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Blues draft Maitua as 18th man - WTF

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Stiffi, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Stiffi

    Stiffi Active Member 2016 Tipping Competitor 2015 Tipping Competitor

    Blues draft Maitua as 18th man

    June 11, 2007 BULLDOGS forward Reni Maitua has been included in the New South Wales Origin squad as 18th man for game two at Telstra Stadium on Wednesday night.

    Maitua, who will arrive in camp tonight, will be on stand-by should there be any late injury concerns.

    The call-up was timely for the Maitua, who celebrates his 25th birthday today.

    Maitua, who has played one Test for Australia, against New Zealand in the opening game of the 2006 Tri-Nations series, is yet to play for NSW.

    But he has only a slim chance of making his state debut at Telstra Stadium, with the entire Blues squad emerging unscathed from today's penultimate training session.
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    Surely Watmough or Gallen would have been a better choice!!
     
  2. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Maitua would be classed as having more utility value, it can be argued that Watmough offers centre cover, but it seems Maitua is rated as being able to fill Lock, 5/8 and centre should anything occur in the warm up
     
  3. Nutzcraw

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    That's what I thought KE.

    I figured they went with him because he's more versatile... it is still bollocks though.... Players should be rewarded for form. Gallen, Watmough and Laffranchi are all playing a ****load better than Maitua
     
  4. fLIP

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    He won't play and for that reason its good that watmough isn't dragged away for half a week.
     
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Who was it that outright bagged me for suggesting Maitua for Origin? My OBSESSION with Bulldogs forwards apparently?
     
  6. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    Maybe change obsession with love ;) :)
     
  7. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    It was me.

    I stand by everything I said too.
     
  8. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    It was me.

    I stand by everything I said too.
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    Well you are a **** judge of who is a good player and who isn't. Thanks for clarifying that.
    AGAIN, and like DES has suggested...they are the benchmark. I want Manly's forwards to get to that level.
     
  9. Garts

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    Maitua is a damn fine player but Watmough/Gallen/Laffranchi were more deserving on form this year. Maitua was selected for 2 reasons, didnt play on the weekend and he can cover, lock, 5/8 and centre. They must only see Watmough as a 2nd rower.
     
  10. Nutzcraw

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    Well you are a **** judge of who is a good player and who isn't. Thanks for clarifying that.
    AGAIN, and like DES has suggested...they are the benchmark. I want Manly's forwards to get to that level.
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    Do you think Maitua is more deserving of a Blues jumper than Watmough, Gallen or Laffranchi??
     
  11. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    Also I dont believe the Bulldogs are the benchmark forward pack anymore, on paper they are but that is not showing on the paddock.

    Although I wont be writing them off this season, that would be foolish!!!
     

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