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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by DVS Matt, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Sunday October 05, ANZ Stadium. Match start: 05:00pm
    Referee: Tony Archer

    1. Brett Stewart, 2. Michael Robertson, 3. Steven Bell, 4. Steve Matai, 5. David Williams, 6. Jamie Lyon, 7. Matt Orford, 8. Brent Kite, 9. Matt Ballin, 10. Josh Perry, 11. Anthony Watmough, 12. Glenn Hall, 13. Glenn Stewart.

    14. Heath L'Estrange, 15. Mark Bryant, 16. Jason King, 17. Steve Menzies, 18. Adam Cuthbertson, 19. Luke Williamson. (2 to be omitted).

    1. Billy Slater, 2. Steve Turner, 3. Matt Geyer, 4. Israel Folau, 5. Anthony Quinn, 6. Greg Inglis, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jeff Lima, 9. Russell Aitken, 10. Brett White, 11. Michael Crocker, 12. Jeremy Smith, 13. Dallas Johnson.

    14. Scott Anderson, 15. Adam Blair, 16. Sika Manu, 17. Antonio Kaufusi, 18. Aiden Tolman, 19. Brett Anderson. (2 to be omitted).

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    No surprises
     
  2. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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    Target Aitken big time. This will put him under huge pressure and he won't give Cronk good service.

    Manly by 8.
     
  3. Berkeley_Eagle

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

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    Token naming of Willo I see
     
  4. mj

    mj New Member

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    I hope its a token naming!
     
  5. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    n oath it better be a token naming!
     
  6. Berkeley_Eagle

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

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    I was thinkin the same thing
     
  7. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

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    I think it's good that they named Willo, even though the chances of him playing and ruining an awesome formula are almost zip.  Willo's been with the club for years and this is i guess a small thank you to him, some recognition.  You wouldn't pick him at all given Hall and Bryant now playing well, plus his 6 weeks out.
     
  8. Chip and Chase

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

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    Compare to our side last year

    1. B. Stewart - will hopefully last full game this year. getting better every year
    2. M. Roberston - no difference from '07, form good.
    3. S. Bell - probably in better form in '08 after full recovery from cheek injury
    4. S. Matai - in career best form and was BOG in last years GF so better off
    5. C. Hicks - no loss with inclusion of D. Williams, maybe even better off
    6. J. Lyon - much more comfortable in 5/8 role this year.
    7. M. Orford - playing with more confidence at the moment, has more options around him
    8. J. King - If Perry is fit we are markedly better off
    9. M. Monaghan - by his own admission we are better off without him
    10. B. Kite - form no worse then last year, may have a point to prove before RLWC
    11. A. Watmough - has been a bit patchy in the back half of the season, but good last start
    12. G. Stewart - moves to lock, Glen Hall going huge at the moment, hope the occassion doesn't get to him
    13. L. Williamson - G Stewart is an integral part of our attack and offers exponentially more than the Cougar

    14. M. Bryant - in better form at the moment then last year
    15. S. Menzies - keeps on keeping on, his presence alone will keep the focus
    16. J. Afamasaga - Jack who ? Be interesting to see how much game time LeStrange gets
    17. A. Cuthberston - King is getting better after each run back from injury.

    I think we are in a much better place then this time last year. Key players are all in really good form, and the team is playing with a lot more confidence. Don't underestimate the desire of the side to send Beaver out with a premiership ring, "Do it for Beaver" will be the catchcry of the day.

    Compare Melbourne to last year and they have lost C. Smith, R. Hoffman, M. King, B. Cross, and C. Newton. They do get Kaufusi back in the plus column, but you'd have to say they are weaker than '07. We stop Cronk and we win comfortably I think.
     
  9. Ian Martin tragic

    Ian Martin tragic Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't be thinking this will be comfortable; storm looked like **** against sharks but that was mostly being flat after that war with the broncos, plus sharks being so dismal they dragged the whole game down with them.

    I think we win if we are at our very best and can make the weaknesses in the storm become manifest; up the middle, on their leftside attack, and the general shrinking of options minus cameron smith. but don't forget they still have 'superstar' gamebreakers all over their backline. 
     
  10. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    It is up to our forwards to nullify their go forward and throttle them down their end of the field (like they did to us last year).  This year at Brookvale they won off 3 acts of individual brilliance and Orford taking poor options that lost our momentum.

    If our forwards repeat the effort of that day and Orford comes up with some repeat sets, we win.

    Archer can still have a huge bearing on this game however - he has a tendency to give the Storm a penalty on 3rd and 4th tackles when they look to be in trouble.
     
  11. Corso_Pete

    Corso_Pete Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We lost the match at Brookvale because of the poor kicking game of Orford. If Lyon had played that night we would have won.

    The Archer factor is the one that is of biggest concern to me. Apparently we have won only 52% of games when he has refereed the match. Considering that over the past 3 years or so our winning percentage of all games would be 70% to 80% that must be a worry.
     
  12. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    I do not buy into the ref %.  The games Archer reffed us in were probably the matches of the round against the top sides.  The Storm have a 70% winning record with him, that is due to the fact they have been so dominant.
     
  13. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    The Sharks were woeful but the Storm defense showed that very deep phase play was easily read. I think our best chances are (doh) firstly nullifying any Storm go forward. Target White as he really is crap and Aitken. Don't give Croker a sniff and gang-tackle him until his back breaks.  Secondly, turn the ball back inside and use Hall, Glenn, Choc and Beaver off the fringes with Ballin firing away as well. King - don't get sent off. I am getting less confident as the week goes on but still see an 8 to 12 pt margin.
     
  14. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Hicks didn't play in last years GF did he? I thought he was out injured and instead Bani played
     
  15. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    Hicksy played, he was a last minute inclusion etc. He even got a try!
     
  16. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    My memory aint what it used to be
     
  17. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    It's ok mate, we've all done our best to forget that night.
     
  18. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Redemption!

    I think we should have "Redemption Song" as our theme song for this game
     

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