>>........that goalkicking skills are just as important as speed,
>>strength and agility.
>>All it takes is a bit of practice - well a lot of practice.
>>But hey - isn't it worth it?
>Yep, and what amazes me is that in clubs that clearly lack a recognised goal
>kicker none of the players have decided to try and have a go for the job.
Shit Dave - we sound like two old men.
>Wigan fall into that category IMO.
Wigan aren't all that bad, Farrell is a decent kicker.
Warrington are diabolical, whoever told Roper that he could kick a ball must
have been on ***.
>I would have thought its one way to get yourself picked over another player of
>When Botica arrived at Wigan, Monie did not want him (he wanted Phil Blake
>instead) and, at first, he could not justify his place in the team on his other Rugby
I first saw Botica play in the Wigan sevens - to be honest I thought he was
a load of shite.
Thankfully for the pies they gave him a dose of steroids and put a yard of pace
>However when his exceptional (by RL standards) goal kicking became apparent
>he became the final piece in the jigsaw and was one of the major reasons why
>Wigan dominated so much at that time.
True - but he was only an average kicker in RU.
>If super league becomes more evenly matched then an accurate goal kicker will
>become a real asset and will be the difference between a win and a loss in many
I would ***y well hope so.
>I think this also ties in with what you said on another thread about second rows
>and centres being indistinguishable etc. It boils down to a general de-skilling of
>I *blame* two things for this.
>1. Rule changes, in particular the 10m rule and how scrums are handled.
Yep - I think we are both in agreement that the 10m rule sucks.
>2. The improved level of fitness of the professional players
>The 10m rule has seen the *** become a back rather than a forward (if you
>see what I mean). Couple that with the fact the scrums are now not contested
>means that position can now be filled by any half decent half back and is why
>Wigan should give Murdoch a go at ***.
Don't get me wrong - RL is still a great game but lets face it you may as
well s***names like stand-off/centre/wing/second-row.
They are meaningless.
At least in RU you can distinguish between the players.
>The fitness of the players now means second rows can actually run as well as a
> big centre of about 5 or 6 years ago, so its no surprise we see players covering
> many positions.
>However, I do think there is more to being a centre than just being able to gallop
> 50 meters quickly. I think the reason why we see second rows in the centre has
> as much to do with a lowering of standards in defense (maybe again due to the
> 10m rule). The centres don't have to try as hard, IMO, to beat people by side
> stepping etc as they used to and this is what lets the less *maneuverable* second
> rowers into the picture.
I think the defensive standards have risen this season, Castleford tackled like tigers :-)
>Wigan RLFC - Simply THE Best.
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