We Need Game Breakers



  • Ivan Cleary has done well to sign all the new players and, obviously, there are more to come. However, despite assembling a stronger, deeper playing roster, I seriously worry about our ability to create and score tries. To my mind we will have two many honest toilers, no real game breakers and a serious lack of speed. All our signings so far are solid, metre gaining powerful players that rely on the creativity being provided by someone else. Matulino, Packer and McQueen will get us going forward but who will take advantage of this? Brooks still seriously lacks the ability to take charge of a game, Reynolds is a moderately fast, running five eighth and Lolohea doesn’t show the speed and power he exhibited for the Warriors last year. On top of this, we don’t have any dynamic, tackle breaking back rowers who can put fear into the opposition and none of our back line signings can go the length of the field. I agree with other people, maybe we should be looking at some of the talent available in other clubs’ Holden Cup teams. We hit pay dirt with JAC and maybe we can do it again….



  • We need an experienced half.
    We need a clean out.
    We need a game breaker.


    Its not happening this year.
    Next yeae is the year.

    With the players coming vs the players going, we are a beter team.

    Loloheah …. game breaker
    Reynolds … game breaker, he will be less off the hinges because hes not as passionats about the tigers as he is about the dogs so expect to see controlled aggression and a smarter JR.
    Sue … he will really step up with the kiwi boys around like a few years ago when we has Gavet and Taupau.
    Packer and Matulino, the same. Never under estimate playing along side your friemds, trying to out do each other.

    Not to mentiom the backs who all have something to prove.
    Fonua , Thompson, Milne, etc.



  • I know things will changes next year Demps. I’ve acknowledged that and you mention improvement in players, playing with your mates, etc. However, I am questioning the degree of strike we will have in the team, even with all these new players. We are losing Tedesco, our only true game breaker. I’m wondering where the tries are going to come from……next year…



  • Maybe we should try and get Watson as well as Rona…



  • I just think we need a solid platform for next year.
    The cherry …… later.



  • @:

    I know things will changes next year Demps. I’ve acknowledged that and you mention improvement in players, playing with your mates, etc. However, I am questioning the degree of strike we will have in the team, even with all these new players. We are losing Tedesco, our only true game breaker. I’m wondering where the tries are going to come from……next year…

    Unfotunately Steve, Tedesco has been far below his best for us this year….he really hasnt been a game breaker for us…



  • Tedesco is a selfish dud who stifles our attack and ruins oppurtunities.
    His career will be plagued with injuries, destined for a yearly leg injury i think every year.

    Dont stress.
    We are going in the right direction.



  • well i think most on here know, that all IVANS signings will come to nothing unless he comes up with another class prop and two more class back rowers. i believe we have enough backs in the center and wing positions. however iam not sold on loloheah, he looks no more than a NSW CUP player. thats why i hope we get rona. and last we do need another option foe 1/2 back, watson would be a good buy, maybe brooks should have gone with the other 3 mupputs.



  • Watson, Rona, Tupou and Miline all provide x factor. Lolohea provides the biggest x factor.



  • We definitely need some game breakers. We also though need quality players throughout the team that do their jobs well. Our pack needs to get on top. Our backs need to get some quality ball and do something when they get their chances.

    Next year we have a completely different looking team and we’ve also gotten rid of 3 of our 4 most overpaid players. I think our spine though is a massive concern. Liddle/McIlwrick look decent but not great. Brooks at the moment is overpaid and Reynolds is probably going to be overpaid. Lolohea isn’t performing great at the moment. So the whole spine could be ordinary. Three out of the four of them are unproven.

    The main positive I can see though is that we have money in the bank to go out and purchase players. If quality players come up we can have a shot at them. Worst case we go out and pilfer quality juniors from other clubs.

    I’d also expect a junior or two to come through the grades and perform to first grade level. You can’t predict this but our stocks seem really poor at the moment and I’d expect that to improve.



  • @:

    Ivan Cleary has done well to sign all the new players and, obviously, there are more to come. However, despite assembling a stronger, deeper playing roster, I seriously worry about our ability to create and score tries. To my mind we will have two many honest toilers, no real game breakers and a serious lack of speed. All our signings so far are solid, metre gaining powerful players that rely on the creativity being provided by someone else. Matulino, Packer and McQueen will get us going forward but who will take advantage of this? Brooks still seriously lacks the ability to take charge of a game, Reynolds is a moderately fast, running five eighth and Lolohea doesn’t show the speed and power he exhibited for the Warriors last year. On top of this, we don’t have any dynamic, tackle breaking back rowers who can put fear into the opposition and none of our back line signings can go the length of the field. I agree with other people, maybe we should be looking at some of the talent available in other clubs’ Holden Cup teams. We hit pay dirt with JAC and maybe we can do it again….

    I hate to be one of those “next season” supporters, but I would seriously hope Tui shows a massive improvement in this area next year. Lose some weight, more structure around him, and not trying to be an organiser (which doesn’t seem to come naturally to him).

    The Nofo try was a good example of him playing what’s in front of him.



  • THIS CLUB NEEDS AN NRL STANDARD TEAM TO COMPETE WEEK IN WEEK OUT……Until that happens then we will stay where we are on the ladder…I have faith in IVAN…



  • ??? lovett is a impact player. He comes on, loses the ball, misses tackles and gives away penalties.
    What more do you want? 😂



  • If we’re relying on Reynolds to be our only game breaker then it’s going to be another long year.



  • Taking into account the new players already/about to be signed for 2018 the only game breakers we need are at least two quality second rowers and a good strong good prop. The current lot of forwards we have would be hard pressed to break an eggshell let alone be game breakers.


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