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Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sat 25 May, 2013 7:44 pm
by Nate DAWG
Fade To Black wrote:
Nate DAWG wrote:
Fade To Black wrote:Big Pat will be the left centre.
What experience does he have as a centre? I always thought he was a specialist winger, who could fill in as a fullback when needed. An NRL standard centre needs to be at a certain standard defensively.
He wouldn't be any worse defensively than Jennings, J. Morris and Ferguson who will all supposedly play Origin this year. Would you leave him out of our team so that we can watch Lawrence flounder for another coupla years? Coz I can't see Richards getting Koro's left wing spot.
Jennings has been strong defensively all year, Morris is also a noted defender. Ferguson is learning how to play centre in the NRL and if picked for SOO will be on the wing. I just don't think it is that easy to play centre late in your career when it is not your position. I think Lawrence will never recapture the form he had a few years back and i think Simona is the long term soloution to centre

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sat 25 May, 2013 8:55 pm
by Tiger_heart
Might want to consider where this leaves Pat Richards, while we are at it...

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sat 25 May, 2013 9:01 pm
by Nate DAWG
Tiger_heart wrote:Might want to consider where this leaves Pat Richards, while we are at it...
IMO, it leaves Pat Richards as a mistake in relation to recruitment - I wouldn't want to see Koro or Nofo discarded to make way for Richards.

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sat 25 May, 2013 9:24 pm
by pHyR3
Nate DAWG wrote:
Tiger_heart wrote:Might want to consider where this leaves Pat Richards, while we are at it...
IMO, it leaves Pat Richards as a mistake in relation to recruitment - I wouldn't want to see Koro or Nofo discarded to make way for Richards.
only an IDIOT would discard koro or nofo. oh wait.......s**t :brick:

haha, nah. pat is a good purchase. Notice how we have like 50 games in the back line bar benji and reddy? We desperately need some experience which anasta provided a good deal of last night. Ordering people around and really helped our discipline and cohesion as everyone knew what to do. Also enhanced Farah's game by reducing responsibilities (58tackles).

Richards does the same but unlike Anasta in the pack and Farah with the halves Richards is extremely useful in the back 3 to help our koro and teddy.

As for nofo, I hear he can play centre and if not we can mould him because his defence is definitely good enough and he's young. That leaves simona/reddy/aysh/lawrence fighting it out for the other centre position. And we can probably afford to drop/let go two of them.

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sat 25 May, 2013 11:18 pm
by Goose
Richards has played solely center in ESL, he will play there for us ss well

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sat 25 May, 2013 11:25 pm
by pHyR3
Goose wrote:Richards has played solely center in ESL, he will play there for us ss well
has he really? hadn't heard that at all.

Even better!

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sun 26 May, 2013 4:28 pm
by foreveratiger
It will be the end after this year for both ... a no - brainer really

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sun 26 May, 2013 4:58 pm
by Boonboon2
Goose wrote:Richards has played solely center in ESL, he will play there for us ss well
This is complete and utter BS he has played about 10 games at centre in 8 years the last one being about 2007 or 08 . He has played 90 percent of his matches at left wing and is likely to be their for the tigers .

We have 5 wingers in 2013 Koroibete, nofoaluma, Utai , tuqiri and reddy and other then reddy none of them have managed to be fit for the whole 10 games this year . A NRL team needs more then 2 wingers and we will have Richards, nofoaluma and Koroibete next year and see which ones are fit play and whoever is playing better will get the spots

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Sun 26 May, 2013 5:06 pm
by The_Doc
Nofo and koro remind me of mead and Gordon when they came into grade at the titans,both boom wingers that are quick and strong they came in young and did a good job and still do cant see why this pair couldn't be similar.
I'd say Tiquri and Utai were gone after this season anyway regardless

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Mon 27 May, 2013 11:08 am
by Eye Of Da Tiger
I think we will be right without them. These youngsters with a bit of first grade experience are just what we need. Koro and Nof go you good things

Re: Is this goodbye Utai and Tuqiri

Posted: Mon 27 May, 2013 6:07 pm
by Fade To Black
Watched Richards play on the left wing for Wigan this morning, he was great in the pieces that I saw.... fast, strong defensively, kicking goals outta his clacker and was booming 70m on-the-fly goalline dropouts! Looked like he hasn't lost anything from his days with us, then again ESL has a tendency to make players look better than what they are compared to the standard of NRL.
Was sceptical about his signing at first but he looked the goods today, bring him on! Only problem is where to play him, left centre inside Koro putting the flying Fijian down the sideline sounds enticing. Can't wait to get him back.