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Stronger than 2013?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by doc, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. doc

    doc Active Member

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    It's probably line ball, but what are the differences between this weeks team and last years GF team?

    Backs - the same class and Hiku in for Williams
    Forwards - no Kite, Ballin or Stewart. That's an issue. Starling, Hodges, Symonds will need to play big.

    Bench - I would suggest is stronger this year. Jesse, Lui, King, and Hasson is a more attacking bench than Rose, Gower, Symonds and Buhrer. In saying that, we'll miss Buhrer
     
  2. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly played 4 instead of 3 games in the Finals - its that simple :cool:

    They were leading by 10 points with 20 to go and just ran out of puff :(

    If Manly don't win on Friday, their bodies won't make it through another 3 games :s
     
  3. Freagle

    Freagle Well-Known Member

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    Yep, still not a bad-looking team...though we still lack a prop who can really bend the line, in my opinion. One thing that Gorgeous G brought to the party the past few years was that onve he hit the line, he kept right on going...and usually squashed a couple of defenders when he DID go down.
     
  4. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    BJ won so many awards last night, that he can take on the Burgess Bunnies on his own :D
     
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  5. Freagle

    Freagle Well-Known Member

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    True that!

    Would be nice if he hit the line like he was doing last year though...
     
  6. Crusher_Cleal

    Crusher_Cleal Well-Known Member

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    No way we are stronger - Stewart/Buhrer/Ballin can't be replaced. But we still have the best halves combo in the comp, and that counts for a lot.
     
  7. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    We were playing better last year at finals time. That first semi against Easts was arguably the finest match of the season, and we should have won it. We had far more attacking chances than Easts, and did it without Brett.
    All the media talk of in-fighting doesn't bode well for a performance like that, unfortunately.
     
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  8. COMMANDER

    COMMANDER IF YOU DO NOT TRY YOU CAN NOT FAIL 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We were also dusted by Penrith at home in round 26 last year, akin to the cowboys drubbing.
     
  9. 6/71

    6/71 Well-Known Member

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    Round 26 last year was an A grade tank job. I don't think the same can be said of this year unless Buhrer and Ballinderry miraculously recover.
     
  10. Snake

    Snake Doing The Eagle Rock!

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    Take Kite, Ballin, Buhrer, and Stewart, out of any team and it will be significantly weaker. I believe we could have offset the loss of Kite with our stronger bench, but without Ballin in the middle, and a quality hole runner with a huge work rate, and a x factor on the edge of the ruck with tremendous ball playing ability, it's a no brainer.
     
  11. Brookie Brawler

    Brookie Brawler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This year's team has the pain of losing last year's GF, much like the 1996 and 2008 sides. That has to be a plus.
     
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  12. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    ^Agree

    Got the feeling all year that the Manly Players were just doing enough to get the right to change the result from last year :cool:

    Frustrating to watch them shut down a lead during the Season, but I am excited to see them unleashed from Friday :)

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  13. manlyfan76

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

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    So if we lose in week two of the finals can MWSE come up with something better than STRONGER TOGETHER?
     
  14. maxta

    maxta Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Down by 10-15% as far as roster but what does that equal in points??
    Thing is, the GF was against a Roosters team who were also 10% better also, with the extra desire not as prominent in 2014 & Jake Friend missing.
    Fact is the boys both ran out of steam & imo, put the cue in the rack after Matai scored.
    Factors like DCE not getting a deserved penalty after a late hit from the kick next set & numerous suspect calls would usually be overcome by the swarming Manly defence, but once the momentum shifted it was game over.
    Point is, the extra 10% can be found by the Seaeagles extra hunger that will still be in the back of the players mind & in the heat of battle will either work for them, or against them.
     

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