by Matt Hames
Capital One photo by Anil Mungal
At this level, it's really hard to pick the right spot for a center guard. Koe starts end #1 with a half way guard.
Any higher, and you can get rid of a rock that's buried with back line weight. Any tighter, and Howard just runs back the guard.
The real value in the guard comes late in the end. The half way guard ensures something at the end that Koe can use to force the play.
Indeed, the end really gets fun when Richard quite accidentally makes a great hit and roll to the back button. Koe manages a couple of complete pistols and steals two.
But this is the thing about Howard: they are tough to rattle. They've always seemed supremely confident in their ability to hang points.
But you can beat that Koe starts end #2 with a rock in the top of the rings, preferable biting the top four foot. This could be a fun game, especially since I'll stick to my score.
BTW, Arsenal are up 2-0 in what is being written up as quite a boring match.