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Test team

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by willstyles, May 3, 2009.

  1. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    Choc, Gift and Kitey all got the call-up.

    There are some players out there (from other clubs) who have every right to feel cheated....
  2. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo

    +669 /35
    I think kitey was a little lucky this time.
    But Choc and Gift deserve it.

    Cant believe matai didnt make NZ team
  3. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    You reckon Choc deserved it?

    I don't. Inconsistent as hell. He's played at least two very, very good games for Manly this year (3 if you include the game against Leeds). But just look at the past two weeks for reasons why he should be excluded - crucial missed tackles on the goal-line, too much dropped ball and silly penalties.

    He's been one of our better players in 2009, BUT there are so many good backrowers in the NRL... So that's why he is lucky.
  4. Disco

    Disco Well-Known Member

    +1,777 /48
    Yep players like O'Donnell, Waterhouse and Creagh are playing very well

    For mine i would have had O'Donnell in for Watmough
  5. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    Agree, O'Donnell is very unlucky. Those other two also have legitimate reasons to feel like they'll be in the wrong place on Friday evening. Wade Park ain't the same as Suncorp....

    How much quality depth does NSW have in backrowers? It's crazy. I mean, NSW is battling to have a decent starting front row, BUT we've got enough backrowers to fill 3 quality starting backrows. Stewart, O'Donnell, Waterhouse, Creagh, Laffranchi, Gallen, Choc, Bobcat, Tupou, Hindmarsh, Fitzy....and there's more after that. Insane depth in the one position.
  6. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +29 /0
    i think Luke Lewis has been the forgotten man. He is a phenominal player in my opinion.

    Probably doesn't help that he has played wing, centre, 5/8th, half back, back row, lock

    I would love to see him in a) a NSW jersey and b) a manly jersey.
  7. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +10,548 /214
    Not that I watch much of the Cows but when was the last time O'Donnell made a break? He seems a bit slow since his serious leg injury.
  8. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,387 /402
    Ok, Matai has almost been our most consistent player this year. He just turns up every game. It pisses me off really. What chump is in the centres for him?
  9. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    Looks like Ropati and Soliola are the Kiwi centres. Seems very odd that Matai has been overlooked. Especially for Soliola, who is playing fairly ordinary football - to the point where Fittler actually moved him into the backrow this weekend. Matai has been one of our best this season, so yeah, he's unlucky. Better for Manly though...

    I wouldn't worry about him getting a Blues jersey. On his form he'd be one of the first picked. I've been keen to put him in the centres because defensively he's top notch. I think he's one of the few NSW blokes who would be able to contain Inglis/Hodges (whichever side of the field he was put on). You're right though - he's killing it at the moment. The other option would be to use him as the utility on the bench (because of all the roles he can fill), but personally I'd still go with Wing there.

    As for O'Donnell, he probably has lost a bit of speed since his hammy was torn from the bone...fair point. But he is still making good metres per game. He's not going to break the line and run 40 metres to score, like Choc might, but I think he's more consistent - particularly in defence.
  10. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    At the moment Choc is listed on the bench and that is probably the right place, coming on as an impact player. The last two weeks have been below his best but he never stops trying.
  11. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,307 /13
    Maybe the Kiwi selectors think that Matai is an injury liability with his neck.
  12. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,872 /65
    They are just staying loyal I think

    In a way, Soliola is kind of like a modern day Olsen Filipina. He is always average for the Roosters, but put the black jersey on him and he goes up about 3 gears. In the Anzac test last season, he absolutely dominated his opponent, who from memory was Folau
  13. ssar

    ssar Well-Known Member

    +220 /4
    May 8th 2009 Australia v New Zealand Test Match

    Venue: Lang Park, Brisbane, Queensland
    Kick-Off: 7:45pm (EST) Friday 8th May
    Telecast: Live Channel 9


    Australian Squad:

    1. Billy Slater, Melbourne
    2. Israel Folau, Brisbane
    3. Greg Inglis, Melbourne
    4. Justin Hodges, Brisbane
    5. Darius Boyd, St. George Illawarra
    6. Darren Lockyer (Captain), Brisbane
    7. Johnathan Thurston, North Queensland
    8. Petero Civoniceva, Penrith
    9. Cameron Smith, Melbourne
    10. Steve Price, New Zealand
    11. Anthony Laffranchi, Gold Coast
    12. Paul Gallen, Cronulla
    13. Glenn Stewart, Manly

    14. Kurt Gidley, Newcastle
    15. Brent Kite, Manly
    16. Luke Bailey, Gold Coast
    17. Anthony Watmough, Manly
    18: Luke Lewis, Penrith
    19: (Standby for Boyd) Joel Monaghan, Canberra

    New Zealand Squad:

    1. Lance Hohaia, New Zealand
    2. Sam Perrett, Sydney City
    3. Iosia Soliola, Sydney City
    4. Jerome Ropati, New Zealand
    5. Manu Vatuvei, New Zealand
    6. Benji Marshall (Captain), Wests
    7. Nathan Fien, New Zealand
    8. Roy Asotasi, South Sydney
    9. Isaac Luke, South Sydney
    10. Adam Blair, Melbourne
    11. Simon Mannering, New Zealand
    12. David Fa'alogo, South Sydney
    13. Jeremy Smith, St. George Illawarra

    14. Frank Pritchard, Penrith
    15. Jason Nightingale, St. George Illawarra
    16. Jeff Lima, Melbourne
    17: Greg Eastwood, Canterbury
    18: Bronson Harrison, Canberra


    Go Kangaroos!


    This game is being played simultaneously with the NSW City v Country game on the same night - what a stupid idea, the test match should have been scheduled for the Saturday night 9th May.

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