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Matt Ballin

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Who, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    Among a host of great players today, this guy, to me, was inspirational. He doesn't get noticed like T-Rex, Choc or Jamie, but he really holds us together. There was a 20-minute period when we eased off and Easts scored three tries, but Matt was still doing the tackling share of two men. With most breaks he was backing up, and created a try with a kick and chase late in the match.
    I am sure his stats will bear out his performances. Yet Channel Nein gave the award to T-Rex, who was terrific, but primarily because he stands out so much. I think Matt is overlooked by non-Manly fans, and commentators, and he must stay a Sea Eagle.
     
  2. torana355

    torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Agree 100%. Great kick by him today aswell to setup one of our tries.
     
  3. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Two kicks for tries old Matty ballin. Ond of our best ever hookers
     
  4. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    He's so freaking underated.

    Imo, it's...

    Smith




    Ballin
    Farah.
     
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Farah is probably a more all round hooker so I'd have to have him at 2nd probably
     
  6. EagleRock40

    EagleRock40 Well-Known Member

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    He needs to keep that little grubber kick close to the tryline in his game...if he has that in his bag of tricks, it will create more room on the outside for guys like Foz and DCE. Great game from him today!
     
  7. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    But Ballin plays for Manly..... Lol.
     
  8. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Matty was fantastic today. The guy is a hero game in, game out.

    Felt he played more of a play makers role today, and i really liked what i saw.

    Its a shame that he has played through the era same as smith.

    Perry hurry up and go get ballin a contract..:)
     
  9. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    man we are lucky to have a bloke of this class both on and off the field.
     
  10. EagleFlys

    EagleFlys Well-Known Member

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    He is my favorite player. HE would be a walkup start in any QLD SOO side with the exception of the current one.

    Class on and off the field.

    Awesome to see others appreciating him.
     
  11. voicefromthehill

    voicefromthehill Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    He played so well that if I am not mistaken the commentators on ABC (not reliable in most circumstances) called DCE as the kicker for the final try and not Ballin - thats how good a kick it was
     
  12. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    There were two kicks, I think, DCE first and then Matt.
     
  13. voicefromthehill

    voicefromthehill Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    No DCE was off - Foran was probably the man in question for the first kick
     
  14. shauneagle

    shauneagle Active Member

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    76 touches, 55m run, 36 tackles (top) and 2 TA - absolute freak again. He also did a great kick from dummy half.
     
  15. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Ballin Matai and Choc on the field we are a much better team.
     
  16. Chip and Chase

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

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    I don't understand why we don't see that creativity from him more often. He's obviously capable given todays performance, just don't know why he doesn't back himself. That's one part of his game that just holds him back from the real top level IMO.
     
  17. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I agree C&C.

    He plays like that the difference between him and smith s minimal.
     
  18. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    Great club man, on and off the field.....fantastic family as well...hope he spends his entire career in Manly colours.
     
  19. Mal Cochrane

    Mal Cochrane I'm not really Mal Cochrane...

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    Ballin does all the unnoticed dirty work, the stuff that has to get done. This is how Choc has been playing in recent months too until yesterday, nothing brilliant but doing all the hard hit ups off our line after kicks down field etc. Ballin cleans up the ruck area brilliantly, gives great service and occasionally adds some nice touches

    i don't remember how my namesake was in defence, but Matty still isn't no Mal Cochrane.
     
  20. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    It may have to do with the quality of the defence. Easts have big, lumbering forwards who were shown up by Choc and Matt close to the ruck. The previous week, Melbourne were much tighter.
    There are certain teams with loose forward defence: Canberra, Parra and to an extent the Tigers. Others will extremely tight forward defence: Illawarra being a good example.
    Even when he's not sniping he's valuable in holding our defence is order.
     

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