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Be like the Beaver...

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Freagle, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. Freagle

    Freagle Well-Known Member

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    Just something for a quiet moment here...but I got to thinking last night about the "genuinely nice guys" of Rugby League... like, the absolute polar opposites of your Josh Reynolds, Mick Ennis types. TBH I was watching Jack Reed play, and he always strikes me as a very fair type of player...I've seen him smile and pat an opposition player on the back many times during a game, even when someone smashes him in a tackle.

    Then you have the great Beaver of course, who was universally loved and respected both on and off the field, even when he was dropping the shoulder in and laying an opposition forward on the deck.

    Ben Smith from the Eels - I remember an early Stevie Matai tackle going wrong and absolutely smashing him right in the nose...whereas most players would start rolling around waiting for a penalty, Smith got straight up and tried to play the ball, despite blood pissing out of what was clearly a badly-broken nose...(much respect - think Skivvi got four weeks for that one...).

    Anyone else out there?
     
  2. CBreeagles

    CBreeagles Active Member

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    Well there's Thurston with the handing back the kicking tee and the thing with the headgear, which the media won't shut up about.
     
  3. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  4. Freagle

    Freagle Well-Known Member

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    What a legend...and what a legendary moment that was. I was ten rows back, right on the line where he planted the ball down. Nearly got fired for dry-humping my boss's leg, I was so excited...
     
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  5. SeaEagle21

    SeaEagle21 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Jake & Tom Trbojevic, Jamie Lyon, Brett Stewart, Matt Ballin, BJ
     
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  6. Pittwater Legend

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    Beaver, Michael Robertson, Joe Galavao, Matt Ballin and Jake Trbojevic. These guys are stand outs for being great blokes.
     
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  7. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    Hard to go past Brent Kite!!
     
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  8. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    its the off camera work some players do that is what counts.

    Remember there was some fortunate young lady in coffs that was helped out
     
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  9. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  11. castle eagle

    castle eagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    you mongrel!
    (and i mean that in the nicest possible way)
    every time that footage is uploaded on this site i have to watch it:
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    or even 5 times before i can do anything else!
     
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  12. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Ruben Wiki was one opposition player that I always admired for his sportsmanship and the way he played tough but fair.
     
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  13. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We know many Manly players who played hard but fair (in fact Hasler is a prime example) but as for opposition players that we have little choice but to respect ...
    Petro Civonoceva
    and from the old days - Mick Cronin
     
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  14. Pittwater Legend

    Pittwater Legend Well-Known Member

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    One opposition player I've always felt for is Manu Vatuvei. I've wished him well his whole career just on the fact that he is a great guy. Sadly, the Warriors are not a club you should be playing for if you want to win comps.
     
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  15. castle eagle

    castle eagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    from the modern era i'd say corey parker, i only wanted the donkeys to win last years gf for his sake
     
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    wombatgc Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Preston Campbell and Matt Rogers.
     
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  17. Freagle

    Freagle Well-Known Member

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    Preston once punched out an opposition mascot, from memory...(which is quite a funny thought really. Might have been quite a close encounter).
     
  18. Pittwater Legend

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    That's the thing about the 2008 team. It was full of players who were respectable and likable and they went on to post the biggest winning margin ever in a GF. The only players in the team who I think opposition fans would consider grubs were Matai, Perry, Choc, Gift and maybe King.
     
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  19. HoldenV8

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    You look at that video and the try scoring list at the end and you realise that if Snake can pass Slater this year or next (personally I think Slater is done), Manly are going to have the top 3 try scorers in premiership history. Yes I know Mongo scored most of his with Norths, but he won 2 premierships playing at Manly, something he wasn't about to do at the Bears

    And the fact that only one of them (Irvine) was a winger shows just how much the game has changed over the years. Beaver was a second rower who could play centre, and Snake is a fullback. In Irvine's heyday in the 60's fullbacks rarely scored tries, let alone forwards.

    Did you know that in 13 seasons at NS, Irvine only played in 3 finals games and lost all 3. The Minor Semi to Balmain in 1964 and the Major Semi to St George and the Prelim Final to Souffs, both in 1965, and he didn't score a try in any of them. In 3 seasons with Manly he played in 6 finals games, won 4 and only scored one try in the Prelim Final loss to St George in 1971.
     
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  20. Terry Zarsoff

    Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

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    Steve Rogers. Kevin Hastings.
     
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