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Question. In trial matches are players playing for a first grade spot?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by bazeagle, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. bazeagle

    bazeagle Well-Known Member

    +582 /108
    Because if that's the case, what happened last night?
    Options: 1. The coach & players didn't take it seriously and saw it as a hit out, nothing more. Which makes me wonder why the sharks seemed to take it seriously and in the process thrash us. OR 2. We blew it and aren't fit enough mentally or physically.
    I know and I'll wait for the "expected" response: It's only a trial and it doesn't matter.
  2. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +7,250 /173
    Sharks need to build some confidence and momentum, so congratulations to them for taking it so seriously. But, as you'll see from every other trial, it is simply to identify new talent and get the players fitter.
    I see that Penrith couldn't beat Ipswich, then again, Ipswich would have taken it much more seriously.
    Let Cronulla get excited about their prospects for the season. I'd rather they do well than many other opposition clubs.

    KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

    +3,716 /62
    Out of curiosity, how many regular first grader's played?? A news article I just read through stated we were at "near full strength"??

    Quote: Boasting a new-look side featuring recruits Issac De Gois, Ben Ross and Bryce Gibbs, the Sharks’ full-strength side scored 22 second-half points against a near premiership-strength Sea Eagles out-fit to give their fans hope this year.Beginning life without Des Hasler, it was a sobering night for the Sea Eagles, who could not even manage a second-half point. /Quote
  4. bazeagle

    bazeagle Well-Known Member

    +582 /108
    What worries me IMMENSELY is the story I've just read. The Dogs win their trial with Des credited as being the master behind the scenes, orchestrating even a poxy trial win. The spin begins.
  5. Phantar

    Phantar Well-Known Member

    +273 /0
    Don't sweat it. Hasler will rue the day he left, as will the Dishlickers in buying him.

    Greenberg's Mossad cover is almost blown anyway and he will be deported very shortly.
  6. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    We were hardly at full strength as our entire back row was not there as were some others. It seemed to me that we were just blowing some cobwebs. I didn't like the score line either, but it really was only a trial. No one would want to get hurt with the WCC just ahead.
  7. mickyj

    mickyj Member

    +24 /0
    1st half on Darcy played.
    2nd half we were missing choc and rose for all star, and T Rew, Wolfie and Joe G who are being rested.
    I think tooves just saw it as a practice and was just having a hit out and a chance to look at some of the young guys in the 1st half to see who might get a trip to UK.
  8. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,133 /51
    Exactly DSM5. It's called a trial for a reason. To field a full strength, or near full strength side at this time of year is pointless. Trials are more about seeing what the young blokes have to offer and how willing they are. It's the height of depth perception.
  9. Manly Daly

    Manly Daly Member

    +20 /0
    T Rew? If he is any where near as good as T Rex we are going to have an awesome back row !!!
  10. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,133 /51
    TRew dat!
  11. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    of the 31 players that played the other night I reckon 90% of the team is already named
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    • SeaEagleRock8

      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +10,555 /215
      Toovey may be debuting as an NRL head coach but he knows exactly what's what. We are facing a very, very long season - much longer than the likes of Cronulla. Toovey has an eye on the bigger picture, which I take as a very good sign.
    • Shoe1

      Shoe1 Well-Known Member

      +7,210 /106
      G Stewart rested from trial too, so hardly a full strength team. Stop worrying.
    • Jatz Crackers

      Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

      +1,476 /8
      Trials are first & foremost for coaches.

      Given that we have a hard road ahead this season.....especially the first handful of rounds away, Toovs will have an eye on what talent might be able to slot in when we need to rest key personnel.
    • 1947

      1947 Active Member

      +83 /0
      Baz - I agree when I heard the scoreline my heart stopped, what thrashed by the Sharks - wtf.
      But then thinking about it Manly are a winning team, with combinations formed - so what more needs to be perfected - and facing the WCC in the wake, why would they risk fatigue and injuries in a trial at Toyota Park. I don;t think it was complacency or a bad attitude I think it was more a hit out for self preservation.;)
    • BOZO

      BOZO Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +7,390 /390
      We went out to warm up and they went out to win. Dont worry guys we have bigger fish to fry when we play a real game for the World Cup !!!
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      • Jono

        Jono Well-Known Member

        +176 /5
        We lost a trial to Melbourne by 50 something points at the start of 08. It means nothing.
      • MK Eagle

        MK Eagle Well-Known Member

        +247 /0
        If trials were a true indicator Manly would have struggled in 2008/11 whilst Sharks, Parra, Titans & Raiders would have battled for the premiership instead of the spoon in recent years.
        The starting 13 is basically done so its only the 14 -17 imo thats open with the current squad.
        The player who could get a shot is Riccardi who was 1 of the only Manly players to get an honourable mention in this trial.
        The only game I'm concerned in prior to the 2012 season is the WCC.
      • tookey

        tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +5,796 /186
        If trial form was a guide to anything then north sydney would have won fifty premierships.

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