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Memo "2" - matai knockers

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Wheel, May 3, 2008.

  1. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Memo "2" - matai knockers

    From todays paper - seems a few others at the club don't agree with your thoughts on Matai being an untalented, mistake prone footballer.  ;D :-*

    Not a backward step
    Zorba

    3 May 2008

    WHAT you see isn't what you get with Steve Matai.

    Off the field he is shy, reserved and polite to the extreme.

    But strap on the football boots and jersey and one of the most feared competitors in the NRL explodes.

    At 23, Matai is already a proven international and an upgrade of his contract earlier this season will keep him at the Sea Eagles for the next three seasons.

    Matai arrived for a week of intense summer training back in November 2004 from the Wynnum Manly club in Brisbane.

    By March 2005, Matai had debuted in the NRL and hasn't looked back since.

    He now sits just two games short of his 50 first grade games for Manly and is set for a long and successful career in maroon and white.

    His two games back from a shoulder reconstruction have shown how vital a player he has become.

    Nothing sorts out the men from the boys in the NRL than when you are coralled close to the corner a few metres out from your own line with the defence snorting fire and going in for the kill.

    Two weeks ago at Parramatta Stadium in the pouring rain it would have been easy for Matai to step back a little and leave the hard stuff to the forwards.

    But that isn't in the make up of this young man from the south side of Auckland where life is tough.

    He relishes the battle and the tougher the better.

    Matai almost always pokes his head through the defence when he takes a charge to give his forwards some relief.

    He was genuinely disappointed when he missed selection in the New Zealand side to play Australia next Friday in the Centenary Test at the SCG.

    "That would have been an honour," he said.

    But he understood that two matches back from injury wasn't the background needed to take on the likes of Mark Gasnier and Justin Hodges.

    I reckon the boys in green and gold would have cheered knowing that Matai would sit this one out.

    There isn't a centre in the premiership who looks forward to marking Matai.
     
  2. Guest

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    Re: Memo "2" - matai kockers

    I just love the way he is always injured and also when he charges out of the defensive line leaving holes for the oposition to run through. 

    He can make big hits on centres who run straight at him but looks foolish aginst someone who has good footwork.  Watch what gasnier does to him next time we play the dragons.

    He needs to bulk up and go into the forwards.
     
  3. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Re: Memo "2" - matai kockers

    Hell, we want Bailey, Smith, Lyon, Menzies and co. to play 5/8. Why not Matai, and save the moola on the poop we are being linked with.
     
  4. Chip and Chase

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

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    Re: Memo "2" - matai kockers

    "Off the field he is shy, reserved and polite to the extreme.

    But strap on the football boots and jersey and one of the most feared competitors in the NRL explodes."


    Remind anyone of that other great polariser of opinion J Hopoate ? It's all fun and games till someone loses an eye.
     
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Re: Memo "2" - matai kockers

    Didn't Matai get booted from The Drain for abusing a waitress for not serving him? Wasn't he also linked to a head butt incident @ The Sands?
    If he's shy, I'd hate to see what Zorba thinks is a person who's an extrovert.
     
  6. PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    Re: Memo "2" - matai kockers

    What's a matai kocker.
     
  7. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    Re: Memo "2" - matai kockers

    your basing this thread on an article written by Zorba? hehe
     
  8. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Re: Memo "2" - matai kockers

    Something he inherited off Monaghan when he left  ::)
     

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