Nofoaluma one of NRL's best with dirty carries



  • Nofoaluma one of NRL’s best with dirty carries
    Author Dan Walsh Timestamp Mon 12 Feb 2018, 11:00 AM

    Dirty carries. They’re rugby league’s thankless chore, but any coach will tell you that without them, your team’s going nowhere.

    Getting out of trouble is the first point of business most every time a team starts a set, but more often than not the forwards are making their way back onside having just got through 40-60 seconds of defensive work.

    It’s here where wingers, those blokes that allegedly spend their time hanging around footballers, pull their weight.

    For the biggest, and often the best in this department, that’s typically 100-odd kilos – which they’ll pitch into a thankless run aimed at getting a side out of the defensive 40 metre zone and into an attacking position.

    A couple of the NRL’s more maligned flyers proved themselves adept, with Manly’s Jorge Taufua and the Roosters Blake Ferguson contributing on average a dozen of these charges per game.

    Warriors pair Ken Maumalo and David Fusitu’a also excelled, with Fusitua’s average of 11.5 metres per run among the most potent in the NRL, according to NRL.com Stats.

    At 94 kilos, Wests Tigers flyer David Nofoaluma is the outlier on this list, and punching well above his weight given Ferguson, Taufua and Maumalo all have at least seven kilos on him.


  • ForumSupporter

    I could see Nofoaluma and Fonua forming a bash brother combo…

    Getting up the field shouldn’t be a problem…



  • and then have Matulino and Packer have 2 hit ups



  • then brooks or JRey with a great 5th tackle option

    problem solved :slight_smile:



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    I could see Nofoaluma and Fonua forming a bash brother combo…

    Getting up the field shouldn’t be a problem…

    Will Fonua be there for round 1 though? Sounds like MWZ has had a cracker of a pre-season…



  • Nofo and Fonua bringing the ball back is like having two extra forwards on the field. Assuming Fonua is there R1 of course



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    Nofo and Fonua bringing the ball back is like having two extra forwards on the field. Assuming Fonua is there R1 of course

    He will be.



  • Just when most WT forumers had Suli, Marsters, Fonua in the backline (a week ago) things seem less clear now with Kev & MWZ having good off seasons and Suli gone. Once again Nofo might be our only backline battering ram.
    Don’t really see Kev, MWZ, Milne making too many metres in the dirty hit up department.



  • MWZ didnt go too bad in that department last year…… and hopefully now, when fitter and faster, he can make more dirty metres



  • MWZ makes good dirty metres. I still want Fonua there though just to see how good he goes returning the ball.



  • Milne is solid,i reckon he would be good for a dirty hit up…and Fonua of course.


  • ForumSupporter

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    I could see Nofoaluma and Fonua forming a bash brother combo…

    Getting up the field shouldn’t be a problem…

    Will Fonua be there for round 1 though? Sounds like MWZ has had a cracker of a pre-season…

    Competition is good….I’m sure given injuries and form both will get their chance…


  • Banned

    Kev isnt bad either. We are well covered in this area no matter who starts. Defence should be the deciding factor as a lot of them were insufficient last year.



  • Nofo wont be the only one doing the dirty carries
    I can easily see Fonoa and Milne getting into that action
    They all look very strong
    Add our forwards to that and I have no doubts other teams defence will be sorely tested
    If we get our DEFENCE right it won’t be an easy day for other teams
    We only need to win a couple more of those close games and we are in the 8
    The experience in our recruitment should help in that area
    I remember seeing Josh Renyolds chase down Adam Renolds just before the tryline last year and It saved a certain 6 points
    That’s what I like about Josh
    He never gives up
    That can lift a whole team
    They just need to believe



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    Nofo wont be the only one doing the dirty carries
    I can easily see Fonoa and Milne getting into that action
    They all look very strong
    Add our forwards to that and I have no doubts other teams defence will be sorely tested
    If we get our DEFENCE right it won’t be an easy day for other teams
    We only need to win a couple more of those close games and we are in the 8
    The experience in our recruitment should help in that area
    I remember seeing Josh Renyolds chase down Adam Renolds just before the tryline last year and It saved a certain 6 points
    That’s what I like about Josh
    He never gives up
    That can lift a whole team
    They just need to believe

    It shows the try saver here…

    [media]

    I’m warming to Reynolds… wasn’t too keen on his signing when it was first announced but if he refinds some form with the change of scenery he will definitely be an asset to the team.


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