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Matt Ballin

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by KaZa, May 11, 2008.

  1. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    Seriously where is this 'australian international' hooker we were hearing about?

    Hes been rubbish this season and very bland today against Brisbane.. Heath comes on and changes the game. We look in charge.

    I hope Ballin has a rocket up his arse at half time.. as i have seen him play better before but this seasons hes been rubbish.
     
  2. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Who is playing well?
     
  3. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    There are a whole heap of ordinary performances so far this half. Orford, Ballin, Bryant and Hall lead the way. Lyon is playing really well and Kite has been a mountain since coming on. Lucky to be only 6 behind and I am surprised how the Bongos seem to be running out of puff. Go Manly!
     
  4. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    Umm not many. Kite... Glen Stewy.. Matai and Robbo have been ok.. and Heath sparked us off the bench. Rest have been below average.
     
  5. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    what a turn around 2nd half.

    Not suprised Des left Ballin on the bench for 90% of it.
     
  6. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    LeStrange certainly seems to straighten the attack.  Good to see some hard straight running in the second half.  Bongos depth exposed today.
     
  7. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    That was a very special win. Well done to all the supporters who got to the game as the Manly chants were easily heard.

    Second half was amajor turn-around. How good was it to see tries to both Beaver and Kite? I absolutely loved that.

    As my name suggests the $2.55 div is extra sweet and I really did have a good bit of confidence.
     
  8. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Calm down on Ballin guys. He's doing fine.
     
  9. King

    King Active Member

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    Heath LeStrange turned the game on its head when he came on. He has to start next week, we were a different team when he came on.
    LeStrange, G.Stewart and J.Lyon get my 3,2,1 points.
     
  10. ads

    ads Well-Known Member

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    LeStrange played so well. Ballin was very disapointing - looked out of it - not taking runs.
     
  11. Downie

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    Ballin looks down on confidence. Start him from the bench and let him work his way back into it.
     
  12. Chip and Chase

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

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    There is nothing wrong with starting Ballin and letting him do the grunt work in the first 20-30 minutes, then utilise Le Strange's spark off the bench when the defence tires a little. If it aint (too) broke don't fix it.

    I will agree that Heath is definitely having more impact then Matt at the moment, which is a little disappointing.
     
  13. Downie

    Downie Active Member

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    Yeah, good point C&C. Although Ballin is out of form, L'Estrange's impact might be negated if he starts. Ballin's a fitter player and can get around to dummy half a lot more than L'Estrange, plus he still gives quicker service to the forwards.
     
  14. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    well why not have Le Strange play like that for 80 minutes..
     
  15. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I thought Ballin was superb against the Dogs. He wasn't as good today but does the hard work when the defence is up.
     
  16. King

    King Active Member

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    I Agree ;)
     
  17. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    I must agree that heath was superb yesterday & looked a class above Matt.

    However Ballin size & good defence makes him a good option for the first 20 to 30 mins, then as per yesterday bring on heath to create opportunities
     
  18. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    Ballin to start and Heath comes on when the other teams gets tired, stick with this as it seems to work for Heath and the team as a whole.
     
  19. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Ballin has definately picked his game up and is looking a lot more creative.

    Good work Matty!
     
  20. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Yep -- been all class of late
     

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