Moses justifies the hype with brilliant NRL display

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Moses justifies the hype with brilliant NRL display

Unread post by willow » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 10:30 pm

Wests Tigers' Mitchell Moses justifies the hype with brilliant NRL display

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July 20, 2014 - 6:58PM
Michael Chammas
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Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah said he had been pleading with coach Mick Potter to give rookie Mitchell Moses his first crack at the big time for months before he finally got his chance.

In just his third appearance in the top grade, Moses justified his selection with a man-of-the-match performance that showed exactly what all the fuss over the past year has been all about.

What he lacks in size and strength he more than makes up for in ability and vision, terrorising the Bulldogs on a breakthrough afternoon for the 19-year-old.

"I've been at the coach for weeks, probably months, to give him a run," Farah said.

"He's just one of those kids that when you see him at training you know he's got it. He's a confident kid. Sometimes you get young kids who are thrown into first grade and are scared to talk and overcall but there's none of that with him. He's demanding the ball off me and is always talking at the backs and that's what we need. It's a taste of what he can do and he can only get better.

"He's played a little bit of fullback in the lower grades and because he's such a confident kid, no matter where you put him he's got the ability to do the job. He's been handy for us."

Moses finished the game with five try assists, two line breaks, two tackle breaks and two goals from three attempts, despite playing the entire match with a groin injury.

He even showed enough confidence to overcall his playmakers to demand the ball from Farah to set up Curtis Sironen with a four-pointer off a well-placed grubber in the second half.

The Holy Cross Ryde graduate, who went to school with Sironen and Luke Brooks, said he finally played the style of football he had been hoping to bring in his first two NRL games.

"I thought I got a bit more involved today," Moses said. "I stepped into the halfback role a bit more along with playing as a No.1 coming out of the back. It was the type of role I wanted to play the first couple of rounds but I think I stepped back a little bit, but today I think I took a lot more ownership of that role.

"Having a bit of confidence in myself and the way I play – I'm not here for no reason. Just a bit of confidence and getting in there and taking the ball and bossing the boys around. Bossing the leadership team and the older boys gives me that bit of confidence. Coming into the grade, Mick told me I've got to boss all the boys around and he wants me to be loud and clear to all the boys, and get them to the spots we need to be. I have to live up to that role and I think I did that today."


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Unread post by simonthetiger » Sun 20 Jul, 2014 11:01 pm

Its happened a few times but isnt it breathtaking when Brooks and Moses combine.......soooooo gooood!!

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Unread post by stevetiger » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 7:33 am

Austin also slots right in with both of them as well. Moses is really good.

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Unread post by southerntiger » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 8:05 am

This kid is the real deal. His pass to Lulia for his second try was simple but all class. Held it up beautifully.

What has impressed me immensely is how clubs havent been able to target him with the high ball. He has been safe as houses so far.

Yesterday not only did he have 5 assists but his early line break (which he stuffed up by not passing to Brooks) and his chip kick could also have easily led to tries.

Seems an arrogant little so and so but the good ones usually are.

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Unread post by southerntiger » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 8:05 am

This kid is the real deal. His pass to Lulia for his second try was simple but all class. Held it up beautifully.

What has impressed me immensely is how clubs havent been able to target him with the high ball. He has been safe as houses so far.

Yesterday not only did he have 5 assists but his early line break (which he stuffed up by not passing to Brooks) and his chip kick could also have easily led to tries.

Seems an arrogant little so and so but the good ones usually are.

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Unread post by Tigerdon » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 8:32 am

Great to watch. The Tigers brand of attacking football will be here for many years to come
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Unread post by hybrid_tiger » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 8:47 am

The best thing about Moses is that he is all footballer. These days many players are simply good athletes. He is the size of a twig but has the smarts of a player who's been around for years. When he bulks up a bit, he is going to be something else.

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Unread post by jirskyr » Mon 21 Jul, 2014 10:51 am

Great soft hands. Doggies failed to test him much with their kicking.

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