If Burbo had a different last name he wouldn’t even make reserve grade.

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lsz

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Staff member
Ben would have been seen as cover for sure in the off season, the Schuster debacle did some damage to the squad.

For me where Ben is at he should play centre until he develops his game more with experience.

The disappointing part of when Schuster got sacked was Mestrov stated they were chasing a backrower and have not come up with one as yet, the club acted on cutting Schuster for good reason though have not had anything in place to stabilise the squad is disappointing.
I can not remember a time when our second row stocks were so low - any kids coming through @Smokin Joe ?
 

Sheikheagle

First Grader
Tipping Member
To be fair I do not think the club thought he was going to be a regular first grader this year until the who shoe situation happened. He is showing he is still a work in progress

If you drop him who do we put in his place? We are beyond light on for second rowers

You’ve nailed it. Would have been handy off the bench this season no way he is a starter at this stage of his development.
 

HK_Eagle

First Grader
Premium Member
Perhaps, if the kid had a different surname, he may not have been cursed by the Turbo no show versus the Jurbo too slow.
 

WiseyEagle

Reserve Grader
Yep Groundhog day is here again. Just remember 12th is not as bad as 14th. But if it becomes 14th, just remember that 14th is not as bad as 16th
 

Scorpio

Armchair Expert
If he isn't breaking the bank and is just a bit down on form then I don't think it's a big deal if he drops out of the top 17 or back to reserve grade for a while... He's only 22 years old and most forwards don't really start to peak until much later.
 

Ryan

Journey Man
Yep Groundhog day is here again. Just remember 12th is not as bad as 14th. But if it becomes 14th, just remember that 14th is not as bad as 16th

You've been reading Silvertails, haven't you ! Hahaha
The way we can polish a turd, particularly after a loss, is almost artistic !
 

HoldenV8

Journey Man
I personally think he's found a home in the back row and while there are definitely better out there, right now he's preferable to the alternatives in Waddell, Lawton, Bullemor, Parker etc.

Look, he's never going to oust Igor or Beaver from a Manly best ever team, but he has earned his spot in our current one.
 

lsz

First Grader
Staff member
I personally think he's found a home in the back row and while there are definitely better out there, right now he's preferable to the alternatives in Waddell, Lawton, Bullemor, Parker etc.

Look, he's never going to oust Igor or Beaver from a Manly best ever team, but he has earned his spot in our current one.
I guess the issue is we are saying that he is better than the alternatives but that does not make him the finished product.
 

MW66

Reserve Grader
Title of thread is ridiculous. He is a fringe/bench first grader at worst. Has had some really good games this year. Be interesting where he sits after 50 FG games. As some have said, Burbo is the least of our issues.

Penrith game simply a reminder of our poor outside defence. Fix that and we would have won another 3/4 games. Have been in most games well into the second half.
 

HoldenV8

Journey Man
I guess the issue is we are saying that he is better than the alternatives but that does not make him the finished product.

Half of his problem is that he is too much like Turbo in that just about every time he starts to hit his straps, he gets injured.

You know, I honestly wouldn't mind seeing him at lock ... but it won't happen.
 

Pete W

Bencher
Title of thread is ridiculous. He is a fringe/bench first grader at worst. Has had some really good games this year. Be interesting where he sits after 50 FG games. As some have said, Burbo is the least of our issues.

Penrith game simply a reminder of our poor outside defence. Fix that and we would have won another 3/4 games. Have been in most games well into the second half.
Nailed it
 

lsz

First Grader
Staff member
Half of his problem is that he is too much like Turbo in that just about every time he starts to hit his straps, he gets injured.

You know, I honestly wouldn't mind seeing him at lock ... but it won't happen.
I think he lacks the ball playing / defensive skills at the moment.

I did learn from Glenn Stewart amongst others that there are very few Pain Haas out there who dominate from an early age when it comes to the forwards
 

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