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Beaver

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Eaglette Fan, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Eaglette Fan

    Eaglette Fan Active Member

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    I guess many of you would have seen this you tube showing just how great Beaver was. Looking at some of it I think Gift has modeled his game on Beavers'.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNLzoAcImfI
     
  2. Chip and Chase

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

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  3. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Some passing maybe, but I don't recall gifty running in try after try like that!
     
  4. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. They don't really have too many similar playing characteristics.

    Just about the best bloke the game of rugby league has produced.
     
  5. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    Been missing Beaver for longer than I can remember.
     
  6. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah no real similarity at all!
     
  7. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    If you ain't got no game you ain't getting any beaver.
     
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  9. lloydy

    lloydy Active Member

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    That clip brings a happy tear to my eyes! What a player.
     
  10. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    To think that all of the highlights on that clip came from a 34 year old forward In the final year of a 15 year NRL career. Amazing. I have never seen a better back rower in all my time watching the game. Should be an immortal IMO but I know it won't happen.
     
  11. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He would not be out of place bones.
     
  12. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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    I Love Bever!!!
     
  13. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Mmmm bever! Forever & ever.
     
  14. rmd

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    You may not know this but apparently Buhrer is faster than Beaver was and is deceptively so. He has a huge stride and acceleration (watch the Cowboys semi from 2011) and it is shown when he's involved in the Ballin try.

    Grant (ground announcer) will just need to say Bhuuuurer rather than Beeeeaver in years to come, as Ferris just doesn't cut it.

    But, there'll never be the same Beaver. None are ever the same. They may come in different heights, shapes, widths and speed but there's only one Steve Menzies.
     
  15. Sheikheagle

    Sheikheagle Well-Known Member

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    Sensational without doubt favorite of all time
     
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    And still going strong :) Amazing. Great Manly export.
     
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  17. Bearfax

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    Menzies ability was not just speed. He had a great jink and swerve as well as a fend and could often almost jump out of a tackle. And he had one asset Buhrer unfortunately can never have....Cliffy
     
  18. PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    Gifty has the occasional quiet game,beaver didn't.
     
  19. Top End Eagle

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    Along with cliffy Lyons my favourite. Never had nor needed niggle or high shots in his game. Never missed a tackle that needed making. I know attacking he was brilliant but only manly fans or the rare unbiased judge of a good footballer realised what he brought to the table defensive wise. If killer extends it will be those three for me for a season or two before I have to say Watmough Menzies Lyon Lyons and the Stewart's. And tooves too. As a thirty two year old I can't say too much about the players before my time but those blokes were and are sensational. I have never seen a ball player like C.Lyons though and never will.
     
  20. rmd

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    As much as I Iove the Beaver, having watched and supported Manly since 1968, Bob Fulton would be my first pick in any team and in the backrow I'd have Reilly, Norton and Lowe/McCabe with Beaver off the bench. He's a brilliant player but in the early ruck I'd still have the others mentioned starting the game.

    Imagine Beaver and Cleal on the bench?

    The great thing about Beaver was his positioning and running off Cliffy, but as was proved later in his career, the gaps reduced as coaches became aware of his positioning and he scored more out wide and in support than through the centre.

    However, as a defender, he is the A typical example of how to tackle for kids and he would definitely be in any Manly team I selected of any players in the last 40 years, but coming off the bench.
     
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