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News: Manly's porous defence hurting premiership defence

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    <p>Manly may be the NRL's defending premiers but defence is exactly where the Sea Eagles are going wrong in 2009. Forget the absence of 2008 NRL-leading tryscorer Brett Stewart, the Sea Eagles have not won a game this year because their once fortress-like defence has become a turnstile.</p>

    <a href="http://www.silvertails.net/news/Sea-Eagles/manlys-porous-defence-hurting-premiership-defence.html">Read the full article</a>
     
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Here are the not so pretty facts:

                                            2009            2008
    DEFENCE
    Metres conceded per game: 1345 (16th) 1185.1 (1st)
    Linebreaks conceded per game: 5 (16th) 3.6 (3rd)
    Missed tackles per game: 35.5 (16th) 33.7 (7th)
    Points conceded per game: 24.5 (13th) 13.6 (2nd)

    ATTACK
    Metres gained per game: 1185.5 (11th) 1399.6 (1st)
    Linebreaks per game: 3.5 (8th) 5.4 (1st)
    Tackle breaks per game: 27 (10th) 39.1 (2nd)
    Errors per game: 13 (8th) 10.9 (4th)
     
  3. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    wow alarming.
     
  4. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Our strength last season, and again in the WCC, was that we would absolutely smash teams over and over when they brought the ball up, this NRL season we have only seen a couple of big shots put on
     
  5. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    Metres gained/conceded is the most worrying stat to come out of 2009 so far.

    However, I'm not surprised by it at all. Since round one it has been pretty obvious that this is where we're well below par at the moment. We've got one of the best forward packs in the comp - they need to start playing to their potential, like they did last year when we flattened any pack that stepped up to us.
     
  6. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    there just not going forward. If we lose again. the axe must be yielded. Promote Heagraves and bring back T Rex in the forwards for a bit of impetus.
     
  7. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    JWH must be feeling a bit confused being the next big thing at the club and in a position where he cant even get a gig behind a pack producing those stats
     
  8. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

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    KE - Spot on though i thought our forwards held their own against the Panthers in Rnd 3 that was the only game where i thought our pack really stood up to date.
     
  9. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    we have an almost normal outside backs line, this week. I expect things to improve, otherwise I will have to start looking for another sport
     
  10. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Those stats align with our position on the table, turn them round & we will be back up there - easy said tha  done
     
  11. TokyoEagle

    TokyoEagle Well-Known Member

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    Give the up and coming guys a chance if we lose this week, if we go down again there needs to be some serious ego denting done by the selectors.
     
  12. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    In my opinion a loss this week should see certain senior players, particularly forwards running around up here in the sunshine state
     
  13. reyam

    reyam Member

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    I agree and it makes me think the rumour of him leaving at the end of the year to be true,he is getting frustrated like us at Des and his blinkered approach with young players.All I will say is Des you were young once and could not get a go at penrith stop doing the same to our young talent
     
  14. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

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    Have JWH & Tony Williams on the bench it will show them Des is putting them on notice.
     
  15. Moops

    Moops Well-Known Member

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    Geez, if he leaves then it proves that this club has become drunk on a single premiership
     

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