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Choc play the ball

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Napper, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    Definately one of the NRL's quickest as he's rarely put on his back and nearly always lands on elbows and knees but do you guys worry everytime he actually plays the ball. He does it that hard at least 2-3 times a game i'm worried Ballins gonna miss it or knock on.

    No big deal but is it just me or does everyone else get nervous?
     
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    • Dan

      Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      I'm more worried choc is going to drop it but this year has been our most consistent and one of the top 3 in our team so my heart wouldn't be in it if I were criticising him
       
    • KOMORI

      KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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      He went through a period late last year where he kinda angled off to the right whilst playing the ball, to the point where in the GF the commentators started sooking about it but seems to have that under control.

      His play the ball speed in terms of the time between tackled and playing it has got to be on average close to the quickest in the league. Absolute machine whom I wouldn't swap for any other back rower running around currently :)
       
    • Dan

      Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Komori do you not think that was a tactic?
      Every fraction of a second counts, that borderline play the ball was all about giving is some extra space and time on the right hand side, it helped chez a lot
       
    • ManlyBacker

      ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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      A bit over two years ago he would have got up throwing a punch, whinged and carried on for a penalty, played it sloppily or dropped it cold. Since then it has been all about speed of the play the ball and absolutely no rubbish. He gets it wrong rarely and is one of the best go forward no nonsense players in the entire NRL. It is a credit to himself that he has made this turn-around. Outstanding imo and no complaints.
       
    • KOMORI

      KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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      Daniel you could be right!! To be honest I never looked at it that way but you make sense....

      Either way he's a dead set legend and a Manly hero :)
       
    • Dan

      Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Yep he has come a long way. You would be surprised at the amount of small tactics there are that go unnoticed as soon as one is pointed out, it stands out like dogs balls everytime it's used.

      Another is the storm and tigers leaving a man behind in the tackle to run back through the ruck as the play the ball happens. Tigers generally try to get a man to stay just enough in the way to be annoying but legal, storm try to put off the dummy half and force his options. You'll notice it every time now
       
    • PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

      PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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      I think we all get a heart attack at anything choc does in a game whether it's a play the ball, or his ball handling in general.
       
    • KOMORI

      KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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      I kinda miss the old school simplicity of footy back when I played.... 2 simple rules for a prop: run straight and hard, and if they're not wearing your colours belt nine colours of crap out of them :)
       
    • manlyfan76

      manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Remember the old play the ball facing your own posts trick... That's when props were props.
       
    • Mals

      Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Agreed! Backs were free to run sideways & throw Hail Mary passes ;-)
       
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      • KOMORI

        KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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        Lol we used to call backs "blokes who like to hang out with footballers"

        :)
         
      • Rodo

        Rodo Goldmember 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        It seems to me that in recent times Choc has changed the way he plays the ball. He was a big liability with his hands until last season but now he has "safe" hands. He's looks very unnatural in the way he plays the ball but it is very effective and he rarely makes a mistake playing it. Could it be that he has changed which foot he puts forward in playing the ball?
         

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