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Steve Matai

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by bob dylan, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    I reckon we beat the storm last week with him in the side. He was super today.

    Almost as valuable to us as Lyon.

    He is a superstar. 100% Manly man.
     
  2. voicefromthehill

    voicefromthehill Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    And loved the wild hair - no pig tails for this man ;)
     
  3. Lovetheeagles

    Lovetheeagles Member

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    Totally agree, the forgotten man today as everyone emphasized on t- rex.
     
  4. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    I've stated previously we are a different team when he is on the paddock. His presence just lifts the side. Along with Choc is the glue of the Manly team.
     
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    He always plays well with the hair loose !!

    Can I toss this out there, 1 of the most under rated players to ever play for Manly

    People realise he is good, but not just how good and vital he is to our side
     
  6. firechild

    firechild Active Member

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    Couldn't agree more. I think very few supporters of rival clubs rate him but he makes an impact with just about every touch. I think just about every centre in the game would hate the idea of coming up against him. Chances are they'll get smashed at least once during the game and they won't be able to contain his runs, particularly from dummy half.
     
  7. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    People say this player is tuff and that player is tuff but Matai is without doubt one of the tuffest of the last 10 years.
     
  8. voicefromthehill

    voicefromthehill Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Yes, but is he the toughest! ;)
     
  9. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    I remember watching a show last year, and I am pretty sure it was Anasta who said that you always play worried and out of the corner of your eye when on the same side of the park as him
     
  10. Biscuits

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    if he qualified for nsw he would be in the origin side
     
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    • voicefromthehill

      voicefromthehill Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      If he qualified for Australia he would be in the side - just ask Gasnier
       
    • Evo

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      Skivvy makes such a difference to the Manly side....ALL players seem to play better. His competitive nature rubs off...was essential to our recent success + essential to our future. True gentleman, top bloke, sign him up!
       
    • Eagles2nv

      Eagles2nv Sea you in the finals 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      We already did sign him up, hopefully for the rest of his career.

      Matai is one of those inspirational players that lift the team around him. He is a game changeron so many occasions. How many times do you see him put on a big hit or a run out of dummy half to change the momentum of the game.
       
    • bones

      bones Bones Knows

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      Matai is a Manly man... Unlike T Dog. He plays with his mates for less money than he could get elsewhere. He is on par with legends like Beaver and Choc IMO.
       
    • Darren

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      Have to totally admire Steve when offered alot more to play at the Sharks. Reason why Whare left as no way getting Steve's or Lyon's centre position.
       
    • Simonmyers11

      Simonmyers11 Well-Known Member

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      Voted Players Player last year - enough said!
       
    • The Who

      The Who Well-Known Member

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      He runs straight; doesn't crab across field like some other centre (non Manly), and his running from dummy half is terrific.
      We miss his direct attack when he's away.
       
    • Technical Coach

      Technical Coach Well-Known Member

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      I agree 100% my favourite player in the squad along with Lyon and Foran.

      I would like to see his first 20m split times at training it would not surprise me if he tops the charts. Great explosive power off the mark and seems to get a good leap forward with good initial stride technique.

      There are times when his high tackling annoys me but i actually admired the reasons behind his last suspension---he made an effort to lift our intensity as our forwards were getting dominated and just mistimed.(in other words the forwards dominate he wont need to inspire as often.)
       
    • Ron E. Gibbs

      Ron E. Gibbs Well-Known Member

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      I've never underestimated him:) From the moment he came into first grade he's given his all for the club. He was pretty raw back then but he's worked hard on his attack and improved to be one of the best centres in the game. As others have said, we're a much better team with him in the lineup.
       
    • The Who

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      TC. Off the subject but: Do you think our forwards lose their defensive structure when King and Kite are rested? It seems to me that George and Darcy are not nearly as good in defence as they are in attack.
      With Gift back, which forward would you drop: Darcy, George, Vic or Joe?
       

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