- Jan 28, 2016
We finally have real depth. The starting 17 is a week to week proposition. Exciting times ahead.
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For mine (after we announce Levi's signing), our top 17 barring injury or suspension should be:
CE - Brad Parker
HB - Daly Cherry-Evans (c)
PR - Addin Fonua-Blake
HK - Danny Levi
PR - Martin Taupau
SR - Joel Thompson
SR - Curtis Sironen
LK - Jake Trbojevic (vc)
BE - Lachlan Croker
BE - Jack Gosiewski
BE - Toafofoa Sipley
BE - Taniela Paseka
It was hard to leave out Corey Waddell, Morgan Boyle
the only Definate I have on that bench is Keppie....personally a Massive fan and I reckon by end of 2020, will be a fan favourite and we’ll known by all fansI'd say the starting side essentially picks itself but the composition of the bench will probably come down to trial form. I think my bench would be:
Croker, Keppie, Gosiewski, and whoever is playing better out of Sipley/Paseka.
Mid season though who knows how much the backline could change. Ben Turbo, Hoppa and Schuster are all very good chances of nailing down starting spots before the season is over.
I agree, he was massive in the finals last year for such a fresh first grader. I think his form will be irresistiblethe only Definate I have on that bench is Keppie....personally a Massive fan and I reckon by end of 2020, will be a fan favourite and we’ll known by all fans
But to be fair to the others in the running, a damn heap of competition
In 12 months time Fainu might be on an extended holiday so it wont really be an issue. I hope I'm wrong but Levi may be our long term 9.Sounds like a done deal, announcement imminent.
I dont mind it at all as a bargain basement buy considering our 9 woes.
What will be interesting getting the crystal ball out is if he goes on to have a good year, do we stick with him and Fainu is all of a sudden on the outer in 12 months time?
I mean i rate Fainu in the top 4 or 5 hookers in the game even at this early stage in his career, but cant help but feel all these off field indiscretions have put a dent on his reputation..
Also an international thats played for NZ. Good buy imo..Predicting a big season from Levi ..... easy to forget he is only 24 and still has his best years ahead of him ..... and he is on a one year deal .... so playing for his future .....
He also has a bit of mongrel about him .... a prerequisite for a hooker in my opinion .....
I think the timeframe around which the wheels move within the judicial system essentially tied the clubs hands. They had no other option other than to look at an alternative as a contingency and I think they’ve ended up with a very handy one.Pretty much means Fainu is in trouble and we won't see him next season.
This is bad news.
I agree, surely Levi will take some time to learn Des' hooker systems & assume Croker (& Cust & possible ZDC) have been training at #9 so far in the offseason so would be more chance of starting with Levi at #14.Even with Levi wouldn't he be more valuable on the bench against tired defenders? Croker starts at 9.