Umaga/Lomu

Umaga/Lomu

Post by Brendan Casey's New » Fri, 16 Jul 1999 04:00:00


There seems to be a growing opinion that Lomu should be starting ahead of
Umaga. This is all very well but is Lomu an 80 minute player? Surely his
worth is as an impact player. Yes, he has speed, but that and his power are
his only real assets and are perfectly suited to crushing a tiring England
or South Africa in the final stages of a match. Umaga on the other hand has
some great ball skills, speed to rival Lomu, excellent defence and a huge
step (off both feet). As far as his running is concerned I believe he is
more explosive in the area where if you want a player to sythe through the
middle, then Umaga's your man but if you want a player to beat the man one
on one, close to the line then you go for Lomu.
 
 
 

Umaga/Lomu

Post by JJ » Fri, 16 Jul 1999 04:00:00

I reckon that Umaga is fine where he is, so is Lomu.  Like you pointed out,
Lomu is great in the final stages of the game with his speed and power to
crush a tiring opposition.  Strategy I see it.  Play with your food, then
when the moment comes, bite it, chew it and spit it out.

My 2c worth of thoughts

JJ



Quote:
> There seems to be a growing opinion that Lomu should be starting ahead of
> Umaga. This is all very well but is Lomu an 80 minute player? Surely his
> worth is as an impact player. Yes, he has speed, but that and his power
are
> his only real assets and are perfectly suited to crushing a tiring England
> or South Africa in the final stages of a match. Umaga on the other hand
has
> some great ball skills, speed to rival Lomu, excellent defence and a huge
> step (off both feet). As far as his running is concerned I believe he is
> more explosive in the area where if you want a player to sythe through the
> middle, then Umaga's your man but if you want a player to beat the man one
> on one, close to the line then you go for Lomu.


 
 
 

Umaga/Lomu

Post by Nick Smi » Fri, 16 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>There seems to be a growing opinion that Lomu should be starting ahead of
>Umaga. This is all very well but is Lomu an 80 minute player? Surely his
>worth is as an impact player. Yes, he has speed, but that and his power are
>his only real assets and are perfectly suited to crushing a tiring England
>or South Africa in the final stages of a match. Umaga on the other hand has
>some great ball skills, speed to rival Lomu, excellent defence and a huge
>step (off both feet). As far as his running is concerned I believe he is
>more explosive in the area where if you want a player to sythe through the
>middle, then Umaga's your man but if you want a player to beat the man one
>on one, close to the line then you go for Lomu.

I completely agree.

Nick