Team of the Week - Round One

Teething problems aside, it is clear to me that the benefit of the law interpretation amendments is space. More space for attackers to get over the gain line which compounds with quick recycled ball and pick and goes. The obverse is a well drilled defensive team is rewarded for beating the support to the breakdown. Good technique and decisions making looks to be rewarded.

Four teams and for me the team of the round would be dominated by the Blues. Their forwards set a magnificent platform and were punishing in defence:

  1. Alex Hodgman
  2. Dane Coles
  3. Ofa Tuungafasi
  4. Patrick Tuipulotu
  5. Isaia Walker-Leawere
  6. Tom Robinson
  7. Dalton Papali'i
  8. Hoskins Sotutu
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Otere Black
  11. Caleb Clarke
  12. Sio Tomkinson
  13. Rieko Ioane
  14. Shaun Stevenson
  15. Beauden Barrett

IWL made a big impact from the bench and a strong case the Canes would have more possession and impact if he had started.

Blake Gibson started very well - punishing in defence but again limited time on the paddock goes against him. Absolutely no difference once Dalton came on early in his place.

Special mention to Dillon Hunt who played well for the Clan.

Shaun Stevenson carried more than Telea and made more clean breaks. The rest pick themselves IMO.

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