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Eels' new Eels' new halves pairing set to fix an old weakness

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  1. Berkeley_Eagle

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

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    Eels' new Eels' new halves pairing set to fix an old weakness
    Michael Chammas November 25, 2011

    Go-to men … Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts are excited about next season.

    http://m.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/eels-new-halves-pairing-set-to-fix-an-old-weakness-20111124-1nx0x.html

    IS THIS the pair that will finally lead Parramatta towards the light at the end of the tunnel?
    A curse has haunted the club's halves for the past two decades but in recruits Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts, Eels fans have renewed hope that their search for a quality pairing is finally over.
    Under three coaches over the past four years, Parramatta have used 20 different halves combinations and 14 different playmakers.
    The weight of expectation on the shoulders of Sandow and Roberts is heavy enough to bring down even the most resilient of combatants, but the pair insist the pressure of ending the club's halves drought is far from a burden. ''It's excitement more than pressure, to be honest,'' Sandow told the Herald. ''The halves is a struggle Parramatta have had here for a few years. But I think if me and Benny can just start the year playing good, consistent footy, everything else around us will fall into place.''
    So how does a bloke who built a reputation at South Sydney for producing rocks or diamonds join forces with a Kiwi international turned NSW Cup five-eighth to transform the fortunes of the NRL's biggest underachievers of the past decade?
    It's probably a question better saved for this time next year.
     
  2. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    "IS THIS the pair that will finally lead Parramatta towards the light at the end of the tunnel?".....that's a no from me.
     
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  3. Berkeley_Eagle

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

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    Yeah I LOL'D when I saw the article too
    so Sandow may win you 1 in every 6 games
    Roberts may win you 1 in every 12 games (Maybe)

    thats 6 wins whos gonna win them the rest
     
  4. The Eagle

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    The Haynetraindrainedbrainplane
     
  5. God

    God Well-Known Member

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    those two both miss more tackles than they make, it's going to be intresting to see how they try and cover that in defense.
     
  6. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    If anyone thought Orford at 7 & Monas at 6 could get in each others way then just watch Sandow & Roberts.
     
  7. Andrew..

    Andrew.. Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Hope Sandow tries to put one of his shots on T-rex.
     
  8. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

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    If it was touch footy & not tackle they could get excited - only games they win will be shootouts like 48-42. This game requires a MAJor part known as defence & they are both tissues.
     
  9. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    Disagree, Sandow may win you one in 12, but Roberts has never performed.
     
  10. robbiea

    robbiea Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Speedbump & turnstyle - What a pair !!!! HAHA....
     
  11. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The parra leagues club is excited about Sandow as they see their pokie takings and beer sales increasing dramatically.
     
  12. Chip and Chase

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

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    I thought he (Roberts) had a pretty good year in 2009 for the Dogs
     
  13. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Ben Roberts could be a star if he went to the right club and right coach, unfortunately for him, the Eels aren't that club.

    He should have gone to the UK. If Rangi Chase can carve it up, then Roberts would destroyed them.
     
  14. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Will probably get slayed here, but Sandow actually had a bloody good year this season. Behind DCE,Thruston and Cronk he was probably the pick of the halfbacks going around
     
  15. Andrew..

    Andrew.. Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Spot the common denominater.
    DCE
    Thurston
    Cronk
    Sandow

    Unbelievable really.
     
  16. TWO DOGS

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    All Queenslanders?
     
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