Can we go back to back?

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Re: Can we go back to back?

Post by WT2K » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 7:36 pm

Tough ask but not out of the question.
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Post by prattenparkchild » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 7:40 pm

If we can defend like last weekend we can do it again. The players have had a good match, and combinations starting to know each other in battle conditions. The guys who didn't get a game during trials have had a chance to blow the cobwebs off. Marshall and Brooks are set, forwards and backs playing well. Only possible changes in my mind McIllwrick for Godinet and Milne for Naiquama but no biggy if side remains unchanged. Nobody really did too much wrong and we dug deep and won as a team. We can do it again but Storm will be a lot harder. No doubt Bellamy is studying last week's game to try and put a few surprises on us.

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Post by Tweed Tiger » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 8:00 pm

Melbourne in Melbourne it doesn't get any harder. They are a well oiled machine and will be celebrating Slaters 300th game.

They are giving us no chance again with Wests Tigers paying $5.50.

We will need to defend like last week and find more points.

Munster will need to be somehow contained and our markers hopefully can put pressure on Smith.

Ado car needs to be a target, he rushes out of the line more often than not and is shaky under the high ball.

If Croft is playing we need to send traffic at him.

It is a huge ask for the boys but Ivan will have them ready to go.

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Post by Fraze23 » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 8:31 pm

I watched the game again last night and I'm not all that convinced we can take down Melbourne. The Roosters blew a fair few chances when they had numbers down the edges and I don't think our defence out wide has improved all that much just yet. I think we can match Melbourne in the middle and go toe to toe with them for the majority of the match, but watching how JAC and their outside backs put on points against the run of play against Canterbury at ease has me concerned.

I think Melbourne will be a massive reality check and a true indicator of where we are really at.

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Post by tigerap » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 8:37 pm

If we can aim up for the full 80 I’ll be happy....a win will be a bonus


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Post by Cultured Bogan » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 8:41 pm

They generally control the game when they play us, but unless memory fails I don't think they've given us hiding for a while.

I think we can test them. Play the 80 like last week and anything can happen.
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Post by Cairnstigers » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 9:11 pm

Target their kickers
If we can put pressure on their kickers they will make mistakes like any team
Test slaters shoulder out with a few big hits
I think our forwards will step up again this week as they will want to prove last week was no fluke
We won't win by scoring lots of points
But we can win by Deffending for the full eighty minutes

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Post by Cairnstigers » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 9:12 pm

Target their kickers
If we can put pressure on their kickers they will make mistakes like any team
Test slaters shoulder out with a few big hits
I think our forwards will step up again this week as they will want to prove last week was no fluke
We won't win by scoring lots of points
But we can win by Deffending for the full eighty minutes

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Post by NT Tiger » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 9:26 pm

I think we rattled the Roosters. They weren't expecting competition. But they're a rabble of marquee players whereas Storm are a team. They're a lot harder to put off their game. The Rooster loss also gives Storm a heads up. Cleary will have a plan and we can win it but we'll have to be at our best.
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Post by wt01 » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 9:31 pm

We will go back-to-back :pray:
if not.....we will lose by less than 6 points :pray:

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Post by happy tiger » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 9:38 pm

innsaneink wrote:
Mon 12 Mar, 2018 6:03 pm
This is something Ive meant to touch on over summer but never got around to it.
Stringing wins together is a must.
It didnt happen once last year....but we managed it three or 4 times during 2016 and missed the eight by a win.
I doubt we'll do it this week...I dont think weve ever won down there...I guess I'll be called a fairweather, naysaying doomsayer...but if we wanna play finals we must string wins together
We definitely won once in Melbourne in a tight one , they didn't have their SOO stars , poured with rain all night , Friday Night game , maybe 2011-2012 .....

Limit Smith , control Munster and Croft is the key

They have a monster forward pack , winning the ruck will be crucial

I give us a chance , we seem to really push Melbourne most games and if we can hang in the contest for 80 minutes we will be thereabouts

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Post by WT2K » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 9:59 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Mon 12 Mar, 2018 9:38 pm
innsaneink wrote:
Mon 12 Mar, 2018 6:03 pm
This is something Ive meant to touch on over summer but never got around to it.
Stringing wins together is a must.
It didnt happen once last year....but we managed it three or 4 times during 2016 and missed the eight by a win.
I doubt we'll do it this week...I dont think weve ever won down there...I guess I'll be called a fairweather, naysaying doomsayer...but if we wanna play finals we must string wins together
We definitely won once in Melbourne in a tight one , they didn't have their SOO stars , poured with rain all night , Friday Night game , maybe 2011-2012 .....

Limit Smith , control Munster and Croft is the key

They have a monster forward pack , winning the ruck will be crucial

I give us a chance , we seem to really push Melbourne most games and if we can hang in the contest for 80 minutes we will be thereabouts
Slater back too. Our kick chase will need to be on point
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Post by Tigerdon » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 10:07 pm

Hopefully Benji can find the sidelines like he did against the Roosters and not give there back three a chance to wind up.
We should play that origin style of football. Build the gameplan on toughness.
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Post by wt01 » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 10:09 pm

personally i'd like to see benji nail 1 or 2 40/20's or atleast teach brooksie how to kick em
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Post by Clearyweareone » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 10:14 pm

Can we go back to back "Yes"

Will we go back to back "No".

Melbourne will be tough and will go all out at home to make Slater a winner in his 300th game. Storm thrashed Penrith in 2015 for Cameron Smith's 300 game and Storm just beat Canberra in 2016 for the Puppet Master's 300 game (The semi final game Edrick Lee had a shocker)

Need 4 forwards on the bench. Would like Gamble to be considered for centre and Kevin to State Cup

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Post by Tiger Steve » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 10:18 pm

My fear is that Bellamy will have the side very focused for Saturday’s game. Their win against the Bulldogs was not clinical and at times their defence was ordinary. Rarely does that happen twice in a row.
BUT the longer we stay in the game the better our chances because Melbourne can panic if they are not in control.
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Post by TCL » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 10:26 pm

Back to back,
back to back!

Why not, if we improve on our roosters performance we are a chance.

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Post by Tigerdave » Mon 12 Mar, 2018 10:31 pm

we tend to go alright against the Storm for some reason, so I wouldn't be surprised if we managed to get a win, I'll certainly be expecting a close game at least

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