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Yep Burbo is still a fair way off.btw for the people who want the swap of burbo for suli. Trust me, burbz is not ready yet, he's about another year away. He would get rag dolled and ran over and we will all be blaming des and wanting ben out. He will get there soon though, needs to beef up and another season at blacktown.
Damn that bench does not inspire confidence.. Suli? Hopefully as a prop haha make him work for his moneh for once. I actually think he'd make a good 2nd rower tbh. He's big enough and has decent speed just needs to learn how to pass offload and defend
Jorge isn’t as slow as some of the others in Reggie’s
I interpreted Suli on the bench differently... if someone was dropping out of the starting side they could’ve just named Suli in the 21. I think he’s on the bench because there are literally no other fit forwards in our top 30 except Burbo who’s not ready for the step up. Suli’s a big body who could handle a stint in the forwards, and I think that’s how he’ll be used.Des usually minimises disruption to the team when injury strikes by swapping like-for-like so I can only see Paseka & Keppie starting props with Tof & Saddler rotating for them.
That way the rest of the team stays the same which is good for consistency but it means our 3 backrowers are likely to be playing for 80 minutes.
Jake & Schuster are both 80 minute players so it's only Haumole who will feel the strain but he's looked good so far & played more minutes each week.
Suli on the bench does concern me though, because as others have said, he might be there in the event Garrick or Harper drop out.
I hope they're both fine & Suli is replaced by Funa on the bench.
A new ref, we need to school him in what home ground advantage means, especially Brookie Home ground advantage. Don't worry, I'll be there yelling whenever we have the ball, starting at kick-off, "Six again ref!"NEW REF THIS WEEK.
Peter Gough has only done a few assistant ref jobs with Manly, til now. Hope he likes to Eagle Rock!
This year we have had the usual suspects;
Sutton bros (3L), Cecchin & Klein (2L) and Gee (1W)
Chris Butler has been good with 2W.