Australia V Tonga

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Re: Australia V Tonga

Post by fergiefurr » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 3:14 pm

innsaneink wrote:
Sat 20 Oct, 2018 2:55 pm
fergiefurr wrote:
Sat 20 Oct, 2018 1:59 pm
People have bought into the Tonga hype train way too much. Their 6/7/9 are reserve graders and their edge defence will be a shambles. Australia will win and win well.
Yeah looking at their team on paper I can't help but feel the same way... Though if they bustle us and happen to score first with the crowd behind them going ballistic we could find it tough.
They will be up for this early but if we can stay in it we should come home too strong they won't go the distance
Yes agree. They probaby have the two real 'class' forwards (maybe even 3 with TPJ) whereas Australia IMO have their two best forwards (Frizzell and JTurbo) on the bench. Tonga will be all about momentum, if they dominate a 10 min period they could put on a quick 18 points with little trouble. However I doubt they'll be as disciplined as NZ were to keep it up for 80 mins and Australia wont turn the ball over 11 times like they did last week.

Kata marking Latrell is laughable and their halves in Tui/Hingano are horrible at NRL level, let alone International. If Austrlalia get 50% of the ball I expect them to win by at least 3 tries. Tongas middle will hold their edges will leak like a siv if tested.


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Post by AnnandaleTiger » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:09 pm

Tui has been carb loading

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Post by Tiger Steve » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:09 pm

Jesus, lolohere has put on at least 10kgs. Been in a good paddock!!
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Post by happy tiger » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:24 pm

Lolohea looks like he has enjoyed many buckets of the sponsors product .....

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Post by InBenjiWeTrust » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:26 pm

Hope MBM plays well, he was huge WT hope a few years back.
IMHO we should be looking to sign 4 Tongan forwards:
Taukeiaho, Pangai Jr, Taumalolo and MBM. :pray:


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Post by Tiger Steve » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:28 pm

Lolohere is s fool. I really backed him for most of the year and defended him on this forum many times. Just looking at him now he’d be lucky to be fit enough to get through a park game. What a moron - so much natural talent but no discipline and mental toughness to make the most of his talents.
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Post by happy tiger » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:29 pm

I don't think the Tongans edges are as bad as some think

Sika Manu is still a quality player , if the Tongans can slow the ruck down enough with 10 interchanges they should be OK

Possession will be key either way , if you can control the ball v Tonga they will struggle

Remember it is just one game , as Qld would prove in the 80's they only had to lift for 3 games a year until the Broncos joined

As stated the 6,7 and 9 is the problem for Tonga , unless Tongas forwards provide a massive platform they just won't score enough points

Australia by 14

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Post by Nelson » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:29 pm

fergiefurr wrote:
Sat 20 Oct, 2018 1:59 pm
People have bought into the Tonga hype train way too much. Their 6/7/9 are reserve graders and their edge defence will be a shambles. Australia will win and win well.
Havili played plenty of first grade this year and they have Katoa as bench hooker who played 20+ games this season, including big minutes in finals games. Kaota in particular will give their forwards pretty good service. I think they would've been better off starting Katoa and then bringing on Havili when the forwards are tired given his game relies more on running than Katoa. Anyway, point being that hooker isn't a massive weakness for them in my view but I agree that the halves look ordinary and will need to grow a few extra legs for their national team...

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Post by Geo. » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:34 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:29 pm
I don't think the Tongans edges are as bad as some think

Sika Manu is still a quality player , if the Tongans can slow the ruck down enough with 10 interchanges they should be OK

Possession will be key either way , if you can control the ball v Tonga they will struggle

Remember it is just one game , as Qld would prove in the 80's they only had to lift for 3 games a year until the Broncos joined

As stated the 6,7 and 9 is the problem for Tonga , unless Tongas forwards provide a massive platform they just won't score enough points

Australia by 14
That's more than 13... :brick:
Wests Tigers don't need a Coach.. The playing group has taken over..
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OK I was wrong

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Post by happy tiger » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:36 pm

Geo. wrote:
Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:34 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:29 pm
I don't think the Tongans edges are as bad as some think

Sika Manu is still a quality player , if the Tongans can slow the ruck down enough with 10 interchanges they should be OK

Possession will be key either way , if you can control the ball v Tonga they will struggle

Remember it is just one game , as Qld would prove in the 80's they only had to lift for 3 games a year until the Broncos joined

As stated the 6,7 and 9 is the problem for Tonga , unless Tongas forwards provide a massive platform they just won't score enough points

Australia by 14
That's more than 13... :brick:
Yes genius :brick: :brick:

Point being ?????????????????

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Post by Geo. » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:39 pm

Roos 13+ v Kiwis you mock
Wests Tigers don't need a Coach.. The playing group has taken over..
happy tiger wrote:
Thu 25 Oct, 2018 12:17 am

OK I was wrong

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Post by Tiger Steve » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:42 pm

Wow! Are there any Tongans in Tonga?
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Post by innsaneink » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:45 pm

Looks an epic atmosphere there... Roos need to take the crowd out but I think they'd still be cheering even if down 0-24 after 30 mins

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Post by coivtny » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:49 pm

Love the passion of the Tongan players and fans. Not cheering for them but I hope they do their fans proud. Can you imagine being a British sailor coming up against these guys 200 years ago. I would have stayed on the ship. Great stuff.

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Post by happy tiger » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:51 pm

One way Tonga could throw Australia would be a big off fashioned blue ...............

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Post by TIGER » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:52 pm

Run at lolo

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Post by Tiger Steve » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:55 pm

TIGER wrote:
Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:52 pm
Run at lolo
Will be hard to run around him
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Post by innsaneink » Sat 20 Oct, 2018 5:58 pm

Zzzzz... Bunker takes minutes to tell us what we all know

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