Discussion in 'NRL' started by Sphagnum, Jul 28, 2018.
Last paragraph is nail on the head stuff
I've got a lot of time for French...I'm sure we'll see his best consistently in the next few years.
People always overrate speed.
His defence and error rate aren't NRL standard.
Except where having a go means attempting a tackle...
French is at the stage of his career where he needs to find his place. He came onto the scene and made do on his pace and his agility, but he's had a couple of fairly proper injuries now, sides have worked out how he plays and he's in a shit performing side to boot. His confidence is very clearly at rock bottom. He has to work out how to come back a better player again next year.
I think this is a great example of why reserve grade is such important step in the development of players, bar the odd absolute freak who makes the transition flawlessly. French hasn't spent a lot of time in the competition so his learning against men as a footballer has all been in first grade. That's tough.
He has the skills to be a very good player, he just has to learn how to best use them at NRL level. He's only 22
His tackling is actually excellent, he's very good under a high ball when he's confident too. He's just not big enough to play the classic winger defensively. He knows when to run in, but he struggles to stop the play, so he needs to learn a different method.
I'd also add that it's a classic sign of problems infield when wingers are having to fly in, muppets just blame the winger. Our edge defence has been atrocious for the most part. Takairangi is one the most useless edge defenders in the history of the game, and Jennings (who is normally good) has been appalling all year. Hayne is ok but can get dragged in a lot too....so leaving a lightweight winger isolated makes him look a lot worse than he is.
But Rhyno said a couple of years back that he was the next Jarryd Hayne.
Could well be on current form.
Jesus, someone call the burn unit.
Seriously though he's the kind of player that I will be equally unsurprised if he fades out of the game through the lower grades over the next few years, or if he switches clubs, fixes his issues and becomes a 200 game player.
I saw him play auckland 9's. Never been more impressed by anything than I was that.
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