guy smiley wrote:It's not just the goal kicking with BB though.
I know I'll get shot down for this on party lines but I reckon he had a poor game. I commented early in the 1st half about his passing being 'ropey'. I was being kind and didn't want to inflame a shitfight while the game was live.
I don't know of another international back who performs a two handed netball pass to an outside player as often as he does. His game more often than not seems to be one of shuffling sideways before passing it a metre to a player almost in contact. For a player lauded as being so fast he very rarely seems to try and use his speed to bust through the line himself. I know he does that at times but it seems to me to be when he pops up out wide in the line and there's space.
Then there's the kickpass. It's a great weapon to have in your arsenal but it needs to work more than it fails to be worth trying too often and again, just an impression I've got but it's like it's become his party trick and he pulls it out a couple of times every game.
To be fair he did distribute at times during the game and he's not a dud player but my feeling is we should get a bit brutal here and accept that apart from one game against the Wallabies, who are struggling badly, BB hasn't really set the world on fire as a 1st 5/8 for a couple of seasons.
That article I posted about the ABs looking to use 2nd 5 as the attacking position poses a question... if that is what the coaches are trying to do is it having a negative effect on BB's game in subduing his own natural attacking style?
You thieving plum, I said all of that on another thread.
Piss-flaps at dawn!
As for where it's gone wrong for Barrett, I'm not sure this lot of coaches can take any of the blame.
Crabbing was his favourite modus operandi for the Canes most of this year.
Running straight (and I don't mean straight towards the sideline) before passing would do the rest of the backline a world of good.
As for the attacking kicks, the ones that seem to have worked for him over the years are the chip and regather (himself), and not much else.
He has a poor success ratio with cross kicks, bombs and grubbers.
I know you need variety to keep the opposition guessing making them hesitate, but I really don't think the ABs need him to try it so often, turning over so much ball.