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Hookers - Where does Monnas fit in?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Ryan, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Brisbane - Michael Ennis
    Melbourne - Cameron Smith
    Parramatta - Mark Riddell
    Canberra - Lincoln Withers
    Newcastle - Danny Buderus
    Panthers - Luke Priddis
    Tigers - Robbie Farrah
    Dragons - Simon Woolford
    Nth QLD - Aaron Payne
    Titans - Nathan Friend
    Manly - Michael Monaghan
    Souths - Stewart Webb
    Roosters - Craig Wing
    Sharks - Kevin Kingston
    Bulldogs - Corey Hughes
    Warriors - Nathan Fien

    I reckon it would be a tough one to judge. Which of the above would Monaghan get a gig in front of:-

    Kevin Kingston
    Stewart Webb
    Lincoln Withers

    for mine.

    That said, I rate the guy as a Hooker. He's a solid player. Like Williamson (I'm not being sarcastic here). But not game breaking.

    I guess the question I'm asking you, is that would Des Hasler have the balls to have Ballin / Burns rotation, with a $240kp.a. player in Premier League?

    In truth, I'd like Ballin / Dunley with Burns staying at 5/8....

    Having a Hooker who is maybe 13th best in my opinion on the cash he's on, isn't the best thing for Manly as a whole. Those funds could have maybe swayed Creagh, Simpson & co. to our shores, and we'd still be solid with Ballin / Dunley / Burns able to play Hooker.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. PJ

    PJ Well-Known Member

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    While no huge Monaghan fan I would have him ahead of Kevin Kingston Stewart Webb Simon Woolford Corey Hughes (hands down) and Michael Ennis.
    I don't mind Lincoln Withers he did a pretty decent job in Canberra last year.
     
  3. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    He is on too much but we cant dwell on that, the deal has been done. No point even discussing what might have been!!!!

    No way would I have Dunley ahead of Monas, all he offers is a couple of nippy scoots gaining 10 mtres with 20 cross field runs, 2 brain explosions and 5 penalties per game thrown in as extras.

    Even if we didnt have Monas I dont think I would want Dunley in the team, hopefully Ballin could play 80 or interchange him with Burns.
     
  4. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Monasgate version II must be just around the corner !
     
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    He is on too much but we cant dwell on that, the deal has been done. No point even discussing what might have been!!!!

    No way would I have Dunley ahead of Monas, all he offers is a couple of nippy scoots gaining 10 mtres with 20 cross field runs, 2 brain explosions and 5 penalties per game thrown in as extras.

    Even if we didnt have Monas I dont think I would want Dunley in the team, hopefully Ballin could play 80 or interchange him with Burns.

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    Mate - everyone says that, but I think Dunley offers a hell of a lot of spark in attack. He adds the explosion factor that I don't think Monnas has.

    Don't get me wrong though - and I repeat - Monnas is a decent solid Hooker, and like Gould said though, is he the hooker to have to take us to a Premiership. You think back to Brisbane versus Melbourne and you have Cameron Smith vs. Shaun Berrigan, to explosive Hookers that control their teams games.
     
  6. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Dunley does offer spark in attack and does add an explosion factor. Problem is that they can be brain explosions.

    I view Dunley best assett as his assertiveness in games which can motivate others around him. Sadly, its not only his enthusiasm that rubs off on others. His brain explosions do also and i saw a number of times last year during a match when his brain explosions caused heads to drop.

    All the pluses and minuses add up to Dunley making way for other younger talent to come on to the bench.
     
  7. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    Dunley does do some good things on the field for us however when he comes on our structure and defence suffers. His 2 to 3 good dummy half runs are not worth it imo.

    Hopefully Dunley gets to know Tooves better this season, his brain explosions wont be as costly in PL.
     
  8. byso

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  9. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It must be a new season. We are talking about Monaghan again. :yeah:
     
  10. Fluffy

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    you could tell when dunners came on last year, our defence and attack went to ****. like it or not monas was better at getting orford the ball and shat all over dunners in defence. His long range kicking is also an asset which, if matas forecast is correct, will play a huge role in the wet games perdicted.

    as for you list monas would be smack bang in the middle, definatly not in the top tier and definatly not the worst running around.
     
  11. sue ridgepipe

    sue ridgepipe Active Member

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    ballin will be the number 1 hooker this year after six weeks so it is all irrelevant.jamie's time in reserves is over.
     
  12. Fluffy

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    i hope he gets a go and shows his value when he does. I have seen a fair bit of him in PL and he definatly looks the goods.

    Is Jamie a nickname for Ballin or are you referring to someone else?
     
  13. sue ridgepipe

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    sorry fluffy
    i meant matty.

    just got a little bit excited about another new first grader by the name of Jamie.

    By all reports Ballin is going great and with Monaghan and Dunley we are pretty well served in the 9 jumper.Having said that Ballin is the future for us so we need him to fire.he is a true hooker,not a utility player and that sort of organisational player who feeds the playmakers is what we deperately need.
     
  14. Matabele

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    This much was flaming obvious in the trials last year so I'm buggered as to why he has languishing in Premier League behind the failed half back from Canberra and the angry expectorator.

    Don't tell me it was good for his development to be third behind those clowns. It may have cost us a Premiership.
     
  15. Fluffy

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    no worries sue - you had me searching for another jamie coming through.

    lol
     
  16. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Do you guys know if Ballin is an 80 minute Hooker, or does he get a spell occassionally?
     
  17. The Wheel

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    Ballin did get a spell in P/L but he was rated by the club as the fittest plater in the NRL squad so 80 minutes shouldn't be an issue
     
  18. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Let's just mark that as one more plus then.
     

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