Mahe Fonua

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Re: Mahe Fonua

Unread post by goldcoast tiger » Wed 20 Sep, 2017 4:33 pm

tig_prmz wrote:
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goldcoast tiger wrote:
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Chicken Faced Killa wrote:
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Surely he finds a spot in first grade next year. Was 1st grade material when he went to the UK and looks to still be. Winger or centre he's there
I remember him having a few games when he stood out a bit, but a lot where he was almost invisible.
He want to have improved since then to hold a first grade spot even here.
I don't go much on SL form
But he may be ok
We won't know until the season starts
I think we need someone actually FAST in the backs,
We've lost the only genuine speed merchant that we had, looks like we won't be scoring many long range tries
it's not just about long rage tries, having a speedster doesn't allow the defense to compress in on us. if we had JAC on the outside, they wouldn't compress coz they don't want him getting on the outside. hence, our middle would be affected too.

same goes in defense. noffa has to jam in and up coz he turns around like a truck.
I agree , but most of the top teams know that if hey can put a speedster into a hole they're not likely to get picked up. That's what we will miss. And as you said they can't just leave him and forget him they have to stay wider.


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Unread post by 05TIGZ » Wed 20 Sep, 2017 11:55 pm

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You know what else I liked about that shot he put on?

He checked to see if the opposing player was ok. A touch of class there.

Might have the aggression we need but he doesn't contravene the "No DH" Policy.

Will be a fantastic purchase IMHO.
Watching his highlights this year,I reckon he could be One of our best buys for next year. I love the depth we have built in our backline. Unlike previous years the pressure is on, if you don't perform there will be somebody half decent ready to take your spot. Really looking forward to 2018 ( even though I was really looking forward to 2017 at the start of the year lol).

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Unread post by wt00 » Mon 25 Sep, 2017 10:56 pm

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Unread post by yeti » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 6:58 am

goldcoast tiger wrote:
Wed 20 Sep, 2017 12:35 pm
Chicken Faced Killa wrote:
Sat 16 Sep, 2017 9:45 pm
Surely he finds a spot in first grade next year. Was 1st grade material when he went to the UK and looks to still be. Winger or centre he's there
I remember him having a few games when he stood out a bit, but a lot where he was almost invisible.
He want to have improved since then to hold a first grade spot even here.
I don't go much on SL form
But he may be ok
We won't know until the season starts
I think we need someone actually FAST in the backs,
We've lost the only genuine speed merchant that we had, looks like we won't be scoring many long range tries
The Cowboys are doing ok with a backline devoid of speed. Really, there aren't that many tries scored when it's just speed alone that counts.
Nofa has scored tries from our own 22 on several occasions and he is no out and out speedster, but he's quick enough. With Brooks, Tui and Milne (if he makes the firsts), we have reasonable pace without being electric.

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Unread post by goldcoast tiger » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 7:04 am

yeti wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 6:58 am
goldcoast tiger wrote:
Wed 20 Sep, 2017 12:35 pm
Chicken Faced Killa wrote:
Sat 16 Sep, 2017 9:45 pm
Surely he finds a spot in first grade next year. Was 1st grade material when he went to the UK and looks to still be. Winger or centre he's there
I remember him having a few games when he stood out a bit, but a lot where he was almost invisible.
He want to have improved since then to hold a first grade spot even here.
I don't go much on SL form
But he may be ok
We won't know until the season starts
I think we need someone actually FAST in the backs,
We've lost the only genuine speed merchant that we had, looks like we won't be scoring many long range tries
The Cowboys are doing ok with a backline devoid of speed. Really, there aren't that many tries scored when it's just speed alone that counts.
Nofa has scored tries from our own 22 on several occasions and he is no out and out speedster, but he's quick enough. With Brooks, Tui and Milne (if he makes the firsts), we have reasonable pace without being electric.
I'd still rather have speed than not , any speed we get . We seem to export it to other teams. Then watch it bite us on the bum.


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Unread post by WestsBenTigers » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 7:16 am

Brooks' speed is underrated.

He is probably the 4th fastest halfback in the entire comp behind Mbye, Johnson and Pearce

I think he will be our fastest player in 2018

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Unread post by Russell » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 8:20 am

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Ben, I can see why everyone says he is very ordinary. Yeah right!!!

We have a good one, you don't forget that stuff, 2018 will be his finest year so far, you can see it bubbling.

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Unread post by kingbrooks » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 8:31 am

Speed is important. Several times this year we made breaks and were run down, in situations where to be honest, we probably shouldnt of been. Guys with speed also make more opportunities, as they are given a whole on the outside, and can exploit, as opposed to our wingers who have to cut in, or they will be taken into touch etc.

I think its very important. Its not just about having out and out speedsters, we generally have some of the slowest players in their positions (EG - Nofo would definitely be at the slower end of wingers). Brooks is probably one of the only ones who is in the upper end in his position, as was Teddy and Moses.

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Unread post by colmcd » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 8:32 am

This thread can be summed up as "Mahe Fonua" will either be fantastic or not have the speed we need at the edge.

So glad we have those two last cap spots ready....

*the dumb idea* Worst comes to worst, move Brooks to the wing.

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Unread post by macca84 » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 10:35 am

WestsBenTigers wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 7:16 am
Brooks' speed is underrated.

He is probably the 4th fastest halfback in the entire comp behind Mbye, Johnson and Pearce

I think he will be our fastest player in 2018
He's faster than Pearce for sure. He'd be closer to Mbye and Johnson if he didn't have a dodgy hammy

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Unread post by Tacky » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:17 pm

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I don't think we should worry too much about size. It's their ability we need. If they can do the job in its totality its all I want. Remember TNT? No giant in stature but sure as hell was an effective winger for us.
TNT wasn't short or slow.

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Unread post by sideline eye » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:42 pm

Tacky wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:17 pm
prattenparkchild wrote:
Wed 20 Sep, 2017 2:24 pm
I don't think we should worry too much about size. It's their ability we need. If they can do the job in its totality its all I want. Remember TNT? No giant in stature but sure as hell was an effective winger for us.
TNT wasn't short or slow.

What great memories. Last I heard he was a guard at a NT prison and I don't think he was looked after as well as he should have been by the club after he smashed his ankle and could no longer play. Hopefully, Fonua might be our Tuaki MK.2.

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Unread post by sideline eye » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:43 pm

Tacky wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:17 pm
prattenparkchild wrote:
Wed 20 Sep, 2017 2:24 pm
I don't think we should worry too much about size. It's their ability we need. If they can do the job in its totality its all I want. Remember TNT? No giant in stature but sure as hell was an effective winger for us.
TNT wasn't short or slow.

What great memories. Last I heard he was a guard at a NT prison and I don't think he was looked after as well as he should have been by the club after he smashed his ankle and could no longer play. Hopefully, Fonua might be our Tuaki MK.2.

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Unread post by bathursttiger » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 3:53 pm

Tacky wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:17 pm
prattenparkchild wrote:
Wed 20 Sep, 2017 2:24 pm
I don't think we should worry too much about size. It's their ability we need. If they can do the job in its totality its all I want. Remember TNT? No giant in stature but sure as hell was an effective winger for us.
TNT wasn't short or slow.

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Unread post by NT Tiger » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 3:59 pm

sideline eye wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:43 pm
Tacky wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:17 pm
prattenparkchild wrote:
Wed 20 Sep, 2017 2:24 pm
I don't think we should worry too much about size. It's their ability we need. If they can do the job in its totality its all I want. Remember TNT? No giant in stature but sure as hell was an effective winger for us.
TNT wasn't short or slow.

What great memories. Last I heard he was a guard at a NT prison and I don't think he was looked after as well as he should have been by the club after he smashed his ankle and could no longer play. Hopefully, Fonua might be our Tuaki MK.2.
Yeah, Thanks Tacky, Tuiaki was one of my favourites.
I don't know if you're aware 'sideline' but a lady named Carla did a crowd fund back in 2015 and raised about $16,000 for his ankle surgery. He had the surgery in Sept of that year. I don't know how successful it was.
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Unread post by formerguest » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 4:20 pm

Russell wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 8:20 am
WestsBenTigers wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 7:23 am
Ben, I can see why everyone says he is very ordinary. Yeah right!!!

We have a good one, you don't forget that stuff, 2018 will be his finest year so far, you can see it bubbling.
Not everyone Russ, mostly just 851 and a few loyal disciples that are missing a coach.

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Unread post by Lidcombe Magpie » Tue 26 Sep, 2017 6:25 pm

Tacky wrote:
Tue 26 Sep, 2017 1:17 pm
prattenparkchild wrote:
Wed 20 Sep, 2017 2:24 pm
I don't think we should worry too much about size. It's their ability we need. If they can do the job in its totality its all I want. Remember TNT? No giant in stature but sure as hell was an effective winger for us.
TNT wasn't short or slow.

Geez I forgot how good this guy was, absolutely terrorised the the opposition

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