There are a couple of differences….
2005 team had:
- a reliable, high percentage goal kicker
- a controlling halfback who led the team
- Benji Marshall.
Now Teddy may replicate the astonishing attack of Benji to a high degree but unless Brooks controlls the game and someone steps up to kick goals we will be long odds and for good reason. Not to mention that the 05 pack were amazing cover/scramble defenders. The 2016 pack were hot and cold in this area so that must improve markedly also.
The 2005 Prince and the 2017 Brooks are poles apart
So are the forward packs
It’s exciting to consider it possible to say the least, but that’s where it ends for now.
As people are already confused comparing our 2016 team to the 2005 team, when it should be compared to the 2004 team.
In saying that I would be interested to know from anybody with a better memory of the 2004 season then me.
What was prince like as a halfback in 2004?
I know he played out of his skin in 2005 and the way he played the team around the park was outstanding in our Grand final year.
But was their glimpses of it in 04 or was he playing similar and just didn’t have a good supporting cast around him?
If I remember correctly, Benji was injured most of the year and we had Fitzhenry filling in at 6 and as a utility???
You’ve mentioned Teddy a match for Hodgson.
Liddle has been touted as the future hooker, just like RF in 2004/2005, and just like RF having Ben Galea to help him through, Liddle has another solid hooker in Ballin to guide him.
You could make a case for Aaron Woods having a similar style to John Skandalis.
Rowdy being a close match to Mark O’neil.
you can already see how much of Benji’s no fear attitude is possibly in Moses,
Is it actually possible that Brooks can became that game controlling halfback, that just kicks well and talks the team around the park, just like prince back then.
Can anyone add anything further to how the 2004 year played out, players in that side, games that we won well, how the team competed agaisnt the stronger teams of the comp. I do recall we got blown away by both the Dragons and the Roosters that year. (Very strong teams in that early part of the decade) Possibly just like the Raiders and to a lesser extent Panthers / Bulldogs did this past season.