Blues draft Maitua as 18th man - WTF

Stiffi

Reserve Grader
Blues draft Maitua as 18th man

June 11, 2007 BULLDOGS forward Reni Maitua has been included in the New South Wales Origin squad as 18th man for game two at Telstra Stadium on Wednesday night.

Maitua, who will arrive in camp tonight, will be on stand-by should there be any late injury concerns.

The call-up was timely for the Maitua, who celebrates his 25th birthday today.

Maitua, who has played one Test for Australia, against New Zealand in the opening game of the 2006 Tri-Nations series, is yet to play for NSW.

But he has only a slim chance of making his state debut at Telstra Stadium, with the entire Blues squad emerging unscathed from today's penultimate training session.
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Surely Watmough or Gallen would have been a better choice!!
 

Kiwi Eagle

Moderator
Staff member
Maitua would be classed as having more utility value, it can be argued that Watmough offers centre cover, but it seems Maitua is rated as being able to fill Lock, 5/8 and centre should anything occur in the warm up
 

Nutzcraw

Bencher
That's what I thought KE.

I figured they went with him because he's more versatile... it is still bollocks though.... Players should be rewarded for form. Gallen, Watmough and Laffranchi are all playing a ****load better than Maitua
 

fLIP

UFO Hunter
He won't play and for that reason its good that watmough isn't dragged away for half a week.
 

Ryan

Journey Man
Who was it that outright bagged me for suggesting Maitua for Origin? My OBSESSION with Bulldogs forwards apparently?
 

Ryan

Journey Man
[quote author=Ryan]
Who was it that outright bagged me for suggesting Maitua for Origin? My OBSESSION with Bulldogs forwards apparently?

It was me.

I stand by everything I said too.
[/quote]

Well you are a **** judge of who is a good player and who isn't. Thanks for clarifying that.
AGAIN, and like DES has suggested...they are the benchmark. I want Manly's forwards to get to that level.
 

Garts

First Grader
Maitua is a damn fine player but Watmough/Gallen/Laffranchi were more deserving on form this year. Maitua was selected for 2 reasons, didnt play on the weekend and he can cover, lock, 5/8 and centre. They must only see Watmough as a 2nd rower.
 

Nutzcraw

Bencher
[quote author=Nutzcraw]
[quote author=Ryan]
Who was it that outright bagged me for suggesting Maitua for Origin? My OBSESSION with Bulldogs forwards apparently?

It was me.

I stand by everything I said too.
[/quote]


Well you are a **** judge of who is a good player and who isn't. Thanks for clarifying that.
AGAIN, and like DES has suggested...they are the benchmark. I want Manly's forwards to get to that level.
[/quote]

Do you think Maitua is more deserving of a Blues jumper than Watmough, Gallen or Laffranchi??
 

Garts

First Grader
Also I dont believe the Bulldogs are the benchmark forward pack anymore, on paper they are but that is not showing on the paddock.

Although I wont be writing them off this season, that would be foolish!!!
 

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