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monaghan interview in fridays telegraph

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by DUFFMAN, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. DUFFMAN

    DUFFMAN Active Member

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    he says he wants to play as hooker or 5/8 but would prefer hooker, and has being training hard to earn a sport in the team. he says he will face tough competition from dunley, witt & burns to be in the run on side
    also says he is looking forward to playing with orford
    he has bulked up from 83kg to 90kg saying he will need the extra size if playing hooker and having to defend a bit more
    he has gone from bench pressing 80kg last year to 125kg this year, havig injuries the last few years he hasnt been able to train as hard, where this year he is fully fit and has got stuck right into it
     
  2. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Good stuff, looks like he's coming to terms with the situation.
     
  3. Crushercleal

    Crushercleal Active Member

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    Awesome stuff. I'm telling you, a hooker who can play in attack is extremely valuable these days. Just look at Buderus, Farah, etc
     
  4. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    I guess that means it is either is either Witt, Halden or Burns at 5/8 then
     
  5. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    halden or burns please - no witt.

    burns can kick goals almost as good and took PL to be the best attackers last year
     
  6. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    I think Witt will do OK.
     
  7. Stillman

    Stillman Active Member

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    yeh i think that he will pull through with a quality playmaker next to him
     
  8. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    or he will drag orfords game down like he monas.
     
  9. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Not a Witt fan Fluff?
     
  10. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Fluf what do you think of Kings chances in 2006?
     
  11. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    As if Monaghan needed any help in bringing his game down.
     
  12. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    From my info Witt is well in the picture to play 5/8. He did lose confidence in defence last year due to a shoulder injury which affected his form. Will be interesting to see which way Des goes but the others are all untried and untested and it is very rare for someone to come in fresh and do well. Witt is still young and will have a much better half inside him and maybe a decent centre or two outside..

    Other part of the equation is to have some forwards that actually go forward and give him some time and space.
     
  13. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes indeed CW. It would seem like the pieces are starting to fall into place now that Monas acknowledges the Hooker role and with Witt having the time and space to be a better 5/8 with Ox along side. Im very pleased with todays news.

    But the last piece is the important one and who of the props will dig in this year and not leave the whole show to the back row. All of this on the proviso that Dessie has them all ready mentally, physically & strategy wise for 26 rounds

    Fascinating stuff & im looking forward to this coming year.
     
  14. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    No

    Our best attacking last year was when monas threw a few cut out balls past witt so the outside backs got some ball.

    Monas runs around in circles

    Witt stands still

    At least monas moves and makes the opposition do some work to shut him down.

    Witt was the same in PL

    Give burns the number 6 - he shat on witt in all aspects when they played together and is a 75% plus goal kicker.

    Byso - I think King will be good - he has been injury free for a while and will be able to regain some form.

    I, like a few others picked watmough to come good and copped a lot for it - im willing to put it on the line for burns and king.

    Also in the 2 games i saw Halden play last year he was better than burns, it wouldnt suprise me if he is 5/8 come 2007
     
  15. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Fluster - I think, and in order, 5/8 will be:-

    Michael Witt
    Michael Monaghan
    Shayne Dunley (if Monas is Hooker)
    Jason Wells
    Travis Burns
    Clint Halden

    in that order.
     
  16. Chip and Chase

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

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    Finally some sense has come out of his mouth. I think he will be a good hooker, he has solid defence and a reasonable long kicking game that will give us some good variation. He is also a lot better attacking weapon when he takes on the line rather than being overwhelmed with options as a playmaker which causes him to short circuit. I think he will be very similar to Cameron Smith and hopefully make a good contribution this season.

    BTW if Dunley is our third choice 5/8th than we are in trouble. His only role should be off the bench.
     
  17. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    He looks like an absolute UNIT in the paper...almost like a weight lifter or something !!! He is a mini Kylie Leuleuai now !!!
     
  18. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Ryan, wasnt jason well a flegg player at 5/8 and PL lock??

    Im not sure he will be ahead of burns or halden - from what i hear Halden is highly rated, had a rotten run with injuries last year
     
  19. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think fluffy just has a thing for monas. Some of the best attack I saw were either solo performances by witt or combos between kennedy, stewy witt and Watmough
     
  20. Stuey Davis Socks

    Stuey Davis Socks Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    And he looks pretty pleased with himself.
     

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