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Brent Kite gets second wind

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,097 / 13
    Brent Kite gets second wind
    By Todd Balym
    Incumbent Kangaroos forward Brent Kite believes he is finally rediscovering his form and hopes selectors have taken notice with just one more game before the Centenary Test team is named.

    The Manly prop admits he has struggled to find his feet in 2008 as the Sea Eagles fielded three front rowers with the inclusion of recruit Josh Perry to the lineup.

    But Kite says he has overcome the mental hurdle of being named in the second row and is now hitting his stride just in time for Test selection next Sunday.

    The 27-year-old turned the corner with a strong performance in last week's loss to Melbourne and then stepped up another gear as Manly produced one of the club's best wins to fight back for a 20-16 win over Parramatta Friday night.

    "You like to think being in the last team does put your name up there to be talked about at least. I think I had a slow start to the season but if I can fire up now I might get a shot," Kite said.

    "I was just in a slightly different role and those first few games took a bit of adjusting.

    "I was sort of sitting back and with Josh Perry and Jason King going so well I was finding it hard to get into a game and play that leadership role that you're asked to do in the front row.

    "It wasn't until we played Melbourne and Josh was out that I was thrust back in there and I think it brought the best out of me.

    "Not that I killed them but I felt like I had my best game of the year to date and I felt like I built on that (against the Eels).

    "I'm just on a bit of a mindset to get this backrow thing out of my head. We are playing with three front rowers and whoever blows first will have a spell.

    "I'm well aware that I had a bit of a slow start to the year but I'm hoping if I can string a few good ones together now I will be in contention."

    Kite will get a final chance to press for selection when the Eagles host the Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval next Saturday.

    After an inspired comeback over the Eels Friday night moved Manly to 3-3 for the year, Kite hopes they can now get on a roll to relaunch their NRL season.

    "That loss against Melbourne was a little bit of a setback," he said.

    "The first couple of games we lost we could nearly say we lost it. We got into good positions in those games and lost it so it was certainly a good wake-up call against Melbourne.

    "Winning consecutive games really gets that belief back into our game ... so if we can string a couple together now we will just go from strength to strength."
  2. Chip and Chase

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

    +6,262 / 44
    I think Kite is dreaming if he reckons he is a chance of selection on current form. There are probably half a dozen ahead of him at the moment, and his only hope is that they are looking for a bit of experience with the injuries to Bailey and Price.
  3. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

    +3 / 0
    I think they will give Kite another shot, same as Stewart, they'll try to stick to the closest side possible from last years flogging IMO.
  4. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +784 / 15
    The Australian selectors are a far cry from the Channel 9 commentary team. They won't just jump on the next best thing because when they are succesful you can bleet on about how you 'said so' for years to come.

    I reckon Stewart will get the nod for the test. He's been there and done it. All the 'Slater's the best in the game' has come on the back of 5 games to start the season. Of which only 3 they have won. Not enought to pull on a green and gold for mine. How long has stewart been on the radar? Much longer considering Slater debuted only a couple of weeks either side of stewy. 
  5. Si

    Si Member

    +2 / 0
    I reckon Stewart is a shoe-in for the test spot. He was great on Friday night and even in the games we have lost, he has been solid.

    Surely that is enough for the incumbent to keep his spot.
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +212 / 5
    Kite was huge against Parra. He tore into them and made more metres than any other Manly forward. His defence was punishing as well.

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