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Post by Sabre » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 10:01 am

How good has he been going lately! Seems to be really flying under the radar.
At this rate it'd be hard to leave him out of the team at full strength when Suli gets back, and possibly even for next season.


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Post by swag tiger » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 10:05 am

Sabre wrote:
Mon 31 Jul, 2017 10:01 am
How good has he been going lately! Seems to be really flying under the radar.
At this rate it'd be hard to leave him out of the team at full strength when Suli gets back, and possibly even for next season.
Depends what the recruitments are at the end of the year.
I have family in Balmain and the Western suburbs so i guess that makes me a Balmain Westie

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Post by russelldp » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 10:09 am

It's been a long time since there's been competition for outside back spots.

(Except Rankin v JAC, but let's not go there)

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Post by Demps » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 10:34 am

Hes like a talented beau ryan
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Post by tigerap » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 10:57 am

A good buy...steady without being spectacular


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Post by Tiger Watto » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 11:01 am

I think he is that average footballer, much like Kev. Probably too good for State Cup but not good enough for NRL.

I'm not sure how many of these types we can keep on our roster, but If he is happy to be a back-up on poor dollars, he is worth keeping.

At some stage, we will need pure match-winners in the back 5 if we want to compete as a premiership threat.
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Post by Geo. » Mon 31 Jul, 2017 11:13 am

Where is Chee-Kam's thread..?
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Post by Earl » Tue 01 Aug, 2017 6:55 pm

MWZ has been really really good.

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Post by Seantice » Tue 01 Aug, 2017 7:15 pm

Hes been ok. nothing flash. Suli will be back at centre and him or naqama can fight it out for the wing.

Rather have fonua or rona on wing next year.

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Post by Onthebus » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 9:31 am

MWZ is going ok without setting the world on fire

Kev on the other hand will look good playing super league next year

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Post by Spud Murphy » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 9:58 am

He's ok, nothing spectacular. Certainly not a patch on his brother! It's funny how it works out that way with sets of brothers - one is usually exceptional while the other is average most times. Morris brothers being a rare exception, though they are twins!

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Post by Pawsandclaws » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 10:55 am

Spud Murphy wrote:
Tue 08 Aug, 2017 9:58 am
He's ok, nothing spectacular. Certainly not a patch on his brother! It's funny how it works out that way with sets of brothers - one is usually exceptional while the other is average most times. Morris brothers being a rare exception, though they are twins!
He's been hard done by in the last two weeks. First Tedesco hogs the ball against the Titans when MWZ backed up on the inside for a clear run to the try line. Then Kev breaks into the clear against the Panthers and MWZ again is on the inside waiting for the pass and a clear run to the try line. It's great positioning and signs of a good player.

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Post by jirskyr » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 11:16 am

If he's going to end up as a backup winger, he's one of the better backup wingers we've had. Better than Jordan Rankin already.

This is the real long-term positive of Cleary's strategy, that it looks like for the first time in a long time (ever?) that we'll have decent FG-quality backups across the park. Blokes who can actually play firsts when required, rather than honest toilers or rejects for whom the step up is too great.

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Post by everett8 » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 11:22 am

I think he has been good in the games he has played NRL.

Has not let anyone down and could have scored some more tries if Teddy and Kevin knew how to throw decent passes.

I agree that he is likely to be a back up winger in 2018 but at least he is half decent when he does get the call up

His brother is a freak and wish we can get him to join the bus. I know I am dreaming

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Post by greatodensraven » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 12:07 pm

Safe under the high ball also!

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Post by TCL » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 12:17 pm

Plays well and hasn't let anyone down.

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Post by willow » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 12:40 pm

Tiger Watto wrote:
Mon 31 Jul, 2017 11:01 am
I think he is that average footballer, much like Kev. Probably too good for State Cup but not good enough for NRL.

I'm not sure how many of these types we can keep on our roster, but If he is happy to be a back-up on poor dollars, he is worth keeping.

At some stage, we will need pure match-winners in the back 5 if we want to compete as a premiership threat.
Doesn't have the same brain melts as Kev...

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Post by Balmain Boy » Tue 08 Aug, 2017 2:33 pm

willow wrote:
Tue 08 Aug, 2017 12:40 pm
Tiger Watto wrote:
Mon 31 Jul, 2017 11:01 am
I think he is that average footballer, much like Kev. Probably too good for State Cup but not good enough for NRL.

I'm not sure how many of these types we can keep on our roster, but If he is happy to be a back-up on poor dollars, he is worth keeping.

At some stage, we will need pure match-winners in the back 5 if we want to compete as a premiership threat.
Doesn't have the same brain melts as Kev...
Kev probably has a bit more unpredictability but is also highly inconsistent, especially in defence. MWZ is a very solid, consistent and unspectacular player. Every squad needs a few of these guys. Won't let you down, will do a decent job, but may not be able to win a game with a piece of individual brilliance. Which is ok, so long as there's others in the squad who can.

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