Re: AFL Rd 2 2023 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong
Reply #145 –
Got worked out real well.....after they won a flag with the tactic.
I'll take that.
People fixate on the difference in output between Jack and a genuine 2nd ruck, but they are completely ignoring the fact that we get an extra midfielder as part of that balancing act.
That (lack of) an extra midfielder against the cats almost cost us the game.
It only took a couple of games for opposition coaches to work out how to exploit Jack in the ruck. For example, in Round 14 last year, Hardwick had Balta play on Jack both when he was a forward and in the ruck. Balta was simply too strong for Jack and the latter had no influence at all ... and we lost. Against Collingwood the following week, Cox and cameron were simply too tall and exploited Jack in the ruck and around the ground ... and we lost again.
Jack isn't an extra midfielder when he goes into the ruck. He has to try to negate the opposition rucks and they work on dragging him to both ends of the ground to create a marking advantage in attack or defence, as well as providing a taller marking option during their transition or to disrupt our transition.
As for the Geelong game, Blicavs - when he wasn't rucking - started in the square on Cripps, then drifted forward to create another marking target and/or drag Cripps out of the midfield. Cripps didn't go with him, giving us an extra number around the ball.
What almost cost us the game was our inability to transition out of defence. That wasn't helped by Pitto's lack of match fitness/ managed minutes, but he did give us the ability to compete in the air. Silvagni does that when he plays as a forward and doesn't have to compete against taller, stronger opponents.