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Marty Taupau's Position

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Ryan, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    So if you listen to Trent Barrett here: http://www.seaeagles.com.au/news/2016/02/15/trent_barrett_post_m.html he mentioned that he thought Taupau logged a lot of minutes in the All Star game, and mentioned that he actually played backrow there, which he won't see much time doing here at Manly.

    Really glad about that. So what are peoples thought's? Is he a starter, or comes off the bench? For mine, a starter every game (full strength):

    08. Jake Trbojevic
    09. Matt Parcell
    10. Marty Taupau
    11. Feleti Mateo
    12. Tom Symonds
    13. Jamie Buhrer

    14. Nate Myles
    15. Darcy Lussick
    16. Brenton Lawrence
    17. Lewis Brown

    Jesus, how lucky are we with this team on paper.
     
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    • Clint

      Clint . Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      I think Marty will play wherever he tells Trent he is going to play. ;)
       
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      • Wombat Legacy

        Wombat Legacy Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        Nate Myles WILL start
        Not sure if we can carry Brown and Buhrer
         
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        • EagleRock40

          EagleRock40 Well-Known Member

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          In the All Stars he played in the back row on the right edge. Its also where he played his best games for the Tigers last year.
          If Barrett is thinking of using him as a prop or a lock (middle player) then we're in trouble. Being on an edge he can run good angles and pick out players in the defensive line to either trample over or beat with footwork.
          Having him tuck the ball under the arms and running into a brick wall in the middle of the field is useless! Surely Barrett can't be that stupid.
          8. Trbojevic
          9. Parcell
          10. Myles
          11. Buhrer
          12. Taupau
          13. Mateo
          14. Lawrence
          15. Symonds
          16. Brown
          17. Lussick / Starling
           
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          • Mals

            Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            Yep I agree. With Buhrer set to miss the start of the season with a fractured jaw Brown will get first shot.
             
          • Brookvale2015

            Brookvale2015 Active Member

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            8.Trbojevic
            9.Parcell
            10.Myles
            11.Mateo
            12.Symonds
            13.Taupau

            14.Brown
            15.Lussick
            16.Starling
            17.Lawrence
             
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            • Hgbcds

              Hgbcds Well-Known Member

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              But can he make 30/40 tackles per game? your not thinking defence which is a very big part of trents plans.and so it should be
               
            • Wombat Legacy

              Wombat Legacy Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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              8.Trbojevic
              9.Parcell
              10.Myles
              11.Mateo
              12.Brown
              13.Taupau

              14.Leary
              15.Lussick
              16.Starling
              17.Symonds
               
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              • andyvb

                andyvb Active Member

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                8. Tapau or jake t
                9. Parcel
                10. Myles
                11. Mateo
                12. Buhrer
                13. Tapau or jake t
                14. Lawrence
                15. Lussick
                16. Brown
                17. T red
                We don't really need to hookers when buhrer and brown can fill in
                 
              • maxta

                maxta Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                Kapow has a trump card in that massive right fend, making him more effective on the left edge like the palm that almost snapped old mates neck in the game Sat night.
                They actually played him on the right in the initial period, making him fend across his body until he went left where he could use his natural hand off with far greater effect.
                Also don't mind him roving a little & at times playing direct in the middle, as he does have a great offload that could see Parcell or Walker into open spaces.
                 
              • Clay

                Clay Well-Known Member

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                He only Avgs 45 mins a game. I think they will use him similar to the Tigers did. Start him at lock and use him as a third prop. Then for his second stint bring him back on as a prop.
                 
              • Snake

                Snake Doing The Eagle Rock!

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                I don't agree with this.

                He played 13, but he was clearly defending and taking the ball up the middle (like most locks in the modern game). He destroyed Souths last year barging over near the posts (and wiping out Alex Johnston with a fend). Later in the same match, he ran off Luke Brooks a little wider and scored another try so it's not as if he won't still find himself on the fringes against smaller opponents during set plays.

                He should be doing what JWH does for the Roosters and stand up to all comers in the middle of the field with sheer aggression and determination...that is how you soften the opposition pack up and win the forward battle...not standing down one edge waiting entire sets for the ball to come your way, only to find that it doesn't.
                 
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                • Hgbcds

                  Hgbcds Well-Known Member

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                  Good post
                   
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                  • brad

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                    I think marty will lock the scrum with nate starting in the front with jake . Nate wont start off bench. Myles. Parcell. Jake . Mateo .Brown . Kapow. Res. Lussick .lawrence. t red. Api.
                     
                  • Berkeley_Eagle

                    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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                    Btw Marty is free to play after no charges from all stars game
                     
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                    • manlyfan76

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                      If Starling and Lawrence can continue to hold there own, ( and they will in my opinion) even as the two bench props, it makes selections very interesting for the other forwards in the mix.
                      I like it.
                      Even come origin time a pack of Lussick, parcell, Lawrence Mateo, Buhrer, tapow.Starling,
                      Symonds, vave, brown, Api will get a job done.
                       
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                      • 1978

                        1978 Active Member

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                        Jake T will start at lock. Marty and Myles at prop.
                        Jake can punch out big minutes at lock, meaning shorter stints for other middle forwards, higher rotations and more explosiveness.
                         
                      • brad

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                        Yer well starling and lawrence were our starting props in 14 so its not a bad backdrop is it . Starling will bust himself to force his way into the starting 17 . Thats not to say he wont be in the mix somewhere.
                         
                      • Tragic-Eagles

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                        We are very fortunate in deed to be having this discussion. Well done Bozo!!! Big Marty will have a wow of a season running a muck on the left edge. A healthy Lawrence and a focussed Vave will complete our front row stocks backing up JT and Myles. I haven't look forward to season like this one for as long as I can remember. I expect the pain of the first half of 2015 to have a lot to do with that feeling.
                         
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                        • Briza

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                          I see Marty playing a similar role and a direct replacement for choc.
                          Setting the tone in the middle, as well as hitting the edges with the ball.
                           
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