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On another note, Matt Ballin

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by madeinplateau, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. madeinplateau

    madeinplateau Member

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    I haven't seen any discussion re this topic yet but how good was Matt Ballin for the opening half.

    I was really surprised at his kicking game for the opening half. He must have won us at least 2 repeat sets and that awesome 40/20. He really took it upon himself in that first half but somewhat stopped in the second.

    I hope he continues with his kicking game and specially the grubbers to the in goal. Absolute legend.
     
  2. MWSE

    MWSE Well-Known Member

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    Agreed completely. His first 20 minutes was masterful. His 40/20 was completely unexpected and his grubbers did the job. He needed to do it all night long though considering that Foran was out. Would have taken a lot of pressure off DCE.
     
  3. MissKate

    MissKate Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    those 2 kicks of his were the highlight of the game, shame we did follow through with the advantage they gave us
     
  4. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I Saw him standing at second receiver in one of the times we shifted the ball from Horhay to Lyon. His passing game is 99% accurate, if I was to pick anything it would be his hard passes close to the line but those kicks were A+
     
  5. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    His best game since 2008.
     
  6. madeinplateau

    madeinplateau Member

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    Yeah it was a major momentum killer when kite knocked on. Hope ke keeps his kicking game in the future as we really need another attacking option as of late.
     
  7. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    9 meters for Ballin, . 72m for Friend. Symptomatic of all our forwards.
     
  8. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Kite can do that.
     
  9. Killer03

    Killer03 Well-Known Member

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    Ballins opening 20mins was superb, hopefully that can give him the confidence to show his skills. The 40/20 was lovely, and his short kicks to get repeat sets was just what was needed.

    It seems Ballin has previously pigeonholed himself the way Hindmarsh did for many years, just as a tackling machine. But people forget that in his early days Hindmarsh was a great hole runner and provided plenty of attacking threat. I think Ballin has suffered from this syndrome as having to make 50/60 tackles per game, and that's how he sees himself.

    Matt you have so much more to offer....as Monday night showed.
     
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  10. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Or maybe he's just been playing to instructions? He has abilities that maybe we should utilise a little more often.
     
  11. susan

    susan Well-Known Member

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    This will offend many.

    Ballin is our single biggest problem in attack and the main reason we struggle so badly when attacking the opposition line from close range.His style worked fine in years gone when we were younger,fresher and creative but unless we get a Lestrange like character to relieve him his days will be numbered.He offers zero threat and the opposition know they can double team our halves.He has virtually no feel for the game at key moments.

    Smith/Luke/Friend offer so much more in offence and they are lynchpins.We need to fix this problem or wither on the vine.
     
  12. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Agree and have for the past couple of years now
     
  13. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Could never understand why QLD had him second in line to Smith.
     
  14. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Unsung hero for us.
     
  15. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Because he IS solid and they new what they would get plus his tackling. Other hookers have moments of brilliance like Luke but are not solid in the way Mat is plus he is an 80 min player
     
  16. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I wonder how we would have gone with ballin at 6 and bhurer at 9?
     
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  17. master blaster

    master blaster Well-Known Member

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    whatever happened to Lawton,I know the other rake in NSW cup is preferred more,but he doesnt even get a shot in first grade,maybe lawton will perform on the big stage
     
  18. The Who

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    I'm a big Ballin fan. He does a huge amount of defensive work, and tidies up a lot when other miss their tackles. He is a workaholic.
    Let's not denegrate him because he's not as good in attack; let's get a reserve hooker (like Lawton) in our 17 who can replace Matt at times of attacking needs.
    I thought this was Buhrer's role, but he's not being used in this way.
     
  19. susan

    susan Well-Known Member

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    No one is denigrating him Who.Just stating the glaringly obvious re his offensive capabilities-we have zero impact in this area while the top sides get great value.It is really hurting us.He needs a sidekick or he needs to be at another club.

    12 or 14 points a game in attack seems to be about our level and then you either lose or fall over the line in a dogfight. In the end it just doesn't work and we need to put plans in place to change it.
     
  20. MK Eagle

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    In fairness I can see both points but it can be fixed.
    Ballin is your old school hooker who does not ask many questions of the defence but is as honest as a 9 can be. His workrate is massive & cant be overlooked & theres no reason to think he is not a great contributer to this side in 2013.
    Fact is, there is a need to have a dynamo for 10-15 minutes per half after the grind has gone out of the game adding some flair & unpredictability to the ruck area.
     

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