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The great Bobby Fulton

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Shoe1, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    A while back someone on silvertails wanted to know just how good Bozo was. I came across this today on rleague.com

    Watch Bozo at 5/8 go close to almost winning this test against the poms on his own in 1972. He can't quite do it but his three tries and one try assist show his range of skills, strength and explosive pace.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR3Ckh3jeLo

    The pommy number 11 Phil Lowe came to Manly a couple of years later.

    The film changes from b/w to colour after a minute or 2.
     
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  2. lismore_fan

    lismore_fan Well-Known Member

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    Thankfully the game has improved especially in defence.
    Commentary and camera shots have improved as well - bias in commentary has not, nor hve Referees' rule changes 'on the go'.

    Brings back memories - No. 8 as Lock, the 4-tackle rule.
     
  3. eagleE

    eagleE Active Member

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    What about the Aussies first try. Knock on on the 3rd tackle and the push by Fulton to get the ball and score. Blatant shepherd for the Poms 2nd try(I think it was) and the swinging arm penalty.
    Great flashback to when it was a different game.
     
  4. arty

    arty Active Member

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    Has any Manly player since or before Fulton equalled or bettered his amazing acceleration?
     
  5. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  6. anthonyb1965

    anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  7. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Good question. You know the old saying about how you can't compare different eras. For acceleration I agree Snake is comparable, also Johnny Gibbs and Phil Blake. But what always struck me about Fulton (and I followed most of his career fairly closely) was how far ahead of his contemporaries he was, as a player, in many areas. That's what entitles him to his status in the game, namely all-time great.

    There have been comments made (I think it was Arko & also Zorba) drawing some comparisons between Fulton and Foran. There are some similarities. What has most impressed me about Foran so far is his determination and will to win. That is a pretty special quality and certainly one that Bozo had in bucketloads.
     
  8. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah kieran has the skills and determination, and the ability to crop up at the right time. Bozo's pace and ability to go for long range tries is the key difference I think. I can imagine kieran doing the chip and regather in traffic to set up tommy raudonikis from that footage.[hr]
    My main recollection of bozo however is how grumpy he looked. It's kinda hilarious in those highlights how there's no smiling after scoring those amazing tries, and check him pacing the halfway line prior to kickoff, he's in a zone.
     
  9. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Some great footage there - no doubt Bozo was a legit freak player.
    As for acceleration I think Phil Blake would have also gone close.
     
  10. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Fulton at his peak was Mount Everest . Speed , Skill, Strenght, simply Sensational !!!
     
  11. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Compare bozo's push in the back to get the ball to score his first try, with Brett Stewart's in the disallowed try v Leeds ;0) the video ref is kidding, Brett and the Leeds guy were not even near the ball! And the Leeds guy jumped in to Brett anyway.
     
  12. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    And he was at his peak for a decade or so.
     
  14. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Fulton hated getting beaten. Well that's how it appeared to me. It was far more than a will to win.
     
  15. Frank

    Frank Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Greatest player ever. The initial reason I started supporting the greatest club on earth.
     

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