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Match report: Manly vs Mounties (Raiders)

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Darren, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

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    Well, a 30 odd degree scorcher saw me leave the Gong to go west young man. I was looking forward to seeing the new recruits and how they are shaping up.
    Unfortunately, it seemed only 1 team really turned up. 40-10 was a fair indication and we just never seemed in the game.
    Blake Ferguson absolutely destroyed us, and Farrar and Chapman on the left side. It nearly ended up he would score when it suited him. He was joking to players, mucking around, what an absolute star he is. If he gets his head right, he will be a superstar but that's probably a big if.
    Sorry it seems a sad report but hard to write great stuff in a one way game.

    Standouts for us:
    Chisholm worked tirelessly in a well beaten team. Definitely a great back up for Keiran and DCE.
    Chee Kam didn't do anything outstanding but worked his guts off. He definitely needs a few games but he stood up against a tough pack.

    Ratings: Hiku: safe and made some excellent tackles however he got a loose ball and took off and was ran down by a lock. Bit of a shock as thought he was quicker.
    Chapman: out of his depth. Been at the club for a few years, skinny, gets smashed and whilst he can motor never seems to look for the ball. Dropped a couple and Ferguson gave him a pasting.
    Farrar: similar to Chapman: I didn't realise how small he is. Ben did very little in attack and got walked over by Ferguson. He did try and hang on but it was a bit of a David vs Goliath contest. I know I'm not a fan but he isn't NRL standard and we will be scraping the barrel if he makes the 17. Made one half run and got cleaned up in record time.
    Esi Tonga: Parra fans laughed when we signed him. He was very average and didn't really get involved.
    Gagan: One cracker try when in space. Gee, he is quick and looks willing. Tonga kept giving him inside hospital passes.
    Seage: Nice kicking game and solid play. Didn't do much when we had the ball. Only new though.
    Skinner: Making up the numbers. Pedestrian, willing though but seems a plodder at best and Raiders made him look average. Couldn't be anywhere near top 17.
    Hasson: Sharks recruit but didn't do a lot. I was hoping he may have been better but pretty quiet.
    Rose: Looks like it's over for big George. Even when he wound up they hit him quick and stopped him in his tracks. It felt like the game has moved on from him. I can see why Tooves hasn't played him.
    Lawton: made some nice runs and quick passes. Worked hard in defence. Quite solid.
    Cunningham: ex junior star but not really stepping up in higher grades. Shame, as he is big enough but didn't do much.
    Higgins: looked sharp and made some great runs and crisp passes. Behind Lawton it seems so he would be hoping Kayne gets a bench spot in 17.
    Ligi Sao: Like what I saw. Very willing to run and made some good inroads. Young kid and will need some time.
    Jesse: Got smashed a few times. His wife/gf was near me and kept encouraging him loudly. Didn't do much but tried hard.
    Lemalu: worked hard as rotating prop. Nothing spectacular.
     
  2. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    no Symonds? must be playing tomorrow.

    I cant say i have been impressed with Williamson as a coach over the years.

    Cheers for the write up.
     
  3. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    Lol @ the difference between this team summary compared to last week.
     
  4. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It's way too long for Bazeagle to read.
     
  5. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Thank you Darren great report
     
  6. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    I think he could get his head around it. With that long neck and all.
     
  7. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

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    After last week's effort I was really keen to see them kick on but quite the opposite. Maybe it was too hot and a suburban ground.
     
  8. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    If Jesse played today then Symonds must be the the 17 tomorrow against the knights.
     
  9. wombatgc

    wombatgc Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That was a good report Darren..cheers. Not the result anyone wanted, but good to get some feedback.
    Can't wait till Lawton get's his chance. :)
     
  10. Darren

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    I reckon Lawton can really step up and make the 17. He is very quick and having the better players around him would help. On paper, the team looks good but maybe just didn't turn up today. It was like a local league ground but still Tooves would be getting reports and players have to play in any conditions. I was a bit disappointed after the long drive. Ferguson looked 5 grades above nearly everyone else. He was like men against boys. You truly felt he was going to score every time he got the ball.
     
  11. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Unless King is OK to play.
     
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  12. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

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    Jesse was a late inclusion at number 22, Hasson went to the bench (if that helps)
     
  13. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks for the writeup Darren.

    Especially good to see that Lawton is doing what I hoped he would.
     
  14. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't having a shot at you either Darren. I meant the difference in perspectives on a winning(last week) and losing team.
     
  15. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

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    all good Napper!! I agree with you 100%. Last week's win was really pleasing and that's why I made the trip up. I could hear Willo really trying to gee them up but it was a damn hot day. Ferguson made such a difference but but like Keiran etc playing!! The team would feed off his superior skill.
     
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    Darren, couldn't you offer Ferguson a refreshing pineapple cooler at half time, and kept drinking with him until the game finished?
     
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    Gorgeous George is goooooooooooooooooooone
     
  18. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The game didn't look like it passed George by in the All Star game fellas, writing a bloke like him off on the back of 1-2 games is silly, he will play NRL again

    Does Jace know about your new man love Darren ? ;)
     
  19. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

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    Remember KE, Jace is a Souffs man!! George's mannerism just looked like it was over. eg looked where I have ended up, playing at Hininchbrook oval. I really hope he can get back for sure!! It just seems like he has ended up forgotten. Watching his performance, there would be no way he would be in front of King, Kite, Joe and Lawrence.
     
  20. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    NSW Cup live on Fox Sports 1 next Saturday at 1pm.

    So we will be able to check out the Team against the Tigers.

    Love to see how Dane Chisholm goes for us, he can cover all back positions and has scored 5 tries in one match:angel:
     

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