You must really hate Ivan to write a post like this lol
I agree that Nathan is horribly out of form, but I’m sure in the origin arena he will do his job.
QLD during their domination of origin didn’t care if players were out of form and look where that got them. For years they picked Thurston, Slater, Smith, Cronk, Inglis, Boyd, Myles, Thaiday and Parker no matter what the circumstances were because the coach and selectors had trust in them.
Mitchell Pearce for years was “in form” and when it came to origin, he was absolutely horrible. Jarryd Hayne was picked many times out of form yet he ended up being our best player time and time again.
I think it would be completely unfair to wield the axe on such a quality player such as Nathan.
Nathan will be the blues 7 for many years to come, and I think we would be wasting this opportunity if he was to be dropped right now. Some players are built for this arena, and I’m pretty confident that Nathan is one of them.
I was chatting with my brothers the other day, and they were laughing their asses off when I said “Ryan Matterson will play origin as a utility player one day”. So much to the point that they said I have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about and they were willing to take any wager I wanted to offer.
I see so much quality in this guy and I think he will be a future superstar. Am I a biased tigers fan or is this guy the real deal? I’ve been impressed with him even when he was at the roosters. His ability to be a “Mr Fix-It” when needed really stands out.
I found this video from Fittler speaking the other week and he seems to be thinking the same thing.
Anyone who is in that Tigers team of 2005 is considered a legend.
In 50 years time there will still be stories of Patty Richards receiving a flick pass from Benji, running down the left wing putting a massive fend on Rod Jensen, then having too much speed for Matty Bowen after having 16 injections into his ankle before the match. That’s what legends are made of!
Agreeing to give a guy a job after he retires playing NRL. Didn’t know that was an offence.
Why can teams sign players for years in advance and nothing from the NRL is said about it.
Fair enough if Robbie is still playing then we give him another job paying that much money, then I would see an issue.
But if the guy is no longer taking the field, who is it hurting???
Is 900k a season a bit steep for Brooks? At the moment, I would have to say yes.
BUT Brooks has been on the scene for what feels like a lifetime and he is only 23 (24 in a month) which I think means that he still has a lot of improvement left in him.
I think a 4/5 year deal sounds a lot smarter because if we can lock him up in those peak years, we can really build a strong roster around him and hopefully get some good finals runs going.
Do we actually have anyone in the club that can run fast??? I’m not aware of any real speed and it’s crucial in terms of winning premierships.
Brooks is definitely our fastest
I’ll say that Mbye is quicker then Brooks.
Mbye is lightning fast.
It is killing the game massively.
I have loved rugby league for over 20 years and this is an absolute joke which really turns me off watching it.
Even though we defended fine with 12 players on the weekend, that 10 minutes defensively took all the energy and momentum completely away from us. We lost our line speed in the 2nd half and we struggled to get out of our half.
In regards to Origin, there was only a few penalties and look how great that game was.
The officials don’t want to wreck Origin but they are willing to kill NRL games.
I don’t see the logic.
A lot of people who were on the Nofa bandwagon look to have quickly jumped off it by the looks of many teams.
I would give Nofa another chance even though his defence was abysmal on that wing.
Coaches always said to me as a winger - “If the try is scored inside you then its the centres fault. When its outside you, its your fault as the winger”.
It may be time for MKZ to get a rest and Thompson pushes over to the left wing because we need that X-Factor Tui brings.