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News: Hasler rates Titans

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    <p>The bookies continue to snub them and no-one outside the Gold Coast rates them a title chance, but the Titans' rise to a possible top-two finish comes as no shock to the man charged with plotting their last-round downfall.</p>

    <a href="http://www.silvertails.net/news/4242-hasler-rates-titans.html">Read the full article</a>
  2. Crusher_Cleal

    Crusher_Cleal Well-Known Member

    +762 /21
    I tend to agree. People are saying it's too early for them, etc, but what's the difference between them and the 2003 and 2005 Panthers and Tigers?
  3. Dan

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

    +7,739 /120
    There is no such thing as too early. It's a sport and someone has to win it
  4. Brookvale

    Brookvale Well-Known Member

    +155 /1
    I seriously rate them. Even above St Geo and Dogs.

    They have Experienced players and grand final winners in the key positions.

    Cartwright won one too and was with the roosters coaching staff in the early 90's. 

    They have hardly lost at home, meaning that they should do will week 1 of the finals.
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,893 /65
    They remind me of the 07 Manly side

    Up near the top all season, and people waiting for the bubble to burst, but they keep on going

    I put some money on them about a month back @ $12
  6. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

    +4 /0
    I personally don't think they can:

    a) beat us
    b) win the comp

    They didn't deserve to beat us last time we played. That was BS.

    They haven't beaten a decent side yet this year IMO.

    They were lucky to get us. Haven't rolled Dragons, Dogs, Broncos etc.

    I think they are a bit like our manly 07 side but can't see them getting to the GF. I'll gladly eat my words if they do.
  7. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Agreed jatz, no chance.
  8. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Sorry, Nutz.
  9. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,476 /8
    Just for a while, call him Jatz and i will be Nutz.
  10. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Four letter word ending with z. 
  11. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,476 /8
    Triple word score.
  12. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

    +844 /25
    They beat the Dogs at home Nutz.  I agree with Kiwi that they remind me of the 07 Manly side.  I was thinking the same thing last night.  With the injury to Kimmorley they are now a big chance of getting to the GF and winning it. 

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

    +1,521 /114
    Hasler would rate anyone who played us after the way we played last week.
  14. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    Titans were poor against us because we completely dominated in the forwards (and we bombed numerous chances). We aren't dominating anymore. I think the Titans are a better team when Rogers is in the centres. He organises the defense better and has more room for attack from there. They will have problems against a mobile hard hitting forward pack. So far they have done very little wrong and have a good shot this year imo. If the get that far, the problem for a first time GF team is all the energy sucked out during GF week.
  15. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    With Jamie out we'll have difficulty organizing our backs into an effective defensive unit.  Our forwards really must get there act together.   
  16. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    More of the same stuff, this time the SMH:

    As far as Des Hasler is concerned we've all got it terribly wrong - Gold Coast should be the NRL premiership favourites.

    Forget the injury-hit Bulldogs, form slumping St George Illawarra, red-hot Parramatta and especially his up and down Manly Sea Eagles.

    Those best positioned to win the 2009 premiership are finals debutants the Titans.

    "They're playing outstanding footy. They have strike power right across the field and can certainly score points," said Sea Eagles coach Hasler.

    "They've got a good work ethic and are all working really hard for each other.

    "No wonder they are competition favourites."

    Gold Coast are not competition favourites, as a matter of fact they're not even close.

    Most bookmakers rate the Titans seventh behind the Bulldogs, Dragons, Sea Eagles, Eels, Melbourne and even Brisbane.

    Of the seven clubs guaranteed to play in this year's finals the Titans are ranked least likely to win.

    This is despite Gold Coast running third on the NRL table with 16 wins from 23 games, boasting the competition's best record in close games and, more importantly, having posted victories over each of the teams considered to be better chances at winning the title.

    Somehow the Titans have flown under the radar - not that Hasler is willing to give up that claim to fame after his class of 2008 carried off the premiership.

    "They're definitely a chance of taking it so they're are not flying under the radar, no way in the world," said Hasler.

    Hasler will get the chance to gauge just how dangerous the Titans are when his Sea Eagles welcome them to Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.

    It is a crucial game for Manly as they could jump to fourth with a victory or drop as low as seventh by the end of the weekend with a loss.

    While their chance at a home final hinge on Melbourne losing to the Warriors across the Tasman at the same time, Hasler simply wants his men to focus on getting their own form together before it's too late.

    Their performance in a late win over a 12-man Cronulla side last Sunday was one of their worst all season and Hasler knows a repeat will be heavily punished in the future.

    "Our form has been hampered a little with unforced errors and we just really need to turn up and put it together for 80 minutes," he said.

    "Until we do that we will continue to have to just put performances together like we did last week.

    "We just have to get that element out of our game to have any chance in the finals series.

    "Everyone just wants to get out there and do what we know we are capable of.

    "It's been a bit frustrating for us but we have one final game of the regular season to do it and after that it becomes a bit sudden death."
  17. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +10,558 /215
    "Hasler mystified by Titans outsider status"

    humourous league blog worth a look, has some funny pics too.


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