You can convert, even if the kicker can't!
Goal kickers - good ones are hard to come by these days. They are a necessary part of any winning team and with the trend of scoring off wingers growing, being able to slot them from the sideline is so important. It could be what wins them a premiership.
You have had greats exponents of the place kick over the years. Andrew Johns, Daryl Halligan, Hazem El Masri, Ryan Girdler, Darren Lockyer. That’s just a few. How many times have you seen them clinch a victory by kicking it over the black dot? But coming into Round 11, almost 50 per cent of the clubs will be without their first choice kicker. The Bulldogs will be without Trent Hodkinson, the Titans minus Aiden Sezer, Broncos miss Corey Parker, and Cowboys don't have Johnathan Thurston. That means four of the 10 clubs don't have their number one kickers, and Roosters sharp-shooter James Maloney is carrying an injury. It puts the pressure on back-up kickers, especially if the games are tight.
Almost every first try this year has been from overlaps, or cut-out passes to wingers. For the Bulldogs, Tim Lafai has eight tries. For the Warriors, Glen Fisiiahi and Manu Vatuvai both have seven. The Tigers have Pat Richards, the Raiders Reese Robinson and the Rabbitohs have Alex Johnston. See the pattern? The harder the angle, the better the kicker needs to be. The Doggies will probably use Mick Ennis, who hasn’t kicked a goal in five years. Titans could use Beau Henry, who has only kicked one goal this year. For the Broncos, Ben Hunt is at 80 per cent for the year, but still that’s only four from five in 10 rounds.
The likelihood of the first try being converted (especially from out wide where many are scored) is pretty low, so TattsBet is offering money back on the first try scorer, if the try is not converted on all games in Round 11.