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David Bywaters Player Appraisal - Wolves Home
Posted by southstander on May 16 2010 - 15:52:09

Davids MoM
by David Bywater

After a couple of season off, we've once again asked Davidbyw to cast his eye over the Rhinos performances of the weekend and pass numerical judgement on the players.

Bound to be controversial, and to spark debate on the message boards, we'll keep tabs over the season and see if Davids appraisal of player of the season tallies with your Man-of-the-match votes.

Read more here....

Here are David’s thoughts about Friday’s game against Warrington at Headingley;

1Webb9Marshalled the defence brilliantly in the first half, a great pass to Hall for his try and in the right place to benefit from Senior moment of brilliance.
2Smith7Still looks off the pace – his lack of it was shown when he had a clear break and was caught at full pace by a back row forward. He will have to improve if he is to keep his place when Donald returns
3Delaney8Little opportunity going forward but a lot of tackling especially when the Rhinos were under the cosh in the first 30. Not sure where he was in the build up to the final try
4Senior8One piece of magic from Keith in the lead up to Webb’s try shows there is life in the old dog yet. Tightened up his defence considerably than what has been on show in recent games
5Hall7His try needed scoring which he did with his usual skill. Blew one golden opportunity when he should have taken on Mathers – once again put his side under pressure when he knocked on a loose ball 10 metres from his own line
6Sinfield7After what can only be described as a nightmare first 30 minutes Kevin settled down and things improved. I prefer the Sinfield McGuire pairing; the attack seems crisper and more fluid. Not his best game but not his worst.
7McGuire9Sublime, the most potent attacking player on the field, his pass to Ablett for the first try was top draw; add to that a big effort in defense including one try saving tackle and being on hand to finish Ablett’s break unlucky not to get the MOM
8Leulai7Some superb blockbusting runs – one in particular in the second was a sight to see. However this should not disguise his abject defence – I lost count of the number of times Warrington left him standing. His inability to play the ball correctly – not for the first time – is unforgivable in a tight match
9Buderus9Continued his master class in his position – the problem is he is so much more alert than his team mates. Danny is showing why we can never beat the Aussies; their really top players are simply on a different planet to ours.
10Peacock0Left the field after 7 minutes with what looked like a very serious lower leg injury.
11Jones Buchanan8Huge volume of tackles in the first 30 minutes, the fact he was overshadowed by some of his team mates should not hide the massive physical contribution JJB made when the side had their backs to the wall.
12Kirke8Massive effort, Ian gave his all and suffered towards the end through fatigue. I thought he engaged more forcefully in the tackle than he has – maybe a sign of greater confidence
13Clarkson7Put in a huge defensive effort in the half he played – impressive stamina for a part-time player. His passing needs some attention though – very creditable effort – played no part in the second half due to what looked like an ankle injury
14Bailey9My MOM – really stepped up when he entered the fray following Peacock’s injury. This was his most aggressive display ball in hand and his tackling effort was nothing short of monumental.
15Diskin8The fact you did see a dip in the team when Buderus was replaced is a testament to how well he played – he got the pace of the PTB just right – as good a controlling game as Matt has had all year.
16Ablett9Confirmed his status as the most exciting young back row forward in SL – the break and final for the McGuire try was worth the entrance money alone – if he doesn’t get into the England side for the France game something is seriously wrong
17Eastwood8Still regaining full match fitness – his presence on the field gave the side a solidity it lacked. His size hides great footwork and a deft agility with the ball



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