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Smith may go today

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kiwi Eagle, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Newcastle coach Brian Smith could leave the Knights today, with the club making a major announcement.

    According to News Ltd reports, the club held an emergency board meeting on Friday night where it is believed Rick Stone was named as the team’s new coach.

    Newcastle, who play the Melbourne Storm on Monday night, have lost three straight games since Smith announced he would leave the club to coach the Sydney Roosters at the end of the year.

    They sit in ninth place on the NRL ladder and are at serious risk of missing out on the finals.



    http://www.rugbyleaguelive.com/Articles/6265/2009/08/15/Brian_Smith_leaving_Knights_today_report_.aspx

    Sorry Dan, can't get the articles thing to work today, will be my old PC that is the issue
     
  2. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Now confirmed, gone effective immediately
     
  3. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    It is not surprising after their efforts against us, last placed Rorters @ home, and another flogging by the Slime.

    Other coaches who will be feeling a bit touchie will be Taylor (and how blessed are the Titans with decisions they get?), Cleary, Henjak and Stuart (who should be punted immediately anyway).
     
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Cleary should go.  If there's one team that consistently underperforms it's the Warriors.  They just don't play with any game plan that I can see.  Henjack will be given more time, Taylor and Stuart seem to be protected species.     
     
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    They do have a game plan DSM. It revolves around bombing to Vatuvei on the last. Dreadful side at the moment

    Cleary has coached all the flair out of them, it is often said that a team shows it's coaches playing attributes, and Cleary was a boring, safe player.

    They re signed him mid year til the end of 2012, with John Hart proclaiming him the games next "supercoach" lol

    Their recruitment is terrible. All they have coming in next season, is Seymour, Maloney and a rumour today of Carl Webb, along with Tate returning from injury. Nothing for the fans to get their hopes up about there

    They do have a future superstar coming through in the halves, but he is at least a year away from being ready, Shaun Johnson
     
  6. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Sorry Kiwi, you're right.  I'd forgotten about the bomb as it's used on each play.  It's like other sides going three up and then one wide before kicking. 
     
  7. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It has gotten to the point where the Warriors fans I know don't even cheer the tries Vatuvei is scoring these days, because they are so bored watching it
     
  8. nita

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    I think the loss of sonny fai early in the year set the tone for them.. It seems like a really close knit club, and to lose sonny the way they did is devastating..
     
  9. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    You might be right about that nita, just look at Kite's season after losing his dad. Cleary got the Warriors to finish very strongly last year, he will be given another chance for sure.
     
  10. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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      Sounds like our reliance on the kick.
     
  11. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The Fai thing is a fair point, but the coaching is more to blame for me

    Last year Witt and Fien took them to week 3 of the finals, not worldbeaters, but they did a job. Witt got punted pre season, Fien didn't last much longer, Foran was punted and even left out of reserve grade at times, and they placed all their eggs in the Stacey Jones basket which was too much to ask of him

    Their 1st 2 games of the year, Fien was starting 7, and they looked good, especially when Jones came off the bench against us. Fien was then shuffled and they went backwards

    They have massive problems in the halves, back row, and front office

    Interestingly today I found out they had a decent crack at getting George Rose to go over there
     

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