Gerling - Bad blood. entire album is awesome.
The Vaudeville smash and Muse are honourable mentions.
I kind of get that.
If Daley is assitant coach and giving tips on our team then I can see the conflict.
Although it seems a long stretch considering the other teams and the arrangements with their assistants.
Always rated Daley. 100% top bloke.
So we see that Souths were under pressure, probably to keep Damien Cook.
We hire Luke Burgess as a coach assistant. Hey makes sense.
We are looking for a forward and maybe a winger. Because hey a good winger scores tries and either Nofo or Thompson could get an upgrade (love them both, but hey that’s NRL). Thompson is def a good depth option.
What baffles me here is how come we were never mentioned in relation to George? We seemed to be set up to take him and it’s Parramatta with the $$. Yes we need a winger or dare I say Fullback but surely our priority is a Forward?
Jennings, you are welcome here. But would anyone on this forum take Jennings over George Burgess?
The biggest issue is LIDDLE cannot play for 60 minutes.
Look I get it. Farah is too dominating at Hooker. But Liddle is not ready to go 80 minutes.
Send Farah out for the first 30, let him get beaten up then bring on Liddle when people are tired and a fast ball running half can reek riot.
The sad thing is Taylor got rid of Farah instead he should have thought how he can transition Farah into a hard working defender, second rower or someone up front. The guy Bleeds Black and Orange.
Anyway Farah was not our attacking problem with this trial nor normally during the game. Reynolds seemed to be AWOL, Mbye not much better, Brooks was great, and Corey Thompson needs to go to reserve grade NOW. Mahe, that wing spot is now YOURS.
Ricky & Brad Arthur in a neck-and-neck race to get sacked.
I could see Ricky messing up what is a decent side IMO.
Old lemon face Brad Arthur’s job is on the line though…
Not trying to hex either one mind you…just saying.
Glad we got Maguire. Reckon Parra would have snapped him up by round 10. Arthur won’t last imo.
Arthur must be odds on fav for first coach sacked
He surely must be. It won’t get better for him either with the stadium works this year, losing Corey Norman and relying on MM as his key playmaker, etc. There must be a junior coming up the ranks else their spine is stuffed.
Very glad we got McGuire. John Cartright and Neil Henry will be interviewing at Parramatta very soon.
Maybe they will give it to Jim Dymock, ex parra boy.
Either way, we got lucky. We have a coach in McGuire who will train the team hard and is fresh. Cleary is liked by the players but is a little too soft, McGuire is the exact kick we needed.
Bring on 2019
i see McQueen as a little like Ben Ross.
The neck injury was very serious. He won’t ever be 100% normal, but after the break he may get close. But if he is ever going to find form it will be under Madge.
We have him on our team. Had we known (unsure if we did) how bad this injury was we should never ever have signed him. Yet we have him, lets see some fire kid.
Ah, well Thompson was listed at NR2 on my team list. Yea the guy looked a little more tan then normal.
Ok if its Nofo then he has to goto Reserves.
Weird I see it here and other places listing NR2 as Corey Thompson. Let me know who to be angry at!
Loving this team.
Nofo thrown out for having zero defense on the wing. (right decision madge).
Strong backline of Thompson, Fonua, Paul M, Marsters, Jennings.
Underperformers told to improve. Halves selected for speed.
Then the entire bench of Forwards. Manly want to play speedball, we will play pound. If Marty Taupau starts to tire Manly will get steamrolled. Their bench looks pathetic so we should have some fun.
Braith, I think too he was getting very flat too. Plus he’s a pampered pooch and wants Uncle Nick to rub his feet after a game with fresh notes.
Adam Blair…. It was our coaching but it was so much more then that. He played a very different role in Melbourne. The Tigers needed someone who would lead from the front while Blair was the impact player who has energizer bunnies around him like Smith, Hinchcliff, Hoffman, etc. It was Blair but it was a system shock…
It’s just a shame that the team was shuffled in his way as loosing Beau Ryan and Chris Heighington really set us back… Perhaps in that way the staff did not manage it well. We should have been fortress Tiger.
Reynolds is very different to Ballin and McQueen.
Ballin was a flat tyre we brought to try and push Farah out. Biggest mistake ever, lets just open a can of kill team spirit.
McQueen is just busted… A part of me would like to believe that his spine is healed but I read that and I am not that gullible to believe that.
Leaving Reynolds. No, Reynolds is NOT in this category.
Yes he had injuries, but he largely got busted while playing for us in a role he wasn’t used too.
When we hired him, we just had 3 of our 4 biggest stars walk and our team was in shambles. We seriously could be how Parramatta or Canberra are now. They won’t touch the top 8. Had we not gotten Reynolds we would only have Brooks as our big name. No one would come to us unless we payed OVERS again.
Reynolds was exactly right for a ground up rebuild. Now though his leadership and team spirit is not as needed as it was at the end of 2017.
Two key thoughts:
We can’t keep going with no backs on our bench.
We lost Benji, we lost the game by 14 points against a side we should have beaten comfortably.
Reynolds will be a good addition because Brooks is the Common factor in all of this. Should help give him ownership as long as Robbie treats him as first reciever.
I don’t get this. Totally weird game where the dogs were playing fast footy and we had first tackle defense but couldn’t handle the second or third offload.
Plus our damn errors.
I was thinking we should have swapped Reynolds into this game. Give him a chance to go up against his old club and put a bit of spark into it.
Lets see what Madge does. This is going to be one really weird season.
What do you call having Brett Hodgson and Pat Richards on our coaching staff?
Both have worked hard in the UK for awhile. They know the game there and know other coaches. We can feed them our reserve grade, Kev Naquama comes to mind. They can then let us know who has itchy feet to cross the tasman.
“Foran for Reynolds”
I could see us doing this and then Benji Marshall and Luke Brooks collide at training managing to break each other’s ACL’s in a truly freak accident!
That being said, If Elgey fails to perform at Manly. We could entice Haslier in a 3 way swap. Reynolds to the Dogs, Foran to Manly and Taupau to us.
Doubt even Haslier would be mad enough to swap Taupau for Foran, but hey I would sign on the dotted line.
Sometimes it is, but we just seem to be open to it.
I take what Happy says, man I wish we had a halfback who could have fitted the gap between Prince and Lui, so much less pain.
I digress. Good teams will always be able to put on a try. Our defense though seems pretty porus and I think the wing seems to be a key problem area. This problem may start on the inside though.
Comp crazy competitive at the moment. Brisbane winning 2/2 then loosing to the Dragons by 1 point. Wow Revenge of the 90’s.
I get it. If your inner defense goes in, you go in to close the inside gap. But that just leaves a gap out wide.
So your opposing halfback, if they read the field. They may see a gap on the inside but they will see a large gap on the wing. No expert but it is like us painting an arrow.
If Fonua is moving in then I want it corrected too.
But the warriors did not go to the outside of Fonua. They did with Nofo but they did not with Fonua. Now I dont know why, but they did not. Maybe they thought Fonua would catch them. Maybe he intimidated them. Maybe its just luck… i dont know.
Thats one step Fonua has that Nofo does not.
I would rather see Fonua work on a percieved weakness then try Nofo again on a proven weakness. MWZ took Nofo’s spot because of Nofo’s poor defense.
I get Nofo is a clubman, I like him but I am over us leaking 2 tries on the wing then blaming Marshall and others?!?