Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by lurker, Sep 2, 2018.
I often have that same problem at 2am on a Saturday evening...
That’d be Sunday morning.
Hank Scorpio is no superstar player, we all know that. He wouldn't even get picked for the old City vs Country even with players pulling out "injured", let alone Origin. And his best chance of playing test football is if his family history includes some Scottish or Irish. But you don't have to be a rep player to be a first grade player. There have been a lot more first graders since 1908 who have never got near a rep jumper than those who have. Most players go through their entire careers without ever being considered by rep selectors. Parker is one of those players who is better defensively (especially in the centres compared to on the wing) than he is with the ball in his hands. Des obviously see's more in him than us fans do which is why he's not only in the first grade squad, but is currently playing in first grade rather than at Blacktown. Sure he might not be there if Walker was playing, but the facts are that he is and for all intents and purposes has so far this year been a solid performer. Who was it who got dropped after the big win in Christchurch for not reaching the set standards....Parker or Suli? Think about that.
Ok I thought about it. Brad Parker didn't put on 5kg that he wasn't supposed to. I agree with your summation of Parker's contribution so far this year.
OK, then I'll put it this way. When Tom came back into the side for the Warriors game, who did Des leave out of the 17.....Parker or Elliot? Most thought that Parker (or Jorge) should have been the one dropped with Elliot moving to the centres (or wing), but Des kept him in the side. I'd trust Des to make the better choice than any of us or those pea brains on Facebook and Twitter.
Parker has been trying hard the last couple of weeks but jeez an inch of rain won't get you out of a drought . See how he goes the next couple of months.
Hmm... valid point!
He's done well last couple weeks but he can't keep running up ahead of the defensive line and leaving gaps either side.
I actually think the rushing in has been a huge improvement in our defense this year. So many tries were scored against us because the centres were getting caught short.
as long as its not the odd man rushing out and leaving a gaping hole
Agreed. Parker has been rushing up to cut down the overlap.its working as they then tend to play back inside. Remember how many tries were scored getting around us last year
Six of one, half a dozen of the other isn't it.
When you don't have the numbers then cutting off the play before the overlap is the best option. As long as Parker keeps making the right decision on when to come up and when to stay back then we'll be good but our defensive decisions are so much better than they were last year.
Whatever defence is chosen and works best, I am happy with. Last season there seemed zero defensive structure and in 2019 has been up and in....which shortens the sidelines and herds the players back to the middle, where due to the compressed defence, there are more numbers....personally liking this pattern.
I'd say what Des sees in him, is a seat warmer until we get a real centre hahaha. We had Matai / Lyon, or Bell / Matai (with Lyon @ 5/8). This abomination of Suli / Parker is temporary. Thank ****. Stinging for Walker, A. Hopoate, Trbojevic, Garrick. Just need to add an Aitken or.something to that and we have a real 1st grade quality backline again. Sam Smith is far too slow to break into our team , even at present. May as well stick with Parker / Suli. Smith is another power player. Looks like Lane. Doesn't even seem to run as quickly.
$4.20 for Bradley to get a meat pie this week. Get on the Ginger Ninja.
We have been relying on a good read by the outside men since Robbos days
Des is a fan of the up and in defence isn't he? Relies a lot on a good read and your outside backs' ability to make one-on-one tackles but it means that you always have a chance even if you're out-numbered on an edge.
You are one of the few @Ryan whom acknowledges Steve Bell as one of our elite centres. Everyone remembers Matai/Lyon but Matai/Bell was the most lethal we had. Whilst he wasn’t as good as Killer, Bell was an origin centre and was a damn good player.
Bell was definitely good... but that double step back inside was a bit frustrating. It always looked like he should just step the first player then straighten up. Sure he would have scored more tries... But I’d rate him up there with Innes, Darrell Williams...
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