Eels captain Tim Mannah praises Lebanon teammate and Wests Tigers recruit Alex Twal

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Eels captain Tim Mannah praises Lebanon teammate and Wests Tigers recruit Alex Twal

Post by Tacky » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 9:29 pm

PARRAMATTA pinched Mitchell Moses, but the Wests Tigers did well to sneak under the Eels’ guard and steal Alex Twal, who will line up for Lebanon in the World Cup.

Eels Holden Cup coach and Lebanon assistant Luke Burt said 21-year-old Twal was likely to become a ‘’long-time first-grader’’.

“He plays big minutes for a front-rower, he has a great work ethic, he’s a top kid. The thing with ‘Twally’ is you know what you will get out of him every game.’’

Parramatta skipper Tim Mannah said Twal had the ability to become the Tigers forwards leader, despite the high-profile signings of Russell Packer and Ben Matulino.

“He reminds me of Nathan Brown where his personality is huge, and he’s a player players love to play with,’’ Mannah said.

“He brings a lot to a team. The Tigers are lucky to have him. He’ll have a really strong career in the NRL.’’

Twal, who grew up in Merrylands to a Jordanian father and Lebanese mother, said he had not looked back since being given the chance to join the Tigers and play first grade.

It was during one of his first meetings with the Lebanon team Twal got to know Ivan Cleary, who was then in charge of the Cedars before taking over the Tigers.

“”Those last ten weeks with the Tigers in first grade was a dream come true, and to now pull on the red and green (for Lebanon), it’s been a big year,’’ Twal said.

“There are still areas I can work on, and I want play well in this World Cup and use it as a stepping stone to improve my game again in 2018.’’

Lebanon kickstart their Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon with former Tigers Moses and Robbie Farah the halves pairing.

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Post by Tiger Steve » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 10:03 pm

I think Twal will be a massive NRL star. Let’s hope we can hang on to this one for a while!
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Post by WT2K » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 10:08 pm

From the games he's played in the nrl, he'll have a long career in the top grade.
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Post by Geo. » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 10:57 pm

I thought Twal was Lebanon's best forward...

It's players like him that will get a lot out of representing in the World Cup...I already think he is a quality domestic Prop...makes his metres and tackles every game...once he gets more confidence the offload he possesses will come out..
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Post by fergiefurr » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 11:57 pm

'Twal is already a better player then Alvaro imo (and a number of Eels fans if you check out their forum), Eels stuffed up big time. Twal mustn't be a big enough thug to get a run in their pack.


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Post by Pawsandclaws » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 7:30 am

Tiger Steve wrote:
Thu 02 Nov, 2017 10:03 pm
I think Twal will be a massive NRL star. Let’s hope we can hang on to this one for a while!
We've got him for the next three years which will irritate a certain Sydney club whose major prop has not been the same since his knee injury and the other while able to put a big hit on is slow and inconsistent. You have to love how we beat other clubs to his signature. Well done.

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Post by formerguest » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 7:40 am

Geo. wrote:
Thu 02 Nov, 2017 10:57 pm
I thought Twal was Lebanon's best forward...

It's players like him that will get a lot out of representing in the World Cup...I already think he is a quality domestic Prop...makes his metres and tackles every game...once he gets more confidence the offload he possesses will come out..
Yeah, had the one he popped against Manly not been habbed by an alert DCE to save an otherwise certain try, we would most likely have seen a good few further offloads from Twal.

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Post by philgood » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 11:13 am

Pawsandclaws wrote:
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 7:30 am
Tiger Steve wrote:
Thu 02 Nov, 2017 10:03 pm
I think Twal will be a massive NRL star. Let’s hope we can hang on to this one for a while!
We've got him for the next three years which will irritate a certain Sydney club whose major prop has not been the same since his knee injury and the other while able to put a big hit on is slow and inconsistent. You have to love how we beat other clubs to his signature. Well done.

Which club? Heargraves and Napa?

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Post by Tiger Steve » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 12:25 pm

Pawsandclaws wrote:
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 7:30 am
Tiger Steve wrote:
Thu 02 Nov, 2017 10:03 pm
I think Twal will be a massive NRL star. Let’s hope we can hang on to this one for a while!
We've got him for the next three years which will irritate a certain Sydney club whose major prop has not been the same since his knee injury and the other while able to put a big hit on is slow and inconsistent. You have to love how we beat other clubs to his signature. Well done.
I didn’t realise he’d signed a three year deal - that’s great news!
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Post by Cultured Bogan » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 12:37 pm

His best is yet to come as well, that's the best thing about him.

Hasn't once looked out of his depth in first grade. What were Parra thinking letting him go?
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Post by GNR4LIFE » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 12:47 pm

His tackle efficiency is unbelievable, especially for a kid his age. I think he only missed a total of 4 or 5 tackles in the 9 games he played this year. I echo everyone else in asking what the hell were Parra thinking letting him go. By the time Matulino (presumably) retires in 3 years, he'll be ready to stand up and be our forward leader.

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Post by Balmain Boy » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 1:18 pm

If he was a queenslander he's exactly the sort of player they'd pick for Origin in a year or two (if he stays on the current track...). Great output, very efficient and highly reliable.

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Post by 851 » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 3:09 pm

One of Cleary's best moves after he arrived was to identify him, the young bloke has rep player written all over him, and he seems to appreciate Ivan and the club for giving him a go.
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Post by TCL » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 3:18 pm

Didn't know much about him before his arrival, played well when he was given the opportunity. Hopefully he can keep it up as his stats are great and he may fill the role previously occupied by Woods.

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Post by Needaname » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 3:19 pm

Should start alongside Packer next year!
Sue and Matts off the Bench to complement.
Perfect blend!

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Post by Cultured Bogan » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 3:33 pm

Back to the OP, the biggest point in that article is how does our mate Demps feel about Luke Burt being the Lebanese assistant coach... :lol:
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Post by innsaneink » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 5:16 pm

Needaname wrote:
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 3:19 pm
Should start alongside Packer next year!
Sue and Matts off the Bench to complement.
Perfect blend!
Bit soon for him to start imo when we got the recruits we have... Experience first, his time isn't far off tho

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Post by Needaname » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 6:20 pm

innsaneink wrote:
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 5:16 pm
Needaname wrote:
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 3:19 pm
Should start alongside Packer next year!
Sue and Matts off the Bench to complement.
Perfect blend!
Bit soon for him to start imo when we got the recruits we have... Experience first, his time isn't far off tho
Respectfully disagree.
I think there is a lot more upside to him playing a consistent style as starting prop, then being expected to hold the defending line in tact as a bench impact player.

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