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Rest players against Penrith?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by silvertail, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. silvertail

    silvertail Well-Known Member

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    We are in a great position at the moment. The other 3 big teams play before us next weekend. They are all quality teams, but one of are likely to come out of round 26 in worse shape than the other 2 leading into the first week of the semis.

    In the past, our approach has been to give the last rounds 100 per cent effort, and that has worked well for us, landing psychological victories along the way.

    I feel this year is different and a golden opportunity for us against Penrith. We should hold off finalising our team until after Souths, roosters and Melbourne have played. Will be more obvious at that point who we would want to play in the first semi. May make sense to field a close to reserve grade team next week. All depends on how healthy the other 3 teams will be. Imagine Souths in the first semi without Inglis, Melbourne without Slater or Roosters without SBW. Makes sense that we manoeuvre to play whichever of these teams will be weaker.
     
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    • HappilyManly

      HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      2v will make the call after the Easts v Souths demolition derby :p

      Manly Players need to rest, that Trophy is pretty heavy to lug around the Stadium :D
       
    • Terry-Randal

      Terry-Randal Active Member

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      rest the big names and the ones carrying injuries, bring in the nsw cup halves also see what they can do.
       
    • The Who

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      Yes. It doesn't matter if we finish 3rd or 4th - we'll beat both Easts and Souffs.
      So, I'd be happy if we gave a few players a rest. Kite was outstanding tonight, coming back from injury. So he'd be one.
      Let's give Gower, Sao, Chisholm a chance to show their wares.
       
    • 1969

      1969 Well-Known Member

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      yes, I support this, blood some young fellas for next years tilt!
       
    • Eagles2nv

      Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      TBH, the 'riff arent playing for much, so hoopefully they have given up for the year.

      I would be resting any player with injuries e.g snake, choc, etc.. Dont want to lose them going into the finals.

      I would contemplate taking a spare half and giving DCE and Foz a rest during the game. Or not playing them at all.
       
    • Manly To Win!

      Manly To Win! Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Snake and Choc definitely shouldn't play. Would love Trbojevic and/or Gutherson to be given a run
       
    • Lord Eagleton

      Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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      This idea has merit. Id rest -

      *Choc (replaced by T Symonds)
      *Snake (replaced by P Hiku)
      *Kite (replaced by J Hasson or L Sao)

      I know Kite had a week or two out injured but he is no spring chicken anymore. He's played tough all year. Another week off might be what his body needs.
      I would even consider resting Matai and Ballin too. Just to freshen them up for a tough finals campaign.
       
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      • Ralphie

        Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        I wish we had been able to re-sign Kitey
         
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        • Lord Eagleton

          Lord Eagleton Well-Known Member

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          Yeah me too.
          He's gotten better over the years, like a nice bottle of red. His passing/link game and general play is great for our team. I think it will be very noticeable when he is not there next year.
           
        • COMMANDER

          COMMANDER IF YOU DO NOT TRY YOU CAN NOT FAIL 2016 Tipping Competitor

          Certainly rest those that need a break/carrying niggles.

          We are in a unique position in that we can basically determine who we are going to play in week 1.

          The other bonus is the Riff is no longer playing for position so they won't be knocking themselves out.
           
        • torana355

          torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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          He has gotten much better since the Des the Dog left. He will be missed next year.
           
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          • panash

            panash Well-Known Member

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            100% !!!! perfect opportunity to give those a rest that need it...

            help repair those injuries and get ready in 2 weeks..
             
          • Supernintendo Chalmers

            Supernintendo Chalmers Well-Known Member

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            kite wont be rested in his farewell home game unless he came up with an injury.
             
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            • Brissie Kid

              Brissie Kid Well-Known Member

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              Jamie Buhrer presumably gone for a spell too.
               
            • Daddycool

              Daddycool Well-Known Member

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              I'd say Brett won't play, nor will Choc or JB. However, Kite should be given the chance to play in his final home game at Brookvale.
              Hiku to fullback, Tom "the Dragon" Symonds into the starting side and Gower to the bench to cover for him.
               
            • Mark from Brisbane

              Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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              This is probably how it will pan out
               
            • bob dylan

              bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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              I wouldn't play

              Brett
              Lyon
              Matai
              Foz
              DCE
              Watmough
              Buhrer
              Glen
              Ballin
               
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              • CAMBO

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                If Melbourne lose on Saturday. I would rest en masse. If they win. I'd rest choc, snake and kite.
                 
              • Mark from Brisbane

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                May not be as simple as wholesale resting, don't forget the 2nd tier " cap" issue
                 

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