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TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Sun 20 Sep, 2009 2:10 pm
by NEDKELLY
Is it possible that the tragic season ending injury to TNT's ankle/leg may force him into the forwards in 2010?
From last reports I read, there were concerns from medical staff that his injury was major and that even after successful surgery it may not be enough to allow him to physically return to where he was this year.

If anyone has heard any recent reports on his operation and whether the Tigers are confident that the off season will allow him to heal and be back to his awesome barnstorming best on the wing then it would be appreciated.

If the damage was severe then maybe he will never regain the pace suitable for the wing position and he may need to further bulk up and return to the forwards, where the Tigers appear to be a bit thin in this area.

We seem to have enough wingers on our books in Ryan, Tupou, Daniella, Brown etc so Tuiaki's injury could see him steaming onto some Gareth Ellis offloads in 2010 but more up the middle than out wide? :idea: :idea:

Re: TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Sun 20 Sep, 2009 4:43 pm
by king sirro
The next Ruben Wiki maybe? ;)

Re: TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Sun 20 Sep, 2009 5:51 pm
by wicked_j
that's what i was thinking when I heard he may never be able to run as fast again. I don't think he'd be able to barge over people as easier if he was slower, but he'd still be able to do the work up the middle - although would it limit his leg drive as he may not be able to push as hard of one leg ?

Re: TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Sun 20 Sep, 2009 8:17 pm
by willow
We won't know the full extent for a few months yet. I think Taniela will have to wait until after Christmas before he can start running again.

Re: TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Mon 21 Sep, 2009 9:18 am
by Hbom
I read that report that he may not be able to regain his pace and I must admit I thought it was garbage. How could something like that possibly be determined 2 weeks or so after the injury?

Re: TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Tue 22 Sep, 2009 1:08 pm
by T-REXX
its a possbility that it may happen but thats basing the whole argument off a small percentage...

Troy

Re: TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Sat 26 Sep, 2009 11:27 am
by Torbizlo
the guy is not sprinting in the 100m finals.
IF his pace is affected, it will only be by a tiny bit, but i am sure it will not. how many times u hear of players who may never walk straight again after a serious leg break n they end up sprinting.
if we move him off the wing we will nullify his impact and he will be a waste. wing is his position and that is where he should stay.

Re: TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Sat 26 Sep, 2009 5:10 pm
by Balmain Tiger
regardless if he will lose some pace (though i doubt it will be a great percentage) he is still a great defensive winger and devastating even when not completely wound up

Re: TANIELA TUIAKI- Injury may force him to forwards?

Posted: Sat 26 Sep, 2009 9:43 pm
by bob56
If he could tackle properly he would be in the forwards already