The Lions deserve enormous credit for the efficient way they closed down the Crusaders backline and highlighted how important Crotty is. There are some very talented youngsters but Crotty is the factor that makes them operate properly as a unit, and the structure of the Lions was exposed that. Bateman at 12 may have been a better starting option for his experience.Nieghorn wrote:Crusaders were consistently too flat, especially for the Lions' defence. Took the ball standing still, and didn't get the best of passes, so either were smashed or resorted to desperate transfers (credit to them for how many of those actually went to hand!). A little depth and they'd have had more options.
Terrific learning experience for them.