No back-up needed for Cherrington...


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    No back-up needed for Cherrington at Tigers

    Chris Kennedy Tue 01 Mar, 2016, 2:27pm
    By Chris Kennedy ‌, National Correspondent, NRL.com

    Despite the huge blow of losing seasoned hooker Robbie Farah for the first month of the season, senior Wests Tigers players say back-up rake Manaia Cherrington will have no trouble pumping out 80-minute games until one of the senior dummy-halves returns.

    New recruit Matt Ballin is also set to sit out at least the start of the year as he continues to recover from a knee injury that ended his 2015 season early, but new captain Aaron Woods and back-rower Chris Lawrence had no doubt the 21-year-old was ready for the rigours of full time NRL.

    “Manaia Cherrington is going to be playing. He will be right for 80 minutes, he is one of the fittest at the club,” Woods said.

    “He played a few games last year and he has been in the system for the last few years so he knows what we are about and he won’t let the boys down. He’s been ripping in all pre-season. He’ll be ready to go.”

    Woods said while it was a significant disruption losing Farah to injury in the trials, the side had since been training as if Cherrington was going to play 80 minutes – a move made more necessary in Round 1 by the absence through suspension of utility forward Dene Halatau.

    “I would be lying to you if I said it wasn’t a disruption. You train all of the pre-season and then to lose Robbie in your last trial is tough, but there is nothing we can do about it now,” Woods said.

    “But you can’t have your best players every week – that’s part of sport. It has been a disruption but the boys, to their credit, we’ve got back to training and where we have had to change a few things we have.”

    Lawrence said after Cherrington’s 11 games last he was ready to step up to a starting hooker role.

    “He showed he’s going to be a quality player. I think he’ll be fine. Given the opportunity he’s really going to excel,” Lawrence said.

    “I know he’s played 80 minutes in the past in lower grades and he’s one of the fittest blokes here so whether he plays 80 or not, I’m not quite sure.”

    Lawrence added that while up-and-coming hooker Jacob Liddle had been training well after featuring in the Auckland Nines and trials, he may not start the year in first grade.

    “He’s definitely been training well in the off season and killed the under-20s last year and improved with each session and each week this year. I’m not sure whether they’ll throw him in Round 1 but it won’t be too long before you see him in first grade,” Lawrence said.

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    I reckon these commments are a smokescreen. Cherrington will be named at 9 but Chee Kam will start. We will know in 2 hours i guess



  • Going to be a good battle, between Mania and Isaac Luke.
    If Jacob Liddle, does play, I wonder which hooker, Mania, or Jacob, will add the most spark to wests tigers attack.



  • If Cherrington does play 80 then the changing of the guard is definitely here.



  • Liddle reminds me a lot of Stuart Flanagan. A very strong running game but not much else, at least not yet.

    Cherrington is a runner and a playmaker. Very good passing game.

    I doubt Cherry will play 80 mins against strong packs from the Warriors and Manly. His defence will undoubtedly tire. Liddle might be off the bench, doubt he’ll be named in any case.



  • @Sabre:

    If Cherrington does play 80 then the changing of the guard is definitely here.

    Agree Sabre,he has been groomed for a couple of seasons,now its time for him to show us how far he has progressed in the game….



  • @TrueTiger:

    @Sabre:

    If Cherrington does play 80 then the changing of the guard is definitely here.

    Agree Sabre,he has been groomed for a couple of seasons,now its time for him to show us how far he has progressed in the game….

    Unfortunately options are very limited , so Cherrington might be required to play bigger minutes than 1st planned……in saying all that i think Cherrington is more than capable and is primed for a big year i feel.



  • Its the kicking game I worry about, Farah was very good at getting a kick away from dummy half and sending deep into the corners and than have the chasers pin the ball receiver down. I have not seen either Cherrington or Liddle do much kicking if any and if you send it back to your six or seven than you are giving up ground


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    Smokescreen for sure…wont play 80…the kicking from dummy half is a concern as Supercoach points out…I have seen Cherrington do it in lower grades albeit on rare occasions…



  • My feeling is that Michael Chee Kam will be on the bench and ready to play any position from centre, backrow and even hooker. If Cherringtopn starts to run out of puff then Chee Kam will take over until Cherrington is ready to return.



  • Message Board Favourite Kyle Lovett will be back-up utility forward, that’s my tip…



  • @Chadman’s Ghost:

    Message Board Favourite Kyle Lovett will be back-up utility forward, that’s my tip…

    My tip as well anyway we will find out soon enough



  • @supercoach:

    @Chadman’s Ghost:

    Message Board Favourite Kyle Lovett will be back-up utility forward, that’s my tip…

    My tip as well anyway we will find out soon enough

    I’m a genious.

    Or I’m Jason Taylor.

    In which case, many of you believe I’m Satan. Or just an idiot or something.

    I’ll be ringing in to defend myself later…



  • @Chadman’s Ghost:

    Message Board Favourite Kyle Lovett will be back-up utility forward, that’s my tip…

    Lovett played alright in the trial, Buchanan though :deadhorse:



  • @Geo.:

    Smokescreen for sure…wont play 80…the kicking from dummy half is a concern as Supercoach points out…I have seen Cherrington do it in lower grades albeit on rare occasions…

    Is the concerns general match fitness or issues holding up defensively? If he gets targeted I reckon he’ll get the hook and get pushed rather then jump…



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