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Trial form - The silence is deadly

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by andyeagle, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. andyeagle

    andyeagle Member

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    I was hoping for some kind of report from someone who went on Saturday night on a few individual performances.

    How did the following guys go?

    Hiku
    Horro
    Lawrence
    Chisholm
    Hasson
    Musolino
    Sene-Lefao
    Lawton

    Do any of these guys look the goods? Tooves on Talkin Sport praised Hiku after the first trial, but the details on Saturday are very thin. Yes we lost, but surely someone showed something to write about.
     
  2. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think they all went on the team bus.
     
  3. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Beware of the silent assasins . We are going to smash the Brisbane Donkeys. Luv your sense of humor bones lol
     
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  4. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Is that official?
     
  5. 6/71

    6/71 Well-Known Member

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    Lawrence looked solid and played good minutes.

    Kayne Lawton added a bit in attack when he came on.
     
  6. NFN2IT

    NFN2IT Active Member

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    Ritchie Fa'osoe(spelling) one of the best on the night if not the best for mine.. got through alot of work, strong bloke

    I was really impressed with who ever wore number 4 for roosters... awesome footwork he had our blokes literally clutching at air every time he ran, incredible!
     
  7. EagleRock40

    EagleRock40 Well-Known Member

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    Lawrence looks the best of the new guys by a mile and WILL be in our top 17. Kite and King will have their work cut out keeping him out of the starting side. Lawton has good speed around the ruck and is a more than capable fill in for Matty B. #19 who played as a the right edge backrower for most of the game looks promising as well, I was told it was Jesse Sene-Lafao.
     
  8. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I don't drive so didn't go up for a Trial game.

    But I loved the write up on the MWSE twitter :

    Manly Sea Eagles ‏@manlyseaeagles
    Matai and Foran get a little rough with their old mate @Oldie90. Penalty to the Roosters on our 20m. Need some big defence! :p

    Can't wait for the Dogs game :p:p
     
  9. andyeagle

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    Thanks for the update people (not you Bones).

    All the pre-season hype was about Horro, but it sounds like Lawrence is more likely to be out there. Keen to see more of Sene-Lafao as well.

    I'd say the number 4 mentioned by NFN2IT was Jennings, but I wasn't there. It just sounds like him.
     
  10. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    lol.....UBER pwnage Bones!

    @[bones]
     
  11. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Trials prove misleading guide to season's form

    Date February 19, 2013 15 reading now (0) Read later
    Michael Chammas
    Rugby league reporter


    JUST how much can you look into trial form as a gauge of how your team will perform this season?

    According to statistics compiled by Fairfax Media, they are as irrelevant as the coaches of the losing teams tell you they are.

    In an era where very little separates the top teams from the bottom teams in skill and ability, there are several games that are won and lost on attitude, confidence and momentum.

    Last year, that momentum couldn't be traced back to the pre-season trials.

    Advertisement In 2012, the majority of teams that enjoyed victories in the trials struggled throughout the season.

    The Warriors and Roosters were undefeated in their two trial matches, but they finished 14th and 13th respectively.

    The Rabbitohs lost all three of their trial matches yet they went within one match of the premiership decider, so too did Manly, who lost both of their warm-up matches in February last year.

    But losing your pre-season games isn't the answer to long-term success.

    In 2011, the teams that finished second (Manly), third (Broncos), fourth (Tigers) and fifth (Dragons) on the NRL ladder didn't lose a game in the pre-season of that year, while the teams that finished 10th (Rabbitohs), 11th (Roosters), 13th (Sharks) and 15th (Raiders) did not win a match.

    In 2010 there was a similar pattern that flowed between the trial results and ladder positions.

    The teams that finished first (Dragons), second (Panthers), third (Tigers), fifth (Warriors) and sixth (Roosters), were the most successful.

    The Sharks (14th) and Eels (12th) both didn't win a game.

    In fact, the Eels have won just one trial game in nine appearances over the past four years.

    It is coincidental that in 2009, when Parramatta made that infamous charge to the grand final, they won all three of their pre-season hit-outs.

    Their 41-4 loss to the Wests Tigers in Campbelltown last Saturday has raised some concern from their fans, but candidate for the captaincy Reni Maitua assured them it was pointless to look into the result.

    ''I don't look into trials too much,'' the former Bulldogs and Sharks back-rower said. ''I don't think we [Bulldogs] won a trial in '04 and we won the grand final. I don't look into that too much. I think we just got a fair indication of what areas we were poor.''

    The Eels' confidence has taken a battering over the past three years, which is why their superstar fullback, Jarryd Hayne, has labelled this Saturday night's trial against the Panthers as a crucial moment in their season.

    He believes they need to head into the opening round of the season buoyed by the energy that comes with a victory, even if it is in a pointless encounter where form and combinations take precedence over the result.

    ''It's going to be huge,'' Hayne said. ''Our confidence hasn't been the best for the last couple of years. It's definitely something that we've lacked. This game is going to be huge for us. It's always a big game against Penrith and I think their last two games they've been in superb form. This is the game where we'll see where we're at and just how far we've come.''

    2012
    Team
    Trial Success
    Ladder position

    Warriors
    2/2
    14th

    Roosters
    2/2
    13th

    Raiders
    2/2
    6th

    Titans
    2/3
    11th

    Knights
    1/2
    12th

    Panthers
    1/2
    15th

    Tigers
    1/2
    10th

    Sharks
    1/2
    7th

    Storm
    1/2
    2nd

    Broncos
    1/3
    8th

    Cowboys
    1/3
    5th

    Dragons
    1/3
    9th

    Bulldogs
    1/3
    1st

    Eels
    0/2
    16th

    Sea Eagles
    0/2
    4th

    Rabbitohs
    0/3
    3rd




    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/trials-prove-misleading-guide-to-seasons-form-20130218-2enkd.html#ixzz2LJfUDHg7
     
  12. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    You are more than welcome.
     
  13. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Number 4 for the roosters was Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and he will not be one of the regular centres
     
  14. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    No but I expect he will be playing fullback to some stage this year for them. Extremely talented kid.
     
  15. Rambo1987

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    Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will be one of there wingers. Little Chisholm looked good but when they catch he gets thrown around a bit.
     
  16. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    So 14 teams are playing trial games this weekend & Storm are in England for WCC. Considering how many new players we have coming into the squad as well as some injuries and the rather poor efforts in their 2 trials so far, why are we not playing a trial this weekend? Even if it has to be against a country team surely we need time to work on combinations.
     
  17. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Four matches to watch on Foxtel this weekend too :)
    Charity shield tonight.
    WCC tomorrow morning.
    Warriors V Broncos 5:30 Sat
    Foundation Cup 7:30 Sat
     
  18. Berkeley_Eagle

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  19. Frank

    Frank Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Silence is usually deafening. Unless we're talking about farts.

    As for trial form, who cares? Manly has never been much good at winning trials. Bring on the season proper - that is where we excel.
     
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