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Phil Rothfield

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  1. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

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    Powderpuff Sea Eagles lack punch
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    Phil Rothfield
    Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 10:31pm 


    THE Manly Sea Eagles forward pack has gone from NRL premiers to powderpuffs in less than two seasons.ss100%

    In Saturday night’s loss to the Canberra Raiders, Des Hasler had his 2008 engine room on the field _ apart from Shane Rodney replacing Glenn Hall and Jason King starting for Brent Kite.

    So how has a pack that demolished Storm 40-blot in a grand final gone off the boil so quickly and so dramatically?

    How can Josh Perry and Brent Kite put their hands out for their pay packets this week? They were appalling against the Raiders and wouldn’t have hurt a netball team.

    But the big mystery is what’s happened to Anthony Watmough. This time last year he was rated the No.1 forward in the world.

    On Saturday night he looked like a NSW Cup back-rower. He threw an intercept that led to a try, missed a crucial tackle that allowed a try and that came directly after he dropped a ball to gift the Raiders possession.

    A lesser player would have been hooked.

    The statistics on Watmough’s form and fall from grace are quite alarming. He’s making half as many tackle busts as last year and his metres gained are down by 20 per cent.

    It’s only a matter of weeks since the Sea Eagles were touted as potential premiers after drubbing grand final favourites St George Illawarra at Brookvale.

    On Saturday night’s performance they’ll be flat out making the top eight.

    Des Hasler is fast running out of time to save the season. They’ve lost four of their past five. The last win was a lucky escape against the Rabbitohs at Brookvale three weeks ago.

    It’s an easy excuse to blame the season-long absence of attacking stars Brett Stewart and Wolfman Williams.

    But the truth is their problems start and finish in a forward pack where a handful of big names just aren’t turning up.

    Ennis must chill out

    THE Bulldogs have a massive problem with their hooker Michael Ennis.

    He not only cost NSW victory in Origin III last week but wasn’t man enough to admit it. Most players can learn from their mistakes and become better footballers for the experience.

    Not this guy. He still says he was right to lash out at Maroons forward Nate Myles because he was retaliating.

    So if the Bulldogs are defending a two-point lead in a grand final, the opposition will niggle him for sure.

    He’ll retaliate, give away a penalty _ and possibly cost his club a title.

    It’s a shame Ennis can’t accept responsibility for his actions because he’s a potential captain at Canterbury when Andrew Ryan retires.

    He has to pull his head in.

    Tony blows up big

    OUR back page story last Tuesday about the Blues’ record under referee Tony Archer appears to have ruffled the ace whistle-blower’s feathers.

    He was particularly upset about the photograph of him in a Maroons jersey which was obviously a humorous and tongue-in-cheek attempt to simply add a bit of colour and help generate some interest in a dead-rubber contest.

    It should go without saying that Archer is the most experienced ref in the game and nobody would ever seriously suggest he does anything other than control games straight down the middle without fear or favour.

    Referees understandably get a little touchy when anyone questions their honesty or integrity but in this case it was nothing more than a bit of fun, which we are sure is how it was interpreted by our readers.

    The lowlight

    The NRL is facing the very real prospect of a refereeing error deciding this years premiership. Again, the weekend round was littered with errors from the men in the middle.

    Robbie Farah started a good old fashioned scrum brawl at Campbelltown on Friday night yet the Titans lost Mark Minichiello to the sin bin and the Tigers got the penalty.

    At Brookvale, Ben Farrar showed extraordinary skills to save a 40/20 but the touch judge incorrectly ruled it went out.

    The NRL will not sack Robert Finch mid-season but I’m told he’ll be flat out surviving into 2011 and rightly so.

    The courage

    Luke Patten’s try-saving tackle on boom Storm winger Matt Duffy at Adelaide Oval was pure heart. He put his body on the line, knocked himself unconsious - and saved the Dogs’ season. The imbecile who recently compared this wonderful clubman’s loyalty to $onny Bill Williams has been shown up again for what he is - a disgrace to the trade of journalism.

    The flops

    Is it any wonder the Sharks played with little spirit and even less brains in Newcastle yesterday when they continue to pick a player, winger Blake Ferguson, who has split the team by declaring he doesn’t want to be there next season. I’m hearing Ferguson will sign with the Roosters within days.

    What do you think? Are the Sea Eagles soft? Does Michael Ennis need a reality check? Can Tony Archer take a joke?

    Join Buzz at 1pm today and tell him what you think. Send questions and comments now
     
  2. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  3. Berkeley_Eagle

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    cant really disagree with the article on us at all, hope the players read it
     
  4. lismore_fan

    lismore_fan Well-Known Member

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    Don't like the way Rothfield just stirs up trouble but this article is pretty true. From 2008 Premiers our forwards have just 'gone soft'.

    True, I hope the forwards are reading the Tele this morning.
     
  5. WAMF

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    Desmond would have banned them from reading papers or forums.
    Come to think of it, the sea eagles would ultimately like their members and fans banned from reading papers and forums too.  ;)
     
  6. mickqld

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    Is it any wonder the Sharks played with little spirit and even less brains in Newcastle yesterday when they continue to pick a player, winger Blake Ferguson, who has split the team by declaring he doesn’t want to be there next season. I’m hearing Ferguson will sign with the Roosters within days.

    Funny how we have gone of the boil since the Trent Hodkinson fiasco started????
    For ****sake Des wake up.You cant have your halfback running a team he doesnt want to play with next season. **** the guy off now and get some team spirit and harmony back. It is obvious to all there is division in the team and this guy is one of the causes.
     
  7. The Wheel

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    You can add Perry to this as well Mick
     
  8. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Rothfield = Wanker.

    unfortunately this particular Wanker is correct.

    Watmough needs a rest, give him a week off.

    those saying Glen Stewart is tired, WTF he hasnt played for yonks.
     
  9. PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    We won't make the 8 they way we're going des wake up mate give them a kick in the backside.
     
  10. NYEagle

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    I don't like Phil Rothfield much either

    but, kudos to him on this occasion, that article is right on the mark. Outstanding.

    This is a much need article to stir this team up from the garbage they have been dishing out. On Saturday they played like a bunch of spoiled kids who felt "entitled" to win the game.

    By the way, I'd like to fax this article with "Manly have quit" inscribed along the top. Can anyone give me a fax number of Dessie or the club so I can send my piont across?.

    Regards,

    Oliver
     
  11. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    They should make this article a poster size a stick it in the dressing room where our pack can see it. They are playing like pussies and look disinterested. Maybe this could fire them up.
     
  12. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    **** me dead if the players need an article from Rothfield to fire them up we are indeed in big strife
     
  13. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Does seem anything else has fired them up for the last month. I think they cop too much loving and not enough criticism.
     
  14. The Wheel

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    Agree Swoop, too many seem to think 2008 was enough and they have a rest for a few years.

    To me Kite should follow Perry to the UK and them hopefully we can sign up a few blokes who will have dig.

    Ballin/Rodeny give their all, King has a go but is always good a few cheap penalites, Choc is diabolical and Gift plays the game like a 5/8 - we need a big harding running back rower.

    Add to that Des mysterious use of the bench and perchant to play Bailey at all costs leaves us with little thrust.
     
  15. MPC75

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    Frank Pritchard is a big hard running back rower.
     
  16. eggson

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    Des probably asked Rothfield to do this blog  :p

    No-one can say he's stirring here, it's all true, and Rothfield has also come out and said Des was his favourite coach.

    Rothfield was calling for the Sharks to punt Ferguson for the rest of the year and i also saw an article from ET (not gonna try spelling his name!) saying the same.
    Should the same be done for TH? 

    I just don't want to get any false hope if we beat the Sharks this weekend, the forwards need to fire up each game. 
     
  17. bazeagle

    bazeagle Well-Known Member

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    EXCELLENT replies mickqld and The Wheel
    problems at Manly: lazy log perry and hodko who is going and should be playing in Q'land
    Des: step up and get shot of these two who are derailing the rest of the side, mentally
    will Des step up?
    na
    na
     

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