but if the chance is there, really fkn crunch them. Incidentally fractured ribs heal.
Edit: reading in other threads that it might have been Durham that hit him harder than I’d first thought. Could have misremembered
The players are more concerned about holding their position, then attacking the player with the ball…… as they don’t want to create holes in the zone.
I’ve said in another thread when discussing whether footy players can play soccer…… and one of the key issues with footballers is that they are so committed to chasing the ball everywhere, that when they are expected to play to a structure it is incredibly foreign to them, that they don’t want to move.
There is a balance to holding your zone, and knowing when to apply manic pressure.