Watching at the game it was very noticeable how much the team improved coming out of their own end when Tracey moved to wing. Problem is, Metcalf isn’t much of a 6 either.
Need Moylan back.
To be honest I prefer Katoa to fight for his spot back. He didn't trust his inside man, and didn't mark up his winger who scored twice.
Traceys best spot for the team is centre. Ronnie on the wing is less of an issue than Talakai or Chambers at centre.
Bad defence is a rare occurance for Katoa, he also saved a try too don’t forget. Katoa was immense yesterday especially helping us get out of our own half, he didn’t shy away from nothing one bit, I wouldn’t be suprised if he topped the metre count or run count he was that involved for us, it’s what we need more of from our backs this year.
As for Ronaldo he’s barely noticeable
Kennedy (21), Ramien (19) and Ronaldo (18) all ran more than Katoa (16). (Trindall (16) only other player to have 16 runs or more)
They also all made more meters and more meters per run - 8.1, 8.7, 7.7 vs 7.3
Ronnie also did that in 3/4 the time on field as Katoa.
I agree Katoa is our better winger of the two atm, also agree neither is so good they are undroppable, but seems like you noticed Katoa playing the full game and a few tackle breaks more than the fact Ronaldo actually did more running.
I reckon you put 90+% of peak Fifita and Graham in the side with at least one if not both of SJ and Moylan in some form and Ronaldo or Katoa on the wings suddenly look a hell of a lot better. Tracey probably also look good at centre.
While they certainly aren't immune to criticism because of it I think, for example, not many teams are picking their winger based largely on defence and rather are just winning the forward/possession battle more so their line is attacked less. Teams work hard to find ways to beat other teams down the edges, we play like **** and keep giving other teams opportunities so eventually they will likely score down our edges because both Katoa and Ronaldo will struggle to repeatedly stop another professional athlete (likely considered comparable or better) from finding a chance to stretch out an arm at some point.
Take out the kick returns and consider the field position mate…
Whenever the Knights kicked left it was from better field position and Katoa was getting bombed and smashed as he grabbed it. Twice by chasers who were WAY offside. Two of his play 1 runs were also from 1m out from his own line.
In general the Knights kicked right from farther out. The Sharks left winger got way more space on kick returns, and took his play 1 runs from a better field position than Katoa.
No part of that means Katoa topped the meter count or run count which was what I was responding to
Was just saying Ronnie seems to have done more work than I think Wizard had realised, not trying to criticise Katoa or make a huge case for Ronnie
I said I think Katoa is the better winger of the two atm
Yeah I know, and I agree. I just don’t think quoting the metres adds anything to your argument.
But my argument was literally just pointing out Katoa didn't make the most meters, quoting the meters added everything to it!
Well that and that Ronnie did get a bit of running done in his 60 mins, whether you want to hold better opportunities against him or not is another issue