Yep, kicking the ball away hopefully puts pressure on the backs in an ideal world, gains yards but we know the secret, get them running towards their own line and have telepathy with our forwards to anticipate and be up on 'em before they turn or they mis kick into touch under pressure. All obvious, I know, but eh! roll on season and let's put it into practice.
We will all have a problem in the initial weeks on player recognition so match day programme investment a must. I am sharpening my biro as we speak.
For me, it's more play off the 9 rather than the 10. We saw bursts of it from Sam Pointon last year and drew penalties and even some tap and go tries and is a nice option to mix in when it's a bit warmer and drier, or on an artifical pitch like at Blackheath.