Moltzen's decision to stay with Tigers cost us dearly

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Moltzen's decision to stay with Tigers cost us dearly

Post by willow » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 6:21 am

Moltzen's decision to stay with Tigers cost us dearly, says Head
August 11, 2012
Brad Walter


THE absence of a specialist fullback after Tim Moltzen's decision to renege on a deal and remain with Wests Tigers has cost St George Illawarra dearly this season, according to former Dragons halfback Mathew Head.

The two joint-venture clubs meet tonight at Allianz Stadium and while the atmosphere is not expected to be anywhere near as hostile towards Moltzen at the Tigers' home game as it was when the teams met earlier this year at Kogarah, Dragons insiders are still fuming at his decision.

While Test wingers Jason Nightingale and Brett Morris have done a good job whenever they have played in the role, neither trained at fullback during the off-season as St George Illawarra coach Steve Price decided to give the No.1 jersey to boom utility Kyle Stanley.

However, the move did not work out and without a pre-season training at fullback, Head said there was no way Nightingale or Morris could perform the role as well as Moltzen, or the man he was signed to replace, Darius Boyd, would have.

''A specialist fullback is definitely as important as a seven or a nine these days and if you don't have one, you tend to struggle a bit,'' said Head, who is assistant coach of Cronulla's NSW Cup team and the Sharks' goal-kicking coach.

''In attack, the fullback is like a second halfback. He has to have good eyes, know who to pass to and when to pass and when to kick.

''Nightingale and Morris both have their running games down pat and they can both pass but it is just knowing when to pass and who to pass to. It takes time - maybe a couple of pre-seasons - to adapt to that part of the game.

''Some blokes are naturals at it and some blokes aren't, so maybe after a pre-season they would have been better at it - but, from everything I heard, Kyle was going to be fullback and he started the season there so they would have done the majority of their pre-season with him at the back.''

Dragons officials are considering taking legal action over the loss of Moltzen and are waiting to assess the full impact of his decision to walk away from a three-year deal with the club before deciding whether it is worthwhile.

''Tim is a good player. I played with him at the Tigers. He is smart and plays like a halfback,'' Head said. ''I would have thought he would have been the No.1 at the Dragons but, unfortunately, all of that stuff happened and there probably wasn't anyone for Pricey to go over.''

In other developments, Sydney Roosters winger Justin Carney has signed a two-year deal with British Super League club Castleford and Brisbane under-20s centre Matt Berwick was in a coma yesterday after a car accident on Thursday night. Berwick, who scored two tries in last Sunday's Toyota Cup match against Canberra, recently signed a contract extension with the Broncos.


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Post by Tigerdave » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 7:06 am

Here buy some lego, build a bridge, and get over it

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Post by RatedRKO » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 7:30 am

willow wrote: Dragons officials are considering taking legal action over the loss of Moltzen and are waiting to assess the full impact of his decision to walk away from a three-year deal with the club before deciding whether it is worthwhile.
So in other words, if/when the Dragons fail this year and don't make the finals they're going to blame Moltzen and try to take legal action against us. Typical dragqueens.

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Post by innsaneink » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 7:53 am

They should be thanking us.
We should be taking legal action.

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Post by Swordy » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 7:55 am

Sounds like some media comment needed to build up the blockbuster....nothing more.
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Post by tigersrule4life » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 8:06 am

Fire up Timmy Moltzen and the tigers lets beat those chokers.

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Post by bundyboy » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 8:20 am

innsaneink wrote:They should be thanking us.
We should be taking legal action.
Your not wrong their mate!


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Post by brk53y » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 8:22 am

Dead v having a cry again?


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Post by smeghead » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 8:29 am

innsaneink wrote:They should be thanking us.
We should be taking legal action.

Exactly
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Post by Snake » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 8:30 am

The dragons should stop complaining they missed a bullet, Moltzen is a very poor competitor that lacks the bottle to return the ball or defend with any conviction so all dragons fans should actually rejoice that us tiger supporters are stuck with him for a further 3 seasons just can't get my head around that one.



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Post by BeeJay » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 9:02 am

Typical news report to try and stir up some controversy on game day.

If the Dragqueens are really that upset I'm sure there are a few members of this forum that will happily pay for Moltzens transportation to Kograh to get him away from camp concord.

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Post by zebraman » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 9:12 am

Snake wrote:The dragons should stop complaining they missed a bullet, Moltzen is a very poor competitor that lacks the bottle to return the ball or defend with any conviction so all dragons fans should actually rejoice that us tiger supporters are stuck with him for a further 3 seasons just can't get my head around that one.



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I wish he went to the dragons he is the worst fullback in the nrl. utai has to do a lot more because when moltzen gets the ball from a kick he always passes it to utai moltzen rarely runs it


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Post by 1/4 chicken,chips » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 9:26 am

hahaha Head trying to talk up the game .
Ink hit the nail on the head.

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Post by Tigerpete » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 9:29 am

The Dragons fans i know don't talk of him anymore. They're well and truly over it, to the point of Moltzen who?? Yes they could probably use him still, they're over it though. It's a complete non issue and media beat up once more.

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Post by happy tiger » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 9:57 am

Slightly off subject , but fingers crossed for young Berwick He is a talented young player and lets hope he fully recovers from his accident

If it was the accident that I heard about he is lucky to be alive

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Post by Alf Duguid » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 2:19 pm

Lol at Mat Head. The blokes twitter feed is hilarious. A real desperado


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Post by hybrid_tiger » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 2:44 pm

It cost us dearly.

Dragons dodged the best bullet of all time.

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Post by Flippedy » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 4:09 pm

hybrid_tiger wrote:It cost us dearly.

Dragons dodged the best bullet of all time.
Exactly, has cost us more than it has cost them! Head has had too many knocks to the head if he thinks Moltzen has done better at fullback than either Nightingale or Morris this year.
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