Marshall Banana wrote:
JPNZ wrote:Gee Ben Smith had a good game. Looked for work and was electric when he touched the ball even when not playing in his preferred position
Bender is always good really.
Back 3 was very good overall. Naholo excellent again - plays his best rugby in Black on the left. Jordie with his best game in months upon months... Kept it simple - was decisive. It still pisses me off that BB takes the shots at goals, tho! Even more so when Jordie, and D-Mac, are on the field, and BB is lining up that sideline conversion...
BB was obviously unreal - but he shouldn't be first choice goal-kicker when his bro starts next to him.
It makes sense that Naholo plays his best rugby in the 11 - it's the "attacking" winger spot and there is no doubt he is an attacking winger. Most players being right-handed, passing to the left is their strong point. Which means going through the grades most successful attacking plays happen spreading the ball to the left, so players also get slightly better at running lines to the left. Where as 14 is the "defensive" winger, as they have to cope with the better attacks and cover opposition kicks (most opposition kickers being right footed, means kicking to that side of the field is also more natural).
Which is why it's a great luxury having Ben Smith at 14 and Naholo at 11 when Reiko is out. And also why Naholo is destined to spend most of his career in and out of the team, particularly if the All Blacks get another "nailed on" right winger. If NMS hadn't gotten injured and lost all form, Naholo would be pretty much destined to be Reiko's understudy - as we don't have a locked in right wing, he's getting a lot more chances.
With MacKenzie and Jordie in the squad, I'd like to see Ben Smith moved permanently to right wing. Even though he is our best fullback, the side itself is better with him there, as he is the closest we have to a world class right winger.