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Forwards

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Pepi, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Pepi

    Pepi Well-Known Member

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    Ok this place is a bit negative, so I'm giving a big thumbs up for our pack last night who really gave it to a star studded pack with 7 representative forwards.

    Burgess and Mason have been great for us. We haven't had props that can intimidate in defence and make 10 metre hit ups in a while.
    Lui has stepped up big time and looks at home in the lock position.
    Jake T bends the line, hits hard and has a good passing game.
    I thought Sao ran hard and bent the line a few times and looked very mobile last night. Good work Donny
    Symonds has been thrown some hospital balls by Cherry recently, but is still very threatening.
    Jesse was better last night, I wish he would run at the gaps between players not directly over them.
    Mateo looks so dangerous whenever he touches the ball. A real X factor.

    Add Tom Burgess to the group and possibly another hard nut like Masoe and we are set I reckon.
    Add to that some very talented players coming through such as Demetriou and Mcgreal who could crack firsts as well.
     
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  2. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Forwrads have really stepped up the last 2 weeks. Very impressed with Burgess, mason and Lui. Lui has really lifted his game. Would love Mason to stick around after this year as well. Jake T and Sao will be guns I reckon
     
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  3. Sideline Eye

    Sideline Eye Active Member

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    Can't agree with you more. When you consider the forward pack last night held their own without the likes of Starling and Lawrence not to mention Gift and Choc who I know were a thing of the past, we certainly did well up against a Dogs forward pack none of which were missing. When it came to deference, Kasiano, Williams, Graham, Toleman, Prichard etc were stopped in their tracks. Not bad.

    What I am excited about is the youth coming through the lower grades, especially NYC, who to date have won all three matches played convincingly. I'm sure Manly will be a force in the future which leads me to believe will Manly really spend on marquee players, perhaps one maybe tow, or start blooding some of the forwards in the lower grades who will be hungry and more than likely want to play for Manly.
     
  4. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I have liked what the big boppers have been doing. The negative, if I can do that in this positive thread, is that overall the game was pedestrian. I never felt we were really going to get the points needed on the scoreboard. It is terrific that they held their own against a very good dogs' pack and three weeks in means there is a long way to go. I'm not sure who will have the big X factor in the pack to break a game open. But I can only be hopeful that it is there somewhere.
     
  5. Pepi

    Pepi Well-Known Member

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    I agree, we have a long way to go, bit promising signs. I think our forward pack hasnt had any bite since 2011. I wouldn't mind a line breaking backrower like Guerra or Jackson to bring the x-factor.
     
  6. Sideline Eye

    Sideline Eye Active Member

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    Who knows we may already have one in the junior ranks or perhaps a reshuffle of some of our smaller forwards into the second row but totally agree.
     
  7. Baz

    Baz Beaver's Headgear

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    Is it wrong that I'm still holding out hope that Chee Kam can bring that x-factor?
     
  8. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    The forwards cant have been good, if they do we never lose, well so i was told
     
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  9. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Someone told me that too! ;)
     
  10. Simonmyers11

    Simonmyers11 Well-Known Member

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    Give him a go. Jake T and Sao had big wraps but little prvious game time. Same can be said about Chee Kam. Cant be worse than Horo. Could be that X factor type player with some more first grade experience and injury free.
     
  11. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    They were great. The forwards did not lose us that game.

    Except for horo.
     
  12. BirdMan4ever

    BirdMan4ever Active Member

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    Has anyone seen Vave play, he has size and may bend the line?
     
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  13. Bandit

    Bandit Well-Known Member

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    Was thinking same.

    If fit, Vave in for Horo.

    Also . . . "Backs";

    Young Tom Turbo in for Cheyse.
    Sid interim goal-kicker until Killer returns.
     
  14. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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    I'm not opposed to a one or two year deal for Shillington as we've done well salvaging once decent 30+ year olds over the years. Willie too if he wants to go around again but I'd prefer Shillington. I suppose Willie adds value to he team in that he's always willing to front the media of no one else will and will take on any question.
     
  15. Manly To Win!

    Manly To Win! Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Forwards were great except for Horo last night. Was nice to see Sao and Jake T get some good minutes.
     
  16. Manly To Win!

    Manly To Win! Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Mateo may be that in the short term.
     
  17. anthonyb1965

    anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Always found Shillington lives up to his "powder puff" nickname more than often so I think our current crop are much better now and long term. I think Sao will develop into a fearsome front rower and we are more than blessed with some great back rowers. Starling, Burgess, Mason, Turbo, Sao and Lawrence; I think our front row is in safe hands!
     
  18. andyvb

    andyvb Active Member

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    Would have liked to have seen Aston sims in the manly colours.
     
  19. Beer buzzard

    Beer buzzard Only tipsy on gamedays 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Forwards did alright last night but I hoped they were paying attention to graham and tollman. They showed that it is not the metres you make but how you finish up in the tackle. They always finished up on their knees in a tackle not on their stomach or back, resulting in a quick play the ball. It is not exciting, but it is effective.
     
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  20. EagleFlys

    EagleFlys Well-Known Member

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    Dogs were in 2nd gear all night. don't count your chickens, but you can only play whats in front of you.
     

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