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Post by Harvey » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 4:17 pm

Go to the NSWRL website. Sure it is only highlights and tries scored, but based on what is visible MCK's defence was ordinary. There were also a couple of week tries scored in JAC's corner.


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Post by happy tiger » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 4:22 pm

Balmain Boy wrote:I also think many people just go along with standard responses without actually forming an educated opinion of their own. How many people on here actually go to NSW Cup games? I'd hazard a guess and say maybe a dozen or two at most, half of which aren't frequent posters.

Because a player is young and fast they get stereotyped as a poor defender, like a Koro. They might be, they may not be, but many will presume they are until they see for themselves whether it's true or not.

I've seen him play NSW Cup 3 times and not once has his defence been poor. I'm sure he has bad games too though and yes defence would be the main area to improve. 2nd tier cap probably also comes into it it. JAC is a 2nd tier player, the earlier he starts playing NRL the less space we have for the entire season.

And Happy, you're wrong about players needing to prove themselves to be outstanding in every facet of the game at nsw cup level to get a call up. Was Naiqama? Lovett? Buchanan? Alioai? Cherrington? Ava? Halatau? etc. To name a few, and they all had significant deficiencies when they entered first grade. Some have matured into much better players, others haven't. That's normal
Don't rate most of the players you have mentioned

Naiqama and Ava are the only two who are close to NRL standard

Lovett is improving , Aloiai has lots of work as does Cherrington defensively , Buchanan does a job while he is out there , but offers nothing in attack , Halatau in my opinion is too lazy in defence and really isn't a back rower or a utility

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Post by Bengal Tiger » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 4:31 pm

Balmain Boy wrote:Totally different these days TT, the 80s are a long time ago, although yes of course there's a significant gap in quality between the grades.

NSW Cup, not reserve grade, is the stepping stone to the NRL. It's where your most promising and fringe NRL players play to develop their skills or keep match fit while they wait for an opportunity. In an ideal scenario the club should be hoping that every player in the NSW Cup side could develop into an NRL player. It's a development league and if you're playing too many players who'll never play first grade you're wasting your time and resources.

You'll get guys like Drinkwater, Waters, Meaney etc who'll be consistently decent players at that level and play the occasional first grade game in the career, and those players are important too. But you sure don't want a team of them. If you look at our current NSW Cup side there's a lot of promising players there who could go on to have NRL careers. The only ones you'd say would be highly unlikely to have prolonged NRL careers are Milone and Marshall King. Of course not all of them will kick on, but they nearly all have the potential to or already are fringe first graders. Compared to last year with the likes of Sila there's a world of difference.

Looking back at our NSW Cup games, Lovett never stood out and simply looked like a hard working but sluggish and ineffective player. He got called up by default, and has somehow maintained his place ever since despite not making an impact in the NRL. There have been numerous other players who have looked far better than Lovett ever did in NSW Cup, in defence and/or attack, but have never got a shot due to politics or whatever reason. Lovett isn't a step above our current back rowers in the NSW Cup - the others just haven't been given a chance due to conservative team selections from JT.

We have players who are repeatedly showing they aren't yet up to playing NRL, and other players of a similar standard should get an opportunity rather than continually persisting with these same players and hoping they get suddenly improve.
Excellent post BB right on the money !!!

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Post by TrueTiger » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 5:09 pm

Bengal Tiger wrote:
Balmain Boy wrote:Totally different these days TT, the 80s are a long time ago, although yes of course there's a significant gap in quality between the grades.

NSW Cup, not reserve grade, is the stepping stone to the NRL. It's where your most promising and fringe NRL players play to develop their skills or keep match fit while they wait for an opportunity. In an ideal scenario the club should be hoping that every player in the NSW Cup side could develop into an NRL player. It's a development league and if you're playing too many players who'll never play first grade you're wasting your time and resources.

You'll get guys like Drinkwater, Waters, Meaney etc who'll be consistently decent players at that level and play the occasional first grade game in the career, and those players are important too. But you sure don't want a team of them. If you look at our current NSW Cup side there's a lot of promising players there who could go on to have NRL careers. The only ones you'd say would be highly unlikely to have prolonged NRL careers are Milone and Marshall King. Of course not all of them will kick on, but they nearly all have the potential to or already are fringe first graders. Compared to last year with the likes of Sila there's a world of difference.

Looking back at our NSW Cup games, Lovett never stood out and simply looked like a hard working but sluggish and ineffective player. He got called up by default, and has somehow maintained his place ever since despite not making an impact in the NRL. There have been numerous other players who have looked far better than Lovett ever did in NSW Cup, in defence and/or attack, but have never got a shot due to politics or whatever reason. Lovett isn't a step above our current back rowers in the NSW Cup - the others just haven't been given a chance due to conservative team selections from JT.

We have players who are repeatedly showing they aren't yet up to playing NRL, and other players of a similar standard should get an opportunity rather than continually persisting with these same players and hoping they get suddenly improve.
Excellent post BB right on the money !!!
BB,I applaud your response to my long post,however you virtually answered what the point I was making,there is a significant difference in quality in the two grades...if the NSW State Cup is a stepping stone to NRL then there should be 34 players in the squad with very little difference in playing quality,however we can see how huge the gap is between best and worst within that squad...in a true value of all things,then we should have a hooker in first grade on say 500,000 and his backup hooker in State Cup around the same sort of money say400,00.....this is just a basic scenario,not including rep players,just club players..however it would be ludacrus to pay that money to a State cup player,hence the quality of that player is well below the FG player...some become outstanding state cup or NYC players and they get offered the FG contract,some don't get to see a FG contract because they are not up to that standard...we could argue all the different rationale but it won't change the fact that until we have some really big bucks in the bank to buy decent FG players,we will have to make do with what we have...eg Machonichie ( madness) was touted as being the great forward we needed from State cup level,he shone in his games,however the pressure of NRL preseason was a heck of a big difference to what he was used to and therefore went back to Qld...they said he was well behind the squad fitness wise and therein lies my opinion...although he did go back for family reasons,I honestly think he would not have been given much game time in NRL,as I said he stood out in the In trust Cup side Ipswich...
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Post by Mighty Tiger » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 8:56 pm

I find it amusing that people use the excuse for JAC that he doesnt have NRL experience.

Rankin hadnt played NRL for years let alone on the wing

For crying out loud we are playing the Knights a team that doesnt exactly have NRL quality backs playing for them


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Post by innsaneink » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 9:01 pm

Most people reckon its cause he doesnt like tackling....hes very scared about tackling blokes, apparently...nothing to do with no exp

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Post by ricksen » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 9:21 pm

Mighty Tiger wrote:I find it amusing that people use the excuse for JAC that he doesnt have NRL experience.

Rankin hadnt played NRL for years let alone on the wing

For crying out loud we are playing the Knights a team that doesnt exactly have NRL quality backs playing for them
Whoever plays on that left wing will be up against Uate - you can bet JT will go with the safe option of old mate Rankin.

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Post by Mighty Tiger » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 10:29 pm

innsaneink wrote:Most people reckon its cause he doesnt like tackling....hes very scared about tackling blokes, apparently...nothing to do with no exp
Because that worked out well with Rankin as well, he couldnt tackle a tackle bag even if it was a voluntary tackle bag.

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Post by Chadman's Ghost » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 8:15 am

People calling for changes are now targetting Rankin, like it's that side of the field that is leaking points.

The Tigers are scoring enough points. They need to come up with a better balance with defence. JAC does not offer that. I'd like to see more from Rankin in his running game, but I'm not watching him & thinking "there's our God-Damn problem right there!".

The Tigers are at their best when Woods, Grant, Ava & Sue are getting that roll-on, and when the likes of Sironen, Lovett etc are not giving away penalties.

Another forward to add some momentum off the bench would help. And some disciplined players (Edwards?) would help. Less cluster penalties, more forward momentum.

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Post by Tigermama » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 9:42 am

Balmain Boy wrote:Lovett has to go for Edwards. We can't carry this muppet any more. He needs to deserve his spot which he doesn't. His penalties are costing us 1-2 tires every game. Most of them are soft and totally pointless penalties too.

Our left hand attack is so pedestrian its a joke. Brooks, Lovett, Simona and Rankin? None of them have shown any ability to attack all season. How many breaks/points have come down this wing? I think one try all season. Simona did score a support play try against the warriors which doesn't count. Rankin fell over the try line in one game. That's it.

Addo Carr needs to come in. His defence has been good in the matches i've seen him in, even if he had a poor game on the weekend. But it's also not easy to look good playing outside Milone. This guy can't attack or defence to save himself. His desperation in defence and ability to run down opponents, and hit the ball up with venom would also be a big plus. Rankin is slow and constantly out of position. He could have scored 3-4 tries by now but he simply doesn't know where to stand when he's playing wing! I don't think he's an awful player, but he's simply not a winger, and playing him there makes him look worse than he really is.

Aloiai proably needs to be dropped to. Hasn't really offered much this season. Looks confused whether he's a prop or back rower. Runs like a prop, doesn't look like breaking the line. A few 80 min games in NSW Cup will help.

Playing Cherry for 5 mins a game is pointless too. Either he plays at least 20, or he plays nsw cup. Zero point playing 5 mins, he won't develop and he can't do anything in such little time.

Lovett > Edwards
Aloiai > Chee Kam
Cherrington > Griffin/J Grant?
Rankin > Addo Carr

At least 2 of these must be made this week. There's nothing dramatic about them. It's about players having to play well to keep their spots. Or get game time in order to further develop as a player.
Good post BB. I hope JT reads this... :mrgreen:

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Post by Tigermama » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 10:00 am

goldcoast tiger wrote:The only way the halves will be worth even some of that money is if someone like johns is bought to work with them over the rest of this year,
Which is why I thought that Taylor would be a good fit for us when he signed.
But if he's done much with the halves, it's hard to see it in their games.
IMO too many people have been getting in their heads and have convinced them that all they have to do is to turn up and their NYC glory days will return.
I have no doubt that if they go somewhere else, that that club will have no hesitation in getting the mentoring that they need, which eventually might bring out some of the ability that they are supposed to have, but they're not worth big money at the moment
The Roosters brought in Andrew Johns, quick smart to teach their young halves.
I like to know how much time JT spends with our halves.
Also i would like to see a kicking coach brought in, to improve our halve's kicking game and help Moses with his kicking for goals.

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Post by Tigermama » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 10:12 am

TrueTiger wrote:
jirskyr wrote:
happy tiger wrote: But if you have a bloke that stands out in u/20's, then stands out in reserve grade, how do you decide that he is a 1st grader? When does he get the opportunity to prove that he may be an improvement over one of the designated 1st graders. I can understand if you are talking about a blokes that have had numerous opportunities to prove themselves as a 1st grader and never quite done it (Hunt), but blokes like Peni, JAC, MCK and others are youngsters who have never been able prove themselves. Wouldn't they also need to experience it to work out how they need to develop their game to get to the next level.
Any player playing NSW Cup who is wanting to play NRL should be a standout in almost every area of their game that is important

So in the case of JAC he should be good under the high ball , read the play well in defence , being able to work out late in the count and match smarts to whether he needs to go back for downtown or because the opposition might run the ball he needs to not fully drop back , be prepared to come in and shut down a play

In attack obviously centring the play with early returns from kick returns or tackle 2 play , work hard as a possible decoy early in the tackle count , being prepared for the chance of a blind side attack , communicating something he might see in the opposition defence , communicating with his centre partner and hopefully having a bit of speed to burn

I don't go to NSW Cup games but unless he excels in almost all of those areas , he is not ready for NRL and from many reports , his defence doesn't cut it

NRL teams will break you down if you have a weakness in your game , similar to cricketers who have questionable weaknessess as a batsmen

And once one team knows everyone knows
Happy I'm not arguing against you, but sometimes I reckon it doesn't hurt to blood a rookie or fringe player when you've had a run of losses.

It certainly placates some fans, but more than that it gives the supporters a chance to really see the calibre of the backup options.

Obviously recruitment saw something in JAC, because he's only 1 month into his first Top 25 contract. But I'd happily take a few weeks of JAC, even if he stuffs up, just to get a good look at what he is capable of against first graders (because as you say NSW Cup is misleading).

One might argue that placating supporters is not the job description of a head coach (as Bennett would say, once you start listening to the fans you'll be sitting with them). But if you aren't placating supporters, I don't know what the purpose of footy is.

In other words, nobody is overly impressed with Rankin and he might well be the 2nd best winger we have. But there is a dude in reserves every week who is grease lightening, young and raw. People just want to see him get a run over someone (Rankin) who is proving to be a fairly ordinary acquisition so far.

At the very least, JAC might get destroyed for a game or two and then we'll put that argument / experiment to bed for a while.
Jirskyr,I can see your passionate argument and I for one would love to give the young bloke a chance,however as you say if he gets smashed in a couple of games and we lose...then the fans will be calling for JT to be sacked once again for poor recruitment or players not being able to play to his "structures" he will be crucified once again and be in the lose/lose position as coach...placate the fans as much as they like,but if it ends up going sour who do you think will be in the crosshairs ..not the young bloke in my opinion..[/quote]



We've lost 3 in a row. Time for some changes TT. Especially our bench selections.

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Post by Newtown » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 10:16 am

The bench selection over the past three weeks have played right into the oppositions' arms. How can team selections be so stupid?

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Post by Tigermama » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 10:17 am

Mighty Tiger wrote:
innsaneink wrote:Most people reckon its cause he doesnt like tackling....hes very scared about tackling blokes, apparently...nothing to do with no exp
Because that worked out well with Rankin as well, he couldnt tackle a tackle bag even if it was a voluntary tackle bag.
Lol... :lol:

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Post by tsjonathan » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 10:48 am

Tigermama wrote:
goldcoast tiger wrote:The only way the halves will be worth even some of that money is if someone like johns is bought to work with them over the rest of this year,
Which is why I thought that Taylor would be a good fit for us when he signed.
But if he's done much with the halves, it's hard to see it in their games.
IMO too many people have been getting in their heads and have convinced them that all they have to do is to turn up and their NYC glory days will return.
I have no doubt that if they go somewhere else, that that club will have no hesitation in getting the mentoring that they need, which eventually might bring out some of the ability that they are supposed to have, but they're not worth big money at the moment
The Roosters brought in Andrew Johns, quick smart to teach their young halves.
I like to know how much time JT spends with our halves.
Also i would like to see a kicking coach brought in, to improve our halve's kicking game and help Moses with his kicking for goals.

Graham Arnold, do it, just like 2005. If i remember correctly Matthew Johns was brought in in 2004/2005 for Benji and Prince as well.

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Post by eyewonder » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 11:20 am

graeme arnold will probably be unemployed by months end so he should come cheap.

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Post by happy tiger » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 11:54 am

eyewonder wrote:graeme arnold will probably be unemployed by months end so he should come cheap.
When Tottenham Hotspurs choke over the next 6 weeks , Arnold will head over to the EPL and take over from Ponchettini :lol:

I believe Daryl Halligan works with a few clubs and Taylor himself was a champion kicker in his day

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Post by ricksen » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 12:42 pm

JT was one of the best goalkickers in recent history - he should be able to offer some assistance to Moses.

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