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News: How Manly led Matt Orford to Canberra

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    <p>CANBERRA landed their third big off-season signing in veteran halfback Matt Orford yesterday - and it turns out rivals Manly unwittingly inspired the playmaker's NRL second coming.</p>

    <a href="http://www.silvertails.net/news/5313-how-manly-led-matt-orford-to-canberra.html">Read the full article</a>
  2. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,383 /74
    The Raiders are looking strong for 2011 imo.  I get the feeling Ox will go well down there.
  3. Moondog

    Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,287 /51
    Hope he has a shocker when they play us!
  4. Manly To Win!

    Manly To Win! Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +190 /2
    Hope they don't lose faith in Jarrod Croker and make Orford goalkicker
  5. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo

    +669 /35
    The whisper I heard is a member of our forum was emailing, ringing and texting don and Dave furner urging them to sign ox.

    Dsm5 were you that scare our CEO may have found money to sign your little "mate" ha ha
  6. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

    +310 /0
    I'm no Ox hater but I really doubt how effective he'll be next season. The bloke was good in his prime & unfortunately never got his rep career going thanks to injuries but he's a bit past it now.

    He'll still have the chronic groin injuries that plagued him through 08 & badly in 09 not to mention the shoulder injury he picked up last year playing for Bradford.

    Is his body even going to hold up for two years?
  7. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Prediction ; Ox to get a blues jersey this year
  8. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 /0
    He is easily the best player never to represent above city country level
  9. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,543 /26
    He'll go well behind the dominant forwards that Canberra have at the moment.
  10. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 /0
    Ox is absolultely devastating with a good forward pack,circa 2007/08 manly

    The raiders slot in behind us at 4th

    1 Titans
    2 Easts
    3 Manly
    4 Raiders
    5 Dogs
    6 Melbourne
    7 Penrith
    8 Warriors

    9 Saints

    Saints are essentially 9th because in my view with lost players
    they could still easily slot into the finals,but they will need luck

    The rest of the bottom 8 is self explanatory
  11. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Canberra will not make the top eight.
  12. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,393 /402
    They have a heap of good players mate. They also have forwards like Learoyd-Lahrs, Brett White, Allan Tongue, David Shillington, Dane Tilse, and a good core group of under-rated young guys coming through like Thurling, Thompson, Miller, Kennedy & Buttris.

    Then, they added Ferguson to replace Monaghan. They added Ox. They added Galea for depth last year.

    Don't write them off too early. Full strength, they are energy personified. They are getting very close to being competitors.  

    EDIT: They also have a major sponsor I believe - LOL - had to chuck that in there.
  13. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 /0
    Anti Ox boganism,theres no reason they wont make the 8
  14. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

    +560 /20
    Raiders pack better than ours 4 sure!
  15. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,393 /402
    I think Choc (27), Rodney (27) and G Stewart (26) are potentially the best backrow rotation in the entire NRL, and that's without bias (Remember I used to talk up The Dogs pack years ago).

    It's the bench + props that is the worry. If Des can get the mix right, we could be good there also. We need to bring in youth like you say, and I personally believe we need:-

    Buhrer (21)
    Cunningham (20)
    Williams (22) - as a very mobile damaging prop
    Rose (26) - at peak fitness

    Then have Kite (29) / King (29) as the veterans showing them the way.

    We'd then only have 2 players over 27. 27 year olds should be at their peak. We are also bringing along youth.

    I'd actually have Galuvao just as a fill in for injury. We'd be very mobile as well. I also believe that would be a great system - like Canberra's - up tempo type
  16. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    What I believe should be the bench

    Liam Foran - would have the ability to play halves or at hooker
    Williams - Wide running Backrower much in the same role as Frank Pritchard but with a higher workrate
    Cross - only one I'm a bit iffy about but Dessie will pick him
    Rose - A few games last year he was one of our best in terms of metres gained. Getting close to over 100m in a few.

    The metre's gained for a prop should be very important imo (like an opening batsman in the cricket) if the guy's that are starting aren't getting over 100m every game they should be demoted to the bench

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