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Slammin' Handbag & other thoughts

Bradza

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After reading the article on the back of the Daily on Sat. morning the highlight of the game for me was seeing the Handbag get smashed.
Dunley got him with a big shoulder early but it was the five minutes just before halftime that I enjoyed. First up Watmough and Matai got him in a synchronised hit about 20 out from our line. The picture of it was in the Sun Herald yesterday. Great impact and they crushed him on his back. (whole new meaning to the nickname Slammin’ Sam).
The ball then went back to the middle of the field on the next tackle and was then shifted back to the right where Harris was recovering. He got the ball, did a shimmy and Matai proceeded to man handle him in his usual angry manner. As the wrestling went on, another three Eagles came in to completely smash him and say “welcome back”.

Early last season I thought we showed superior fitness in the heat compared to a lot of other teams. It contributed to our good start but as the season progressed and the weather cooled we lost that advantage. I was very happy to observe our superior fitness in the heat on Saturday. There appeared to be a real effort in the last half an hour to play at pace and the Tigers did not cope with it. The key is to carry that facet throughout the season.

A couple of times in the second half we were able to shoot the ball out the backline with quick passes when in the opposition quarter. Doing that quickly gives you room to put more dangerous plays on and is something we lacked last year.

When Brett Stewart got in the clear I was astounded to see him run down. It should be noted that he and his brother have been fighting a virus over the last two weeks.

The large trial crowd demonstrates the anticipation for the season to start. It is really important that we win our first couple of home games (at least) to keep the fringe supporters coming back for more and build up a solid average crowd base.

The Tigers seem to want to add even more complexity to their offence this year. Early in the game they bamboozled our back line defence and the inability to read the play and communicate in defence remains a key weakness for us. I will say however, that the Tigers seemed to have a borderline forward pass or decoy/shepherd in virtually every attacking raid. The refs need to be on to this.
 

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Spot on Bradza and great comments. We must make a good start.

It was great to see Sam absolutely smashed and also make his customary mistakes. We didn't seem to miss either him or Randall at all!
 

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One thing I noted was how deep our line was set. It looked much better and we havent had our line set that deep for a long time.

Our attacking prowess should be strong this year
 

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Bell's ability to always beat a defender should give our attack a lot of impetus.

There were some good signs in the Premier League, Ballin was very good again, I was impressed with Rose & Tim Mortimer. Witt was reasonable but his kicking options close to the line was average. Burns tried hard and looked dangerous when he took on the line while Cutho missed the opporunity to press for NRL selection due to a couple of dropped balls in the 2nd half.
 

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Wheel were you Drinking at the Game Burns didnt Play , Halden played #7 8|
 

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Well if the pricks had some sort of programme I might have known that - Halden looked dangerous then
 

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Great stuff Brazda. The Tigers were just not on their game defensively. In the second half we consistently went from our own 10 mt line to the Tiges 30m in 3 plays leaving plenty of time for additional pressure. Wish we had grabbed 2 points for that effort.
 

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i thought it was james mortimer in 4

im sure thats what the announcer said.

either way he looked allright.
 

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i thought it was james mortimer in 4

im sure thats what the announcer said.

either way he looked allright.

Whoever the Mortimer was it is the one 4 I was talking about.
 

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