Wests' 'Gasnier complex'

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Wests' 'Gasnier complex'

Post by you know who » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 3:00 pm

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When St George beat Wests in the grand final 50 years ago this year, the Magpies were accused of having a "Gasnier complex".

This Friday night, the Magpies might have morphed into the Wests Tigers and St George into St George Illawarra, but the major threat in the Dragons' backline is still named Gasnier and Wests' "complex" might have developed into a full-blown phobia.

In 1961 it was Reg Gasnier who so commanded the attention of the Magpies' defence that holes appeared inside and outside him, to the extent that he saw very little of the ball. "Wests went into the grand final yesterday with a Gasnier complex," wrote Tom Goodman in the Sun-Herald. "They concentrated on the brilliant centre as the No. 1 menace. They hung off the men with the ball and, as a result, let St George through for two of their first three tries."

On Friday night Wests Tigers will be paying plenty of attention to Reg's nephew, Mark, when they clash with St George Illawarra in a game billed as "the match of the season" at Sydney Football Stadium.

Mark Gasnier has terrorised the Tigers for the best part of a decade, crossing for an incredible 21 tries in 15 matches against them since 2001. It is a staggering tally that represents 23 percent of his career total.

And there is little question that Tigers centre Chris Lawrence faces another massive challenge to shut his opposite man down. He'll have the high-calibre support of Englishman Gareth Ellis just as he did last September when Lawrence nullified Gasnier's threat for almost all of the preliminary final classic between the clubs at a packed ANZ Stadium.

Only once did Gasnier cut loose as he combined with winger Jason Nightingale on a break-out 10 minutes into the second half. It finished with Nightingale taking an inside pass from hooker Dean Young and scoring against a stretched defence.


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Post by cnx_tigers » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 9:50 pm

Did Gasnier play? Can't say I saw him all night.................

I think I've seen him play about 10 decent mins since he came back from Union to be brutally honest.

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Post by Magpie69 » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 10:00 pm

he has retired already, and good ridance to him

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Post by glebe_tiger » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 10:49 pm

one of the most overrated players of all time, without that surname who knows if he would of played as many rep games as he did.

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Post by tigergirlz » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 10:52 pm

Got owned.


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Post by willow » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 10:56 pm

Well contained tonight which was good to see.

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Post by TIGERDAVIS » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 10:58 pm

Gasnier was so quiet tonight that you could have heard a pin drop. I agree with tigergirlz- he got owned!!
GO THE MIGHTY WESTS TIGERS!!

Ready to roar like never before. Bring on 2012!

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Post by stryker » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 11:04 pm

We have owned him for years. They are talking a long time ago when he used to rip us up.

Lawrence belted him and ran around him.

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Post by tigergirlz » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 11:08 pm

Nah! That was the first time he got smashed by us.

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Post by VietCong » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 11:12 pm

Pat Richards throwing him one handed over the sideline in the 05 semi was gold.

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Post by mikey » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 11:44 pm

VietCong wrote:Pat Richards throwing him one handed over the sideline in the 05 semi was gold.
That was magic.

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Post by stryker » Sat 06 Aug, 2011 2:06 am

mikey wrote:
VietCong wrote:Pat Richards throwing him one handed over the sideline in the 05 semi was gold.
That was magic.
I was going to say that. I havent feared his impact against us since that game.

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Post by Demonborger » Sat 06 Aug, 2011 2:13 am

Cooper was much much more dangerous, he was their only threat in attack apart from sowards kick and hope

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Post by turnstyle » Sat 06 Aug, 2011 2:19 am

i barely even saw or heard Gaz tonight. but in fairness, his record against the tigers has been pretty awesome until recently.
probably not the same since returning from union, but before that i think he has earned his stripes on his own merit.
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Post by Juro » Sat 06 Aug, 2011 7:18 am

He used to terrorise use but that was a long time ago. He scored 6 tries in 2 games against us in 2006. The fact is, though, he has only scored 2 tries against us since. He did nothing last night...
I've been a member since 2012. We last played finals football in 2011. Just saying...

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Post by LukeH » Sat 06 Aug, 2011 7:48 am

Demonborger wrote:Cooper was much much more dangerous, he was their only threat in attack apart from sowards kick and hope
Cooper might have made better runs, but the sucker never passes the ball!!

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Post by prattenpark » Sat 06 Aug, 2011 7:55 am

tigergirlz wrote:Got owned.
Absolutely, and it was great to watch.

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