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Memo To the Matai Knockers

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Wheel, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Steve rated highest in the fairfax player rating for any player on Friday night plus got in team of the week.  Not bad for a player in his first game back from a serious shoulder injury/surgury.

    He adds spark & mongrel to our team, remember that next time he gives away a penalty then gets bagging from the usual suspects.  :-*

    Fairfax's rugby league writers choose the best team from round six of the NRL.

    Team of the week
    Fullback: Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
    Wing: Matt Utai (Canterbury Bulldogs)
    Centre: Justin Hodges (Brisbane Broncos)
    Centre: Steve Matai (Manly Sea Eagles)
    Wing: Matt Petersen (Gold Coast Titans)
    Five-eighth: Chris Bailey (Newcastle Knights)
    Halfback: Scott Prince (Gold Coast Titans)
    Prop: Carl Webb (North Queensland Cowboys)
    Hooker: Danny Buderus (Newcastle Knights)
    Prop: Ray Cashmere (North Queensland Cowboys
    Secondrow: Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers)
    Secondrow: Sonny Bill Williams (Canterbury Bulldogs)
    Lock: Greg Bird (Cronulla Sharks)
     
  2. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He definitely played well on Friday. His timing was a little out, but that is to be expected.

    I think Steve thrives in those close combat encounters were he can get a feeling for what the opposition are going to do.

    He worries me a little in the expansive games where he can get caught out misreading plays etc.
     
  3. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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    How did Slater make that team? All he needs to do is walk out on the field and he makes it.

    Bowen played twice as good last round.
     
  4. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    From the Manly game I think. I don't think the Monday night games are taken into account
     
  5. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    the only way slater or SBW miss out are if they do not play.

    Half back position goes to rock paper scissors each week between thurston, cronk and prince
     
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The media agenda is to promote Slater as the favoured son. Watch the dismay if (when) he misses out in favour of the incumbent. There will be gnashing of teeth and sobbing from them all.
     
  7. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Wait 3 weeks and Matai will be back to his old Stupid self.
     
  8. PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    He adds spark & mongrel to our team, remember that next time he gives away a penalty then gets bagging from the usual suspects. 

    Are these suspects from this forum cause there hasn't been a matai thread for a while,besides just keep in mind what byso has just stated could just be true.
     
  9. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That rarely happens. ;)
     
  10. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    They know who they are & besides Canteen Worker is right
     
  11. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The Matai love parade
     
  12. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Im still on the fence. Try & guess which way im leaning  :p
     
  13. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It is amazing how Matai single handedly won as that game!

    Please!
     
  14. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    Not single handedly, but he had a huge impact. Some of his runs deep in our own half in the first 40 were inspiring and played a big part in the win.

    He's been picked at 5/8 this week I notice!! Wonder if he is the centre-turned-into-5/8 that we've always hoped Jamie Lyon would be...
     
  15. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I hope he isn't defending in 5/8th
     
  16. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    I think it's a great spot for him to defend. A touch closer in. He shouldn't be too far away from the opposition's playmakers. Do you think Thurston, Prince, Cronk, Carney and the likes are gonna be keen to head his way once he puts a bell ringer on them??
     
  17. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Dunno if this was said before, but he has apparently (I only heard this 2nd fiddle) a 5/8 in the juniors, and it's his preferred position. Actually, apparently he likes to goal kick too, and hits them like Thurston (not as accurate), but banana style !
     
  18. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    I remember reading somewhere (could've been months ago, could've been earlier today...my brain is a bit frazzled) that he was a 5/8 when he came over from NZ. It's obviously been a while.

    I have to admit I've never seen him display many skills in his time at Manly. Seems a very straight up player. Hits hard, runs hard, runs straight, doesn't pass. I don't suppose Manly have had a five/eighth who does anything more than that for a fair while though...
     
  19. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    A five-eighth who runs straight is okay if he can pass. It attracts the defender rather than having him slide. Is he a ball player is the million dollar question?
     
  20. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think it's a great spot for him to defend. A touch closer in. He shouldn't be too far away from the opposition's playmakers. Do you think Thurston, Prince, Cronk, Carney and the likes are gonna be keen to head his way once he puts a bell ringer on them??
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    It would weaken us big time! Our weakest part as is, is when people bust through the middle of us. Having him there running out of the line? no thanks
     

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