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Top five packs in the NRL

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by BOZO, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    By Chris Kennedy ‌, National Correspondent, NRL.com

    5. Bulldogs

    One of the biggest packs going around, the Bulldogs stop their size being a weakness by virtue of the huge workrate of starting props Aiden Tolman and skipper James Graham, who has claims to being one of the best in the world in his position. Sam Kasiano off the bench is one of the biggest players in the NRL but one of the most skilful big men you'll ever see, with soft hands and great vision. Blues forward Josh Jackson was a deserved Dally M second rower of the year while Kiwi international lock Greg Eastwood doesn't get the plaudits he deserves. Toss is towering youngster Shaun Lane, underrated prop Tim Browne and former Kangaroo Tony Williams to come back from injury and you have one mighty intimidating pack.

    4. Sea Eagles

    How did this happen? You take a stack of international forwards (Watmough, King, Glenn Stewart et al) out of a pack and no doubt they'll struggle. For years, you'd think. Not Manly, who after an underwhelming 2015 where their pack was exposed, just went out and bought three more internationals in Maroons and Kangaroos hardman Nate Myles, Kiwi firebrand Marty Taupau and New Zealand utility Lewis Brown. With Brenton Lawrence and Jamie Buhrer to return from injury in 2016, hyper-impressive youngster Jake Trbojevic getting better seemingly by the minute, a stack of depth in Tom Symonds, Feleti Mateo, Blake Leary and more, Manly's forward woes and well and truly behind them.

    3. Broncos

    Proving that size isn't everything, Brisbane made the 2015 Grand Final with one of the smallest packs in the NRL. The upside for them was mobility and endurance; their line speed and speed around the ruck as well as their energy late in contests was a constant challenge for opponents. Things will only get better for Wayne Bennett's forwards under the reduced interchange environment of 2016. A stack of internationals in Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett, Corey Parker, Josh McGuire, Alex Glenn and Adam Blair plus a few promising youngsters will see the Broncos at the pointy end of the ladder once again next year.

    2. Roosters

    You can often judge the strength of a side by its bench and by that measure the Tricolours are arguably the strongest. Sam Moa, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Mitchell Aubusson and Kane Evans could all be starting from the pine next year behind Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (arguably the form prop in the world last year before his ACL injury), Kiwi lock Isaac Liu and Origin stars Aidan Guerra and Boyd Cordner as well as future Maroon Dylan Napa. The relentlessness of the Roosters' bench forwards made them one of the few sides not to lose tempo midway through the first half in 2015 and it will be a strength once again next year.

    1. Cowboys

    While they had one of the greatest playmakers in history apply the finishing touches, North Queensland's pack laid the foundation for the club's breakthrough premiership in 2015. It started up front with Kangaroos props Matt Scott and James Tamou; the former the best in the world over the past five years, the latter bouncing back strongly from a serious neck injury. Dally M lock of the year Jason Taumalolo was a huge handful with his monstrous carries, Gavin Cooper was a true professional holding the left edge together in attack and defence, and Ben Hannant enjoyed a career renaissance. The ever-improving Ethan Lowe and John Asiata and future star Coen Hess round out what will be a great pack once again in 2016.
     
  2. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I'm not sure what hyper-impressive means, but I like it in describing Jake the tank.
     
  3. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    Off topic, but I'm amazed at how some journos write these days.
    Instead of saying someone is playing, they are "suiting up".
    And this writer uses the phrase: "starting from the pine" when describing a reserve player.
     
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  4. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We are now rated ahead of the Hasler's pack of hounds :)
     
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  5. ManlyMatt

    ManlyMatt Well-Known Member

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    It's amazing how the media is so much more kinder to us now that Zorba has his way. I can't think of a negative thing written about us since the Penn buy out. It can't be a coincidence.
     
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  6. Stuey Davis Socks

    Stuey Davis Socks Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Kingy will be happy to hear he's now an ex-international forward
     
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  7. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    No mention of David Klemmer in the Bulldogs pack. Must have already signed with us.
     
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  8. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Hmm, yes I noticed that. Coincidence? Ha, who believes in coincidence these days?
     
  9. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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    I was just about to make that point. He would be the first forward you write about in the doggies team. Some journos eh
     
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  10. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The kind of forward who could make the difference between your pack being rated 4th not 5th...?
     
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  11. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    *tin foil hat emoji
     
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  12. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    RLW had us at 10 the other day
     
  13. JenEagle

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    That article was utter crap. Just rubbish. Imagine not even mentioning Klemmer for the dogs pack.
     
  14. Lord Eagleton

    Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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    But dont forget the 'underrated' Tim Browne lol
     
  15. HoldenV8

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    The police should do a raid on RLW......they'd probably find a hydro crop in the basement lol
     
  16. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    Not ONE bad story, VERY unlike the Manly of old , maybe it's " payback" for certain favours methinks!!
     
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