King: Melbourne’s backline not functioning

SEN - Mon, 16th Apr 2018 - 0 Comments

North Melbourne premiership player David King is worried about Melbourne’s backline after four rounds of the season.

The Demons conceded 115 points to the Hawks in their 67-point loss on Sunday afternoon and King doesn’t think they have the right mix down back.

“There were some embarrassing mistakes down back yesterday,” King told SEN Mornings.

“They didn’t function, they didn’t defuse any high balls coming into the goal square and the pressure of the Hawks’ small forwards was too much for them.”

In particular, King is worried about Jake Lever, who Melbourne got to the club for a hefty price in the trade period.

“Down back it was just chaos and to be honest, that’s where they’ve spent their money this year,” King said.

“Jake Lever has been the big import and they’ve had to change their back six to accommodate that he couldn’t play key position.

“They had to bring Frost in to play a more rigid centre half back type role to allow Lever to become a flanker.”

Melbourne has a chance to bounce back when they face reigning premiers Richmond on ANZAC Day eve.