By Andrews Peter
Thank you Michael Marum, not for the close 26-28 score line performance by our boys but for taking into consideration some of the valid points that we raised through the Social Media.
Because you paid attention to (critical) observers on the sideline, there was an encouraging improvement from the previous two mostly disheartening performance by our team.
Had you continued to stick with the initial line up, we would not have seen any improvement yesterday (in the game against the Falcons).
The inclusion of debutant Justin Yoka at five eight had evidently created a paying impact. He scored a try in style and appeared to be treacherous against the opponents every time he had the ball. What a thoughtful change.
Your decision to bring in Joe Joshua to combine with Adex Wera worked exceptionally well. No one had thought Josua would score three tries against the Falcons. Thank you Joshua for the job well done.
However, your decision to bring Blend Ababau (who changed his name to something else) to the fullback did not work. Blend was VERY VERY VERY SLOW to return the ball. Despite his experience, he dropped a high ball. He was not in his best to defend the line, either. Blend saved a try with a jersey tackle but on the all his performance was far below expectation.
Therefore, I recommend that he (is) be sidelined or let him come off the bench.
The best man for the full back at this stage is Adex Wera. He is a good returner with the speed. Adex is also upright at defending the back zone with wide his ranging experience.
The player to fill in Adex Wera’s centre position is Daniel Tapol. This block (Daniel) has always been playing in the centres or on the wing. He is a sprinter and can connect well with the ruck to set up for finishers. He (himself) is also too good at getting run away tries. (AGAIN, TAPOL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CENTRE OR WINGER WHILE HE WAS WITH THE ENGA MIOKS AND HELA WIGMEN, something to think about).
Moreover, your decision to take Charlie Simon to the dummy did not work to our expectation. Simon played a very ordinary footy with distribution of the ball. There was no creativity including skills that was required of a number 9 in modern rugby league. He defended well but not as desired. This means, Simon will not improve. He is where is as he had already exhausted any extra talent he may have had (possessed).
Therefore, I still think that former Enga Mioks dummy Woods Kawage is the best man for that position. Do not underestimate his strength. If you are not aware, Woods was the highest try scorer in Digicel Cup last year, 2018.
He played a big role in the Enga Mioks grand final attempt for the major award. Woods is naturally talented with his outstanding foot work. He also can create opportunity when games get tougher against the opponents. Mr Coach try and give Woods a chance this weekend in the same way as you did with (to) Justin Yoka and see what he does for the team.
In the forwards, I have observed that Mekenie Yei (11) and Junior Rop (12) had the potential to play an enforcers role. They appeared not to be favourite starters. It would pay if you use these two players from the bench. Allow Gilbert Isacc and another forward to start the work in the first 20 minutes. You will see something different from Rop and Mekenzie when coming off the sideline seat.
Otherwise, we will be expecting to see Ase Boas joining the team to further organise the ruck (area) with Yoka and Woods giving him the right backing (connection) towards our first victory.
Once again (please) try this combination - Ase at half back (7), Yoka at five-eight (6) and Woods at the dummy (9) with Adex Wera taking care of the full back’s role.
With the above observation, I recommend (suggest) the following line up for the coach to consider (take note):
1. Adex Wera
2. Junior Rau
3. Joe Joshua
4. Daniel Tapol
5. Brendon Nima
6. Justin Yoka
7. Ase Boas
8. Moses Meninga
9. Woods Kawage
10. Enok Maki
11. Gibert Isaac
12. Junior Rop (or another possible second rower)
13. Stanthon Albert
14. Charlie Simon
15. Mckenzie Yei
16. Nick Oliver (Junior Rop)
17. Blend Ababu
18. Charlie Simon
Mark my word Mr Coach, you will not go wrong if you take heed of the above thought.
With that I wish the SP PNG Hunters a good luck this weekend as we look forward to the season’s first victory.
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