The Blackhawks were beaten at home by the Magpies and the Capras were well beaten by the Jets at home. This is a must win game for the Blackhawks and as pressure builds on Kristian Woolf, it could be a decision maker, given the value invested in this squad by their big brothers.
Last Time Out:
The Blackhawks helped the Magpies by leading both the penalties and errors counts, giving up possession or extending plays that helped their opponents get the two second half tries that made the difference in a messy day that left the locals with a bad taste in their mouths. When combined with the high number of missed tackles, you should ask questions on where the problem lies. Is it on the field or between their ears? How do they bounce back and what changes are required to fix these fundamental problems?
The Capras went down, but for them it was not their gifting possession or the whistle as the Jets tried hard to give them a chance. For a team that was penalised ten less times, and made four less errors, they lost both the possession count and the run metres. They made less tackles and were reasonably close on the tackles statistics.
It is obvious that the statistics for this game do not show how much better the Jets were. They crossed for six tries and covered almost 50% more ground when running the ball. Line defence and getting up into the line should be the points to be addressed this week on the training ground.
Who to look out for:
Michael Parker-Walshe had a poor game in defence last week, with six missed tackles meant that one in every four plays run at him were successful. MPW rarely has two bad games in a row and as such I expect him to bounce back with a vengeance.
Maipele Morseau, the Cairns product, will be hoping that Coach Kim Williams gives him back his fullback spot after a week on the bench. In an inconsistent season, his flashes of brilliance have been infrequent and he needs to step it up to cement his spot in the 1 jersey for the remainder of the season. He is quite capable of being the x-factor in this game and given how disjointed the Blackhawks have been in recent games, will be perfect to exploit every opportunity.
How they will win:
Blackhawks have to get back into the defensive mode that is exhibited by their big brother side. It was an uncharacteristically high number of missed tackles and for them to win, they need to be honest in defence and not look to their attack to win the games for them.
The Capras need to look at exploit the indecision in defence that seems to have grabbed a number of key Blackhawks players into second guessing their roles. Mix it up and the same holes that appeared for the Magpies may well be revealed.
Blackhawks need this win, the rumblings and grumblings in Townsville may become significantly louder, if they do not walk of the field with not just a win but a dominant performance over the low ranking Capras. As such, Blackhawks by 8.
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Samsen O’Neill 3. Temone Power 4. Ty Carucci 5. Jonathon Reuben 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Sam Hoare 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Corey Jensen 11. Blake Leary 12. Andrew Niemoeller 13. Daniel Beasley (c) 14. Kierran Moseley 15. Jordan Kenworthy 16. Sione Lousi 22. Oshae Tuiasau 17. Kieran Quabba 18. Ross Bella
Coach: Kristian Woolf
1. Maipele Morseau 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Tony Tumusa 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Matthew Groat 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. Marco Delapena 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 15. William Cullen 16. Jack Kavanagh 17. John Filipo 18. Liam Pickersgill 19. Cody Grills 20. Phill Nati
Coach: Kim Williams
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