Oldschool wrote:jezzer wrote:Laighin Break wrote:You don't want to know!
Anywho, what are people's thoughts of Sexton taking the dropgoal when we already had penalty advantage from a kickable position? I much prefer going for the gamble of a cross field kick or a garryowen, and then kicking the points if it doesn't work out.
Personally, I hate the logic of taking the DG. But JS was obviously stoked to have landed it and the boost that gave our midfield general might have made an unseen difference overall to the result, for as long as he stayed on the pitch afterward.
In isolation though I think it's a daft option. Not as convinced him overriding Best and running it earlier on was such a bad call. We couldn't see what he saw when he tapped. But I suppose the lack of points from that visit de facto makes it not a great call in a tight game.
Bit surprised at you there Jezzer.
A DG is a great option to have in an OH/SH combinations locker.
If Sexton had missed the DG he still had the penalty coming, he may have already decided he was going to kick the points
At that point in the game I think Ireland wanted more points on the board .
Nudge - 2009 GS.
What I meant OS is that Sexton was more than 80% likely to land the penalty from that range. SO basically he has 3 points in the bag (or about 2.5 points if you want to be really picky) and an advantage to do something with. Why trade your advantage for a DG, which gets you the same points you would have had anyway? Might as well try a crossfield kick or a speculative grubber and come back for the 2.5/3 points if it doesn't work.
But as I said, and Dave C repeated, there is a hidden upside to the made DG in that it gave JS a clear boost to have nailed it. It still isn't worth wasting an advantage in my view.