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Demps

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Dunno Demps ....to get the most footy out of him you would play him in the back row ...play him at 13 you burn him out and he is likely to get more injuries .....people forget he has 11 seasons already behind him
We need a #13

If the news is true regarding Brown Sauce though, that might be our man.

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You can really see Sheens in the player that Batemen is, 5/11 or 6ft at best, exceedingly mobile, under a 100kg and seeing him play heads up football in Canberra, which is rare for 2nd rowers, suggests a high league IQ. Liam Fulton ,Dene Halatau, Chris Heignington, that is the Sheens production line,
Yep, players with initiative, not afraid of making a mistake.
 

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I'm trying to be positive now. There have been reports he was good at the WC. We need an edge backrower desperately.
I watched all England games. He was ok. Radley outshone him in every way.
 

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We definitely need a starting backrower still.. Blore has played half a dozen games over a year and a half ago. I can't imagine him starting and being there all year.

I think Papali'i and Bateman are both R sided players though, although I've seen Bateman on the L at times.

Joffa will be the 13, a workhorse 13 who just tackles everything. Klem and Stefano to start.
 

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We definitely need a starting backrower still.. Blore has played half a dozen games over a year and a half ago. I can't imagine him starting and being there all year.

I think Papali'i and Bateman are both R sided players though, although I've seen Bateman on the L at times.

Joffa will be the 13, a workhorse 13 who just tackles everything. Klem and Stefano to start.
Papalli played left side in his first year at eels and killed it
 

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I watched all England games. He was ok. Radley outshone him in every way.
To be fair , radley played in the middle , Bateman played wide on the right , so radley seen more of the ball and done a lot more work , so u are not been fair to Bateman
 

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Wish people would get of brooks back , give the bloke a chance with a decent pack , if he fails I will be the 1st to lead the get rid of brooks show . If he or a friend reads this crap u all put up how do u think he would re- act , would u bust ur arse with fans like U
Comments like this amaze me with their ignorance.
Even this season, when we ultimately won the spoon with our pack, we were still in the position to win half of our games. We had that many close losses and matches where we somehow lost where it seemed impossible. That means the forwards held their own. They may not have smashed their opponents to smithereens, and may have been blown away at times, but they still matched the opponents half the time. Which is all a decent half should need.
Games there for the taking, and our halves couldn't get us home.

And that was this season, with the worst pack we've ever had. Previous seasons our pack has also held their own at least half the season. And our halves couldn't convert losses to wins. Sure the pack could have been better, which would have made it easier, but Brooks was the one kicking down the opposing fullbacks throat, passing the ball to someone not expecting it or just kidding tackles.
 

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To be fair , radley played in the middle , Bateman played wide on the right , so radley seen more of the ball and done a lot more work , so u are not been fair to Bateman
I didnt think he looked for it much either.
He was a gun at Canberra, with his last year there being pretty miserable. He hasnt done much since.
I just hope we arent breaking the bank for him, he could spend most of his time here on his arse in rehab.
 

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Hard to get culture right when the club cannot even get the colours right.

I agree on more wrestling training.... Too often opposition forwards not put on the deck.... I fear sheens focus on attack won't see this addressed tho
I would think Furner and Farah would be working on this without necessarily having a specialised coach.
 
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