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Agree. Des was fine to choose Sam Murphy and Brett Stewart before they were 20 - throw them out there and see how they go.Honestly can't see how giving a young bloke like Koula, who is used to playing fullback, a shot could be any worse than putting Garrick or Funa back there. We know what we'll get from Funa or Garrick: not much more than "steady" at best. Koula, on the other hand, might actually do something good for himself and the team. What do we really have to lose? Chances are we're going to struggle no matter who we put back there, so we may as well try to take something positive out of it.
just the fact that koula was elevated to the main squad for this season would be a pretty good indication that he has plenty of ability and not too far from top level consideration . Only one trial available but the training sessions are pretty full on with simulated plays and so on , he has been a junior rep so maybe not too much of a step up , Pressure footy is another matter but maybe also he is a quick learner and his natural ability can do the talking then . Not unusual for very promising juniors to be debuting at 18 if they are good enough . Some alternative thought with Walker at the back but Harper could go O K there as well , Elliott was essentially a converted centre / winger to full back and managed adequately could be the same with Harper if given an opportunity there and if koula may be considered not quite ready .
Plenty of reasons to be doubtful but i still do have some reasonable optimism that Tom 's injury situation can settle down and he can still put together some future decent length seasons and give some real value for money being a stand out again . Just the fact that Elliot was let go and surely Funa being more suited to the outside backs would indicate that the club still has some faith in a long term Turbo comeback . Maybe also they could see Koula as an excellent long term winger and also full back to cover for him if need be .Again would seem so much better however to have Koula as a future good finishing winger with Tom starring at the backAnd a pretty good indication that the club has no faith in Toms hammies. I guess we will get an idea on who he is thinking of playing at the back in the trial.
Ironically, both Murphy and Stewart were badly injured at their first first grade game for us and were out for the remainder of the year.Agree. Des was fine to choose Sam Murphy and Brett Stewart before they were 20 - throw them out there and see how they go.
Agreed!C'mon peoples ... lift your game ... whilst Tommy is a serious set back ... with Foran, Walker, Schuster, and the new guys we have more attacking options this year than last ...
He will be missed obviously ... but I don't think as much as last year ... we might just lift the winning % without him to 50% ...
Realistically there is 2 optionsIf Garrick gets the nod then at least it could open up a wing spot for Tuipulotu. And if he shines there and gets some NRL experience for a few games then that could be a really big plus.
In the poll I chose Funa.
But happy to see Koula get a chance. Except Des usually plans the debuts of youngsters very meticulously, so not really expecting that to happen.
Des mentioned that Harper has been training at fullback. I suspect Des will choose a player with NRL experience & who was in the team at the end of 2020 - Funa or Harper most likely. Garrick was a flop at fullback and I hope neither he, Walker or Parker is chosen there.Realistically there is 2 options
Garrick to fullback and Tuipulotu or Funa to wing.
Or Funa to fullback