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Starting Lock?

Post by TheDen » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 7:37 pm

I'm not sure if it's been discussed elsewhere but interested to know who people would have as the starting lock?

You could almost put your house on the following forward pack

8.Woods
9.Farah
10.Galloway
11.Blair
12.Ellis
13?

So it leaves it between Heighno and Fulton. Personally I would go with Fulton just for the balance of the side with Heighno to add more impact off the bench.


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Post by tiger91 » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 7:43 pm

I say Heighington.

He's the heart of our pack and I feel that Fulton can add more from the bench, coming on in the latter stages of each half and his mobility, agility and ball playing skills being an added advantage over a tired opposition pack.

I also think that Heighington will start because when Dwyer pushed his way into the starting side, it was Fulton who dropped back to the bench, not Heighno.


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Post by TheDen » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 7:44 pm

Good point re Dwyer didn't think of that.

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Post by willow » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 7:46 pm

It will be interesting, but I think it's a win-win situation either way. Both players give their all and have excellent workrates. Heighno off the bench may add more impact during the middle of the game, but Fulton's defence around the ruck is always invaluable in this scenario also. Toss a coin.

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 7:50 pm

I think the obvious choice would be Heigno, but i got a feeling Fulton might be better suited. I've always wanted to see Fulton as a ball playing lock, but he's never realy had a chance to play as one


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Post by andrew 474 » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 7:54 pm

Fulton to start , with heigno coming on after 15 to keep the sting in defence

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Post by helmesy » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 7:59 pm

Yeah I'm of the belief that Heighnington adds a little more off the bench than Fulton. I'm with GNR it seems that Fulton has always been the right person for that ball playing lock position but he's not really ever settled there.

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Post by Tiger Watto » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 8:01 pm

You would have to think it will be Heighno considering he has owned the jumper, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Ellis start there in 2012 to play it tight like Gallen...

Heighington would be my first pick!
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Post by LaT » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 8:06 pm

Heighington with Fulton on the bench.

Can't see a big enough reason to change a winning combo.
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Post by KingOvKingz09 » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 8:08 pm

Like willow said... its a toss of a coin
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Post by Cos_Borg » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 10:00 pm

Fulton as we now have the size and he offers more in attack.


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Post by Rambo2714 » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 10:27 pm

There is a chance that Blair will start in the front row , then hieghno would start at second row , Fulton at lock and woods from the bench .


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Post by Cultured Bogan » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 10:30 pm

willow wrote:It will be interesting, but I think it's a win-win situation either way. Both players give their all and have excellent workrates. Heighno off the bench may add more impact during the middle of the game, but Fulton's defence around the ruck is always invaluable in this scenario also. Toss a coin.
I'd give Fulton the 13 to start, purely to exploit the middle with his ball playing ability now that there's size around him. Heighington has notoriously provided quantity over quality, perhaps with a stint in the middle forty he could use a smaller stint to run harder and use his size a little better.
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Post by bob56 » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 10:47 pm

tiger91 wrote:I say Heighington.

He's the heart of our pack and I feel that Fulton can add more from the bench, coming on in the latter stages of each half and his mobility, agility and ball playing skills being an added advantage over a tired opposition pack.

I also think that Heighington will start because when Dwyer pushed his way into the starting side, it was Fulton who dropped back to the bench, not Heighno.


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Dwyer didn't actually push his way in, Fulton was injured in round 1. Simon played very well for a few weeks after that, then slowly went off the boil before the unfortunate happened. Liam was on the bench when he returned from injury....etc.

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Post by bob56 » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 10:49 pm

Heighny will start at lock probably & stay there if he maintains fitness & form as the incumbent lock.

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Post by Flippedy » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 11:21 pm

Wouldn't go wrong with either of them playing there, but if Fulton plays anywhere near the form he was in last year, then I would give him the start.
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Post by TIGER » Mon 06 Feb, 2012 11:35 pm

It's a tough one i'd like to see both of them start and play as many minutes as possible imo Fulton is a classic lock so i would have him there and do this.

8. Blair
9. Farah
10. Galloway
11. Heighno
12. Ellis
13. Fulton

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Post by happy tiger » Tue 07 Feb, 2012 2:18 am

Fulton in my opinion Offers more to the Tigers especially seeing the go forward we now have

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