Personally don't think Croker has the creativity to be an NRL level halfWould Croker to 6 work if Gordie plays 9? He started as a half.
He can tackle tho, so that’s more than the current 6.Personally don't think Croker has the creativity to be an NRL level half
OK I'm up now. What's for breakfast?Anyway, once the great unwashed wake up...they'll probably have better info.
I think this might be our only option but Gordie is still too inexperienced to be in NRL fulltime. He has to be eased into the role gradually.Would Croker to 6 work if Gordie plays 9? He started as a half.
I've seen him play a few times and agree - is likely to have done better than the (possibly more talented but less mature) players we brought through instead of him. Works his guts out, tough, knows where and when to run, where to pop up in support etc.Remember that was Fainus first game in reserves. So no. Unless he does an 18yr old Freddy Fittler, then a hard no. The bloke I believe deserves a shot is Jake Toby. I’ve pumped his tyres up before, but he plays fullback, he is far from a spring chicken at 26.But is a switched on player (pardon the pun. He is an electrician by trade), and seems to have a good mature head on his shoulders.Currently out injured. Should be back next week.
He may not be a first grade option in some people's eyes but he would be better than Tuipolutu. Sure he is no winger but he has that drive that is needed when the team is on the attack. Might be what we need at fullback just for the attack.Personally don't see Toby as a serious first grade option
Saturday was my first full viewing of Fainu. Whilst generally he had a quiet game he was in a team which was completely outplayed by a bigger and older side. But on a couple of occasions Fainu displayed flashes of substantial talent. He has a very nice passing game, has speed off the mark, and one heavy collision with the opposition FB also indicated his defence will be OK. So I am confident Manly has a very talented and exciting prospect in this young man, although no doubt it would be prudent not to rush his progression up the grades.Latu Fainu looks to be a very talented young fellow. But recent reports suggest he has a way to go in development before he can be considered for a half/five eighth role in first grade. We've already seen how Weekes is finding the transition challenging. Both will, I believe, succeed. But like players we've lost in Tom Wright, Albert Hopoate etc some young players take more time to reach that stage. Still do, but just takes a little longer. I suspect Latu has a year or two yet. If Schuster self destructs certainly they'll want him ready. If not I suspect the kid will be looking at DCE's position when the great half retires.
Under whelming would best describe Tui at this stage of his career. Hope there's huge improvement to come.Tuipolutu must train the house down , because he doesn't bring much else to the table.
He's a bit of a live wire.But is a switched on player (pardon the pun. He is an electrician by trade