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Steve Matai acting as a mentor for Tom Trbojevic’s move to centre

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by swoop, Jun 16, 2016.

By swoop on Jun 16, 2016 at 11:11 AM
  1. swoop

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    Steve Matai acting as a mentor for Tom Trbojevic’s move to centre
    • 37 minutes ago
    • by NICK WALSHAW
    • Source: The Daily Telegraph
    TOM Trbojevic, a month ago, had played two, maybe three games at centre.

    And all of them for Mona Vale juniors.

    “So when told I’d be switching there, I was worried,’’ the Manly young gun says. “I knew it was going to be a challenge.”

    Enter Steve Matai.

    With the Sea Eagles currently resembling a MASH unit, it has been left to the injured Matai — sidelined for the year with a neck injury — to give 19-year-old Trbojevic a crash course in NRL centre play.

    Indeed, so hands on has the former international become, he now stands behind the Manly backline during training drills so that, afterwards, he can better school Trbojevic on potential improvements.

    And the results have been immediate.

    Touted as a future Sea Eagles No. 1, the northern beaches teen has been so strong since shifting from the wing in the past three weeks several critics have suggested he be catapulted onto the flanks of the NSW Origin side.

    Trbojevic has been in fine form since switching to centre.Source: News Corp Australia
    And for that, he credits Matai.

    “Skivvie has been really helpful,’’ Trbojevic concurs. “He gets in behind me at training, stands behind me when we do edge stuff.

    “I’ll defend a set and then he comes and talks with me afterwards. Telling me what I did well, what I can improve on, that sort of thing.

    “It’s been great.

    “Prior to coming into first grade, I’d played fullback my entire life. There were a couple of games at centre in juniors, but that’s it.

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    “So to have a great centre like Skivvie there, it’s been really helpful.”

    Having already been forced to learn wing play, Trbojevic admits the difficulties of this latest move are greater again.

    Worse, he is trying to learn in a side that, apart from being riddled with injury and marred by off-field controversy, has also dropped five games straight.

    “The biggest challenge is defensively,’’ he says. “You have to make more decisions.

    “I was worried at the start but having great players here to help me out — Jamie Lyon has been really helpful, too — it’s made the switch a lot easier.

    “I’m really enjoying the challenge.”


    Some have spoken about Trbojevic as an Origin bolter.Source: News Corp Australia
    While Trbojevic will partner Lyon in the centres against Gold Coast in Monday Night Football, he remains unsure if the spot is now his for the season.

    “I haven’t really spoke to Baz about it that much,’’ he continued. “But now with Skivvie gone for the year, I will probably have to fill a role at centre and I’m happy to do that.”

    Despite his strong showings for Manly in recent weeks, Trbojevic still refused to say he was happy with his individual form.

    “Happy wouldn’t be the right word, no,’’ he adds. “Having people talk about you and Origin selection, it’s surreal.

    “But it’s hard to be happy with the way you’re playing if the side has lost five games in a row.

    “I’m playing all right but I’m not happy. We have to turn our form around.”

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    Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by swoop, Jun 16, 2016.

      1. MissKate

        MissKate Well-Known Member Premium Member

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        Hmm thought that is what Brett should have been doing for the last 18 months
         
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        • wedgetail eagle

          wedgetail eagle Well-Known Member Premium Member

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          Matai needs to talk to Big Marty as well, about keeping the aggression but, getting the dirt out his game.
           
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          • ricardo

            ricardo Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            Just show endless replays of his hit on Tyrell
             
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            • swoop

              swoop Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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              Matai is teaching Tom T positional play, may be Tapau needs to speak to the great Menzies.
               
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              • Loobs

                Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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                I still think he'd make a great long term centre with Walker. Tom is 19, Walker is what - 20 or 21? They'd own those spots for the next decade. I worry how he'd hold up playing fullback long term.
                 
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                • ricardo

                  ricardo Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  What about Hex? He and Walker should be the centres with Tom at fullback. Would absolutely rip up first grade
                   
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                  • ricardo

                    ricardo Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                    Buy Aaron Gray as well he is electric on the wing
                     
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                    • Clay

                      Clay Well-Known Member

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                      The games he has played at centre have been better then his performances at fullback.
                       
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                      • Top End Eagle

                        Top End Eagle Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                        I hope he stays at centre with walker. That would be the best. He will be busted playing fullback and is a superstar centre.
                         
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                        • Loobs

                          Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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                          I don't know if you're joking or serious.
                           
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                          • The Who

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                            Next season I think the club should consider employing Matt Balin as conditioning coach and Matai as defensive coach. If nothing else they both represent the Manly 'culture' and are fine ambassadors and fan favourites.
                             
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                            • ricardo

                              ricardo Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                              Deadly serious!! Hex has a lot tonight and despite his nickname will be a great centre. I know only I can see it but he has the makings of a club legend. One or two things in his game which need fine tuning of course, but he will be good.
                               
                            • Moondog

                              Moondog What's up Darth? 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                              Tom has the opportunity to pick the brains of two of the greatest centres in history, soak it up boy.
                               
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                              • nightster

                                nightster I feel like a young girl from Melbourne Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                                @:paren't we getting T-rex for fullback
                                 
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                                • Moondog

                                  Moondog What's up Darth? 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                                  Geez, lets get Gutho back, Tom and Dylan can play centres and if we've got to take TRex stick him in at five-eighth, it couldn't be worse than we've got now.
                                   
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                                  • ricardo

                                    ricardo Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                                    Gutho can kick goals too
                                     
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                                    • Ron E. Gibbs

                                      Ron E. Gibbs Well-Known Member

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                                      I wasn't sure at first but I actually think centre might prove to be Tom's best position. If nothing else comes out of this season, at least Tommy T is learning his trade.
                                       
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                                      • Jerry1

                                        Jerry1 Well-Known Member

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                                        Never train up your replacement. It's the golden rule. I've seen it in business many times. Someone brought in who knows jack **** who is going to take your job or become your boss. Sink or swim matey unless you plan on an early retirement.
                                         
                                      • Turbo

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                                        This is good for Tom to learn to play different positions I expect him to play a lot of rep footy in the centres but not at manly. Fullback is his spot and he will leave if he doesn't get the fullback spot that he has been waiting for for a number of years. And there isn't any great fullbacks we have at the club to take his place. Tom will be fullback next year no doubt he is too good for centre but geez he is making a lot of good defensive centres this year look silly.
                                         
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