'Quicker off the mark': Saab's praise for Koula

The Incomparable Immortal Bob Fulton
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Remember when Kevin Iro was on fire, super big and fast. Pity it wasn't regular though. He had everything.
I remember very well feathered friend . I remember the Benchmark players of Manlys Greatness

Kevin Iro was very powerful and explosive long striding missile that damaged defensive line
 
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Yes, a tad underrated, I just remember that head gear he wore and running rampant out wide. Made every tackle. Just pure class and as mentioned, dual international, reminded me of M.O'Connor, just pure class.
M. O'Connor was outstanding and another of our stand out Centres that made us stand out from the rest of the teams.

Sea eagles backs were meant to soar above the rest and make Manly the Best !

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The Incomparable Immortal Bob Fulton
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After being spoiled with premiership winning strike backs

Anything less underwhelms our Legendary clubs High standards and expectations

A quote from Norman Vincent Peale

EXPECT THE BEST AND GET IT !!!

And that is what Great clubs do
 
Elsegood was probably 2-3 metres faster than Garrick.

However, Turbo would leave Ridge in his wake.....
Garrick in 2020 was not as quick as 2021 Garrick, he was an absolute flyer! Probably due to an increase in strength and conditioning aswell as some fine tuning of his running style. Has there ever been a quicker back 3 than Saab, Garrick Turbo? Imagine throwing in Koula!
 
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Garrick in 2020 was not as quick as 2021 Garrick, he was an absolute flyer! Probably due to an increase in strength and conditioning aswell as some fine tuning of his running style. Has there ever been a quicker back 3 than Saab, Garrick Turbo? Imagine throwing in Koula!
But we still have to tackle - and there is a lot of improvement needed in that department !!!
 
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If you ever talk most under rated Manly players - in my time watching the Seaeagles, Craig Innes is up near the top...maybe on top.
I wouldn't say Innes was underrated at all, certainly not by Manly fans. I've heard many list him as a favourite.

Most underrated Manly player? Good topic for a poll.
Luke Williamson? He's underrated because many Manly fans didn't rate him at all! But I thought he had some toughness, had some skill (even kicked some goals), bit unlucky to miss out playing in a grand final for us, and helped in the rebuild of Manly's winning culture.
 
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Garrick, he was an absolute flyer!
I agree. Garrick was very fast last year. Taking that into account, I think Elsegood still may have had a bit more natural speed. Garrick's all round game improved last year, esp. his attack, beating defenders with swerve when running at pace. Overall, he is s very reliable player making the most of his try scoring opportunities.
 
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I imagine Koula and Saab would be hand timed the quickest. Don't forget the left hand centre we had, Craig Innes, an absolute gun.

No way was Innes that fast, not even close. Yes he was certainly a gun centre once he worked out the differences between centre in union and centre in league, but skill was his main advantage, not his speed.

If you look at the footage of Martin Offiah scoring a length of the field try at Wembley in the 1994 Challenge Cup Final (Wigan vs Leeds), Innes was one of the Leeds players chasing him. Craig didn't get anywhere near Offiah, who wasn't even as quick as he was 3-4 years previously and its probable that both Saab and Koula are quicker now than Offiah was at his peak.
 
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But we still have to tackle - and there is a lot of improvement needed in that department !!!
You are right . There is a lot of improvement that is needed to do better in 2022
Both defence and attack

With out Tommy in our Tank. We never had many match winning points
 
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No way was Innes that fast, not even close. Yes he was certainly a gun centre once he worked out the differences between centre in union and centre in league, but skill was his main advantage, not his speed.

If you look at the footage of Martin Offiah scoring a length of the field try at Wembley in the 1994 Challenge Cup Final (Wigan vs Leeds), Innes was one of the Leeds players chasing him. Craig didn't get anywhere near Offiah, who wasn't even as quick as he was 3-4 years previously and its probable that both Saab and Koula are quicker now than Offiah was at his peak.
Hi mate, I think I typed it wrong. I was a big fan but didn't mean he was a flyer, you are absolutely correct. Just knew where to run with lines etc and freakish at times with his ability to perform.
 
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@;)I wouldn't say Innes was underrated at all, certainly not by Manly fans. I've heard many list him as a favourite.

Most underrated Manly player? Good topic for a poll.
Luke Williamson? He's underrated because many Manly fans didn't rate him at all! But I thought he had some toughness, had some skill (even kicked some goals), bit unlucky to miss out playing in a grand final for us, and helped in the rebuild of Manly's winning culture.
Definitely not by us fans SER8....nor by his team mates....but when ppl talk up illustrious names of Star Manly players, he would probably not get a mention....that's more what I meant there. @;)
 
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No way was Innes that fast, not even close. Yes he was certainly a gun centre once he worked out the differences between centre in union and centre in league, but skill was his main advantage, not his speed.

If you look at the footage of Martin Offiah scoring a length of the field try at Wembley in the 1994 Challenge Cup Final (Wigan vs Leeds), Innes was one of the Leeds players chasing him. Craig didn't get anywhere near Offiah, who wasn't even as quick as he was 3-4 years previously and its probable that both Saab and Koula are quicker now than Offiah was at his peak.
Martin Offiah the flyer was born in 1966 and in the 1994 Challange cup he was 28 years of age and at his peak . A fact is that sprinter's peak is generally reached between 23 and 30 ,

Martin was in a league of his own with his super speed

You are right HV8 Innes was not super fast but he was not super slow either from what I remember

Innes the dual international was a class player and the ultimate professional
 
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I wouldn't say Innes was underrated at all, certainly not by Manly fans. I've heard many list him as a favourite.

Most underrated Manly player? Good topic for a poll.
Luke Williamson? He's underrated because many Manly fans didn't rate him at all! But I thought he had some toughness, had some skill (even kicked some goals), bit unlucky to miss out playing in a grand final for us, and helped in the rebuild of Manly's winning culture.
Luke Williamson .... This Is Your Life !

Looking back at Luke Williamson career he started in the backs and ended in the forwards
He was a good goal kicker and seasons top scorer for the Super League Adelaide Rams , The Raiders and the Northern Eagles

Luke Williamson was versatile and skillful player and a reliable all round performer in attack and defence and accomplished goal kicker

Luke Williamson had the ability to affectively play centre , wing , 5/8 . lock and s/row and would not be out of place on the bench of any team in the NRL
 
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Definitely not by us fans SER8....nor by his team mates....but when ppl talk up illustrious names of Star Manly players, he would probably not get a mention....that's more what I meant there. @;)
Fair enough, but I don't know which players other "ppl" don't rate. I simply can't imagine what goes through the minds of those who don't find Manly the most lovable team, it's beyond my comprehension!
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Fair enough, but I don't know which players other "ppl" don't rate. I simply can't imagine what goes through the minds of those who don't find Manly the most lovable team, it's beyond my comprehension!
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So that's why he says "inconceivable" on Young Sheldon every now and then...!
 
Yes, a tad underrated, I just remember that head gear he wore and running rampant out wide. Made every tackle. Yes wish he was with us for a decade - what a player.

Yes, a tad underrated, I just remember that head gear he wore and running rampant out wide. Made every tackle. Just pure class and as mentioned, dual international, reminded me of M.O'Connor, just pure class.
Yes wish he was with us for a decade - what a player.
 
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Going back to Koula. The latest photo of him has him looking an absolute athlete. Such high hopes for this kid!
The modern game relies on speed more so than any era imo....and this bloke has it in spades.....a MUST to get a crack and may need a few games to get the physical side of NRL...but he will light it up and not suprised if this is in 2022....remember we want extra strike rather than just Tom T....this could be it ?
 

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