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Willie Mason: Parramatta Eels won’t bully our Manly Sea Eagles forward pack

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Shaka1eye, Mar 2, 2015.

By Shaka1eye on Mar 2, 2015 at 6:53 AM
  1. Shaka1eye

    Shaka1eye Active Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    WILLIE Mason has declared Manly’s maligned forward pack won’t let Parramatta’s “beasts” bully them when they collide at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night.

    mason.jpeg Sea Eagles recruit Mason predicted former Silvertail Anthony Watmough would have the Eels forwards fired up for an epic grudge match.

    But the 34-year-old denied the Eels would hold any intimidation factor over the visiting Sea Eagle

    “I won’t be beaten by anyone - no-one puts one over me,” Mason said.

    “Choc (Watmough) won’t want to lose to his old club, that’s for sure.

    “He will get their massive pack up for this game.

    “We definitely know what we are in for on Friday night. Choc would have looked at the draw straight away to find out when he played Manly.

    “Parramatta have such a big and physical pack. They are beasts. Choc will have them ready.

    Mason likened Watmough’s clash with former club Manly to his return bouts against Canterbury, where he spent eight years of his career.

    “He will love it - this match will be a career highlight even though he has won grand finals,” Mason said.

    “Choc is a leader, not just for Parramatta but also NSW and Australia. You never want to lose to the team you just left.

    “It reminds me of when I left the Bulldogs.”

    With hulking forwards like Darcy Lussick (192cm, 114kg), Tim Mannah (184cm, 110kg), Tepai Moeroa (194cm, 111kg), Junior Paulo (188cm, 118kg) and Manu Ma’u (104cm, 103kg), Parramatta might fancy their chances of bulldozing the Manly pack, but Mason thinks it’s a no-win situation.

    “Not too many teams will try and test our middle,” Mason said. “I pride myself on being the intimidating body in the middle. I have a lot of pride - I won’t be beaten by anyo

    “I have that drive. That is probably why I am still playing. No-one puts one over me.

    “When the day comes when I get bullied, I’ll retire.

    “I am pumped. I couldn’t have come to a better club. Manly has such high standards. It’s not about the top eight here, it’s top four and grand finals.

    “They have a swagger about them but it isn’t cockiness. They have just had a success.”

    Friday night’s match will be fierce and personal.

    Parramatta signed Manly legend Watmough and the Eels are now ready to lure Kieran Foran from Brookvale. Former Sea Eagles star Will Hopoate is also an Eel.

    But everyone will be watching how Watmough plays.

    “Choc and I are good mates. He is a great player and will be remembered as a Manly great,” Mason said.

    “We go hard on the field but will have a beer after the match.”

    Last week, Watmough ruffled the Manly camp but expressing his “hate” for the club.

    “There’s people in this team who hate Manly even more than I do,” Watmough said. “I never thought I’d leave Manly but it’s probably been the best move I’ve made in my life besides marrying my wife and having a couple of kids.

    “It’s good to wake up every day and want to go to training. I’m not sitting in my car, not wanting to get out. Not wanting to train.”

    Big Willie's got me excited. Can't wait for Friday's game.
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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Shaka1eye, Mar 2, 2015.

    1. Ralphie

      Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      No Willie, you're wrong, Choc won't be remembered as a Manly great. He'll be remembered as an ungrateful traitor who **** on his junior club.
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      • Fluffy

        Fluffy Well-Known Member

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        Willie keeps popping up good media bites. Nothing to sensationalise, nothing to rev up the opposition teams just positive little quotes and the media seem to eat it up.

        If is as good on the field as he is off it for us then he will be very valuable.
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        • c eagle

          c eagle Well-Known Member

          +452 /52
          Getting excited over big willie..... Settle down..... But in all seriousness mason actions need to speak louder then his words this season.
        • Andrew..

          Andrew.. It's better to burn out, than to fade away. 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +2,535 /31
          love how the big fella wears his heart on his sleeve.....he may not do what Ben Kennedy did for us, but I'm bloody happy we have him in our corner this year.

          He's the perfect antidote for all the negative spin that could have consumed us this year !
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        • Fibro Eagle

          Fibro Eagle Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +1,101 /44
          Its all positive from big willie and rightfully so im sure he will get the young guys around him pumped up especially JSL he will thrive under willie . , If willie can show it on the field the rest will follow a bit like Kingy did in the last few season where he wouldn't take a backward step, yeah he wasn't the 80 min player no more but gave as good as he got so am hoping Big Willie can rise to the occasion as well c'mon boys lets kick it n rip it
        • Mark from Brisbane

          Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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          So nice to have a story that relates to the fact that we have our first game on Friday!!

          And ONYA big Willie, that's the spirit, fire up those forwards
        • JenEagle

          JenEagle Well-Known Member

          +1,891 /57
          Yeah gotta say he seems like a bit of a leader and a really positive influence. He's gotta back it up though on the field. Being almost 35 And having to mix it up with tough young forwards every week is a big ask on your body. Hope he kills it
        • dowdz

          dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          Loving Willie's attitude towards the club. he has been great with the media and very positive.
        • Jerry1

          Jerry1 Well-Known Member

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          That's exactly what I wanted to hear. It has shades of BK. well done big fella. Now lets make good on the talk.
        • The Eagle Has Landed

          The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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          Big Willie has been a revelation for clubs the past few years. I never really liked him early on in his career. But he's done a backflip and is great for team morale. And how great does the big fella look in Maroon and White?
        • Snake

          Snake Doing The Eagle Rock!

          +5,082 /244
          There was a time when Willie was a cancer, but it does appear that he is good for morale.

          I do have to say though, he needs to play more than 20 minutes a game if he is going to talk it up. The other forwards are not getting one over him because they've been on the field twice as long working their arses off helping win the game haha.
        • SeaEagle21

          SeaEagle21 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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          Personally would prefer to see him come on in 20 min stints. Love his enthusiasm but at 35 the body might not be able to back it up for longer stints. Also coming on and trying to intimidate opposition packs would fire up our 80min forwards towards the end of the halves. Either way I love hearing players showing pride in the jersey, no matter who they played for in the past. Go get 'em Willy!!!
        • tookey

          tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          I think that there will be some biff on Friday night as Watmore will try and get DCE any chance he can.

          I expect Mason and co will be primed to give it to Watmore if he tries anything.
        • SeaEagleRock8

          SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +10,554 /215
          Let's go Manly. Mason spouting fighting words is fair enough, there's little doubt the Eels plan to come out firing.

          I'll be happy to see 17 in maroon and white giving 100% all game. That's what I want to see, nothing more, nothing less. If I see that then I'll be confident of another strong season.
        • Technical Coach

          Technical Coach Well-Known Member

          +1,135 /80
          Does the season start this week?

          Might give it a miss and watch some Northern Eagles games instead to put me to sleep.

          Actually noticed a full game of Manly vs Canberra at Brookie on YouTube Canberra win this game I recall but at least there will be some passion and decent shoulder charges to be entertained by.
        • Technical Coach

          Technical Coach Well-Known Member

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          Better yet with this constant hardon that the Brookie Redevelopment plan has left on me I might ease up on the Viagra and use the extra disposable cash saved this week and "Kick on at Kicks" Nightclub Parra Leagues after the game and try and "Score" a good deal.

          Still dollar drinks till 10pm I hope----not like people out west can afford much more anyway so I doubt this has changed.

          Sorry guys mid 90's reflection mood tonight the NRL season opener is doing nothing for me this year.
          (Back in those days Toovey was annoying this young adult with all his attacking flaws but damn they were the good old days)
        • mozgrame

          mozgrame Well-Known Member

          +5,127 /51
          Or you could just stay home and have a wank.
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          • Shoe1

            Shoe1 Well-Known Member

            +7,210 /106
            I am dreading the ch 9 intro to the game. Am expecting 15 min of drivel, watmough, rabbits orating, the tooheys ad, gf footage, blah blah
          • Freagle

            Freagle Well-Known Member Premium Member

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            INteresting to note the emphasis in this article on Parra players' size...
            Darcy Lussick (192cm, 114kg),
            Tim Mannah (184cm, 110kg),
            Tepai Moeroa (194cm, 111kg),
            Junior Paulo (188cm, 118kg)
            Manu Ma’u (104cm, 103kg)

            Compare that to:
            Willie - 195cm, 119kg
            Brenton Lawrence - 187, 107kg
            Burgess, 194cm, 113kg
            Mateo, 194cm, 108kg
            Lui, 182cm, 108kg
            JSL, 190cm, 108kg
            Hasson, 193cm, 105kg (according to the website - think this is probably outdated)

            We're really not giving that much away to them. Or anything, really.

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