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I’m a Magpie-Man originally and I knew about the 1909 G.F. shafting that the Tiges copped from the Bunnies. But after the merger that became a personal slight to me…
So… Down, down with South Sydney!..
P.S. heard about the story of a Tigers supporter lobbing up at a pub in the heart of Bunnies territory with a dead rabbit slung over his shoulder, think it was on the eve of the '69 G.F. Orders one beer, “and one for me mate”, gesturing to the carcass. The barman suggests he get the hell out while he still can… Lol, brilliant and ballsy!

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@Spud_Murphy said in Looking at the finalists thus far..:

@tonza said in Looking at the finalists thus far..:

@Newtown said in Looking at the finalists thus far..:

@Tiger_heart said in Looking at the finalists thus far..:

I can’t help but think we are light years away from being able to compete, at that level…Not saying we’ll never be, but I am not sure we have enough juniors coming thru (say like Cronulla or the Broncos) showing signs of great potential, as future players.
I know you can argue that the finals are a different game, and they are, but I can’t see how, had we made the 8, we would have done anything more than make up the number.

Grim…

So what is the difference to teams such as Cronulla who made the 8 and and were immediately easily eliminated?

Probably the draw.

I can’t believe they had not beaten a top 8 team all season and yet somehow made the finals!

We could’ve been in the same position if we won the games we were expected to win.
That plus a less cruel draw I suppose…

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Being a Qlder is probably a strong incentive in returning via a Qld-based club.
Drawback for Cows is Payton being a new coach, fairly inexperienced and the direction he wants to take them in is in it’s infancy. But he might like the small-town lifestyle of a regional area.

Donkeys have the current Qld Origin coach, he probably has friends and relo’s in Brisbane and the Fifita/Boyd money might lure him there.

Titans are on the way up with some good form, good signings, have the Aussie coach overseeing it all and, as someone else noted, Peats has been released.

I’d love to think he’s endeared to us through his experience here and forged some strong bonds and wants to be a part of what we’re building towards under Madge. Maybe he also finds the big-city life exciting and alluring.
If we’re in with a chance I just hope we’ve got top-line coin coz he’s worth it and deserves it.

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@JoshColeman99 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@avocadoontoast said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I’ve never been a fan of Tolman at all but I was pretty surprised to see he averaged 140m per game and over 40 tackles. Statistically he would have been our best forward.

He’s always been good for stats problem is whenever he touches the ball the teams entire momentum goes, he slowly goes to the line and takes the tackle rarely offloading. Plays a lot like Gallen In his final few seasons lots of fourth tackle hit ups killing the play lol

Not if Brawlin’ Brooksy has a say.

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@Cairnstigers said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Magpieger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@InBenjiWeTrust said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@fibrodreaming said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@fibrodreaming said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Raffman said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Melbourne flyer Josh Addo-Carr remains a recruitment priority but it’s understood Canberra’s Jordan Rapana is now also on the club’s radar.

I hope we are not going to target Rapana if we miss out on JAC.

Upgrading our pack should be our priority. Targeting JAC makes sense because he is quality and players of his class don’t come on the market very often. But if we miss out on him we should be chasing forwards.

Disagree strongly. Pace us our no 1 priority. We’ve got Tamou now we need JAC and Staines. Besides Kepaoa and Brooks, our backs are slugs.

I don’t agree Paws. We have had no problems scoring points. But we are monstered by most other packs. We just can’t contain their momentum and we have trouble getting out of our own half. We need better forwards.

I know we have an issue in the forwards. I have no objection to more forwards so long as existing forwards go so we are not impacting our capacity to recruit fast backs. Perhaps we need to expect more from those we have? You cannot coach pace and as we’ve witnessed with JAC, pace is critical in shutting down opposition attacks.

unlike some other clubs, apparently, the WT play according to the NRL rules. Ideally, we would buy at least: Papalii, JWH, Taumalolo, Heinrington, Staines, Drinkwater and JAC !
But a limited salary cap says the WT can not, the question then is how to distribute the limited resources.
IMHO the answer is obvious, like many games, year after year, show us - we are too frequently rolled through the middle, and allow too many easy breaks. Also, in the attack, because of the lack of go forward, our ‘offensive’ kicks are from 40m at best. These issues will not be sold by JAC, we had speedsters Tedesco, Simona, JAC but still suffered from the same issues. IMHO, we need at least one aggressive experienced prop and 2nd rower (e.g. A Paasi, Heinrington), and then think of JAC, Staines, Drinkwater etc.

I think Hetherington would be a great signing and I still can’t believe there’s been no news about us chasing him. Not sure about Heinrington though, haven’t seen enough of him…

no news is good news
Or so they say

And The Pom news…

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@JoshColeman99 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Magpieger said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

I wonder if Blore could make a transition to front-row, he’s very young and already a pretty big rig. Might end up like Fisher-Harris?

Maybe eventually but I’m pretty sure they want to start him on the edge. Gus Gould said his best attribute is his hole running and he looked good there in the limited minutes he played there vs eels

Really looking forward to seeing him after a full pre-season. With some conditioning and maybe trimming down a little he’s gonna be a weapon. I’m sure he’ll show Madge he’s up for bigger, quality minutes.

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I wonder if Blore could make a transition to front-row, he’s very young and already a pretty big rig. Might end up like Fisher-Harris?

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@InBenjiWeTrust said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@fibrodreaming said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@fibrodreaming said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

@Raffman said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Melbourne flyer Josh Addo-Carr remains a recruitment priority but it’s understood Canberra’s Jordan Rapana is now also on the club’s radar.

I hope we are not going to target Rapana if we miss out on JAC.

Upgrading our pack should be our priority. Targeting JAC makes sense because he is quality and players of his class don’t come on the market very often. But if we miss out on him we should be chasing forwards.

Disagree strongly. Pace us our no 1 priority. We’ve got Tamou now we need JAC and Staines. Besides Kepaoa and Brooks, our backs are slugs.

I don’t agree Paws. We have had no problems scoring points. But we are monstered by most other packs. We just can’t contain their momentum and we have trouble getting out of our own half. We need better forwards.

I know we have an issue in the forwards. I have no objection to more forwards so long as existing forwards go so we are not impacting our capacity to recruit fast backs. Perhaps we need to expect more from those we have? You cannot coach pace and as we’ve witnessed with JAC, pace is critical in shutting down opposition attacks.

unlike some other clubs, apparently, the WT play according to the NRL rules. Ideally, we would buy at least: Papalii, JWH, Taumalolo, Heinrington, Staines, Drinkwater and JAC !
But a limited salary cap says the WT can not, the question then is how to distribute the limited resources.
IMHO the answer is obvious, like many games, year after year, show us - we are too frequently rolled through the middle, and allow too many easy breaks. Also, in the attack, because of the lack of go forward, our ‘offensive’ kicks are from 40m at best. These issues will not be sold by JAC, we had speedsters Tedesco, Simona, JAC but still suffered from the same issues. IMHO, we need at least one aggressive experienced prop and 2nd rower (e.g. A Paasi, Heinrington), and then think of JAC, Staines, Drinkwater etc.

I think Hetherington would be a great signing and I still can’t believe there’s been no news about us chasing him. Not sure about Heinrington though, haven’t seen enough of him…

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What do we think about Tolman as a bench front-rower? Read an article about him being club-less and detected an air of desperation to keep going in NRL. Would he be worth it on a cut-price deal?

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Read somewhere that every time Slimeys made the finals they get done by the Storm. So, on the up-side, at least Matto will be part of the side that gets pumped by the Storm… Again!!!
Mwahahahaha (insert evil Twal grin + gecko lip-licking + nervous twitch combined with the power of the crazy eyes…)