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North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles teams

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Manly Sea Eagles
    Cowboys vs Sea Eagles - Team Lineup
    Manly Sea Eagles
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    Sea Eagles Coach Des Hasler has been forced to make changes to his back line after news broke today that Sea Eagles fullback, Brett Stewart, has been forced out for 8-12 weeks with a knee injury.

    However there is good news and its news we have all been waiting for - Wolfman is back! Dave Williams will slot straight into the wing position vacated by Michael Robertson who moves to fullback. George Rose comes onto a 5 man bench.

    1. Michael Robertson
    2. David Williams
    3. Jamie Lyon
    4. Steve Matai
    5. Michael Bani
    6. Chris Bailey
    7. Matt Orford (c)
    8. Brent Kite
    9. Matt Ballin
    10. Josh Perry
    11. Anthony Watmough
    12. Glenn Hall
    13. Glenn Stewart

    14. Heath L’Estrange
    15. Jason King
    16. Adam Cuthbertson
    18. Shane Rodney
    21. George Rose

    Coach: Des Hasler

    Dave Penna's undefeated Toyota Cup team takes on the mid table Cowboys as a precursor to the NRL on Saturday night. The junior Sea Eagles will face a massive challenge as they struggle with an ever increasing injury toll and to make matters even tougher they will need to overcome the hot and humid conditions in FNQ.

    1. Mitchell Porter
    2. Michael Oldfield
    3. Blake Davey
    4. Shane Gray
    5. David Sheehan
    6. Scott Blanch
    7. Daly Cherry-Evans
    8. Ilija Radan
    9. Brad Bennett
    10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    11. Darcy Lussick
    12. Michael Tiopira
    13. Jamie Buhrer (c)

    14. Liam Higgins
    15. Chris Stolk
    16. Lama Tasi
    17. Todd Wilson

    Coach: David Penna

    North Queensland Cowboys
    1. Matthew Bowen
    2. Ben Farrar
    3. Ashley Graham
    4. Willie Tonga
    5. Shannon Hegarty
    6. Travis Burns
    7. Johnathon Thurston (c)
    8. Shane Tronc
    9. Aaron Payne
    10. Antonio Kaufusi
    11. Steve Southern
    12. Scott Bolton
    13. Luke O'Donnell

    Interchange: 14. Ben Harris, 15. Steve Rapira, 16. Matt Scott, 17. Carl Webb
    Reserves: 18. John Williams, 19. James Tamou

  2. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,866 /65

    Watch out for Rapira, I have heard he is a bit of a gun
  3. Downie

    Downie Active Member

    +3 /0
    They looked extremely ordinary down in Canberra the other week. Thurston is out of sorts and the backline sans Bowen is very average. Should beat them even without Stewart.
  4. deadlyeagle

    deadlyeagle Member

    +11 /0
    theres a 28% chance of that happening
  5. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    If Des puts Robbo at fullback then Des's my new 'HateMan'.  Why repeat the failures of the past... endlessly.  Stick Bani there.  At least then you're not weakening one position to weaken another. 
  6. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,866 /65
    "New" DSM ? Didn't realize you were off his case haha

    As long as Robbo is catching the ball, I can stomach him at FB. He is the best under it after Stewart so I see that reasoning with him being here

    The thing we all have to understand I suppose, is that Brett Stewart can't be replaced by any other player in the comp, let alone from inside our own club, so the expectations should probably be lowered from a standout to a solid performance from whichever player fills in there
  7. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Kiwi, the facts are that Robbo is not a good fullback.  He's a very good winger.  If Robbo gets moved then we weaken that wing spot.  I'd give Bani a go or the Sunshine Coast Eagles guy a jersey.  Imo wouldn't hurt.  Anyway Ash Graham, centre, is injured for the Girls so that's a plus.
  8. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,866 /65
    I don't believe he is an outstanding fullback DSM, but I also don't think he is terrible either

    He takes all the high kicks, and with a stronger return would be ok, and I would have more confidence with him there than Bani. Having said that, I would prefer Williams of the 3

    I don't see any of the above having Stewart's ability to chime into the plays, and of the 3 I would probably have to rate Robbo top of the pile for the support play too, only based on the few ocassions he filled in last season when Stewart was out and he bagged a few tries backing up
  9. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Official now
  10. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,384 /402
    I agree with DSM5. Robbo @ Fullback hasn't worked for The Sea Eagles.
  11. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Kiwi, I really haven't seen Robbo put a good one in at fullback.  I first saw it happening at Parra in the wet in 07 I think.  He was diabolical.  I'm devastated at Brett's injury and haven't really got any thoughts on Bani being better than Williams.  Besides will Williams be back next weekend?  If not then Bani would be my go and keep Robbo in the position he's best at.  The forwards will have to stand up.  As I said, Ash Graham being out is a plus for us.  I rate him..  
  12. Pepi

    Pepi Well-Known Member

    +530 /30
    Wasn't Robbo fullback when we beat the Roosters 42-0 last year?
  13. mwsneagle

    mwsneagle Active Member

    +47 /0
    Have to agree. Whilst I wouldn't mind seeing Wolfman have a go, Robertson is a solid choice.
    I think if the rest of the team is fired up and plays like they did last week in the first half we will be ok.
    It was a team effort (or lack there of) that cost us in the openning rounds. Their focus seems to be returning and if Lyon is doing the conversions it gives us an even better shot.
  14. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

    +109 /2
    You don't like Robbo at fullback, a player who has been the solid fullback back-up for Stewy for a few years now, yet you would like Bani there, who has played how many games there.

    We are never going to have a back-up anywhere near Stewart, so I really fail to see what you want...
  15. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

    +327 /22
    Williams is worth a shot.

    Robbo stands too deep and is poor defensively.. just gets steam roled or side stepped on one ones.
  16. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,307 /13
    One good thing with the side named
    ............NO NEUMANN!!!!!!!![​IMG][​IMG]
  17. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Cowboys v Sea Eagles
    Referees: Gavin Badger & Steve Lyons
    Sideline: Ricky McFarlane & Adam Reid
    Video: Sean Hampstead
  18. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    I detest hamstead.  A total drong who hates us.  Steve Lyons is also an imbecile. 
  19. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,376 /60
    With DSM on this one.  Robbo is not a fullback despite many, many shots at filling in there.  He even looked very poor in that position in the World Cup when playing nobodies that he should have torn up. Yet he's a star at wing.

    The fear is that Robbo will give us the performance that will maintain the 28% record, and totally kill off our season. Time for Des to think outside the square.
  20. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,376 /60
    A very important but not visible role of fullback is helping organise the defence, something Stewie and Ridgy (before him) have been expert at.  Manly's results with Robbo at fullback don't suggest he's fulfilling this role very well.  Does Des consider Bani lacks confidence to speak up? Can't imagine Wolfman would lack that confidence.

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