Think your right there. With a bit more match fitness under his belt he could get there.
A bit of a cross between Radley and Nathan Brown.
Probably doesn’t have the speed of Radley and Murray though, that does come in handy. But would be quicker than Twal that’s for sure.
Twal could still play 60-70mins at Prop which would allow us the continually rotate our impact players as the game goes on.
This isn’t the week for new players.
This is the game that will really test us and that I really wanna win.
But you can only play whose available . Chee Kams defence in any ‘one of one’ defending position is horrible be it back row, centre, or wing. He doesn’t get found out anywhere near as much in the middle of the pack. Play the player that plays the position the best. We’ll see I guess
For once, it wasn’t a tsunami of disappointment against a “lesser” opponent.
Penrith is the watershed moment.
If you ask most supporters they were not as confident going into the game, however we have had an attitude adjustment since the loss to to the Titans.
We have won 4 games this year - Dragons, Sharks,Cowboys,Bulldogs.
These are all bottom 8 teams until we start winning against the Top 8 teams l can’t say that its a watershed moment.
We have certainly improved with an 80 minute performance but we have to remember they lost there best player early.
Will be a good test against the Panthers to see where we are at against better opposition that do play for 80 minutes.
If we win against them it will instill more confidence in the Team and cement us firmly in the 8 remembering our draw at the back end of the season is against all quality opposition.
True, but it’s what 4/5 against teams equal or lower than us. When was the last time we achieved that.
Most important out of this game win lose or draw is that we maintain our defence for 80mins. Panthers were in a similar position as us coming up against the form Parra team. It was a good test for them, they lost but they didn’t loose their spirits. If we come out of it similar I’d say that will be a huge indication of moving into a successful era. We did face the raiders just earlier and kept them to 2 try’s. I’m expecting something similar as a minimum against the Pennies.
Mikaele and Douhei in doubt, replacements ?
Corey Thompson would be handy.
Mbye to fullback, some rando to centre.
Talau to centre mate . Hoffman on the wing
Yeah I would say something like that. Mbye fullback, Talau centre and a rookie on the wing - Hoffman or Bradley or maybe.
Nelson,I agree to an extent of your changes,however in my way of thinking is that Talau has been great on the wing,I don’t know how he would go in the centres even though I have faith in the kid making it in NRL,especially this being a crucial game for us if we want to be contenders in the finals…
I said earlier that this Penrith team would crucify a young inexperienced player in the backline and would rather put MCK or maybe Lawrence there because of their experience in the game,not ideal but I would hate to see a young genuine up and comer getting hammered and losing confidence and that goes for Hoffman and Bradley as well…
I don’t know the answer but no doubt Madge has a plan and we just have to keep the faith…
Hoffman is a junior rep centre. I’d play him there
I was of the opinion that maybe we needed a new set of halves, that Brooks for the cost of him and the way his role is structured in the team that maybe we could get better value out of a Jamal Foggerty or something similar.
However. Since Marshall has been dropped Brooks game has changed. He is the dominant halve despite what people think. He is on both sides of the ruck putting forwards into halve spaces and playing wide of Harry’s wide passes.
If you look closely you’ll see that Madge has actually identified a more appropriate use for Mbye then using him as your run of the mill ball running centre. He is slight and unless there is a wide gap his not going to bust through the line. Madge has started using Mbye as the left side 5/8. This then means Harry and Brooks are the link man in the middle of the field, providing the first and second passes out to the backs, it’s spectacular to watch and quite a different style to the way other teams structure their attack. Kicking is still very much left / right side in the middle of the field / coming out of our own half but Brooks is middle field not wide in our opposition 20. There is this notion that if your halfback isn’t throwing the final pass or final kick that he isn’t a play maker. Sure that’s the way Joey, Thurston and Cleary play but that’s not everyone’s game. Brooks does his role superbly well, he might grow into the final passer but he doesn’t have to with Mbye and Reynolds playing the way they can.
In saying that though. We did beat them in magic round in a game last year that can only rival the way we have been attacking this year. That past Cowboys game had shades of the Penrith game last year. And earlier in the year lost by a penalty goal I think.
But much different Penrith side, but we are different also.
Completion rates will be key for us. Penrith will make us pay for errors. With respect to the Dogs, their halves offered sweet bugger all last night and they simply could not capitalise on what favourable field position they did have. Penrith will look to exploit our right edge, we got away with it last night as the Dogs seemed gunshy to throw it wide (after the Nofo intercept try perhaps.)
Penrith have one of the best completion rates in the comp at the moment and that makes them very dangerous. Sharp number 9 too which we will really need to watch around the ruck as Penrith have plenty of big boys who will roll us if we’re not careful. Can’t say I’m confident we can beat them, but Madge really has to come up with a gameplan to nullify Cleary, so much of Penrith’s structure relies on him.
Josh Reynolds will shut him down good and proper 5/10 times.
The other 5 times our new ‘enforcer’ Sam McIntyre will crush him.
Not sure how Josh will do it from the other side of the field. This is Brook’s challenge this week. Cleary’s always got the better of him in wins so we’ll see if he can rise to the challenge.
why is everyone saying packer to play. mans single handedly lost us the game against canberra
Look, shoe on the other foot. You could say he was brought on at the exact time that the Raiders pack was belting us and gaining the ascendancy and he took it on him self to try and fight back and get some respect. Took it too far not disputing that but if they chicken sit Joesph Tapine doesn’t cry foul that hit doesn’t get picked up. You see plenty of them. It wasn’t a swinging arm he was making a side on tackle and got caught high. No way did he intend on hitting the guy in the head.
Give him a chance if Madge decides to.
Packer dislikes Cleary on an angry level … first picked !
Is this true I heard he took it the hardest out of all the players feeling absolute betrayal when Cleary ditched the tigers and his long-standing relationship he had with him that all but ceased at that moment?
How many times does Moses charge at the ref when a decision goes against the Eels. That might have even been how he did his Achilles
Does anyone see Scott Drinkwater parallels?
His on field persona is very similar, but he seems more laid back in interviews
His possibly just a very confident, competitive kid. Not to be mistaken with Arrogance.
Gutho and Moses appear to me to both be of the same whiny teet sucking stock. The type that would make smart arse comments at a bar and wonder why they got smacked in the mouth.
They are both high emotion high energy. I like Gutherson but he does have a bit of what your saying. It must be how Parra need to be though. Stark contract to the temperament of the raiders and the roosters. You see when Sivo scores that try, they are fist pumping yahooing really making a point of taking the lead from the roosters. Then the roosters score, Boyd casually walks back slaps a few hands and the whole team gets ready for the next job.
It was at that point I knew the Roosters would win.
Side note, we need to get to a point where our temperament is like the roosters. Playing the way Parra plays will catch them out when their backs are forced to the wall. ‘Their high energy would be just about depleted, when there emotions are down’
I thought the kick he put through for Vinavalulu’s try was smart footy…
I think when he made break towards the end and slowed right down was good footy. Corey Parker made a comment saying he looked like he was running on a treadmill but if you watch it again, he breaks out in stride then sees the defence slide and slows down so there’s no chance of being pushed into touch and to allow the next play to continue