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Unless we played Langdon or Ashman in the backrow, I can't see it
Whilst I don't necessarily disagree, I wonder what impact it would have on his confidence if we took throwing duties off him. If his mental state is that fragile, could it impact the rest of his play?Surbiton_Shark wrote: ↑Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:22 pmI guess not having to travel from London to Manchester and the familiarity of surroundings etc., still give an advantage but agree that the main one is lost not having a home crowd behind the players plus the natural influence on the ref.
Our scrum and more noticable defending rolling mauls is much better when Phillips is on - do we need to worry about quins rolling maul? - not sure we do. Hopefully Harrison is back for the scrum.
Interesting to see what happens with the lineout thrower - would we ever be brave enough to play Akker at 2 but have someone else throw? Akker's confidence on the pitch looks badly impacting by the lineout failings - take away that part of his game for now. For me Langdon deserves his chance - lineout looks a lot more solid and he massively puts it in around the pitch.
If Bryon is fit would also have him in ahead of Yarde.
I know b****r all about forward play, as was made very clear to me a few years ago when I made a similar suggestion on the previous forum. (I forget who the problematic thrower was at that time!)
This is so important.He has to have the drills and muscle control as second nature. It should be something he can do without thinking. A musician practices for hundreds of hours to deliver a flawless performance under the pressure of a live gig (and also works with the rest of the band to make sure timing is perfect). I don't know how many drills they expect Akker to learn, but I would suggest learning three drills to perfection.MikeGC wrote: ↑Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:42 pm
Work on his "muscle memory" so that the jitters in heat of battle matters less.
I've seen hookers at level 7 taking this initiative, why not a Springbok ??
I'm not trying to belittle the lad, I suspect he's trying his hardest but clearly needs a wise old head to set him on the right path
So long as he (or anyone else) doesn't stoop to "sucks"!
the word/term "uptick" ratttles may cage whenever I see it.ageinghoody wrote: ↑Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:55 pmSo long as he (or anyone else) doesn't stoop to "sucks"!
When reading a review of anything, I've concluded that the use of that, or "awesome", is usually a reliable signal that it's best ignored.
Wash your mouth out...
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