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News: Watmough: 'The Army of One'

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    <p>Manly’s Anthony Watmough has been dubbed the ‘Army of One’ and statistics revealed today by NRL.com show why he is the most damaging back-rower in the Telstra Premiership.</p>

    <a href="http://www.silvertails.net/news/4115-watmough-the-army-of-one.html">Read the full article</a>
  2. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    What has impressed me is his increased maturity on the field. He has always had talent but was worth a stupid penalty or three each game as well as a dropped ball and a few missed tackles. Much of this seems to be cut out.

    He showed a lot of aggression in Origin but was a calmer head when things threatened to blow up, showing that he did not need to get into the biffo to make an impact or display his toughness.
  3. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    Holy crap 200+ mtrs in Origin?? 

    He'll be targeted for sure, they'll try to rile him up and get him to give penalties away, and they'll test his defence.

    Funny how the reports go from 'Worst tackling forward' to 'One man army', although he was missing a thousand tackles earlier.  He's really grown up this year, really fast.  Let's hope it keeps going not just for this season but beyond.

    Onya Choc
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    I think BK must have had a word in his ear.
  5. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    +19,663 /383
    BK certainly did!!

    And was on the phone to Choc minutes after the end of SOO 3 to congratulate him!!

    I asked Ben at the Grand Final post match function why he was now such a one eyed Manly supporter given his length of time at Canberra and the Knights.

    His answer was simple " I just love the place, I love how they treated me, I love how they still treat me and I loved how when everyone was writing me off they had faith in me and said I could bring a lot to the table, my two years at Manly were the most special part of my Football career and I will be forever grateful"

    I said " Ben you may not realise this BUT in my opinion this Premiership Trophy is as much yours as it is theirs, what you instilled in them in those two years has brought this to fuition tonight".

    He told me I was way to kind with my words but correct me if I am wrong????
  6. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +170 /1
    BK was (is) an absolute champion on and off the field. He has no doubt played a significant part in turning our club around.

  7. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    BK is pretty much the only player since the last premiership that deserved to hold the trophy but didn't.  Mind you there could be others deserving but i can't think of them.  I'm just glad he still loves the club as much as we all love him.

    My way of thinking?  BK gave us a massive set of testicles forged in steel.  If the club/players ever went and performed like we did in 03/04 (i know, we had not much choice) then that would be the greatest disservice to him.

    Back to Watmough, after his job in Origin, i'd love to see him in jersey 13 and playing the middle of the field rather than to one side, at least to experiment once.
  8. OneEyedEagle

    OneEyedEagle Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +345 /5
    Well said CW, my concern with Choc has always been his error rate and I must admit that not being a big fan of Choc's I was impressed with the maturity he showed by not throwing a punch in SOO. He really has the potential to be one of the best in the game, just hope he realises it.
  9. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

    +0 /0
    Great read Mark. BK Will always be apart of Manly and i agree the Premiership is as much his.

    I can see Bk's plays in Watmough today Bk took on the oppostion even if the rest of the team was not playing so well with his barn storming runs towards the try line and it's those kinda plays that Watmough does today.
  10. nita

    nita Member

    +2 /0
    BK was in the Manly team of the century wasn't he? I think that speaks volumes of the impact he has had on our club, even if he was only here a short time/no premiership with us.
  11. OneEyedEagle

    OneEyedEagle Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +345 /5
    It would have been very fitting if BK could have stuck around for another year and be part of the 08 premiership winning team.
  12. Volley

    Volley Well-Known Member

    +1,109 /54
    that wouldve been 2 years
  13. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    I don't often like to toot my own horn but there's a Choc story in Big League this week which is a decent read. I dont have the time tonight, but if someone wants to type it up for the forum I would appreciate feedback. Otherwise I'll give it a crack tomorrow....
  14. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,884 /65
    **** sake mate, I leave Oz and then you put that in !!!

    I enjoyed you interview with Ox which I read while over there.
  15. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo

    +669 /35
    how good was it
    "Manly have some pretty passionate fans" i think one questioned was started with :)

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