Naitanui lashed for ‘psychological lapse’ in dying minutes of Eagles loss

2021-07-12 19:19:00

Brisbane nice Jonathan Brown has criticised Nic Naitanui for lacking a contest in dying minutes of West Coast’s shock loss North Melbourne loss at Optus Stadium.

Todd Goldstein marked the ball within the objective sq. with lower than 4 minutes to go within the ultimate time period to place the Roos up by 10 factors.

In the meantime Naitanui was standing on North Melbourne’s 50 arc, watching his direct opponent kick actually from 10 metres out to hammer the nail into the coffin of West Coast’s third consecutive defeat.


Brown mentioned the Goldstein-Naitanui match up was a fantastic battle all evening however singled out a vital second within the contest the place the West Coast ruckman appeared to have a “psychological lapse”.

“Three minutes to go, Goldstein takes an enormous contested mark to place them in entrance,” Brown factors out.

“Look the place his direct opponent was, Naitanui, he was standing 50 metres out from objective.

“Now, Nic Nat, within the second, he needed to be within the objective sq.. I do know (Jeremy) McGovern was there and he might have had the chance to punch that by means of however you’ll want to be there at that crucial a part of the sport.”

“I feel that was a psychological lapse by Nic Naitanui, I don’t assume it could have been a path to face there.

Where Naitanui was positioned when Goldstein marked in the goal square.
Digital camera IconThe place Naitanui was positioned when Goldstein marked within the objective sq.. Credit score: 7AFL

“I’d have thought he’d need to go together with his opposition ruckman.”

Naitanui performed an infinite function within the residence aspect’s ultimate quarter resurgence, with 12 hit outs, three inside fifties and two clearances to get the Eagles again into the competition.

The star ruckman spent 85 minutes on the bottom throughout the match however clocked up a marathon ultimate time period.

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