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Taupau Manly's ace in the deck

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by globaleagle, Jun 28, 2017.

By globaleagle on Jun 28, 2017 at 10:08 AM
  1. globaleagle

    globaleagle Deux bourbons s'il vous plait Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Breaking down structured defensive lines has never been so difficult, so you can understand why the Sea Eagles are so happy to have a guy like Martin Taupau at their disposal.

    The wrecking ball up front is a defender's nightmare; is he going to smash the ball forward with late footwork or is he going to pop an offload to a speedster in support to force effort on effort plays in defence?


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    http://www.nrl.com/taupau-manlys-ace-in-the-deck/tabid/10874/newsid/109384/default.aspx
     
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    Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by globaleagle, Jun 28, 2017.

      1. Bearfax

        Bearfax Well-Known Member

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        His performances this year have been the most devastating I've seen in as long as I can remember...and I started watching Manly in '66. Fifita may have had a brilliant first SOO, but Taupau does it every week. I'd have Taupau any day over Fifita
         
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        • globaleagle

          globaleagle Deux bourbons s'il vous plait Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          As the article also says: he seems to now have that controlled aggression. After his 2 week shoulder charge suspension (because he isn't sam burgess) he's only given away something like 3 penalties in 11 games.

          He's in great form.
           
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          • torana355

            torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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            Dare i say it he is the main reason why we are going so well this year. DCE and the whole backline are reaping the rewards of some outstanding go forward. He is one player we have to keep at any cost longterm.
             
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            • manlyfan76

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

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              He wanted to be the best forward in the game.
              I hope he stays there.
               
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              • grassy

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                I have been giving Api a great deal of mention lately and probably overlooked this guy a little. He really showed us the way against the sharkies and we were better for it when he was on the field.
                 
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                • The Indian

                  The Indian Well-Known Member

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                  Without doubt the best prop in the game in my eyes - and by the length of the straight at Flemington. We'd be half the team without him.

                  Thank god he's locked up long term.
                   
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                  • eaglebuzz

                    eaglebuzz Well-Known Member

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                    Dally M Prop of the Year.
                     
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                    • hozza

                      hozza Well-Known Member

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                      Been an absolute monster for us, especially over the last 2 months. Been unstoppable, damn good to watch!
                       
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                      • Harry Smith

                        Harry Smith I think I'm actually a bloody sea eagle

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                        I'd have Taupau over Taumololo
                         
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                        • pjayz

                          pjayz Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                          Both outstanding; however, I wouldn't swap Marty for anyone. He is a machine and my favourite player - so glad he wears our colours.
                           
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                          • R3

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                            Darcy Lussick and Marty Taupau had so many similarities in their rookie seasons in the NRL and last year Darcy really cleaned up his game and became the form prop for the rest of the year. This year Marty is firing while Darcy tries to rediscover (hopefully) his 2016 form. With a bit of luck and hard work, it would be nice to have them both firing towards the finals. Well done to Marty so far!
                             
                          • KOMORI

                            KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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                            He's been an absolute BEAST for us this year. Just killing it!!
                             
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                            • CliffyIsGod

                              CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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                              I was more than impressed with Darcy last week. He made 104 metres in 20 minutes he played. That was about the same as what Marty made in his first stint.
                               
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                              • Bradza

                                Bradza Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                                Just as important as his offloads is the decision making he is showing on when to hold on to the ball. Very few of his offloads go astray or put team mates under pressure.
                                 
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                                • Loobs

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                                  I think he's finally worked out how to best utilise his strength while moving.
                                   
                                • Loobs

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                                  That's true but the metres against the starters are harder yards. Darcy is coming on with the benefit of having had Marty and co tenderise the opposition.
                                   
                                • Woodsie

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                                  EXACTLY ... something T-Rex never did learn.
                                   
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                                  • Ron E. Gibbs

                                    Ron E. Gibbs Well-Known Member

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                                    I was expecting a lot from him this year, but he's been even better than I could have hoped for. Seems likes he's figured out how to stay on the field, and every minute he's out there is valuable.
                                     
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                                    • mickqld

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                                      How much did he show up Fifi and halfaGallon. Those 2 combined didnt get within cooee of Marty.
                                       
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