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A View on the trial

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Wheel, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    I didn't go to the match down at Albion Park and there haven't been a lot of people raving about the Manly performance on talkback or forums, apart from Tezza' 3 tries. To put some perspective on the game I believe the Dragons would have come out firing after the previous weeks flogging by Souths, the 2nd stringers have previous history of playing good footy when giving the chance therefore they had more to play for than us.

    Despite this I thought we would have put at least 30 to 40 points on the board considering the side the Dragons trotted out.

    I understand we had 3 tries disallowed in the 2nd half when we dominated the game and the fact we came from being behind early in the game does give me soem heart for the season ahead.

    I would be interested in knowing how Chad, Sam Harris, Monas and Williamson went. So if anyone went to the game could they provide a quick overview. Cheers
     
  2. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Chad- Played usual game, good defensively, average in attack. Usual 5 - 10 steps before passing

    Sam Harris - Started quiet but built up to a strong defensive game with som decent attack. He still has a bright future once he settles.

    Monas - What can yous ay solid in attack and defense, kicks were pinpoint accurate and 80% of the time effective. Best Halfback we have ad in a while.

    Williamson - Willo is a dead set bloody legend. His haircut makes his head look smaller but this guy is one of the most solid players in the league. He came off the bench and played 5/8 he carved them up in attack and defense. I would say about 3rd best on the field on sat but i am sure others will disagree.
     
  3. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Dan, How do you rate our performance over all??
     
  4. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    In light of the teams on paper
    - average

    Put in perspective of your post though
    - Good

    Definate things to note were that, despite the scoreline the Eagles controlled the game completely. It was some defensive slip ups and luck onthe dragons side that got them the game, it was a short field, and 40 - 20's were in way too much abundance. The only way the Dragons could get out of their half was with kicks. They were pinned and there were very few line breaks by them, manly held very very well around the middle and edges of he ruck and their midfield defense was superb. This was a massive difference to last year where most tries were scored from breaks made around half way.
    Looks like the club identified this and put a lot of work in toward this.
    Our defense on the line was patchy, but if we can keep teams away from our line and closer their own half then we will be alright.
     
  5. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good.

    The closer we get the more likely i see that top 8 spot being a real possibility.

    If we have improved on those areas you point out then we will be right in the race with a few others.
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    we have sacrificed some attack for that. Dont forget though we still got carved up around the middle of the park by the tigers last week.
     
  7. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    I guess from now on trial form means nothing. We have to start putting it all together whne the real pressure is on.
     
  8. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The Warriors game will be our first big test
     
  9. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Really?? :shock: :shock:
     
  10. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    :D

    I mean in comparison to th etrials. The trials meant nothing really and if we dont perform aaginst the warriors then I think our rankings will drop heavily
     
  11. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    so our goal line defence is still ****?

    It really was beyond a joke last season. i dont remember Manly holding out any team when defending our line.

    Sounds like nothings changed.. maybe Des should put them in that situation in training... put them all on the goal line with the other team attacking them so close to improve them.
     
  12. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    A lot of the tries shown in this weekends trials came from inside the 20.
     

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