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David Pocock, the greatest loose forward in the world?

  • 24-09-2018 7:30am
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    Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ troyzer


    Just saw this teaser on YouTube with Pocock's mad skillz at the breakdown over the last season.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62nCcgWSR-w

    He really is a complete freak. Complete gent in real life as well.

    Now that Warburton is retired, I'd say he's the undisputed best loose forward in the game today.

    Fight me.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,634 ✭✭✭ ec18


    Loose forward is a bit too general to say that he's the greatest. Pocock is probably the best breakdown loose forward in the world but I don't know if you can overlook the likes of Kieran Read, POM, Vunipola (when he's fit), SOB (when fit) for overall best loose forward


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ troyzer


    ec18 wrote: »
    Loose forward is a bit too general to say that he's the greatest. Pocock is probably the best breakdown loose forward in the world but I don't know if you can overlook the likes of Kieran Read, POM, Vunipola (when he's fit), SOB (when fit) for overall best loose forward

    You have to keep it general because he plays all over the scrum. It's hard to nail him down to one position.

    Pocock is just constantly everywhere. He's a rash.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,500 ✭✭✭ Sabre0001


    Great player. Watching himself and Hooper roam in the defensive line and near breakdown is incredible. True Grit is also a great watch.

    🤪



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,634 ✭✭✭ ec18


    troyzer wrote: »
    You have to keep it general because he plays all over the scrum. It's hard to nail him down to one position.

    Pocock is just constantly everywhere. He's a rash.

    If we're going completely general than I'd vote for SOB when fully fit


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ troyzer


    ec18 wrote: »
    If we're going completely general than I'd vote for SOB when fully fit

    Wouldn't even have put SOB as the best in Europe before Warburton retired.

    Now? Probably. I'd rather have Pocock than SOB.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,220 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    For me it's Kieran Read. He has the all round game to make a great player full stop. He's a top notch carrier, making a yard or two in the tight and he's excellent in the wide channels. He also has brilliant passing and offloading skills for a forward and has laid on so many trys through his ball handling ability.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,151 ✭✭✭ kupus


    troyzer wrote: »
    You have to keep it general because he plays all over the scrum. It's hard to nail him down to one position.

    Pocock is just constantly everywhere. He's a rash.

    But he is a rash that every team would like to have!

    Brilliant player, that does the simple things with ease.

    I would hate to play against him as you never know where he is going to pop up.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,220 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    troyzer wrote: »
    Wouldn't even have put SOB as the best in Europe before Warburton retired.

    Player comparisons are always tricky things when they have completely different skill sets. Warburton was a better player at the breakdown. Slowed down a lot of ball and won his fair share of turnovers. But his carrying wasn't great. He was the archetypal openside flanker. SoB plays with the 7 on his jersey but was more of a 6.5. Does good work at the breakdown but is a wrecking ball with ball in hand and has the ability to destroy rucks with a hit. For me SoB has the better all round game.

    They complemented each others game wonderfully in the Lions tour where nominally Warbuton was the openside and SoB the blindside. But really there roles were reversed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Poor man's VDF.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ troyzer


    Buer wrote: »
    Poor man's VDF.

    -_-


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,191 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    A one trick pony. His one trick « pilfering » is world class but elsewhere very average: line out, passing, running game etc no better than anyone else.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,396 ✭✭✭ joseywhales


    troyzer wrote: »
    ec18 wrote: »
    If we're going completely general than I'd vote for SOB when fully fit

    Wouldn't even have put SOB as the best in Europe before Warburton retired.

    Now? Probably. I'd rather have Pocock than SOB.

    Anglo TV bias aside, in both lions tours sob had the greater impact on results which is how I would measure a player.

    Warbuton had better players with him with Wales at that time and was only world class at spoiling possession. While sob seemed to have to spoil possession, be the first to break the gainline, clean out and link play.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,645 ✭✭✭ Webbs


    Irish bias aside, in both lions tours Warburton had the greater impact on results which is how I would measure a player.
    .

    Fixed


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ troyzer


    Webbs wrote: »
    Fixed

    Warburton is pure class.

    Has anyone seen the Squidge rugby video on him?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRr8s8DyTE


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,191 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    It’s always pointless debating SOB vs Warburton on a non-neutral forum, especially one where maybe ⅔ of posters are from Leinster. No different to Barrett vs Sexton on a NZ forum etc.

    Both fine players. Doubt SOB will be as good as Warburton in the commentary box though...


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,056 ✭✭✭✭ Sangre


    Kieran Reid is nearly always the best player on the park anytime I see him play. Anyone who can get 100+ caps in the NZ backrow has to be a special player.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,396 ✭✭✭ joseywhales


    Webbs wrote: »
    Irish bias aside, in both lions tours Warburton had the greater impact on results which is how I would measure a player.
    .

    Fixed
    Haha fair enough but you can't even argue about the last lions tour. In fairness Warburton was fairly crocked, they both seemed to have been for the last 5 years. Incredible dedication by both of them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,645 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    Haha fair enough but you can't even argue about the last lions tour. In fairness Warburton was fairly crocked, they both seemed to have been for the last 5 years. Incredible dedication by both of them.

    You absolutely can argue. Looking at results alone, Warburton didn't start the first game (which the Lions lost) but started the final 2 (which they won and drew). I'm not necessarily saying I agree, but I can see that a case can be made.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,396 ✭✭✭ joseywhales


    aloooof wrote: »
    Haha fair enough but you can't even argue about the last lions tour. In fairness Warburton was fairly crocked, they both seemed to have been for the last 5 years. Incredible dedication by both of them.

    You absolutely can argue. Looking at results alone, Warburton didn't start the first game (which the Lions lost) but started the final 2 (which they won and drew). I'm not necessarily saying I agree, but I can see that a case can be made.

    Absolutely, you can also say that Courtney lawes and Jack nowel made the difference since they had minutes in the last two games but no minutes in the first game. The case can be made.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,645 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    Absolutely, you can also say that Courtney lawes and Jack nowel made the difference since they had minutes in the last two games but no minutes in the first game. The case can be made.

    What you're suggesting isn't comparable.

    Warburton started and played all 80 of the 2nd test and 66 mins of the 3rd.
    Lawes came on as a sub and played 22 and 31
    Nowell came on as a sub and played 56 and 8.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,396 ✭✭✭ joseywhales


    aloooof wrote: »
    Absolutely, you can also say that Courtney lawes and Jack nowel made the difference since they had minutes in the last two games but no minutes in the first game. The case can be made.

    What you're suggesting isn't comparable.

    Warburton started and played all 80 of the 2nd test and 66 mins of the 3rd.
    Lawes came on as a sub and played 22 and 31
    Nowell came on as a sub and played 56 and 8.
    I'm not necessarily saying I agree, but I can see that a case can be made.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,645 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    I'm not necessarily saying I agree, but I can see that a case can be made.

    A case can be made and then completely refuted, as evidenced by stats above. Not remotely similar to comparing Warburton vs SOB.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,396 ✭✭✭ joseywhales


    aloooof wrote: »
    I'm not necessarily saying I agree, but I can see that a case can be made.

    A case can be made and then completely refuted, as evidenced by stats above. Not remotely similar to comparing Warburton vs SOB.
    Your case can be made for Warburton>SOB and completely refuted based on the fact that playing minutes alone do not indicate effective impact on the result.
    And I agree with you that you can make a case and not necessarily agree with it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,645 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    Your case can be made for Warburton>SOB and completely refuted based on the fact that playing minutes alone do not indicate effective impact on the result.
    And I agree with you that you can make a case and not necessarily agree with it.

    I agree that alone it's not enough, but there is a correlation. And the comparison you're making to refute it (with Lawes and Nowell) doesn't stack up; do we agree with that at least?

    Across the 3 Tests, total minutes played are:
    SOB: 184
    Warburton: 173
    Lawes: 53
    Nowell: 64

    I don't think is controversial to say Warburton had more impact on the series than Nowell or Lawes.

    It's clearly a lot closer between SOB and Warburton, that's all I'm saying. And I certainly don't think it's in the "you can't even argue" category.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,865 ✭✭✭ clsmooth


    Is SOB still the wreaking ball that he was around 2010-13? I’d say no, I reckon he’s a much better and rounded player as his work at the breakdown and link play has come on leaps and bounds. Can’t actually remember the last time he smashed through someone. Although this may also be due to the fact he’s not played all that much over the last few years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    War heron was one of the best that did it but people on here never wanted to know.

    A real shame because I loved every second of watching him at his best, some people really missed out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,396 ✭✭✭ joseywhales


    aloooof wrote: »
    Your case can be made for Warburton>SOB and completely refuted based on the fact that playing minutes alone do not indicate effective impact on the result.
    And I agree with you that you can make a case and not necessarily agree with it.

    I agree that alone it's not enough, but there is a correlation. And the comparison you're making to refute it (with Lawes and Nowell) doesn't stack up; do we agree with that at least?

    Across the 3 Tests, total minutes played are:
    SOB: 184
    Warburton: 173
    Lawes: 53
    Nowell: 64

    I don't think is controversial to say Warburton had more impact on the series than Nowell or Lawes.

    It's clearly a lot closer between SOB and Warburton, that's all I'm saying. And I certainly don't think it's in the "you can't even argue" category.
    I what I am saying is that minutes played per test is very weakly correlated to impact. Also both played for large periods simultaneously. There are so many factors it, many of which are subjective but as a useful aggregate, I would use the review of the head coach in response to having his own staff insulted by the player and still singling him out for praise. The stats for ball carrying, passing, try, try assist etc stack up well too. Also I would be interested to know who the opposition feared more. After that player ratings by respected objective journalists and analysts.

    Using time played in winning/drawn tests is a not sufficient argument.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,645 ✭✭✭ aloooof


    I what I am saying is that minutes played per test is very weakly correlated to impact. Also both played for large periods simultaneously. There are so many factors it, many of which are subjective but as a useful aggregate, I would use the review of the head coach in response to having his own staff insulted by the player and still singling him out for praise. The stats for ball carrying, passing, try, try assist etc stack up well too. Also I would be interested to know who the opposition feared more. After that player ratings by respected objective journalists and analysts.

    Using time played in winning/drawn tests is a not sufficient argument.

    I think we largely agree. For me the bolded part is the crux of it. Even taking into account all the factors you've mentioned, people will still have their own subjective assessment. There are too many moving parts to be able to form an objective conclusion. That's all I was saying.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 33,061 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pickarooney


    War Heron is a bloody brilliant name.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,174 ✭✭✭ troyzer


    How did this turn into a Warburton Vs SOB debate?

    Pocock is better than SOB on recent form anyway and Warburton is retired.


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