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I can't believe it hasn't been said,!!!

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Dan, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Dan

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

    +7,736 /120
    How good was it to have a fullback with number 1 on his back. There were a few times that I saw a ball put through and thought "**** I hope we get to that" and hopper was right there.

    He is a fullback wrap him up and put him in reserves. He ain't Brett Stewart but he could be close
  2. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member

    +631 /12
  3. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,599 /80
    Didn't he wear 19 ? He was solid enough, but would still prefer Farrar.
  4. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

    +560 /20
    the thing is I didn't even notice Farrar was gone! To be fair to Farrar, Hoppa has always played fullback whereas Farrar has taken a new role. Yet Hoppa just looked comfortable there. Even though Hoppa is injured he looked great. That run thru the middle was Stewartish.
  5. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,599 /80
    "That run thru the middle was Stewartish."

    Settle down mate, that was just a good ball. By the way Stewart or Farrar probably would have scored off it anyway. 
  6. Dan

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

    +7,736 /120
    Yes c&c but what I meant was a fullback in the fullback position.

    Farrar adds an extra ball playing option.

    However hoppa runs a good line as a decoy or an option. If the ball had gone to him instead of Lyon for the first try he would have gone over for his first try.

    Defensively he was in the right spot every time and I wasn't worried once about any of the kicks that went towards him and early in the second half when inglis was tackled on the line it was hoppa's positioning that went a long way to stopping him.

    I like farrar but having a real fullback is so much better and we still scored plenty with a different attacking structure
  7. WAMF

    WAMF Well-Known Member

    +408 /0
    Hoppa jr did very well last night. He certainly looks the goods.
    However, I agree with others and would stick with Farrar for the moment.
  8. Mybludog

    Mybludog Active Member

    +57 /0
    Just depends on his injury. He definatly looked to be carrying his left leg last night, especially when he made that run.

    Anyway Benny's out 4-6 weeks isn't he ?
  9. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +10,553 /214
    I was very impressed with young Hoppa and if he was not fully fit then I guess he was even more impressive. Already he showed more than Robbo can at the back, and over the next few weeks it will be very interesting to see how he goes. It was good to see him in attack supporting around the ruck, and he also gave the assist for Matai's try.
  10. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,883 /65
    Looked bloody good under the highball. I was a bit concerned that in the 20s game I watched he was a bit out of position and showed a lack of urgency at times, but last night I only saw that a couple of times which is good

    He doesn't have the ability Farrar does in our set plays yet, but i wouldn't expect him too either
  11. Denno

    Denno Active Member

    +41 /1
    Hoppa can at least catch a high ball ,Farrar is pretty ordinary in that dept
  12. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +6,440 /192
    Must stay in the side regardless.

    If we play into September the experience gained over the next 4 weeks will help no end.

    Hoppa can play his part if we are to threaten for the title.

    I would like to see Whare get another chance too over the next 4 weeks.
  13. Frank

    Frank Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,453 /27
    Yes he was definitely wearing the 19 on his back and was fantastic under the high ball. Unfortunately this is not one of Farrar's strong points. I'm kind of leaning toward retaining Hoppa in the run-on side.
  14. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

    +514 /6
    I think Des "risk averse" Hasler needs to get some credit for taking a risk with Hoppa Jnr at fullback rather than go back to the Robbo option.
  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 /0
    Des had no option
  16. Central Coast Eagle

    Central Coast Eagle Active Member

    +108 /2
    He had the option to play robbo at fullback and hoppa on the wing, like he did with farrar earlier in the season.
  17. lismore_fan

    lismore_fan Well-Known Member

    +223 /2
    Astro Boy 'gone for 4-6 weeks'??
    Is that correct?
    Tell me more!
  18. Dessy

    Dessy Active Member

    +2 /0
    The only thing i negative i could think of about hoppa, was that he looked a little slow. Maybe because he was not fully fit?
  19. bazeagle

    bazeagle Well-Known Member

    +568 /107
    great post Dan
    I reckon he was under strict instructions to play a contained game
    build his confidence
    he could end up being a superstar
    all he needs is some pace which I suspect he may have
    and then some good coaching to get to read the game
    its all good
    Farrar has good attacking options but really suss under the bomb
    fullbacks CAN"T be suss under bombs = period
  20. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,378 /74
    Very promising display from Hoppa Jr.

    I thought he looked pretty confident for a debutant in a high pressure position like fullback.

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