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Matai makes NZ squad

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kiwi Eagle, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Matai named in NZ Squad
    4/10/2006
    By Manly Sea Eagles



    The New Zealand Rugby League has named a 24 man squad for the upcoming Gillette Tri-Nations campaign. The squad features five uncapped players including Manly’s Steve Matai.

    Matai had a great year and finished the season as one of the best performers on the park. Its just reward for the hard running centre who was listed by many as the top improver in the NRL for 2006.

    NZ Squad
    Roy ASOTASI (Canterbury Bulldogs)
    Adam BLAIR (Melbourne Storm)
    Jason CAYLESS (St Helens)
    Nathan CAYLESS (Parramatta Eels)
    David FA’ALOGO (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
    Awen GUTTENBIEL (NZ Warriors)
    Dene HALATAU (Wests Tigers)
    Shontayne HAPE (Bradford Bulls)
    Stacey JONES (Les Catalan Dragons)
    David KIDWELL (Melbourne Storm)
    Epalahame LAUAKI (NZ Warriors)
    Simon MANNERING (NZ Warriors)
    Steve MATAI (Manly Sea Eagles)
    Frank PRITCHARD (Penrith Panthers)
    Tony PULETUA (Penrith Panthers)
    Jerome ROPATI (NZ Warriors)
    Iosia SOLIOLA (Sydney City Roosters)
    David SOLOMONA (Wakefield Wildcats)
    Motu TONY (Hull FC)
    Tame TUPOU (Brisbane Broncos)
    Manu VATUVEI (NZ Warriors)
    Nigel VAGANA (Cronulla Sharks)
    Brent Webb (NZ Warriors)
    Ruben WIKI (NZ Warriors)
     
  2. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Good work Steve Matai
     
  3. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    hmmmm i think:

    01. Brent Webb
    02. Manu Vatuvei
    03. Shontayne Hape
    04. Steve Matai
    05. Simon Mannering
    06. Nigel Vagana
    07. Stacey Jones
    08. Ruben Wiki
    09. Motu Tony
    10. Roy Asotasi
    11. David Kidwell
    12. Tony Puletua
    13. David Solomona

    14. Jerome Ropati
    15. Jason Cayless
    16. Nathan Cayless
    17. Frank Pritchard

    Leaving the substitutes as:

    1. Adam Blair
    2. David Fa'alogo
    3. Awen Guttenbiel
    4. Dene Halatau
    5. Epalahame lauake
    6. Iosia Soliola
    7. Tame Tupou


    That is a really hard side to pick.. they will be difficult again
     
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It's a push over, too many stupid players to be any danger. To be successful in this game you have to have a couple of intelligent players in the team. There arn't any in this mob.
     
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Didnt seem to harm them too much last year .........

    And give yourself a few uppercuts if you think Jones isnt an intelligent player
     
  6. PJ

    PJ Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I'll give you that Kiwi Eagle- I didn't expect NZ to be much last year and you dead set belted us. I'll reserve my judgement until I see them play together- I don't think they'll be pushovers.
     
  7. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Do they use hand bags?
     
  8. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Thats just the Rugby team Byso.
     
  9. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Lyon vs Matai. :lol: :lol:
     
  10. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    Many people were doing the same thing when it was:

    Gidley vs Matai
    Gasnier vs Matai
    Inglis vs Matai
     
  11. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    With Stacey and Nigel leading them around, I'll just leave it at that. Australia by thirty.
     
  12. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think you may find with those 2 players leading them round it was NZ by 24 :)
     
  13. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    Matai strikes me as the sort of bloke who would really step up when playing for his country.

    I know a lot of Kiwis play out of their skins when they wear that jersey, same with Queenslanders in SOO, and I think Matai is deffinately the sort of lad who would fire up.
     
  14. Crushercleal

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    The Kiwis have a good forward pack, but it's in the backs where we will destroy them.
     
  15. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Matai will step up. He'll surprise. The annoying thing about him is he isn't consistent and has brain explosions.
     
  16. Si

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    Ohh i reckon Matai will definately step up. He will be really pumped up that first tackle he goes to make will be a swinging arm and that will be it for the rest of the game
     

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