The Jurbo Journal - (just a really nice Jake thread)

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Who should be Manly's captain (from now) ?

  • DCE

    Votes: 26 32.1%
  • Jake T

    Votes: 55 67.9%

  • Total voters

Ron E. Gibbs

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Jake Trbojevic is set to be named as the Blues new Origin captain.
Could they not find a shot where he didn't have a thick drop of snot hanging from his nostril?

Kiwi Eagle

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I always have a laugh when all the Silvertails ‘experts’ bag Jake and DCE.

I watch almost all games over the round, and when you see other teams halves and tackling machines, I’m always glad ours are Jake and DCE, who will now both captain there states.

Yes both aren’t perfect and I would love to see DCE not kick early, not throw erratic passes. I would love to see Jake get a head of steam and run onto the ball more, but if you watch other games, just look at other teams and how there players play week in week out.

The Silvertail experts must really be better judges that former elite players, coaches and selectors.

A good friend of mine, who just happens to be in my avatar name, wouldn’t swap either of them in our side, he also would have loved to play along side both. They are his words.
Jamie Lyons or Cliff Lyon ?
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It is the first time in a long time I feel like NSW have chosen "origin" players. I still think we / NSW lack the class of QLD but it is nice to see a team with some heart in it


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Jake Trbojevic walks into NSW camp wide-eyed and with a grin from ear to ear.

It's Game Three of the 2016 State of Origin series and a 22-year-old Trbojevic is on cloud nine.

The Manly youngster is surrounded by some of the game's biggest stars, including Robbie Farah, Wade Graham and James Maloney, and is living out his childhood dream alongside his brother Tom.

Terry Zarsoff

First Grader
From Andrew Webster at the SMH:


‘He’s like Christopher Columbus’: The dorky passion of NSW captain Jake Trbojevic​


Andrew Webster

Chief Sports Writer
June 5, 2024 — 5.00am

After reading acres of newsprint and online copy about Jake Trbojevic since he was handed the NSW captaincy 10 days ago, you wonder if there’s anything left to say.

Then you ring Des Hasler.

“Jake’s a bit like an explorer,” Trbojevic’s former Manly coach says. “He’s always looking for something more.”

Sing it, Des.

“Back in the day of Christopher Columbus, there was an expression they often used: ‘Find me the horizon’. That’s what the Queen said to Columbus before he sailed off. It must have been pretty scary for sailors in those days when they thought the earth was flat and that they’d fall off the side. Jake’s a bit like that.”

Dropping off the edge of the world? That’s quite the foreboding metaphor for a rookie NSW captain.
 Jake Trbojevic on Tuesday, the day before he captains NSW for the first time.

Jake Trbojevic on Tuesday, the day before he captains NSW for the first time.CREDIT: JANIE BARRETT

“To be an explorer in those days, you were sailing blindly. That’s how he treats every game.”

Trbojevic will blindly lead the Blues onto Accor Stadium on Wednesday night as NSW sets sail for the New World after two consecutive series losses to Billy Slater’s Queensland.

Incoming coach Michael Maguire dropped several selection bombshells when he named his side for game one, but nobody saw the captaincy call coming – including Trbojevic.
He wasn’t Maguire’s first choice, of course.

Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary would have been given ownership of the side, including the captaincy, if he hadn’t torn his hamstring early in May.
NSW captain Jake Trbojevic is a puppy dog off the field and Doberman on it.

NSW captain Jake Trbojevic is a puppy dog off the field and Doberman on it.CREDIT: GETTY

Even when Cleary was ruled out, most assumed Panthers lock Isaah Yeo would be handed the armband after Maguire had dropped incumbent James Tedesco, who has returned to the side at fullback because of Dylan Edwards’ quad injury.

Yeo has been named vice-captain and his cool, calm leadership style is the perfect counterpoint to Trbojevic’s infectious enthusiasm for rugby league, his state and just life in general.

On the field, Trbojevic is the hardest of workers.

Off it, he’s a loveable puppy dog.

“I don’t have any messages of hate,” he chuckled at a media conference on Tuesday when told he was the nicest man in the game.

Which makes you wonder if he’s ruthless enough to captain in the Origin arena.

“He’s a different person on the field,” assures his injured brother, Tom. “He leads by example. He won’t be one for the big speech in training, but once the game comes around he’ll be ready to go. He never lets you down in the moment.”

If anything, Trbojevic is the perfect captain for what Maguire wants this NSW team to be. No player in the NRL puts his team first as much as he does.

Teammates at club, state and national level tell you about a guy who will sneak away to pay the bill before anyone else does; a player who just wants to make sure everyone is OK.

On the 2016 Four Nations tour, Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga gave the players a decent chunk of time off between matches, and most of them used it to head to Barcelona, which has many bars and nightclubs that stay open well into the day, I’m told.
‘He’s so caring’: Trbojevic is the ultimate team player.

‘He’s so caring’: Trbojevic is the ultimate team player.CREDIT: GETTY

A bunch of rugby league players in Barcelona: what could possibly go wrong?

On one night out, the security accompanying the team diligently kept a head count, but they quickly became confused because they would lose a player, then gain a player, then lose a player, then gain a player …


Jake Trbojevic will captain his first Blues side in game one on June 5.

State of Origin

Can you turn the nicest guy in rugby league into an Origin captain?

Then they realised Trbojevic had been escorting tired teammates back to the hotel, before returning to the bar at which they were partying.

“He’s like a big brother,” says Manly teammate Aaron Woods, who was on the tour. “He’s just the ultimate team player. He’s so caring.”

That includes the opposition. You might’ve heard about the urban legend of Trbojevic apologising to rival players after he hits them too hard in defence.

Wood says it’s true. He was playing for the Wests Tigers against Manly at Leichhardt Oval one afternoon when Trbojevic cut him in half with a textbook tackle.

That’s the other thing with Jakey T: in a game in which proper tackling technique has become very loose, he still knows precisely where to put his head before driving forward and dumping the ball-carrier on his back.

“You OK?” Trbojevic, standing at marker, asked Woods.

“What did you say!?” the front-rower replied, stunned.

Hasler says Trbojevic’s nice guy persona is at odds with the player you’ll find on the field.
“Don’t be swayed by his demeanour – he’s a fierce competitor,” Hasler says. “He’s that player who will always be there. He does all the things you don’t see. He’s the last in the corner making a covering tackle. He’ll do all the ****, ugly work in the middle that nobody sees. That’s why he’s made for Origin.”

A cursory glance at Trbojevic’s statistics this season suggests he’s hardly in brilliant form. He’s averaging about 62 metres per game.
But his strength isn’t endless carries into the teeth of the defence. Rather, it’s in the way he fortifies the middle of the field in defence.

Those around him trust him to never slip off a tackle. He’s averaging a staggering 38 tackles a match.
True Blue: Trbojevic


If there’s one knock on Trbojevic, it’s that he cares too much.

If there’s one knock on Trbojevic, it’s that he cares too much.

“It can be to his own detriment,” Hasler offers. “He dwells. You have to let the negative go sometimes. You’ve got to move on. He’s getting better at that with age.”

Let’s hope there are few negatives out of Wednesday night’s match. I want NSW to win just so we can be treated to a Jake Trbojevic post-match interview.

Normally, I spend the days leading up to an Origin down a YouTube wormhole, indulging in video after video of old all-in brawls and thunderous hits.
‘There’s no horizon for him’: Trbojevic.

‘There’s no horizon for him’: Trbojevic.CREDIT: NRL PHOTOS

This week, I got lost watching Trbojevic interviews after various wins for Manly.

My favourite came after NSW didn’t pick him for the first match in 2022. After leading Manly to a big win over the Wests Tigers, he was asked on Fox Sports whether coach Brad Fittler had called him regarding his non-selection.

“Oh nah I haven’t spoken to anyone but um you know I just haven’t thought about it you know everyone they picked was in good form and you know I reckon they deserve to get another chance they were sort of unlucky the other night you know you back them to do the job again so hopefully for them they get another chance but if I’m called upon I’d love to be there I’m just enjoying doing it for Manly enjoying being captain and yeah hopefully we can get a few wins,” Trbojevic said.

On Wednesday night, the endless search for Origin dominance begins. In the final minute, when everyone else is out on their feet, the NSW captain will still be standing, looking at the horizon.

“He’s so obsessed with the task — every game,” Hasler says. “That’s why he spits and slobbers and plays until the end. There is no horizon for him.”

Like Columbus, let’s hope he never finds it.
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