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Taufua is going OK

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by MK Eagle, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Taufua has provided some great plays in tough situations recently including a super break against the Dogs & plenty of tough yards also in his first absolute pressure cooker game.
    His defence has also improved with both technique & positionally though still needs tweaking, like any other winger new to the top grade.
    Many rate him a liability against any air raids & imo this is his worst area but....he needs more protection from his outside backs as many occasions has been left flat footed with 2-3 attackers having the momentum & jump on him.
    Obviously while a fit Wolf covers 1 wing , Taufua deserves the other with Whare & Oldfield options if injury occurs.
    Any other ideas?? Have just noticed a few seem Taufua is not the best option yet recently I dont think he has done that much wrong??
     
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I like him. Doing well.
     
  3. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    He's alright, but there are dozens of better wingers in the NRL.
    A good winger at full tilt for 40 metres with only diminutive Ben Barba to beat should score. He just needed to step inside and go under the posts.
    Look, he tried hard, and even jumped and caught one ball. I'd like him to run from dummy half more because he is strong and capable of breaking tackles. But these days being able to leap is so important.
    I'd like Manly to approach Edrick Lee from Canberra. He was dropped last match to Toyota Cup to make way for Duggan. Lee is the build of the modern day winger; I don;t believe Jorge is.
     
  4. MWSE

    MWSE Well-Known Member

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    I was one who didn't want this bloke to even see the change rooms at the start of the year but he has improved. Explosive ball runner. Just gotta learn how to jump.
     
  5. mosto

    mosto Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I like him. His got a couple of flaws, but I think the coaching staff can iron those out.
     
  6. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Offers more than Oldfield. Plenty of improvement in him.
     
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  7. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    He's only 20, so be patient,Barba may be small,but his defense one on one has improved out of sight, Foran couldn't get past him, he's not an easy guy to step around.
    He really knows how to make his own luck in a game
     
  8. The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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    I agree, I reckon he's going great for us just needs to contest the high ball, his runs are damaging and his defence is ok he just needs more games under his belt he reminds me of "The Beast" running let's just hope he has better hands.
     
  9. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Line Breaks 2012

    Barba 19
    Inglis 17
    Uate 17
    Linnet 16
    Morris 16
    McManus 15
    Taufua 14
     
  10. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    And he missed 4 rounds. Made his debut against Parra in round 5. Looks likely to make a break everytime he gets the ball. Been a huge find for the club.
     
  11. Crusher_Cleal

    Crusher_Cleal Well-Known Member

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    He is not yet ready for top flight football. Whare and Oldfield are better options in 2012 imo.
     
  12. The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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    Whare and Oldfield will be playing in different colours next year.
    Plus Tafua offers more than Oldfield any day.
     
  13. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He is going damn well and will only improve

    15 NRL games is absolutely nothing and he is showing plenty of good signs
     
  14. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Im a huge fan of Taufua,needs to leap but huge fan

    He is absolutely devastating given half a gap
     
  15. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    He has improved hugely since his debut. Sure he needs to work on defending kicks and I am sure he will improve here. A few weeks back I would have preferred Whare but in recent weeks have definitely seen a massive improvement in Taufua's attacking abilities. He is a keeper imo, in another year he will be even better.
     
  16. EagleFromMay1967

    EagleFromMay1967 In bed before the room got dark.

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    Ohh, lets be HONEST and face facts.

    His in-goal defence, positional play and jumping are barely up to Toyota Cup level. He is targeted because of his vulnerability.

    He rarely delivers an accurate inside pass after all these 'line breaks'.

    He's good when he gets the ball in his hand, but his 'finishing' is average. He's an average winger, and would not be in the squad of any other top 8 team. We have shortage of good wingers, with only Wolfy. Yes, we lost two (Hoppa, Robbo), & Ben Farrer out for season.

    Whare to the wing, and pray Snake can do the rest of the season.
    I am not a fan. With our other attack problems, do the coaching squad really have time to coach him on the basics ?
     
  17. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    i like his first up effort but he has to be one of the worst positioned wingers in the nrl right now and he doesnt seem to be improving.

    This worries me
     
  18. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Wouldn't be in the squad of any other top 8 club ?

    Thats a gee up right ?
     
  19. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I like taufua, i think he will be a quality player in the future. I think with whare and oldfield heading to different clubs, this first grade time will do taufua some good.

    Ill admit he needs to work on high balls, and at times his positional play in defence.

    He is a big boy and i cant help feel that he is going to be another T-Rex and end up as a second rower.
     
  20. Twin Smith

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