- Apr 8, 2008
- Reaction score
All teams train to get numbers in tackles.... but where the sets start is relevant. These gang tackles tend to happen when teams are coming out of their own end, because you can compress the defensive line. The Sharks were doing a lot of that and the Bunnies weren't.Watching the game still and the bunnies constantly trying to hold up the attacker ,drag them back or drag them over the sideline is so notable. Is this new for them this season? It seems the most effective sharks players were those smaller, lower running guys-Sifa, Cam, Jack-and I wonder if this is because they couldn’t be held up by the D so they managed to push through the stand up D. The bunnies hardly bend a knee in defense.
Later in the second half the Sharks start to adjust and they start shifting wide to the centres coming out of trouble. This was to get around the compressed line. I'd like to think if Nicho is out there he recognizes that a bit earlier.