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Phil Gould column in smh

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by castle eagle, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. castle eagle

    castle eagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Below is part of a column he has written about the first two games & the teams that have played( link to full story below):

    SEA EAGLES
    Don't go panicking just yet. It was always going to take time for this new-look Manly side to come together.

    The easy thing to do here is to point out all the faults with their performance on Friday night. Anyone can do that.

    The right attitude for Manly is to look at this game as a starting point and accept the reality that this is a very new team and there is still plenty of work to do. There are a lot of talented individuals in this line-up. Patience, perseverance and hard work are the key words here.

    Before kickoff, I looked at the Manly side and could see up to a dozen personnel and positional changes in this team. They also have a new coach in Trent Barrett who has never coached in the NRL before. That's going to take time to bring together.

    In many respects, despite the age and experience of a number of their individuals, Manly can be considered somewhat "immature" simply because they haven't been together long enough.

    You can train as often as you like through the off-season, but it's not until you spend time together out on the field that you really start to form the unity and combinations necessary to win consistently at this level.

    What made it more difficult for Manly was the fact that they confronted a Bulldogs team, most of whom have been together for a number of seasons under the same wily coach in Hasler.

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    Eagerly awaited return: Manly will feel more comfortable when Brett Stewart is fit to play. Photo: Getty Images

    This is a team that has matured over the years. The players and coach know each other really well. They have worked together for a long time. It makes a huge difference when you're entering a new season.

    For Manly to improve in the short term, though, their forwards need to come together a lot better as a unit. A lot better. It's no good trying to sugar-coat the bitter pill. The Bulldogs forward pack dominated them on Friday night and that was pretty much the beginning of the end.

    Anyway, things will feel more comfortable when Brett Stewart is back from injury and the players have spent more time playing together.



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    for all the crap he can go on about, he makes sense here.
     
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    • manlyfan76

      manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      He suggested Barrett to Bozo then sacked him and marched him out of the club for signing with Manly.
       
    • HappilyManly

      HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      He also fired Cleary 5 months later.
      So Barrett was not high on Gould's list of NRL coaches@:rolleyes:

      Don't get how everyone thinks Snake will stop our forwards getting rolled :cool:

      Those two tries from loose balls were not the surprise for me as it can happen in any game.
      But the meters that the Dogs forwards made were too easy :eek:
       
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      • HoldenV8

        HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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        Snake won't stop the forwards getting rolled. But what he can do out there other than his usual, is the organising of the team from the back to take the pressure off of DCE. Organisation isn't one of Cherry's strong points and Snake's experience will definitely help.
         
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        • HoldenV8

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          Not 100% sure but I think Gould sacked Barrett after Brown and Koroisau signed with us. There was this feeling that TB was talking to a few Penrith players (including Whare) about moving to Manly and Gould, whether he believed it or not, didn't take any chances.
           
        • Loobs

          Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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          Nope. Sack all the players and take the club off the Penn's and give it to people here to run.
           
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          • HoldenV8

            HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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            We'd have a new coach and new players every week if they did that LOL
             
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            • HoldenV8

              HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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              Looks like Silvertails is back with his trolling disagree's LOL
               
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              • ALinda

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                Spot on @HoldenV8 you hit it in one! Apart from his fullback role, Snake reads the play so well from the back - something we missed on Friday night and DCE had difficulty accommodating.
                 
              • Cameron

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                I wish we had of got Ivan instead of Barrett. Good manly junior and a better coach
                 
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                • Rex

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                  Lurking, posting negative ratings and still hasn't posted. Too scared to speak up @Silvertails?
                   
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                  • Mark from Brisbane

                    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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                    Ye I reckon we could put a good football department together, imagine the positivity of @mickqld , and think of @Rex and @Ryan as joint coaches, and the mighty @Loobs as chairman, and then he could change his avatar to say " I'm not really Loobs".
                     
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                    • Mark from Brisbane

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                      Yep not game enough to say anything , just disagree's and trolls.
                       
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                      • Mark from Brisbane

                        Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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                        Trembling I'd say, far easier just to be negative and not cop it!!
                         
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                        • The Who

                          The Who Well-Known Member

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                          As disappointing as the first grade loss was I find it hard to believe that our NSW Cup team, overflowing with quality first graders, got trounced by second stringers at a club many are tipping will finish last in the NRL.
                          I was convinced the NSW Cup team would put pressure on our first graders for places in the top 17, but that doesn't seem to have happened.
                          Our club is supposed to be 'results driven' to quote some affluent boofhead, yet we sack the one coach who got our team to the Under 20s grand final... and retain a bloke who couldn't coach a choko over the back fence.
                          Three losses in three grades. Not exactly an endorsement of our coaching staff, is it?
                           
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