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Tinkering with a winning formula....

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Harmless27, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Harmless27

    Harmless27 Active Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +280 / 14
    Just a thought....

    I love brett Stewart - we are a FAR better side with him running around for us......


    Robbo has been solid as a rock at the back in recent weeks.  I was not a fan of his first 4 or 5 games back there, and thought we would really struggle..... but we haven't.

    Given our outstanding form, and Brett coming back from injury - the question neds to be asked - is it worth disrupting the team in order to rush him back into the starting fullback spot?

    There is no questioning brett's ability to score a try, and draw a crowd..... but would it be risky to upset the team balance and shift a number of positions around to accomodate his return?

    My thoughts - Brett some's back as a bench player to regain ftness, and keep the team balance/structure.  Robbo retains the fullback spot whilst Brett finds form.  Eventually, Robba transitions back to the wing, thus shifting T-Rex out of the team.  matai comes back into centres, Farrar keeps a centres gig, and Lyon plays in the 6.

    I can't wait til Brett is back at full fitness, playing in his rightful fullback spot.  But there is merit to easing him back in, and not upsetting our momentum at the same time....

  2. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +239 / 2
    I think i know what you're getting at, but in a basic sense - we need all the points we can get during a match and Brett gets us those points.

    I don't think Robbo shifting back to the wing would be too much since he's already got a combination with Matai going.  If Farrar were to be in the centre then i still wouldn't see too much of an issue since , well, he's played with Robbo before except this time Robbo would be outside rather than in and out.

    At the same time, i'm sure we all remember the red lights and sirens in the first 2 months where people were saying Robbo couldn't cut it and all that, but the team has gone up since then and the bonus is that we don't have to rush Snake back in. 

    The best part of the year i think is that we've discovered we can suddenly have a massive change in lineup, not to mention the weekly changes with injury/origin/suspension but still adapt a whole lot quicker than other clubs...and win.
    We've become consistent through a whole season (so far) of inconsistency.

    And... what was the question again?  hahaha
  3. missing_something

    missing_something Active Member

    +0 / 0
    As good as Robbo's been he's still standing flat footed in defence @ the back and he's not making many clean up tackles from the back especially near our try line - were a much better side in defence as much as we a better side in attack with Stewart at the back and I think that fact gets overlooked.
  4. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,425 / 31
    Stewart fit = Starting fullback, that is all that I really have to say on the matter because it is the only option for me
  5. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,465 / 74
    Stewart in >> Robbo Wing >> Farrer Centre >> Lyon 5/8 >> Tony Williams Left Right Out
  6. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

    +17 / 0
  7. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +212 / 5
    What he said.

    Robbo on the wing only makes us stronger.
  8. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    Immediate return for me.
  9. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    Each game there are 2-3 occasions where Robbo is in a slight hole and gets closed down where you know Stewart would have been away.

    And I don;t think we're going great anyway, our attack often looks stilted.  It's fine when we have a glut of possession like last week, but against top sides at the business end of the season we're going to have limited chances and we can't be stuttering and propping our way to the line.

    Bullet will make a big difference.
  10. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +156 / 1
    Bringing Stewart into the side only forces 1 change anyway.

    Lyon is already playing 5/8 (I think the Bailey experiment is over) with Matai and Farrar in the centres.

    Robbo onto the wing and T Williams out. Its pretty straight forward really.
  11. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    +12,760 / 258


    I love that....above Left Right Out!!

    Although in saying al of this I think they will play him off the bench (The Prince) to give him time to get back into it.

    Round 25/26 off the bench

    Home Semi Final

    The return of the King!!! (I have upgraded him from a Prince when he's full time at fullback)
  12. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +516 / 0
    Matabele is totally correct.  Robbo is NOT a fullback, he's a fill-in, and it invariably shows.  He's a winger and a very good one at going straight at the line and getting across it.  He's not a midfield defender, or an attacking, chiming in type of player.  It's just not his go.  Stewart immediately to fullback, Robbo back on his wing.  Farrar and Matai centres, Lyon to 5/8th.  Big Tony will get plenty of games due to injury from now till the big game. 
  13. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

    +233 / 20
    Brett will slide back in no problems. Hes the glue. The glue always sticks.. (unless its the piece of cheap ****)

    I do have reservations about Farrar at centre... id much prefer Lyon there with Foran at 5/8 and farrar to the bench utility role instead of Heath
  14. ads

    ads Well-Known Member

    +28 / 1
    Brett to fullback no question about it.
  15. OneEyedEagle

    OneEyedEagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +176 / 0
    Simple Answer, Just ask yourself do you want Manly to go back to Back. If you answered yes then Snake must be in the side ASAP.

    He adds that little bit of spark and razzle dazzle to the team. He attacks the line well and can sniff out tries, got a nose like a beagle when it comes to sniffing out tries.

    Wangman has been great in the No 1. I feel confident with him there but he is better suited to the wing

    Hallelujah once the snake is back.

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  16. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,338 / 60
    Putting Snake on the bench is like picking Warne, McGrath or Lillee in their prime as twelfth man.

    You'd only consider it if the knee wasn't right but were desperate enough to risk his season if needed for a win.
  17. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,282 / 44
    There's no way that Brett won't walk straight back into the number 1. Not even a subject requiring discussion.
  18. TokyoEagle

    TokyoEagle Well-Known Member

    +265 / 4
    If fit to play - starting in the 1
  19. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    An applaud for you.

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