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    There is no such thing as a rebuild at Manly

    I'm tired of the negativity about losing Fifita / Tuitavake / possibly Fainus/ Myers and so on. Like everyone else on this forum, I love seeing Manly juniors make their way to first grade. But we need a premiership NOW. It's been 10 years since our last GF appearance, 12 years since our last...
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    Should DCE retire from Origin after Game 3?

    As a huge DCE fan (and a Queenslander), I have enjoyed seeing him succeed at Origin. He is a champion. But after 22 games (by Origin game 3), it's time to for DCE to put his entire focus on Manly. It's now a decade since our last GF. We can no longer afford to limp by each season without our...
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    My bet is Sitili Tupouniua. Roosters have surplus of backrowers and we have chased him before. I suspect Kelma Talangi will be shopped to another club (back to Tigers?)
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    Dummy half passing

    A glaring problem against the Panthers was our distribution from dummy half. This is not just a knock on Croker. Numerous players threw terrible, slow passes from dummy half. Watch how many times DCE catches the ball above his head or has to wait for ball, stifling play. Harper is particularly...
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    RELEASED WTF? - viliame fifita and alec tuitavake

    If we let both players go this year, we need a replacement from Saints. I'd go for Josh Kerr. Flanagan knows that Saints squad well.. I wonder what we are up to.
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    At full strength, I believe we have five additional NRL quality players: - Lawton, Sipley, Johns, Tuipolotu and Condon We also have three young players who are NRL ready but not yet tested: - GCKT, Fifita, Tuitavake That give us 25 NRL-calibre players. Is that is not enough in a long season...
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    NRL's 17th Team - The (Redcliffe) dolphins

    Harper would be good for Dolphins. (and us if he goes there).
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    Would love to see Parker converted into a bench utility (ie cover for centre/edge back-rower). With Garrick moving to centre, we need to find a spot for under-rated Parker. I reckon he'd add more as the 17 on our bench than Burbo or Bullemor.
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    back-up half

    We need a back-up half to join squad as cover for DCE/Schuster. Realistically, we should go for one of: 1 Adam Keighran (Roosters). Versatile, fast. Top goal kicker. Would be a starting seven in some teams. 2. Brayden Trindall (Sharks). Doubt we'd get him, but more chance playing first grade...
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    Manly in Crisis (a mega thread)

    I'd love to see Tooves return as the senior Assistant Coach. He supposedly wasn't a great tactical coach (yet got us to a GF ). But: - His approach (Run hard and direct .Tackle hard. Keep it simple) is just what we need right now - He would be loyal to Des - He is the ideal replacement coach...
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    Quick quiz: How manly Manly props would make a list of the top 20 props in NRL? I have one: Josh Aloiai. Roosters arguably have four; Broncos have three; Storm have three; Raiders have two; Eels have two and so on. Keppie, Sipley, Paseka, Boyle and co haven't kicked on as expected. they...
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    Shameful lack of tradition

    I'm all for the occasional jersey change as a merchandising initiative or to promote important issues, such as Indigenous culture, ANZACs, LGBTQ+ etc. But this is getting ridiculous. A community jersey, retro jersey, crazy socks, now a pride jersey .. can we just wear the traditional Manly...
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    Dolphins and Manly

    I hope this doesn't happen, but if I was the Dolphins I would target one or two Manly players from below: 1. Garrick. Excellent winger/goal-kicker/part-time fullback ... at winger's pay rates. Ideal player for new franchise. 2. Lawton. Would provide much-needed depth in hooking role (arguably...
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    Dumb Tom tactics

    Nobody can deny Tom's toughness or team commitment. He ran the ball like a prop at times yesterday. Unfortunately, he looked like a middle forward by the end of play: battered and bruised from heavy contact. Tom won't last until the finals if he keeps taking so many tough hit-ups. Like Jake...
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    Would love to see Des convert Jorge into an impact bench player. 10-15 minutes of Jorge off the bench (playing on the edges) in the back stage of halves could boost our attack and defence. He would also provide injury cover for outside backs (and is too slow for full-time wing these days)...
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    PRE-GAME DISCUSSION: Manly v Rabbits [Round 2, 2021]

    1. Harper 2.Saab 3. Walker 4. Suli 5. Funa 6. Schuster 7. Foran 8. Jake 9. DCE 10.Marty 11. Haumole 12. Sironen 13. Keppie 14. Jack G 15. Paseka 16. Aloai 17. Davey 18. Cust 19. Boyle 20. Sipley 21. Parker
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    Walker for Hopoate?

    With Corey Allan signing, Dogs have excess fullbacks. Should we trade Dylan Walker for Will Hopoate? Hopoate has plenty of baggage, but ideal replacement if Tom injured. Very under-rated IMO and faster/stronger than he looks. Good hands. Walker has provided poor value, on average, over four...
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    DCE at 9 our X factor for 2021

    Des should play DCE at 9 while Fainu is out. As NRL turns into touch football, hookers are becoming more like running halves. A 9 who can play quick (Cook/Grant) and also ball play/kick (Smith) is priceless. Sadly, Api came closest to that in 2020. DCE at 9 would keep oppositions guessing. He...
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    Your mission, should you choose to accept it

    Pick your top 21 for 2020. Each player must be picked out of their most recognised position in 2020. Only confirmed new recruits can be included. Nominate where bench players will play (must be out of usual position) New captain, kicker needed. Coach is safe (for now!). My team 8. Jake (c)...
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    What we need most

    A goal kicker. Look at the remaining sides. Each has a top goal-kicker (Clearly, Smith, Reynolds, Flanagan, Moses, Croker) and in some cases an excellent back-up. We have Garrick ! We go up in fours, when other teams go up in sixes. When their kickers miss, they usually just miss. Garrick...
Team P W L PD Pts
24 18 6 333 42
24 18 6 214 42
24 16 8 168 38
24 16 8 124 38
24 14 9 175 35
24 14 10 122 34
24 13 11 -24 32
24 13 11 -137 32
24 12 12 59 30
24 12 12 13 30
24 12 12 4 30
24 11 12 6 29
24 9 15 -111 24
24 9 15 -126 24
24 7 17 -331 20
24 5 19 -199 16
24 4 20 -290 14
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