The Schuster question ..

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I know, if it ain't broke, don't fix it .... but ..

Schuster has been contained well for the past month, and without any inside knowledge, he just looks tired and frustrated to me .. first full seasons in the NRL can drain young players, added to the bubble effect, and this can possibly be seen as expected ..

I can't help thinking that putting him on the bench ... and injecting him would revitalize him and work well ..Lawton could go back to 2nd row, I was thinking Keppie, but after his performance last night I wouldn't move him for quids.
 
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I feel that Schuster's talents are being wasted hitting it up (which is not his forte) and tackling. Another idea might be to start Paseka and have Keppie in the second row (which gives our pack great punch) and then rotate in Schuster to have a bit of freer hand. I think the problem is that we have plenty of ball players at the moment - besides the halves Jake rediscovered some of his touch and Walker is good too when he doesn't overplay his hand, which he tends to when in a halves position.
 
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Big risk to take for a Prelim Final. His form has been down that is for sure, he isn't having as much impact as earlier in the year. It looks like he is finding it hard to get into games, and I'm not sure Foz is giving him many good opportunities on that front either
 
Feast yer eyes ..
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Big risk to take for a Prelim Final. His form has been down that is for sure, he isn't having as much impact as earlier in the year. It looks like he is finding it hard to get into games, and I'm not sure Foz is giving him many good opportunities on that front either

Yeah, agree on the timing ... and the lack of good clean ball ... just pondering out loud and wondering how others think ... but nothing ventured nothing gained .. we certainly have to do something different against Storm next time ... Keppie leading the forwards is a start ..
 
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He seemed to spark up towards the end of the game when Cherry went off and he was moved into the halves. Looked eager to get his hands on the ball but it kept going the other way.
 
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He's playing a more traditional 2nd rowers role, I'm liking his work tbh. Makes his share of the tough tackles hard to take down, good decoy runner and always seems to make partial breaks and looks to off load if possible. Got a feeling against Sths were going to see him have a break out game, with Schuster putting on a show for us.
 
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We are playing much flatter than Mid season, this has affected haumole and schuster the most and Harper to a lesser extent. Doesn’t affect Parker as he runs lines suited to flat play and is to slow to utilise depth. I’m not sure why we changed it, but we are going to need points to win whatever remaining games we have left and I’m still worried about our edge defense
 
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Agree he looks cooked and has done for 4 or 5 weeks would have love that option of him off the bench either those last few rounds or against Melbourne, to do it now is a risk though like you say.
Since we started the Turbo wrap from Jake and Foran, Shu hasn't seen much good ball as it goes to Turbo, when he gets it it is normally with no room. After some heavy defensive efforts he is also making the odd miss and mistake, at the very least he needs refreshing.
 
Feast yer eyes ..
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He's playing a more traditional 2nd rowers role, I'm liking his work tbh. Makes his share of the tough tackles hard to take down, good decoy runner and always seems to make partial breaks and looks to off load if possible. Got a feeling against Sths were going to see him have a break out game, with Schuster putting on a show for us.

Agree, but traditional 2nd rowers are 50 pence a bunch at the growers market ... why you would have one of the most exciting creative ball players and runners produced for a decade playing that role is the issue ... great it if it is a Glen Stuart role ... but traditional ... a waste of tax payers money ...
 
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I think it's a mix of a lot of things @Woodsie my good friend. Made up of:
1. Rigors of a full season;
2. Probably lambasted for his no look passes;
3. Been coached to play a system;
4. Hate saying it, but a case of a bit of the ol' George Roses - probably being on holidays in QLD.

Hopefully he re-drops 8-10 k/g's in the off season.
Hopefully Des unlocks and frees the kid.

Here's an example of him a year ago, and what made him elite (big, but very fast and agile (he's WAY too unfit and unhealthy) - from his debut to now, he's a completely different shape:
 
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Young Josh has not quite been the same since he came back from that long injury break. He has modified his game and been more selective with his passing game.

He is playing a key role and if he came off the bench more as an impact player it could prove to be beneficial..
 

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