multiple.scoregasms wrote:Sharks stopped going left because they stopped winning in the middle. Manly with the wind at their back, some line speed in defence and momentum kept winning the ruck
Some people would benefit from learning something about football rather than assuming that something worked in the first half so it will automatically work in the second
This video of Matty Johns explaining how you have to earn the right to go wide is a good start
They also didn't stop trying to go left, they just stopped getting the ball left because Moylan and Kennedy got more pressure (line speed and winning the middle as you say) and the balls to Talakai weren't on (several times they kicked instead because they knew they were heading for suicide passes). And when it did get to the edge the defenders weren't on their heels and dealt with the threat fairly comfortably.
Talakai is a weapon and well done to anyone who risked it and got him in the 300ks, but Staggs, Manu etc do exactly the same thing if presented with multiple opportunities against a retreating edge in the way Manly gave the Sharks in the first half last night. That they managed to nullify it with a souldead player change and ten minutes of half-time coaching does suggest that sort of rampage won't be the norm for well-prepared teams going forward