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Best halves combination in the world

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Red Pill, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. Red Pill

    Red Pill Optimist & Troll Inquisitor

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    After reading millions of posts on the respective Foran & DCE threads we actually won a game and won quite well with neither of them. Go Figure. We're all these posts in vain?
    Sorry just thought this was quite monumental. Looking forward to having DCE back.
     
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  2. brad

    brad Well-Known Member

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    True mate but we need dce dont we . The biggest problem for trent is how and where to keep api? That boy needs to be in there somewhere. 1. Walker to centre drop either killer or skivvy , nope thats not going to happen so what do we do ? Im sure api got best on ground again so you cant have a player like him with 2 best games playing regies. Where do we put him ? Bench and drop who . What a headache but a good one to have .
     
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  3. nightster

    nightster grumpy old bastard

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    rotate him with kapow and one of the props ... he tackled as well as any of the forwards @:rolleyes:
     
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  4. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It's 1 win. And it's not like the halves dominated. They just did OK.
    I thought it was one of those team wins where everyone contributed evenly.
     
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  5. qldeagle

    qldeagle Well-Known Member

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    I haven't witnessed a Manly half play that well since 2013. Api for PM I say.
     
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  6. HoldenV8

    HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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    And if Api comes out and has a shocker against the Speels on Thursday night people will be calling for his head and begging DCE to come back ASAP.

    I agree with Pablo, our halves were ok and they improved from last week, but it really was a team effort. Personally I thought T-Red should have got the MoM award. In a dominant forward pack he stood out last night.

    Look, we know Killer isn't going to get dropped and nor should he. Skivy is in good form so he won't get dropped and Walker is going to be our 5/8 as long as he keeps improving and Barrett wants him there. The reality is that when DCE comes back its going to be Api who is dropped to the bench or NSW Cup. Maybe in the future when either Killer or Skivy retire we can think about putting Walker in the centres and playing Api at 5/8 alongside DCE, but for the foreseeable future its not going to happen. Api will remain what he currently is, a fill-in hooker or half. He's not the #1 hooker and he's not about to usurp any of the backline.
     
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  7. Chip and Chase

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

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    I don't see Api as a long term halves solution at either 6 or 7. He's done well as a stop gap for the last couple of games, but that's it. Defensively strong (as you'd expect from a hooker) but skill set is limited in attack. We could do worse then have him on the bench though.
     
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  8. PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    If dce doesn't stop running sideways & run more with the ball then api should stay there.These 2 are starting a good combination.
     
  9. Snake

    Snake Doing The Eagle Rock!

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    I agree with you, especially concerning Api's lack of ability to feed the outside backs with quality early ball, but I wouldn't mind if he coached DCE on the effectiveness of repeats sets. Sometimes DCE goes for the clutch play too often when building pressure would be better.
     
  10. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    Sorry old mate but I don't see it.

    They are both individually playing well and doing good, even great stuff, but neither is an accomplished playmaker, or skilled enough to truly direct the attack.

    DCE played behind too flogged packs lead by green and brown, behind the last two weeks packs he would have soared.
     
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  11. brad

    brad Well-Known Member

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    Ahh we are winning again so lets celebrate.
     
  12. HoldenV8

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    For the past 12 months or so DCE had almost always played behind a beaten pack here at Manly. In two games at halfback with DCE out injured Api has played behind a dominant forward pack.

    Consistently give DCE the same dominant forwards we've had in the past 2 games and he'd make Api look like an amateur. Yes Api improved last night and his kicking game was better, but he still needs to learn how and when to pass to his outside supports, and frankly so does Walker, though in his defence they gave him no peace last night. That was one aspect of the Warriors game that they got right, they shut down Walker's running game.

    I agree with @Chip and Chase, the way he's playing Api does at least deserve a spot on the bench when Chez returns, but he's only a fill-in at best right now who happens to have been lucky enough to play behind a dominant forward pack the two times we've had to play him at halfback.
     
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  13. pjayz

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    You all heard it.....drinks on Brad! Coopers Red for me champ...
     
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  14. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Good, 'cause I was getting thirsty!!!

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  15. nightster

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    put Api on the bench instead of Louis Brown .... I thought LB played well while he was on last night but I think Api would give more options from the bench
     
  16. HoldenV8

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    Can't really argue with that, but the question will be.....is Barrett going to drop a current Kiwi international who really hasn't been that bad. We know he's not a starting second rower but he's been good off the bench.

    Still, Api is also a current test player. He's the incumbent Fijian hooker.

    And where does Ferris fit into it all when he's over his current injury?

    Interesting times coming up really.
     
  17. nightster

    nightster grumpy old bastard

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    yep ... finally some good problems
     
  18. HoldenV8

    HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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    For the first time in a long time here at Manly we might end up seeing current test players in reserve grade...er...NSW Cup.

    Remember back to the early 80's when we regularly saw guys like Ray Brown and even Fatty for a time running around in reserve grade.
     
  19. Woodsie

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    I have a memory of Froggs Eyes (Gartner) being chosen to play for Australia in the 1977 Brisbane game against the Poms out of the reggies. After playing for Aust he came back to manly and straight back into reserve grade.
     
  20. HoldenV8

    HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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    IIRC Gary Freeman was picked to captain New Zealand in the 1991 series against Australia and Balmain coach Alan Jones (he of the radio) had him playing reserve grade at the time. And unless I'm mistaken he remained in reserve grade for the rest of the year before he left to join Easts.
     
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