Nofoaluma ready for runaway Radradra...

Nofoaluma ready for runaway Radradra

Tue 22 Mar, 2016, 11:57am
Tony Webeck
Chief Queensland Correspondent, NRL.com

Less than an hour after full-time in Saturday’s 30-18 loss to the Titans on the Gold Coast, Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma was already looking forward to what next lay ahead of him.

I didn’t even have to bring it up.

It’s possibly the most difficult assignment a winger can be given right now but Nofoaluma remains undaunted, instead excited at the prospect of facing off against Parramatta’s Fijian freak Semi Radradra.

Sitting in eighth and ninth position respectively, the Tigers and Eels both have plenty of positives to draw from the first three weeks of the season and expecting a massive Easter Monday crowd to ANZ Stadium.

One of the highlights will be the match-up between Radradra and Nofoaluma who has started the season in similarly fine fashion for the Tigers.

With 10 tackle busts against the Titans alone last weekend the 22-year-old is officially the toughest player to tackle in the NRL through three rounds (23 tackle busts) and is looking forward to the individual challenge that comes in opposing Radradra (16 tackle busts).

The pair have only gone head-to-head once before in 2014 and while Radradra crossed the try-line it was Nofoaluma’s Tigers who claimed the two points in a 21-18 win in front of more than 50,000 fans in the corresponding Easter Monday clash two years ago.

“I remember playing against him [in 2014] and he’s obviously in good form,” Nofoaluma told NRL.com.

"He had a good game last week, he got a double and helped Parramatta get the win. He’s a tough opponent and it’s going to be a good challenge.

"He’s a good opponent. Obviously he’s tough, he’s been in good form and it’s a challenge for myself and if I can get the better of him that will help with myself getting confidence and also help the team.

"I’m looking forward to coming up against him actually.

“I’ll do my best to make sure he doesn’t make me look silly.”

After two wins to start the season the Tigers appeared destined to keep their unbeaten run alive when they jumped out to a 10-0 lead against the Titans.

But, as they had done in wins over the Warriors and Sea Eagles in the weeks prior, they allowed Gold Coast back into the contest and were unable to stem a flow of 30 unanswered points.

Wests have received plaudits for their enterprising brand of football to date but Nofoaluma says it is the most basic aspect of the game that will dictate how much flair he, James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks will get to show against the Eels.

“It comes from completions and when we start completing we feel more comfortable,” Nofoaluma said.

"At the 20-minute mark everything was going well and it gives us backs a chance to play some footy and have a bit of fun I guess.

"It all comes down to completions. We couldn’t complete in the first half and that hurt us a lot.

“We know what we did wrong and we can’t dwell on it too much. We’ve got a big crowd to look forward to for next game and I’ll be going up against big Semi.”

http://www.nrl.com/nofoaluma-ready-for-runaway-radradra/tabid/10874/newsid/94040/default.aspx

Hopefully the team does improve their ball control. Parramatta are playing quite aggressively at the moment and have a powerful backrow. We really need to hang onto the football and try and work them over around the ruck if we’re going to be any chance of winning. Parra have momentum at the moment so it’s going to be a big challenge to take that away from them.

Very glad he isn’t playing on Rankin’s side

Nofo and Kev will show him up!

@teddy23:

Very glad he isn’t playing on Rankin’s side

Nofo and Kev will show him up!

Boy oh Boy, Kevvy lands a few people on their backs when he hits them.
The secret maybe in his hair …
One of these hidden in there ?

Hopefully Nofa remembers to jump for bombs this week. Even if he does he’s only got a 30-40% chance of taking it ahead of Semi, but better than a 0% if he stares and watches Semi catch the ball.

Will be bombs away all day. Kev and Nofa better be ready for it!

@Geo.:

"At the 20-minute mark everything was going well and it gives us backs a chance to play some footy and have a bit of fun I guess.

"It all comes down to completions. We couldn’t complete in the first half and that hurt us a lot.

“We know what we did wrong and we can’t dwell on it too much. We’ve got a big crowd to look forward to for next game and I’ll be going up against big Semi.”

http://www.nrl.com/nofoaluma-ready-for-runaway-radradra/tabid/10874/newsid/94040/default.aspx

It’s this mentality that these guys need to overcome. Playing to have fun is mostly just going to lead to dropped balls, frantic play in attack and desperate even more frantic defence. They should play to win. Not play for fun when they build a lead.

Watch Semi, he likes to milk a penalty or 3

It won’t just be Nofo that will need to contain him, Semi was roaming a long way infield to get his hands on the ball last weekend and wasn’t just making breaks down the wing. If I was Brad Arthur I’d be telling Semi to give Kyle Lovett a workout.

I can really see us struggling with Semi if he’s on song. He’s developed a really good offload which makes him a nightmare. Take him high to try and wrap the ball and you have to deal with an Inglis-like fend. Take him low and you risk the offload, plus he’s so damn strong he may just break the tackle anyway. We’ll have to be coordinating really well in defence to contain Parra on the edges…

Semi has been given a license to roam. He doesn’t just stay on his wing and wait for the ball. I not just talking about doing a hit-up for the forwards either. He comes in when the halves are looking to attack, like a fullback does, in the centre of the field.

I hope this thread isnt resurrected on Mon night for the wrong reasons, though it wouldnt surprise

noffa somehow manages to show up his more fancied opponents but fails against the others

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