Best and worst Poms

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Sad to read that Bill Ashurst passed away. I can barely recall seeing him, but he was in the mode of Mal Reilly with the ball. Without the ball he was nowhere to be seen. RIP another legend. He played vs Manly in 1974 and 75.

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There's been some good ones including those mentioned. Tigers had a clever ball playing front row in the 70s too (Brian Lockwood?). Stevenson was good, John Gray was unorthodox but very clever also.
Mal Reilly stands alone at the top though. Brutal, fearless, subtle, technically gifted; all at a level above most poms and most players from anywhere ever really. We needed bozo's immortal-clinching performance in the 73 GF to survive losing Reilly to some inspired Sharks brutality in the opening minutes. Reilly went off, got a painkiller and came back to settle some scores but was basically immobilised until subbed out at half time.
 
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Mal Reilly was the best Pom . In that 73 Grand Final he made sure he touched up Cliffy Watson another Pommy before he went off.John Bucknall infamous for breaking John Sattler’s jaw in the 1970 GF replaced Mal . He didn’t do a bad job on The Sharks forwards either. Speaking of pommy duds didn’t we have a John Devereux??
 
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John Devereux was all right . Good runner of the footy and deceptive , defence may have been a bit average at times but still a Pommie rep also . John Gray may have been underestimated a bit ,duel international too i think Mike Stephenson for the Panthers and later the commentator , also an English rep i think .
 
"I come back to you now at the turn of the tide"
Best:
Sir Francis Drake - covered a lot of territory, great fighting qualities, good for a win.
Alfred the Great - leadership, good vision on the field, changed the game.
Lord Byron - athletic, good communicator, apparently legendary in his ability to 'score'

Worst:
Oswald Mosley - not a team player, constantly 'offside' - wants to play with his mate Adolf's team and not his own
Jack the Ripper - goes missing in games, worst offender in judiciary history (Melbourne are allegedly now studying his tackling technique, the 'ripper' - having moved on from the 'crusher', the 'grappler' and the 'chicken wing').
Oliver Cromwell - known to attack the head of opposing players; apparently the Irish team also wants a quiet word with him.
 
Reilly was the best visitor, for all time, covering all clubs.

He basically changed the game with his pin-point bombs under the sticks.

Other clubs started to follow.

As for defence, he was a master of defence whist in attack, with a leading elbow aimed at the defenders nose.
 
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Something Raw and tough about Kevin Ward has me rating him as maybe my favourite ever front rower....just so powerful and would take on anyone....and Win.
Ellery Hanley was a Freak and that fend and explosive pace, could win games on his own and often did.....Tigers may have another premiership if Terry Lamb didn't take his head off on GF day, you could get away with a fair bit in the 80's.
Andy Goodway I would rate a dud, had Huge wraps before coming to Manly, maybe the rave reviews set such a high bar and made him seem worse, but offered little.
Tigers have done well with Gareth Ellis, Gary Scholfield, Edwards, Hanley over the years.
 
The Incomparable Immortal Bob Fulton
Malcom was the most potent pom of them all

Destructive in defence Dynamic in attack

He was a game serial Killer


Joe Lydon was very speedy and skilful

A burst of speed and a spell of skill that ended in a thrilling try

Speed Kills Joe Lydon style

 
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O'Reilly was the best visitor, for all time, covering all clubs.

He basically changed the game with his pin-point bombs under the sticks.

Other clubs started to follow.

As for defence, he was a master of defence whist in attack, with a leading elbow aimed at the defenders nose.
I thought the Bear was Australian?;)
 
"I come back to you now at the turn of the tide"
O'Reilly was the best visitor, for all time, covering all clubs.

He basically changed the game with his pin-point bombs under the sticks.

Other clubs started to follow.

As for defence, he was a master of defence whist in attack, with a leading elbow aimed at the defenders nose.
" Oh really?"



"No.........O'Reilly"

Never gets old (not for me at least) :)
 
Bencher
Malcom was the most potent pom of them all

Destructive in defence Dynamic in attack

He was a game serial Killer


Joe Lydon was very speedy and skilful

A burst of speed and a spell of skill that ended in a thrilling try

Speed Kills Joe Lydon style

How about Lydon's drop goal from well inside his own half.

 

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