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Manly's Matai a kamikaze no more

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Chip and Chase, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Chip and Chase

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

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    Manly hitman Steve Matai will be reining in his kamikaze defence heading into the NRL finals, after admitting he's needed to rethink his approach.


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    • manlyfan76

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

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      We need steve in the finals, He always plays his heart out in finals.
       
    • Rodo

      Rodo Goldmember 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Haven't we heard this before? I really hope he means it this time.

      I still think he's got a lot more work to do with his "kamikaze" defence. That play at the end of the game against the Roosters a couple of weeks ago is a case in point.
       
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      • Brissie Kid

        Brissie Kid Well-Known Member

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        The difficulty for all of Manly's players but especially Matai is that every time the opposition is working from their own end of the field, if we come forward as a defender and hit with even the slightest hint of aggression, the soft lot of referees we have all go to water and penalise for any excuse they can find. They penalise saying the player was offside or not square at marker. But if you look at the video there is nothing different about what the tackler did to a squillion other tackles through the game, except that the Manly player hit hard.
         
      • eagleE

        eagleE Active Member

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        There was a tackle Mattai made on Ben Smith towards the end of the first half last week that was a text book tackle around the ankles. Parra were attacking from about 25 when Mattai made the best tackle I have seen in ages. He is not just about smashing the other guy. He has developed into the probably best centre in the comp. I cannot genuinely think of a better centre at the moment. I rate Lyon with very high regard but I think he is struggling a bit.
         
      • ManlyBacker

        ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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        I love the Matai smash tackles - keep it up Stevie.
         
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        • Kiwi Eagle

          Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          See a lot of people have bagged his last effort against the Roosters and the reason for doing it, personally I didn't mind it

          To me it was the sign of a guy (and hopefully the team mentality) trying to send a message around that Manly go for 80mins and won't back off and go soft in any situation (not that last weekend backed that up)
           
        • master blaster

          master blaster Well-Known Member

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          the thing that gets me is,would all the explayers who are defending pritchards tackle on graham,defend steve if it was him,I reckon not and media would roast him as well,ahhh the media have their favourites
           
        • The Eagle

          The Eagle Well-Known Member

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          Good, its open slather now
           
        • torana355

          torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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          Love Matai!!! His runs from dummy half are invaluable and his big hits at the right time can inspire the team.
           
        • bones

          bones Bones Knows

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          Matai can do it to the bulldogs halfback now and use the Pritchard shot as precedence.
           
        • Jerry1

          Jerry1 Well-Known Member

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          Matsi would get a month off for it :(
           

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