What a fall from Grace since he left us…
listed as a reserve for the Cowgirls with Connelly Leumelu (who struggled to make Canterbury Cup) listed to play centre…
Also we went hard for Zane Tetevano, he ended up with the Riff, he too is a reserve…
Some big named and highly paid players are struggling in 2020
Corey Thompson is reserve for the Titans despite the tears that were shed here when he left.
@rozelle_rudy said in [A crucial period for Madge...](/post/120r likely to replace him.
I think Madge will be here for the long haul, I don’t think there has been a team that has been hit as hard as the Tigers have been during Covid, when you take into account our recruitment & how much we have invested in youth.
I don’t get your comment about Covid hitting Tigers hardest because we’ve invested in youth. Why? Because they can’t go out socially and court trouble?
My memory goes further back. Way back to the mid 60s, when Eastern Suburbs were the worst side in the NSWRL. I think it was 1966, a year or so before they got Jack Gibson in, that they didn’t get a single win. No competition points, not a sausage. And getting walloped by cricket scores.
After one heavy loss, the coach threatened to make them do laps of the training oval for every point they got beat by. And true to his word, after the next loss, they had to jog 30 or so laps.
Next game after that was on a muddy track. At half time they were down 20-0. As the muddy players dropped back to the shed, the coach noticed one of the forwards had a relatively clean shirt.
Hey you! coach exclaimed. You didn’t have a go out there, did you? Look how clean you are. What are you doing?
Savin’ meself for trainin’ replied the player.
It’s a risk but it’s the only combo we haven’t tried.
I’d try Doueihi in the halves before bringing Madden in. Look at Madden, Simpkin and maybe other development players in the last couple of rounds.
No Benji or Lawrence, they won’t or shouldn’t be here in 2021. From now on stick with those who probably will be.
Hopefully we could have a better roster with what I estimate would be about $2M in salary cap freed up if we cut Benji, Rowdy, McQueen, ET, Jennings and either Clark or Eisenhuth loose. Add in the $350k our cap was penalised this year for the Pascoe fine. Add in about $800k if we can get someone to take Reynolds and Packer while we pay half their salaries.
That’s a tidy war chest. There are some good players off contract or wishing to leave clubs. We’ll be competing with Warriors, Manly and others for them though.
I have to disagree with the praise for the pack. Luciano Leilua, Twal and Aloiai are decent. We need a new bunch around them. Garner, if he learns defence. Mikaele, if he gets his 2019 form back. Musgrave, Blore, McIntyre if they continue to show early promise. Stefano next year, who knows?
But Eisenhuth, Packer, McQueen, Taylor, Lawrence, Packer, Clark, Seyfarth. Hasbeens or probably never will be…
New big young mongrel forwards desperately needed.