We need Fainu back asap since he is part of our full strength team. We miss Fainu's dummy half running and offloading ability in tackles.
Wait goes on for Fainu and Manly
Agree. I was one of the commenters bagging him early in the season, but he is now playing very well and seems to be getting better each game.You know, I've heard a strong case about Morgan Harper being Manly's most improved player in 2021, along with Haumole Olakau'atu. But there has to be a case for Lachlan Croker.
Froggy has gone from some actually lamenting the fact that we let Danny Levi go to now it would be hard for Fainu to get the #9 jumper back, for this year at least, such has been his improvement at dummy half. Not bad for someone who 18 months ago was a half forced into a backup dummy half role, and sometimes failing miserably at it, to this year virtually having the job to himself and all but making the position his own. He's even managed to keep Karl Lawton on the bench and we bought him mostly as a hooker not knowing how long Fainu would be out for.
Don't get me wrong, Froggy is still more Des and Monas than any of our premiership winning rakes (Jones, Krilich, Cochrane, Serdaris and Ballin). He's still a half playing at dummy half. But damn if he hasn't improved a hell of a lot more than any of us thought he would. And his defense has been outstanding, as good as if not better than any hooker in the competition ... including the better tackling ones like Api and Brandon Smith.
Imagine the level this team could go to with him back at full strength and another point of attack TomT to can run offLove watching Manase in those 2019 games …. Very few players have his ability to create time and space around the ruck like he did …. At some points it was like he was in the Matrix, opposition defence in slow motion just watching him dance through …. So balanced, so quick, so strong …. Really hope he gets his life back soon
He was nowhere close to the best 9 in the comp in terms of defence. Fainu was coming along nicely with the ball but that was two years ago.
Croker is keeping the middle tight (just needs some help) and we’re averaging over 30 points a game at the moment so Fainu’s attack is not absolutely critical to our points scoring potential...
would it be nice to have Fainu in the squad? Yes! Will it happen? Probably not. Do I care what he did in the game over two years ago? Not much.
Yes, never taking the wrong option with ball in hand.Love watching Manase in those 2019 games …. Very few players have his ability to create time and space around the ruck like he did …. At some points it was like he was in the Matrix, opposition defence in slow motion just watching him dance through …. So balanced, so quick, so strong …. Really hope he gets his life back soon
If someone talks like a di&^head, acts like a di^&head and hangs around with di^&heads more often than not they are still presently a di%^head.Boy, if it turns out he is innocent of these charges, a few "Mcstabby" keyboard types will owe the kid an apology. He's been hung, drawn, and quartered - labelled a d1ckhead, etc, etc. etc...
Yes Fainu has been labelled as a dickhead. So what? As @Technical Coach says some of his offfield behaviour at Parra and with us clearly places him firmly into dickhead territory. Calling someone a dickhead isnt a big deal. I am sure many of us have graduated through the young dickhead category, into the older dickhead category, with varying degrees of success.If someone talks like a di&^head, acts like a di^&head and hangs around with di^&heads more often than not they are still presently a di%^head.
Being innocent doesn't change the above, but he is still young and can turn it around---hope he does before it is too late.