Sea Eagle forever
- Sep 13, 2004
Rain forecast, no Tom, season over. Goons x 16.
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It's not over until my missus sings but this season feels like it has gone away from us. Without our main men we are not in the same class as the leading teams. No offence but we kind of suck. At least we ain't the Broncs.That is assuming Turbo doesn’t last one game and then out for the the rest of the season!!
I think the season will have gotten away from us if we lose another 2-3 games in a row.
We’ve got the top 2 sides just around the corner and currently they’d put a cricket score on us so it won’t take much for that prediction to come true.
You take your first choice number 1, 6, 9 and 8 out of any other team and all of them would struggle. Let alone the number 1 prop and full back in the game.Our top 13 fully fit can compete with anyone - and they prove that often.
On the other hand the bench we put out each week is bottom 4 at best. Under the new rules ,that needs to change quickly for us to progress past being nuisance value at the back end of a season. Paseka Boyle JetSki Croker are just not up to scratch in a game that is becoming more dynamic by the week.None ever look like influencing a game.They just do a holding job to limit damage till the starter returns and that’s not good enough to mix it with the big boys.
Unfortunately that team only very rarely plays together.Also need to remind people what our full strength team looks like, to remind all how strong we are when and if that happens:
01. Tom Trbojevic / Albert Hopoate
02. Jorge Taufua / Jade Anderson
03. Brad Parker / Ben Trbojevic / Sam Smith
04. Moses Suli / Brendan Elliott
05. Reuben Garrick / Tevita Funa / Abbas Miski
06. Dylan Walker / Cade Cust / Josh Schuster
07. Daly Cherry-Evans / Lachlan Croker / Luke Metcalf
08. Addin Fonua-Blake / Morgan Boyle
09. Manase Fainu
10. Marty Taupau / Toafofoa Sipley
11. Joel Thompson / Zac Saddler
12. Curtis Sironen
13. Jake Trbojevic / Tony Williams
14. Danny Levi / Edwin Ipape?
15. Taniela Paseka
16. Sean Keppie / Huamole Olakau'atu / Keith Titmuss
17. Corey Waddell / Jack Gosiewski
Bold being the injured, or recently returning from injury
I agree we are entitled to struggle as no team can deal with those personel losses - but my point was even at top strength the guys I named are pretty well our bench and they are not good enough as the game gets quicker and more dynamic. Something needs to change.You take your first choice number 1, 6, 9 and 8 out of any other team and all of them would struggle. Let alone the number 1 prop and full back in the game.
Manly are still expected to compete though without these players and even pull off victories. Full strength (including Faniu) right up there with the best of them with potential stars not too long away from their NRL starts. Would love Foran or even green back to just balance out the side and we are looking good
Love your optimism !!I hope it is raining. I hope our team goes back to running onto the ball hard and getting a roll on through the middle. That way we can kick without pressure and focus on the simple stuff. Pressure their kickers and maintain good line speed and we will win.